SLMA Holds 59th Annual Conference in Marco Island
Over the week of July 11th, SLMA held its 59th Annual Conference at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Florida. Over 500 attendees came together for the Association's first in-person trade expo and networking event since 2019.
The recent conference, hosted by outgoing Chairman David Richbourg of H.W. Culp Lumber Co., provided attendees with more than three days of networking opportunities and educational sessions. The SLMA Issues Forum included an economic outlook from Michael Swanson, agriculture economist, Wells Fargo; program updates from Cynthia West, PhD, Station Director of the USDA Forests Products Lab; a "State of the Sawmill" panel led by various industry spokespeople; and an overview of Lumber.Works, SLMA's recruitment resource for sawmills. Bob Cooke and Seth DiSanto of Lockdown International gave the kaynote presentation.
During the board & business meeting, the following members were appointed to the SLMA Board of Directors: Treasurer Parker Dempsey of Dempsey Wood Products in Orangeburg, SC; Director Ryan Hilsinger of Industrial Wood Products in Climax, NC; Director Beth Hutchins of Flippo Lumber Corporation in Doswell, VA; Director Jill Snider Brewer of Snider Industries in Marshall, TX; and Director Anderson Thomas of Shuqualak Lumber Co. in Shuqualak, MS. Hunter McShan of McShan Lumber Co. in McShan, AL will serve as SLMA Chairman for 2021-2022.