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The annual event for cabinet, closet, & storage professionals March 6-8, 2019 | Charlotte Convention Center
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Cabinets & Closets Conference Schedule

 

Tuesday, March 27 Conference sessions will be held adjacent to the Convention Center Expo Floor
Wednesday, March 28 and  Thursday, March 29 Free Expo Sessions will be held adjacent to the Convention Center Expo Floor

8:15 Conference Keynote: Whitney Pyle, Advanced Cabinet Systems — The Business Case for Diversity

  Closets Track Profitability Through Innovation presented with ACSP Cabinets Track Upgrade your Business Now presented with CMA Lean Track Total Lean Immersion!
9:10 Panel:  Designer Dialogue Senior designers from top firms across the country share their perspectives on how to balance the art of design versus the business of design.  Wendy Scott, Direct Cabinet Sales, US LBM, Closet Division; Joyce Hardison, Closet Crafters/Native Oak Cabinets; Sue Tinker, Closet Works; ModeratorDenise Butchko, DeniseButchko.com What to Charge? FDMC Pricing Survey:  Will Sampson, FDMC Magazine
 
 
10:05 Rules of Lighting Everything you need to know about how to incorporate lighting into design projects as well as key tips on installation. Michael Stubblefield, Tresco Lighting 

Expanding from Residential to Commercial markets (architectural millwork) Rick Thaler, OGB Architectural Millwork

The 7 Deadly wastes: Brad Cairns, Center for Lean Learning 
11:00
David Biggs, Woodworking Network; Mike Foti, Innovate Home Org; and Denise Butchko, DeniseButchko.com
Laurie B. Haefele, Haefele Design and Knikki Grantham, Trends Manager, Belwith-Keeler 

How to execute your lean transformation:

Brad Cairns, Center for Lean Learning 

Noon PEER-TO-PEER LUNCH
1:10 Manufacturing versus Outsourcing - Build it or Buy it? Learn the ins and outs of manufacturing versus outsourcing in a lively discussion with two industry vets. Mike Carson, Inspired Closets and Eric Marshall, Kitchens and Closets by DEA  Are you ready for Industry 4.0?  What you should do as a cabinet manufacturer to take advantage of Industry 4.0. Georg Frey, Lignum Consulting Lean Leadership and how to prepare for it:   Brad Cairns, Center for Lean Learning 
2:05 Panel: New Product Innovation Q&A with a panel of entrepreneurs on how to expand business opportunities and develop ideas for new products. Plus, a discussion of design and manufacturing challenges, filing patents and much more.Jack Z. DeLorean, AttiClosets, DeLorean, LLC; Lee Goldsticker, Lazy Lee  Moderator: Michaelle Bradford, Editor Closets & Organized Storage magazine CMA “What’s Your Problem?” Panel Focus group discussion on pain points in manufacturing and management.  Moderator:  Amanda Conger, CMA Executive Director A trip to Japan --See how the Japanese make it possible   Brad Cairns, Center for Lean Learning
3:00 - 6:00 Plant Tour Semihandmade
  Wednesday, March 28
  Free Education Opportunities for Attendees!
9:00 - 10:00 Morning Keynote:  Keith Morgan, Bespoke Selling directly to the luxury consumer --  The founder of luxury specialist, Bespoke, reveals what it takes to work in the lofty air of the ultra-wealthy.
10:00 Expo Floor Opens
10:30 - 11:30 Panel & Components What's Trending in Color and Texture? -- Experts from the CCCE 2018 show floor talk about color trends and what’s new and what’s coming.  Speakers include Michelle Weitzel, Northen Contours and Terry Elliott, Olon.
1:00 - 2:00 Software Design Trends --  Specialists discuss what you need to know to evaluate available software for improving your productivity and your customer interface.  Speakers include Joe Bergamo, ClosetPro Software; Norman Fink, Crow's Nest; Igor Krichevsky, SPI-Software; and Rick Frazier, Cabinet Vision.
5:30- 7:30

Top Shelf Closets Awards Reception 

Don’t miss this great opportunity to network with your peers and congratulate the winners of this prestigious award.

  *ACSP Closet Certification Level 1 candidates will adjourn to a refresher course and testing. Applies only to Level 1 Certification. Requires advance application. Learn more>>
  Thursday, March 29
  Free Education Opportunities for Attendees!
9:00 - 10:00

Morning Keynote: Elise Lowerison, Houzz, Inc.  The Sales & Marketing Success Funnel: How to Attract, Close, and Retain Business --  Learn how to build positive relationships with today’s knowledge-empowered clients. Houzz reveals best practices on how to differentiate your brand online and develop leads.

 
10:00 Expo Floor Opens
10:30- 11:30 Hardware Trends  -- Leading hardware suppliers discuss the latest trends in hardware including the “Micro-Living” phenomenon and also see a Lockdowel demo.  Presenters include Eric Pothier, Richelieu; Bryan Koelling, Lockdowel; Charles Costa, Sidelines; and Lew Ferretti, TAG Hardware.
 
11:30 - 12:30 Technology Trends --  Learn new tricks from industry tech experts including how to integrate non-linear (shaped, contour) parts into production.  Presenters include Mike Noelting and Craig Sexton, SNX; Max Duerny, Castle; Larry Daignault, AXYZ; and Chris Corrales, CNC Factory.