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 John Henriksen 

 My wife Kay, an attorney and former college professor, and I retired to New Mexico from Springfield, Illinois in the spring of 2015.  We first began visiting Santa Fe when our daughter Joan, an occupational therapist, moved to Albuquerque several years ago.  After we made our decision to move to the Southwest our son Joe relocated to Denver after six years in the Navy.  Kay and I raised our kids in Springfield.  Before moving to Springfield I had spent most of my life in Kentucky. 

Prior to my retirement last year, I served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers, a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation representing sand, gravel and stone mines operating in Illinois.  During my nineteen plus year tenure with the IAAP I managed the day-to-day business affairs of this state trade association as well as the IAAP Education Foundation and IAAP Political Action Committee, two ancillary not-for-profit corporations.

My work as an association manager required me to work closely with the 19 members on the IAAP board of directors as well as with the scores of members belonging to the IAAP standing committees. I also helped create 3 industry/local government councils (in Cook, McHenry and LaSalle County, Illinois) to respond to citizen concerns about mining operations. Finally, I worked closely with state and federal agencies that regulate the aggregates industry and advocated for this industry before the Illinois General Assembly and United States Congress.

While with the IAAP I helped found the Transportation for Illinois Coalition, a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation advocating for transportation issues on the state and federal level, and then served on the Steering Committee (Board) of this organization until my retirement. I also served on three state advisory boards: the Illinois Mining Institute, the Prairie Research Institute (University of IL Urbana-Champaign) and the Industrial Advisory Board, (Southern IL University-Carbondale, Department of Mining and Mineral Resources Engineering).

Before working for the IAAP I represented developmentally disabled individuals and helped to regulate aggregate, coal and oil and gas extraction, for over seventeen years, as an attorney with Kentucky and Illinois state government. I also served on the school board of my children’s parish elementary school in Springfield, Illinois. 

In summary, my career has focused on not-for-profit governance and management as well as on a wide range of legal and regulatory issues. I  believe that my work in these subject areas could be helpful to the ECIA Board and ECIA Staff going forward.

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