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Kvistad Selected to Head GSA's Northwest/Arctic Region

GSA # 9900

October 23, 2001
Contact: Deborah K. Ruiz, (202) 501-1231
deborah.ruiz@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON, DC - Administrator Stephen A. Perry of the U.S. General Services Administration today announced his appointment of Oregon native Jon Kvistad, former chairman of the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, as the Regional Administrator for GSA's Northwest/Arctic Region. His appointment is effective October 22, 2001.

"Jon's background in management, coupled with his extensive experience in local and regional government, reflects the excellent caliber of appointees that President Bush has attracted to work in his administration," Mr. Perry said. "Jon is a fifth-generation Oregonian with an in-depth knowledge of regional issues and he is the perfect choice to lead our 550 associates in the region," Mr. Perry said.

As the leading executive in the region, Mr. Kvistad will direct regional operations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Headquartered in Auburn, WA, GSA's Northwest/Arctic Region has a real estate portfolio that includes 408 leased and 142 government-owned buildings.

Mr. Kvistad, a businessman who won the Republican nomination for Oregon State Treasurer in 2000, is the only Republican on the seven-member Metro Regional Government Council, where he served three terms as Presiding Officer, the longest-serving in that office in Metro history. The council represents half the state's population and Mr. Kvistad is Metro's expert and leader in the areas of transportation and land use policy. He is also a past chairman of the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, the federal metropolitan planning organization for the metro region.

"It is truly an honor to have been selected by President Bush at this difficult time," Mr. Kvistad said. "I'm looking forward to working with this administration and with Administrator Perry as an opportunity to serve both my president and my community."

Mr. Kvistad is a graduate of Oregon State University and currently resides in Tigard, where he is a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

GSA is a centralized federal procurement and property agency in Washington, D.C., that provides office space, supplies and services for the federal government. The agency, created in 1949 to increase government efficiency operates and manages 1,800 government-owned buildings and 6,500 leased buildings. It provides workspace for more than one million federal employees in more than 1,600 American communities.