Paul Benoit Elected Chair of the Craft3 Board of Directors

By: Press Release - Nov 07, 2016
Source: Craft3

Election comes as three new members also appointed to Board

Paul Benoit, former City Manager of Astoria, Oregon, has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors of Craft3, a nonprofit lending institution serving Oregon and Washington. He takes over from long-time Chair Steve McConnell, who has served as Chair since 2007.

“For as long as I’ve known them, Craft3 has been an important partner in the renaissance of Astoria, including with the critical environmental cleanup of the former plywood mill site. I’m honored and excited to become Board Chair as we work to finalize a new 5-year strategic plan that will further increase Craft3’s impact on entrepreneurs, the environment, and communities across the Northwest,” said Paul Benoit. “I’ve been fortunate to have had the mentorship of outgoing Chair Steve McConnell. Our entire organization is forever grateful to Steve for his leadership, insight, and deft ability to hone in on what truly matters.”

Benoit has served as a member of the Craft3 Board since 2003. He is currently City Manager for the City of Piedmont, California. Prior to Piedmont, Paul served 10 years as City Manager for Astoria, Oregon, Assistant City Manager and Development Director in Alameda, California, and as Community Development Director in Astoria for 17 years. Paul received his BS from the University of Rhode Island in Natural Resources and his Master’s Degree from the University of Washington in Coastal Zone Management and Public Administration.

In addition, three new directors have been appointed to open positions on the Board: Walt Krumbholz, of Portland, Oregon, R. Brady Scott, of North Bend, Oregon, and Mark C. Stevenson, of Portland, Oregon.

“I’m thrilled to join the Craft3 Board. As a career banker, I’ve admired the unique role Craft3 plays in supporting businesses, communities and the environment across the Pacific Northwest,” said Walt Krumbholz. “Having spent the last 15 years helping grow community banks, I’m excited to work on the Board to help position Craft3 for future growth and increased impact.”

“I am very excited to be re-joining an organization I have always admired and believed in. After serving on the Craft3 Board in the very early years, I have always wanted to return and help with the good work that this institution does. Market-based solutions to difficult problems in our region and local communities are the best approach and Craft3 accomplishes this remarkably well,” said Brady Scott.

“I am honored to join Craft3, an organization of truly committed people who through their renowned innovation and expertise have made a real impact on the economic livelihood of communities throughout the Pacific Northwest,” said Mark Stevenson.
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