For 115 years, the title of NHLA National Inspector has stood for integrity, expertise, and commitment to the global hardwood lumber industry. The legacy of the NHLA “National Man” lives on with our current team of NHLA National Inspectors. This team has more than 200 years of combined experience serving our industry in the United States, Canada, and around the world, and their experience goes well beyond lumber inspections.

Dana Spessert

Chief Inspector & Dean of the Inspector Training School 


[email protected] | 901-399-7551

Tom Byers

Northern Region – North Central, North East

Specialties: Dispute Resolution, Lumber Inspection, Quality Control, Training, Walnut Inspection, and Operations Management.


[email protected] | 814-431-5699

Mark Depp

Mid Atlantic Region – East, South East 

Specialties: Dispute Resolution, Log Scaling/Grading, Lumber Inspection, Quality Control, Sawmill Management/Operations, Training, and Operations Management.


[email protected] | 814-246-4941

Kevin Evilsizer

Midwest & Western Regions – North Central, Midwest, West, International 

Specialties: International Inspection, Lumber Inspection, Certifications, Quality Control, and Training


[email protected] | 417-260-5416

Simon Larocque 

Canada Regions

Specialties: Birch, Maple, and Walnut Inspection, Dispute Resolution, Lumber Inspection, Quality Control, and Training 


[email protected]| 819-712-1640

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