Speakers

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Mark Altman, Founder and Trainer, Mindset Go

An accomplished and dynamic Sales Executive and leader with over two decades of experience, Mark has been recognized as an Inc. 500 entrepreneur. He has had the privilege to coach and mentor Fortune 500 executives and work with some of the world’s most recognizable brands to develop the next generation of business and sales leaders.

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Dwight Gibson, President and CEO, BlueLinx Co.

Mr. Gibson, 46, has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer, and as a member of our Board, since June 2021. Prior to joining BlueLinx, Mr. Gibson was the Chief Commercial Officer of SPX FLOW, Inc. (NYSE: FLOW), a global provider of process solutions and components across a variety of sanitary and industrial market applications. Previously, he served as President, Food & Beverage and Industrial Segments (May 2019 to May 2020) and President, Food & Beverage Segment (June 2016 to May 2019) for SPX FLOW. Prior to joining SPX FLOW, Mr. Gibson spent 11 years at HVAC manufacturer Ingersoll Rand, most recently leading significant growth initiatives as President of Strategic Initiatives for the company’s climate segment. Mr. Gibson has also served as a director of Interface, Inc. (Nasdaq: TILE), a worldwide commercial flooring company, since September 2019. Mr. Gibson received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Howard University, his Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University and a Master’s of Science in International Strategy and Diplomacy from the London School of Economics.

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Ian Fillinger, President and CEO, Interfor

Mr. Fillinger has been the President & Chief Executive Officer of Interfor since January 2020. Since joining Interfor in 2005 as General Manager, Interior Operations, he has accepted progressively senior roles with the Company. Mr. Fillinger was appointed SVP & Head of Operations in December 2015 with responsibility for all of the Company’s manufacturing, woodlands, timber procurement and capital projects activities. He was appointed SVP & Chief Operating Officer in February 2018. He has more than 30 years of experience in the lumber industry, including at Pacific Forest Products, Riverside Forest Products and Canadian Forest Products.
Mr. Fillinger holds a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University and a Diploma in Wood Products Engineering from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

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Dr. Jessica Lautz, Vice President, Demographics and Behavioral Insights – Research, National Association of Realtors

Dr. Jessica Lautz is Vice President of Demographics and Behavioral Insights at the National Association of REALTORS®. The core of her research focuses on analyzing trends for both NAR members and housing consumers. Through management of surveys, focus groups and data analysis, she presents new and innovative ways to showcase results. Jessica discusses research findings in major media outlets and international presentations. In 2022, Dr. Lautz was named a RISMedia Newsmaker in the Influencer category. In 2021, Dr. Lautz was named one of Housing Wire’s Women of Influence, a list representing 100 of the most influential women in leadership in the housing industry. She also volunteers at Nottingham Trent University as an industry fellow mentoring real estate graduate students. Jessica received her Doctorate of Real Estate from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom. She also holds a Master’s in Public Policy from American University and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Law and Justice from Central Washington University.

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Anthony Smith, Chief Economist, FreightWaves

Before FreightWaves, Anthony received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from New Mexico State University. Anthony started his career off in tech as a Commercialization Associate where he identified and evaluated emerging technologies and innovations. Anthony transitioned to a Corporate Economist & Consultant where he advised CXO leaders and Fortune 500 companies on economic analysis, industry trends and internal strategy. Anthony’s clients varied from construction, trucking, industrial, software, manufacturing and retail industries. Anthony most recently worked in-house as a Corporate Economist for a building products company. He led analysis around M&A, pricing sensitivity, competitive intelligence and annual sales forecast for the executive team.

 

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