Bill Esler is Conference Program Developer & Senior Editor at Woodworking Network
Bill writes for WoodworkingNetwork.com, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. In addition to market research, white papers, and feature story development, he creates conference programs and develops audience engagement using social media, content marketing, newsletters, custom websites and digital/print content.
Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for WoodworkingNetwork.com (Editorial Director).
Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends, with increasing emphasis on covering industry trends affecting Canada's forest products sector, and development of conference programs for WMS, the biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto.
In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill avidly supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the advisory board of the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks educational organization; and currently with the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee, which supports educator scholarships, and develops high school and secondary school curricula in concert with efforts to certify manufacturing professionals skills standards. He is also on the Industry Advisory Board of the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained and place more than 950 adults in industrial in wood manufacturing careers through its award-winning grant-funded training program.
Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station located at the heart of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark in North West Ireland. Foinse Research Station is focused on providing a platform for third level and university level research in forests, woodlands, blanket bogs, geology, archaeology, speleology and hydrology. Foinse is one of more than 1,200 biological field stations around the globe and one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.