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What is an Engineered Wood Specialist?

The APA Field Services team consists of full-time engineered wood specialists located throughout North America. These engineered wood specialists include engineers, architects and construction experts who are available to provide information and recommendations to construction and design professionals.

APA's engineered wood specialists work with construction industry professionals who design with, specify, install or inspect engineered wood products (EWPs). Engineered wood specialists are available to assist with questions regarding code compliance, manufacturing, design, specification and installation of EWPs or other questions related to wood-frame construction with EWPs. These services are supported by APA members for the engineered wood industry and are provided complimentary to those engaged with using these materials.

APA Regional Representatives

Regional Engineered Wood Specialists

Northwest

Larry Oenning, P.E.Larry Oenning, PE

Larry’s territory is the Pacific Northwest, where he works to promote engineered wood product growth for APA member companies. He has a diverse background in both construction management and building material sales. Prior to joining APA, Larry was General Sales Manager for Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, where he managed a field sales team responsible for the sales of all LP products in Western Canada and Northwest United States. Before LP, Larry had 20 years of experience as a commercial construction manager in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest, where he built over 60 significant commercial projects of different types, many of which were primarily wood construction (including hotels, apartments, office buildings, retail buildings and large distribution facilities). Larry has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering (Structures) from Washington State University. Larry is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.

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(360) 900-9992

Southwest

Aleeta Dene, P.E.Aleeta Dene, PE

Aleeta is a licensed professional engineer in the state of California based in Los Angeles, California. She brings nine years of structural design experience to APA, having worked throughout California. Aleeta has a wealth of wood design experience, including single-family homes, medical and veterinary facilities and several schools in California. She is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Architectural Engineering. Aleeta is an active member of SEAOC and ICC in Los Angeles.

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(650) 303-9025

North Central

Ron NuttallRon Nuttall

Ron Nuttall is based in the Denver area. Ron studied marketing at Texas Tech University before beginning his wood products career working in wholesale distribution in Texas, later relocating to Colorado. Ron has extensive knowledge of the construction and engineered wood industries, having worked in plywood distribution as well as educating builders and designers on the use of I-joists and engineered wood products before joining APA in 2017. Ron continues to support builders with the use of engineered products, including training on fire-resistant assemblies, and a special focus on assisting nonresidential builders with training framing crews on best practices in wood framing for multifamily and other large buildings.

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(720) 930-2621

South Central

John GrantJohn Grant

John is an experienced educator in the fields of teaching, construction and personal training. John has a Master of Architecture from Texas A&M University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California Santa Barbara. Most recently, John cultivated a growing, loyal clientele as a personal trainer, but is eager to get back into the construction industry where he designed schools, churches, offices and senior housing for two architectural design firms, Arkitex Studio and Irwin-Pancake Architects. He is based in Dallas.

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(713) 705-6862

South Texas and Louisiana

Meet Roy FrederickRoy Frederick

Roy is an experienced homebuilder, having worked for over 20 years in all aspects of residential construction, estimating and design, including code compliance, design changes and plan performance. He has worked for Brighton Homes, Trendmaker Homes and, most recently, David Weekley Homes, which are based in the major markets of South Central and Southeast Texas, as well as Indianapolis, Indiana. Roy is based in New Braunfels, Texas, and is a graduate of Lamar University with a B.S. in criminal justice.

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(832) 687-8882

Midwest

Matthew BrownMatthew Brown

Matt is located in Indiana and serves the greater Chicago area and surrounding region. He works to educate the wood industry on the impacts of energy efficiency and educate the raters, code officials, designers and builders on the advantages of wood construction for energy efficiency and sustainability. Matt’s career in the construction industry began over 15 years ago and has worked for a large regional production builder, an energy rating and engineering firm and joined APA in 2014. In his free time Matt enjoys cooking BBQ for anyone willing to eat it.

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(214) 930-7075

Southeast

Meet Kyle TilleyKyle Tilley

Kyle is an Engineered Wood Specialist in the Atlanta area who consults with construction professionals, providing information and recommendations on construction and design. Kyle has a degree in Architectural Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnical State University and has worked in nearly every aspect of the building industry for more than 25 years. He began his career working for lumber suppliers in the Atlanta area, later serving as a certified inspector for the building departments of two jurisdictions in greater Atlanta, looking at foundations, plumbing, HVAC and framing. Finally, he worked as a site superintendent for two major home builders and most recently earned his residential contractor license.

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(470) 571-5729

Northeast

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Until this position is filled, please feel free to reach out to any APA Field Staff member, APA's Eastern Region Manager Bob Kuserk, or our APA Helpdesk for assistance.

South Atlantic

Warren HamrickWarren Hamrick

Serving the southeastern United States, Warren consults with and conducts workshops for designers, code officials and other building professionals on best practices for specification, selection and application of engineered wood products. Warren graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor of science in Civil Engineering. Prior to joining APA, Warren worked as a project manager for a structural engineering firm which specialized in commercial construction.

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(828) 289-7012

Florida

Stephanie Thomas-ReesStephanie Thomas-Rees

From her location  in Central Florida, Stephanie  consults  with builders, designers, code officials and suppliers  on using engineered wood products efficiently and cost effectively.   Stephanie  is  an experienced designer and energy professional  with a bachelor’s degree in architectural design from Clemson University and a master’s degree in energy efficient building from Oxford Brookes University. As a building science professional,  Stephanie’s past roles include  project architect, designated energy efficiency coordinator,  code coordinator and  adjunct professor teaching sustainable design and building materials.

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(386) 871-0639

Canada

Cory McCambridgeCory McCambridge

When Cory joined APA, he brought over ten years of architectural and structural design analysis experience with a proven track record in value engineering along with him. Cory has spent most of his career working in the prefabricated panel industry as a design manager and project estimator for various facilities located across Canada and has a thorough understanding of engineered wood products and systems. In his work for APA, Cory consults with and conducts workshops for builders, designers, code officials and other building professionals on best practices for specification, selection and application of engineered wood products. His passion for efficiency and performance combined with over a decade of knowledge and experience has allowed him to add value to countless projects throughout his career and his services are part of the many complimentary resources available at APA.

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(905) 460-4455

Field Services Leadership

Karyn BeebeKaryn Beebe, PE, LEED AP, Western Region Manager

A licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California, Karyn graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Civil Engineering. Karyn oversees field staff based in Texas, California and Washington to improve all phases of wood frame construction from design through construction to post-disaster assessment. She has written multiple articles on the subject of wind and earthquake resistance of wood-framed buildings, including “Straight-line Wind Damage Analysis” for Structure magazine, Technical Note: Design for Force Transfer Around Openings (FTAO), APA Form T555, and as a co-author of the APA/ICC Guide to the 2018 IRC Wood Wall Bracing Provisions. Karyn is certified as a Safety Assessment Program (SAP) evaluator of the California Governor’s Office of the Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has participated in damage assessments following multiple tornado and straight-line wind events. Karyn is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association and Past President for the San Diego Area Chapter of the ICC. Prior to joining APA, Karyn worked as a structural engineer in San Diego, California.

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Bob KuserkRobert (Bob) Kuserk, PE, Eastern Region Manager

Bob holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Villanova University, a Master of Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware and is licensed as a professional engineer. An expert on residential and commercial design with engineered wood products, Bob joined APA in 2016 as an Engineered Wood Specialist covering the Northeast territory. Prior to joining APA, Bob spent twenty years as an engineer providing technical support for a major manufacturer of engineered wood products. He is actively involved in consulting with builders, suppliers, designers and code officials to enhance their use and understanding of engineered wood products. His design and construction management experience includes residential and commercial structural design. Bob’s experience working with varied stakeholders in residential construction (design professionals, building officials, contractors, product manufacturers and distribution networks) allows Bob to bring a perspective from the different aspects of construction to all parties.

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Tom KositzkyTom Kositzky, Director

Tom Kositzky serves as APA’s Field Services Director, where he oversees a team of engineered wood specialists who provide training and education to the North American design and construction industry. A graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Forest Products department, he worked in the construction industry in various capacities for over 20 years. He is currently headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, having previously held positions with the association in Chicago, Illinois, and Atlanta, Georgia.

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