Meet the Speakers

Richard Vlosky is Director of the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center and Crosby Land and Resources Endowed Professor in Forest Sector Business Development at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge. He received his Ph.D. in Wood Products Marketing at Penn State University, an M.S. in International Forest Products Trade from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Natural Resources and Forest Management from Colorado State University.


His areas of research and consulting include: biofuels/bioprocessing & bioenergy, domestic and international forest products marketing and business development, certification & green marketing, eBusiness and eCommerce. He has authored or co-authored over 135 refereed publications, 19 book chapters and 4 books, and has made over 360 presentations on a variety of topics in the U.S. and 29 countries.



Jacob A. Gines is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Mississippi State University (MSU) where he teaches advanced design studios and building technology courses – with an emphasis on Mass-Timber Innovations, Materials and Methods. His research and scholarship investigate Bio-sustainable + Innovative Materials, Manufacturing + Fabrication Processes, and Post-Industrial Building + Landscapes.

Gines received his Master of Architecture from the University of Utah in 2007 and began teaching undergraduate and graduate design studios the following semester at his alma mater. Gines later received the 2009 Roger Bailey Traveling Fellowship, wherein he traveled to Northern India to study culture, craft, and meaning in Hindu, Islamic and contemporary architecture. In 2012, Gines was awarded the AIA Grassroots Award for Outstanding Overall Component that recognized AIA Utah’s Young Architects Forum and Gines’ contribution as a founding member.

That same year Gines relocated to Mississippi State University to teach at the School of Architecture. Gines regularly presents his work and research in various venues across the county – most recently presenting “Sustainable Futures: Solid Timber Application in Mid-Rise Construction” at the 6th International Conference on the Constructed Environment, chairing the 2016 Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined (TIMBR) Symposium, and co-chairing the 2015 international conference for the Building Technology Educators’ Society.

The TIMBR Studio, which Gines leads, recently completed proposals for an 8-10 story mass-timber commercial building planned for Jackson, MS. Funding for the TIMBR Studio was provided by Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI, Inc.), Weyerhaeuser, and various Mississippi timber companies. The TIMBR studio partnered with the Mississippi Forestry Association and the MSU Department of Sustainable Bioproducts.

As Vice President of Research and Design at Method Studio in Salt Lake City, Utah, Gines leads the firm’s research activities which are aimed at constructing designed solutions utilizing innovative techniques, practices and critical discourse. Gines has been engaged in architectural practice since 2001 and is an award-winning designer of several institutional, higher-ed, and multi-family housing projects – most recent of which is the Campus View Student Housing at Dixie State University.


 Steve Lieberman, P.E.

A licensed professional engineer, Steve Lieberman is currently Senior Product Engineer for IB X-Lam USA where he is helping the company to become the first cross-laminated timber (CLT) producer in the southeast U.S.

With many years of experience in the engineered wood products industry, Steve is helping to expand the use of mass timber in the construction industry in order to provide an environmentally sustainable alternative to other construction materials.

Steve holds a BS in Architectural Engineering from Drexel University.


Tim Carey

Currently the Industrial Product Specialist for Lonza Wood Protection where he has worked for the last 22 years. Prior to Lonza Tim spent 19 plus years with Timber Products Inspection. In his career in wood protection Tim has served the industry through involvement. He is currently the General Chairman of the Treatment Committees and Advisor to the Executive Committee of the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA).  In 2014, achieved AWPA Life Membership status having been an active member since 1978. He also serves on American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of- Way Association (AREMA) Technical Committee 30, subcommittee 2 – Wood Ties; the Railway Tie Association (RTA) R&D Committee as Vice Chairman and is a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) ASC Committee 05 on Wood Poles and Cross Arms. He is also involved with Western Wood Preserver’s Institute (WWPI), Southern Pressure Treater’s Association (SPTA). He currently serves as the secretary of the CIGRE Work Group on Wood Poles.


In his career, Tim has inspected wood products at point of production as well as the field inspection, remedial treatment and restoration of wood products including poles, piles, lumber, bridges, trestle structures and log homes. He has written standards, specifications and papers, as well as provided presentations on all aspects of wood protection including serving as an approved instructor on the proper use of wood protection chemicals, for wood treatment certified applicators maintaining their state certifications.

Even in fun, his pleasure is all about proper use of wood products serving as a KCBS certified BBQ judge.



Cliff Hudson

Procurement Forester

Winston Plywood & Veneer, Louisville, Mississippi

Cliff has a BS in Forest Management from the college of Forest Resources at MS State and is marries with 4 children. Cliff was born in Louisville, MS and has worked for several private companies as a procurement forester. Cliff has worked with Winston Plywood & Veneer since December of 2015.


Ken Petre

Technical Manager

Ken graduated Mississippi State University with a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1986 and has since worked in the forest products industry for 28 years.  He has worked for Weyerhaeuser, Georgia-Pacific and Norbord.  Ken also has worked as plant engineer at a power generating station and as an environmental engineer for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.  Ken has co-authored one paper in Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI),  Evaluation of Bleach Plant Partial Closure for an Operating North American ECF Market Kraft Pulp Mill.  Ken is currently the Technical Manager at Norbord Mississippi LLC and has been with Norbord since 2016. 


Ken is married to Jacquelyn Crane Petre.  She is a MSU graduate in Education.  Ken and Jacquelyn have three children.  Elizabeth Tally MSU graduate with a BS in Math and a MS in Statistics, Katelyn Boren a Mississippi University for Women graduate in Nursing, and Colton Petre a Sophomore at MSU working on a degree in Mechanical Engineering.


Brad Brewer

Co-Founder at Pole Mill Optimizer, LLC

Brad is co-founder of Pole Mill Optimizer, LLC in Wiggins, Mississippi. Brad is responsible for developing the first Pole Mill Specific Optimization with built in Inventory tracking system. He has been developing hardware and software for the Timber and Oil & Gas Industry for over 17 years.   Previous experience in both industries has given Brad the experience to provide simple tools that will work for any size company and is built for the non technical personnel in mind.   He has also served as Chief Technology Officer for Advanced Logistics, LLC and NecesSea, LLC and Sr Software Engineer for Boatracs. Currently Brad and Pole Mill Optimizer are working on major projects for Stella-Jones and Rex Lumber. 


Franklin Quin, Jr.

Research Associate

Franklin is a native of Southern Mississippi. He is a Research Associate at Mississippi State University in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts. He holds a M.S. in Forest Products from Mississippi State University and a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Alcorn State University. His work as a Research Associate is focused on conducting research and strength testing of furniture frame components and also conducting quality assurance tests on fully upholstered furniture frames for the furniture industry.


Dr. Jason Street

Dr. Street is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts and a

professional engineer in the state of Mississippi. He has ten years of experience in design and engineering specializing in instrumentation and process improvements. Dr. Street has projects involving dimensional lumber, cross laminated timber, composites, and bioenergy. Specifically, bioenergy projects related to wood pelletization and bio-oil process improvements have been of interest to surrounding industries, and he has been a part of over 100 industrial scale trials implementing new methods for renewable solid fuel production.

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