Bradley McKinney has been named executive director of the International Wood Products Association (IWPA), effective Monday, Sept. 13.

“Our industry plays a critical role in supporting U.S. manufacturers, builders, and consumers. IWPA members supply quality, globally-sourced wood products, thereby supporting U.S. jobs up and down the value chain. It is incumbent upon IWPA to advocate for continued acceptance and demand for the legally-sourced and sustainable wood products and associated services which IWPA members provide,” McKinney said. “We are at a critical juncture in international trade as we face ongoing challenges, including the coronavirus pandemic, strains on supply chains, and increasing complexities of domestic and international regulatory and legislative policies."

McKinney brings a broad range of experience to the organization, with a strong background in government affairs and public policy from his experience in the public and private sectors focusing on international trade, agriculture, and manufacturing. He most recently served as vice president of economic security and operations for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, prior to which he served as chief of staff for the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He also provided legislative and regulatory affairs services on a range of issues related to international trade, agriculture and manufacturing while on staff at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and two private consulting firms.

“Brad brings a successful track record across both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government in addition to his private sector experience," said IWPA president Michael Schultz of Floor and Decor. "This unique perspective will serve our association well as we tackle the many challenges and opportunities before us.”

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