Wood Pro Conference speakers to address diverse business topics

Will Sampson will present the good and not so good estimates submitted in FDMC's 2021 Pricing Survey.

SAN DIEGO -- Developing more profitable bids, training new hires, and branching into the closets market are among the topics that will be covered at the 2022 Wood Pro Conference scheduled for April 27.

The full-day program scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, at the San Diego Convention Center will feature presentations from a diverse cast of industry professionals beginning with keynote speaker Laurie Haefele of Haefele Design and ending with Ron Montbleau, CEO of Montbleau and Associates.

The Wood Pro Conference is co-sponsored by FDCM magazine and the Cabinet Makers Association.

Here's the full schedule for the Closets Conference.

  2022 Wood Pro Conference
April 27 - San Diego Convention Center

Opening Keynote: Transforming Awkward Spaces into Luxury Closets, presented by Laurie Haefele, owner, Haefele Design Inc.

Haefele will share some of the closet projects that have most tested her design mettle including designing closets that were created to hide ducting or have oddball shapes. Learn more.

Laurie Haefele Design

Sensei Leadership Workshop, presented by Jim Bouchard, founder of Think Blackbelt

The author and frequent lecturer will help woodworking managers discover how addressing challenges head-on can help them discover new talents and improve the way they lead and relate to others. Learn more.


CMA Benchmark Survey Results, presented by Amanda Conger, executive director, Cabinet Makers Association

Conger's presentation will set the stage for a panel discussion featuring Kelly Victor-Burke and her husband Barry Burke, co-owners of Burke Architectural Millwork, and Lois Snyder, CEO of Periwinklers Architectural Millwork, on workforce development issues. Learn more.


Adding Closets to Your Mix, presented by Matt Wehner, co-owner of Cabinet Concepts by Design

Wehner will discuss how his custom cabinet company based in Springfield, Mo., expanded sales by offering closet and home storage products. Learn more.

Matt Wehner Cabinet Concepts by Design
12:00pm Networking Lunch, sponsored by Wood Taiwan

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Pricing for Proift, presented by Will Sampson, Editor of FDMC

Sampson will discuss best practices for developing bids for woodworking projects by reviewing the wide-ranging bids submitted for FDMC’s 2021 Pricing Survey,

Learn more.

3:30pm Virtual Plant Tour & Reception, presented by Ron Montbleau, CEO of Montbleau & Associates

Woodworking Network is commissioning an exclusive video tour of Montbleau & Associate’s state-of-the-art architectural millwork production facility in Tijuana, Mexico. Montbleau will field questions from conference participants.

Learn more.


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.

Wood Pro Expo California

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.