Keynote Speakers

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Bob Breyer

Senior Technology Manager Wood Adhesives

Georgia-Pacific Chemicals, LLC

Celebrating the Past & Building the Future

Bob Breyer is one of the Georgia-Pacific Chemicals representatives for the Wood-Based Composites Center.

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Terry Liles

Director of Raw Materials at Huber Engineered Woods, LLC

Celebrating the Past & Building the Future

Terry Liles is currently the Director of Adhesives Technology at Huber Engineered Woods at the Innovation Center in Commerce, GA. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee.

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Dr. Eddie Price


Celebrating the Past & Building the Future

Before retiring in 2011, Dr. Eddie W Price taught at the University of Illinois, served as a Research Engineer for the Corp of Engineers while In the Army, spent 14 years as a Research Scientist for the US Forestry Service, and was employed by Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC (GP) for 24 years.

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Justin Price

Principal, Evergreen Engineering

Celebrating the Past & Building the Future

Justin Price has vast experience in engineering for the wood products industry and an innovative approach to engineering solutions. Justin’s responsibilities include construction management; developing new or modified plant layouts; designing mechanical conveying systems, process equipment, and piping layouts; and preparing equipment specifications.

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Rich Reardon

Vice President, PRE-TEC

Automation in Wood Products Manufacturing

Rich Reardon is the Vice President of PRE-TEC, a division of Willamette Valley Company, LLC.  Since August 2020, he has been responsible for the overall guidance and direction for WVCO’s Robotic and Dispensing Business unit.

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Nicole Stark

USDA Forest Products Laboratory

Celebrating the Past & Building the Future

Nicole Stark is the Project Leader of the Forest Biopolymer Science and Engineering Group at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Her research focus is to combine forest-based resources with other polymers to develop novel composite materials.

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Mark Tibbets

President, APA Wood

Mark became APA's twelfth President on July 1, 2020.  Mark brings 20 plus years of experience in association management, environmental policy, and program development to APA.

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Cynthia West

Director, Forest Products Laboratory

Dr. Cynthia D. West has 28 years of experience working across private industry, academia, and federal government in a variety of jobs to ensure sustainability of our natural resources. Dr. West was appointed Director of the Northern Research Station and the Forest Products Laboratory in February 2021. Previously she was Director of the new Office of Sustainability & Climate Change with the Forest Service in 2015 to oversee national climate change policy and program development for the Agency to mitigate climate change and increase forest resiliency. This interdisciplinary program guided policy and practices to assist land managers in assessing climate-related risks, developing adaptation solutions, monitoring risks and impacts, assessing forest carbon, and addressing watershed resiliency. She has extensive experience working across organizational boundaries to build collaboration and partnerships.