Thursday 1:00pm

Family Business Relations Seminar
By: Deb Houden
Sponsored by Hassell & Hughes Lumber Co., Inc. 

Deb Houden is a senior consultant with The Family Business Consulting Group, she specializes in helping family-owned businesses with family communication, transition and next generation development by providing resources, tools and knowledge that are needed to navigate their specific issues.

Deb has worked with numerous families on developing effective communication and conflict resolution skills, developing family meetings, beginning stages of board development, and working with next generational members of family firms (including adolescents). She is adept at developing processes that help families go through changes within the business and family systems.

She is a regular presenter to industry groups, family business centers, and individual company retreats on topics including the next generation and succession, communication and conflict resolution, and perceptions of fairness. 

This educational seminar will focus on:

• Conflict & Communication Management
• Leadership & Next Generation Development

Thursday 2:45pm

Technology Seminar on Thermal Modification
By: Bror Moldrup CEO of International Wood Technology LLC 
Sponsored by Atlanta Hardwood Corp.

Thermally modified wood products are considered new to the United States; but they’ve been widely used for over 20 years in Germany, Austria, Norway, Switzerland, Japan and Italy for both interior and exterior use. What opportunities lie ahead for the hardwood industry, if the use of thermally modified wood is expanded? This seminar will provide background information and discussion on the following:
• A Historic Overview
• Terminology (heat treatment vs thermal modification)
• Presentation of different systems - cost, environmental aspects, advantages & disadvantages
• Where are we today?
• Why is this so popular everywhere?
• Challenges & future opportunities for the North America market.

Thursday 2:45pm

NHLA Rules Open Forum - Rules Changes
By: Dana Spessert, Chief Inspector & Joe Snyder, Rules Committee Chairman
Sponsored by Harold White Lumber, Inc.

As a final step in the Rules Change process, a Rules Open Forum will be held during the 2017 NHLA Annual Convention. The forum allows members to openly discuss/debate the Rules Change proposals which have been submitted prior to voting on them. The new Rules Change proposals are posted for review at Chief Inspector Dana Spessert, Rules Committee Chairman Joe Snyder and all National Inspectors will be available during this open meeting to answer any questions you may have. Ballots will be mailed to all Active Members for voting after the Annual Convention.

Thursday 2:45pm

Beyond Certification: Demonstrating Sustainability in the Age of Big Data
By: Rupert Oliver, Mike Snow and David Venables
Sponsored by Thompson Hardwoods Inc. 

U.S. hardwood is now backed with a comprehensive set of data and systems to provide legality and sustainability assurance, without certification. The American Hardwood Export Council has pioneered an innovative approach to demonstrating the sustainability of U.S. hardwood products. Learn about this approach from AHEC's Sustainability Consultant - Rupert Oliver.

Friday 1:00pm

What's Your Uber?
By: Tom Morrison
Sponsored by Weston Premium Woods

The future is coming at every industry faster than ever. 2020 is right around the corner and the #1 fear of most executives is the "UBERIZATION" of their business model. No industry is exempt from the "uberization" impact. What's your UBER?  You better know or you will be left behind.

This energetic and informative session will help provide the keys in researching and determining what future disruption is coming your way. 3-dynamic forces are changing every industry as it has the taxi, real estate, publishing and music industries. No industry is exempt from uberization. The question is… Do you know what may be lurking your way that is going to create havoc in your industry. Tom will discuss the 3 dynamic forces causing disruption, the 3 reasons why disruption is happening and the 6 places it occurs. This is a must see keynote.

Friday 2pm

Hardwood Federation Advocacy Networking Reception
By: Dana Cole, Executive Hardwood Federation

Please join the Hardwood Federation for a special networking reception to discuss how to advocate for your business at home and in Washington DC.  This will be an excellent opportunity to engage with other HF members and staff in open discussion, so come prepared with questions, concerns and recommendations about federal lobbying strategies. Hors d'oeuvres and open bar will also be available.

Friday 2pm

Tomorrow's Global Markets
By: American Hardwood Export Council
Sponsored by Robinson Lumber Company

The world is full of new market opportunities. In this seminar, the American Hardwood Export Council will discuss where the new market opportunities lie for the hardwood industry. The greater China market is up 29.2% (as of April 2017). How much room is there for growth in China? Discover the answers to these and other global market questions when you attend this seminar.