World of Wood convention sees third straight year of record attendance

SAN FRANCISCO – The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) saw another year of 9 percent growth in attendance over last year's record-setting convention in Austin. The convention welcomed a diverse group of attendees from more than two dozen countries involved in the global wood products trade: overseas suppliers, importers, trade facilitators, service providers, non-governmental organizations, and government partners.

“I am honored to be the next president of IWPA and plan to continue our membership growth, build on our successful due diligence training program, and provide resources to members as they tackle the political landscape,” said incoming IWPA president JoAnn Gillebaard Keller. “We have a lot ahead of us, and I am ready to get started.”

World of Wood 2017 hosted presentations including social media business strategies from Keynote Speaker Peg Fitzpatrick and global currency trends from Marc Chandler, senior VP of Investor Services for Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

Attendees also received the latest information about Lacey Act compliance, the Chinese plywood dumping petition, complying with rosewood CITES requirements, formaldehyde regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board, and many other topics. IWPA’s semi-annual Board Meeting and meetings of IWPA’s member-led committees were also conducted at the convention.

IWPA’s World of Wood 2018 will be held in New Orleans at the Hotel Monteleone March 14-16, 2018.

Established in 1956, IWPA’s mission is to build acceptance and demand in North America for globally sourced wood products from sustainably managed forests.  IWPA represents 200 companies and trade associations engaged in the import of hardwoods and softwoods.  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.       


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