Dr. Beaulieu is president of ITR Economics, a research firm that has long been heralded for its economic reporting, particularly as it relates to the woodworking industry. Since 1990, Dr. Beaulieu has consulted across North America, Europe, and Asia, optimizing companies’ forecasts and planning to increase profits through his mastery of business-cycle trend analysis. He also serves as Senior Economic Advisor to numerous U.S. and international trade associations. Dr. Beaulieu is slated to be a keynote presenter at the Executive Briefing Conference in November.
William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editor of FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.