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Bob Breyer

Senior Manager, Bakelite Synthetics

"Game Theory: Infinite vs Finite Game and the Struggle Between Academics and Industry Experts"

Bob Is currently President of Forest Product Society. He is also is one of Bakelite Synthetics’ representatives for the Wood-Based Composites Center.  He has worked for Bakelite for 30 years and is Currently Sr. R&D Manager for Thermosetting Team.  He received his PhD in Organic Chemistry from University of New Orleans and had a Post-Doc at Duke University before joining the company. 

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Wes McNutt

Canada Sales Manager – OSB Resin & Wax, Hexion

“Closing The Gap Between p-MDI and Phenolic Resin Performance in High Moisture Environments”

Wes joined Hexion in 2012 as a Technical Sales Representative.  In 2017 he moved to his current role, supporting OSB resin and wax customers across Canada.  Prior to Hexion, he worked for LP Building Solutions in northeastern British Columbia from 1994-2012, progressing through various positions of increasing responsibility in Quality Control and Continuous Improvement.  

While at LP, Wes obtained his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt designation.  He also holds an MBA from Athabasca University.

Wes and his wife call Edmonton, Alberta home, where they are close to their three adult children and first grandchild.  


Steve Block

Senior Consultant, Biobased Business, Omni Tech International

"Advances in Soy-Based Wood Adhesives"

Steve is currently a Senior Consultant in the Biobased Business Unit of Omni Tech International where he leads the Wood Adhesives Platform. His passion is solving problems by identifying opportunities for new biobased chemical technologies. Over his career Steve has had the opportunity to lead both technical and commercial teams focused on innovative technical solutions and more recently centered around biobased chemistry.

Steve received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he is a member of the Academy of Chemical Engineers, and an MS in Engineering Management from Wichita State University.

During his career Steve had a nearly 30 year tenure at Dow Corning where he held roles such as technical service and development, manufacturing leadership, technical management, strategic marketing, and commercial leadership. Over these years his responsibilities spanned the construction materials, coatings, polymers, sealants, and electronics industries. Steve has been involved in the biobased chemistry industry for over 10 years having held commercial leadership roles at both Elevance Renewable Sciences and NXTLEVVEL Biochem.

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Brandon Higgins

Regional Technical and CI Manager, Roseburg


"Making Innovation Work with the Variability Associated with Manufacturing"

Brandon joined Roseburg Forest Products December 2016.  He was a technical manager from December until July 2022 when he advanced to Regional Technical and Continuous Improvement Manager.  His responsibilities for Riddle and Coquille plywood are for developing ‘robust’ quality programs.  Prior to joining Roseburg Forest Products, he worked for Georgia-Pacific Corp. in Atlanta as Technical Sales Representative from 2014-2016, and from 2011 to 2014 in various technical roles supporting GP OSB, plywood, and particleboard operations in the southeast.  He has four years of detailed technical knowledge of the GP™ Dynamic Microchamber.  He is an alumni of the University of Idaho where he received a B.S. degree in 2010 Forest Products and Business Management.  Brandon is originally from Idaho although has resided in Oregon since 2016.  

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Dru Preston

Georgia Forestry Commission

"Timber Markets and Sustainability: Opportunities and Challenges for Georgia and the Southeast"

Dru is a native of Georgia and grew up around forestry.  His father retired from the Georgia Forestry Commission and then started a forestry consultant business.  He has other family that are in the logging business.  He graduated from the University of Georgia Warnell School in 2000 and soon after began work with the Georgia Forestry Commission.  Dru began his career as a Forest Inventory & Analysis (FIA) forester and is currently with the Services, Utilization and Marketing (SUM) department.  In this capacity, he assists with forest industry economic development projects, leads the Timber Product Output (TPO) mill survey, and promotes Georgia’s forest industry at tradeshows and conferences.

Dru is married to Natalie and has a teenage daughter and son and makes his home in Perry, GA.

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