Learn how to jump start your woodworking business at Wood Pro Expo Charlotte
March 6, 2019 | 10:50 am CST
Will Sampson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Are you in the process of launching a woodworking business?  Or, have you been in business for a while and just can't seem to stay on track? 

FDMC Editor-in-Chief and renowned speaker, Will Sampson, will address these subjects and much more March 8 at Wood Pro Expo Charlotte, where he will present the Closing Keynote Address, Path to Professionalism. The keynote is sponsored by Quis Machinery.

Speaking at 9:00 a.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center, Sampson will share what he has learned from visiting hundreds of shops across North America. He will help you get started on the right foot or get back on track.

Topics will include best business practices, efficient production, effective marketing, and secrets some shops don’t learn for decades.

Samspon's keynote presentation is open to all Wood Pro Expo attendees. Admission by badge is included with registration for the show floor; doors open for the final day at 10:00 a.m., immediately following Sampson's speech. 

"This presentation is targeted at woodworking businesses starting out and ones that still struggle from time to time," says Sampson. "We'll explore business fundamentals specifically for woodworking shops with an emphasis on custom work."

Wood Pro Expo is a regional show for woodworking businesses bringing suppliers and experts together for a localized presentation of equipment and supply solutions. In each city where it takes place, it includes a strong educational program on best practices for shop production, and as well as an expo oriented to equipment and supplies geared to small and medium-size shops, including CNC basics, employee recruitment, finishing, lean manufacturing, business management, software, and shop safety.
Launched in 2014 in Baltimore, the show moved in October 2017 to Lancaster, Pennsylvania as an annual event. Following the 2018 Lancaster event, Wood Pro Expo returned to Charlotte on March 6-8, 2019, co-located with the 2019 Cabinets & Closets Conference and Expo. 


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Bill Esler | ConfSenior Editor

Bill wrote for WoodworkingNetwork.com, 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 WoodworkingNetwork.com.

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.