The Mulrooney Award

In its rich history, the North American Wholesale Lumber Association has seen many great leaders. One of those was John J. Mulrooney, a career lumber wholesaler who later served as NAWLA’s chief executive for nearly 20 years until his untimely death in 1979.

NAWLA established the John J. Mulrooney Award to commemorate his life and career, emphasizing his important contributions to the forest products industry. Since his passing, NAWLA has recognized an elite group of individuals who exemplify the qualities Mulrooney embodied: steadfast leadership, strategic thinking, personal integrity, and service to others.

Congratulations to the 2024 John J. Mulrooney Award recipient, Steve Killgore. 

Steve Killgore is an industry leader. With more than 45 years of professional expertise and success, holding senior-leadership positions across sales, marketing, and company operations at numerous leading manufacturers, including McKenzie Forest Products, Roseburg Forest Products, and Willamette Industries, Steve is by definition “a service to the industry.” Steve currently serves as Vice Chairman for Timber Products as an educator at Oregon State University.

The presentation of the 2024 John J. Mulrooney Award was held at the 2024 NAWLA Leadership Summit event on March 11, 2024 in Tucson, Arizona. NAWLA was proud to welcome Steve to accept the award in recognition of his accomplishments.

On that day, it was also announced that Steve Killgore had joined PWT’s Board of Directors with an official statement from PWT.