Newly elected Congressman Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) has confirmed that he will participate in the Alabama Forestry Association’s Annual Meeting to be held September 13-15th at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama.
Palmer will provide a keynote speech and then will moderate a panel of national industry CEOs on Monday morning, September 14th. The CEO panel will focus on integrating and maintaining an ethical corporate culture during the process of restructuring. Participating on the panel will be Don Kayne, CEO of Canfor (recently made an acquisition of Scotch Gulf Lumber), David Nunes, CEO of Rayonier (recently went through a corporate divestiture) and Steven C. Voorhees, CEO of WestRock (new company name based on a recent merger between RockTenn and MeadWestvaco).
Congressman Palmer grew up in the small northwest Alabama town of Hackleburg and attended the University of Alabama where he was a walk-on member of the football team under the tutelage of legendary Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. After earning a B.S. in Operations Management, he worked in the private sector for 12 years; including nine with two major engineering construction companies, before involvement with Focus on the Family led him to start the Alabama Family Alliance which later became the Alabama Policy Institute.
Palmer served as President of the Alabama Policy Institute for 24 years. During his tenure, API became a full-spectrum public policy organization that engaged in virtually all policy issues that affected Alabamians.
In 2014, he was elected to the 114th Congress and represents the 6th Congressional District. In Congress, Palmer is focused on paying down the national debt by cutting spending; regulatory reform by reducing the number and expense of federal regulations; lowering energy costs and spurring economic growth and job creation by accessing America’s vast energy resources; and replacing Obamacare with a health care plan the puts people back in charge of their health care decisions.
Palmer serves on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and also serves on the Budget Committee as well as the Space, Science and Technology Committee.
Congressman Palmer declared his candidacy for the 6th District following the retirement announcement of 11-term incumbent Spencer Bachus. In the crowded field in the Republican Primary election, Palmer finished second behind State Representative Paul DeMarco. In the ensuing runoff, Palmer garnered 64% of the vote and in the General election defeated Democrat Mark Lester while receiving 76% of the vote.
Registration for the AFA Annual Meeting will begin soon. Check the AFA website, www.alaforestry.org for on-line registration next week.