American Wood Council Hosts 3rd Annual Members Meeting in Chicago - Highlights political outlook and structural wood product certification

Oct 29, 2012
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, Oct. 24, representatives from across the structural wood products industry met for the American Wood Council's (AWC) third annual members meeting in Chicago. 

This year's theme, Looking Beyond the Horizon, served as a framework for speakers and attendees to discuss events and milestones that will affect the industry in 2013. Political expert Bernadette Budde of Washington, D.C.-based BIPAC gave an election preview, and UL Environment's Paul Firth spoke about the future of environmental certification and labels, including environmental product declarations. Attendees also received an update from the Softwood Lumber Board and gained the AWC members perspective on the year ahead during a roundtable session. 

"AWC has long been – and will continue to be – a leader on building codes, standards, and regulations, and we're seeing that it is equally important for us to maintain a strong presence with policy makers," said AWC President Robert Glowinski. "As we continue to grow as an association, we must be responsive to our members' needs, and being able to meet with our members one-on-one like we did in Chicago allows us to keep tabs on those needs." 

AWC members also elected its 2013 officers and board during the meeting, which include: 

• Chairman: Fritz Mason, Georgia-Pacific
• 1st Vice-Chairman: Rob Taylor, Weyerhaeuser
• 2nd Vice-Chairman: George Emmerson, Sierra Pacific
• Immediate Past Chairman: Brian Luoma, Louisiana Pacific
• Other Board members elected: Danny White, T.R. Miller Mill; Tom Corrick, Boise Cascade; Aubra Anthony, Anthony Forest Products; Ray Dillon, Deltic Timber; Michael Giroux, Canadian Wood Council; Pat Patranella, Temple-Inland, an International Paper business; Andrew Miller, Stimson Lumber; Jim Rabe, Masonite; Marc Brinkmeyer, Idaho Forest Group; and Joe Patton, Westervelt. 

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