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AWFS Fair 2021 College of Woodworking Knowledge Opens

Published on : Friday, April 16, 2021

The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) announces the opening of its educational program, the College of Woodworking Knowledge (CWWK), which will take place at the upcoming AWFS Fair, July 20-23, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Designed to meet the current needs of show attendees, the two dozen sessions will span topics to strengthen corporate culture and grow your workforce, enhance business
management expertise, and increase knowledge of the latest technologies.


CWWK Educational Track Highlights


Technology & Innovation: Learn how to maximize efficiency and productivity in
edgebanding operations and vacuum clamping for CNC. Subject matter experts and
wood manufacturers will help you walk through the process of identifying, selecting, and implementing robotic applications into your processes, including finishing.


Business Management: Mark Harari, acclaimed speaker and author of Lobster on a
Cheese Plate, will help attendees identify and strengthen their market positioning. Hear
from a panel of financial experts on how to prepare your business for succession
planning, including new tax policy changes and implications. ERP’s, MES, and
more…what do all of these programs do and why do you need them? Marc Sanderson
from Innergy will help attendees decode and navigate the current landscape of business
software.


Workforce and Culture: The need to attract, retain, and train workers is more critical
than ever. Author Kelli Vrla will provide guidance on how to engage employees and
strengthen business culture. It is important for all businesses to assess their racial bias
and how to address any potential issues; Lisa Landry will guide an in-depth workshop
on how to respond to racial bias that can be applied in the workplace. Marc Sanderson
will use the Kotter Change Method to show how businesses can influence change and
impact their corporate culture. Learn how to use the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA)
Skills Standards as a reference manual for creating an in-house training program.


Cabinet, Millwork, and Furniture: Leaders from the Architectural Woodwork Institute
(AWI) will present sessions on maximizing profit using the Cost of Doing Business
Survey and Project Management in a New Era. The Cabinet Makers Association (CMA)
will host their popular “What’s Your Problem?” roundtable event (FREE) and sessions
on CNC essentials and taking the leap to the next level of machinery. Learn from
experts about RTF (rigid thermofoil) laminates and how to ensure quality and have
success using this new process

Free sessions

In addition to CMA’s “What’s Your Problem?” don’t miss these other complimentary sessions: Learn more about the new Wood Manufacturing Specialist Registered Apprenticeship Framework, and hear directly from the first WMS apprentice. CPA will host a panel of experts to discuss the environmental and sustainable attributes of composite wood products.

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