Who’s Who in Import/Exports

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Brady Francois

Brady Francois is the co-owner of Snowbelt Entities located in Hurley, WI. Snow Entities consists of 5 sister companies; sawmill- Snow Ridge Lumber, dry kilns- Snowbelt Hardwoods, flooring & dimension plant- Snow Country Hardwoods, trucking division- Snow Run Trucking, and heating/grilling pellet division- Snow Timber Pellets.

Brady oversees management of the day-to-day operations, purchasing and domestic and export sales. Snowbelt Hardwoods drys 16 million board feet per year of premium Northern kiln-dried lumber. A total of 9 million board feet of that production is Basswood, with the remainder comprised of White Ash, Hard Maple, Soft Maple, Red Oak, Cherry, Aspen and Birch. Lumber is offered as RW, ripped or pulled to width/length then tallied with VisionTally to ensure accuracy.

Francois graduated Lakeland Union High School, Minocqua, WI, in 2003, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, in 2007, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies degree with a focus in business and environmental geography. He graduated NHLA Inspector Training School, Memphis, TN, in 2008, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI, in 2010, where he earned an MBA in Finance and Management. Francois started full time as sales manager in 2010. His first jobs at the company included piling on the green chain, working in the flooring plant, and grading lumber in the sawmill.

Snowbelt Hardwoods is a member of the National Hardwood Lumber Association, American Hardwood Export Council, Lake States Lumber Association and the National Wood Flooring Association.
Francois is married to his wife of seven years, Lauren, and they have two children. His hobbies include long distance running, fishing, hunting, water skiing and downhill skiing.

For more information visit www.snowentities.com.

Diego Camp

Diego Camp is a North American Sales Executive for Robinson Lumber Company, located in New Orleans, LA. Robinson Lumber is a concentration yard, manufacturer, distributor and wholesaler. Across all of their divisions, Robinson Lumber produces 55+ million board feet of lumber annually.

Specializing in Red and White Oak, Hickory, Poplar and Ash, among other North American hardwoods in No. 2 Common and Better kiln-dried, S2S, ripped in all grades and thicknesses. Robinson also carries Southern Yellow Pine in all grades and thicknesses, as well as Honduras Pitch Pine, tropical decking, and flooring. Robinson Lumber offers pulled-to-width sorting, surfacing, ripping and they will cut to size.

Camp has been in the forest products industry for five years, where he started as an exterior program manager for thermalized hardwood products. He has been with Robinson Lumber Company for two years and has held his position as North American sales executive for one year.

Camp went to Rochester High School in Rochester, MI and then went on to study urban design and planning at the University of New Orleans in New Orleans, LA.

Now living in Massachusetts, Camp enjoys woodworking and the many recreational activities that New England has to offer, as well as watching his kids play sports on the weekends.

Camp has been married to his wife Emily for five years and he has two daughters, Miriam and Hillary.
Robinson Lumber Company is a member of National Hardwood Lumber Association, Kentucky Forest Industries Association, Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association, American Hardwood Export Council, Forest Stewardship Council and National Wood Floor Association.

For more information, call 504-258-7938, email diego@roblumco.com or visit www.roblumco.com.

Ling Walker

Ling Walker is the international sales representative at Roy Anderson Lumber Co., located in Tompkinsville, KY.

Roy Anderson produces 50 million board feet annually and has a kiln capacity of 1.1 million board feet. The species that Roy Anderson offers are Ash (4/4 through 16/4), Cherry (4/4), Hard and Soft Maple (4/4), Hickory (4/4 and 6/4) and Poplar, Red and White Oak and Walnut (4/4 through 16/4). The species that they export include Ash, Red and White Oak, Poplar, Hickory and Cherry. They have a planer facility, a straight line rip and they offer mixed loads.

Walker’s first job in the forest products industry was at Roy Anderson and she has been there for 17 years. She graduated from Chifeng High School in Chifeng, China.

In her spare time, Walker likes to garden. She has been married to her husband Louis Walker for 25 years.

Roy Anderson is a member of the National Hardwood Lumber Association, Kentucky Forest Industries Association, American Hardwood Export Council and Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc.

For more information, call 270-255-1258, email lwalker@ralumber.com, or visit www.ralumber.com.

By Miller Wood Trade Publications

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