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The Networking Hub of Global Wood Trade: 2020 World of Wood Convention Registration is Now Open

Thursday, December 12, 2019  

Join Over 300 Attendees from Over 25 Countries in Historic Savannah, Georgia for IWPA’s 64th Annual Meeting

Alexandria, Virginia – The landscape of global wood trade is shifting as policymakers around the world seek to reorient trade in fundamental ways. It is a critical time to keep up on the latest policy and market developments that will have a direct impact on sourcing and sales. The 2020 World of Wood Convention offers attendees the opportunity to learn from and interact with speakers and panelists with the foremost expertise in market intelligence, regulatory compliance, and corporate leadership. The annual convention hosted by the International Wood Products Association will take place April 1-3, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency in historic Savannah, Georgia.

“World of Wood is the one event each year that brings together every segment of our industry.” said International Wood Products Association President Kenny MacMaster of Argo Fine Imports. “It is an invaluable opportunity to meet with potential customers and suppliers and learn about industry developments that will impact my business in the coming months and years.”

Over 300 importers, U.S. manufacturers, wholesalers, offshore suppliers, and service providers to the global wood products industry from over 25 countries attend this premier annual event. Highlights from this year’s gathering include:

  • Keynote Speaker Don Cooper, The Sales Heretic, was named one of the “Top 30 Social Salespeople in the World” by Forbes. Don helps salespeople, business owners, and professionals dramatically increase their sales. His clients include Yamaha, Johnson & Johnson, Bloomberg Media, Costco, Nissan Canada, and Hot Spring Spas. A frequent guest on television and radio, Don has written regular columns for five different business publications, has co-authored three books.
  • New for 2020 is our Speed Networking Event, a great networking opportunity to forge business-to-business connections before the main World of Wood program kicks off. Meet face-to-face with potential new business partners and schedule follow-up meetings. 

The Hyatt Regency Savannah reflects our host city’s eclectic charm, with a blend of modern design and historic architectural elements. Located in the Savannah Historic District, with direct access to cobblestoned River Street, you are steps away from monuments, shops, local restaurants, and live music. Experience the city's unique spirit on a ghost tour or paddle-steamer ride, then unwind with a cocktail on the outdoor patio overlooking the Savannah River. 

The IWPA Annual Golf Classic will be held at The Club at Savannah Harbor, nestled between the banks of the Savannah and Little Back rivers, which serves as home for the PGA Champions Tour Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf Tournament. The Club’s championship course was designed by renowned architect Robert Cupp in conjunction with legendary pro Sam Snead.

The optional Spouse Event will feature a trolley ride through historic Savannah, home to stately Southern architecture and distinctive park-like squares. Participants will then dine at Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District.

Register and book your hotel accommodations today! Take advantage of Early Bird registration rates before they expire January 7th. The IWPA room block at the Hyatt Regency Savannah expires March 4th.


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.