Instructors

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Tom Gennarelli is currently the vice president of transportation and logistics at Timber Products Company/TP Trucking. He earned his Executive MBA at Willamette University during his tenure at Weyerhaeuser. Tom earned his undergraduate in 1990 at St. John’s University in NYC. Tom joined the PNWARS BOD in 2013, he held positions from president to vice president during his tenure. Tom also has industry experience as an Area Manager for Loomis Fargo & Brinks, Inc.  He also spent 10 years in package as a District Manager for Airborne Express & United Parcel Service.

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David Jones recently assumed the role of the Manager, Treated Wood Division, at Timber Products. Previously, Jones was a professor at Mississippi State University with the Department of Forest Products, where he provided technical support to many forest products companies and associations. In addition, he conducted extensive research on products in both domestic and international markets.

Chris Knowles

Chris Knowles recently assumed the role of Marketing Director at Timber Products. Prior to that, Knowles was a professor at Oregon State University with the Oregon Wood Innovation Center, where he provided technical support to many forest product companies and associations. In addition, he conducted extensive market research on products in both domestic and international markets.

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Scott Olsen is a corporate trainer and consultant at The Olsen Group. He brings a combination of accomplishment and understanding of business matched with success in training individuals and groups. Scott has developed innovative negotiation methods throughout his career that produce dramatic increases in profitability and customer satisfaction. With a combination of skills and knowledge, Scott successfully advances management, leadership, sales, and interpersonal skills. He tailors each session to the particular needs of the group in which he is involved. Scott founded The Olsen Group in 1999 and is located in Portland, OR.

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Henry Quesada, is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech. A 2002 and 2004 alumni of Purdue University, Henry works in the areas of Supply Chain Management, Operations Research, International Marketing, Lean Thinking and Environmental Impact applied to the Forest Products industry. He has been awarded over $4.5 million in grants and contracts as principal and co-principal investigator and has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles. He is currently the Director of the Center for Forest Products Business at Virginia Tech and the president-elect of the Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST). Henry also provides professional services as a consultant and expert witness.