Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo (PELICE) has announced eight keynote speakers for the event to be held March 1-2, 2012 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The event, which is held every other year and began in 2008, is hosted by Panel World magazine and Georgia Research Institute.

Four keynote speakers will address the entire attendance body each morning of the event. Following the keynote sessions, the conference breaks into three simultaneous sessions in the Grand Ballroom North of the Omni Hotel. Approximately 60 speakers will participate overall. Also, approximately 65 equipment exhibitors will participate.

The keynote speakers, in alphabetical order, and their topics include:

Christian Dieffenbacher
Dieffenbacher Group
• Fifty Years of Involvement in the North American Wood Industry

Dr. Hans W. Fechner
Siempelkamp GmbH & Co. KG.
• Diversification and Synergies

Grady Mulbery
Vice President of Composite Manufacturing
Roseburg Forest Products
• Composite Panels: An Industry in Transition

John Murphy
Murphy Company
• The Murphy Way

Dr. Lynn O. Michaelis
Executive Adviser/Senior Economist, RISI
President, Strategic Economic Analysis, LLC
• Housing Forecasts: A New Model

Curt Stevens
Chief Financial Officer
Executive Vice President Administration
Louisiana-Pacific Corp.
• Maintaining Planning and Financial Focus

Pete Stewart
President and CEO
• 2011: The State of Bioenergy Demand and Its Effect on Panel and Engineered Wood Manufacturers

Roger Tutterow, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
Mercer University
• On the Economic, Business &  Political Environment

The entire PELICE conference agenda will be released in the near future. The event draws professionals from across the spectrum of the wood products industries.

PELICE is immediately preceded by the Bioenergy Fuels & Products Conference & Expo on February 28-29, 2012.

For exhibitor or conference information contact:
Fred Kurpiel, 678-642-1238; e-mail [email protected]
Rich Donnell, 334-834-1170; e-mail [email protected]
Dianne Sullivan, 334-834-1170; e-mail [email protected]