Seemac's Elliott Savage named 2019 Landry Leadership Award recipient
October 18, 2019 | 4:31 pm CDT
Pictured above from left to right: Brock Landry, Elliott Savage, and Kelly Shotbolt, the 2017 Landry Award recipient.

LEESBURG, Va. The Composite Panel Association has selected 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. Savage was selected by CPA members, and the award was presented during the Chairman’s Dinner at the CPA fall meeting in Denver, Colorado, on Oct. 7.

CPA Chairman Jim Buffington of Roseburg presented the award. He commended Savage 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). Savage 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 many 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.

Buffington noted, “Over Elliott’s successful career spanning nearly 45 years, he has been a remarkable leader and strong advocate for our industry. I cannot think of a more deserving individual to receive the Landry Award. I am proud to call him a longstanding colleague but most importantly a dear friend.” CPA President Jackson Morrill added, “Throughout Elliott’s remarkable career, he has made a personal commitment to supporting CPA and its mission in a manner that reflects his true passion for the industry. We are very fortunate to have leaders like Elliott, and I am personally grateful for his numerous contributions and thrilled that his peers chose him to receive this year’s Landry Award.”

Founded in 1960, the Composite Panel Association (CPA) represents the North American wood‐based composite panel and decorative surfacing industries on technical standards, industry regulation, and product acceptance. CPA General Members include the leading manufacturers of particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF), hardboard and engineered wood siding/trim in North America, representing more than 90% of industry manufacturing capacity. For information, visit

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