US: WoodWorks appoints Interfor Senior VP as 2021 Chair

Bart Bender, in-coming Chair of WoodWorks 

The United States’ WoodWorks Wood Products Council has announced that Bart Bender, Senior Vice President (VP), Sales and Marketing at Interfor, has been elected to Chair the programme for a two-year term beginning in 2021, and Keith O’Rear, Senior VP, Wood Products, at Weyerhaeuser, will join the Board as the company’s new representative.

A non-profit staffed with architects, structural engineers, and construction experts, WoodWorks helps developers and design/constructions teams successfully use wood in commercial and multi-family buildings – including mass timber, light wood-frame, and hybrid projects. Its Board is strategically balanced to lead a well-rounded programme, with members from large and small companies reflecting lumber, engineered wood, and panel manufacturers, the private sector and government, different parts of the US and Canada, and WoodWorks’ core audience of design and building professionals.

“We are honored to welcome Bart Bender as the new WoodWorks Chair and Keith O’Rear as the new Weyerhaeuser Board representative,” said Jennifer Cover, President and Chief Executive Officer of the WoodWorks programme. “Bart has more than two decades of experience in the wood products industry and a keen eye for building value through quality offerings. Keith has been with Weyerhaeuser since 1989, holding a succession of leadership positions before joining the company’s senior management team in 2018. We look forward to their insights as WoodWorks continues to support the evolving needs of the design and construction community.”

Board members who will continue in their roles through 2021 include:

  • Ryan Flom, Chief Marketing Officer, Softwood Lumber Board
  • Chris McIver, VP Sales and Marketing, West Fraser Timber Co (representing Forestry Innovation Investment)
  • Joe Patton, VP and General Manager Wood Products, The Westervelt Company
  • John Beers III, VP Sales – Structural Panels, Georgia Pacific Corporation
  • Tom Chung, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
  • Tanya Luthi, PE, VP, Structures, Entuitive
  • Jeff Morrow, Independent (formerly with Lendlease)

WoodWorks extends its grateful appreciation to its out-going Chair, Chris McIver, VP, Sales and Marketing at West Fraser, who will continue to serve on the Board, and out-going Board member Shannon Hughes, Sales Director, Lumber at Weyerhaeuser.