Hoosier Hardwood and Hospitality

So now that I have had a weekend to recover from all the hustle and bustle at one of the largest attended IHLA conventions, all I can remember is that I think I signed up to be a Woodhead?  Noooo, that’s not all, downtown Indy has amazing food especially bone-in filet’s and horsey cocktail sauce, the people in the hardwood industry are still solid individuals, Ray Moistner and Rich Solano are super cool cats, and Cole Hardwood is still highly regarded (even after Vegas).  One more thing, our customers rock!  It took me about 15 minutes from check-in on Tuesday evening to pick up where I left off from the National Convention in Las Vegas and the fun began seeing all my favorite people and trading stories on family, life, and lumber.  Really.  Lumber stories you might ask?  YES!  But those don’t start until you have embraced, shook hands, and ordered your first cocktail of course.  “Remember the time I knew nothing about lumber?”

My original perception of the good looking people in the hardwood industry was reinforced as I joined The Buchan’s for breakfast.  I am not a Number 1 fan of baseball but I really enjoyed listening to Howard Kellman.  He definitely did not strike out on his trivia when the signed baseballs were given to an eager, young boy that’s had a tough run so far and dreamed of becoming a logger.  Kudos to Ray for heading up that beautiful idea! I put  more faces with more names, sold some lumber, traded business cards for future sold lumber, and enjoyed some good belly laughs.  Beside the good food and good wine, I don’t think I could have asked for more. Except for sleep…I could have used some more of that!  Oh and I need to know more about the Woodheads…right Stan?

***Don’t forget to check out Hardwood Review Weekly’s “Women in Wood” Editorial celebrating Women’s History Month!






  1. Ardis on March 20, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Another nice job, Jen — and yes, it’s a wonderful industry with MANY great people!

  2. Jonathan on March 21, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Handsome Dave!Does he still keep that beard?

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