NAWLA Trader’s Market Melds Business with Education


Rob Zbierski
Exhibit Floor
Grand Opening Luncheon
A: “Train Your Brain for Success” was the topic of Robb Zbierski’s Learning Lounge presentation.
B: The exhibit floor at NAWLA’s Trader’s Market is a place where deals between manufacturers and wholesalers get done.
C: The Grand Opening Luncheon featured Jim Knight, head of training and development for Hard Rock International.
D: In addition to scheduled activities, there was ample opportunity for attendees to network with others.

Photos courtesy of NAWLA

The North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) hosted its 20th anniversary Trader’s Market October 26-28, 2016, at The Mirage in Las Vegas. The event, which is open to LBM manufacturers and wholesalers, attracted nearly 1,600 attendees, a 6.5% increase over the 2015 event in Dallas, Texas.

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The 2016 Trader’s Market featured multiple opportunities to connect with more than 250 manufacturers, wholesalers and providers of related products and services, including a day and a half of dedicated tradeshow hours, networking receptions and a Grand Opening Luncheon.

In addition to the many hours of attendee interaction, the Traders Market provided educational opportunities directly on the tradeshow floor via the Learning Lounges, plus presentations before and during the luncheon. Robb Zbierski of Freedom Personal Development addressed attendees with the topic of “Train Your Brain for Success.” Lisa Ritchie, VP of Recruiting and Talent Selection for Affinity HR Group shared insights into “DIY Recruiting—How to Find the Right Talent in a Tight Market.” Lon Sibert of Renewable Resources Associates, discussed “Structural Lumber Grading 101: Introduction to the Basics.”

The 2017 Traders Market, will be held at the Hyatt Regency, November 8-10, 2017, in Chicago.

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