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Two Sides of Lumber: Hardwood & Softwood
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Presentation: Friday MArch 9, 2018

Hardwood and softwood are essential supplies to the wood packaging industry.

Hear from two sides: Bryan Smalley, Southeastern Lumber Manufacturer's Association (SLMA) and Tom Inman, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. (AHMI) will discuss current market and future trends from their respective industries.

about Bryan Smalley

Bryan Smalley has served as president of the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (SLMA) since 2011. SLMA, founded in 1962 by independent sawmillers, is a trade association that represents solid sawn lumber manufacturing operations, lumber remanufacturing operations, lumber treating operations, and their suppliers throughout the Southeastern United States. Prior to SLMA, Bryan spent 10 years managing wood packaging programs for compliance to ISPM 15. He has a BS in biology from the University of Southern Mississippi and an MS in forest management from the State University of New York: College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

About Tom Inman

Tom Inman is president of Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. (AHMI), a regional trade association headquartered in High Point, NC. The group promotes the hardwood logs, lumber and products from the Appalachian forest to consumers around the world and has more than 200 member companies. Inman joined AHMI in 1994 and was named president in 2006. He developed AHMI’s successful Appalachian Hardwood Verified Sustainable and Verified Legal promotions which expanded in 2018 to include a third-party audited certification system. He has administered the New Oak Partnership, The Appalachian Height of Beauty and Appalachian Standard campaigns. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Hardwood Export Council and the North Carolina Forestry Association. Inman is a native of southwest Virginia and spent 14 years in broadcasting and print journalism before joining the association.


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