2019 Schedule of Events

 Saturday, March 9

  2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  NAWLA Board of Directors Meeting

  6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Opening Ice Breaker

All Registrants Welcome

 Sunday, March 10

  7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Registration Open
  7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


NAWLA and WWPA Committee Members Only

  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. WWPA Quality Standards/Technical Committee Meeting
  8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. NAWLA Committee Meetings
  10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. NAWLA Joint Wrap-up Session
  11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Scenic Bike TourClick to learn about the tour options

Ebike Outing - Explore the Loop
For guests who love the feeling of wind through their hair without so much pedaling, there is a leisurely and relaxing Ebike ride. Those participating in the Electric Bike ride will enjoy amazing views of the Tucson area and surrounding mountains while riding along the carless bike path known as “The Loop” that surrounds Tucson. Along the way, guides will stop the tour at various parks, artworks and points of interest as time allows. The ride will follow the Santa Cruz riverbed that was historically the lifeline for natives and early inhabitants of the Tucson region. The wash is now home to an array of native wildlife and plants that guides who point out and teach about along the way.

Mountain Bike Outing
The mountain bike tour will start out on a paved path where guests will get comfortable on the bike and practice shifting gears and braking. The trail they will be riding is a hard-packed, single track trail just outside of Saguaro National Park in Tucson with some sections of loose rock. All trails they will be riding are in the intermediate to moderate range depending on athletic ability and previous experience mountain biking. All sections of the trail have a varying degree of technical areas, with nothing being super technical but for guests with some mountain biking experience, these spots will add a little diversity to the ride. The mileage and sections of the trail they will follow will be determined by pace of the group. The trail meanders through a beautiful ironwood forest, surrounded by gorgeous plants, cactus, and wildlife.

  11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Wine, Dine + Nine

Back by popular demand is the Wine, Dine + Nine golf outing. Meet and network with industry leaders, their spouses, and attendees during a nine-hole round of golf. There will also be a lunch networking event prior to teeing off. 

  3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Beers with Peers

Join attendees for an afternoon drink and networking.

  6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Registration Open
  6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

NAWLA & WWPA Welcome Reception 

All Registrants Welcome

 Monday, March 11

  7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Registration Open
  7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

10 Group Meetings

  7:00 a.m. - 7:15 a.m.

WWPA Member Meeting

  7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

WWPA Board of Directors Meeting

  8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Spouse & Companion Workout Class

Join other spouses for a morning workout class. All equipment and yoga mats will be provided and the class welcomes all skill levels!

  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 

Breakfast & Table Tops

  9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 

Legends of Lumber Panel

Speakers: George Emmerson, Sierra Pacific Industries; Doug Reed, California Redwood Co.; Bill Anderson, J.M. Thomas Forest Products
Moderator: Grant Phillips, Wildwood Trading Group

Hear from “legends” in the lumber industry share their history, knowledge, insights, and experience. This moderated session allows the audience to learn from the perspectives of those who have been the industry for decades and ask questions along the way.

  9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  Beverages & Table Tops
  9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Spouse & Companion Event

This year's spouse and companion outing will take place at the beautiful Tohono Chul Botanical Gardens. Join us at this oasis in the desert for a private brunch and custom, locally-sourced jewelry making session.

  10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  

Challenges and Opportunities in the LBM Supply Chain

Speaker: Craig Johnston, Forest City Trading Group

Craig Johnston will discuss some of the factors that have altered the building materials distribution landscape. In addition, he will provide some of the implications of these factors for the supply chain for the future.

  11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Beverages & Table Tops

  11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 

The Future of Construction: From Mass Timber Panels to Offsite Construction

Speakers: Tyler Freres, Freres Lumber Co. Inc.; Gerry McCaughey, Entekra
Moderator: Paul Jannke, FEA

Join us as we dive deeper into the future of construction. From the change and use of materials to the process itself, two experts in this space will share their perspectives about how these products and solutions are changing the future of construction and how we think about building in North America.

  12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. 

Industry Luncheon & WWPA Awards

Join us as we update attendees on the business of our organizations and recognize several attendees with industry awards, including the WWPA Master Lumberman and Safety Awards.

  1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Wood Products Price Assessments

Speaker: Matt Graves, Fastmarkets RISI

Fastmarkets RISI acquired Random Lengths in 2018. Our goal is to provide the most accurate price assessments for the wood products industry.

  2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Open Networking Break
  6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Chairman's Reception

All Registrants Welcome

  7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Chairman's Dinner and Entertainment

All registrants are welcome to join us for an evening with dinner and live music and a special recognition for NAWLA's 2018 and 2019 Chairmen and awards presentation. 

 Tuesday, March 12

  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Registration Open
  7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast & Table Tops
  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Spouse & Companion Workout Class

Join other spouses for a morning workout class. All equipment and yoga mats will be provided and the class welcomes all skill levels!

  8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Accelerating at the Speed of "US"

Speaker: L.T. Gibson, President and CEO, U.S. LBM

L.T. Gibson shares how U.S. LBM’s unique culture and embrace of technology have driven the company to become one of the leading and fastest growing building material distributors in the country.

  8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Beverages & Table Tops

  9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 

The Big Picture: Trends, Threats, and Opportunities Facing Your Customers Today

Speaker: Craig Webb, Webb Analytics, LLC

What worries America’s home builders most these days? How does it differ for the repair and remodel industry? And what’s the mood at lumberyards? Craig Webb, longtime editor of ProSales and Remodeling magazines and head of Webb Analytics, reports on the key concerns he’s seeing among your customers from coast to coast, as well as the vital clues he has spotted emerging from industry data.