James Buchanan Appointed to Vice Chairman of the Board
Jim is the newly appointed Vice Chairman of Hancock Lumber Company’s board of directors, which he has served on since 2014. Over the course of his career he has successfully built teams and held senior executive positions in a number of Fortune 500 organizations in both the US and Europe including: LEGO Corporation, Hasbro Corporation, General Mills and Saucony, the athletic footwear company. He was a founding member of the original team that introduced LEGO brand products into the United States. At General Mills, he was responsible for marketing/new ventures and consumer product introductions into 10 European countries.
Jim has worked with venture capital organizations to acquire, manage and grow a wide variety of businesses and has also held not for profit board positions with the Osher Rare Map Library, Smith Center for Cartographic Research at the University of Southern Maine and the Cumberland Club in Portland, Maine. Additionally, he co-founded and facilitates the Maine Board Forum, a private peer to peer CEO problem solving group represented by CEO’s whose Maine businesses collectively represent approximately $200 million in revenue and 500 employees.
Currently, and for the past twenty years, Jim has served as a board member of the William Guy Forbeck Cancer Research Foundation where he is currently Trustee Emeritus. Jim is an active fundraiser for this charity and has raised over $500K to support pediatric cancer research.
As an accomplished cyclist, he was selected to participate with Lance Armstrong in the 2003 Tour of Hope. The team of 26, including Armstrong, cycled across the country from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. in eight days to raise awareness for cancer research.
He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served with distinction in Vietnam.
Please join us in congratulation Jim on his newly appointed position with Team Hancock!