North American Wholesale Lumber Association Selects SmithBucklin for Full-Service Management

CHICAGO — Nov. 1, 2014 — The North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) has selected SmithBucklin, the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other, to provide full-service association management. SmithBucklin’s Marc Saracco will serve as NAWLA’s executive director. NAWLA’s headquarters have relocated from Rolling Meadows, Ill., to Chicago.


Founded in 1893, NAWLA is the association that delivers unparalleled access to relationships and resources that improve business strategy and performance through sales growth, cost savings and operational efficiencies for wholesalers and manufacturers of forest products and other building materials that conduct business in North America.


Marc Saracco, an experienced SmithBucklin association leader in the Business + Trade Industry Practice, has been selected to serve as the executive director for the association. He will work with the NAWLA board to develop a strong strategic vision for the organization.


“It is a privilege to partner with NAWLA and build on the continued success of the association,” said Matt Sanderson, vice president & chief executive, Business + Trade Industry Practice. “We are committed to helping the organization continue to achieve its goals and enhance the value delivered to its membership and the wholesale lumber industry.”


In his role as executive director, Saracco will lead all aspects of the association’s strategy and operations and be responsible for meeting goals set by NAWLA’s leadership. “The entire staff team and I are so fortunate to be welcomed into the NAWLA family,” Saracco said. “We are committed to helping the industry and NAWLA’s member organizations grow.”


Saracco has 10 years of association management experience working with a wide variety of SmithBucklin client organizations, including the Association of Steel Distributors.


SmithBucklin’s Business + Trade Industry Practice helps a wide range of trade and professional associations achieve their missions, create value for their stakeholders and advance their industry professions. The practice’s unmatched team of association professionals applies leading practices across a wide spectrum of association management services.

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