Odney president and majority owner Patrick Finken has been named to the U.S. Chamber Board of Directors. He'll be joining a diverse board of more than 100 corporate and small business leaders from around the country. North Dakota was last represented on the U.S. Chamber board in 2000.
"I'm honored to be selected to this board," Finken says. "The U.S. Chamber is taking a lead role in the country's economic recovery, and I'm looking forward to working with them to strengthen the business environment allowing businesses to create the jobs Americans need."
Finken was suggested for the position by the North Dakota Chamber, and was vetted by the U.S. Chamber nominating committee process prior to his appointment. He'll serve a three-year term joining representatives from companies like Xerox, PepsiCo, and UPS along with small business owners to determine the U.S. Chamber's policy positions on business issues and advise on strategy.
"Pat understands the role that the business community plays in advocating for important policies such as health care reform, climate change, competitive taxes, and fair trade," says Thomas J Donohue, president and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "In these challenging times for businesses, experience like Pat's at the state, local, and national level is vital to helping get the business community and Americans back on their feet."
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. More than 96 percent of U.S. Chamber members are small businesses with 100 employees or fewer.