Four 90 Minute technical panels offered free at WPE & Cabinets & Closets Expo 2019
February 25, 2019 | 9:46 pm CST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Woodworking Network show managers are offering free expert technical panel sessions, focused on CNC, Panel & Components, Software, and Hardware, during Cabinets & Closets Expo and Wood Pro Expo 2019. The co-located expositions run March 7 & 8 at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina. 

Four 90-minute sessions, each featuring three to four expert presenters, take place at the Convention Center, in Room 213 BC, from 10:30 a.m. until noon; and from 1:00 p.m. until 2:20 p.m. each day of the Expos. Admission is free with registration for either of the shows or with a Conference Pass for the Cabinets and Closets Conferences and Plant Tour taking place the day prior, March 6.

The conference program is preceded by the free Keynote Speakers at 9:00 a.m. each day (Brian Kraff on March 7, Will Sampson on March 8), and the opening of the Expo floor at 10:00 a.m.

Here is the line-up for the Technical Panel Sessions: 

March 7 -10:30 a.m.- Noon
Panel & Component Trends

  • Interior Design & Component Trends, with Michele Weitzel, Northern Contours    
  • Surface & Component Trends, with Jesse Collins, Rehau 
  • Non-linear edgebanding, with Craig Sexton, SNX Technology 
  • Outsourcing Components, with Scott Flom, Genesis Products 

March 7 - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Software Trends

  • Software Design to Production, with Troy Brown, Hexagon/Cabinet Vision  
  • The Business Case For Woodworking Project Management Software, with Norm Fink, Crow's Nest Software - 
  • Closet Software Design Trends, with Joe Bergamo, Closet Pro Software

March 8 - 10:30 am - Noon
Hardware Trends

  • Hardware Design Trends Lew Ferretti*  10:30-11:00 336-279-0322 
  • Security Hardware Trends, with Tim Peters, CompX 
  • Trends Impacting Hardware in Home Interiors, with Gary Leblanc, Richelieu  
  • Hardware Technology Trends, with Brian Joyce, Blum, Inc. 

March 8 - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
CNC Tech Trends & Tips

  • CNC Tips & Troubleshooting, with Mike McClaran, BVC Better Vacuum Cups  
  • Technology Fit for the Small Shop, with Cesare Magnani, Biesse America 
  • CNC Technology Trends, with Chris Corrales, CNC Factory   
  • Advanced Automation Systems for CNC, with Mike Cassell, Weinig Holz-Her     
Wood Pro Expo is co-located with Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo at the Charlotte Convention Center. 
The Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo last appeared in Charlotte in 2011. It is dedicated to home remodeling professionals specializing in building kitchen cabinets, closets, and other home storage designs.
This year's event includes the Top Shelf Design Awards reception, sponsored by JB Cutting, CCF Industries and KCD Software, takes place March 7 in the NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum, located steps from the Charlotte Convention Center.
The Wood Pro Expo brand comprises a series of strategic regional events, located in key areas throughout the U.S. where professional woodworkers congregate. Wood Pro Expo made its Charlotte debut February 14-16, 2018, and will return to Charlotte annually.
Wood Pro Expo features a full day of education and tours followed by two expo days oriented to equipment and supplies focused on the small-to-medium size shops. The educational offering includes CNC basics, employee recruitment, finishing, lean manufacturing, business management, software, and shop safety.

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Bill Esler | ConfSenior Editor

Bill wrote for, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.