Benefits of Membership in Lake States Lumber Association:
At this moment, some law is being considered somewhere that will have an effect on you and your business. One of the main goals of our Association is to keep current with legislative initiatives and to speak as a unified voice on issues that affect our industry. Our Association has three legislative consultants: Scott Everett in Michigan (517-204-3328), Amy Boyer in Wisconsin (608-229-3079), and Dana Cole with the Hardwood Federation in Washington, D.C. (202-463-2705). These individuals are actively working on behalf of our membership to give our input on state and federal legislation.
Our bi-monthly newsletter, “The LOG,” will provide you with current information and articles aimed specifically at our industry. It is also an affordable place to advertise your goods and services. In addition to our membership, this publication is sent to other associations, prospective members and legislators.
Each member company is listed in our annual Buyer’s Guide, which is distributed to all of the membership and is available for non-members to purchase. This Guide is a helpful tool in networking with others in the industry and keeping in contact with other member companies.
Our Association has several meetings throughout the year, including golf outings, in order to keep our membership abreast of current issues. In the past several years our meeting format has been updated and changed to better serve our members. Exciting speakers are featured at the meetings and provide attendees motivational opportunities and discussions on industry issues.
You can develop great employee skills through LSLA Education, Inc.’s seminars. The yearly schedule changes but seminars offered in the last few years include: Hardwood Lumber Grading, Lean Manufacturing, Sawmill or Dry Kiln Startup and Expansion, Conversion to a Wood Fire Boiler and so many others!
Problems. Every industry has them. And the bigger and broader the industry is, the more problems it has, especially when it’s as diverse as the lumber industry.
That is why the Lake States Lumber Association was founded. It was started by people concerned with the future and the problems facing the lumber industry. LSLA was formed to address industry issues, promote the use of northern-grown timber, and encourage the exchange of information within the industry.
The LSLA Board of Directors is constantly re-evaluating and re-prioritizing the issues facing our member companies, along with the goals and focus of the Association, in order to ensure we are staying current with what our members need.
Our organization’s structure remains healthy by active participation by members via committee activities and open floor discussions. Procedures for selecting our Board of Directors are designed to solicit member input and ensure your participation in the Association’s decision-making process.
President Rob Paradise (term expires 1/2024; 3rd term)
Vice President Pete Johnson (term expires 1/2024, 3rd term)
Secretary Jim Maltese (term expires 1/2022; 2nd term)
Treasurer Butch Fisher (term expires 1/2024, 3rd term)
Directors Dennis Gustafson (term expires 1/2022; 3rd term)
Jennifer Lu (term expires 1/2022; 2nd term)
Steve Peters (term expires 1/2022, 1st term)
Kirby Kendrick (term expires 1/2023, 1st term)
Colten Heagle (term expires 1/2023, 1st term)
2021 LSLA EDUCATION, INC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tim Kassis: President
Scott Shaver: VP/Treasurer
Logan Wells: Director
John Gehringer: Director
Colten Heagle: Director
Travis Allen: Director
Pete Johnson: Director/VP of LSLA