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IWPA Leadership & Staff

IWPA Leadership


Kenny MacMaster, Argo Fine Imports

Vice President 
Hugh Reitz, UCS Forest Group


Michael Schultz, Floor & Decor

IWPA Staff

Executive Director / CEO
Cindy L. Squires, Esq.

Cindy Squires joined the International Wood Products Association (IWPA) as Executive Director in March of 2013.  As the chief executive for the leading international trade association for the North American imported wood products industry, Cindy represents companies and trade organizations engaged in the import and use of hardwoods and softwoods from sustainably managed forests in over 30 nations across the globe. Ms. Squires also serves on the boards of the American Hardwood Export Council, the Global Timber Forum, and the American Boat and Yacht Council.   

For nearly ten years, Cindy directed the regulatory, legal and trade programs for the recreational boating industry as the Chief Counsel of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).  Cindy practiced environmental and administrative law at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.   Cindy has spent nearly 10 years on agricultural policy, representing the Executive branch as a legislative liaison and regulatory analyst at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service and as a U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee legislative staffer for then Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy.   

Ms. Squires graduated cum laude from the Washington College of Law, American University and is admitted to the Maryland and the District of Columbia bars. Ms. Squires has her B.A. in International Relations from George Mason University. A Wyoming native, Ms. Squires spends her spare time enjoying the outdoors with her son and husband.

Director, Government and
Public Affairs, Member Services
Joseph L. O'Donnell

O’Donnell joined IWPA as Manager of Government and Public Affairs in April 2014. Prior to joining IWPA, he served ten years on the staff of former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, a former Chairman of both the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and the Committee on Foreign Relations. His positions included Deputy Legislative Director and Senior Legislative Assistant while focusing on assisting stakeholders interacting with federal agencies and advancing funding priorities through the budget process. O’Donnell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in International Economics from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

As Director of Government and Public Affairs, O’Donnell works to advance the priorities of IWPA members in Congress and the federal agencies. He also works to keep members abreast of developments that may affect their businesses through IWPA’s weekly E-News newsletter.

O’Donnell resides in Washington, D.C., and enjoys escaping the city at any opportunity to hike, bike, and camp.

Manager, Membership, Marketing, and Operations
  Mary Louise Sáenz

Mary Louise Sáenz joined the IWPA team as the Manager of Membership, Marketing, and Operations in 2018. In this role, Mary manages membership outreach, communications, retention, and recruitment efforts, and can assist you with questions that you may have about joining IWPA, making changes to your online company profile, or getting you registered for any upcoming events.


Prior to joining IWPA, Mary helped manage and grow a non-profit organization in support of government research in the field of social sciences for more than four years. Mary has extensive experience in the non-profit sector and in particular government contracting. Prior to her work in the non-profit sector, Mary worked in the customer service industry in New York City in fast-paced environments where she gained extensive managerial and marketing skills. Mary graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a minor in Spanish in 2010.



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