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Program Schedule

*Please note all learning sessions will take place in Symphony Ballroom E+F. 

Wednesday, August 19
9 a.m. – noon SCMA Annual Meeting
10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Conference Registration
1 – 2 p.m. HMA Board of Directors Luncheon
2 – 5 p.m. HMA Board of Directors Meeting
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Exhibitor Set up
6 – 7:30 p.m. Opening Reception & Expo
Thursday, August 20
7 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8:30 a.m. Welcome and HMA Business Meeting
9 - 10 a.m. Lost in Translation – Your benchmarking 'GPS' to Profitability
Roy Anderson, Vice President, The Beck Group, and HMA member participants
10 - 10:45 a.m.

Advocacy and Representation

  • Dana Lee Cole, Executive Director, Hardwood Federation
  • Neil Owens, Business Development Consultant for Forestry and Wood Products, Tennessee Department of Agriculture
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Operations and Technology SoundBytes

  • Thermal Modification Techniques – Claus Staalner, WoodEye
  • TallyExpress – DMSi Software
  • Improved Stacker & Stick Placing Systems – Riley Smith,
    TS Manufacturing
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Vendor Expo Café
Enjoy a luncheon buffet while visiting the industry’s leading suppliers.
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. NextGen Leader’s Council Meeting/Luncheon
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Hardwood Market Trends

  • Global Markets – Michael Snow, Executive Director, American Hardwood Export Council
  • Industrial Markets – David Caldwell, Assistant Editor, Hardwood Market Report
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Today’s Top Priorities
A moderated, interactive discussion on current industry topics.
Real American Hardwood Promotion Coalition
6 – 7:30 p.m. Reception & Expo
Hosted by HMA’s NextGen Leaders Council
Friday, August 21
7:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Best Business Practices SoundBytes

  • Simplifying the Health Care Journey – Chelsea Abdihodzic-Young, Strategic Advisor, CARAVUS
  • OSHA’s Most Cited Standards’ Violations – Wendylee Fisher, Assistant Commissioner, Tennessee OSHA
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) – Robert D. Case, CLU, TJT Consulting
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. An Economic Outlook
Scott Schuh, Ph.D., Associate Professor, John Chambers College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University
11 a.m. Exhibitor Teardown
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