WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11

EXHIBITORS/ATTENDEES

BREAKFAST

7:30-8:25 a.m.

 

MORNING KEYNOTERS SESSION

(Rooms B-C)

 

8:30-8:35 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

—Rich Donnell, Conference Co-Chairman; Editor-in-Chief, Wood Bioenergy magazine

 

8:40-9:10 a.m.

What Is the Future of the Industrial Wood Pellet Market? What Countries Will Drive Markets in the 2020s and Will ‘Black’ Pellets Be Part of That Growth?

—Willam Strauss, Founder and President, FutureMetrics

 

9:15-9:45 a.m.

Recent Developments and Future Outlook for the Global Industrial Wood Pellet Market

—Thomas Meth, Co-Founder, Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing, Enviva

 

9:50-10:20 a.m.

Pinnacle’s Pursuit to Own Safety and Drive Results in the Wood Pellet Industry

—Rob McCurdy, CEO, Pinnacle Renewable Energy

 

TIME OUT WITH EXHIBITORS

10:25-10:55 a.m.

 

INDUSTRIAL PELLET

MANUFACTURING:

TEN YEAR REPORT CARD,

MOVING FORWARD

PART ONE

(Room B)

 

11:00-11:25 a.m.

Lessons Learned in Two Major Pellet Plant Startups

—Malcolm Swanson, President, Astec, Inc.

 

11:30-11:55 a.m.

Greater Emphasis On Safety: New and Existing Plants Are Calling for It

—Bijan Shams, President, Cogent Industrial Technologies

 

HEAT & ENERGY

(Room C)

 

11:00-11:20 a.m.

Shipboard Treating of Wood Chips for Export

—Tyler Player, President, Player Design Inc.

 

11:25-11:45 a.m.

Improving the Operating Efficiencies of Industrial Biomass-Fueled Furnaces and Boilers

—David Digdon, Vice President, Atlantic Combustion Technologies; Michael Reindorp, Consultant

 

11:50-12:10 p.m.
Energy Efficiency Opportunities: Thermal Oil Versus Steam
—Francisco Ripoll, Export Manager, SUGIMAT

 

EXHIBITORS/ATTENDEES

LUNCH

12:00- 1:25 p.m.

 

AFTERNOON SUPPLIERS

KEYNOTERS SESSION

(Rooms B-C)

 

1:30-1:35 p.m.

Remarks and Introductions

—Dan Shell, Managing Editor, Wood Bioenergy

 

1:40-2:10 p.m.

Wood for Energy—A View on How International Requirements and Expectations Affect Forests and Sustainability

—Richard Peberdy, Vice President Sustainability, Drax Biomass

 

2:15-2:45 p.m.

The Highland Approach to Sustainable, Environmentally Friendly Energy     

Thomas Reilley, Founder and Chairman, Highland Pellets

 

2:50-3:20 p.m.

Facing the Challenges and Opportunities of the Industrial Wood Pellet Industry

—Andrew Johnson, Vice President, TSI

 

TIME OUT WITH EXHIBITORS

3:25-3:45 p.m.

 

INDUSTRIAL PELLET

MANUFACTURING:

TEN YEAR REPORT CARD,

MOVING FORWARD

PART TWO

(Room B)

 

3:50-4:10 p.m.

Fram: Ten Years Running. What We’ve Learned As We Move Forward

—Harold Arnold, President, Fram Renewable Fuels

 

4:15-4:35 p.m.

More Consideration for Wood Yards

—Eric Estes, Project Manager, Mid-South Engineering

 

4:40-5:00 p.m.

Logging & Chipping: Cents to Operate

—Jeremy Sapp, Vice President, Sapp’s Land & Excavating

 

BIO EDUCATION

(Room C)

 

3:50-4:15 p.m.

Reversing the Trend: Curriculum in Sustainable Biomaterials and Packaging

—Dr. Brian Via, Regions Bank Professor and Director of the Forest Products Development Center, Auburn University

 

4:20-4:45 p.m.

Forest Products University Graduates: What Does Industry Need?

—Dr. Richard Vlosky, Director, Louisiana Forest Products Development Center

 

EXHIBITOR/ATTENDEES

DINNER RECEPTION

5-7 p.m.

 

 


 

THURSDAY, APRIL 12

EXHIBITORS/ATTENDEES

BREAKFAST

7:30-8:25 a.m.

 

MORNING KEYNOTERS SESSION 

(Rooms B-C)

 

8:30-8:35 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

—Fred Kurpiel, Conference Co-Chairman; President, Georgia Research Institute

 

8:40-9:10 a.m.

An Update of the Wood-Based Energy Sector in North America

—Dr. Richard Vlosky, Director, Louisiana Forest Products Development Center

 

9:15-9:45 a.m.

Taking Control of Biomass Supply and Demand    

—Clay Crosby, CEO, Twin Rivers Land & Timber

 

9:50-10:20 a.m.

Refining The Product Line to Meet Emerging Markets

—Jerry Morey, President, Bandit Industries

 

TIME OUT WITH EXHIBITORS

10:25-10:45 a.m.

 

SOUTHERN U.S. FORESTS

& SUSTAINABILITY:

THE REAL IMPACT

OF THE NEW INDUSTRIAL

WOOD PELLET INDUSTRY

(Rooms B-C)

 

10:50-11:10 a.m.
Innovation in Sustainability: The Enviva Story
Jennifer Jenkins, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Enviva

 

11:15-11:35 a.m.
Effects of Wood Pellet Production on Forest Condition in the Southeastern United States
Virginia Dale, Adjunct Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 

11:40-Noon
The Industrial Wood Pellet Industry in the U.S. South: Wood Use and Supply Chain Implications
—Amanda Hamsley Lang, COO & Vice President of Client Services, Forisk

 

CASH PRIZE DRAWING

HIGH NOON (Must Be Present To Win)

 

EXHIBITOR BREAKDOWN

HIGH NOON