The North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) installed its 2014 officers and new board members, effective Jan. 20, at the group’s mid-winter board meeting in Rosemont, Ill.

Servicing the association this year are:

  • Chairman Rick Ekstein of Weston Forest Products, Mississauga, Ontario;
  • 1st vice chairman Scott Elston of Forest City Trading Group, Portland, Ore.;
  • 2nd vice chairman Jim McGinnis of The McGinnis Lumber Co., Meridian, Miss.;
  • Secretary/treasurer John Stockhausen of Snavely Forest Products, Pittsburgh;
  • Immediate past chairman Mike Phillips of Hampton Lumber Sales, Portland, Ore.; and,
  • President/CEO Gary Vitale of NAWLA, Rolling Meadows, Ill.

New board members include:

  • Russ Hobbs of Plum Creek, Columbia Falls, Mont.;
  • Rob Latham of Tri-State Forest Products, Springfield, Ohio;
  • Dan Semsak of Pacific Woodtech, Burlington, Wash.;
  • Bethany West of Capital Lumber, Healdsburg, Calif.; and,
  • Donna Whitaker of INTERFOR, Baxley, Ga.