Mr O’Hare brings over 25 years of diverse association management experience to CPA and was most recently the vice president of public policy at The Fertilizer Institute (TFI). Prior to TFI he was the vice president of government affairs for the Portland Cement Association.

The CPA said Mr O’ Hare’s lobbying efforts at both the federal and state level covering a wide range of issues, including environmental, health and safety and climate change would be a tremendous asset to the CPA.

“I am delighted to begin my tenure with the Association and extend my warmest greetings to all of you,” he said.

“As I conclude my first week, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with staff and begin the process of getting acquainted with the industry, issues and CPA organization generally, and my impressions are very favourable!

“I look forward to being able to engage with many of you over the next several months as I implement my 100-day onboarding plan.

“Please do not hesitate to reach out to me to directly to address any issues, concerns you may have or to share compliments on the good works of the CPA staff.”

The CPA, founded in 1960, represents the North American composite panel industry on technical, regulatory, quality assurance and product acceptance issues.

CPA general members include 30 of the leading manufacturers of particleboard, medium density fiberboard and hardboard. Together they represent more than 92% of the total manufacturing capacity in US, Canada and Mexico.