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Woodworking Network Symposia

Introducing at the 2017 AWFS Fair…

WWN-LogoA full day of networking and industry education programming available the day before the opening of the AWFS Fair exhibit halls, brought to you by Woodworking Network!


Tuesday, July 18
Las Vegas Convention Center

Closets Symposia, Finishing Symposia, or Leadership Forum

followed by the

Woodworking Network Leadership Reception

Introducing the woodworking industry’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017

5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

All July 18 program registrations include education sessions, lunch, and Leadership Reception.


Finishing Symposium

Presented by FDMC magazine, this full-day conference will look at a variety of new finishing technologies and best practices:  Organizing a finishing system and measuring performance; problem-solving in wood finishing; latest trends in finish composition, color, color and style, along with water-based and low-emission finishes; UV-cured powder coating attributes, and more.

Time: Tuesday, July 18, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pricing: $229 early bird before July 14; $295 regular

Finishing Symposium Schedule

Introduction—Karl Forth

9 a.m. Phil Stevenson of AWFI, a leading finishing consultant, will talk about training in which the goal is to create a system for finishing within a company rather than training a person that could leave the company. He will discuss how to organize a finishing system and set up ways to measure your company’s finishing performance.

10:15 a.m. Jason Chiu of Centre for Advanced Wood Processing will speak on problem solving in wood finishing, covering such areas as spraying and finish application, finish quality, dust mitigation, and finish process issues, including a discussion of some of the newest methods and technology.

11:15 a.m. Phil Evans of the University of British Columbia will discuss the value of research in wood finishing, based on work that he and his students have done on topics such as coating formation, grain raising, cracking of finishes, blotching and other issues.

12 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. David Jackson of Gemini, a manufacturer of wood finishes, will discuss finishes that many shops have not yet adopted, such as polyester, two-component polyurethane and some UV finishes.

2 p.m. Wayne Blackwell, SAMES KREMLIN Inc. will discuss new developments in spray guns. Wayne Blackwell will discuss paint and powder coating application, improving transfer efficiency and reducing VOCs in your finishing operation.

3 p.m. Pierre Letellier of Decoboard Enterprise in San Bernardino, California, will describe his company’s panel coating operation and the challenges of finishing in California.

3:30 p.m. Andrew Walton, Keyland Polymer Material Sciences, a maker of powder coatings, will explain UV-cured powder coating chemistry and attributes of these coating materials applications for UV-cured powder coatings. Andrew Walton will describe the powder coating process.

4 p.m. Les Smith of Sherwin-Williams will speak on, “What’s new with Waterborne Coatings: Changing perceptions with advanced European technology.”

At the end of the day, presenters will be available to answer any questions from the audience. Participating companies and specialists will be available to answer any direct questions about finishing materials, equipment and methods.

Closets and Home Storage Symposium

PrintPresented by Closets and Organized Storage magazine, hot-button sessions for closet designers, builders, and garage businesses include a ClosetMaid Pro case study, European design trends, million dollar  closets ideas, marketing tips for your closets business, trends in home storage and garage renovation and more.

Time: Tuesday, July 18,  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pricing: $229 early bird before July 14; $295 regular

Closets Symposium Schedule

9:00-10:15 a.m. – ClosetMaid Pro Case Study, Brandon Olson of Closet Creations

10:15-11 a.m. – Strategic Showrooms, Sarah Reep, Director of Designer Relationships & Education at Masco Cabinetry and Denise Butchko, Butchko & Co.

11 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. – Sauder Woodworking’s ClosetTrac, Jonathan Zublena, Sauder Woodworking’s ClosetTrac  

12-1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15-2 p.m. – European Design Trends in Closets, Sheri Mercadante, Marketing Director at German Design Center


2-2:45 p.m. – Outsource or insource? with Mike Carson, Carson Closets and Eric Marshall, Modern Closets & Garage and DEA Kitchen Remodeling

2:45 p.m. -3 p.m. Break

3-3:45 p.m. – Garage Renovation with Troy Greenberg, RedLine Garage Gear and Eric Marshall, Modern Closets & Garage and DEA Kitchen Remodeling

3:45-4:30 p.m. – Trends in Panel & Components – Lisa Adams, Michele Weitzel, Northern Contours and Jesse Collins, Rehau

4:30-5 p.m. General Q & A session

Leadership Forum

Presented by the Woodworking Network, the Leadership Forum is a top-level conference designed with business owners and senior managers in mind: emphasis on business, technology and material trends impacting the design and production of cabinetry, furniture and interior millwork for the next decade; Decore-ative Specialties, RCS Millwork, North American Plywood and Timberline Cabinetry & Millwork in will detail joint technology developments between suppliers and manufacturers in creating new materials and equipment; presentations on Virginia Tech University FutureHAUS, growth and insight from manufacturing data with Mick Peters, author of Love thy Data.; hiring best practices; and sustainable wood manufacturing and more.

Time: Tuesday, July 18, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pricing: $299 early bird before July 14; $350 regular

Leadership Forum Schedule

8:15 – 8:30 Coffee and networking

8:30 – 8:45 Welcome & Why We’re Here– Bill Esler
Using data draw from website traffic patterns, Bill

8:45 – 9:40 Manufacturing FutureHAUS Joe Wheeler, Professor of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech University. FutureHAUS is the revolutionary prototype for the home of the future, with designs that lend themselves to modular furniture manufacture.  Prototypes for the kitchen, bath, living room, bedrooms and home offices have been developed. 25 industry partners provided design expertise.

9:40 – 10:20  Wood High-rise Buildings + Cross Laminated Timber – Valerie Johnson of DR Johnson, and Iain MacDonald of University of Oregon and Oregon State University TallWood Design Institute

15 Minute Break

10:35 – 11:20 Digital Staining – North American Plywood GM Donald Kuser details joint-development with Fuji and Inca Onset of high-speed digital staining, that turns 5×10’ plywood sheets to a high-def oak veneer look in 90 seconds. With John Mills of Inca and Steve Lynn of Fujifilm USA.

11:20 – 12:00 Love Thy DataMick Peters, Applied Automation Technologies. By mining manufacturing data, companies gain insight into production issues and opportunities for business and sales growth. Expert Mick Peters, a contributor at talks about mining factory data.

12:00 – 1:15 Lunch

Materials: Moderated by Bill Esler, this segment will survey unique materials like advanced 3D veneer, sublimation wood decoration, and “sewn” furniture frames, plus guest presentations on:

1:25 – 1:50 One-off Digitally Printed Laminates – Stephanie Richardson, Design, Schattdecor, will explain the technology and applications behind global decorative surfaces leader, Schattdecor’s move into new technology. Schattdecor operates its major U.S. production facility near St. Louis.

1:50 – 2:20 Flame Finished Wood Andy Hehl, head of Kebony USA and Delta Millworks have developed a new line of stylish wood finished using the trending Japanese technique, Shou Sugi Ban.

2:20 – 2:50 Decore-ative Specialties VP Todd Shapiro  and Bacci America’s Joe Berry recount the two-year joint development of custom CNC cabinet door sanding system, versions of which are now available on the market. 20 + questions –

10 Minute Break

3:00 – 3:30 RCS Millwork’s Dan Keller and  Marc Sanderson will talk about the development of a plant-wide management system to integrate machinery and processes

3:30 – 4:00 Timberline Cabinetry & Millwork’s Kent Swinson and software expert Roger Shaw recount tailoring  Production Coach enterprise software following a plant audit

4:00 – 5:00  Next Generation Workfoce: 40 Under 40 panel – This prequel to the evening Wood Industry 40 Under 40 Awards program will poll the industry’s rising talent. Moderated by Dean Mattson, director of MiLL, the newly established national manufacturing training center in Colorado Springs.


Calling all AWFS Fair Attendees! 

Woodworking Network Leadership Reception

1704FDMC40under40_1Tuesday, July 18

5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

Las Vegas Convention Center

Introducing the woodworking industry’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017!

Join July 18 symposia participants to kick off the AWFS Fair with this networking event and meet the next generation of woodworking professionals.  Open to all July 18 symposia registrants and all AWFS Fair attendees with event registration.  For those not registered for the closets, finishing, or leadership symposia, the cost to attend the reception is $45 and includes 2 drink tickets.

Add this networking event to your AWFS Fair registration!

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