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Commander Mark Nutsch
Green Beret Commander Portrayed in the Movie “12 Strong” & New York Times Best-Seller, “Horse Soldiers”

As portrayed by actor Chris Hemsworth in the widely anticipated major motion picture, “12 Strong,” Commander Mark Nutsch shares lessons learned in the now-declassified saga of a U.S. Special Forces team that overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to help achieve a historic military victory.

Commander Mark Nutsch shares the true-life story of helping lead what is considered the most successful unconventional warfare campaign in modern history, a victory that changed the course of our country and the world.


In October 2001 following the attacks on 9/11, Nutsch led a heroic 12-man team of U.S. Special Forces on a covert mission to Afghanistan, where they would ride to war on horses to fight the enemy—side by side with their Muslim counterparts—capture the strategic city of Mazar-i-Sharif within a matter of weeks, and successfully overthrow the Taliban. Now a reservist in special operations, he earned a Bronze Star with valor for his bravery. In 2018, Nutsch, as “Captain Mitch Nelson,” will be portrayed by actor Chris Hemsworth in the major motion picture “12 Strong,” based on the best-selling book “Horse Soldiers” by Doug Stanton.

On stage, Nutsch enthralls audiences with an edge-of-your-seat, behind-the-scenes account of how this almost unbelievable event played out, impacted the world, and earned them the gratitude of a nation. He also shares perspectives on preparing his team of “guerrilla diplomats” for ever-evolving on-the-ground circumstances, and how resourcefulness, inventiveness, and commitment, along with adaptability, a diverse team, and a capacity to persevere enabled them to successfully accomplish their mission.

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Keynote Speaker

Ed Hudson, Director of the Market Research
Home Innovation Research Labs

Ed Hudson is Director of the Market Research Division at the Home Innovation Research Labs, a fully-owned subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders.  For more than 20 years, Ed has provided marketing and laboratory research services to the nation’s leading manufacturers of building materials, industry associations, and government agencies for commercializing new products and expanding market penetration of existing products. Ed is a frequent guest speaker at industry events and blogger on trends and opportunities in


building materials technologies, marketing of sustainable products, and the innovation process for construction products and services. His current responsibilities also include producing the Annual Builder and Consumer Practices Reports which provide detailed market demand data for building materials purchases in new homes and remodeling, both for the U.S. and Canada.  Ed has a MBA from George Mason University and has been with Home Innovation Research Labs since 1994. 


Keynote Speaker

John Burns, CEO
Real Estate Consulting, LLC

John founded the company to help business executives make informed housing industry investment decisions.  The company’s research subscribers receive the most accurate analysis possible to inform their macro investment decisions, and the company’s consulting clients receive specific property and portfolio investment advice designed to maximize profits.  The team takes great pride in enabling the profitable development of the best places to live in the world.

John co-authored Big Shifts Ahead: Demographic Clarity for Businesses, a #1 best seller in several categories on Amazon. 


More than 600,000 people follow John’s LinkedIn Influencer column and 30,000 subscribe to his emails.  The media cited the firm more than 400 times in 2015.

Before founding John Burns Real Estate Consulting in 2001, John worked at a national consulting firm for 4 years and for 10 years at KPMG Peat Marwick – 2 as a CPA and 8 in their Real Estate Consulting practice. 

John has a Bachelors in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA, and works in our Irvine, California office.  He has attended home games for all 30 major league baseball teams, and regularly runs the hills in Southern California.

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Stephen Claeys, Partner
Wiley Rein LLP

Stephen Claeys is a partner in the law firm of Wiley Rein LLP.  He assists clients on a variety of international trade law and policy matters, including bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, trade remedies and safeguards, foreign market access barriers, e-commerce and digital trade, agriculture trade, and customs enforcement. He has 25 years of experience advising members of Congress, senior White House and U.S. Department of Commerce officials, and clients on international trade law and policy, and supervising the enforcement of the U.S. trade remedies laws.  Steve obtained his law degree at Northwestern University and his B.A. at the University of Notre Dame.

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David Carnes, Client On-boarding Consultant
CG Visions - A Simpson Strong-Tie Company

David is an experienced Designer with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry.

He is skilled in multiple BIM applications including Vertex, Revit & AutoCAD, but balances those technical skills with Sales, and Organizational Leadership understandings.
Rounding out with a strong arts and design eye and a Technical Certificate - Summa Cum Laude focused in Architectural Design Technology from Ivy Tech Community College.


Jim Davis, Owner, President/CEO
Barrons Lumber

Jim Davis is an owner, president/CEO of Barrons Lumber, which serves the Washington D.C. market. Jim is also a director and vice chairman of Advantage buying group. Jim started with Barrons in 1978 in the stockroom and as the janitor. Working in virtually every area of the company and eventually became president and CEO in 2008. Jim graduated from the Harvard Business School's Executive Education Owner/President Management program. Jim was invited into the ownership group at Barrons in 1991 and has help foster and perfect the Custodial Ownership Model, which is designed for dynamic growth and to continue the company into perpetuity.

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David Helmers, Vice President of Distribution

As Vice President of Distribution, David is responsible for 18 distribution centers and multiple reloads located throughout the U.S. to support building material dealers and one-steppers. Prior to this role, he led Distribution's team focused on developing the business including national product management, business process improvement, pricing process and specification support; a role he started in 2010. During his 20+ year career with Weyerhaeuser and Trus Joist, he has held numerous leadership positions in Residential Supply Chain, Strategic Marketing, Sales and Operations Planning, Manufacturing Management and Corporate Safety and Environmental Leadership.
Before joining Weyerhaeuser, he worked as an engineer for CH2M Hill and the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program. David holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. David’s community interests focus on supporting disadvantaged youth, including providing family foster care for newborn babies over the last 17 years.


Jim Hooper, Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions

Jim Hooper joined U.S. LBM in 2016 and is responsible for leading the company’s mergers and acquisition activity. In his role, he is responsible for driving the company’s growth strategy, by identifying and sourcing potential merger and acquisition targets, executing transactions and overseeing the integration plans for transactions. Prior to joining U.S. LBM, Jim held multiple leadership roles within the Accounting/Finance function of SRS Distribution, Inc. Jim began his career at Ernst & Young, LLP as an auditor in Indianapolis, Ind. He holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Valparaiso University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Russ Kathrein, President and CEO
Alexander Lumber

Russ Kathrein is the President and CEO of Alexander Lumber, Aurora, Ill., a privately held company with more than 20 locations in Illinois, northern Iowa and southeastern Wisconsin. Raised in the greater Chicago area, Russ grew up in the industry, working at his father’s lumberyard. After earning his bachelor’s degree in finance at Michigan State University, Russ worked for NCR and United Airlines before returning to Chicago to run the family business. After seven years, he left the family business with his brother and accepted progressively larger responsibilities in senior management with 84 Lumber, BMC West and ProBuild.

At 84 Lumber, Russ created its first inbound logistics department and then moved to store development, where he led the effort to buy real estate, develop store sites and construct stores. In 2000, Russ joined BMC West (now BMC) where he managed the non-commodity purchasing programs in the purchasing department. After working with BMC West’s framing acquisitions, Russ moved to Colorado where he oversaw all 17 building supply operations for the company, as well as the framing operations that were framing and trimming 1,600 homes per year.

In 2007, Russ served as Senior Vice President for ProBuild (now BFS), where he first oversaw multiple market operations in Oklahoma and Texas. He was promoted to Regional President for the Northeast where he oversaw operations from New England down the Mid-Atlantic. Later, Russ became Regional Vice President of the Midwest region that consisted of 125 stores from eastern Montana to Upstate New York. In his last role at ProBuild, he was responsible for growth of sales for ProBuild nationwide, specifically targeting the areas of roofing, gypsum and millwork.

Russ is passionate about the art of leadership and the people side of business. He has successfully turned around many operations by first getting the people part correct and aligning the team, then focusing the team on the fundamental issues.


Scott Lang, Sales Manager
CG Visions - A Simpson Strong-Tie Company

Scott Lang serves as CG Visions’ Sales Manager, where he consults with homebuilders and lumber and building material dealers.  He helps them understand how CG Visions’ proprietary software solutions combined with industry standard systems will help them realize significant gains in efficiency. To help explain software solutions to potential clients, Scott relies on his degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue, as well as 8 years writing software, 10 years of experience in the homebuilding industry and several years of experience selling software to companies of various sizes.

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Rick Lierz, President and Chief Executive Officer
Franklin Building Supply Co.

Rick Lierz started in the retail lumber business when he was 18 years old. He is now the President and Chief Executive Officer of Franklin Building Supply Co., the largest independent retail building materials distributor in Idaho.  Along the way he earned both his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Idaho and spent 12 years as an attorney in private practice in Boise, specializing in business and construction law.  He’s been back for the last 19 years running lumberyards and learning new things every day. Rick has been married to Suzanne for more than 30 years and together they have two grown daughters. Franklin Building Supply is a full service pro dealer with 16 profit centers across southern Idaho and northern Nevada, including lumberyards, door shops, truss and cabinet manufacturing, award winning design centers, and is the 2016 ProSales Dealer of the Year.


John Maiuri, President
LBM & Hardlines Group – ECi Building & Construction Division

John joined ECi as VP of Sales for LBMH (now Building & Construction) in January
of 2015, coming from Spruce Computer Systems where he served as Vice President
of Marketing & Business Development. His career in the lumber and hardware
industry began as a yard foreman and IT manager with Dunn Builders Supply
Corporation, a multi-location LBM operation in upstate New York. It is rumored
that John’s early IT management days started out when old servers could be
adapted for reuse as really awesome “kegerators.” John went on to serve as
Director of Purchasing and General Manager before taking over the reins as
President in 1994. In 2008, John joined Spruce as Northeast Regional Territory
Manager. John’s deep understanding of the LBM industry and ability to “connect
the dots” for both staff and customers alike is his passion. John was named
President of the ECi Building & Construction Division in November of 2015
and then President of the LBM & Hardlines Group in March of 2017 when the
Building & Construction Division was diversified.

John lives in Ghent, New York, with his wife, Teresa, and has three adult children,
Gene, Amanda, and Ashley. Despite living his motto “The difference between a
job and career is about 80 hours per week,” his favorite hobbies include
waterfowl hunting, motorcycles, woodworking, and reading. However, he enjoys
nothing more than spending time with his six grandchildren.


Mike McGaugh, EVP and Chief Operating Officer
BMC Stock Holdings

Mike McGaugh is the Chief Operating Officer of BMC Stock Holdings, a $3.4 billion building materials provider with 10,000 employees and over 200 distribution and manufacturing locations.  Mike is responsible for the P&L of the company and the development and successful execution of its strategy.

Prior to joining the BMC, Mr. McGaugh spent over 20 years in various roles at The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”).  Most recently, Mr. McGaugh served as Global Director and Leader of the Integration Management Office for the proposed Dow / E.I. du Pont de Nemours merger.  During the years 2014 to 2015, Mike served as the global leader for Strategic Marketing for the company, focused on commercializing Innovation across Dow.  Concurrent to this role, Mike served as the Global General Manager for the growth portfolio of the Specialty Chemicals division.

Mike served as Vice President and General Manager for the Dow Building Solutions business from 2008 -2013; leading North America from 2008-2011; and then leading EMEA region, and subsequently the world-wide business while based in Zurich, Switzerland from 2011-2013.  From 2006 to 2008, Mr. McGaugh served as Director and Special Advisor to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dow.  Prior to such role, Mr. McGaugh served in a number of management and operational roles at Dow. Mr. McGaugh received his Masters of Business Administration degree from Harvard University in 2002 and his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Texas State University in 1995.


Tony Misura, President
Misura Group

Tony is the founder and operating leader for Misura Group, providing recruiting services to lumber, millwork, and truss industry since 1999. The company’s vision has never changed, “Helping people embrace who they are and discover who they can become.” Serving company leaders in recruiting successful teams is their passion.

Tony: “Building the business to serve that vision has been a wonderful journey. I am privileged to be working with an excellent team who is committed to serving our client base. Supporting our client company leaders at every stage of their growth by providing access to the industry’s top talented professionals is the first step to building great teams.”

The dynamics of serving the building products industry for 30 years has allowed Tony to witness best practices in various competitive markets across the nation. Actual business case analysis combined with a passion for continual learning has led to insightful perspectives. Recently, he and Greg Brooks co-hosted The HR Council, an exciting new venue serving the human resource leaders of the lumber and building materials dealer industry.

Tony currently serves as chairman of the National Association of Executive Recruiters. NAER is an association of recruiting firm owners and leaders committed to high ethical standards supporting the industry. 

Tony lives in Hudson WI, with Lyn and their 5 children. Summer weekends you will find him fly-fishing the Wisconsin rivers for trout and smallmouth bass, and in the fall running his English Setters in the upland woods.

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Robert P. Sanford, President
Sanford and Hawley, Inc.

Robert P. Sanford has spent much of his life and his entire career in the LBM world. He started with his family’s lumberyard, Sanford and Hawley, Inc., Unionville, CT, riding in trucks while in grammar school and continued working summers and school vacations. He joined the company full time the day after graduating from college and became the company’s President in 1984.

Bob graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Business Administration from the University of Vermont and obtained a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Bob is admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut and before the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

The father of an Eagle Scout and an avid supporter of Scouting, Bob is an Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 274 in Avon, CT and also serves as District Chair for the Mark Twain District of the Connecticut Rivers Council which serves the City of Hartford, CT and eight surrounding towns and provides Scouting programs to 4,000 youths including 1,100 disadvantaged urban youths. Bob is also on the Executive Board of the Connecticut Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America.

In addition to Scouting, Bob also follows his family’s tradition of giving back to his communities. To this end, he is currently Vice Chair of the State of Connecticut Workers Compensation Ratings and Appeals Board and has served on the board since 2002. He has also been a member of the Unionville Architectural Design Review Committee since 2004 and is currently appointed to a term through 2021. In the industry, Bob has been a member of the Epicor, BisTrack Advisory Council since 2010 and is currently past chair. He is also currently First Vice President of the Lumber Dealers of Connecticut and was formerly a member of the Board and Executive Board of the Northeast Lumber Dealers Association.

In the past Bob has been active with his church, fraternity and other town and civic groups. Bob looks forward to continuing to be a part of the NLMBDA.


Tony J. Sciarrino, Esq., Director of Claims Litigation

Tony is the Director of Claims Litigation for PLM. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Tony spent 22 years as a civil litigator in Western Pennsylvania. His practice concentrated in insurance coverage, insurance bad faith and serious bodily injury claims. Tony joined PLM in 2015 and his team supervises all of PLM’s claims litigation.

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Jim Stockman, President & CEO
Homewood Holdings

Jim Stockman, President & CEO of Homewood Holdings, has been in distribution in the Lumber and Building Materials industry for 37 years. Mr. Stockman started his career in sales and operations. His operations won the highest awards for organic growth, innovation and profitability. He worked his way into Executive Management through successfully growing operations through developing teams and processes for both start-ups as well as organic expansion.

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Sandy Zelka, CPA CGMA, CFO
Curtis Lumber Company, Inc.

Sandy Zelka, CPA CGMA, has been the CFO for Curtis Lumber Company, Inc. for 7 years. She has worked with the current 5th generation owner for the last several years on developing transition plans, senior management succession planning, tax implications and overall transitional structure design