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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.


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.


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.


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

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.


David Carnes

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.


Scott Lang
CG Visions’ Sales Manager

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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.