63rd World of Wood Annual Convention
April 3-5, 2019
Tucson, AZ

Speakers

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Mark Horstman
Co-Founder of Manager Tools

Mark Horstman is Co-Founder of Manager Tools, a management consulting and training firm. He also co-host the Manager Tools podcast, the #1 business podcast in the world, with over 2 million downloads a month. Virtually all of the Fortune 500 are clients of Manager Tools, including Apple, General Motors, SpaceX, Novonordisk, Cisco, AT&T and Salesforce.com. The firm trains thousands of managers throughout the world every year working on-site within organizations or through the Manager Tools public conference forums, offered almost weekly and around the globe.

Mark is also the author of The Effective Manager, a bestseller on Amazon. He is a United States Military Academy graduate and was a manager and executive in sales and marketing at Procter & Gamble.

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Margaret Cerrato-Blue
Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

Margaret represents commercial and manufacturing clients in environmental, natural resource and litigation matters in Washington and California. She focuses her practice on regulatory compliance, including California’s controversial “Proposition 65” chemical warning law, federal and state OSHA regulations and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). She also represents clients in Superfund-type cleanup cases at legacy remediation sites such as at harbors and airports.

Meaghan Parker-Forney
Science Officer, Forest Legality Initiative

As WRI's Science Officer for the Forest Legality Team, Meaghan leads the strategic plan on how best to incorporate innovative technologies to combat illegal logging. She partners with academic, government and private sector labs along with timber industry experts to identify where and when different technologies are applied most appropriately, enabling the private and public sector to raise the bar on ‘due diligence’.

Meaghan comes to WRI from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History where she was heavily involved in a multitude of different DNA barcoding projects such as the Moorea Biocode Project and most recently, the Barcode of Wildlife Project.

Meaghan’s education and career have focused on applying genetic methods to address questions in conservation and biodiversity. Meaghan received a Bachelors degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters degree from San Francisco State University.

Jeffrey S. Grimson
Partner, Mowry & Grimson PLLC

Jeffrey S. Grimson has more than twenty years of experience advising industries in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and resulting appeals to the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. In multiple industries, he has achieved groundbreaking rulings for his clients. Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Grimson has represented a wide range of importers and U.S. and foreign producers in disputes involving agricultural products such as chicken, apple juice, citric acid, greenhouse tomatoes, canned tomatoes, pasta, garlic, honey, gum arabic, mushrooms, fish fillets and shrimp. Mr. Grimson has also represented clients in numerous wood products trade actions, including furniture, flooring, paper in numerous forms, lumber and plywood.

Mr. Grimson counsels companies in planning for potential threatened unfair trade cases with the objective of improving the likelihood of a successful result and gaining a competitive advantage in the event a case is filed. After an antidumping or countervailing duty order is in place, he assists companies in designing restructuring strategies to maximize refunds of duty deposits made on past entries.

In addition to unfair trade proceedings, Mr. Grimson has counseled U.S. and foreign companies on compliance with due diligence obligations relating to U.S. trade laws regarding initial public offeringsas well as mergers and acquisitions. He has also advised U.S. retailers and importers on environmental compliance issues affecting international trade, particularly the Lacey Act.

Ruth Nogueron
Associate, World Resources Institute

Ruth Noguerón is an Associate with the World Resources Institute’s Forests Program. A researcher for both the Forest Legality Initiative and Global Forest Watch, Ruth focuses on forest private sector engagement and on Latin American forest issues. At WRI, Ruth has conducted research on and managed projects and multi-stake holder partnerships in Canada, the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Guatemala. Ruth’s Latin American work concentrates on promoting forest monitoring efforts and transparency in the forest sector, integrating forest monitoring data in land use and forest legality decision-making processes, and fostering multi-stakeholder dialogues and South to South collaborations around various forest legality related topics. On the private sector side, Ruth leads the Forest Legality Initiative’s work documenting better practices to incorporate emerging technologies in corporate supply chains to reduce the risk of sourcing illegal forest products. She also leads the Sustainable Procurement Guide project, a partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, which provides guidance for corporate buyers as they develop and implement procurement policies for wood and paper-based products. Ruth also manages an emerging body of work to build small and medium size enterprises’ capacity to comply with global market legality requirements such as the U.S. Lacey Act and the European Union Timber Regulation. Ruth has a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in México City, an Associate’s degree in applied geography from Montgomery College, Maryland, and a Masters’ degree in Environmental Sciences from Johns Hopkins University.

Anne St. John
Biologist, Wildlife Trade and Conservation Branch of the Division of Management Authority

Anne St. John is a Biologist in the Wildlife Trade and Conservation Branch of the Division of Management Authority (DMA). Anne joined DMA in 1998 and her primary area of concentration is on U.S. implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The focus of Anne’s work under CITES includes the conservation of and trade in timber species, tigers, and rhinoceroses, and a variety of other issues ranging from whales to medicinal plants. Anne holds Master’s degrees in public policy and forest science.

Scott Steady
Senior Product Manager for Environment & Sustainability at UL Environment

Scott Steady is a Senior Product Manager for Environment & Sustainability at Underwriters Laboratories (UL). UL works to help customers, purchasers and policymakers navigate market risk and complexity. UL builds trust in the safety, security and sustainability of products and supply chains – enabling smarter choices and better lives. For over 15 years, Scott has helped manufacturers in various industries understand their products impact on chemical exposure and health. He participated in the development of UL’s GREENGUARD Certification Program and has contributed to international product emissions standards for furniture, building products, electronics, and consumer products.

Samuel Witten
Counsel, Arnold & Porter

Mr. Witten's practice spans public international law, national security law, corporate social responsibility, compliance issues, and international law enforcement cooperation. His clients include the Governments of South Africa, Israel, and the Federated States of Micronesia. He advises the International Wood Products Association (IWPA) and IWPA members on Lacey Act, CITES, and economic sanctions issues. He has also represented clients in arbitrations at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes and under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Witten served at the US State Department as Deputy Legal Adviser (equivalent to Deputy General Counsel) and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. As Deputy Legal Adviser, the top career legal position at the State Department, he supervised the Department's legal work on East Asian and Pacific matters; economic and business issues; human rights; environmental matters; international law enforcement cooperation; and Latin American matters. As Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, he managed the US Government's worldwide refugee relief programs, including heading the State Department's diplomacy on these issues at the United Nations. Earlier roles in a 22-year career at the State Department included Assistant Legal Adviser for Law Enforcement and Intelligence, Acting Director of the Office of War Crimes Issues, and Legal Counsel to the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. Mr. Witten earlier was a Trial Attorney in the Foreign Commerce Section of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, specializing in transnational antitrust issues and investigations, and was an associate in the corporate and regulatory practices at another international law firm.