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Webinars

Since so much in the industry has changed lately, NAWLA has recognized that its members and the industry are looking for ways to learn about current issues.

Webinars have been particularly effective lately, as companies have cut back both their travel and training budgets. The webinars allow employees to get the information they need without having the time and expense of an onsite program. It also has enabled companies to have multiple employees to attend, which always helps with the takeaways and long-term implementation of the knowledge.

If you have any questions about our webinars and online learning materials, please contact education@nawla.org.

Upcoming Webinars


Lumber Grading 

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Date and time: Tuesday, November 20 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT

Presenter: Lon Sibert - Renewable Resource Associates, Inc. (RRA)

This webinar will enlighten the audience about basic, but abstract concepts, related to the grading that one cannot assimilate by simply reading the lumber grading rules.

Participants will not become lumber graders by the end of the webinar (this takes weeks to accomplish); however, they will be empowered with new, substantive information & insight about structural lumber and lumber grading.

If you or your company are interested in presenting a webinar please contact education@nawla.org.


Past Webinars

Past webinar recordings are only available to members. 

Transportation Capacity - Perception v. Reality 

Presenters: Jay McElroy – President, McElroy Truck Lines, Inc
Don Mattocks  COO/CFO and Partner, Big Level Trucking
Jacqueline Bendon – AVP Industrial Products, Union Pacific
Brian Vittur – Director Marketing Forest & Consumer Products, Norfolk Southern 

Capacity is getting a lot of attention in the transportation circles these days, and its implications are starting to evolve the entire industry. This webinar will provide participants with a greater understanding of current capacity constraints as they relate to both truck and rail freight handling, the current and future impacts of these constraints, industry trends and possible operating strategies to provide solutions moving forward. 

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Hiring Entry-Level/Hourly Positions - Tips for attracting and engaging front-line workers 

Presenter: Claudia St. John - President, Affinity HR Group

Do you have the right strategies to attract entry level and hourly talent.  Have you done everything in your power to retain that talent and reduce turnover? This session will provide an overview of the tips for creative recruiting strategies for hourly workers, and the critical components of how to improve overall employee engagement and retention.  Participant outcomes include:

    • Identifying strategies for improving in-house recruiting efforts
    • Learning tips and techniques for successfully onboarding and retaining employees
    • Understanding the components of employee engagement and how to improve employee satisfaction

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Tips for Hiring In A Tight Labor Market 

Presenter: Claudia St. John - President, Affinity HR Group

With the unemployment rate at historic lows and finding qualified employees increasingly difficult, it is now more critical than ever that you deploy the right strategies to attract talent.  Where is the best place to find talent?  What qualities of your search will ensure that you have greater success in finding and landing talent.  And what are some critical not-to-do’s in your recruiting efforts.  Participant outcomes include:

    • Understanding the unique challenges of the current labor market
    • Identifying successful and unsuccessful strategies for posting your position
    • Learning tips for ensuring that your recruiting efforts are as effective as possible

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Lumber Grading 101

Presenter: Lon Siebert, Renewable Resource Associates, Inc.

This presentation was designed to help lumber traders better understand the products they deal with. Lon focused on how to "read a piece of lumber" and appraise and measure abstract structural characteristics

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Leveraging Credit Information for Profit

Presenters: Mark Erickson, Sr. Vice President at Blue Book Services, Larry McDaniel, Vice President of Finance at Blue Book Services, Aaron Lindstrom, the Pacific Northwest Agent for Euler Hermes

Participants learned trade credit policy and procedure best practices, and how to use these to drive business growth. 

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