Event Calendar

MMPA Annual Business Meeting
4/19/2015 - 4/23/2015
The Lodge at Sonoma Resort & Spa

The MMPA's Annual Business Meeting will be held at The Lodge at Sonoma Resort & Spa, a Renaissance propety in the heart of the Sonoma wine country. The business meeting will include education coupled with committee meetings and optional activities. Registration is now open. The MMPA looks foward to welcoming the membership to Northern California wine country this coming spring.

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 Sessions and Speakers


Monday, April 20, 2015   

8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Presentation:  Financial Outlook by Mike Keenan and Steve Rau

This popular financial duo spoke to MMPA members during the Monterey, CA meeting a few years back. Those who attended that session may recall the presentation ran over and contained vigorous discussion amongst the audience throughout the talk which then extended into the hall afterward. This is one financial talk you do not want to miss!

Mike Keenan, Managing Member, Stowe Partners, LLC

Mike Keenan is a geologist in private practice with 18 years experience in the natural resources and energy fields.  His expertise lies in the economic analysis of energy-related natural resources, including uranium, coal, oil, and natural gas, along with precious and base metals and water.   Mr. Keenan founded Stowe Partners, LLC in 2006 to provide natural resource and energy sector-based investment consulting to the financial management industry. 


Steve Rau, Owner, Rau Financial Strategies

As owner of Rau Financial Strategies, Steve Rau is an expert in the financial planning arena.  His practical, friendly, open-door approach puts his clients at ease from the moment they meet.

Steve graduated from California State University Sacramento (CSUS), with a BA in Organizational Communications.  He has extensive training with Dean Witter, and has been an independent consultant for the past fourteen years.  He works with financial experts to ensure his customers receive the best possible advice in all areas of financial planning.

Steve is passionate about his choice of career; he genuinely cares about helping people achieve their financial goals.  He plays a philanthropic role in the community as an active member, and past president of Rotary.  His board of director positions include: United Way: UCP: and YMCA. Licenses:  Securities 7, 65, 24, 31 and an Investment Advisor Representative under the Strategic Wealth Advisors Group.  California State Insurance License OB67789.


9:00 to 10:15 a.m.

Presentation:  Obamacare in 2015: What Does That Mean to Us and Tax Extenders 

by Scott Biesecker and Scott Hummel

This presentation highlights how manufacturers will be affected in 2015 and beyond.

J. Scott Biesecker, CPA, Senior Manager, Turlington and Company, L.L.P.

Scott Biesecker is a Senior Manager at Turlington and Company, L.L.P.  He specializes in the telecommunications and banking industry, working with both cooperatives and for-profit companies in both the Accounting and Auditing and Taxation arenas.  He also works with other types of small businesses and not-for-profits and serves on Turlington and Company’s Auditing and Accounting Committee.  Biesecker is a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  He currently serves as board member of the Telergee Tax Committee, Chair of the Lexington City School Board, Chair for Davidson Works, Treasurer of the Lexington Education Athletic Foundation, Treasurer of the Jacket Academic Boosters, and Treasurer for the North Carolina Association of Workforce Development Boards.  Biesecker received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC in ‘91.

 R. Scott Hummel, CPA, CVA, Partner, Turlington and Company, L.L.P.

Scott Hummel is a Partner at Turlington and Company, L.L.P. and has been with the firm since 1995. He specializes in primarily tax and related planning/consulting services involving variety of industries of small to medium size businesses.   Hummel is a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  He also is a member of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA)  Hummel received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC in 1995.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015  

8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Presentation:  Raw Materials Supply Panel

Panelists: Bill Anderson, Arauco North America; Dave Durst, Fletcher Wood Solutions; and David Smith, SierraPine

Bill Anderson, Reginal Sales Manager, Arauco North America

Bill Andersen is currently Arauco-NA’s Regional Sales Manager covering California and Nevada. He currently sells production predominantly from Arauco’s Western Mills in Oregon but also ships into CA from Arauco mills from other parts of the country. Bill started in the Composite Panel Industry Jan 3, 1977 at the Rocklin MDF plant. His experience has included MDF Production, Quality Control, Operations, Safety, Distribution Purchasing, Mill Sales, and Architectural Educational programs. 

Dave Durst, Fletcher Wood Solutions (a Tenon Limited company)

Dave has an operations background and prior to 2000 was a plant manager for Goodyear Tire and Rubber.  During his tenure with Fletcher, Dave has served numerous roles over the last 15 years ranging from Supply Chain Manager to his current role as North American Sales Manager. In his current role Dave has helped Fletcher become a leading provider of clear radiata products to the US and Canadian markets.  These products include Moulding and Better lumber, clear boards, moulding rips, lineal mouldings and treated trim boards.

Fletcher Wood Solutions is located on New Zealand’s North Island and is in the middle of one the world’s largest contiguous plantation forest. The sawmill operates on three shifts and processes over 30,000m3 of logs/month.  The sawmill supports two remanufacturing plants and sales of lumber into Europe, Asia and the United States. For more information, please refer to our website at http://www.tenonmanufacturing.co.nz/ . About Tenon Limited:

Tenon Limited is the parent company for sawmilling assets in NZ (Fletcher Wood Solutions), distribution assets in Australia (Tenon Australia) and the United States (Empire Moulding Corp, Southwest Moulding, Ornamental Moulding).  For more information please refer to our website at http://www.tenonglobal.com/


David Smith, Vice President of Sales, SierraPine

David Smith, Vice President of Sales for SierraPine, holds a BS in Forestry from Iowa State University.  Mr. Smith has over 15 years of MDF and particleboard industry experience.  Mr. Smith first worked on a $120 million dollar green field MDF mill start up in Western Pennsylvania on the quality and technical side of the business.  This start up went on to be one of the most successful MDF mill start ups in recent history.  Then Mr. Smith spent 8 years in New York on a $140 million dollar green field MDF mill start up in Technical and Sales Manager roles.  Mr. Smith joined SierraPine in 2008.  Since that time he has managed various aspects of the sales department until taking his current role of Vice President in 2013.


9:45 to 11:00 a.m.

Presentation:  Market Update & Outlook by Peter Butzelaar

Always insightful, Peter returns to the MMPA to discuss where the moulding and millwork market stands while coloring a picture of the future.

Peter Butzelaar, Vice President, International WOOD MARKETS Group Inc.

Peter Butzelaar is a Vice President at International Wood Markets Group, working for the company since 1994 providing strategic forest products consulting services to clients around the world. Mr. Butzelaar is a leading market expert in the North America millwork industry related to mouldings, window and doors, edge-glued panels and clear boards. Mr. Butzelaar is a regular traveler to offshore supplying regions and throughout North America.  He is also the lead author of the annual multi-client publicationU.S. Clear Pine Lumber and Moulding Market Outlook. Peter has a BSc in Forestry with an MBA.


11:00 to 12:00 p.m.

Presentation:  The Hiring Process by Clark Malak

Clark Malak, Attorney, Vigilant

This 1-hour presentation is intended to highlight some of the key issues, from both  organizational and legal perspectives, in making sound hiring decisions. Tracing the hiring process from the recognition of the need for an additional employee all through the orientation process of that same employee, this presentation outlines how each step of the hiring process should be structured as well as the most common pitfalls associated with each step of the hiring process.  Issues covered will therefore include: content and ideal placement of job advertisements;   the use of an employment application and what questions may be asked; conducting credit and background checks; conducting physical exams and drug tests;  job-specific tests and how to ensure job-relatedness; effective interviews that  avoid impermissible areas of inquiry;  how a contingent offer of employment should be structured; and, finally, what should be achieved through the orientation process for the new employee.

Clark Malak is a labor and employment attorney for Vigilant, an employer group with nearly 500 member companies in the Northwest, covering all industries.  For the past eleven years with Vigilant, Clark Malak provided labor and employment counsel to member companies in California on issues such as harassment and discrimination, hiring, discipline and evaluations, wage and hour law, employment agreements,  privacy, layoffs and terminations, and issues arising under the National Labor relations Act.  Mr. Malak obtained his law degree from U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall) and his M.A. from Princeton University.  He has served as an adjunct professor at Lincoln Law School of San Jose, teaching comparative constitutional law.  In addition to being a member of the California and Colorado Bars, he is also certified by SHRM as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

8:00 to 8:30am

Presentation:  Mexico: Update on Buying Trends and Finished Goods Market facilitated by An Di Nguyen

The MMPA is hosting, in conjunction with the Softwood Export Council, a group of finished component importers from Mexico at the Annual Business Meeting. A panel discussion will take place regarding the current trends and finished goods market in Mexico.


8:30 to 9:30am

Presentation:  Marketing Discussion: How to Grow Demand for Mouldings facilitated by Peter Butzelaar

Peter Butzelaar wants to have a conversation with each MMPA member and their marketing director. “The moulding industry is struggling to find opportunities to grow the demand for mouldings and to earn a reasonable return on the mouldings sold. I am often asked what is our firm’s outlook on housing starts. While this does impact demand, I think as an industry we need to be more proactive in looking for ways to increase the usage of mouldings in the home (ie.; increase the amount of mouldings installed per ft2 of house). By whatever amount we can increase the usage per house this will pay dividends as housing starts return to past levels.”

Peter Butzelaar invites all members of the MMPA to join him for a deep dive into the marketing of moulding and millwork, and how that may be accomplished via the MMPA membership.  

Please see the full agenda for committee meetings, round table discussion and the foreign/domestic market talk.

Interzum Cologne
5/3/2015 - 5/9/2015
Cologne, Germany

Interzum is a trade fair of innovations to provide inspiration to the global forest products industry with the trends displayed. Exhibitors inspire visitors with global product launches, trend-setting equipment, and materials for common as well as unusual purposes. Contact the MMPA office if you would like to participate in this event.

Expo Construccion
5/17/2015 - 5/25/2015
Bogota, Columbia

Expo Construccion brings together those in the construction, architecture, and design fields. If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact the MMPA office.

Habitat Expo
5/27/2015 - 5/31/2015
Mexico City, Mexico

For 15 years running, the Habitat Expo has successfully brought together leaders of design, architecture, and supply. If you would like to participate in this event, please contact the MMPA office.

Sylva Wood
6/27/2015 - 7/2/2015
Shanghai, China

Sylva Wood brings key industry players from all over the world to discuss the legality and sustainability issues of China's timber market. The exhibition will help professional trade delegates better understand the current situation and how they can be the drivers of change in the wood industry. More than 10,000 professionals from overseas and local Chinese companies are expected to attend. About half of the attendees will be furniture manufacturers, and the rest will come from the construction sector and wood trading industry. If you would like to participate in this event, please contact the MMPA office.

Tecno Mueble International
8/17/2015 - 8/23/2015
Guadalajara, Mexico

Tecno Mueble is the largest furniture show in Latin America, attracting around 6,000 international buyers. If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact the MMPA office.

10/8/2015 - 10/15/2015
Istanbul, Turkey

Most of Turkey’s leading wood importers attend. The event featured 451 exhibitors from 86 countries in 2013, attracted nearly 60,000 visitors and the AMSO booth picked up 58 inquiries. If you would like to participate in this event, please contact the MMPA office.

Excon Construction
10/11/2015 - 10/18/2015
Lima, Peru

Trade show in Lima, Peru that attracts attendees from all over South America. If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact the MMPA office.

US China Build Mission
11/14/2015 - 11/21/2015
Tianjin and Dalian, China

Mission members will meet with softwood lumber importers during group meetings, roundtable discussions and receptions.  Participants will also visit lumber yards, wholesale markets, and production facilities. If you would like to participate in this trade mission, please contact the MMPA office.

Japan Home & Building Show
11/16/2015 - 11/21/2015
Tokyo, Japan

Japan Home & Building Show is one of the largest expos of the latest building and renovating products and services. If you would like to participate in this event, please contact the MMPA office.

Taipei International Building & Construction Expo
12/8/2015 - 12/14/2015
Taipei, Taiwan

Organized by the Taiwan Architect Association, this is the country’s largest building and construction show. If you would like to participate in this event, please contact the MMPA office.

Carrefour Du Bois
5/31/2016 - 6/4/2016
Nantes, France

With its 100% timber concept, the Carrefour International du Bois is the only tradeshow of its kind in Europe. The event attracts great interest both in France and abroad. It has established itself as the leading trade show amongst timber professionals, bringing together over 500 exhibitors and almost 10,000 visitors from 60 countries over the course of three days. If you would like to participate in this event, please contact the MMPA office.