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W&L Alum Advising Atlanta Fed

Earlier this month, the Mobile Press-Register posed five questions to Washington and Lee alumnus T. Lee Robinson. One was what he’d be doing if he weren’t president of OHC, Inc., a hardwood lumber importer. Lee’s answer?  He’d want to teach history at his alma mater.

A 1985 graduate of W&L, Lee was recently named to the board of directors of the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In that role, he will be part of a seven-member panel that advises the Atlanta Fed about economic conditions in an area running from Baldwin and Mobile counties west across the southern halves of Mississippi and Louisiana. He started a three-year term on Jan. 1.

In the Press-Register interview, Lee described his role this way: “We provide an on-the-ground link to what business people are currently thinking and doing in their own businesses.”

Lee’s company, OHC, imports hardwood lumber and then mills or sells it for truck-trailer floors, crossbar supports for utility poles, and outdoor decking and furniture, among other things. Lee is the second generation to lead OHC, which was founded in 1967. He became president of the firm in 2000, and is also a member of the board of directors of International Shipholding Corp. and co-chairman of trade for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also a past member of the local Wells Fargo Bank advisory board.

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