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Joe Barnes, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Operations, BMC

Joe Barnes is Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Operations for BMC Stock Holdings and responsible for the Sourcing, Purchasing, Supply Chain, Logistics and Pricing. Mr. Barnes joined BMC in 2015 to lead the integration of BMC and Stock Building Supply. Mr. Barnes brings a diverse leadership background and over ten years of industry experience.

Prior to joining BMC, Mr. Barnes held senior roles with Pro Build, Orco Construction Supply, Coombs & Associates and Exide Technologies. Mr. Barnes has a bachelor’s degree from Cal State University-Chico and a M.B.A. from Western Washington University.

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Jennifer Cover, President and CEO, WoodWorks

Jennifer Cover is the President and CEO of WoodWorks – Wood Products Council, a nonprofit program focused on growing the market demand for wood products through project support and education on commercial and multifamily construction projects.  Ms. Cover has been with the WoodWorks program since it was established twelve years ago and took on the role of leading the program six years ago. She is a California licensed professional engineer and started her career in structural design and construction management. She taught Timber Design at the University of California, San Diego for eight years and also worked for APA – The Engineered Wood Association. She has a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her experience includes business development, market analysis, project management and structural design, all with an emphasis on wood construction.

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Craig Dohm, Vice President of Logistics, Interfor Corporation

Craig Dohm is Vice President, Logistics for Interfor Corporation, a leading supplier of lumber products to over 30 markets worldwide.  He joined Interfor in 2004 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in Logistics.  In his current position Craig leads the logistics team at Interfor in managing the transportation requirements of the Company’s 17 sawmills, export business and sales agency arrangements.  Prior to joining Interfor his career included positions in quality control, manufacturing, human resources and logistics for forest product companies in British Columbia and Washington. 

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Buddy Hobart, Founder and President, Solutions21

A frequent and returning speaker at industry events and leadership forums around the world, Buddy speaks to thousands of people annually, with business leaders accounting for over 75% of his audience. He is a pioneer in the discussion on attracting, developing, and retaining next generation leaders in today’s workforce. Buddy has provided leadership and management solutions to companies around the world, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 enterprises. He has also worked with numerous universities throughout the nation. An executive in residence at the University of Pittsburgh, Buddy leads the University’s first ever Professional Sales Academy.

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Tim Minnich, CEO and President, Princeton TMX

Tim is the Founder, CEO and President of Princeton TMX, a Princeton Consultants company, which provides Software as a Service, Transportation Management Solutions for large and mid-size industrial shippers. His company focuses on "Simplifying Transportation through Technology" and creating a "One Stop Shop" for all modes of transportation management.  He has served in executive roles in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He was previously the founder and president of TransWorks, a transportation technology subsidiary of Norfolk Southern.  Prior to entering the software industry, Tim served as the CFO of Triple Crown Services and held financial management positions with North American Van Lines and Deloitte.

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Steven Rustja, Vice President of Trading, Weston Forest Products

Steven began his lumber career in 1985, working part-time during University at Bramalea Lumber, the family owned retail lumber yard. In 1989, Steven graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from York University in Toronto, and began working full-time in sales and purchasing for the family business.

In January of 2001, Steven joined Weston Forest Products as a salesperson, bringing with him knowledge acquired from years in lumber sales and management. Steven excelled in his position and was quickly promoted to softwood lumber purchasing. By 2004, Steven was put in charge of a small sales team, which under his leadership grew into the North American Sales Group, which now comprises the Weston Forest Pallet & Box, Truss Lumber, Retail, and Wholesale Groups.

Steven is active in the North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) as a Member of the Board of Directors, Committee member and past Committee Chair, and is a Director of the Association of Lumber Remanufacturers of Ontario (ALRO) and very active in the current Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) negotiations. Steven is also a member of the Technical Working Group which advises the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry of Ontario (MNRF) and the Business Advisory Council (BAC) which advises the Ministry of Global Affairs.

Steven has been asked to speak at various industry meetings and events including the Ontario Structural Wood Association (OSWA) Annual General Meeting, the Canadian Wooden Pallet and Container Association (CWPCA) Annual General Meeting and at the Learning Lounge at the North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) Traders Market and NAWLA Wood Masters programme.

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Alan Shaw, Executive Vice President and CMO, Norfolk Southern Corporation

Alan Shaw is Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Norfolk Southern Corporation. He has been with Norfolk Southern for 25 years and has held various positions within the company. Alan served as Vice President-Intermodal Operations (2013-2015), Group Vice President-Chemicals (2009-2013), Group Vice President-Coal Transportation Services (2008-2009), Director-Coal Transportation Services (2002-2008), and has held various staff positions in the Coal and Finance departments (1994-2002). In Alan’s current position, he has overall responsibility for Norfolk Southern’s marketing and sales, industrial development, short line, and real estate activities across the NS network, including international business activity.

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Matt Shearon, Global Account Manager, FourKites

Matthew Shearon has over 20 years experience in the logistics industry.  He was the Director of Sales for a global freight payment company for 12 years before joining the Transporeon Group to lead the roll-out of their platform to North America.  He now is the Global Account Manager for FourKites and is driving their expansion strategy to EMEA and APAC. 

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Ken Sherman, Vice President and General Manager, IntelliTrans

Ken Sherman is Vice President and General Manager of IntelliTrans, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Roper Technologies. Ken has been with IntelliTrans since 2003 and has served as leader of the business since November of 2014. Prior to IntelliTrans, Ken was with the former GE Plastics, where his last two roles were the Supply Chain Manager for the sheet & film business and a Master Black Belt within the Six Sigma organization. Ken holds Bachelors and Masters of Mechanical Engineering degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and two children.

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Chad Warpinski, President, Amerhart

Since joining Amerhart in 2012 Warpinski has served a variety of roles at the wholesale distributor of building materials, most recently as Vice President of Finance. He’s played a key role in setting sales and marketing strategy, implementing a new e-commerce system, and developing the Company’s data and analytics capabilities.

Chad brings a strong background in Finance and an exceptional ability to recognize and help implement emerging technologies according to Mark Kasper, who will continue as CEO of Amerhart.

Prior to joining Amerhart, Warpinski lead the financial forecasting, planning, and analysis function at Beverages & More (BevMo!), a private-equity owned specialty beverage retailer on the west coast. He’s also helped retail, restaurant, and consumer goods companies pursue mergers and acquisitions and public and private equity financings at middle-market investment bank Piper Jaffray. Warpinski has a Bachelor of Science in Business degree (Finance) from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.