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Attendee List


Avondale Brewing Company
201 41st St S
Birmingham, AL 35222

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Schedule at a Glance

5:00 p.m. – Registration and Networking 
6:15 p.m. – Welcome Remarks
6:30 p.m. – Panel Presentation and Q&A 
7:30 p.m. – Networking 
9:00 p.m. – Adjourn


Dale Bracken, Moderator 

Dale Bracken is a management consultant and former Consumer Products Division Manager with the world’s largest Pulp and Paper maker.  Dr. Bracken has been involved in manufacturing and operations since 1980. He has led operational and administrative aspects of multiple pulp, paper, and forest products start-ups in the United States, Europe, and Canada.  Dale has worked around the globe for both service and manufacturing organizations, and he currently serves on several boards.  He also served as the Director of the Center for Leadership in the Sykes College of Business at the University of Tampa. 

Through his firm, National Assessment, Dr. Bracken provides strategic consulting services to a wide-range of clients including:  GE CAPITAL SERVICES, PROCTER & GAMBLE, VERIZON, PHILIP MORRIS USA, NATIONWIDE, SANOFI-AVENTIS, MICROSOFT, GEORGIA-PACIFIC CORP, and DEUTSCHE BANK.

Dale is part of the Durham, North Carolina based Duke Corporate Education (Duke CE) faculty and is involved in providing leadership deliveries for their global clients. Duke CE has consistently been ranked as one of the finest in the world in Custom Executive Education by the Financial Times and BusinessWeek. 

Dale earned a BS degree from Penn State and a Masters and Doctorate from the University of Georgia.  Dale and his wife Pam Bracken are proud supporters of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine (ranked in the top 10 worldwide by US News and World Report).  (

Barry Bauman, Interfor 

Barry came to Interfor in 2014 as a Senior Sales Manager with just over 28 years of  experience in the lumber and forest industry. Since then, he has been the product  manager for Interfor’s 13 Southern Pine mills which included managing the Perry  Reman Plant and currently holds the position of Pricing and Process Manager for  Interfor U.S. South which is just over 2 billion board feet per year.

After graduating from UGA, Barry started his career in the Forest Industry with the  Georgia Forestry Association where he spent time at the capital bringing the  important issues to our state representatives. In a little over a year, he transitioned into a Procurement position with Union Camp. By 1999 Union Camp  was purchased by International Paper, where Barry took on his first position in  lumber sales. Over the next few years, through acquisitions, IP grew to 21  sawmills where Barry took responsibility over the 7 central mills. In 2007, West  Fraser acquired the lumber mills from IP where Barry spent 9 years in lumber sales.

Barry has been married to Liz for 26 wonderful years and has 4 children. He enjoys  spending time with his family, golfing, boating and hunting.

Kevin Clonch, Ryder System, Inc. 

Kevin Clonch is the group director of customer logistics for Ryder System, Inc. With a focus on Ryder’s freight brokerage group, Kevin is responsible for supporting a growing portfolio of accounts across the U.S. 

Kevin joined Ryder in October 2015 and     led Ryder’s outsourced transportation procurement activity as senior director. Today, his focus is on our freight brokerage operations where he has driven explosive growth over the past 3 years.

He is a seasoned leader with over 20 years of experience and proven success in sales and operations management in the logistics industry, holding various levels of leadership with both non-asset based & asset based 3PL’s. 

Kevin received his bachelors in marketing from Miami University and also holds an MBA from the University of Cincinnati with a concentration in operations management.

Bill Fisher, Stringfellow Lumber 

Bill Fisher started in the Building Products industry in 1982, and for over 41 years, he continues to excel in the lumber distribution business. He is a 5th generation Lumberman. His Father and grandfathers were all either wholesalers or sawmillers.

He became president of Stringfellow Lumber in 2006. Through this period of time Bill has remained active as a trader for his company. Fisher’s business mainly consists of SYP Lumber and Panels. Over the last decade his business has evolved to structural panels more than lumber, but he continues to sell material across the nation. In 2013, Bill, along with 4 other partners, bought Stringfellow Lumber. Bill enjoys spending time at the lake with his wife, children, and growing number of grandchildren.

Robert McManus, Birmingham International Forest Products

Robert McManus is a SYP Sr. Trader with Birmingham International Forest Products, division of Forest City Trading Group.  With a 29 year span in the industry, the last 24 years have been focused on the purchasing and sales of Southern Yellow Pine lumber. Robert started at Moore-Hanley as a Building Material Department Manager. He then spent 13 years at Stringfellow Lumber Company as a Lumber Trader. He started with BIFP in 2012, and is one of the leading SYP Traders in ALL of FCTG. Robert and his wife Holli have 5 children between them and enjoy spending time together at their lake house.


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