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Wood Pro Expo Florida brings bold ideas for the post-pandemic world

Published on : Tuesday, April 13, 2021

What are the keys to post-pandemic success? Woodworkers will attend the June 8 Wood Pro Expo conference at the Palm Beach Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida to share opinion and will have a clear idea on the situation after listening to trio of industry executives who have emerged from the pandemic stronger than ever.  Amanda Conger, executive director of the Cabinet Makers Association, will moderate the panel presentation titled, Bold ideas for the post-pandemic world.  The CMA is a sponsor of the Wood Pro Conference.

“Learning from other woodworking shops will help you determine improvements you can make in your business,” said Conger. These three shops are uniquely different, so there’s a little bit of something for everyone during this panel discussion,” She said that she is looking forward to the event to re-connect with the industry. “It will be great to meet in person and share the successes and struggles that we’ve all experienced this past year.”

The woodworking executives on the panel include:

Kelly Victor-Burke an entrepreneur, woodwork manufacturing advocate and educator who taught for 30 years at Eastern Michigan University. As a woodwork manufacturing advocate, she conceived of and led a team of business owners, educational partners and industry organizations to create the first 21st century approved Department of Labor registered apprenticeship in woodworking, “Woodwork Manufacturing Specialist. “ She drafted the initial framework to address the employment gap in the wood products industry through cross-training and upskilling new and existing employees in a combination of CAD, mechatronics, wood processing, coatings, estimating and project management.

Edward A. San Juan, president of E. F. San Juan, Inc., a third-generation, 90-person custom millwork and cabinetry manufacturer located in Northwest Florida.  Lois Snyder, designer, craftsman, and cabinet maker.

Other Wood Pro Expo Conference presentations include:

Opening Keynote: Generating more customer leads and sales — Rich Harshaw, CEO of Level 10 Contractor stresses that creating a winning marketing strategy starts with knowing who you are as a company. Harshaw specializes in helping remodeling and home services contractors

Solving the Pricing Puzzle — FDMC editorial director, Will Sampson, breaks down the annual FDMC Pricing Survey that compares pricing for custom woodworking and cabinetry in the industry. The Wood Doctor is in Dr. Eugene Wengert, a.k.a. The Wood Doctor, offers his prescriptions for common woodworking issues including open glue joints, end splits, blotchy finishing, low yield, and many more.

Wood Pro Expo Florida is a regional marketplace for woodworking professionals. It is co-located with the Closets Conference & Expo, the annual national event for closet and home storage professionals.  The Closets Expo and WPE both lead off with a separate full-day conference on June 8, followed by the two-day expo, June 9-10, featuring woodworking machinery and supplies.

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