119th Annual Meeting

April 3-5, 2023 at the Loews Ventana Canyon Hotel in Tucson, Arizona USA


Join us in scenic Tucson, Arizona for AWPA's 119th Annual Meeting at the Loews Ventana Canyon Hotel, located in the foothills of the Santa Catalina mountains. Foodies rejoice!  Tucson is one of 50 places designated as a City of Gastronomy in the world, and one of only two in the United States.  There's so much to see and do in this unique area - we can't wait to see you there!


AWPA Meeting Registration

Register to attend the meeting and other AWPA events by February 24 for early registration discounts, or pre-register by March 17 for pre-registration discounts. On-site registration will be available in Tucson, but at higher rates and only if space is available.

Early Registration: Until February 24, 2023 (Members $645, Non-members $915)
Pre-Registration: February 25 to March 17, 2023 (Members $720, Non-members $990)
On-site registration: April 2-5, 2023 (Members $795, Non-members $1065)

Click here to register online

Click here to download a printable registration form


Getting to Tucson

Tucson International Airport is served by all major US airlines and the hotel is located 19 miles from the airport.  Rental cars are available at the airport and at the hotel.  The hotel offers complimentary self-parking for AWPA guests, and valet parking is available for a nightly charge.


Hotel Reservations

The meeting will take place at the Loews Ventana Canyon Hotel at 7000 North Resort Drive in Tucson, Arizona. The deadline for hotel reservations at the group rate of USD $239 plus tax is March 10, 2023.  For online reservations, please click the link below or you may call 800-234-5117 to reserve by telephone.


When you visit the hotel website using this link, click on the red "Make a Reservation" box on the upper-right corner of the page.  Then, click on the dates at the top of the page to select your arrival and departure dates before selecting your room.  Note: The hotel website indicates that a daily resort fee of $34 will be added, but this fee will be waived for all guests booking their rooms in the AWPA group rooms block.  AWPA guests will not be charged for this.


Spouse/Guest Registration

Each person accompanying a registered attendee (a spouse or any guests) must be registered to attend the receptions. A badge is required for entry to all AWPA events. There are two options for spouse/guest registration: 

1. A Receptions/Hospitality option.  This is for those who only wish to take part in the social events at the hotel.  ($200 by February 24, $250 February 25 to March 17)

2. A Tour and Receptions/Hospitality option.  This includes the receptions, but also includes a fun and exciting tour of Rooster Cogburn's Ostrich Farm, an off-road adventure around Picacho Peak, lunch by a James Beard award-winning chef, and a behind-the-scenes tour of Biosphere 2.  ($305 by February 24, $355 February 25 to March 17)

Please be sure to register your spouse and/or guests when you register for the Annual Meeting!


The 2023 Hacker's Classic Golf Tournament

Tucson is a golfer's dream, and this year's Hacker's Classic will be on the award-winning Canyon Course at the Ventana Canyon Golf Club, most recently receiving the 2021 Golf Digest Editors' Choice Award.  This course was designed by Tom Fazio and is one of Arizona's top resort courses.  This 6,836-yard, par-72 course winds through the inspiring beauty of Esperero Canyon and incorporates the massive rock formation known as Whaleback Rock. The par-5 18th hole showcases a partial island green and a steep, cascading waterfall.  Click here for an overview of the course.  Be sure to sign up for the tournament when you register to attend the AWPA meeting.  Rental clubs may be reserved upon request.  There is a limit of 40 players for the tournament, so be sure to register early!  ($245 by February 24, $295 February 25 to March 17)


Pickler's Prance 5K Fun Run/Walk

The 2023 Pickler’s Prance 5K Fun Run/Walk is a great way to start the day!  The run/walk provides breathtaking views of the flora and fauna of the desert landscape.  There is no charge to compete, but you must pre-register to participate.


Display Table Add-on

Would you like a table to display your company's literature, samples, or a tabletop exhibit?  If so, please register for the Display Table Add-on which includes a six-foot table, two chairs, and a standard 120 volt outlet.  The tables will be arranged in the same area as the coffee breaks for maximum exposure to meeting attendees.  A limited number of tables are available, so please be sure to register early and select this option if you are interested in a table.  ($500 by February 24, $700 February 25 to March 17)


Student Travel Fellowship Fund Contributions

Each year, AWPA is able to pay travel costs for several students to attend the meeting and present their current research.  Some of these students have been hired by organizations in the industry after graduation.  Please help support our students by contributing to the Student Travel Fellowship Fund.  You can contact us at +1-205-733-4077 to request an invoice, or you can contribute during the registration process. Organizations and individuals who have contributed to the 2023 Scholarship Fund thus far are (arranged by amount of contribution, highest to lowest):

Michael Von Pinnon
Hexion, Inc
Jim Healey
Craig McIntyre
Gord Gilmet
Tom Kyzer
Paul Mather

Navnit Upadhyay
Brian Stults
Bill Abbott
Matt Anderson
Kyle Cassidy
Mark Clark
Will Cox
Kim Klatt
Paul Merrick

Juliet Tang
Greg Traczek
Ken Edscorn
Stacey McKinney

Ken Grace

(list will be updated as new donations are received)


Things to See and Do in Tucson

The official website of the Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau has so much information on all there is to see and do while in town.  Visit their site now to begin planning your trip:

Visit Tucson


119th Annual Meeting TENTATIVE Schedule of Events

Meeting General Chair: Gerald Presley
General Vice Chair: Jeff Morrell
Program Chair: Andy Kudick


Sunday, April 2, 2023

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Executive Committee Meeting


Monday, April 3, 2023

7:00 am - Hacker's Classic Golf Tournament  

8:00 am - Pickler's Prance 5k Fun Run/Walk  

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Registration Desk Open  

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Task Group Meetings  

  • (will be added as time slots are requested)

3:00 pm to 5:30 pm - Treated Wood Council Government Affairs Meeting (TWC members only, please)  

5:30 pm to 6:00 pm - New Member Reception (by invitation only)  

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm - President's Reception  


Tuesday, April 4, 2023

8:00 am to 4:00 pm - Registration Desk Open  

8:30 am to 10:30 am - Combined Opening Session and Business Session  

  • Welcome and recognition of sponsors and guests

  • Keynote Address:  Copper:  More Than Just a Red Metal.  Dr. J. Brent Hiskey, Professor Emeritus of Mining and Geological Engineering, University of Arizona

  • Golf and 5K Run/Walk Results

  • Protectant General Committee Report:  Grant Kirker, USDA Forest Products Laboratory

  • Treatments General Committee Report:  Bill Buczek, UFP Industries

  • Vice President's Address:  Andy Kudick, Intec Services

  • President's Address:  Kevin Archer, Viance

  • Business Session

9:00 am to 4:00 pm - Spouse/Guest Tour (for those registered for the tour option)  

10:30 am to 10:45 am - Break  

10:45 am to 12:00 noon - Technical Session 1:  Education and Student Fellowship Presentations
Session Coordinator:  Allison DeFord, North American Forest Foundation

  • Education on the Benefits of Wood Products.  Allison DeFord, North American Forest Foundation

  • Expanding the Market for Timber Industrial Mats Manufactured from Hardwood Cross-Laminated Timber.  Mercy Ogunruku, Mississippi State University

  • Antifungal Properties and Fire Resistance of Phytic Acid Treated Wood.  Liang Liang, University of Idaho

  • Development of Preservative-Treated Cross-Laminated Timber:  Effects of Panel Layup and Thickness on Bonding Performance.  Franklin Quin, Mississippi State University

12:00 noon to 1:30 pm - Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm to 3:15 pm - Technical Session 2: Colley/Hartford Memorial Lecture and Research Symposium  
Session Coordinator:  Beth Stokes, Mississippi State University

  • The 2023 Colley/Hartford Memorial Lecture (TBA)

Research Symposium Presentations are as follows:

  • Biodegradation and Protection of Cross-Laminated Timber.  Tammy Franca, Mississippi State University

  • Machine Vision for Determining Penetration with Fluorescent Surrogates.  Andy Zahora, Viance

  • Developing Quality Control Methodologies for Thermally Modified Wood That Predict Performance.  Gerald Presley, Oregon State University

  • Utility Pole Assessment.  Fred Franca, Mississippi State University

  • Performance of SmartFume Internal Remedial Treatment in Douglas-fir Utility Poles.  Gerald Presley, Oregon State University

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm - Break  

3:30 pm to 5:10 pm - Technical Session 3:  Environmental and Regulatory Considerations
Session Coordinator:  Amy Bauer, EHS Support

  • Get Out From Underneath the Spreadsheets!  Let's Streamline EHS Management, Digitize EHS Processes, and Build Customized Collaborative EHS Apps.  Monica Meyer and Justin Vanderpool, EHS Support

  • Environmental Justice Concepts and Recent Developments.  Nick Skoulis, Creosote Council

  • Coated and Treated Pilings Mitigate Contamination Concerns from Wood Structures in a Gulf Coast Estuary.  Beth Stokes, Mississippi State University

  • Koppers Internal Risk Assessment Results for the Use of DCOI Formulations and the Handling of DCOI Oil-Borne Treated Wood.  Heath Huschak

  • Regulatory Aspects Affecting Reuse of Used Treated Timber.  Jeff Miller, Treated Wood Council


Wednesday, April 5, 2023

8:00 am to 4:00 pm - Registration Desk Open  

8:00 am to 10:00 am - Technical Session 4:  Treated Wood Disposal and Reuse  
Session Coordinator: Jeff Morrell,  National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life - University of the Sunshine Coast

  • Treated Timber in the Circular Economy: Opportunities for Reuse.  Jeff Morrell, University of the Sunshine Coast

  • Disposal of Copper Naphthenate Treated Materials.  Ken Laughlin, Nisus Corporation

  • Biochar's Role in Farming and Soil Health.  Stephen Smith, Stephen Smith Consulting

  • Disposal of Creosote Treated Wood.  (TBA)

  • Keeping Wood Greenest - Considerations for End of Life Planning.  Jeff Lloyd, Nisus Corporation


10:00 am to 10:15 am - Break 

10:15 am to 12:00 noon - Technical Session 5:  Public Utility and Railroad Issues  
Session Coordinator:  Andy Kudick, Intec Services

  • Effectiveness of Inspection Techniques in Identifying Conditions Requiring Remediation of In-Service Thick Sapwood Species Utility Poles Located in Eastern, Midwestern, and Southeastern United States.  Robert Batchelor, Osmose Utilities Services

  • Addressing Public Utility Specifications.  Norman Sedillo, Public Service New Mexico

  • Maximizing Service Life of Utility Poles.  Tim Carey, Carey Timber Protection Consulting LLC

  • (Additional presentations TBA)

12:00 noon to 1:30 pm - Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm - Technical Session 6:  New and Emerging Wood Treatments and Coatings  
Session Coordinator:  Geoff Webb, National Hardwood Lumber Association

  • Stabilized Copper Ethanolamine Solutions with Improved Penetration and Anti-Leachin Capabilities.  Min Chen, Arxada

  • Surface Treatments.  Geoff Webb, National Hardwood Lumber Association

  • Update on the Copper Naphthenate Rechargeable Wrap.  Bill Abbott, Copper Care Wood Preservatives

  • Performance of DCOI Against Decay Fungi in Three Different Solvent Systems:  AWPA E10 Soil Bottle Decay Test.  Gerald Presley, Oregon State University

  • Durability Improvement of Wood Strand-Based Products.  Mostafa Mohammadabadi, Mississippi State University

  • Field Performance of Thermally Modified Wood in a Severe Test Site.  Grant Kirker, USDA Forest Products Laboratory

3:30 pm to 3:45 pm - Break 

3:45 pm to 5:00 pm - Technical Session 7:  Preservative Performance and Analysis
Session Coordinator: Gerald Presley, Oregon State University

  • Effect of Biodiesel Containing Solvents on the Performance of Copper Naphthenate and Pentachlorophenol: E7 Stake Test 88-Month Assessment.  Gerald Presley, Oregon State University

  • Boron Depletion after 33 Years of Exposure in Treated Wood Siding Boards.  Brianna Duquette, Mississippi State University

  • Development of Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Water Ingress Into Wood Treated with Coatings and Preservatives:  A Focus on Creosote.  Kevin Ragon, Mississippi State University

  • In-Plant QC Requirements as Outlined in Standard M23.  Kim Merritt, Southern Pine Inspection Bureau

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm - Closing Reception  


Thursday, April 6, 2023

8:00 am to 9:00 am - Railway Tie Association R&D Committee Meeting (Tentative) 

9:30 am to 12:00 noon - Accredited Standards Committee O5 Meeting (Tentative)