AF&PA names previous American Public Transportation Assn. VP, Finance & Administration, C. Samuel Kerns, as VP, CFO

WASHINGTON , December 1, 2011 (press release) – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced today that C. Samuel Kerns has joined the organization as the new vice president, administration and chief financial officer. Kerns will have responsibility for the financial, human resources, facilities, and information systems of the association.

“We’re very pleased to add a professional of Sam’s caliber to our leadership team,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “Sam brings more than 25 years experience to AF&PA, which will benefit our members as we continue to address high-priority state and federal issues that affect the forest products industry.”

Prior to joining AF&PA, Kerns served 11 years as vice president, finance & administration for the American Public Transportation Association, an international trade association dedicated to strengthening and improving public transportation. He has also served as the vice president for finance, treasurer and chief financial officer for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a non-profit international and domestic policy research think tank, and as corporate controller for Hagler Bailly, an international management consulting firm.

A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Kerns holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from McDaniel College. He is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Society of Association Executives.

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The American Forest & Paper Association is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners. Our companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources that sustain the environment. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP. Industry companies produce about $175 billion in products annually and employ nearly 900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at

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