by: SUBMITTED - Dave HuntThe Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition, an association of defense and security industry businesses, on Thursday named as its new executive director Dave Hunt, who from 2002 to 2012 represented Gladstone and other parts of North Clackamas County in the Oregon House of Representatives, including service as Democratic majority leader and as Speaker of the House.

Hunt had most recently served nearly eight years as executive director of the Association of Pacific Ports. He previously served as executive director of the Columbia River Channel Coalition, as an elected member of the Oregon City School Board and as national president of American Baptist Churches USA.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Dave’s experience and stature working for PNDC,” said Will Macia, association’s board chairman. “Dave’s skills and connections will support continued growth for PNDC, and his hiring is emblematic of our commitment to being an organization that works on behalf of the many great companies that support our military and domestic defense.”

Founded in 2005, PNDC has grown to more than 150 companies in Oregon and Washington. The focus in the coming years is a commitment to the original vision and a continued evolution into a regional force that brings technology and heavy manufacturing jobs and investment to the Pacific Northwest, according to Macia.

Hunt expects to bring organizational energy and growth for PNDC.

“I’m very bullish about the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition’s future,” Hunt said. “With PNDC members’ innovation and commitment to success, we’ll strengthen our region’s economy and our nation’s security.”

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