Shane O’Neill is the Forest Industry Business Development Manager at the University of Maine. Serving as a forest sector advocate for Maine’s forest economy, he works across programs and departments within the University of Maine System to connect forest-focused businesses and communities with university resources to support business development, technology commercialization, and rural community economic diversification. As a committee member of the Forest Opportunity Roadmap/Maine (FOR/Maine) collaboration, Shane works with industry, government agencies, and trade associations to strengthen Maine’s forest sector and attract emerging technologies to diversify the state’s forest economy. Prior to joining the university, he worked within the building products industry, founded and operated two separate consulting businesses, and worked in composites research and development. He received an M.S. from UMaine and a B.S. from Michigan Tech University.