MX's Friday SmartMarket

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Friday, March 5, 2021: SmartMarket With Guest Thomas Mende

This week’s SmartMarket features quick tips on MX’s platform, market insights, and guest speaker Thomas Mende, President/CEO of Binderholz Timber! Binderholz operates nine sawmills internationally.

Thomas Mende shared his insights on the global markets, the development of Binderholz’s Southern Yellow Pine presence, and the role MX’s digital marketplace has in our industry.

Friday, March 12, 2021: SmartMarket With Guest Jim Schumacher

Experienced writer with a tenured history in the building material supply industry. Jim Schumacher has a TMP Certification focused in Management from University of Washington.

On this SmartMarket, Jim, of Shoe’s Lumber Report, talked about the wild ride we’re experiencing and shared his insights for the future.

Friday, March 19, 2021: SmartMarket With Guest Gregg Riley

Gregg Riley is a former Chairman of the Board of the North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA), and he helped develop some of the first strategies in the forward cash markets and trained MX’s very own, Mike Wisnefski and Ashley Boeckholt.

Logistics is a huge part of the lumber business. Gregg, GM of Sitka Forest Products, is a well-known innovator in the lumber distribution, and as this Friday’s special guest on SmartMarket, Gregg offered insights into the import process, price transparency, and the value of MX’s Live Market platform.

Friday, March 26, 2021: SmartMarket With Guest Brendan Lowney

Brendan Lowney, Macroeconomist at Forest Economic Advisors, was our special guest speaker. Brendan offered a look forward at what is coming in the economic pipeline and what we might expect from material costs and housing demands.

Join us as Brendan and Mike Wisnefski (MX CEO) discussed the current lumber situation and how FEA anticipates the markets will move forward.

Friday, April 2, 2021: SmartMarket With Guest Matt Layman

Our special guest speaker for this SmartMarket was Matt Layman. An industry veteran, Matt has been publishing about lumber supply and markets for nearly 40 years—offering insights on pricing and supply.

During this week’s SmartMarket, Matt talked about today’s extraordinary pricing levels, and gave his unique perspective on the digital information evolution.

Friday, April 9, 2021: SmartMarket With Guest Russ Taylor

What’s Up with China? China plays a major role in the world markets. How does this affect YOUR business?

Join us on this week’s SmartMarket call for a conversation with Russ Taylor, President RUSS TAYLOR GLOBAL – Wood Business & Market Consulting. We talked about China’s significance on world wood flow, international pricing, and how it influences US markets.

Friday, April 16, 2021: SmartMarket With Guest Sean Ryan

As general manager and commodity purchaser for National Lumber in Connecticut, Sean’s prolonged time on the phone was distracting him from growing the business so he searched the internet for any iteration of “lumber market” and found Mike Wisnefski, MaterialsXchange’s CEO, on LinkedIn. Sean got onboarded and was able to purchase a truckload of Euro SPF in three clicks.

Sean explains that with more price transparency and competition found on MX, the more his customers are able to supply and sell finished real estate to their customers. That’s a win/win for his customers and National Lumber.

Friday, April 23, 2021: SmartMarket With Guest Stinson Dean

Stinson Dean learned futures trading before stepping into the lumber cash game. This offered him a unique view of the market.

One of the first transactions on MaterialsXchange was made by Stinson Dean! We appreciate his early adoption of our digital marketplace and enjoyed hearing his market perspective on SmartMarket.

Friday, April 30, 2021: SmartMarket With Guest Susan Kirts

Susan certainly knows the trials and tribulations of being a woman in a male-dominated industry. During this SmartMarket, she shed some insight into thriving in the lumber world regardless of not being part of its majority.

Logging in as both a Buyer and a Seller on MaterialsXchange, Susan explains why being on both sides of the platform is so beneficial to her purchasing power at Henry Poor Lumber Co.

Friday, May 7, 2021: SmartMarket With Guest Kyle Little

Industry veteran, Kyle Little shared his observations about operating distribution during these tricky times. Lumber availability and crazy pricing create challenges in both buying and selling for distributors.

Find out about Kyle’s procurement process during SmartMarket.

Friday, May 14, 2021: SmartMarket With Guest Tim Seims

Tim leads John Burns Real Estate Consulting’s LBM survey and is responsible for boiling down JBREC dealer and consumer data into meaningful insights for Building Product clients. Tim leverages his unique product marketing and channel strategy experience to ensure JBREC is ‘close to the ground’ on key strategic issues for building products and housing, including research from New Homes Trends Institute.

The real estate market has been white-hot while demand for new construction endures extraordinary price levels. See how these two factors collide in this week’s edition of SmartMarket.

Friday, May 21, 2021: SmartMarket With Guest Tim Atkinson

Tim Atkinson has worked for Stimson Lumber for nearly 24 years in various capacities including mill operations analyst, stud mill supervisor, and dry end superintendent, and he has been the Vice President of Sales for the last eight and a half years.

Serving on several boards over the last decade, Tim is a member of the American Wood Council, the Pacific Northwest Association of Rail Shippers, and the Green Building Initiative.

Tim discussed how Stimson brings its high-quality lumber to market. In addition, Tim shared his forecast for the balance of 2021 during this SmartMarket Call.

Friday, May 28, 2021: SmartMarket With Guest Betsy Scott

The Housing Innovation Alliance is a think tank focused on business and technical innovation in housing. As Executive Director, Betsy is responsible for strategic planning, member and sponsor recruitment and engagement, programming, and ongoing operations.

Besty and her collaborative community at HIA research best practices to help builders solve today’s hot issues.

On this SmartMarket, Betsy discussed some of those solutions to today’s issues and provided a vision of where the industry is headed.

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