WPE Live speakers cover housing market, lean and small shop issues Oct. 15
October 7, 2020 | 3:50 pm CDT
Danushka Nanayakkara-Skillington will speak on the housing market during WPE Live.

Wood Pro Expo Lancaster Live is a free online event featuring three of the speakers who were scheduled to present at the Warehouse at the Nook in Lancaster County.

The program begins at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 15. There will not be a live event in Lancaster this year.

The special two-hour presentation, with the underlying theme, “Adjusting to the Times,” represents a collaborative effort of Woodworking Network and the Cabinet Makers Association.

Danushka Nanayakkara-Skillington, assistant vice president for forecasting and analysis of the National Association of Home Builders, is an economist actively involved with developing and maintaining national, regional, long-term and remodeling forecasts. Her presentation will include an update on the overall U.S. economy, overview of the U.S. housing market, and NAHB's forecast for the U.S. housing market including regional trends.

Massimo Giliberti grew up in a family kitchen cabinet manufacturing business and is founder of Studio5y, a New York City-based consulting firm. Massimo will discuss how woodworking businesses can maximize their output and quality by implementing lean continuous improvement methodologies, and explore some of those lean tools and discuss how they can be used to increase efficiency and operational agility, eliminate roadblocks and drive bottom-line results.

Massimo Giliberti

Jarin Smoker founded Seven Trees Woodworking of New Holland, Pa., in 2009. The ability to design, manufacture and install a diverse range of products, including interior and exterior doors, kitchen cabinets, reception desks and retail displays has been integral to the company’s continuing success. Smoker will discuss how his company has managed to stay busy amid a global pandemic.

Jarin Smoker


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