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By every measure, the Material, Technology and Design Symposium @ CPA Fall Meeting was a resounding success.











The gathering of more than 300 industry professionals last week in Savannah, Georgia, represented the largest attendance ever for a CPA Fall Meeting and the second largest for any CPA meeting.

Attendees praised the format that combined the CPA meeting with the symposium, the event’s energy and the quality of the speakers.

Surface & Panel, which sponsored the symposium along with CPA, extends a hearty thank you to the sponsors, speakers and attendees who helped make the meeting so special.











“It was a fabulous gathering of some of the industry’s brightest minds, and the speakers provided excellent, informative and thought-provoking presentations,” said John Aufderhaar, publisher of Surface & Panel. “In addition, the networking was incredibly valuable. We were very pleased with how things came together.”

The Speakers

  • Karim Rashid, industrial designer
  • Ray Prozzillo, A&M Supply and NBMDA
  • Eric Wolff, California Closets
  • Chris Lefeber, Quest Engineering
  • Amanda Smith, Opto International
  • Jon Wenger, Genesis Products
  • Renee Hytry Derrington, Formica
  • Sylvain Garneau, Groupe Lacasse
  • Ron Gilboa, Keypoint Intelligence/Info Trends
  • Don Kuser, North American Plywood Corp.

The Sponsors


  • Arauco
  • Duraplay


  • Boise Cascade
  • LP Building Products
  • Georgia-Pacific Chemicals
  • Roseburg


  • AACC
  • Arclin
  • Argos Solutions
  • Baumer
  • Biomass Engineering & Equipment
  • Cefla Finishing Group
  • Element Designs
  • Genesis Products
  • Georgia-Pacific Chemicals
  • Hexion
  • Interprint
  • IWF
  • Jowat
  • Kings Mountain International
  • Metis
  • Panel Processing
  • Samuel Strapping Systems
  • SESA
  • Stiles Machinery
  • Surteco
  • Tafisa
  • Taghleef Industries
  • Tricoya
  • TSI
  • Wood-Based Composites Center
  • Uniboard Canada



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