INDUSTRY KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
ROY O. MARTIN III
Chairman, CEO, CFO, RoyOMartin
Roy is the chairman, chief executive officer, and chief financial officer for RoyOMartin. A third-generation leader, Roy spent much of his youth and young-adult life working in various locations of the family business. After earning his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University, Roy joined the company full time in 1985 and later completed his Master of Business Administration at LSU. The grandson of Roy O. Martin, Sr., he grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana, as the only son of Roy O. Martin, Jr. (Roy O. Martin Lumber Company president from 1962-1978).
RoyOMartin is one of several wholly owned subsidiaries of Martin Sustainable Resources L.L.C., a privately held equity investment company. The name RoyOMartin honors the business pioneer and Martin family patriarch, Roy O. Martin, Sr. (Roy Sr.), who began the family’s first business with a small sawmill in Alexandria, Louisiana in 1923 and soon thereafter bought a few acres of timberland. Martin Sustainable Resources L.L.C. is owned by several generations of Roy Sr.’s descendants. Its holdings are broad but focus primarily on land, timber, and mineral resources with special emphasis on sustainable forests and forest-products manufacturing businesses.
Vice President of Product Engineering and Quality, Huber Engineered Wood
Kurt is the Vice President of Product Engineering & Quality for Huber Engineered Wood and works out of the Charlotte, NC corporate office. Kurt manages the Quality Assurance teams, Building Code recognition for HEW specialty products, Architect, Engineer & Builder continuing education activity and technical support services related to in-field product use.
Kurt holds a Degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University as well as an MBA from the University of Washington in Seattle. Kurt is a professional engineer with registration in 20 States. After working as a consulting structural engineer and for Trus Joist/Weyerhaeuser as a General Manager for a new business unit, Kurt joined Huber Engineered Woods LLC in 2003.
Founder and CEO, Hexas Biomass, LLC
Wendy Owens is the founder and chief executive officer of Hexas Biomass LLC (Hexas), a role that allows her to use her experience as a serial entrepreneur in the communications technology, materials engineering, biotechnology, and healthcare industries. Prior to founding Hexas, Ms. Owens was in biotech as a clinical scientist and advisor to major bio-pharmaceutical companies. She led research studies funded by the CDC, Biogen, Shire, Genentech, and other biotech and bio-pharmaceutical companies.
Ms. Owens also co-founded and ran an advance composite materials engineering company taking the company from technology development to patenting and commercialization. Ms. Owens served as advisor to the US Secretary of Commerce and US Trade Representative on an International Trade Advisor Committee (ITAC 8) for 14 years.
President, Fram Renewable Fuels, LLC
Harold has been involved in the forest industry his entire working life. He spent more than 23 years in the Forest Resources Division of Hercules Inc. and held the position of Western Region Superintendent prior to his leaving Hercules in 1995. Since then, he has exported chips and other forest products through port facilities at Savannah, handled a variety of consulting projects for forest products industries in the South, and completed several international forestry related assignments as a consultant for the United States Agency for International Development.
Harold joined Fram Renewable Fuels, LLC in October 2005. His industry knowledge led to the development of Fram’s first wood pellet facility in Baxley, Georgia. Appling County Pellets was constructed and began producing in late 2007. Since then he has played a pivotal role in the development of the business and customer relationships that are so vitally necessary in this business. As the industry continues to grow Harold enhances the profile of Fram to further develop the wood pellet industry in the Southeast United States.
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 . 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.