Fall Meeting Concludes with a Focus on Trends and the Future

The CPA Fall Meeting and Material, Technology & Design Symposium concluded last week. Presentations are now available online, and minutes from Committee and Board of Directors meetings will be online next week.  Notable meeting highlights include:

CPA Names 2020 Association Leadership

At the Fall Meeting, the CPA Board elected its 2020 Officers, Board members and committee leadership positions, which take effect January 1, 2020.

Pat Aldred of GP Wood Products will serve as Chairman, David Smith of Timber Products as Vice Chairman, and Steve Carroll of Arauco as Secretary/Treasurer. Jim Buffington of Roseburg will complete his term as CPA Chairman at the end of this year and serve as Immediate Past Chairman in 2020.

The Board re-elected Emilio Ayub of Duraplay, Steve Canary of Panolam, James Hogg of Uniboard and James Laundry of West Fraser to continue serving as at-large members of the Executive Committee. Additionally, Dan Beaty of Langboard, Marla Chappell of Weyerhaeuser and Mike Shuey of Collins were elected to the Executive Committee.

Joe Caldwell of MJB Wood Group, Steve Sauter of Hexion and Peter Stasiowski of Interprint were re-elected as Associate Members to the CPA Board of Directors.  

The following are CPA committee chairman and vice chairman for 2020:

  • Environmental and Public Affairs Committee

    • Chairman Mark Avery, Timber Products

    • Vice Chairman James Hogg, Uniboard

  • Production-Technical Committee

    • Chair Jeff Cronin, Collins Companies

    • Vice Chairman Steve Paulson of GP Wood Products

  • Marketing Committee

    • Chair Greg Welling, Woodgrain Composites

    • Vice Dawn Garcia, Roseburg

  • Decorative Surfaces Council

    • Chair Tammy Polovic, Omnova Solutions

Rick Bryson of Ashley Furniture was recognized at the Chairman’s dinner for his longstanding contributions to the CPA Board, as were Peter Stasiowski and Dale Garges of Arauco North America for their contributions to CPA as outgoing Chairs of the Marketing and Production-Technical Committees respectively. 

More Info:  Jeannie Ervin

Elliott Savage Named the 2019 Landry Award Recipient

CPA is pleased to announce Elliott Savage, President and CEO of Seemac, Inc., as the 2019 Brock R. Landry Industry Leadership Award recipient.  The Landry Award is given annually to an industry leader in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions to the composite panel industry.

The award was created to recognize CPA counsel Brock R. Landry upon retirement after more than 40 years of significant contributions in service to the North American composite panel industry. Elliott was selected by CPA members, and the award was presented during the Chairman’s Dinner at the CPA Fall Meeting in Denver, Colorado on October 7, 2019.

CPA Chairman Jim Buffington of Roseburg presented the award and commended Elliott on his numerous contributions to the industry and longstanding, unwavering commitment to the association, including his leadership roles in both CPA and the former Composite Wood Council (CWC). 

Elliott served as CWC Chairman in 1995, CPA Chairman in 2002 and as a CPA Board member since 2006.  In addition, he has been an active and vocal participant on countless task groups, working committees and has been an invaluable participant in the association’s strategic planning sessions over the years. Under his leadership as CPA Chairman, several notable initiatives were introduced that are still making an impact today.  See Landry Award Press ReleaseMore Info:  Jackson Morrill

Special Thanks to Sponsors and Exhibitors

CPA is grateful for the member companies sponsoring the meeting, and particularly the generous support received from the following Platinum, Gold and Silver level sponsors.

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors


Con-Vey Keystone

Design on Site

Dieffenbacher Zaisenhausen

Electronic Wood Systems

Franklin Adhesives & Polymers

Georgia-Pacific Chemicals

H.B. Fuller


Komo Machine


Louisiana-Pacific Corporation


Stiles Machinery



Timber Products Company



A complete list of all sponsors and exhibitors is online. See 2019 CPA Fall Meeting / MTD Symposium. More Info: Allyson O’Sullivan 


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