Sept 28-30, 2022
Portland, Oregon


Starting at age 19 as a stock rustler in the Cascade Plywood Corp. plywood plant at Lebanon, Ore., Dick has a career in the plywood industry that very few can match, starting at the lowest rungs and working his way into executive suites across the U.S. and internationally. He has written five books on the industry and is currently nearing completion of a sixth book. He followed his dad into the Cascade Plywood mill in 1957 as a tape machine (veneer splice) off-bearer. Through the years he laid core, rustled stock, supervised production personnel and worked as an industrial engineer, general superintendent and operations manager. He was named vice president for Champion International’s southern manufacturing operations. He became president and CEO of several forest products companies and later the executive vice president of Wood Resources for Atlas Holdings, which operated plywood plants at Chester, SC and Moncure, NC. At Chester, in 18 months, Dick embedded a culture of employee engagement and continuous improvement and Chester became one of the lowest-cost, most productive plywood mills in North America. In 2008, he assumed responsibility for operations at Moncure, a specialty panel mill of Wood Resources that was struggling as the result of declining demand and a difficult labor environment. Dick led Moncure through a remarkable transformation, embedding a culture of employee safety, empowerment and engagement which enabled Moncure to persevere through an extended downturn in its end markets. Boise Cascade subsequently purchased the Chester and Moncure operations in 2013. Dick serves as a member of the Board of Managers of New Wood Resources LLC, a holding company formed to acquire the assets of specialty overlay plywood manufacturer Olympic Panel Products and Omak Wood Products, which was formed in 2013 to reopen and operate the plywood and veneer mill in Omak, Washington. Dick is an advisor to Atlas in the forest products industry and is an investor in Atlas.


Westmill Industries has 40 years of successful growth in this family-owned and operated company. Mike grew up around plywood mills and joined the team in 1990 before assuming sole ownership in 1996. Under Mike’s leadership Westmill has continued to develop innovative veneer dryer solutions for the plywood manufacturing industry, and is recognized as an industry leader in this field. Westmill’s specialization makes all the difference to its customers, and is why Westmill was chosen by its customers to receive APA Supplier of the Year Award for 2013. Prior to Westmill Industries, Mike was the president of International Patent Search Corp. and also worked in Land Administration for both the federal government and in the financial industry. Mike is an avid outdoorsman, sportsman and sailor. Mike raced sailboats competitively for many years and now enjoys casual race/cruising with friends and family. Mike is married and has three children.


Robert became the managing director of MINDA Industrieanlagen GmbH in 2010, after serving as a member of management and as an executive management assistant at MINDA in Minden, Germany. Previously he worked for Siemens Ltd., China, before that was a mechanical engineer. Today MINDA employs 390 at four sites.


Alan is a 40-year veteran of the plywood industry. He began his career at Coe Manufacturing in 1969. He remained with Coe until it was purchased by USNR in 2009. Alan is currently VP of USNR’s Panel Products. Alan has sold and installed veneer dryers in the Philippines, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia and throughout North America.


Thomas is an experienced businessman with focus on solid wood processing. From 1994 to 2000 he worked as a manager in an import/export society; he was responsible internationally for the procurement of semi-manufactures for the furniture industry. Since 2001 Thomas has pursued a commercial enterprise for procurement and distribution of components for the furniture industry and planning of production plants. Since 2008 he has served as a project manager for the Weinig Concept GmbH & Co. KG. His main focuses are the planning and realization of system solutions for glued squared timbers, laminated beams and cross laminated timber.


Martin was recently named Senior Vice President in charge of Raute North America. He was previously vice president, sales & marketing of Raute’s North American operations. He has more than 20 years of experience in the plywood and LVL business, which includes extensive experience in plant commissioning and automation implementation. Martin attended the British Columbia Institute of Technology.


After growing up in southeast Los Angeles, Dennis Richardson joined the US Army in 1969 and served as a helicopter pilot. He flew more than 1,000 war time hours, and was awarded 19 air medals. In 1973, Dennis married Cathy Coyl Richardson. Dennis completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Brigham Young University in 1976. After graduation from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU, Dennis moved his growing family to southern Oregon and opened his law practice in Central Point where he practiced for more than 30 years. He and Cathy have one son and eight daughters. In 2000, Dennis accepted an appointment to the Central Point City Council, where he succeeded in curbing wasteful spending. Dennis was elected to his first term in the Oregon State House in 2002. During his 12 years there, Dennis has served on the House Environment & Land Use Committee, House Trade & Economic Development Committee, House Committee on PERS Reform, Health Policy, and as Co-Chair of the Joint Senate & House Ways & Means Committee. In 2005, Dennis was elected Speaker Pro Tempore by a unanimous vote of Democrat and Republican House members. Between 2002 and 2007 Dennis organized 10 legislative and business trade missions to China designed to boost Oregon’s economy, and create in-state jobs by helping Oregon businesses sell their products and services to Chinese consumers. In 2004 Dennis led the fight to repeal the largest tax increase in Oregon’s history. He continues to work to restore property rights to Oregonians, improve Oregon’s business environment, and create family wage jobs. He collaborated with legislators on both sides of the aisle to propose an improved public employee retirement system that taxpayers can afford. Dennis also introduced legislation to protect education funding from future economic recessions. As Co-Chair of Ways & Means Dennis became intimately familiar with the inner workings of the State’s various agencies, and recognized the need for oversight of Cover Oregon. Dennis warned the current governor about the inevitable failure of Cover Oregon, which in total has squandered $248 million in taxpayer dollars. Subsequently, Dennis decided to challenge the ineffectual and disinterested pattern of the governor’s behavior. In 2013, with a consensus of support from Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, Dennis announced his decision to run for governor of Oregon. Dennis knows that with new vision, new energy and proven leadership, Oregon can once again be the land of opportunity.


Chris has had an extensive career in the wood products industry, following a bachelor degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science degree in Wood Science from West Virginia University. He has held his current position as Region Manager of the Boise Cascade Western Oregon Region since 2012. He has been employed at Boise Cascade since 2000, first as plant manager at the particleboard facility in La Grande, Ore., and then as production manager at Boise’s La Grande, Ore.; Kettle Falls, Wash. and Medford, Ore. facilities. Previously he worked in particleboard production, technical and superintendent capacities for Temple-Inland in Monroeville, Ala. and Louisiana-Pacific at Missoula, Mont. He began his career working at the Appalachian Hardwood Center in Morgantown, W. Va. Chris is married and with three children, and is a board member of Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc.


Dan has been involved in the timber industry since childhood, beginning with reforestation on the family tree farm in western Washington. Currently VP Sales at Metriguard Inc, he previously was corporate special projects coordinator and project engineer at Metriguard. Dan is a past president of the Machine Stress Rated Lumber Producers Council and member of the Engineered Wood Technology Assn. (EWTA) Advisory Committee. He has contributed to published literature in the field of ultrasonic veneer grading and grain angle measurement, and holds patents on lumber testing and dielectric sensor technology. Dan holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University.


Scott Weatherford is the Chief Executive Officer of ATCO Wood Products Ltd., a third generation, family owned business in southeastern British Columbia that produces softwood veneer for the plywood and LVL markets in the Pacific Northwest. Scott joined ATCO in 2005, and has been CEO since 2007. Prior to joining ATCO, Scott enjoyed an extensive career in heavy equipment manufacturing, having worked in various engineering and purchasing roles for PACCAR, Kenworth, John Deere and Cummins Engine. Scott holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the University of Washington. Scott calls Fruitvale, British Columbia home, along with his wife and two children.


As a market researcher for the woodworking machinery sector of the German engineering 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 world’s leading exhibition for woodworking machinery. Dominik received a degree 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.