Composite Panel Association names 2020 leadership
October 18, 2019 | 3:56 pm CDT
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LEESBURG, Va. - The Composite Panel Association elected its 2020 officers, board members and committee leadership positions during the fall meeting, held Oct. 6-8 in Denver. The new leadership takes effect Jan. 1, 2020.

Serving on the CPA Executive Committee will be: Pat Aldred of GP Wood Products, chairman; David Smith of Timber Products, vice chairman, and Steve Carroll of Arauco, 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 also 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, and Vice Chairman James Hogg, Uniboard
  • Production-Technical Committee:  Chairman Jeff Cronin, Collins Companies, and Vice Chairman Steve Paulson of GP Wood Products
  • Marketing Committee: Chairman Greg Welling, Woodgrain Composites, and Vice Chairman Dawn Garcia, Roseburg
  • Decorative Surfaces Council: Chairman 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 of Interprint, and Dale Garges of Arauco North America for their contributions to CPA as outgoing chairs of the Marketing and Production-Technical Committees respectively.

Founded in 1960, the Composite Panel Association represents the North American composite panel industry on technical, regulatory, quality assurance and product acceptance issues.  CPA General Members include 30 of the leading manufacturers of particleboard, medium density fiberboard and hardboard.  Together they represent more than 92% of the total manufacturing capacity in US, Canada and Mexico.

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