Bringing NAWLA Education To You

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For over 130 years, the North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) has been the uniting bond from one end of the supply chain to the other, helping the industry grow by helping NAWLA members grow. The vision for 2024 is no different. If anything, NAWLA and the NAWLA Board of Directors are looking to help NAWLA members grow even more this year by strengthening the relationship each member has with the association, particularly through educational opportunities.

To do this, NAWLA will once again be hosting seven regional meetings throughout 2024. Intended to be opportunities for industry professionals in the United States and Canada to network and learn on a localized level, the meetings allow NAWLA members to come together for a day to discuss new solutions for issues impacting their regions, hear from top-notch speakers on an array of business topics and connect one-on-one with regional and international NAWLA leaders.

Registration for select regional meetings is now open on the NAWLA website ( and details for summer and fall meetings will be shared in the coming months. NAWLA encourages all members to review the list of regional meetings below and to reach out to NAWLA HQ should they have any questions on their specific region’s meeting.

  • Montreal: April 9, 2024
  • Vancouver: May 22, 2024
  • Portland: June 6, 2024
  • Southeast: Summer 2024
  • Minneapolis: Summer 2024
  • Texas: Fall 2024
  • Northeast: Fall 2024

NAWLA will also be hosting multiple in-person, international-level events this year, including the Wood Basics courses. An opportunity for companies and employees to invest in their future, this four-day immersion class includes both classroom and field operation training in a small cohort-style setting on the topics of negotiations, product segmentation, logistics and transportation, and forest management and operations. Whether a new employee just starting out in wholesale lumber or a veteran who is moving into a new segment, industry professionals of all experience levels are encouraged to join NAWLA this spring in Corvallis, Oregon, or this fall in Peachtree City, Georgia, for this intimately tailored learning experience.

Save the date! Join NAWLA May 6-10 in Corvallis, Oregon, for the 2024 Spring Wood Basics course. Watch the NAWLA website for registration information.

In addition to hosting regional and international events, NAWLA will continue to bring education directly to members’ fingertips through webinars. Working in an ever-evolving industry, NAWLA recognizes its members and the industry as a whole are looking for ways to learn about current issues, stay on the pulse of changes and address new trends. From brand building and hiring to operations best practices, NAWLA webinars will continue to bring the information our members need to stay up to date on it all.

If you are not a member yet, now is a great time to join NAWLA. Members receive exclusive benefits, including discounts on event registrations, exclusive access to webinars and networking opportunities, and more. Reach out to us today at to learn more about our various membership offerings.

By Miller Wood Trade Publications

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