2015 Cabinets & Closets Conference Speakers
The following professionals are among the presenters at Cabinets & Closets 2015. Learn more about the 2015 edition, April 14-16 in Chicagoland.
President and Founder of Millwork & More LLC
Sean Benetin, founder and President of Millwork & More LLC, runs a custom cabinet and millwork company serving a high-end residential and historic restoration market in the New Jersey/New York metro area. He contracts with designers, builders and architects as well as other shops. Over the last 10 years, Sean has focused on refining his business operation to run without him. Sean is a past president of the Cabinet Makers Association and is a frequent presenter at industry events.
Denise Butchko is a design and marketing expert who teaches these concepts with the intention of helping people grow their businesses (particularly those in the design/build industries). She’s been a contributor to Closets magazine since 2003 and is a judge for the closet industries “Top Shelf” Design Competition. She's also a member of the first graduating class of Registered Storage Designers. Her design work has been featured in national publications like “Better Homes & Gardens” and The Chicago Tribune and she works with some of the top interior design firms in the country. She’s helped cabinet companies launch closet product lines and trained sales professionals in both design and marketing, including ways to leverage social media and design to increase opportunities and brand themselves as the “go to expert”. If you want to have fun while you learn and bring your “A” game to your business, Denise is the one to partner with to make that happen. You can find her at Google+ or go to denisebutchko.com or to butchkoandcompany.com
Denise ButchkoDenise Butchko is a design and marketing expert who teaches these concepts with the intention of helping people grow their businesses (particularly those in the design/build industries). She’s been a contributor to Closets magazine since 2003 and is a judge for the closet industries “Top Shelf” Design Competition. She's also a member of the first graduating class of Registered Storage Designers. Her design work has been featured in national publications like “Better Homes & Gardens” and The Chicago Tribune and she works with some of the top interior design firms in the country. She’s helped cabinet companies launch closet product lines and trained sales professionals in both design and marketing, including ways to leverage social media and design to increase opportunities and brand themselves as the “go to expert”. If you want to have fun while you learn and bring your “A” game to your business, Denise is the one to partner with to make that happen. You can find her at Google+ or go to denisebutchko.com or to butchkoandcompany.com - See more at: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-blogs/closets-blog/home-storage-denise-butchko/3-Things-I-Learned-About-Closets-from-Working-in-Millwork-Shop-277447911.html#sthash.1WbRw0s0.dpuf
Founder, Closet Works
Mike Carson founded Closet Works in his two-car garage in 1987. The company grew to become the largest Chicago-area-based manufacturer of closet and home storage solutions, before the Great Recession employing more than 100 people with sales of more than $11 million. Closet Works’ growth record earned it a place in Wood & Wood Products’ prestigious annual WOOD 100 list of fast-growing wood products companies on multiple occasions.
In 1999, Carson organized and served as the first chairman of the National Closet Group (NCG), comprised of more than 40 independent closet companies located throughout the U.S. The NCG led to the birth of the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals (ACSP) in 2005; Carson was elected as the frist ACSP president. Carson also was a frequent presenter at the annual Closets Conference & Expo and authored a regular column in CLOSETS about running a closet company for several years.
For his vision, dedication and many contributions to helping propel the closet and storage industry forward, Carson was awarded the ACSP’s first-ever Pioneer Award at the 2008 Closets & Home Organization Conference & Expo in West Palm, FL. Among other industry recognitions, Carson was lauded as a Wood industry Market Leader by Wood & Wood Products in 2009.
Associate Publisher, Woodworking Network
Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at WoodworkingNetwork.com Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Google+. .
Publisher, Woodworking Network
Laurel Didier, Publisher of Woodworking Network, has been with Vance for more than 30 years. She oversees the leading events programs, magazine and website in the secondary wood products and home organization industries. Woodworking Network magazine reaches more than 65,000 subscribers, including custom woodworkers, wood product manufacturers and closet and storage professionals.
Partner, Greenwald Doherty
Kevin Doherty is a partner at Greenwald Doherty, having practiced at the firm and fostered its growth since its inception. He has substantial trial experience, having litigated countless labor and employment matters before federal and state courts. In addition, Mr. Doherty represents clients in labor negotiations and arbitrations and defends clients before the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission and various other federal, state and local agencies. His long experience managing overtime and other wage and hour claims, discrimination and retaliation complaints, unfair labor practice claims, union grievances and government audits frequently allows him to effect favorable resolutions for his clients. Mr. Doherty has significant background in traditional labor relations, and assists clients in fighting union organizing campaigns, negotiating collective bargaining agreements and managing strike and lockout situations. He also drafts and negotiates a broad spectrum of contracts, including commercial, employment, non-competition, commission and licensing agreements. Mr. Doherty routinely counsels management on trade secret protection and human resources issues, including discrimination and harassment claims and investigations, terminations and layoffs, hiring practices, leave law concerns, and issues that arise under the FLSA and state wage laws. In addition to working closely with corporate clients, Mr. Doherty represents and advises employers in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Mr. Doherty speaks and writes regularly on a variety of labor and employment law topics.
Executive Director, Cabinet Makers Association | Owner, Big Dave's Service
Dave Grulke, owner of Big Dave's Service in West Allis, WI, has more than 20 years of experience in advertising sales and sales management in print, direct mail and broadcast media. During that time, he rehabbed dozens of residential properties and opened his residential general contracting business in 2002. Having learned site-build cabinetry and finish carpentry installations as college summer jobs over 30 years ago, he developed his business to specialize in turn-key custom kitchens, baths and home offices. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Cabinet Makers Association.
Senior Project Manager, Excusive Woodworking
Joe Knobbe began his woodworking career in the 1970s apprenticing under a master cabinetmaker. After becoming a journeyman he grew through the ranks to become Senior Project Manager for Exclusive Woodworking of Waukeegan, IL, a large residential architectural woodworking firm. He has helped keep the company on the cutting edge of technology and been instrumental in helping broaden its reach in the design community. Joe has long served on the Cabinet Makers Association Board of Directors was CMA President for 2011 and 2012. He has helped shaped the formation of the new Certified Cabinet Maker education track.