2022 APA Annual Meeting

APA's 2022 Annual Meeting

We are eager to gather in person again to connect as an industry. Join with APA member manufacturers, EWTA members and suppliers to the engineered wood industry this fall to reflect on our industry’s resilience, celebrate the APA lab’s new testing capabilities and explore market challenges and opportunities. Register today for the APA Annual Meeting in Florida.


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Register Today!

It’s easy to register for the annual meeting online. The registration deadline is September 28, 2022. Registration fees are $690 for APA members, Info Fair exhibitors and Engineered Wood Technology Association (EWTA) members. The registration fee for spouses is $365.

Registration fees cover all meeting functions, including the receptions on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and all meals on Monday. The golf and tennis tournaments are not included in the registration fee. If you plan to participate, please sign up for these special events on the registration form.

When registering online, fees are payable credit card or check. For ACH payments choose pay by “Check” and “Send Invoice” when you register to generate an invoice. Email AR@apawood.org for ACH instructions. Full refunds will be made for cancellations received by September 28, 2022, less a $25 processing fee.

Optional Mail-in Registration

If you prefer to print and mail your APA Annual Meeting registration form, download the registration PDF GET FORM > and send the completed form, along with your payment, to APA. Confirmations are sent by email and include your invoice/receipts. Check your “Junk Mail” folder as some systems can flag as spam. There will be no post-meeting billing.

We look forward to seeing you at the APA Annual Meeting in Florida!
Questions? Please contact Kim Sivertsen at kim.sivertsen@apawood.org.


Note: Subcommittees and committee meetings are closed, for attendance by APA members only.

Saturday, October 15

10 am – 5 pm APA Registration Desk Open | Majestic South Foyer
10:30 am – Noon International Market Subcommittee (APA Members Only) | Palmetto 2
10:30 – 11:30 am EWTA Advisory Committee | Royal Ballroom 3
11:30 am – Noon Info Fair Exhibitor Meeting | Royal Ballroom 3
12:30 – 2:30 pm Glulam Management Committee (APA Members Only) | Palmetto 3
3 – 5 pm I-Joist Management Committee (APA Members Only) | Palmetto 3
4 – 5:30 pm Industrial Market Subcommittee (APA Members Only) | Palmetto 2
5:30 – 7 pm EWTA Reception | Magnolia Courtyard

Sunday, October 16

8 am – 1 pm          Golf Tournament | Soffer Course
9:30 am – 2 pm Tennis Tournament | Cañas Tennis
11 am – 5 pm APA Registration Desk Open | Majestic South Foyer
3:30 – 5 pm Nonresidential Market Subcommittee (APA Members Only) | Palmetto 2
5 – 7:30 pm Info Fair and Reception | Majestic Ballroom

Monday, October 17

7 – 8:30 am Buffet Breakfast | Majestic Foyer & Courtyard
8 am – 4 pm Registration Desk Open | Majestic South Foyer
8:30 – 10:15 am General Session | Royal Ballroom 1-2
10:30 – 11:30 am Roundtable Discussion | Palmetto 4
10:30 – Noon Residential Market Subcommittee (APA Members Only) | Palmetto 2
10:30 am – 4 pm Safety & Health Workshop | Palmetto 8
Noon – 1:30 pm Buffet Lunch and Networking | Majestic Ballroom & Courtyard
1:30 – 4:00 pm Marketing Advisory Committee | Royal Ballroom 1-2
5:30 – 7 pm Info Fair and Reception | Majestic Ballroom
7 pm Chairman’s Dinner and Safety Awards Recognition | Royal Ballroom

Tuesday, October 18

6:30 am Board of Trustees Breakfast (APA Trustees Only) | Palmetto 4
7 – 11 am APA Board of Trustees (APA Trustees Only) | Palmetto 2


General Session
Monday, Oct. 17, 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Mark TibbettsRoy O. Martin IIICara BrookinsKeynote Speaker: Cara Brookins, Professional Speaker, Author

Left to right: Cara Brookins, Roy O. Martin III, Mark Tibbetts

Cara Brookins built software systems for 20 years as a senior analyst, but when her life crumbled around her, she rebuilt in an unconventional way. Brookins built her 3,500 square foot house from the ground up by watching YouTube tutorials. Her story went viral in more than 75 countries and has been viewed more than 2 billion times. She is the author of eight books, including Rise: How a House Built a Family, where she deftly narrates the extreme learning curve she experienced all while putting her family back together again.

Equipped only with YouTube instructional videos and her eager construction crew consisting of her four young children, Brookins built a house from the foundation up. Convinced that by building a house, they could rebuild their broken family, she and her kids poured the concrete, framed the walls, and laid the bricks. In the end, they had built a two-story, five-bedroom home. Brookins’ story is an inspiring blueprint that traces her family’s rise from battered victims to stronger, better versions of themselves—all thanks to one impossible, extraordinary do-it-yourself project.

Brookins uses real-life examples from her unconventional construction site and shares lessons of teamwork, perseverance, and overcoming incredible odds. Her tactics of self-empowerment show how to blend and imperfect mix of personalities, talents and temperaments into a cohesive, unstoppable team. her podcast, The Cara Brookins Show, guides listeners on how to push past their fears, get un-stuck and take the first steps toward building the life they want.

The General Session also will include “State of the Industry” and “State of the Association” addresses by APA Board of Trustees Chairman Roy O. Martin III and APA President Mark Tibbetts and the Bronson J. Lewis Award.

Roundtable Discussion
Monday, Oct. 17, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

In a follow-up to the general session, keynote speaker Cara Brookins will respond to questions and comments from APA members.

Safety & Health Workshop
Monday, Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Mill safety and occupational health is everyone’s priority. But how is it actually achieved?  This free APA Safety and Health Workshop will seek answers to that important question. Organized by the APA Safety and Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), the workshop will include guest speakers and an information-sharing forum designed to generate discussion of best practices and ideas for improving mill safety programs and performance records. There will be a focus on the following topics:

  1. Fires – How classifying fires can help prevent them, and lessons learned
  2. Mobile/Pedestrian Interface Best Practices
  3. Lockout using laser presence detection

The workshop will be held the day of the safety awards presentation at the APA Annual Meeting Chairman’s Dinner, thereby providing a double attraction and condensed schedule for mill personnel with limited available time away from their facilities.  Lunch will be provided.

Joe EllingGene MeyersMarketing Advisory Committee
Monday, Oct. 17, 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Left to right: Gene Meyers, Joe Elling

The Next Big Thing – Decarbonizing Homes for Tomorrow’s Buyers

Gene Myers is owner and CSO of Thrive Home Builders in Denver, Colorado. Join the builder of the 2022 PCBC Gold Nugget Award Home of the Year, to learn how Thrive has adjusted its sales messages for today's consumers, why they are developing a decarbonized home product and how it will help keep them competitive in the decades to come. Thrive's history as an early adopter of high-performance single-family homes reflects the company's culture of adaptability and innovation. Just as their home design and construction practices have changed, so too have the sales and marketing strategies they use to upsell homes with more advanced features. By virtue of their many national awards from the U.S. Department of Energy (12 Grand Awards for Housing Innovation) and the U.S. EPA (numerous Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards, as well as Leader of the Year in 2019), Thrive is one of the nation's best builders of energy efficient and healthy homes.

The Marketing Advisory Committee meeting will feature guest speaker, Gene Meyers, the very latest market forecast from APA Market Research Director Joe Elling, as well as marketing program highlights from the market coordinators.


JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa
19999 West Country Club Dr., Aventura, Florida 33180

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resport & SpaDiscover luxury services, modern amenities and a stylish setting at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa. Elegantly designed, our spacious rooms and suites provide relaxing comfort with marble bathrooms and private balconies overlooking the resort's tropical grounds. Our resort features BOURBON Steak by Michael Mina, serving signature cuts of prime meat, local seafood and a fine selection of over 1,000 wines. For casual fare, you can visit CORSAIR kitchen & bar, Surf House or Freestyle. Let little ones join in days of fun at Tidal Cove Water Park while you lounge poolside in a private luxury cabana. Golf enthusiasts can vie for under par scores at our two 18-hole championship courses, while our exquisite full-service spa is a tranquil haven for beauty and wellness.

Hotel Reservations

APA has reserved a block of rooms at a rate of $259 per night as well as a reduced rate of $40 resort fee per night. Click here to make reservations online or by calling (855) 201-8027 and asking for the EWD group rate. The hotel cut-off date for room reservations is September 23, 2022.

What to Pack

Business casual and resort attire is recommended for all events. Daytime temperatures in Aventura in October average around 80F.

Getting to Aventura

  • 12 miles south of Fort Lauderdale International Airport
  • 18 miles north of Miami International Airport

The JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort does not provide shuttle service.


JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa offers valet parking at $40 per day with in/out privileges.


Mike St. John Memorial Golf Tournament

Sunday, Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m. Shotgun

Sponsors to be determined.

Soffer Golf CourseAPA'a annual golf tournament will take place at the JW Marriott's Soffer Course, home to LPGA and PGA events, it offers a risk and reward scenario at nearly every hole. Avoid the creeks that crisscross several fairways. Beware of lagoons that creep into many landing areas. Challenge yourself with our newly implemented Tif Eagle greens providing a consistent green speed. When you reach 18, prepare for a par four that tests your fortitude with a picturesque Peninsula Green sitting on a legendary finishing hole. The Soffer Course is a champion masterpiece . The tournament will be a scramble format with a tee-off at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. You may make up your own foursome, or APA will assign you to one. Prizes will be awarded to teams on a gross or net basis. The tournament fee is $215 per person and includes green fees and cart rental. Club rental is an additional $85. To register, please fill out the golf portion of the APA registration form.  Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Please contact Tony Vuksich for pairings information or questions.

Ole Sorensen Memorial Tennis Tournament

Sunday, Oct. 16, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sponsors to be determined.

In memory of longtime sponsor and tournament organizer Ole Sorensen, an informal tournament will be held at the Canas Tennis Turnberry Miami, a state of the art facility featuring 8 tennis courts (4 clay & 4 hard). They are centrally located on North Miami’s Intracoastal Waterway, just minutes from the cities of Aventura, Sunny Isles, Bal Harbour, Golden Beach & Miami Beach. . The mixed doubles, round-robin tournament begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Registration fee is $50 per person. To register, please fill out the tennis portion of the APA meeting registration form. Transportation and lunch will be provided.