Live stream the Executive Briefing Conference with a digital pass

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Can't make it to the Executive Briefing Conference (EBC) this year? No worries. You can still catch all of the thought-provoking presentations streamed live to your favorite device by purchasing a Digital Conference Pass.

The Digital Conference Pass, available for $315, includes access to all conference sessions of the three-day event, from the opening welcoming remarks on Thursday, Sept. 15, through the closing commentary on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Presentation highlights include:

Opening Keynote | Give Them Purpose; Be a Magnet for the Best
Presented by Jim Bouchard
Author, international speaker, and founder of the Sensei Leader Movement, Bouchard notes, "The Great Resignation is a thing. The business landscape is ever-changing, and leaders are challenged to find - and hold on to - good people."

Case Study # 1 Interview with Luke Elias, President, Muskoka Cabinet Co.
Elias will discuss robotics and his true Industry 4.0 processes. Among the recent additions to the company’s lineup are an RFID robotic panel processing cell and an RFID-enabled finishing line. Learn more.

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Luke Elias, president of Muskoka Cabinet, will discuss the amazing ensemble of technology he has implemented in recent years.

Supply Chain Present and Future featuring Scott Prillaman, Senior Vice President, Hooker Furnishings:
Will Sampson, Editorial Director of Woodworking Network, will interview Scott Prillaman about dealing with the ongoing supply chain challenges facing the woodworking industry. Learn more.

Taking Success to the Next Level: An Introduction to the National Woods Board
Presented by Thomas Allott, Manager of Stiles University, Stiles Machinery
Learn about the National Woods Board, a group of industry professionals that has been formed to transition ownership of the MiLL’s successful woodworking education model from public education to private enterprise.

Virtual Plant Tour -- Montbleau & Associates
Presented by Ron Montbleau, President,  Ana Rothman, VP of Sales & Estimating, and Chris Gioia, President, Montbleau & Associates
Take a guided video tour of Montbleau's high-tech architectural woodworking plant in Mexico. Learn more.

Case Study # 2 Powell Valley Millwork - Interview with Jimmy and Michael Thornberry, partners of Powell Valley Millwork
Powell Valley Millwork has successfully managed to grow and prosper in the face of recent challenges such as the pandemic, hardwood lumber prices, other supply chain challenges, and the ongoing issues of finding good workers. Learn more.
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Montbleau & Associates
Three executives of Montbleau & Associates will lead a virtual tour of the company's architectural woodwork plant in Mexico.

Panel discussion: “Material Impacts on Sustainability Strategies and ESG Leadership”
Led by Kenn Busch, Owner, Material Intelligence LLC
Wood is the most sustainable building material in the world, and the more we learn the better it gets. New research into carbon sequestration makes the story even better, particularly for ESG reporting. Learn how leading companies are telling their wood environmental stories.

Robotics in Woodworking -- Now and What's Next
Presented by Rick Braun, President, Robotic Solutions LLC
A discussion of current and future applications of robots in woodworking.

Technology Overview: Change/Automate What You Can
Presented by Gary Wernlund, Sales Management Coach, Stiles Machiner
It is estimated that by 2025, 85 million jobs may be displaced by a shift in the division of labor between people and machines. 97 million new roles may emerge that are more adapted to the new division of labor between humans, machines, and data.  Wernlund will discuss how this evolution applies to the wood products industry.

Exclusive Woodworking Network Benchmark Survey on Materials Usage in the Wood Products Industry
Presented by Kenn Busch, Owner, Material Intelligence LLC
In this exclusive study of Woodworking Network's audience, respondents were asked to discuss a number of factors that influence their material usage, including what material properties are most important, and how much they outsource value-added decorative components.

Closing Keynote: Economic Outlook
Presented by Chris Kuehl, Chief Economist, National Association of Credit Management
Kuehl will provide an international perspective of leading economic trends and a forecast of what's to come.

View the full conference agenda.


The EBC, owned and organized by Woodworking Network, is scheduled to take place Sept. 15-17 at the iconic Broadmoor resort. Returning EBC sponsors include Stiles Machinery, Blum, Weima America, and Innergy. 

About the Executive Briefing Conference
Since 2002, the EBC has been the premier venue for key manufacturers to network and explore new ways to succeed. By providing strategic and practical information that addresses manufacturing challenges, the EBC provides a unique forum to find out about new technologies and methods, and discover opportunities in a non-commercial environment. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Harry Urban at 708-373-4344, [email protected].

More upcoming Woodworking Network events
Wood Pro Expo Lancaster, Oct. 13-14, 2022, Spooky Nook Sports Center/Warehouse at the Nook, Manheim, Pa.

Salon Industriel du Bois Ouvré (SIBO), Oct. 27-29, 2022, Centrexpo Cogeco, Drummondville, Quebec.

Closets Conference & Expo, co-located with Wood Pro Expo Florida, April 12-14, 2023, Palm Beach Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Wood Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS), Nov. 2-4, 2023, International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario.


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Rich Christianson | President/Owner/C-Level

Rich Christianson is the owner of Richson Media LLC, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector. Rich is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network. During his nearly 35-year career, Rich has toured more than 250 woodworking operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has written extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends. He has also directed and promoted dozens of woodworking trade shows, conferences and seminars including the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, Canada’s largest woodworking show.