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Kim Hokanson has been appointed regional manager for the Northern New England area of the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, consisting of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The appointment was made by Executive Secretary-Treasurer Joe Byrne this week. John Leavitt, the previous Regional Manager, has been assigned to work as a Council Representative in Northern New England.
“We are enthusiastic about Kim’s ability and her taking on a greater leadership role,” Byrne said. “Her experience and industry knowledge will benefit our members as well as our employer partners and the developers in the area.”
“Our Council has dedicated significant time and resources to identifying and developing leaders who will succeed the current generation. It was clear from her work and reputation in the field that Kim could be one of those leaders. Since she’s come on staff, she’s taken advantage of every program and opportunity to fulfill her potential.”
Hokanson had been working for the union as an Organizer/Representative in Vermont, following a period as an Organizer in the Northeast Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire areas. She said she’s looking forward to working with what she called a “very dedicated staff” of Organizers and Representatives.
“Our team is very motivated to serve our membership, our contractors and to increase the amount of work we do in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont,” she said. “The geographic area is fairly wide, but we feel the union is in a good position to succeed. I’m grateful for the confidence of Joe and the union leadership and excited to get started.”
Prior to being hired by the union in 2018, she worked 12 years for New England Finish Systems as a carpenter, foreperson and ultimately the outside Superintendent, running the Doors and Hardware Division of the company.
Hokanson came into the union as an apprentice in 2006. She was part of the first cohort of union carpenters in a joint program between the union and Wentworth Institute of Technology. She graduated with a degree in Construction Management.