WoodWorks – Wood Products Council has announced that Bart Bender, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Interfor, has been elected to Chair the program for a two-year term beginning in 2021 and Keith O’Rear, Senior Vice President, Wood Products, at Weyerhaeuser, will join the Board as the company’s new representative.
“We are honored to welcome Bart Bender as the new WoodWorks Chair and Keith O’Rear as the new Weyerhaeuser Board representative,” said Jennifer Cover, President and CEO of the WoodWorks program. “Bart has more than two decades of experience in the wood products industry and a keen eye for building value through quality offerings. Keith has been with Weyerhaeuser since 1989, holding a succession of leadership positions before joining the company’s senior management team in 2018. We look forward to their insights as WoodWorks continues to support the evolving needs of the design and construction community.”
A non-profit staffed with architects, structural engineers, and construction experts, WoodWorks helps developers and design/constructions teams successfully use wood in commercial and multi-family buildings—including mass timber, light wood-frame, and hybrid projects. Its Board is strategically balanced to lead a wellrounded program, with members from large and small companies reflecting lumber, engineered wood, and panel manufacturers, the private sector and government, different parts of the United States and Canada, and WoodWorks’ core audience of design and building professionals.