Scott Dane has been selected new executive director for the American Loggers Council (ALC) effective June 1, according to an ALC press release.
Dane replaces Danny Dructor who is retiring after 20 years with the ALC. More than a year ago, Dructor announced he would retire after a new director was selected.
“It’s been a tremendous pleasure working with folks all over the United States,” Dructor said. “It’s been rewarding.”
One of the challenges has been working with the federal government, he said, adding that he’s learned a lot about Washington, D.C., “some good and a lot bad.”
Dructor worked out Hemphill, Texas, but Dane will work out of his home state of Minnesota, where he will set up an office as of June 1.
According to an ALC press release, “Dane brings with him a vast amount of experience working with timber harvesting and timber hauling associations having been the Executive Director for the Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers of Minnesota for the past 17 years.”
It also stated Dane has been “a critical component” in work the ALC has done to get financial assistance for loggers and log haulers whose businesses were negatively affected by the pandemic, as well as legislation that would allow 16- and 17-year-old sons and daughters of logging business owners to work with their parents in the family-owned business. It is similar to allowances for farmers and ranchers under federal labor laws.
“After close to 18 months of searching for a new Executive Director for the ALC, the search committee was able to narrow down the field to one candidate,” ALC President Tim Christopherson said in the release. “I am pleased that Scott has accepted the position and look forward to working him during the transition. He has the drive, passion and ambition to take the ALC to the next level.”
Dructor, who began as ALC executive director in 2001, provided the leadership necessary to develop the organization into a national voice for the industry.
“I look forward to continuing to build upon that foundation, expanding the partnerships, supporting the state members with their issues and promoting the agenda of the American Loggers Council,” Dane said in the release.