MEMPHIS, TENN. – The 2016 National Hardwood Lumber Association Annual Convention & Exhibit Showcase presented by TJT Consulting was held October 5-7 in Washington, DC. The “global gathering of the hardwood community” took place with approximately 900 delegates in attendance, representing more than 328 companies and 18 countries solidifying the status of global hardwood community.”
During the October 6 Opening Session, NHLA president Pem Jenkins welcomed attendees and offered his sincerest gratitude to the industry for allowing him to serve the past 2 years as NHLA President. After his remarks, Jenkins introduced the membership to the Associations first female executive director in 118 years, Lorna Christie.
“It is an honor to have been chosen as the next Executive Director for the National Hardwood Lumber Association. As I start on this incredible journey, I am humbled by the knowledge that I walk in the footsteps of the men and women who helped define NHLA as an industry leader, always committed to our members’ success,” said Christie.
NHLA also welcomed new members and acknowledged companies celebrating 30, 50 and 75 years of membership with NHLA including a 100-year member, Hartzell Hardwoods of Piqua, Ohio. Hartzell has a rich 140-year company history and welcomed NHLA staff in June to produce a video honoring its 100-year membership with the Association. The hardwood industry is built on a foundation of family companies such as Hartzell and NHLA was proud to honor their contributions to both the industry and the Association.
After the business side of the meeting was finalized Keynote Speakers, Charles Krauthammer and Robert Reich officially kicked-off the 119th Annual Convention events with a stimulating political debate to a packed audience. Krauthammer and Reich engaged the crowd with humorous and educational commentary about the 2016 presidential election.
NHLA welcomed registered guests to attend six educational seminars including:
Current Issues Affecting Hardwood Lumber Consumption and Price presented by William Lupold. This seminar examined the changes in hardwood lumber consumption and price over the last decade and contrast the current market for hardwood lumber to the market over the last 50 years.
Bill Ronney presented a very timely discussion entitled Moving Your Cargo Internationally by Water. Ronney discussed the fundamentals of the ocean carrier industry, supply and demand for these services and several other relevant topics. This was a popular seminar as it came directly following the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy announced last month.
USDA representative John Tyrone Jones presented an update from APHIS entitled the USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service to include Phytosanitary Certificates, Exports and the Emerald Ash Borer.
Well renowned forestry author Chad Oliver attended the convention and presented an educational seminar in which he described the current conditions of the United States and world’s forests. In this session, he described the future population needs and concerns and how our wood resource could help.
At the most popular seminar at this year’s convention, directors from The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) presented a statistical analysis of United States hardwood exports discussing global market trends throughout the year.
For the first time, NHLA offered an educational seminar entitled Expanding Your Brand and Community Through Social Media and Digital Marketing. This seminar, presented by NHLA Community Manager, Kristina Thomas, discussed how to successfully market a company’s brand through social media and other digital marketing platforms.
“Thanks to the dedicated efforts of NHLA's Committee and staff, our 2016 Annual Conference was a great success,” said Lorna D. Christie, NHLA's Executive Director
NHLA would like to thank its members, sponsors and exhibitors for making the 2016 Annual Convention & Exhibit Showcase one of the best conventions in recent history. We look forward to having everyone join us again in 2017 at the Omni Downtown in Washington, DC October 25-27 for the 120th Annual Convention!
For images of the 2016 Convention please visit: www.nhla.com/DCRecap
Sponsorship opportunities and Exhibit booth sales are currently being offered. Please contact NHLA for further details at 901-399-7558 or visit www.nhlaconvention.com for more information.
The world’s largest and oldest hardwood industry association, NHLA represents more than 1,200 companies and individuals that produce, use and sell North American hardwood lumber, or provide equipment, supplies or services to the hardwood industry. It was founded in 1898 to establish a uniform system of grading rules for the measurement and inspection of hardwood lumber. Since 1980, its headquarters have been in Memphis, Tenn. To learn more about NHLA, please visit www.nhla.com.