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Impact Washington Announces the Appointment of Craig Hanela as Chairman of the Board

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | News Release

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After 15 years of service Joe Heim, hands over the role to the new board chairman.

Impact Washington, an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Program (NIST MEP), announces Craig Hanela as Chairman of its Board of Directors. Craig, who joined the Impact Washington board in 2017, succeeds Joe Heim, who has served on the Board for 15 years.

We are very appreciative of the exceptional service of Joe Heim over the years. We have benefitted immeasurably from his leadership as the Board’s Chairman and his many other contributions to the success of Impact Washington,” said Deloit, R. Wolfe, Jr., President and Center Director of Impact Washington. “We are also pleased to have Craig take the helm as our next Chairman. His extensive background in manufacturing, coupled with his engineering and engineering and business acumen with a passion for team development and customer advocacy, will bolster the Board’s capabilities to advise how we scale up and meet the growing demands and opportunities of manufacturing Washington State.”

Craig is an experienced leader with an outstanding record of developing and managing world-class operations across 30+ manufacturing and distribution sites in 15 countries. He is President and Owner of Buyken Metal Products. Based in Kent, Washington Buyken is a precision sheet metal forming, stamping, and fabrication enterprise focused on individual customer needs. Under Craig's leadership, they have strengthened and diversified their services to manufacturing many types of products from numerous metals, in quantities from one to one million.

“I am excited to take on this responsibility as Impact Washington continues to drive support and solutions to counter the disruption caused by COVID-19, which impacted the operational, social, and financial aspects of many manufacturers in our State, said Hanela. “I look forward to supporting Impact Washington’s ambitious plans to tackle workforce development opportunities, supply chain constraints, cybersecurity compliance, and more. Along with the Impact Washington Corporate Staff and the Board, we are well suited to continue to make an impact in these critical areas and ensure a resilient build back better plan for our state."

Impact Washington also announces five new board members:  Jenny Snow-Boscolo, Anna Reyes-Potts, Rachel Camarillo, Chelsea Mason-Placek, and Lewis McMurran. These new board members will advise on the strategic direction for continued growth around Impact Washington’s mission – to support a healthy and vibrant manufacturing community that generates economic activity and raises living standards in Washington State and across the nation.

“We are extremely grateful to welcome our new board members,” said Wolfe. “Each one of them provides our Board with a unique background and perspective, and we look forward to their expertise and guidance this year. We continue to ensure a strong matrix of diverse and complementary skills and experiences on our Board.

  • Jenny Snow-Boscolo serves as the Sr. Director of Business Transformation at Terex Corporation.
  • Anna Reyes-Potts TMF, Inc.
  • Rachel Camarillo is the Executive Vice President, Business Operations & Finance of Erin Air, Inc. Rachel is the founding member and Board Chair for the Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Washington Chapter.
  • Chelsea Mason-Placek Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Lewis McMurrann is the Business Engagement and Workforce Development Manager for the Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board

Retiring from the Board are the following members.  Bill Messenger, Workforce Development Director, WSLC, Peter Guzman, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Ben Horn, Global Lumber and Dave Green, Skagit Valley Malting.



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