Thursday, April 21, 2022

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Thank you for attending the Southeast Regional Meeting

We are grateful for your presence. More information for the 2023 event will be available later this year. Check this space for updates to be the first in the loop. 

Registration Fee

Members and non-members: $79

Attendee List

Registration for the Southeastern Regional Meeting is $79, which includes the program, heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and the MAX tour. The MAX celebrates the contributions to arts and entertainment of Mississippians such as William Faulkner, Morgan Freeman, John Grisham, Jim Henson, James Earl Jones, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, Oprah Winfrey and Richard Wright.

Additional Registration Information

NAWLA accepts name substitutions at no charge. Any name substitution must be submitted in writing to prior to the start of the event. You will receive a confirmation email once the substitution has been processed.

Cancellation Policy
A full refund will be granted to cancellations made in writing on or before March 24, 2022. Regrettably, no refunds will be given to cancellations received on or after March 25, 2022. Written cancellations must be sent via email to Cancellation refunds will be issued in the same method of payment as it was received.

Important notice re: COVID-19:
By registering for the event, you are acknowledging that you will adhere to the Centers for Disease Control’s Travelers' Health guidelines, as well as laws, ordinances and mandates in the locale of the conference.


2155 Front Street
Meridian, MS 39301

Schedule at a Glance

  • Registration Open and Networking: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Education Session: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Lumber Panel: Thought Leaders in Our Industry
  • Networking: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Following the presentation will be ample time for creating or building relationships with peers from across the area, while enjoying local entertainment and a casual tour of The MAX. During the cocktail hour, local songwriter and musician Scott McQuaig will perform on acoustic guitar.

Education Session: Lumber Panel: Thought Leaders in Our Industry

Eager to learn what new cybersecurity measures you should be taking in your business? Interested in future market corrections? This diverse group of panelists is coming together to answer your questions and discuss top-of-mind subjects spanning the lumber industry. Join presenters Mark Hoffman (All Star Forest Products), Barry Bauman (Interfor), Steve Cheatham (Everwood Treatment Co.), Brent Heavican (DMSi), Jay Bowling (Blair Logistics) and moderator Bill Price (All Star Forest Products) for this engaging discussion. 

Bauman.pngBarry Bauman

Barry Bauman graduated from UGA in 1994 with a forestry degree and minor in Business. His first job was with the Georgia Forestry Association. From there, he moved into a procurement forester position with Union Camp, purchasing logs for the lumber and paper mills in Georgia. Five years later, they were purchased by International Paper (IP), and Bauman took a position in the lumber sales group. In 2005, IP owned 21 sawmills and moved to Memphis, where Bauman managed sales for seven central mills. West Fraser bought IP in 2007, where Bauman continued to work in lumber sales until 2014. In 2014, he took a job as senior sales manager with an up-and-coming company called Interfor, where they had five Southern Pine sawmills. Two years later, Bauman became the product manager working with sales and operations to develop a consistent and valuable product mix across all mills. In 2020, Bauman moved back into sales as the pricing and process manager for the now 13 SYP mills in the U.S. South. He is very fortunate to have been married to his wonder wife Liz for 26 years, and he has four great children, Emily, Brett, Benji and Ellie whose ages range from 13 to 21.

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Jay Bowling serves as chief executive officer of Blair Logistics, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Auburn University in 1979 with a degree in logistics. Immediately following Auburn, Bowling started in the flatbed trucking industry and now leads one of the fastest growing flatbed companies in the industry. As CEO of Blair Logistics, it is his passion to help contractors achieve their goal of owning and operating their own business. In 2009, Bowling started Blair Logistics with Robbie Pike and Scott Smith under PS Logistics. With just 12 contractors, the company quickly grew to where it is today. Blair Logistics now has a fleet of 800 contractors consisting of lease and owner operators. Bowling had led the company in acquiring four other trucking companies including the most recent, Patriot Transit, in 2021. Blair Logistics continues to strive to be on the forefront of technology and transportation. With contractors being their top priority, they provide top-tier flatbed shipping services, enabling success for each one of their customers. Bowling would say he has been blessed with a beautiful wife, Patti Bowling, his four children and six grandchildren. Other than spending time with his family, he enjoys golfing and relaxing at the beach. He works closely with Auburn University and their supply chain program. Bowling strives day-to-day to add to his list of personal and professional achievements.  

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Steve Cheatham is married to Renee Cheatham and has three grown boys. He started in the wood industry in 1998. Cheatham has been with Everwood Treatment Company for over 21 years. He served on the executive committee for three years and various others in the American Wood Protection Association. Cheatham has served on the marketing committee for NAWLA for a few years.

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Brent Heavican is vice president and chief technology officer for DMSi Software. Heavican joined DMSi in 2004 as a software engineer and went on to hold several leadership roles including director of architecture and innovation, director of research and development and vice president of technology. As CTO, Heavican establishes DMSi’s long-term strategy for technology and programming. He sets the architectural vision for DMSi’s products, including the Agility ERP system, ensuring they are flexible and adaptable and able to leverage new technologies that may emerge in the future. Heavican graduated from the Peter Kiewit Institute at the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a bachelor’s in computer science and a minor in mathematics.

Optional Post-event Activity

On Friday, April 22, we will plan to tour Biewer Lumber Company’s Southern Pine Sawmill in Newton, MS. The tour will take place from 9:00-10:00 a.m. and transportation will be provided to get to and from Newton. The group will plan to leave around 8 a.m., and participants can either ride with NAWLA or individually if they'd prefer.

Attendees will need to stay overnight on Thursday if planning to attend the tour. Here is a recommended hotel in the area (and is only a four minute walk to and from The MAX):

The ThreeFoot Hotel
601 22nd Avenue
Meridian, MS 39301

Thank you to our 2022 Southeast Regional Meeting Sponsors! 

Regional Sponsors

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Special thank you to Phil Duke

National Sponsors

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