Find top level networking at Wood Industry Leadership Reception at AWFS Fair 2017
May 24, 2017 | 10:13 pm CDT
2016 Wood Industry 40 Under 40 winners at IWF 2016.
LAS VEGAS - Professional woodworkers heading to AWFS Fair 2017 in Las Vegas are well accustomed to having numerous opportunities to learn finding new products, business partners, or building business acumen.
New to this year’s offering of networking and education opportunities is networking at the Woodworking Network Leadership Reception being held the evening before the expo on Tuesday, July 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.,  Las Vegas Convention Center, room N109.
“We invite AWFS Fair exhibitors and attendees to join us in celebrating leadership – the individuals in our organizations who got us where we are and who guiding us to bigger and better things,” said Tim Fixmer, Woodworking Network president.
The highlight of the Leadership Reception will be the introduction of the wood industry’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017, sponsored by Stiles. 
Specially invited guests also include Woodworking Network Market Leaders and representatives from FDMC 300 and Wood 100, the biggest and the most dynamic companies in wood manufacturing, respectively. The reception caps off a full day of July 18 educational programming including:
Leadership Reception tickets are included with July 18 program registration or can be purchased a la carte for $45 at Learn more at

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Bill Esler | ConfSenior Editor

Bill wrote for, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

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

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 and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.