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AWB Names Former Tri-City Commerce Leader as New President

Posted: Updated: - The Succession Committee for the Association of Washington Business names Kristofer Johnson as the association's next president.

Johnson is the former leader of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce in Kennewick, where he served as on the AWB Board of Directors.

Johnson drew the attention of AWB leaders when he built and managed a comprehensive government affairs program that secured millions in state funding for transportation, higher education, and other regional priorities.

"Kris was in the eye of the storm on many critical issues impacting the Hanford cleanup and redevelopment of the Tri-Cities after the federal government switched from a defense mission to a clean-up mission at the Hanford Reservation," said Don Brunell, the Association's current president.

Energy is also a top AWB priority and Johnson has extensive experience dealing with hydropower, wind and solar electricity generation, smart grid and nuclear power according to Mike Schwenk, AWB Secretary-Treasurer. Schwenk recently retired from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland and worked closely with Johnson during his tenure at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Johnson will assume his new role at the 8,100+ member business organization on Jan. 1, 2014.