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Industry recruiters announce officers, new board members

The Partnership for Economic Development announced officers and new members of the Board of Directors for its new fiscal year.

The new chair is Pat Wagner with Continental Automotive Systems. A member of the board since FY13-14, Wagner has served two terms as treasurer and for the past year has been chair-elect. Her direct experience in manufacturing provides a strong industry and employment voice to the board. Other officers are: Chair-Elect Jim Rasmussen (Morrow Insurance Agency), Treasurer Steve Gwaltney (First Citizens Bank) and Past Chair Will Buie (WGLA Engineering).

Lindsay Thompson (The Van Winkle Law Firm) is serving as a new director with a three-year term, while Chris Hykin (SMARTRAC Technology Group) and Beau Waddell (Reaben Oil Company) will serve one-year chair appointments. The complete listing for our Board of Directors, including Elected, Appointed and Ex-Officio Directors, can be found can be found here.

“We are pleased to welcome our new and returning Board members,” Buie said. “These individuals bring a wealth of experience and different perspectives to our organization and will be tremendous assets in furthering our mission. We are especially thankful to Pat Wagner for her willingness to dedicate time and ideas in leading the Partnership.”

Outgoing Board members will be honored at the organization's annual celebration, on Thursday, Oct. 12, in downtown Hendersonville. The evening will be a chance to network with peers, celebrate accomplishments and look forward to new challenges and opportunities. Details and RSVP instructions for the event will be provided soon.