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PressRelease_IWPA Convention 2011 Advances Market Opportunities

IWPA's World of Wood Convention Advances Market Opportunities 

Alexandria, Virginia – The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) April 13-15, 2011 convention in New Orleans, Louisiana drew more than 260 industry leaders from 25 countries. Speakers provided detailed information on legislative, regulatory and international trade compliance issues as well as economic and market projections.

(l-r) Don MacMaster, Argo Fine Imports, Sen. Vitter (R-LA); Ivens Robinson, Robinson Lumber Company; Cindy Bergin, Newman Lumber CompanyA leading New Orleans architect and a special session with the American Institute of Architects New Orleans chapter solidified closer relationships between IWPA and the Architectural and Design community. International delegations further expanded upon this relationship by offering captivating presentations on the extensive initiatives their countries have undertaken to provide importers and users assurances of legality and sustainability of their forest products exports.

Chris Paras, IWPA President said, “IWPA has always provided strong educational programming and this year was no different. What was different was the enthusiasm from the attendees for what 2011 -2012 will bring. I believe that enthusiasm is partially connected to the fact they attended the convention. The amount of networking that occurs at the event leads directly to new business relationships.”

Paras continued, “When you see the range of issues in front of the importing community, you clearly appreciate the value in a strong trade association. The International Trade Commission investigation on flooring imports from China and EPA's regulation of formaldehyde in composite wood products are crucial issues, and so is GSP renewal and the Lacey Act.  Any company that thinks they can stay on top of all these issues without the services of IWPA is kidding themselves.”

Chris Paras, Argo Fine Imports (left) with IWPA 2011/2012 President, Alan McIlvain, Alan McIlvain CompanyMr. Paras as Immediate Past-President handed the gavel to Alan McIlvain, President/CEO of Alan McIlvain Company, who is IWPA’s newly elected President. Joining Mr. McIlvain on IWPA’s executive committee are Vice President, Warren Spitz, UCS Global; Treasurer, Cindy Bergin, Newman Lumber Company; and two Board Representatives, David Weed, Robert Weed Plywood and Chris Connelly, Wood Brokerage International.

World of Wood 2012, IWPA's 56th Annual Convention, will be held March 28-30, 2012 at the Miramonte Hotel in Indian Wells, California. Copies of presentations from the 2011 convention are available here. Photos from the conference are posted on IWPA's Facebook Fan Page.



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