PORTLAND, Ore.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Columbia Green Technologies, Inc. (Columbia Green), provider of green roof systems, is honored by the appointment of Vanessa Keitges to the President’s Export Council. On Wednesday, President Obama announced his appointment of the seven new members.
“This council provides the President with advice on how to increase trade and grow U.S. exports, and I have no doubt that the new members and their expertise will bolster our efforts to help American business, increase exports and boost our competitiveness abroad.”
Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, declared her support of the new members. “Today I am pleased to welcome seven new members to the President’s Export Council, all of whom are committed to the Administration’s top priority of strengthening the economy,” said Secretary Pritzker. “This council provides the President with advice on how to increase trade and grow U.S. exports, and I have no doubt that the new members and their expertise will bolster our efforts to help American business, increase exports and boost our competitiveness abroad.”
Vanessa Keitges, President and CEO of Columbia Green, expressed her enthusiasm for the role. “I am honored and excited to represent the green building industry among these strong business leaders. As CEO of a small business headquartered on the west coast, I believe I bring a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities for exportation of products made in the USA.”
Ms. Keitges is the first representative of the State of Oregon to be named to the export council. "Oregon is a trade dependent state where innovative companies grow and thrive, and I am proud to have Vanessa representing Oregon on the President’s Export Council. Columbia Green is a terrific example of how great, home grown ideas can turn into fast growing companies that export innovative products and services all over the world," said Oregon’s Governor John Kitzhaber.
Ms. Keitges has held her position at Columbia Green since 2009. From 2005 to 2007, she was Sales Director at Site9 in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Keitges held various positions at VoteHere Ltd., including European Business Development Manager. She currently serves on the Oregon Zoo Wildlife Board. Ms. Keitges received a B.A. in Philosophy from Oregon State University.
About Columbia Green Technologies:
Columbia Green is a green roof development company whose core technologies are based in vegetative roofs and sustainable functions that help manage the quality/quantity of storm water, energy use, and air/water pollution. Cities across the world are using vegetative roofs to manage these environmental issues. Columbia Green is a USA manufacturer — delivering product through both domestic and international channels to meet these needs. www.columbia-green.com.