January-February 2018

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Page 10 of 43 PalletCentral • January-February 2018 11 Kraushaar plays a critical role in shaping National Journal's overall political coverage. Prior to working at National Journal, he was a political correspondent for Politico, where he reported on congressional campaigns and managed the "Scorecard" blog devoted to up-to-the-minute coverage of elections. wood Packaging & the Blockchain Supply Chain What is Blockchain, how does it work, and what does it mean for the wood packaging industry? The Economist describes one Blockchain implementation as coming with "a programming language that allows users to write more sophisticated smart contracts, thus creating invoices that pay themselves when a shipment arrives." Glenn Meeks, Bettaway Transportation, Logistics and Pallet Systems, will dive into core concepts of Blockchain, how the technology fits the supply chain, and other implementations. Learn what clients have to say about Blockchain, and how it will impact your business in 2018 and beyond. two Sides of Lumber: Hardwood & Softwood Hardwood and softwood are essential supplies to the wood packaging industry. Hear from two sides: Bryan Smalley, Southeastern Lumber Manufacturer's Association (SLMA) and Tom Inman, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. (AHMI) will discuss current market and future trends from their respective industries. Softwood: Bryan Smalley, president of SLMA – a trade association that represents solid sawn lumber manufacturing operations, lumber remanufacturing operations, lumber treating operations, and their suppliers throughout the Southeastern United States. Hardwood: Tom Inman, president of AHMI – a trade association headquartered in High Point, NC, whose goal is to promote logs, lumber and products from the Appalachian Mountain region. Succession Planning Succession planning affects everyone who has an interest in the business – business partners, family members, and key employees. It is critical to have meaningful discussions about often overlooked issues, such as who the ideal successor should be, what is the value of the business, and what is the timetable for transition. David Jacobs, The Jacobs Team, will share ideas on how to develop a succession plan that can help ensure a smooth transition according to your vision for the business' future. PC

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