Paul Coats, P.E., C.B.O.
Mr. Coats is the Southeast Regional Manager for the American Wood Council (AWC), which produces internationally recognized design standards for wood construction. His work experience includes building inspection (City of Indianapolis), plan review (State of Indiana), project engineering, and code consulting. Prior to joining AWC, he was on the code development staff of BOCA International (the International Code Council).
Joe Loferski, Ph. D., is Professor of Sustainable Biomaterials (www.sbio.vt.edu) at Virginia Tech. Joe has international reputation and experience in the areas of performance of wood and wood composites in buildings and preservation of historic wood buildings. He has consulted on the restoration and preservation of many historic buildings in the U.S. including the Library of Congress and Washington's Mount Vernon, and recently the preservation an Erie Canal Aqueduct. He also has experience in diagnosing problems with wood building components including flooring, siding, and problems stemming from insects, moisture, and improper flashing details. He has taught courses on the performance of wood in buildings for more than 30 years at Virginia Tech.
John “Buddy” Showalter, P.E.
Mr. Showalter is Vice President, Technology Transfer at the American Wood Council (AWC). He joined the AWC staff in 1992. Responsibilities at AWC include oversight of publications, website, helpdesk, education, and other technical media. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards for Wood Design Focus, published by the Forest Products Society, and STRUCTURE magazine, published jointly by NCSEA, ASCE/SEI, and CASE. Prior to joining AWC, Showalter was Technical Director of the Truss Plate Institute. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech.
Frank Woeste, P.E., Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech (VT). Frank conducted wood engineering research and taught wood design courses throughout his 26-year tenure at VT. Frank, along with his colleagues at VT and Washington State University, have developed and presented continuing education programs for more than 30-years. He currently serves on the AF&PA/AWC Wood Design Standards Committee responsible for revisions to the national design standards such as NDS and WFCM. On a routine basis, Frank consults with the public, design professionals, contractors, building code officials on various aspects of engineered wood construction and residential construction, including decks and balconies.