The 2020s have gotten off to a roaring start if you consider that the roar might be coming from a bear. With a myriad of issues facing them like the skilled labor shortage, supply chain squeeze, and the ramifications of the coronavirus outbreak, woodworking industry executives are looking for solid information and guidance to navigate the current business climate. This year’s Executive Briefing Conference will offer woodworking’s top brass the opportunity to hear from other leaders, gain inspiration from outstanding keynote presenters, tour important industry facilities, and network with their peers – while enjoying the awe-inspiring beauty and amenities of the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. View latest EBC schedule.
EBC 2020 highlights
The EBC opens officially on Sunday, November 8 at 4 p.m. with leadoff keynote Jim Bouchard, the founder of the “Sensei Leader” movement. Bouchard’s keynote is titled, “The Sensei Leader: How to inspire, empower, and guide your people to be their very best.” Bouchard’s keynote is sponsored by Blum, Inc. The keynote is followed by an opening reception and dinner at the Broadmoor that will set the stage for the entire event.
Following breakfast on Monday, November 9, Bouchard will return to present a workshop for all attendees. Also, on Monday, attendees will tour the nearby Concepts in Millwork. The AWI-certified company has 29 thousand sq. ft. of manufacturing space and handles a wide variety of products in-house from custom cabinets to plastic laminate or solid surface countertops to complex pieces combining a variety of materials like steel and 3Form resin panel. EBC attendees will also tour the MiLL National Training Center on Monday. The MiLL is an acronym for “Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab."
Woodworking Network Audience Recognition Reception
A major networking event at EBC 2020 will be held Monday evening on November 9 at Woodworking Network’s Audience Recognition reception. The reception will allow attendees to recognize their peers who make up Woodworking Network’s 40 under 40, Market Leaders, Wood 100, FDMC 300 and Women of Woodworking. The reception will be held at the Broadmoor’s Cheyenne Lodge, which features breathtaking vistas along with a talking moose. The reception is sponsored by Weima America.
Also returning as a keynote is Alan Beaulieu, president and a principal of ITR Economics. Beaulieu has been a frequent keynote at the Executive Briefing Conference. In his 2019 EBC keynote, Beaulieu referred to the next decade as the “Roaring 20s.” He predicted an overall prosperous decade followed by a very painful correction in 2030.
Additional high-level presentations are planned for EBC 2020. Core curriculum will cover:
- CEO case studies: Hear from leading woodworking industry executives as they discuss their challenges, successes and outlook for the future.
- How to prepare your business for the “Roaring 20s,” already ripe with disruptive change, incredible new opportunities and unheard-of challenges.
- How to meet the challenges of finding, training and keeping qualified employees.
- Kenn Busch, founder of Material Intelligence, will host a state-of-the-art design and material trends in the industry from a global perspective.