2018 Leadership Summit speakers
Scott Moore, Navy SEAL Rear Admiral (ret.)
Having served 30 years as a SEAL leader, retired Rear Admiral Scott Moore is a master in organizational leadership and teambuilding. He served in every leadership position in the SEAL teams, including the former commander of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and closed out his career as the number two leader in the entire SEAL organization. He led the military’s elite forces through more than 2,000 of our nation’s most extreme, high-stakes missions and was deployed on SEAL team operations across the globe. He understands the importance of leadership and cohesiveness like few others can, and his experience runs the gamut from leading small groups to large-scale tactical planning. From the mountains of Afghanistan to briefings in the Oval Office, Moore is the man our leaders trusted when failure was not an option.
Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Moore shares what it takes to lead high-performing teams. Believing that the art of leadership is empowering an organization’s ground-level employees to drive solutions and results, he focuses on how to tailor leadership to different groups, build truly cohesive teams, and develop real trust – the ultimate key to success. What makes the Navy SEALs so effective is also what makes them difficult to lead, and Moore offers a practical framework for leadership that works and shows audiences how to apply his insights to their own organizations with military precision. Larger than life, his presentations are a hard-hitting look into what makes the SEAL teams effective, told through exciting and entertaining stories that leave audiences on the edges of their seats.
Adrian Blocker, Senior Vice President, Wood Products, Weyerhaeuser
Adrian Blocker came to Weyerhaeuser with over 30 years in operational and corporate experience in forestland management, fiber procurement and wood products manufacturing.
Adrian’s career began with Champion International where he advanced from Regional Operations Analyst to VP of Strategic Planning for the Forestland and Wood Products business. During his 19 years with Champion, he worked in forestland management, fiber procurement and wood products manufacturing as well as leading acquisitions and divestitures of their 3.5 million acre forestland portfolio.
After Champion’s acquisition by International Paper, he held positions in business planning and consumer packaging before becoming the General Manager of Wood Products. In 2005, Adrian earned the Chairman’s Award for his work attaining production and earnings records in the wood products business. Adrian led the marketing and divestiture of IP’s vast, 12 million acres of forestland, representing the breakup and sale of one of the largest private U.S. industrial forestland ownerships. He was also responsible for divesting IP’s Wood Products business.
With West Fraser’s acquisition of IP’s lumber business, Adrian was retained by West Fraser to establish their business in the U.S. where he worked on the restructuring of corporate systems and mill rationalizations during the market downturn. He led the Southern Forest Products Association before becoming CEO of the Wood Products Council, where he transformed the WoodWorks organization from a regional pilot program to a national marketing initiative serving the North American wood products industry.
Adrian serves on a number of industry boards including the Bi-national (U.S. / Canadian) Softwood Lumber Council, Softwood Lumber Board, US Lumber Coalition, American Wood Council (AWC) and the APA Engineered Wood Association. Adrian holds an MBA and Bachelor of Science degrees in Business and Forestry from Mississippi State University.
Brad Conlon, VP Director of National Accounts, D.R. Horton, Inc.
Brad is the VP, Director of National Accounts for D.R. Horton, Inc. He joined D.R. Horton in October 1996 as a Customer Service Representative at the Phoenix Continental Series Division. In 1997, he moved into the office as a Purchasing Coordinator. He held various positions in the division’s purchasing department through 2002, when he was named the division’s Director of Purchasing. In 2003, Brad joined the Southwest Region as its Vice President of Purchasing. In August of 2005, he joined D.R. Horton’s corporate office as the VP, Director of National Accounts.
Brad lives in Colleyville, Texas with his wife Melissa and three children; Taylor, Jacob, and Brinlee. He serves at his local church and dedicates time to various ministries.
Rick Ekstein, CEO, Weston Forest
Rick’s father began buying shares of the small local lumber yard he worked at, and when Rick joined the company in 1978, he and his father bought out the remaining share holders. Under Rick’s direction and guidance Weston grew to become one of North America’s leading full service distributors and remanufacturers of softwood and hardwood lumber and specialty panel products, operating in more than 40 countries on five continents.
On several occasions, Weston has been named as “One of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Private Companies,” and has been recognized for numerous other corporate awards including “One of the 10 Best Corporate Cultures in Canada.”
Rick was a founder of both the Association of Lumber Remanufacturers of Ontario (ALRO), and the Canadian Lumber Remanufacturers Association (CLRA,) and still spends a significant amount of time advocating on behalf of the industry in Ottawa and Washington.
Rick served on the Executive Committee of the National Hardwood Lumber Association, and was Chair of the North American Wholesale Lumber Association. He speaks frequently at industry events, at Canada’s premier think tank, the C.D. Howe Institute, at the Schulich School of Business, and presents annually to the Conservative Party of Canada’s internship program.
In December of 2015, following a carefully planned succession process, Rick stepped away from his day-to-day role at Weston; leaving in his words “a fantastic Management Team to continue Weston’s growth and evolution.”
As President and CEO of Phaze 3, Rick and his team have built a diversified asset management company, as well as an advocacy arm that advances a variety of causes, and is becoming a significant supporter of Canadian military families.
Rick has been married to his high school sweetheart, Lillian, for more than 37 years and they have two daughters. Of the many roles Rick has held over the years, his absolute favorite is being “Opa” to his granddaughters Emily and Hallie.
Eric Grandeen, President, Idaho Pacific Lumber Company
A lifelong resident of Southwest Idaho, Eric graduated with honors from Boise State University with a BBA in Accounting. He has been a CPA in the State of Idaho since 1994 until he let his license go inactive in 2010. He continues his membership in the Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Eric started his career in public accounting working for Arthur Andersen, where he worked in the Boise Idaho office for 7 years with a focus on building products, with his final role as an Audit Manager. He went to work for Idaho Pacific Lumber, (IdaPac) as the Controller in 2001. Eric was later promoted to CFO in 2006, Vice President in 2008 and President in 2011.
Eric has a passion for the employees of IdaPac, technology as a means to improve customer service as well as risk management. He wants to go on record to say, “we are in a sexy industry” and “today’s youth rocks!”
Laurie McCabe, PhD, Marketing and Sales Supervisor, TradeTec
Although new to the forest industry, for the last 20 years, Dr. McCabe has sold solutions into production environments everything from PLCs for Allen Bradley; ERP for Oracle; and GPS Fleet Telematics for Verizon-Networkfleet.
Her education background includes degrees in manufacturing engineering and MBA from Worcester Polytech; and PhD in organizational leadership from Regent University, where her research focus was traditionally in the area of entrepreneurial leadership; innovation; organizational learning; and biblical exegetics.
Dr. McCabe looks forward to another opportunity to lecture on strategic planning in an Kenyan college; and is herself an innovator as one who commercialized an aftermarket accessory that converts a typical treadmill into a treadmill desk.
Brian McCoy, President & CEO, McCoy's Building Supply
Brian McCoy was born in Galveston, Texas and graduated from Ball High School in 1972. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1975 with a BBA in finance.
Brian married his high school sweetheart, Wetonnah Lane, in 1976, and they have two grown children, both married, and four grandchildren.
Brian has been actively involved with McCoy’s from the age of 17. Yard hand, truck driver, floor sales, assistant store manager, store manager, merchandise manager, Vice President, Co-President and presently CEO and Chairman of the Board are all positions he has held during the past 46 years at McCoy’s.
McCoy’s Building Supply is privately-held by Brian’s family and operates 88 locations in 5 states. The McCoy Team serves independent Home Builders, repair/remodel Contractors and project-oriented Do-It-Yourselfers as targeted customers.
Brian is also a partner in McCoy Remme Ranches, a cow-calf operation with land holdings in far West Texas. He serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Emmett & Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration Development Foundation at Texas State University. He also serves on the Board of the Lumbermen’s Association of Texas and Intimate Life Ministries.
Brian was selected for the Samaritan Center’s Ethics in Business Award in Austin in 2003. The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce chose him as Business Person of the Year in 2004. In 2006 he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Rawls College of Business Administration, and in 2012 as a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas Tech University. Personal interests include reading, travel, swimming, and walking.
Mike Phillips, President and COO (retired), Hampton Affiliates
Michael Phillips, who retired in January of 2017, was the President and COO of Hampton Lumber Sales (HLS) of Portland, Oregon, which is the marketing division of Hampton Lumber and was responsible for lumber and panel sales on a worldwide basis. HLS markets over 3 billion board feet of lumber and panel products annually, including the lumber production from the Company’s nine sawmills and six distribution yards.
Mr. Phillips has a B.S. in Business Administration & Marketing from the University of Oregon and has worked in the forest products industry for over 45 years. Mr. Phillips was the 2013-2014 Chairman of North American Wholesale Lumber Association. He was recognized as the 2014 Lumberman of the Year by the Portland Wholesale Lumber Association. Mr. Phillips was also affiliated with Western Wood Products Association, Wood Promotion Council, and Timber Products Inspection Board of Advisors during his career with the company.