Accelerate Beyond Recovery

September 8-10, 2021 | The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO
2021 EBC Schedule

Accelerate Beyond Recovery

Business propulsion in the new era

Wednesday, September 8

9 a.m. - 7 p.m.    Check-in/Registration          
4 p.m.    EBC 2021 Kick-off!    Tim Fixmer, CEO CCI Media    Welcoming remarks.
4:15 – 5:15  Opening Keynote – Jim Bouchard, Effective leadership in the post-pandemic era. COVID 19 changed the business world forever, and woodworking executives need to navigate a maze of new challenges to go from crisis management to prosperous growth. Jim Bouchard knows what it takes to learn to lead out of a crisis, having turned his own life around from despair to success, becoming an inspiration and leader for others. He stresses that today’s leaders need emotional intelligence, strong interpersonal skills, and a well-developed sense of self-awareness. Bouchard will survey EBC attendees ahead of the event to fine-tune his message to your needs and help you find your path to successful leadership in your organization.
6 - 7:15 p.m.    Opening Reception 
7:15 - 9 p.m.    Dinner at the Broadmoor    
9:15 p.m.    Nightcap Reception          
Thursday, September 9          
8 a.m.    Breakfast          
8:45 a.m.  Day 2 Welcome!  Woodworking Network Staff.  Agenda review.

8:55 – 10:25 a.m.  Supply Chain Panel – Team of industry manufacturers, suppliers, and specialists discuss current and future supply chain issues. The panel, which represents a wide swath of the industry, will be moderated by FDMC’s Editorial Director, Will Sampson.  Members of the panel include Tom O’Neill, Executive Vice President of the Wurth Group; Tim Dunn, President, Specified Components, Scott Prillaman, Senior Vice President, U.S. Operations, Hooker Furniture; and Isaiah Rozek, Founder and President of Paragon Concepts, LLC.

10:25-10:35 a.m.  Break

10:35-11:30 a.m.  
Case Study 1 -- Interview with Ron Devillez, Director of Process Engineering, and Scott Berger, Director of Operations, for Kimball International’s Santa Claus, Indiana facility.  They will discuss how their operation became one of the most advanced panel processing plants in the world.  Moderated by Woodworking Network Publisher, Harry Urban.

11:35 a.m – 12:30 p.m.  The state of workforce development in the woodworking industry -- Woodworking Network/Woodwork Career Alliance study results presented by Patrick Molzahn, Cabinetmaking & Millwork Program Director, Madison Area Technical College;  Preview of The MiLL, Tim Kistler, Superintendent of Peyton School District.
12:30 - 1:30p.m.  Lunch at The Broadmoor 

1:30 - 5 p.m.    Optional Plant Tours (Woodworks Millshop, the MiLL, others TBD) 

1:30 – 5 p.m.  Optional networking workshops:  Engage with your peers and industry experts at one or more of the 1 ½ - hour workshops focused on critical issues of the day.  

  • Supply Chain Workshop – Facilitated by members of the morning Supply Chain Panel discussion.
  • Labor issues workshop -- Be part of the discussion on employee recruitment, development, and retention. 
  • Sensei Leadership Workshop by Jim Bouchard -- The best leaders never stop learning, growing, and developing. That's how you stay on top. And the best leaders know that the higher you go, the more important it is to stay connected to people at all levels.

1:30 – 5 p.m.  Optional Area tours:  Lockheed Martin, Garden of the Gods, Air Force Academy, and others.
5 p.m.    Tour Buses return to the Broadmoor          
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.    Reception          
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.    Dinner at the Broadmoor – Woodworking Network Audience Recognition Banquet celebrates Woodworking Network's luminaries including current and past 40 under 40 honorees,  Market Leaders, and members of the FDMC 300.   
Friday, September 10          
8 a.m.    Breakfast          
8:45 a.m.    Day 3 Welcome Back!    Woodworking Network Staff    Agenda review.
8:55 - 9:55 a.m. Case Study 2 -- Interview with Jimmy and Michael Thornberry, Powell Valley Millwork.  Powell is a large volume manufacturer of Poplar products including primed interior trim, S4S boards, Jambs, plantation shutter components, picture frame mouldings, stretcher bars, and moulder blanks servicing customers in truckload quantities or LTL shipments across North America.
10:00-10:55 a.m.  Climate Positive now:  How to tell the world’s greatest materials sustainability story.  Kenn Busch, Founder, Material Intelligence 
11:05 - 11:30    Technology Trends Forecast -- Gary Wernlund, Office Furniture Sales Manager, Stiles, discusses the latest technological innovations introduced for the woodworking industry in the last year and what lies ahead.     
11:30 - 12:15 p.m.    Manufacturing Strategy Panel: Technology Investment discussion  -- Leading-edge manufacturers from a range of industry sectors discuss their decision-making and commitment to automation.
12:15 - 12:30 p.m.    Break          
12:30 -1:30 p.m.    Luncheon 
1:35 - 2:05 p.m.    Case Study 3 TBD
2:10-3:30 p.m.     Closing Keynote -- Alan Beaulieu, president and principal, ITR Economics:  Known best for his accuracy, dry wit, and sound business advice, Beaulieu will offer his latest prognostications for the post-pandemic era and beyond.



Executive Briefing Conference | September 8 - 10, 2021
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