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With more than 30 years of experience, Bryant worked in the OSB and particleboard business until moving to the lumber business. He served as Vice-President of Beadles Lumber Co., then President owner of Balfour Lumber Co. in Thomasville, GA. In 2015, Bryant sold his mill to Canfor Southern Pine. Currently, he serves as a General Manager of the Central Division of Canfor Southern Pine while also providing representation for Canfor in the lumber industry. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University and a B.S. in Industrial and Operations Management from Auburn University.
Bill Craig is U.S. Representative for Linck, the largest European sawmill machinery company. He was Manager of Engineering and Capital Projects for St. Regis Paper Lumber Division and became Director of Capital Projects and Engineering for Champion International’s wood products operations after the two companies merged. In 2000, he formed Superior Project Associates and provides consultation and contract services to forest products businesses. He has managed projects for Mid-South Engineering and currently represents Linck. He holds an Aerospace Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Scott Ellsworth is the Principal and Owner of Scott Ellsworth Consulting and Sherpa Management Solutions. As a contractor to Jobs for the Future, he works to more fully engage employers in developing and implementing effective apprenticeship programs and driving greater inclusion of all populations in the workforce. Prior to founding Scott Ellsworth Consulting, Ellsworth was the Director of Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU), a Washington DC-based advocacy and education organization. He also has over 25 years of experience in managing a variety of manufacturing firms both large and small, including most recently as VP and General Manager of U.S. Operations for Tipco Punch in Hamilton, Oh. Ellsworth holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Louisville and an MBA from LSU-Shreveport.
Shawn Guibergia, is a mechanical engineer with over 20 years’ experience in equipment design. Guibergia currently serves as President and COO of Real Performance Machinery.
Tony LaSalata is currently the Product Line Manager-Primary Breakdown at USNR.
Paolo Morales, USN (Ret.), is a decorated Navy veteran who carved out a distinctive career as a Machinist Mate, showcasing technical prowess in steam propulsion, gas turbine and diesel plant operations. An award-winning Master Training Specialist, he facilitated training in areas as diverse as propulsion, lubrication, bearings, valve maintenance, fuels, quality assurance, high-risk firefighting and high-risk damage control.
In his current role at Reliability Solutions, Paolo Morales has transitioned his rich skill set to corporate applications, serving as a Precision Maintenance and Reliability Improvement Instructional Facilitator and Product Development Manager. As a speaker, he synthesizes the breadth of his experiences to deliver illuminating presentations, filled with technical wisdom, leadership insights, and memorable stories from his distinguished career.
Born and raised in Dallas, Tex., Tommy Stansell attended both SMU and Texas A&M, getting an undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance from SMU, and a master’s in real estate from Texas A&M. In 2010, Stansell and his wife Laura, moved from Dallas to Jackson, Miss—his first foray into the sawmill business. Stansell has held a variety of positions for CLAW Forestry in both operations and sales. Stansell has partnership interest in each of the mills owned and operated by CLAW Forestry and its subsidaries. He and wife Laura have four children. They are active in their local community and enjoy spending time as a family in Orange Beach, Ala.
Cade Warner, CFA, CAIA, is Chief Operating Officer for The Westervelt Co., where he has held numerous roles including Chief Sustainability Officer, responsible for leading sustainability efforts across the nearly 140-year-old land stewardship company. He will become President and CEO in January 2024, and will assume leadership of the company with a firm focus on continuing the legacy of quality and natural resource management.
Co-located with the Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition (EXPO 2021) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Co-located with the Timber Processing & Energy Expo in Portland, Oregon.