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Pellet Fuels Institute 2024 Annual Conference


Attend Insightful Discussions and Network with Your Peers

June 25–27, 2024
The Mills House
Charleston, South Carolina

Tuesday | June 25      

Registration Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Queen St. Gallery

Time Event
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Pellet Fuels Institute Board Lunch

Location: Iron Rose

12:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Pellet Fuels Institute Board Meeting

Location: Indigo Room

6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Pellet Fuels Institute Board & Conference VIP Appreciation Night*

Location: Church and Union Charleston

*Reserved for PFI Board Members and Qualifying Diamond and Platinum sponsors

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Wednesday | June 26                    

Registration Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Queen St. Gallery

Time Event
7:00 AM – 7:30 AM

Grab and Go Breakfast - Muster for Golf Bus

Location: Iron Rose

Sponsored by:

7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Pellet Fuels Institute Annual Golf Tournament

Location: Wild Dunes 

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Golf Lunch Sponsored by:


Golf Drink Cart Sponsored by:

Transportation Sponsored by:

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Opening Reception

Location: Pool Terrace

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Bar sponsor:


Thursday | June 27                        

Registration Hours: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Queen St. Gallery

Time Event
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM


Location: Iron Rose

Sponsored by:

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Location: Queen St. Gallery
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

A Statistical Review of Domestic and Global Wood Pellet Markets

Connor Murphy
, U.S. Energy Information Administration
Tim Portz, Pellet Fuels Institute
Gilles GauthierHawkins Wright (remote)

Location: Singers Ballroom

Sponsored by:

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Morning Break

Location: Queen St. Gallery

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Catching Up With Our Partners in the Broader Forest Products Manufacturing Sector

Brent McClendon
, National Wood Pallet and Container Association
Renee HornsbyNational Hardwood Lumber Association

Location: Singers Ballroom

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Surveying the Policy Landscape and the Opportunities and Challenges Found There for Wood Pellet Producers

Pat Rita
, Orion Advocates
Tim Portz, Pellet Fuels Institute

Location: Singers Ballroom

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Location: Iron Rose

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1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Looking Downstream: Gauging the Business Climate for Hearth and Pellet Retailers

Chad Merrill
, Owner, Stove Depot
Johanna Dorn, Category Manager, Hearth & Hot Tubs, Costello's Ace Hardware
Ross Schultz, Senior National Account Manager, Hearth & Home Technologies

Tim Portz, Executive Director, Pellet Fuels Institute 

Location: Singers Ballroom

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Afternoon Break

Location: Queen St. Gallery

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Right from the Source: The PFI's Annual Conversation with Manufacturing Members

Brett Jordan
, Lignetics
Jeff Theissen, Dansons
Stephen Faehner, American Wood Fibers
Harold Arnold, FRAM Renewables

Location: Singers Ballroom

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Pellet Fuels Institute Annual Meeting

Location: Singers Ballroom