CMA benchmark study anchors panel discussion at Wood Pro Conference
Cabinet Makers Association Benchmark Study

SAN DIEGO -- Attendees of the Wood Pro Conference will get a firsthand review and analysis of the 2022 outlook for business, staffing and compensation trends, shop rates, and other issues of importance to custom woodworking executives. 

Amanda Conger, executive director of the Cabinet Makers Association, will present highlights of the 2021 Benchmark Survey, an annual study the CMA conducts in partnership with Woodworking Network and FDMC magazine. The comprehensive survey of small shop owners in the U.S. and Canada also delves into CNC automation use, construction methods, and marketing.

FDMC published an article based on the 2020 Benchmark Study results, authored by Conger, last December.

Conger's presentation of the 2021 Benchmark Study results will set the stage for a panel discussion featuring Kelly Victor-Burke and her husband Barry Burke, co-owners of Burke Architectural Millwork of Livonia, Mich., and Lois Snyder, CEO of Periwinklers Architectural Millwork of Tampa, Fla.

Some of the topics the panel will address, include:

  • How do you indoctrinate a "green" hire to work on the shop floor?
  • How do small woodshops approach training? 
  • How do you know when you should let a new employee use a sliding table saw?

This presentation is one of five sessions that will be featured in the Wood Pro Conference track scheduled for April 27. Other sessions include:

The full-day conference will be capped by a tour of an area wood products manufacturing plant.

The Wood Pro Conference will run concurrently with the annual Closets Conference. The conferences precede the Closets Expo and Wood Pro Expo California on April 28 and 29 at the San Diego Convention Center.

View the full three-day event schedule

Wood Pro Expo California

About the 2022 Closets Conference & Expo and Wood Pro Expo California
The Closets Conference & Expo is the annual national event for closet and home storage professionals. It is co-located with Wood Pro Expo California (WPE), a regional marketplace for woodworking professionals. The events are organized by Closets & Organized Storage and FDMC magazines respectively, each part of Woodworking Network. The twin-bill event is scheduled for April 27-29, 2022, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

The Closets Expo and WPE each kick off with a separate full-day conference on April 27, followed by the two-day expo, April 28-29, featuring woodworking machinery, supplies, and components. Additional educational programming is offered on both days of the expo. 

For information about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, contact Laurel Didier, publisher of Closets & Home Storage. For all other inquiries, contact Kim Lebel, show manager. 

View the interactive exhibitor prospectus.

More upcoming Woodworking Network events
Executive Briefing Conference, September 15-17, 2022, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Wood Pro Expo Lancaster, October 13-14, 2022, Spooky Nook Sports Center, Manheim, Pa.

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


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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.