U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities elects Brigadier General John Kulhavi to board, filling position vacated by charter member Bruce Miles

GREENVILLE, South Carolina , February 28, 2012 (press release) – Retired Brigadier General John G. Kulhavi (U.S. Army – Retired) of White Lake, Michigan, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that someone with General Kulhavi’s experience has agreed to serve on the Endowment’s Board,” said Mack Hogans, Chairman of the Board. “John is a true American hero. His highly decorated service in Vietnam followed by a long and distinguished career in the Army Reserve and then a similarly successful career in the investment industry, has few peers.”

Kulhavi is being elected to an unexpired term for a position being vacated by Bruce Miles of College Station, TX. Miles, a charter member of the Endowment’s Board of Directors, has served with “insight, wisdom, and humor.”

“I am amazed at the record of accomplishments that the Endowment has amassed in such a short time,” said Kulhavi. “I am excited about the mission of the organization and the opportunity to serve with such a diverse and deeply committed group – both Board and staff – in advancing such worthy objectives as protecting America’s bountiful working forests and ensuring that rural forested communities have a bright future.”

General Kulhavi has been with Merrill Lynch for over 35 years. For the past eight years (since the program’s inception), Barron's Magazine has named him one of America's Top Financial Advisors. John is a graduate of Central Michigan University (CMU) and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees at CMU, where he currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Development Board and a Member of the Curriculum Committee for the School of Business. In addition, he has been the President of the White Lake Township Civil Service Board for over 25 years. He is on the Board of Directors for the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, and the former Chairman of the Vietnam War Memorial Council. John served as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War and received 43 awards, including the Legion of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, 22 Awards of the Air Medal, and three Meritorious Service Medals. He retired from the Army Reserve at the rank of Brigadier General.

“The Endowment’s Governance and Nominating Committee has been at work for months developing a process to identify, vet, and interview potential candidates for the Board,” said Endowment President & CEO Carlton Owen. “The Committee continues to solicit nominations as part of an on-going process to identify the best candidates to help guide the organization as we seek to advance well-managed forests and family supporting jobs in rural forest rich environments,” he continued.

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