Speakers & Presenters
In a recent NHLA membership survey, more than 60% of respondents identified employee hiring and retention as their number-one issue. With this statistic in mind, NHLA is thrilled to welcome Chester Elton as the 2022 keynote speaker; someone who can bring value and real-world solutions and ideas to a challenge facing the hardwood industry every day.
Attend the Keynote Address at the 2022 Annual NHLA Convention and Exhibit Showcase on Thursday, September 22 at 8am.
One of today’s most influential voices in workplace trends, Chester Elton, has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his provocative, inspiring, and always entertaining talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Chester Elton provides real solutions to leaders looking to manage change, drive innovation, and lead a multi-generational workforce. Elton’s work is supported by research with more than 850,000 working adults, revealing the proven secrets behind high-performance cultures and teams.
He has been called the “apostle of appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, creative and refreshing, by the New York Times, and a must read for modern managers by CNN. Elton is co-author of the multiple award-winning New York Times and #1 USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling leadership book, All In, The Carrot Principle, and The Best Team Wins. His books have been translated in more than 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.
After spending 14 years with Virginia Tech, Dr. Quesada now works at Purdue University. He focuses his work on supply chain, manufacturing, and market aspects for renewable-based material industries such as the hardwood industry. Henry is a native of Costa Rica who enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and biking.
Is a normal supply chain in the future? Supply chain issues: we all have them but what’s the reason and when will things get back to normal? Join Dr. Tom Goldsby – co-faculty director for the Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, as he lays out the landscape of supply chain issues affecting the hardwood industry.
Attend this Education Session at the 2022 Annual NHLA Convention and Exhibit Showcase on Friday, September 23 at 11am.
Professor Thomas J. Goldsby is the Dee and Jimmy Haslam Chair of Logistics at the Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Evansville, M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky, and Ph.D. in Marketing and Logistics from Michigan State University.
Dr. Goldsby is immediate-past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Business Logistics and former Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Journal. He serves as Co-Faculty Director for the Global Supply Chain Institute at the Haslam College. His research interests include logistics strategy, supply chain integration, and the theory and practice of lean and agile supply chain strategies. He has published more than 100 articles in academic and professional journals and serves as a frequent speaker at academic conferences, executive education seminars, and professional meetings.
Professor Goldsby is author of five books: Logistics Management: Enhancing Competitiveness and Customer Value (MyEducator, 2015), The Definitive Guide to Transportation (Financial Times, 2014), Global Macrotrends and Their Impact on Supply Chain Management (Financial Times, 2013), Lean Six Sigma Logistics: Strategic Development to Operational Success (J. Ross Publishing, 2005), and The Design and Management of Sustainable Supply Chains(Cambridge University Press, under development).
Dr. Goldsby is a recipient of multiple best paper awards and he has received recognition for excellence in teaching at the University of Tennessee, The Ohio State University, University of Kentucky, and Iowa State University. In 2019, he was recognized as a “Rainmaker” by DC Velocitymagazine and received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from Supply Chain Leaders in Action (SCLA).
Dr. Goldsby delivered a course on Business Operations for The Great Courses’ Critical Business Skills series in 2015, which continues to rate as a bestselling Nonfiction/Business title at audible.com, and was rated among the Top 50 bestsellers (#27) among all audiobooks during Summer 2020 by Newsweek. His supply chain and logistics insights been sought by a wide assortment of media outlets, ranging from NBC News to the Wall Street Journal and National Geographic.
Dr. Goldsby has supervised more than 100 Lean/Six Sigma supply chain projects with industry partners, chaired nine Ph.D. dissertations, and served as an investigator on multiple federally funded research projects, exceeding $3.5 million in grant proceeds. In his spare time, Dr. Goldsby competes as one of the top masters (over-40) runners in America for distances between the mile and the marathon.
Mike Snow has been the Executive Director of the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) since 1999, where he oversees the Council’s promotional programs around the globe and manages AHEC’s overseas offices in Europe, Mexico, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and China. Previously, he served as AHEC’s Program Manager for Europe, China, and Japan.
Mr. Snow holds a Master’s Degree in International Economics from the George Washington University and a BA in Developmental Economics from the University of Wisconsin. Before joining AHEC, Michael served as a Consultant on international education outreach programs for the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Associates. He spent several years in Seville, Spain, teaching economics courses in English and Spanish for the University of Wisconsin.