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Hazelden board of trustees names new chairman

June 17, 2011
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Paul L. Gossling

Center City, Minn. — Connecticut-based global businessman Paul L. Gossling has been named chairman of the Hazelden Foundation Board of Trustees. Hazelden, headquartered in Center City, Minn., is a private, nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment center.

Gossling has served on the Hazelden Board of Trustees for nine years. He is president and CEO of Origin Point Brands, LLC, a manufacturer of steel products for worldwide markets. Headquartered in Charleston, S.C., Origin Point Brands has manufacturing facilities in China, Taiwan and Thailand.

In 1996, Gossling was appointed by Hazelden’s New York Board of Directors and the Hazelden Foundation Board of Trustees to establish the position of president and CEO of Hazelden in New York, an interim position he held until 1998. He has served on the Alcoholism Council of New York since 2001.

Sharing his excitement about Hazelden’s growth and transformation, Gossling accepted the chairmanship at the Foundation’s annual Board dinner June 8 on Hazelden’s Center City, Minn., campus.

He credited outgoing Hazelden Board chair Rev. Michael J. O’Connell, as well as O’Connell’s predecessor, Norbert J. Conzemius, with ushering in bold initiatives to deliver Hazelden’s expertise in new ways and through new venues to help more people find freedom from addiction.

Use of anti-craving medications, the opening of Hazelden’s newest treatment center in Naples, Fla., in 2010, development of electronic products and services, growth of outpatient programming including Hazelden’s new Maple Grove, Minn., site, and the soon-to-open collegiate recovery residence in New York City were all cited by Gossling as innovative growth initiatives.

Hazelden president and CEO Mark G. Mishek notes that Gossling is ideally suited professionally and personally to set the direction for Hazelden’s continued forward momentum. “We are extremely fortunate to have Paul at the helm of our Board of Trustees,” says Mishek. “He brings exceptional business acumen along with an abiding commitment to recovery from addiction. Paul is a strategic thinker, a strong advocate of Twelve Step recovery, and a terrific ambassador for Hazelden’s mission.”

Mishek, too, praised the visionary leadership of Rev. O’Connell who will now serve as vice chair of the Hazelden Board.

Gossling, who lives in Glastonbury, Conn., is married to the Rev. Nancy E. Gossling, rector at St. James Episcopal Church in Glastonbury and has two grown children.

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