Dovetail Partners Grows Expertise in Rural Economic Development, Forest Products Management and Sustainable Agriculture with New Associate

Harry Groot joins environmental think tank team


(Minneapolis, MN) - Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think tank, is pleased to announce its newest associate, Harry Groot. Mr Groot brings expertise in the fields of rural economic development, forest products management and sustainable agriculture to the Dovetail team. 

"I am excited to announce the addition of Harry to our team," says Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail's Executive Director. "I have known and worked with him for many years and value his perspective and knowledge. He will contribute an important skillset that supports our commitment to addressing environmental, agricultural, and forest-related considerations at diverse scales and with a focus on  science and leading business practice."


Harry Groot began his forest products career in 1980 at Procter & Gamble's Papermaking Division. Since then he's worked in nearly every aspect of forest products from forest inventories and lower-impact logging, to sawmilling and drying, to producing custom millwork and timber frames. Mr. Groot has served as the Managing Partner of his family's forest products company since 1998 and served as the CEO of the Blue Ridge Forest Cooperative for six years, after helping to organize it. He has consulted with over 300 firms, mostly  within the forest products sector, focusing on business and manufacturing issues, including operations improvement, streamlining management systems, quality program implementation, facilities, logistics, equipment design and specification, and rural economic development.


"I'm honored to join the Dovetail Team and look forward to contributing to their outstanding body of work. I've been a practitioner, as well as a consultant, in forest management and forest products production, in collaborative enterprise development, and in sustainable agriculture.  I look forward to continuing to learn from my new colleagues and clients, and to contribute to their success by sharing my knowledge and skills," states Mr Groot.


Harry's work experience has built on his Mechanical Engineering undergraduate and Industrial Engineering graduate work at Virginia Tech. He has particular interest in helping small businesses prosper, assisting cooperative enterprises to succeed, implementing appropriate technologies, and facilitating triple bottom line outcomes. His experience includes State and Federal public-sectors, environmental NGOs and the private sector, as well as working with investment, borrowed, earned income, and grant funding sources. Mr. Groot has been certified as a Professional Engineer and an Energy Manager, and has worked on international projects as Virginia's Governor-appointed Representative to the Consortium for Manufacturing Competitiveness. He has provided technology transfer assistance between higher Education institutions, Federal Labs, and regional businesses while Regional Director for Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology.


With his wife, Harry has a family farm located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, which includes working forest lands and heritage livestock breeds.