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President's Message

Aloha HLPA Members,

My name is John Heideman and I am a long-time steward of the Forest Products Industry. I am the GM of the Hawaii Distribution Center for Mendocino Forest Products and proud to serve as your 2019 HLPA President.

Growing up in Eugene, OR, I remember spending weekends in the woods with my dad, sharing in his hobby of logging and rough milling timber with our portable headrig, but it wasn’t until the late 90’s that I began to develop my career within this industry as a lumber broker. Having contributed to the success of a company as diverse as Universal Forest Products for 15+ years, having worked for multiple wood preservers including current HLPA member, HPM Building Supply, and having developed new and innovative wood-based products throughout my career, I understand just how versatile wood can be as a building material. The innovations that have taken place in wood preservation and in the engineering of wood building systems in recent years has proven that wood is the preferred building material throughout the world and it will continue to be as more people become educated on the value wood provides for so many building applications.

The HLPA promotes lumber products as Hawaii’s preferred building material. I am looking forward to kicking off the next phase of executing the HLPA’s 5 year plan to support members and drive growth in membership as we promote the right building materials for the community we serve. “Hawaii Grows With Wood”, and I am excited to be a driver in educating this community on the value of using wood as the preferred building material for our islands.

It has been my pleasure to serve on the HLPA Board the past 2 years. I am honored to be your 2019 HLPA President and I look forward to working with each of you.

John Heideman, 2019 HLPA President

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