Call for nominations: Softwood Lumber Board seeks candidates

Call for nominations: Softwood Lumber Board seeks candidatesThe Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) seeks nominations of softwood lumber manufacturers and importers interested in candidacy for Board seats coming open in January 2017. The deadline for nominations is March 4, 2016.

The 19-member board will hold elections to fill six seats for members whose terms expire on Dec. 31, 2016. Domestic manufacturers will fill four seats – two small company* representatives from the U.S. South region, one small company representative from the U.S. West region, and one representative from a company of any size from the Northeast and Lake States region. Two seats will be filled by softwood lumber importers – one large company representative from the Canada West region and one company representative from a company of any size from the overseas region. Each member will serve a three-year term.

To be eligible, nominees operating within the regions must manufacture and ship within the United States, or import, at least 15 million board feet of softwood lumber annually. Ballots will be mailed to eligible companies and votes will be tabulated for each region. The top two candidates for each position will be submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture. The Secretary will then appoint members from the pool of candidates receiving the most votes.

The Softwood Lumber Board meets regularly to develop marketing and research programs with the goal growing markets and benefiting the industry. The national program, which became effective in 2011, is industry-funded and supports the national marketing and promotion of softwood lumber. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) oversees Board activities.

The SLB sees the pursuit of diversity in Board membership as an opportunity for embracing new ideas to better serve the industry. Central to this effort is recruiting new leadership that reflects a diversity of size of operations, experience of members, methods of production and distribution, marketing strategies, and other distinguishing factors that will bring different perspectives and ideas to the table. All eligible women, minorities and persons with disabilities are invited to seek nomination for a seat on the Softwood Lumber Board by the March 4, 2016, deadline.

Interested parties may self-nominate or nominate others to become candidates in the regional elections by sending the form “NOMINATION FOR APPOINTMENT TO THE SOFTWOOD LUMBER BOARD” to Peter Andrews, Director of Operations at, or mail information to Peter Andrews, Softwood Lumber Board, 1101 K St. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005. Nominees should include a short background statement outlining their qualifications to serve on the Board. An individual’s track record of relevant experience as demonstrated by active participation in generic industry research and promotional activities, along with the reasons for wishing to serve, will be appreciated. The deadline for nominations is March 4, 2016.

Qualifications for serving on the Softwood Lumber Board follow:

  • The Board is comprised of manufacturers and importers of softwood lumber who annually ship or import 15 million board feet or more of softwood lumber into the United States. Heads of business and senior executives are encouraged to consider running for a seat on the Board.
  • No two members of the Board may be employed by a single company.
  • Seats on the Board are apportioned by region based on the volume of softwood lumber manufactured or imported.
  • Domestic manufacturers and importers who manufacture or import softwood lumber in more than one region may seek nomination in one region of their choice.

The timeline and details about the nominations – elections – appointments process follow:

January 15 through March 4th, 2016: Softwood lumber domestic manufacturers and importers may submit nominations to the Board. Self nominations are welcome. The SLB will conduct outreach calling for candidates and detailing qualifications and the nomination appointment process to all segments of the softwood lumber industry; outreach will include direct mail to assessment payers, trade press and trade associations. The Board will work with USDA AMS and outreach to additional sources recommended by AMS. All materials will reference the Board’s diversity policy and encourage qualified persons of all backgrounds to consider seeking a seat on the Board.

March 4, 2016:  Nominations closed. Background statements outlining candidates’ qualifications to serve on the Board are due.

On or about April 20, 2016: The names of domestic manufacturer nominees shall be placed on a ballot by region. The ballots along with voting instructions and the background statements shall be mailed to domestic manufacturers in each respective region for a vote. The election period shall be 20 business days. The votes shall be tabulated for each region with the nominee receiving the highest number of votes at the top of the list in descending order by vote.

June, 2016: The top two candidates for each position shall be submitted to the Secretary. From the nominations submitted by the Board, the Secretary shall select the members of the Board.

Prior to December 31, 2016: Secretary appoints new Board members.

*Under the program, large companies are defined as those that account for the top two-thirds of the volume of assessable softwood lumber annually and small companies account for the remaining assessable softwood lumber.

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