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2018 Board Candidate: Mike Summerer
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Mike Summerer, Maine

I am excited and pleased to run once again for the AAW Board. I have been a woodturner for more than twenty years and an AAW member since 1999. I have also been an active member of West Michigan Woodturners, the Nutmeg Woodturners League, the Association of Revolutionary Woodturners, and Eastern Maine Woodturners. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of introducing others to our wonderful hobby and profession, and AAW resources have been invaluable in that endeavor. Recently, I have retired and have been able to start regular basic woodturning classes in my own shop in Downeast Maine.

During my career in medicine and hospital management, most recently as a hospital CEO, I have had experience addressing quality and financial challenges for non-profit organizations, and was successful in leading teams to prepare them for the future. This  involved strategic planning, dialogue with other healthcare and political organizations, development of training programs to develop leadership in physician groups, and mentoring of young physicians and administrators. In my healthcare roles, I worked both for and on non-profit boards for hospitals, visiting nurse organizations, and physician group practices, among others. In retirement, I have joined the board of a local community foundation, providing grants to area organizations to enhance our town, and have served on and am now president of our local library board. My experience in these service-based organizations would translate well into helping support the mission and growth of the AAW.

The maturation of the AAW has been an ongoing journey, and I would be honored to be more directly a part of it and to give something back to the organization that has meant so much to me in my avocation.

Thank you for your consideration and support.
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