Tony Flagor is a regional production manager for Boise Cascade in Medford Oregon. He is responsible for the five operations that make up the Western Oregon region including, Willamina & White City Veneer, Medford & Rogue Valley Plywood, and the White City EWP operation. His experiences include various Plant Manager and Plant Superintendent positions with Potlatch, Swanson Group, Roseburg Forest Products, Interfor, and Boise Cascade. ⠀
He has been an active participant in the industry since 1999 and helped to develop the Oregon State University wood products leadership development program. His community involvement includes being a member of the Roseburg City Budget Committee (expired) and a School Board Member (expired). He has a passion for developing the leaders of tomorrow and recently created the Boise Leader Academy, forming a pathway of growth for all his staff members ⠀
Prior to working in the wood products industry Tony spent 12 years serving in the U.S. Navy as a Nuclear Electrician. During his tenure he served on the USS Batfish and USS Puffer nuclear powered fast-attack submarines, conducting missions in waters of all parts of the globe including the breaking through the ice at North Pole
Regional Production Manager Boise Cascade
Maureen Puettmann PhD, WoodLife Environmental Consultant, she conducts life cycle assessments of forestry operations and wood products in North America and has collaborated on research projects in Norway and Australia. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Wood Science from Oregon State University Oregon State and College of Forestry (1987/1990) and her PhD from the University of Minnesota in Forestry/Bio-materials (2000). She took on the role of Director of Operations for the Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM), maintains adjunct appointments with the University of Tennessee, University of Washington, and Oregon State University, spent 6 months at Harvard Forest as a Bullard Fellow where she evaluated the carbon benefit and impacts of a small-scale wood heating system. She is married (Klaus Puettmann), has two adult sons, and enjoys walks with their #dog and #cat.
Director of Operations, CORRIM- The Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials
Maureen Puettmann PhD.
Taylor is the Director of Manufacturing and Resources for Oregon Forest & Industries Council where she primarily works on carbon policy, employment and labor issues. She has a B.S. in Natural Resource Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and M.S. from Oregon State University in Forest Ecosystems and Society. Her M.S. degree focused on changing forest use in rural communities of Senegal through a political ecology lens. She served as an agroforestry extension agent for Peace Corps Senegal, where she worked with farmers and community-scale gardening groups to improve the resiliency of land through agroforestry techniques. She also worked as a timber technician in Southeast Alaska and as a field researcher for the Harvard Research Forest.
Director of Manufacturing and Resources, Oregon Forest & Industries Council
Paige McKinley grew up in western North Carolina and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Wood Science and Forest Products, with a concentration in Residential Wood Structures, from Virginia Tech in May of 2014. Upon graduation, she began her graduate studies at Oregon State University, working under Fred Kamke and Ari Sinha in Wood Science and Engineering. Her Masters project focused on wood-adhesive bonds and the influences of moisture on the integrity of the bond. She earned her Master of Science in August of 2016. During her studies at Virginia Tech and Oregon State University, she held officer positions in the FPS Student Chapters. She now lives in Medford, OR and is an Business Optimization Coordinator for Boise Cascade, working on quality and process improvements for the Western Oregon Region.
Business Optimization Coordinator
Michael Wolcott, Regents Professor, has been a member of the WSU faculty since 1996 conducting research in the field of biobased materials, chemicals, and fuels. Wolcott currently serves as the Director of ASCENT, the FAA Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuel and the Environment. He was formerly Project Co-Director for NARA - Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, a USDA AFRI Sustainable Biofuels CAP project, which most notably flew the first cellulosic biofuels flight cross-country with partners Gevo and Alaska Airlines by converting forest residuals from the Pacific Northwest into certified alternative jet fuel.
In his career, Dr. Wolcott has managed over $60-million of funding from USDA, DOE, DOD, FHWA, as well as many state agencies. In addition, he has worked with over 100 companies from the forest, plastics, composites, and fuels industries. Many of his research projects have featured public-private partnerships with industry, government laboratories, agencies, and communities.
In his current capacity as VP for Research, Dr. Wolcott is the primary relationship manager with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He is the WSU lead for The WSU-PNNL Institutes in Nuclear Science & Technology, Advanced Grid, and Bioproducts, as well as the joint Distinguished Graduate Research Program and Joint Faculty-Scientist Appointments.
Regents Professor and
Vice President for Research
Director – Office of Clean Technology
Washington State University
Michael P Wolcott
Iain joined the TallWood Design Institute in 2016. He has worked in business development and training roles in the forest industry for 19 years, prior to which he was involved in export marketing of forest products to Asia Pacific markets. Macdonald led the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) at University of British Columbia, Canada (UBC) for nine years, during which time he was a key player in efforts by the Province of British Columbia to stimulate and support the use of mass timber products following the passing of the Wood First Act. Iain holds degrees in marketing and professional education. He has significant experience globally in the design and delivery of technical and business education to workplace and professional learners, and in creating programs to stimulate innovation, entrepreneurship and business development. He is a director and past chair of the Wood Manufacturing Council.
Associate Director of TallWood Design Institute
Eric is currently Professor of Forest Products Marketing and Department Head of Wood Science and Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU). He received a B.S. in Forest Products Business Management from the University of Idaho in 1990 and a PhD in 1994 from Virginia Tech, specializing in Forest Products Marketing. He has worked at OSU since August 1994. Current research areas are organizational innovation, bioeconomy transition, corporate social responsibility, and strategic marketing. He is co-author of the textbook Strategic Marketing in the Global Forest Industries. He is the Editor of BioProducts Business, a journal published by the Society of Wood Science and Technology. He teaches innovation and marketing topics at OSU and partner universities in France and Slovenia and he organizes the Forest Products Management Development course for regional industry managers.
Professor of Forest Products Marketing and Department Head of Wood Science and Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU)
Dr. Renneckar is an associate professor in the Department of Wood Science and the Program Director for the new degree of Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology at the University of British Columbia. He also is a Canada Research Chair in Advanced Renewable Materials, working on the science behind the transformation of wood and plant biopolymers into value-added products. He studied polymer science applied to lignocellulosic materials at Virginia Tech (BS and PhD), and UC Berkeley (MS). After obtaining his PhD, he served on the faculty at Virginia Tech for 9 years. His research is based in the knowledge of interactions amongst biobased polymers (forces that allow separation or integration) and how these forces impact biobased material processing and performance. With this core competency, the goal of his research is to separate out polymers and nanoparticles from renewable materials such as waste biomass and then elegantly integrate them into larger structures with new value, minimizing the energy required for material formation. Dr. Renneckar has an active research program with more than $6 M in research funding, 50 peer review publications, 1 US patent, over 70 presentations, and has graduated 8 PhD and 3 MS students under his direct supervision.
Associate professor in the Department of Wood Science and the Program Director for the new degree of Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology at the University of British Columbia (UBC)
Dr. Scott Rennackar
Thomas H. DeLuca is professor and dean of the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation (FCFC) at the University of Montana (UM). A forest soil scientist and ecosystem ecologist, Professor DeLuca efforts in research, teaching and administration have been focused on sustainable land management and advancing our understanding of natural ecosystem function. Professor DeLuca currently directs a College with over 40 faculty members, 133 graduate students, and more than 750 undergraduate students. FCFC manages two external research facilities, Lubrecht Experimental Forest (a 27,000 acre forest) and Bandy Ranch (a 3,600 acre cattle ranch). Prior to his post at FCFC, Professor DeLuca served as the Director of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington (2012 – 2017), was the NERC-University Joint Chair in Environmental Sciences in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University, UK (2009 – 2012), served as a Senior Forest Ecologist with the Wilderness Society (2006 – 2009), was a Professor of Forest Soils at the University of Montana in the College of Forestry and Conservation (1994 – 2006), and Assistant Professor of Sustainable Systems at Slippery Rock University (1993 – 1994).
During the past 20 years, Professor DeLuca has conducted research in a variety of topics across temperate, boreal, maritime and Arctic settings. Primary research interests include the influence of disturbance on N and C cycling in forest, prairie and tundra ecosystems, the fire ecology of temperate and boreal forests, biological N2 fixation in forest ecosystems, sustainable forest management and forest restoration. Professor DeLuca has authored more than 100 refereed research papers, including senior authored papers in Science and Nature. Professor DeLuca received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in May 1993 (Soil Biology and Biochemistry) while working for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; his M.S. from Montana State University in soils; and his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Natural Science (Soil Science).
Professor and Dean of the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation (FCFC) at the University of Montana (UM)
Shortly after receiving a degree in Structural design from British Columbia Institute of Technology, joined National Starch and Chemical (now Henkel) 22 years ago, in general adhesive sales, but quickly moved to focus on wood bonding. Within several years, further narrowed my focus exclusively to engineered wood bonding. This was about the time CLT was gaining market traction in Europe, allowing me to work with industry on the introduction of CLT in North America. I am involved with ANSI (CLT and Glulam), ASTM, CSA as well as liaison with global standards. Today I work closely with industry to support new and existing business and well as work with industry and Universities on new product development.
Business Development Director | Engineered Wood Adhesives
Jesse Paris, R&D Chemist in Filler and Extender Group (lignocellulosic oramylosic performance additives to adjust rheology and cure behavior for resins, waxes, coatings, agricultural amendments, erosion control materials, adhesives, etc.) R&D Chemist in Filler and Extender Group ⠀
⠀Jesse received his undergrad and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech (2008 and 2010), and his PhD from Oregon State University (2014), all in Wood Science. As an undergrad he studied lean manufacturing, and worked for a packaging science and pallet testing research group in the department. His master’s and PhD degrees both focused on wood adhesives and wood-based composite materials. Both his master’s and PhD degrees were funded by the Wood-Based Composites Center (WBC), an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center supported by the NSF. ⠀
Jesse now works for the Willamette Valley Company (WVCO) as an R&D chemist where he is involved in numerous wood-products research projects including fillers and extenders for a variety of adhesive chemistries, to coatings and sealants, to wax emulsions, to composite panel defect repair, and even mass timber building materials. Data analysis, method development, product formulation, lab panel production and testing, customer trials, and even attending sales presentations and academic conferences are all part of his job responsibilities. Most rewarding, to Jesse is the opportunity he now has to serve as an industry member of the WBC and help current WBC research students with their projects, just as he was mentored and sponsored when he was a graduate student. ⠀
Jesse has always been a supporter of the Forest Products Society (FPS) and other forums for discussing the current science related to the wood products industry. Jesse was a member and President of both student body FPS chapters at both OSU and VT, and has continued as a professional member of the FPS since graduating and joining WVCO. Jesse regularly attends the FPS international conventions (IC) and the Wood Adhesives conferences sponsored by FPS.
R & D Chemist II Willamette Valley Company
Jesse Paris PhD.
42 years in the Timber industry beginning in 1976 with Vanply, Albany Oregon; followed by 12 years with Willamette Industries. Scott held many positions with Willamette Industries, which include, Supervision, Quality control & Superintendent; mainly in plywood production.
Scott became very informed in process from the logging sites, Log sort yards, peeling, drying, grading, processing, and lay up systems. Completed a B.S. in business during his tenure at Willamette industries, and went to work for Borden Chemical in 1993. Scott began his 25 year to date career with Borden, now Hexion Inc., as Technical Service manager for the western plywood group; became a sales manager in the West region, did a 7 year stint in the Eastern US managing plywood markets there, and then became N.A. Business Director for one of the Forest Products business units of Hexion in 2010. Scott has led the Performance Adhesives business of Hexion for the past 9 years as Director, with a technical / commercial team of 15 associates across N.A. and an R&D group of 6. His experience in many markets that serve the timber industry make him a qualified choice to deliver a presentation on adhesive advancements over the past 40 years.
N.A. Business Director , Hexion
Matt Krumenauer of Salem, Oregon, joined the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities in August of 2017. Matt is responsible for leading the Endowment’s Wood-to-Energy Initiative and is working on the ground to accelerate market development for new and innovative uses of forest products.
Prior to joining the Endowment Matt has served as a Project Manager for an investor owned electric utility, Director of Government Relations for a multi-state trade association representing cooperative businesses in the agriculture, financial, retail and utility sectors, a Conservation Biologist for a state forestry department and a Senior Policy Analyst for the Oregon Department of Energy where he was the program and technical lead for the State’s bioenergy programs. More recently he served as a Consultant to the U.S. Endowment and was responsible for guidance of torrefaction market development efforts through the Consortium for Advanced Wood to Energy Solutions. Matt led the formation of Oregon Torrefaction and the successful project to produce and deliver torrefied woody biomass for the largest utility scale test completed to date.
Matt has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Matt lives in Salem, OR, with his wife Gail and two children, Marin and Alden.
Vice President Special Projects, U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities