2018 Schedule of Events

  Saturday, April 7

  2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  NAWLA Board of Directors Meeting
  6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Opening Ice Breaker
All Registrants Welcome

  Sunday, April 8

  7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Registration Open
  8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
NAWLA and WWPA Committee Members Only
  9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. WWPA Quality Standards/Technical Committee Meeting
  9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. NAWLA Committee Meetings
  10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. NAWLA Joint Wrap-up Session
  11:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Scenic Bike Tour

Enjoy beautiful views of downtown Austin and LadyBird Lake with other attendees and their spouses during a two hour biking tour. This tour is great for visitors new to Austin accommodates all skill levels. Transportation to and from the tour and a boxed lunch are provided. 

Sponsored by Weston Wood Solutions

  12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Wine, Dine + Nine

Back by popular demand is the Wine, Dine + Nine Couples Networking Event. Meet and network with like-minded couples during a nine-hole round of golf. There will also be a lunch networking event prior to teeing off. 

  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Beers with Peers
Join attendees for an afternoon drink to network and watch the Masters.
  6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Registration Open
  6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Special Reception
First-time attendees, GenNext attendees, and Sponsors 
Invitation only
  6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  NAWLA & WWPA Welcome Reception 

All registrants welcome

Sponsored by Boise Cascade

  Monday, April 9

 
  7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Registration Open
  7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Spouse & Companion Workout Class

Join other spouses for a morning workout class.  All equipment and yoga mats will be provided and the class welcomes all skill levels!

Led by Megan Penney, BodyNetix owner and wife of Chris Penney, NAWLA member and General Manager, TradeTech Computer Systems Ltd.

Sponsored by TradeTec Computer Systems Ltd.

  7:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

WWPA Member Meeting

  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 

Breakfast & Table-tops
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Breakfast sponsored by Aon Risk Solutions

  9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 

Engaging Talent in Dynamic Times

The employment climate today continues to challenge our industry’s ability to attract and retain talent. Issues such as qualified candidates, new hire turnover, and skills based training are just some of the issues that get in the way of successfully building a team of associates that will contribute over the course of their careers. Adrian Blocker will share Weyerhaeuser’s strategic focus on People Development.

Adrian Blocker, Senior Vice President, Wood Products, Weyerhaeuser

  9:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Spouse & Companion Event

   This year's event is an outing to the flagship Kendra Scott jewelry store for a private shopping session where you can design your own custom jewelry piece. 
9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  Beverages & Table-tops

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Beverages sponsored by Aon Risk Solutions

  10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   Optimizing Customer Service Through Technology for Both Internal and External Customers 

Heraclitus, a philosopher who lived 2,600 years ago, wrote, "Nothing endures but change." We underestimate its pace at our own peril. 
In today's age, deciding whether to innovate in the current digital revolution is not an option. Digital technology is disrupting many industries in a variety of ways. Join Eric Grandeen for a discussion about implementing new technology for the younger generation of internal and external customers and how that will create long term value for your company.

Eric Grandeen, President & CEO, Idaho Pacific

  11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Beverages & Table-tops
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Beverages sponsored by Aon Risk Solutions

  11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  What Makes a Builder Tick?

Get inside the mind of a big builder in this session. Brad will discuss the general purchasing structure of a big builder and how they make decisions on products and trades. He’ll also share insights on what’s important to big builders and how they connect with the industry. 

Brad Conlon, Vice President, National Accounts, DR Horton

  12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.  Industry Luncheon & Awards
Join us as we update attendees on the business of our organizations and recognize several attendees with industry awards, including the WWPA Master Lumberman and Safety Awards.
  1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  From Crisis to Opportunity to Service

Brian will discuss how his company braced themselves for Hurricane Harvey and the challenges that faced them in the aftermath. Hear how he led his company’s leadership to serve his team and customers in need. They saw the disaster as a time to build back Texas with a mission and purpose.  

Brian McCoy, President and CEO, McCoy's Building Supply

  2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Open Networking Break
  6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Chairman's Reception
  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Chairman's Dinner and Dance
  

All registrants are welcome to join us for an evening with dinner and live music and a special recognition for NAWLA's 2017 and 2018 Chairmen. 

Sponsored by Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Companies

  Tuesday, April 10

 
  7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Spouse & Companion Workout Class

Join other spouses for a morning workout class.  All equipment and yoga mats will be provided and the class welcomes all skill levels!

Led by Megan Penney, BodyNetix owner and wife of Chris Penney, NAWLA member and General Manager, TradeTech Computer Systems Ltd.

Sponsored by TradeTec Computer Systems

  7:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. 10 Group Meetings
  7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. WWPA Board of Directors Meeting
  8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Registration Open
  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast & Table-tops
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Breakfast sponsored by Taylor Machine Works, Inc.

  9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Keynote Session: Leading No-Fail Teams

Rear Admiral Scott Moore shares stories of teamwork and focuses on how to transform individuals into a cohesive team, how to select talent that complements each other’s strengths and compensates for their weaknesses, and the qualities to look for in team members and leaders. 

Scott Moore, Navy SEAL Rear Admiral (ret.) & expert on building and leading 'No-Fail' teams

  9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Beverages & Table-tops
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Beverages sponsored by Taylor Machine Works, Inc.

  10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Maintaining the Modern Sawmill

Laurie will reflect on how the modern sawmill has evolved into the array of technologies that it is today; how those technologies are being maintained; and what that means for the future as mills become more integrated into the IoT.

Laurie McCabe, Marketing and Sales Supervisor, TradeTec

  11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Beverages & Table-tops
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Beverages sponsored by Taylor Machine Works, Inc.

  11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Legends of Lumber Panel

Hear from “legends” in the lumber industry share their history, knowledge, insights, and experience. This moderated session allows the audience to learn from the perspectives of those who have been the industry for decades and ask questions along the way. 

Moderator: Grant Phillips, Collins
Speakers: Rick Ekstein, CEO, Weston Forest; Mike Phillips, President and COO (retired), Hampton Affiliates