The Woodworking Network Leadership Forum takes place Tuesday, July 18, the day before the 2017 AWFS Fair at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Event includes luncheon and evening Leadership Reception.

Designed as a TEDx-style program for the wood manufacturing industry, this top-level conference is aimed at executives from North America’s 300 largest woodworking companies, the Leadership Forum will examine business, technology, and material trends that will impact the design and production of cabinetry, furniture and interior millwork over the next decade.

A series of briefings will detail joint technology developments between suppliers and manufacturers in creating new materials and equipment. The event is followed by the Leadership Reception, at which the 2017 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 Awards will be presented.  The event runs Tuesday, July 18, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pricing: $299 early bird before June 30; $350 afterward.


Manufacturing FutureHAUS

8:45 - 9:40 a.m.
Joe Wheeler, Professor of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech University shows a revolutionary prototype for the home of the future, with designs that lend themselves to modular cabinetry and furniture manufacture. Over the past four years, prototypes for the kitchen, bath, living room, bedrooms and home offices have been developed and shown at KBIS, with 25 industry partners, including Sherwin Williams and California Closets, providing design expertise.
Don Kuser, North American Plywood • Todd Shapiro, Decore-ative Specialities • Joe Wheeler, Virginia Tech

Wood Skyscrapers: CLT &  High-rise Buildings

9:40 – 10:20 a.m.
DR Johnson Lumber CEO Valerie Johnson and Oregon State and University of Oregon's TallWood Design Institute new manager Iain MacDonald detail the exciting developments in wood materials supporting a supply chain for timber towers. Eighteen-story buildings and massive condos, hotels, and schools have already been built in North America, including a 50,000 square foot warehouse nearing completion; with a new 14 story highrise is planned for Portland, Oregon.

15 minute Break

Digital Veneer Staining

10:35 - 11:20
North American Plywood GM Donald Kuser 
details joint-development with Fuji on its Inca Onset high-speed digital staining, that turns 5x10’ plywood sheets to a high-def oak veneer look in 90 seconds. Don will be joined by executives from Inca and Fuji to detail how the technology works.

Growth and insight from Manufacturing Data 

11:20 - 12:00 noon
Initiatives to mine manufacturing data are providing insight into production issues, far more analytically than casual observation. This data, increasingly gleaned from the Industrial Internet of Things, provides a basis for business strategy and sales growth, and supports initiatives such as Industry 4.0. Wood industry data expert Mick Peters and author of Love Thy Data presents an overview. 

12:00 – 1:15 Peer-to-Peer Networking Lunch

Trending Materials

Among the most popular subjects at Woodworking Network are new developments in materials. In addition to digital staining and cross laminated timber and panel, hear about:

1:25 - 2:20 p.m.

 Digitally Printed Laminates - Stephanie Richardson, Design Manager, Schattdecor, will explain the technology and applications behind global decorative surfaces leader Schattdecor's move into its emerging digitally printed surfaces. Schattdecor operates its major U.S. production facility near St. Louis.

• Flame Finished Wood – Taylor Young, regional manager for Kebony USA details the development with Delta Millworks of a new line of stylish wood that is finished using the trending Japanese Shou Sugi Ban technique.
 Iain MacDonald, TallWood Design Institute • Valerie Johnson, DR Johnson Lumber • Taylor Young, Kebony USA • Stephanie Richardson, Schattdecor

Joint Technology Development In Action

Going beta with suppliers, these wood manufacturing managers will relate first-hand the development of new technology for their operations.

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

15 minute Break

3:05 - 3:35 p.m.
• RCS Millwork’s Dan Keller and millwork firm Wilkie Sanderson president Marc Sanderson, will talk about the development of a plant-wide management system with Innergy to integrate machinery and processes.

3:35- 4:05 p.m.
• Virtual Reality Too Reality - Linking to Industry 4.0 -
Software expert Roger Shaw and developer Dick Hullin detail a new platform of visualization software fusing immersive 3D, and that caused a sensation at LIGNA. This application will roll out to the consumer marketplace for many applications over the next 90 days, and will find applications within the manufacturing environment as well.

Changing Workforce: 40 Under 40s Take Charge 

Moderated by Dean Mattson, director of the new MiLL National Training Center, this prequel to the evening Wood Industry 40 Under 40 Awards program (sponsored this year by Stiles) will poll some of the industry’s best and brightest rising talent.


You'll learn how differently they think, and pain points they encounter as they try to change their organizations, and their industry. On the panel are (from left): • Jon Wenger, CEO of Genesis Products; • Tyler Bell, VP Marketing & Sales, Bellmont Cabinets; • Jonathan Zublena, Marketing Manager, Sauder Woodworking; • Moderated by  Dean Mattson, Director, the MiLL

Register for the program at AWFSFAIR.org  Save at the Early Bird rate of $299 until June 30 ($350 after) at www.awfsfair.org>>