2011 NHLA Annual Convention & Exhibit Showcase Keynote Speakers Announced

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The National Hardwood Lumber Association is pleased to announce the keynote speakers of the 2011 Annual Convention & Exhibit Showcase, presented by Lumbermen's Underwriting Alliance, to be held September 21-24 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

The National Hardwood Lumber Association is pleased to announce the keynote speakers of the 2011 Annual Convention & Exhibit Showcase, presented by Lumbermen's Underwriting Alliance, to be held September 21-24 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

Thursday, Opening Session: Mr. Robin Crowe, Author - Speaker - Entrepreneur

Robin Crow knows what motivates, drives, and inspires people to be their best. Robin's expertise on leadership and customer service comes from 30 years as an entrepreneur and business owner. For the past 14 years, he has led his company, Dark Horse Recording, through dramatic changes to achieve sustained success. By consistently reinventing his company and relentlessly focusing on customer service, Robin has established DHR as one of the most successful studio complexes in the world, home to Faith Hill, Neil Diamond, Michael W. Smith, Jewel, Tim McGraw, and Alison Krauss to name a few.

Robin has forged a remarkable career as a national recording artist and entrepreneur. He has given over 2,000 presentations, released ten albums, appeared on hundreds of television programs, is a featured author for Nightingale-Conant and has published four books including; "EVOLVE or DIE": Rethinking the Way You Do Business in the 21st Century. Robin is currently working on a new book which he is co-authoring with one of the most patriotic, "corporate turnaround gurus" in modern history, Lee Iacocca. The new book, due out sometime in 2012, is called NOW: Stepping Up To a New Form of Patriotism.

Friday, General Session: Mr. John Calipari, University of Kentucky Head Basketball Coach

In his inaugural season as head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats, Coach John Calipari posted his fifth-straight 30-win season, the only coach in NCAA Division I history to do so. When he led Kentucky back to the No. 1 spot in the country, Calipari became one of only two coaches (Frank McGuire) in NCAA history to lead three teams to a No. 1 ranking. He led UMass to a No. 1 ranking in 1995 and 1996 and he led Memphis to the No. 1 spot in the 2008 season.

The honors continued after the season as Calipari became the first coach in UK history to receive the Adolph Rupp National Coach of the Year award. He then watched as five of his players were selected in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft, the first time a school has ever produced five first round picks. In addition to the Rupp National Coach of the Year, Calipari was also named the Associated Press SEC Coach of the Year.

As always, it is with the generous support of convention sponsors that NHLA is able to produce the premier networking and educational conference of the hardwood industry. Esteemed keynote speakers, timely and relevant educational seminars, a wide display of industry technology, products and services and numerous networking opportunities are designed for attendees to make the most of this four-day event that will once again bring together buyers and sellers from around the world for "the global gathering of the hardwood community."

Online registration begins April 15 at http://www.nhlaconvention.com.

The world's largest and oldest hardwood industry association, NHLA represents 1,400 companies and individuals that produce, use and sell North American hardwood lumber, or provide equipment, supplies or services to the hardwood industry. It was founded in 1898 to establish a uniform system of grading rules for the measurement and inspection of hardwood lumber. Since 1980, its headquarters have been in Memphis, Tenn. To learn more about NHLA, please visit http://www.nhla.com.

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