Dr. Richard Baldwin
Winston Plywood & Veneer
Dick is President of Winston Plywood & Veneer of Louisville, Miss., a new plywood operation that commenced operations in August after more than two years of development. Previously he has held senior executive positions at other independent and Fortune 500 plywood producers and is recognized as one of the true patriarchs of the plywood industry. Dick has also written numerous books on the industry, including his newest published just this year, Plywood and Veneer-Based Products, which is available at TP&EE.
Projects & Sales Engineer
Since 2008 Gerhard has worked as a project and sales engineer for turnkey projects at Minda. Previouly he worked 20 years in the field of wood optimization as an export sales manager for optimized saws and scanners in finger-joint and glulam beam production. He received his MS from Federal Research Centre for Forestry and Forestry Products, University Hamburg.
Veneer/Panel Business Development Manager
During his 40-year panel industry career Tim has extensive involvement in the sales, manufacture and installation of veneer lathe, drying and panel layup systems for the worldwide veneer and plywood industry.
President, D.R. Johnson Lumber Co.
President, D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations
Valerie Johnson is a fifth generation Oregonian and a second generation co-owner and President of the company her parents founded in 1951, D.R. Johnson, in Riddle, Ore. Valerie has worked in numerous capacities in the wood products industry, first selling lumber and glulam beams for over a decade for the family company and then continuing in lumber sales. From the late 1980’s throughout the 90’s, Valerie worked alongside thousands of grassroots Oregonians and Americans making impassioned appeals to Congress and federal land management agencies to make better decisions that would balance environmental protections and the economies of rural communities. Valerie serves on the Board of Advisors for the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, the Board of Directors of the American Forest Resource Council, the Oregon Forest Industry Council, and the Western Resources Legal Center, the nation’s first legal education program training law students to advocate for natural resource industries. She is the proud mother of Katherine, a College of Forestry student at Oregon State University.
Alan Knokey is a 46 year veteran of the panel industry. He began his career with Coe Manufacturing in 1969. He worked at Coe until it was acquired by USNR where he is currently Vice President and manages USNR’s Panel Product line. He has been extensively involved in the design, manufacture of veneer lathe and drying systems for the world market.
Anna McCann is President and sole owner of Merritt Machinery, LLC. She has 30 years of industry experience and began her career with Merritt Plywood Machinery as an accountant, holding positions of Controller then Vice President before acquiring the company assets in 2008. Anna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration & Accounting from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She served as Vice President of the Supplier Division of the Hardwood Plywood Veneer Association and was on the Board of Directors for 10 years. Merritt Machinery manufactures equipment for the production of rotary peeled and sliced decorative veneer and is the U.S. representative for Meinan Machinery Works, Inc., Japanese manufacturers of veneer and plywood machinery.
Senior Vice President
Raute North America
Martin became Senior Vice President of Raute North America in 2014, responsible for Raute’s operations in North America. His nearly 30-year career with Raute also included positions as VP Sales & Marketing, Area Sales Manager and Customer Service Engineer. He was educated at British Columbia Institute of Technology in Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair. Martin is recognized as one of the leading veneer/plywood and EWP equipment and technology experts in the industry.
Dr. Lech Muszynski
Associate Professor, Department of Wood Science and Engineering
Oregon State University
Dr. Lech Muszyński is an Associate Professor in the Department of Wood Science and Engineering at the Oregon State University. A native of Poland, he received his M.S. in Wood Technology and Ph.D. in Forestry and Wood Technology from the Agricultural University of Poznań (now the University of Life Sciences in Poznań). In 1998-2004 he worked in the area of wood composites in the Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center at the University of Maine in Orono. His research area includes mechanical performance of solid wood, traditional and advanced wood-based composites, with stress on interface performance, bonding, durability, damage assessment, time dependent phenomena, and hygro-mechanical behavior. Since 2010 one of the focus areas of his research has been the cross-laminated timber (CLT) technology. Dr. Muszyński has toured many CLT manufacturing plants, construction sites, CLT-focused research centers, and CLT-related businesses in Europe and North America.
Capital Sales Manager, Western North America
Sam came to USNR from the Coe organization, where he started in 1986 upon achieving a BSc degree from Lewis & Clark College at Portland, Oregon. In the mid-1990’s he led Coe’s edger line team, launching its dual-fetching, high speed infeed and implementing its edger optimizer Windows interface. In 2000 he transitioned to sales, where he was a key contributor both before and during the Coe Newnes/McGehee era, and has continued on that path with USNR.
Principal and Founder
Thomas Robinson is the Principal and Founder of LEVER
Architecture. He is a recognized design leader in the Northwest with
a growing body of award-winning local work in Portland, Ore. that has
received international attention. Two recent projects, Arthouse Student
Housing and Union Way, are within four blocks of Framework, winner of US Tall Wood Building Competition. These projects with innovative urban and building strategies using regionally sourced materials have been featured in Architectural Record, The New York Times, Monocle, Newsweek, and regional publications. LEVER is also the recipient of multiple AIA design awards in Portland, the Northwest Regional Council, and Los Angeles.
German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers Association (VDMA)
As a market researcher for the woodworking machinery sector of the German machinery association VDMA, Dominik is responsible for consulting the member companies when it comes to strategic sales and marketing decisions. As co-organizers of LIGNA he is also responsible for further developing the leading exhibition for woodworking machinery and the organization of several German Pavilions around the globe. Dominik received degrees in wood science and technology from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria. In the same year he joined a wood related R&D company and later worked as a vendor managed inventory manager for Stora Enso Timber.