EBC 2019 Agenda
The 2019 EBC, running April 14-16 at the San Jose Marriott, provides strategic and practical information that addresses manufacturing challenges, and a forum for discovery. EBC helps executives anticipate business opportunities and beat the challenges that lie ahead and will ignite and inspire business leaders to create change when they return home. View latest EBC schedule.
Luke Williams, esteemed professor of innovation and design at New York University’s Stern School of Business, delivers the opening keynote. Founder of the W.R. Berkley Innovation Labs and holding more than 30 patents, Williams has lectured in 21 countries and addressed the World Innovation Forum and the United Nations General Assembly, among other venues.
Danielle Clark, Director, Talent Development at Adobe, will talk about strategies her firm uses to realize the potential of its people, getting the most from its workforce in one of the most competitive markets in the world. Launching her career in workforce recruitment, Clark then moved to consulting with Korn Ferry - Hay Group and now leads the Adobe team using her skills in facilitation, experiential programs, and coaching, to develop the best talent possible.
Natalie Engels, Technology Leader, Design Director, Architect at Gensler, the nation’s largest architecture firm, has focused her 20-year career on designing experiences that help companies like Adobe, Hewlett-Packard, and Amazon appeal to employees in one of the world’s most fiercely competitive job markets.
Alan Beaulieu, president of ITR Economics, who returns to EBC with his dead-on economic forecasts. Based on a unique formula that tracks moving averages in financials, Beaulieu consults around the world, optimizing company forecasts and supporting efforts to outguess the market and increase profits through his mastery of business-cycle trend analysis.
Plant & Site Tours
Mission Bell Manufacturing - Attendees will visit Mission Bell, just one of several tours on tap (announcements coming soon). Based in Morgan Hill, California, Mission Bell specializes in quality architectural woodwork, millwork and custom casework, and is renowned for its business excellence and technological prowess.
Recent work includes major projects for influential digitally driven businesses such as Amazon, Google, Broadcom, Cisco and Lyft. “Mission Bell is a technology company that happens to work with wood,” said Glen Ripley, president and CEO. “Technologies like 3D printing and virtual reality are the future of millwork. By working with these tools, we can better visualize projects and see constructibility issues prior to build out.”
Adobe Headquarters Campus - The nearby campus of Adobe, inventors of the ubiquitous PDF document and the leader in marketing systems and visual design applications was an early entrant in technology in Silicon Valley. Their headquarters campus received a refresh designed by Gensler and with fabrication by Mission Bell Manufacturing, keeping competitive with workspaces such as Apple, Google and Facebook.
Other highlights on the 2019 EBC agenda include:
Case studies presented by wood manufacturing managers:
- Butch Reimer CEO of Tru Cabinetry, Ashland, Alabama – a completely retooled 370,000 square foot, 260-employee plant is a unit of United Cabinet Holdings
- Don Casebier CEO of Bierson Corporation, Central Point, Oregon – a rapid-development innovator of store fixtures using unique applications of materials, fasteners and hardware
- Bobby Lewis CEO & Beau Lewis, Advisory Board Member of Lewis Cabinet Specialties, Tremonton, Utah – Learn how this cabinet and component products firm is linking technology and its workforce as a business strategy
Technology & Materials Briefings from Innovators:
- Joe Luttwak, Founder, Lingrove, San Francisco: A newly-launched product development center for bio-fiber wood panel alternatives like linen-based Ekoa
- Wes Love, President, Taurus Craco, Toronto: The Wood-Ed Augmented Reality apprentice training system
- Tino Go, Founder, Dimensionally Yours, Elyria, Ohio: A parametric furniture configurator transmits G-code for CNC output close to consumers
- Kenn Busch, Publisher & Founder, Material Intelligence: Next-wave designer moves in surface, color, hardware and texture that will affect manufacturing processes
- Tech Shorts – Woodworking Network Senior Editor Bill Esler curates provocative video briefings for EBC, including dye sublimation finishing, flexible acoustic wood panel, “sewn” hardwood furniture frames, color-hued MDF, and digital staining of wood panel.
High-level Management Discussions
- CEO Panel: Executives from leading wood products firms examine rationales for capital investment
- Industry Education: Educators, recruiters and trainers share strategies workforce recruitment and development
- Manufacturing Execution Systems – Early adopters describe this new breed of shop-floor integration, linking design and operations management
- Tariffs & Import Rule Impacts – Countervailing duties on plywood and softwood, tariffs on steel and aluminum, and other panel product restrictions
- Market Leader Awards Luncheon
- Opening Reception
- Visits to Area Attractions
The 2019 EBC, running April 14-16 at the San Jose Marriott, provides strategic and practical information that addresses manufacturing challenges, and a forum for discovery. EBC helps executives anticipate business opportunities and beat the challenges that lie ahead and will ignite and inspire business leaders to create change when they return home. www.executivebriefingconference.com