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SFPA Seeks Proposals for Caribbean, Central America Consultant

January 24, 2023

The Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) is seeking proposals from consultants to coordinate our technical and educational seminars targeting the construction industry in the Caribbean and Central American regions. Click here to review the full RFP.

SFPA, founded in 1914, is a nonprofit trade association representing the Southern Pine lumber industry. SFPA is recognized as one of the foremost trade organizations in the forest products industry and represents Southern Pine lumber manufacturers from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Member mills produce half of the Southern Pine lumber in the United States.

SFPA is headquartered in the metro New Orleans area, with staff directing marketing programs to serve the entire U.S., and international market consultants serving markets in Europe, the Middle East, Mexico, the Caribbean, China, and India. This RFP is for an individual or agency to organize seminars promoting U.S. wood products in the Caribbean, Costa Rica, and Guatemala over the course of 2023.

SFPA routinely holds technical seminars to train wood traders (importers, wholesalers, and retailers) and wood specifiers (builders, architects, engineers, joinery and furniture producers) on proper selection and use of softwood lumber from the United States. The seminars, which are offered to attendees free of charge, are typically three hours in duration and feature expert speakers from the United States on the subject. SFPA provides training literature and coffee breaks, lunch, or reception depending on the timing of the event.

The chosen consultant will work to gather the above target audiences at six seminars in the Caribbean (islands to be determined and over the course of 2023) and in Guatemala City, Guatemala, scheduled for mid-September. For the seminars in the Caribbean, SFPA envisions the events taking part in pairs with travel to two markets in a given week. SFPA will provide speakers and training literature; the individual or agency chosen to assist with the project is tasked with organizing and promoting the events and arranging site visits prior to the seminars.

We appreciate your efforts in sending your proposal to us in PDF format, but Microsoft Word is acceptable. The deadline to submit is February 28, 2023.

Questions regarding this RFP or your proposal submission may be addressed to:

Jerry Hingle, Project Consultant

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