James Palmquist of the Lehigh Valley, a known community advocate, has recently been appointed to the position of volunteer state president for AARP Pennsylvania.
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In his new role, Palmquist will partner with AARP staff and volunteers to help achieve the association’s vision, mission and strategic priorities throughout Pennsylvania. He will also serve as chairman of AARP Pennsylvania’s Executive Council, an all-volunteer panel that shapes policy objectives for the association’s work statewide. Palmquist will serve a two-year term and succeeds Estella Hyde, who was recently named a Regional Volunteer Director for AARP.
“Jim Palmquist is an accomplished business executive, community leader and advocate,” said Ivonne Gutiérrez Bucher, state director of AARP Pennsylvania. “In his new role, he will be working closely with members, volunteers and community partners to help AARP achieve its advocacy, education and service objectives throughout Pennsylvania”
An AARP member since 1995, Palmquist most recently served as an AARP volunteer regional leader in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, an area that includes more than 100,000 association members. His professional career includes 25 years at Fortune 500 Company Air Products and Chemicals, including serving as Manager of International Operations. Palmquist is also a former member of the board of directors and executive committee for Keystone Health Plan Central, a subsidiary of Capital Blue Cross.
He previously held leadership roles with the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and is a past President of the American Lung Association of the Lehigh Valley. The former naval aviator also holds a commercial pilot’s license and instrument rating for both airplanes and helicopters. He is a graduate of Lycoming College and received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Temple University, and has also served as an Adjunct Professor and Instructor at Temple and Penn State Universities.
“I look forward to putting my skills and experience to work to help Pennsylvania’s 50+ residents and their families age with independence, dignity and purpose,” said Palmquist.
AARP Pennsylvania serves more than 1.8 million members age 50 and over in the Commonwealth.