WMIA Welcomes New Board Leadership

The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association, the leading association representing importers and distributors of woodworking machinery and ancillary equipment in North America, held a successful spring 2021 board of directors meeting in Memphis, TN, May 5 to 7. 

Confirmed by the WMIA membership, newly elected board chairman, Pascal Doucet, vice president of sales at Doucet Machineries, led his first meeting of the directors in partnership with the association’s new CEO, Donte Shannon, FASAE, CAE, and its new association management company, AMPED.

Doucet Machineries is a Quebec-based North American leader in the design, manufacturing, and integration of advanced solutions for companies involved in the secondary wood processing industry. Doucet Machineries has been recognized for its many innovations offering a wide range of high-efficiency machinery solutions.

Doucet gave his opening remarks saying, “The last two years on the executive committee were challenging on multiple levels, and tough decisions had to be made. Thank you to Jim Besonen and the executive committee for holding down the fort during these unstable times. Now we’re moving toward a more positive future, and I’m feeling confident we’ll be able to meet again in person at the spring 2022 board meeting during WIC.

We’re excited to have a new team, AMPED, on board. They will support our efforts and back the committee workforce . . .Contrary to most, our industry has been going through the pandemic without too much damage. Our customers and manufacturers are in strong shape, ready to face the new challenges ahead. . .Finally, thanks to all our members for being part of WMIA and for contributing to the objective to make the WMIA the leading association of our industry.”

Doucet emphasized how pivotal this moment is for the Association as expanded staff support, extensive association management experience, coupled with the board’s industry expertise are the perfect recipe for the organization to accelerate its growth and increase its impact. The two-day board of directors meeting yielded exercises and discussions that helped define and establish new, ambitious goals in the coming year for the Association. 

WMIA members elected three new members to the Association’s Board of Directors: Steve McNeilly of Cefla North America, Roger Taylor of Mozaik Software Inc., and Mike Johnson of Biesse America.


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