Mark your calendar for the 2023 Executive Briefing Conference

The iconic Broadmoor resort, flanked by dramatic views of the Rocky Mountains, is the ideal setting to mix education, business and pleasure. 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2023 Executive Briefing Conference, the only leadership event open to owners and top managers from throughout the full spectrum of the woodworking industry, is scheduled for Sept. 26-28 at the Broadmoor.

For more than two decades, the EBC has been the cutting-edge forum for what’s now and what’s next discussions of industry best practices, technology trends, economic analysis and forecast, and much more. All of the interactive discussions are presented by a top-notch cast of experts drawn from industry, academia and professional services.


EBC 2023 Sponsorships

IMA Schelling Group is a Platinum Sponsor of EBC 2023.  

Other EBC 2023 sponsors include:

For more information about EBC 2023 sponsorship opportunities contact Harry Urban.

This year’s edition of the EBC will feature case studies exploring the use of data-driven production and state-of-the-art technologies presented by representatives of leading North American wood products companies. Other timely presentation themes include reshoring initiatives, labor recruitment and retention and material and design innovations.

The EBC is owned and organized by Woodworking Network. It draws executives from FDMC Market Leaders, key industry associations, the FDMC 300, and others from residential and office furniture, kitchen cabinet, architectural millwork firms and key industry suppliers. The event offers a number of receptions, meals and other networking opportunities. 

The iconic Broadmoor resort, flanked by dramatic views of the Rocky Mountains, is the ideal setting to mix education, business and pleasure. 

Stay tuned. Registration will open soon.

Catch the 2022 EBC on demand
While the final details of EBC 2023 are being hammered out, the presentations of EBC 2022 are available streaming on demand.

The Digital Conference Pass, available for $315, includes all conference sessions of the three-day event, from the opening keynote through the closing keynote.

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."

Jim Bouchard at EBC 2022

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

Supply Chain Present and Future
Featuring Scott Prillaman, Senior Vice President, Hooker Furnishings
Will Sampson, Editorial Director of Woodworking Network, interviews Prillaman about how Hooker has dealt with the supply chain challenges. 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.

Panel Discussion: Material Impacts on Sustainability Strategies and ESG Leadership
Led by Kenn Busch, Owner, Material Intelligence LLC, the panel includes Jarod Brames, Director of Sustainability of OFS Brands; Gary LeBlanc, Director of Major Accounts for Richelieu; Andy O’Hare, President of the Composite Panel Association; and Nathan Klomp, Director of Business Development of MJB Wood Group
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 Machinery
It is estimated that by 2025, 85 million jobs may be displaced by a shift in the division of labor between people and machines. Ninety-seven 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 provides an international perspective of leading economic trends and a forecast of what's to come.


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 and emerging technologies and methods, and discover opportunities in a non-commercial environment. The 2022 EBC was sponsored by Stiles Machinery, Blum, Weima America and Innergy.

The 2023 EBC will take place Sept. 26-28 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Harry Urban at 708-373-4344, [email protected].


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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.