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What You Need to Know 4 Weeks Before the NHLA Convention

The NHLA Room Block at the Sheraton Hotel will close Monday, September 9th. If you need to reserve a hotel room or if you need to make adjustments to an existing hotel reservation please do so before September 9th!

If you haven’t registered yet, DON’T WAIT!



The NHLA room rate is $229 + 15.2% sales tax + $3.00 occupancy tax. Do not call the hotel for reservations. A link to the hotel room block will be sent to you via email, once you complete convention registration. Need assistance contact the NHLA Registration Team at 901-399-7566 or email





NHLA is giving away one FREE registration to the 2019 NHLA Convention.

Visit the NHLA Facebook Page and enter by liking the post and commenting on why you want to attend the Convention.

One winner will be announced Monday, September 9th at 3:30 PM CST. Good Luck!

To see contest rules, visit:

*This contest is not valid for anyone who has already registered to attend the 2019 NHLA Convention.





The Ed Sessions at this year’s convention are designed to help you find ideas and solutions to help your business thrive! Plan your convention schedule to make these Sessions a priority.

Thursday, October 3 Ed Sessions:

  • 10:30 – 11:45am North American Hardwood Market Trends by Judd Johnson & David Caldwell – sponsored by Woodeye
  • 1-2:15pm New Customer-Focused Selling Strategies by Bob Graham – sponsored by Paw Taw John Services, Inc.
  • 2:30 – 3:45pm Ed Session: Discovering Lost Profits with NHLA Sawmill Yield Analysis and Quality Control Programs by NHLA Chief Inspector Dana Spessert – sponsored by TRN USA Forest LLC

Friday, October 4 Ed Sessions:

  • 10:30 – 11:45am Breakthrough Skills to Lead Better by Bob Graham – sponsored by Your Company Name Here
  • 1-2:15pm Tarrifs, Trade Wars & the Future of US Hardwood Exports by Mike Snow – sponsored by ACES Division of Kuehne + Nagel Inc.
  • 2:30 – 3:45pm Hardwood Promotion Collaboration: A Search for Answers – sponsored by Allegheny Wood Products International Inc.

Want to sponsor an educational seminar?

Contact John or Vicky today!

View the complete convention schedule HERE


2019 Convention Speakers

Archie Mannine: NFL Icon and All-American Quarterback

Bob Graham: CEO of Serious Soft Skills, LLC

David Caldwell: Assistant Editor of Hardwood Market Report

Dana Spessert: NHLA Chief Inspector

Judd Johnson: Editor of Hardwood Market Report

Michael S. Snow: AHEC Executive Director




Make plans to end the 2019 NHLA Convention on a high note! How high you ask? How about 100-feet.

The Friday Grand Finale party will take place at the National World War II Museum, inside the US Freedom Pavilion, the tallest building on the museum campus. Elevated catwalks provide eye-level views to six WWII aircraft that soar spectacularly overhead.

6pm Reception with entertainment by the Victory Belles

7pm Dinner Served

8pm Awards and Drawings

8:30 – 11pm Live Music and Dancing by D-Play Entertainment

Tickets for this event are $75 per person and can be purchased when you complete convention registration. If you have already registered and would like to add this event to your registration contact Desiree Freeman at or 901-399-7566.




The Exhibit Showcase is the hub and heart of the Annual Convention; it features a daily lunch buffet, open coffee station, and NEW THIS YEAR, the NHLA Learning Lounge sponsored by Continental Underwriters.

A few exhibit booths are still open! Click HERE to see and then contact John or Vicky.

The Lounge will host a panel of exhibitor experts discussing different sawmill topics that affect your day-to-day business. This is your chance to have your most pressing business operations questions answered.

Thursday, October 3 Learning Lounge Schedule

10:30 – 11:15am   Topic: Dry Kiln – Optimizing Kiln Performance

It can be argued that kiln-drying is the most important step in the manufacturing of hardwood lumber. That’s why mill management should be concerned about the efficient operation, quality of products and operator knowledge to ensure that the dry kilns are operating at maximum efficiency. Bring your questions related to dry kiln construction, maintenance, controls, heat sources, energy saving options, venting, vacuum kilns and thermal modification just to name a few.

11:30 – 12:15pm   Topic: Insurance – Risk Improvement

Risk management is a broad topic. It involves taking steps to minimize the likelihood of things going wrong and no one likes thinking about what could go wrong. Nevertheless, as a prudent owner/manager, you should understand the risks your business faces. Come learn from this panel of insurance specialists the insider information for ensuring what you do today makes for a better, less risky tomorrow.

1:30 – 2:15pm   Topic: Forest Products Industry Logistics – Issues & Challenges Solved

Getting products to your customer efficiently and at low cost are critical for business success. We invite you to join the conversation around today’s forest products industry logistics issues and challenges. Our panel of experts will have answers to your questions about booking & documentation, fumigation & transport of logs and lumber, trucking of overweight import and export containers and more. Find out ways to mitigate cost and risks and identify new market opportunities.




NHLA would like to thank our generous sponsors for their commitment to NHLA and the hardwood industry! (as of 9-4) Our sponsors support the Annual Convention but also the overall year-long activities of the Association that benefit the entire hardwood industry.

Premier Sponsor




Cascade Hardwood Group

Walnut Level

Northwest Hardwoods


Cherry Level

Ally Global Logistics, LLC, Baillie Lumber Co., Cole Hardwood, Inc., Continental Underwriters, Inc., Harold White Lumber, Inc., Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance, Co., Robinson Lumber Company, Smith Sawmill Service, U*C Coatings, LLC, USNR


White Oak Level

Tropical Forest Products


Birch Level

Lumber Resources, Inc.


Maple Level

Abenaki Timber Corporation, BPM Lumber, LLC, Breeze Dried, Inc., DMSi, DV Hardwoods, Inc., eLIMBS, LLC, King City/Northway Forwarding Ltd., Legacy Wood Products, Matson Lumber Co., McClain Forest Products, Nyle Dry Kilns, Sii Dry Kilns, Tioga Hardwoods Inc., TMX Shipping, UCS Forest Group, Wood-Mizer, LLC


Red Oak Level

ACES-Division of Kuehne & Nagel Inc., Alan McIlvain Co., Allegheny Wood Products International, Inc., Atlanta Hardwood Corp., Banks Hardwoods, Inc., Buchanan Hardwoods, Inc., Carl Rosenberry & Sons Lumber, Inc., Clark Lumber Company, Inc., Cummings Lumber Co., Dragon Woodland Sawmill Corp., East Ohio Hardwood Lumber Co., Frank Miller Lumber Company, Inc., Fromm Packaging Systems, HDI, Industrial Appraisal Company, ISK Biosides, Inc., JoeScan, Legna Software, LLC, Missouri Walnut, LLC, Missouri-Pacific Lumber Co., Inc., Moss Lumber Industries, Inc., Paw-Taw-John Services, Inc., Primewood Lumber, Inc., Quality Hardwoods, Inc., Quality Hardwoods, Ltd., Ron Jones Hardwood Sales, Inc., Salem Equipment, Inc., SCS Forest Products by Finna Sensors, Simon Lussier Ltee, Swaner Hardwood Co., Inc., Taylor Group, Inc., TRN USA Forest, LLC, Tropical Hardwood Brokers, Inc., Wheeland Lumber Co., Inc., and WoodEye


Interested in adding your name to the list of 2019 Sponsors? Check-out our available sponsorships HERE. Contact John Hester at 901-399-7558 or Vicky Simms at 901-399-7557.


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