Next Ag Secretary Has Manufacturing Background

By October 31, 2007Miscellaneous

We should also note that President Bush’s nominee to be the next Secretary of Agriculture, former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer, has broad experience in the world of manufacturing and telecommunications.

Before his life in elective politics, Ed — “call me Ed” is a byword — held a variety of positions small and large at the Gold Seal Company, the household products manufacturer. Here’s his bio from a recent consulting venture:

Ed Schafer has extensive, top-level leadership experience in both government and business sectors. In addition to his two terms as governor of North Dakota, he developed a successful business career that included leading the Gold Seal Company, an international market leader in consumer cleaning products. His tenure at Gold Seal included moving the company from an entrepreneurial heritage to a professionally managed company. He also founded several North Dakota-based businesses. Most recently, Ed was co-founder of Extend America, a telecommunications company focused on connecting rural areas of the Midwest to the world. His strengths include priority-based budgeting, team building, product development, start-up and expansions, crisis management, consensus building, and international marketing. Schafer has a business administration degree from the University of North Dakota and a master’s degree from the University of Denver.

Gold Seal was founded by Harold Schafer, Ed’s father, and grew from a small, one-man operation selling Glass Wax to a multi-million-dollar, international operation.

UPDATE (3 p.m.) Positive reactions from the people who know him, even his political critics, back in Nodak.

UPDATE (4 p.m.) White House fact sheet here.

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