PLENARY SPEAKERS

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BOB BRYER

GP Chemicals

Dr. Breyer (Bob) is the R&D Manager for Thermosetting Resins for Georgia-Pacific Chemicals which he joined in 1991. Throughout his tenure, his focus has primarily been wood adhesives. He holds PhD from University of New Orleans in Organic Chemistry.  He is the current Vice President of the Forest Products Society.

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CHARLES B. GALE

Strategic Business Analyst,  SmartLam North America

Charles is currently the Strategic Business Analyst for SmartLam North America working on business process solutions for manufacturing locations in Columbia Falls MT, Dothan AL, and Galloway BC to benefit the supply chain and end customers in the mass timber industry. Previously he was principal consultant at Doug Fir Consulting LLC working directly with SmartLam and co-authored several North American mass timber supply chain studies most notably the www.masstimberreport.com.  Prior to that he was a Manufacturing business Analyst and Sales and Ops Planner at Stimson Lumber Company. In the past, Charles has published several general technical reports (GTR) on the macroeconomic wood product industry in the Northwest as well as provided foundational research. He helped secure $12.3 million in stimulus funds for a Wood Product Revolving Loan Fund during 2008 to retain/revitalize Montana’s distressed wood product industry during the great recession. He currently serves on the board of the Forest Product Society (FPS) as the Northwest regional representative, he is also part of the Sustainable Forest Initiative’s (SFI’s) task force, as well as an active member of Society of American Foresters. Charles holds a BS in Resource Conservation with an emphasis on Forest Resource Economics, and a Minor in Climate Change Studies from the University of Montana W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation.

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MATT HOLT

Director of Continuous Improvement and Optimization for Roseburg Forest Products Company

Matt Holt is the Director of Continuous Improvement and Optimization for Roseburg Forest Products Company and works out of the Raleigh, NC region. Matt manages the Quality Assurance team, Continuous Improvement, New Product Development, and two Manufacturing Facilities.

Matt completed his undergraduate and graduate work at The University of Tennessee. After working in multiple locations across the Carolinas manufacturing Particleboard, MDF, TFL, and treated paper for Arauco, Matt joined Roseburg in 2020.