Dennis Hardman, former president of APA – The Engineered Wood Association and longtime leader in the engineered wood industry, was honored with the Bronson J. Lewis Award at the APA Annual Meeting in Huntington Beach, California. (At right, APA Chairman Jim Baskerville congratulates Hardman at the award ceremony.) The meeting took place October 28-31, 2017. The annual award is named after the late Bronson Lewis, who served for 24 years as secretary and then executive vice president of APA. The award recognizes individuals for their lifetime leadership and outstanding contribution to the industry.
Hardman is recognized for his many contributions to the industry and his leadership of APA. His long career with APA began in 1981 as advertising and public relations manager, soon followed by his appointment to director of the Association’s Information Services Division (now Marketing Communications) in 1984 and vice president of marketing in 1992. From 2005 until his retirement in 2013, he served as president and worked with the Board of Trustees, making difficult decisions that would ultimately allow the Association to survive and rebound from the crushing recession. Hardman spent the first 13 years of his career in advertising and sales promotion with Weyerhaeuser Company. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Oregon.