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Critical Market Intelligence on Tap in New Orleans: 2018 Convention Registration is Now Open

Monday, November 20, 2017  

 Join Over 300 Attendees from 30 Countries in the Big Easy for 62nd Annual Meeting—Networking, Innovative Business Solutions, and Market Intelligence


Alexandria, Virginia – While the future of trade relationships remains murky, demand in North America for imported woods continues to rise leaving many businesses in the global wood products supply chain with a sense of guarded optimism. Companies must keep abreast of the latest political intelligence and market developments that will have a direct impact on profitability. The 2018 World of Wood Convention offers attendees the opportunity to learn from and interact with speakers and panelists with the foremost expertise in regulatory compliance, market intelligence, and corporate leadership.  The annual convention hosted by the International Wood Products Association will take place March 14-16, 2018, at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana. 


“New Orleans is home to a cluster of long-time IWPA members as well as the Port of New Orleans, a vital hub for imported wood products and is the perfect venue for our 62nd annual meeting” said International Wood Products Association President JoAnn Gillebaard Keller.  “Anyone with a stake in the global imported wood market should consider inviting suppliers and customers alike to join you to sample the unique New Orleans culture while also catching up on cutting-edge design trends, the latest economic information, and critical legal and regulatory developments.”


Over 300 importers, U.S. manufacturers, wholesalers, offshore suppliers, and service providers to the global wood products industry from nearly 30 countries attend this premier annual event.  Highlights from this year’s gathering include:


  •  Win Thin, renowned economist and Brown Brothers Harriman Global Head of Emerging Markets Strategy will keynote Thursday’s program with a discussion on financial and economic trends from his position on the front lines of global markets on Wall Street.
  •  Mary Kelly, an internationally known economist and leadership expert specializing in leadership, productivity, communication, and business growth. She has been featured in hundreds of periodicals, including Forbes, Money Magazine, Entrepreneur, and the Wall Street Journal. Mary has authored 11 books, including award winning and best-selling Master Your World: Executive Leadership Strategies and 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in any Economy.
  • The convention will also feature a New Supplier-Importer Exchange and Lunch. This event will be a form of “speed dating” in which attendees will have an opportunity to connect with wood products suppliers of all types from around the world for a few minutes at a time.


Attendees and their families can take advantage of fun activities and networking events including the IWPA Annual Golf Classic at Bayou Oaks at City Park and a New Orleans walking tour and lunch at the iconic Antoine’s Restaurant. The convention will conclude in true Mardi Gras fashion with a second line parade from the hotel to our closing Passing the Gavel reception and dinner. The World of Wood will take place in the historic Hotel Monteleone, a family-owned and operated hotel first built in 1886. 


“Our industry continues to face challenges in the uncertain political climate but through education, learning trends and best practices we can keep the global wood products market vibrant. We have assembled a full program of informative presentations by industry leaders, compliance and branding experts, not to mention the benefits of networking in the cultural gem of New Orleans filled with amazing music, distinctive cuisine, and never-ending revelry,” said IWPA Executive Director Cindy Squires. 


Register and book your hotel accommodations today! Take advantage of Early Bird registration rates before they expire December 17, 2017. The IWPA room block expires February 12, 2018.






Established in 1956, the International Wood Products Association ( is the leading international trade association for the North American imported wood products industry, representing 220 companies and trade associations engaged in the import of hardwoods and softwoods from sustainably managed forests.  Association members consist of three key groups involved in the import process: U.S. importers and consuming industries, offshore manufacturers and the service providers that facilitate trade.