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2017 Convention Speakers


Marc Chandler
Global Head of Currency Strategy

Session: Keynote Speaker
Thursday, April 6th (9:45-10:45 a.m.)

Marc Chandler joined Brown Brothers Harriman in October 2005 as the Global Head of Currency Strategy. Previously he was the Chief Currency Strategist for HSBC Bank USA and Mellon Bank. A prolific writer and speaker, Chandler's essays have been published in the Financial Times, Barron's, Euromoney, Corporate Finance, and Foreign Affairs. Marc holds a Masters in American history from Northern Illinois University and a Masters in International Political Economy from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught classes on International Political Economy at New York University since the early 1990s. In 2009, his first book, Making Sense of the Dollar, was published by Bloomberg Press.



Jeff Grimson – Mowry & Grimson, PLLC

Session: Customs, Anti-Dumping, and Enforcement Update – ACE, the Center of Excellence, and Audits
Thursday, April 7th (11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)


Jeffrey S. Grimson has twenty-five 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. Mr. Grimson represented the American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood in the successful defense of importers and kitchen cabinet manufacturers in the 2012 antidumping case on plywood from China and the resulting court appeal.   He represents the AAHP again in the ongoing unfair trade case, as well as clients involved in other wood products trade actions, including furniture, flooring, paper in numerous forms and softwood lumber where he currently represents the National Association of Home Builders as well as a major Canadian lumber producer.  Mr. Grimson represents the Retail Industry Leaders Association in customs matters.  That association includes the country’s largest importers with annual revenues of $1.5 trillion.   Mr. Grimson represented importers involved in Lacey Act enforcement issues involving lumber from Peru.  He counsels companies involved in other customs enforcement actions including focused assessments and other types of audits. 

Greg Simon – Far East American/American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood  Mr. Simon is the Executive Vice President of Far East American, a Los Angeles based importer specializing in the distribution of imported plywood and wood products from China, Russia, Indonesia and Malaysia.  Mr. Simon has helped grow Far East American into one of the largest and most respected plywood importers in the country since joining the firm in 1992.  Currently, Mr. Simon serves as the Chairman of the American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood (AAHP), a group of small, medium and large American importers, distributors, manufacturers and retailers of hardwood plywood united in opposition to the 2016 petition filed by several of the world’s largest hardwood plywood manufacturers against Chinese hardwood plywood imports.
 Brian Glick – Vandegrift

Session: Lacey Compliance: Strategies and Solutions
Thursday, April 6th (1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.)


Brian Glick is a seasoned IT executive with over 15 years of compliance IT experience. During his career, Brian and his team have developed logistics and global compliance solutions that actively manage the supply chains of several Fortune 500 corporations. Brian’s consultative approach and deep technical expertise help bridge the gap between IT systems and global compliance requirements.


Hugh Reitz – UCS Global/IWPA Due Care Education Committee

Hugh Reitz is Director of Import Lumber at the UCS Forest Group. He is on the IWPA board of directors and is co-chair of the due care committee. His career has spanned 20 years and he has worked in import lumber and decking  wholesale and distribution as well as in manufacturing with a focus on import compliance in all of that time.

Sam Witten – Arnold & Porter (moderator)  Sam Witten, a former senior legal and policy official with the US Department of State, helps private clients and foreign governments address multinational issues. His practice includes regulatory compliance, economic sanctions, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, international law enforcement cooperation, and corporate social responsibility.  He assists the US wood industry on regulatory matters related to the importation of wood into the United States, including the Lacey Act, CITES, and economic sanctions, and has served as outside counsel to IWPA on matters relating to Burma, including US economic sanctions, since 2013.  Before entering private practice in 2010, he served at the State Department for 22 years, including as Deputy Legal Adviser and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for international refugee programs.  
Rachel Butler – Global Timber Forum (moderator) 

Session: Case Studies in Forestry Reform and Market Developments
Thursday, April 6th (3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.)


Rachel Butler has worked extensively in both the private and public sectors; developing policies and programs as well as implementing them. She has a proven track record in international development of forestry and timber supply chains, ensuring sustainability goals are met while working within commercial realities. She worked initially in the public sector, undertaking development and funding roles, before she moved to the timber trade in 2001, working for seven years for the UK’s largest timber importer. Rachel advises many international institutions and stakeholders including governments, trade associations and NGOs. She has travelled extensively, particularly in South East Asia, with experience in Africa and South America. She is at the forefront of forging partnerships with stakeholders, recently initiating the Global Timber Forum to foster greater information sharing and collaboration across the wood-processing sector.

 Anne St. John – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Session: CITES: Focus on New Rosewood Listings
Thursday, April 6th (4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.)


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.

 Chip Barber – World Resources Institute (moderator) Charles “Chip” Barber is Director of the Forest Legality Initiative at the World Resources Institute, where he manages the institute’s programs related to combating illegal logging and promoting trade in legally-sourced forest products.  He joined WRI in 2014 from the U.S. Department of State, where he had served as Forest Division for five years. While at State, Chip led U.S. diplomacy on forest policy, working with numerous governments and intergovernmental agencies and processes.  From 2005-2009 Chip served as Environmental Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), representing the agency in various intergovernmental institutions as well as designing a number of forest and marine management grant programs for the Asia-Pacific region.  Prior to joining the government, Chip worked as a consultant for numerous international agencies and NGOs including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, The Nature Conservancy, IUCN, and others. He started his professional career also at WRI, from 1989-2001, focusing on forest, biodiversity and marine management policies and programs.  He received his J.D., and Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy, from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.  He also holds an M.A. in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley.  He is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia.
Peg Fitzpatrick – “Ten Things You Can Do Today to Boost Your Social Marketing” 

Session: Keynote Speaker
Friday, April 7th (9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.)


Session: Keynote Speaker Breakout Session
Friday, April 7th (2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.)


Peg is the co-author of best-selling book The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users which she co-authored with Guy Kawasaki. Peg is best known for her brand management, social media marketing strategy and visual marketing. She has spearheaded successful social-media campaigns for Motorola, Audi, Google, and Virgin as well as having been a brand ambassador for Kimpton Hotels, McDonald's, and currently working with Adobe on Spark. Peg is a popular social media speaker engaging audiences at Social Media Marketing World, INBOUND, SXSW as well as industry events for Rodan + Fields, State Policy Network, and more.

 Lynn Baker – California Air Resources Board

Session: Formaldehyde – A Deep Dive on Compliance
Friday, April 7th (10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)


Lynn Baker is a Staff Air Pollution Specialist with the California Air Resources Board (CARB).  Since 2006, Lynn has assisted with the development and implementation of CARB’s regulation to reduce formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products.  Lynn has also led CARB’s efforts to work with U.S. EPA regarding the development of the federal formaldehyde regulation.  He has a B.S. degree in Combined Sciences and a M.S. degree with an emphasis in meteorology and environmental studies.

 Mark Duvall – Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. Mark Duvall has over two decades of experience working in-house at large chemical companies.  His focus at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. has been on product regulation at the federal, state, and international levels across a wide range of programs, and occupational safety and health. He heads the Firm’s Toxic Substances Control Act practice.  His experience under TSCA includes enforcement actions, counseling, rulemaking, advocacy, and legislative actions.  Mr. Duvall has been selected for inclusion in the 2015-2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, and 2014-2015 editions of Super Lawyers.
 Andy Johnson – Hardwood Market Report

Session: Timber Market Forum
Friday, April 7th (10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)


Andy Johnson is assistant editor for the Hardwood Market Report, based in Memphis, TN. The company’s products include its 95-year-old flagship publication the Hardwood Market Report, along with the HMR Executive, and the HMR Import Newsletter. Andy’s hardwood industry involvement dates back to 1989 and includes extensive experience in lumber production, processing, purchasing, and sales. Andy also has a solid track record of service to the industry as an editor and market analyst for other trade publications prior to joining HMR. Andy has almost 20 years of experience analyzing and reporting on North American markets and market prices for tropical hardwood lumber.


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