Executives from Trex Company, Gorman Brothers and Molpus Woodlands Group to Present at 2017 Leadership Summit

Chicago, IL (December 15, 2016) – The North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) has confirmed the following executives to lead sessions at its 2017 Leadership Summit, March 12-14, 2017, at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz.: Jim Cline, president and CEO of Trex Company; Nick Arkle, CEO of Gorman Brothers; Dick Molpus, Founder and President of The Molpus Woodlands Group; and, Claudia St. John, president of Affinity HR Group. Additional speakers will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

The program will also include a “Legends of Lumber” Panel featuring Steve Boyd, president/CEO of Manufacturers Reserve Supply; Steve Weekes, founder of Weekes Forest Products; Steve Killgore, Vice-President of Solid Wood Business for Roseburg Forest Products; and Grant Phillips (moderator), Lumber and Industrial Product Sales for Collins.

Through education sessions at the Leadership Summit, attendees will build knowledge on relevant management topics, discover key trends and gain proven best practices. Dedicated networking events, such as the Wine, Dine + Nine golf event, Chairman’s Dinner and multiple receptions, provide the opportunity to expand professional networks through new or strengthened relationships with customers, prospects and suppliers. All decision makers within the forest products industry, including those from retailers, buying groups, jobbers, and all other segments across the supply chain are invited to attend.

The 2016 event was the largest in 16 years, and was highly rated by the decision makers in attendance. Eighty-eight percent of said they created or renewed a relationship that will lead to new business 96% indicated they were likely to recommend the event to a friend. “I benefit greatly from attending the Leadership Summit, said Warren Reeves, vice president of sales & marketing at Wholesale Wood Products and 2016 attendee. “The networking and educational value is priceless, and I look forward to seeing all of my industry friends that have been acquired over the years.”

Registration is now open for the 2017 Leadership Summit. To learn more or register, visit http://www.nawla.org/2017leadershipsummit.


NAWLA is the association that delivers unparalleled access to relationships and resources that improve business strategy and performance through sales growth, cost savings and operational efficiencies for wholesalers and manufacturers of forest products and other building materials that conduct business in North America. Learn more at www.nawla.org.


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