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Media Advisory: International Convention in D.C. Draws Prominent Speakers


June 3, 2012                       


Plenary Session:
Monday, June 4, 2012, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Panel Discussion:
Monday, June 4, 2012, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Keynote Luncheon:
Monday, June 4, 2012, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm


Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street NW (at Connecticut Ave.)
Washington, DC 20008


66th International Convention - Forest Products: Solutions for a Global Green EconomyCitizens of the world annually consume an estimated 1.26 billion cubic meters of wood and wood-based products. In the United States, the forest products industry represents approximately 6% of the United States manufacturing base and ranks among the top ten in manufacturing in 48 states. With the scale of the forest products industry, renewable and sustainable products derived from forests provide excellent solutions to a global green economy.

Keynote Speakers on Monday, June 4 include:

8:00 am – Arthur “Butch” Blazer, USDA Deputy Under Secretary of Natural Resources & Environment, Washington, DC

8:30 am – Valerie Reed, Acting Program Manager, Office of Biomass Programs, US Department of Energy, Washington, DC

9:00 am – Chase Rynd, Executive Director, National Building Museum, Washington, DC

9:30 am – Dr. Altaf Carim, Assistant Director for Nanotechnology, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Panel Session Speakers on Monday, June 4 include:

Miles Davis, Senior Vice President, Research & Development, Chief Technology Officer, Weyerhaeuser, Tacoma, Washington

Jim Reeves, Deputy Chief, Research & Development, USDA Forest Service, Washington, DC

Paul Winistorfer, Dean, College of Natural Resources & Environment, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

Bob Johnston, Executive Director, Tropical Forest Foundation

Keynote Luncheon Speakers on Monday, June 4 include:

11:55 am – Thomas Tidwell, Chief, USDA Forest Service, Washington, DC

12:00 pm – Representative Glenn Thompson, Fifth District, Pennsylvania, US House of Representatives

Plenary Session Speakers on Tuesday, June 5 include:

8:00 am – Alberto Goetzl, International Trade Analyst, US International Trade Commission

8:20 am – Gary Stanley, Director, Forest Products & Building Materials, International Trade Administration, US Department of Commerce

8:40 am – Brent McClendon, Executive Vice President, International Wood Products Association

9:10 am – Jamey French, President & CEO, Northland Forest Products, Inc.

9:30 am – Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman & CEO, Gibson Guitar Corp.For more information on the Convention, please see

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Stefan Bergmann, 608-231-1361



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