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EBC 2019 Presenter Profiles

 

OPENING KEYNOTE 

 

Luke Williams, Professor of Innovation and Design at New York University’s Stern School of Business 
Luke Williams is the 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.
 

EBC 2019 CLOSING KEYNOTE 

Dr. Alan Beaulieu is President and a principal of ITR Economics
One of the country’s most informed economists, Dr. Alan Beaulieu is President and a principal of ITR Economics. Since 1990, he has consulted across North America, Europe, and Asia, optimizing companies’ forecasts and planning to increase profits through his mastery of business-cycle trend analysis. Alan also serves as Senior Economic Advisor to numerous U.S. and international trade associations.
 
Beaulieu has co-authored, with Brian Beaulieu, the books “Make Your Move,” “Prosperity in the Age of Decline,” and “But I Want It!” He has also penned numerous articles and makes up to 90 appearances a year. Alan’s keynotes and seminars have helped thousands of business owners and executives capitalize on emerging trends. 
 
ITR Economics provides the best economic intelligence to reduce risk and drive practical and profitable business decisions. Since 1948, it has provided business leaders with economic information, insight, analysis, and strategy. ITR Economics is the oldest privately-held, continuously operating economic research and consulting firm in the US. With a knowledge base that spans six decades, it has an uncommon understanding of long-term economic trends and how to react to critical changes in market conditions.
 

EBC 2019 SPEAKERS & PANELISTS

Thomas Allott, Manager – Stiles University
Thomas Allott is the Manager of Stiles University, the only accredited university in the manufacturing industry. Thomas and his team have helped to educate the over 40,000 individuals who have gone through Stiles University’s programs over the last 28 years. In his presentation, Thomas will be discussing the generational changes within the manufacturing workforce, while providing proven tools that have been implemented both at Stiles and other successful corporations to address these challenges. 
Kent Barby, Manager, Cabinet Division, WB Manufacturing
Kent Barby is Cabinet Division Manager at WB Mfg., formerly known as Wisconsin Bench, in Thorp, Wisc.
 
 
Kenn Busch, Founder, Material Intelligence
Material Intelligence founder Kenn Busch is a journalist and architectural photographer based in Madison, Wisconsin. He specializes in creating educational content for architects and interior designers, and in-depth coverage of international design and materials fairs. 
 
Since 1990 he has edited and published of several magazines in the furniture and materials markets. For the last dozen years Kenn has been creating materials-focused Certified Education Unit articles and presentations for practicing architects and interior designers.
 
His Materials Pavilion projects provide A&D specifiers an educational, experiential space to explore and experience materials on their own terms. In the eight years since its founding the Materials Pavilion installation at NeoCon in Chicago has become the busiest exhibit at the fair.  
 
In mid-2016 Kenn began working closely with design educators and students to find more effective ways to reach the next generation of interior designers, creating content and presentations geared to their specific needs, and relaunched MaterialsIntelligence.com 
 
“Learning to connect with young designers is key to the future of smart design and the responsible use of and preservation of our resources,” says Busch. “Not only are these students the next generation of materials specifiers; they represent the next generation of consumers.”
Don Casebier, CEO, Bierson Corporation
 
Bierson Corporation based in Central Point, Oregon has developed a national reputation for fashioning three-dimensional surfaces that simulate leather, wood grain, stone, metal, high gloss finishes and eye-catching etched patterns, while using a base of common MDF (medium-density fiberboard).  Bierson lives by its core values of being others-minded, on-time, quality conscious and innovative to produce products for some of the country’s leading brands.
 
Don and partners formed Bierson Corporation in 1998, and have over a half-century of combined experience and ingenuity in the 3D laminate industry. The company’s aim has always been to pioneer and perfect new techniques that will distinguish it from other component manufacturers. Bierson fields a team of knowledgeable and enthusiastic craftsmen who are dedicated to out-performing their competition and offering valuable engineering and manufacturing solutions and providing parts to spec and on time.
 
Bierson excels at CNC machining with non-ferrous material (wood or plastic based material) with some of the best machining and pressing equipment in the industry coupled with a highly trained and motivated team. With proprietary knowledge gained through our many years in the industry, we have uniquely configured our equipment to produce optimum performance and flexibility; making short lead-time manufacturing methods for both custom products and long runs of standard parts possible.     "You will not find large inventories at our plant; we run complete orders and that’s the way you’ll receive them," says Casebier. Bierson also provides value-added services such as precision boring and drilling, eliminating the need for secondary manufacturing. Other services include routing, v-grooving, miter folding, logo engraving, case-goods, RTA components, project engineering, prototyping, and subassembly.
 
Danielle Clark, Director of Talent Development, Adobe
Danielle is a learning and development leader with a passion for helping people fulfill their potential. As Director of Talent Development at Adobe, Danielle is responsible for a global team which creates and delivers development programs for all employee personas and a consulting team which partners with HRBPs to deliver tailored interventions. She is an expert in assessment, facilitation, program design and coaching. Her commercial approach results from her extensive consulting background with Hay Group -Korn Ferry where she specialized in organizational design and leadership transformation for clients across industry sectors. Danielle is driven by an unwavering curiosity in why people do what they do and she loves finding the best people-focused solution for business issues. 
 
Tino Go, Founder, COO Dimensionally Yours
Tino Go founded Dimensionally Yours to develop a streamlined method to deliver customized case goods to retail consumers. This arose after the frustrations of ordering a custom-sized bookcase. Go realized that the latest software innovations coupled with the latest generation of CNC equipment would allow rapid customization at an affordable price.
 
Dimensionally Yours has developed a proprietary process to eliminate traditional retail supply chain inefficiencies. The company has created an e-commerce and distributed manufacturing platform that lets consumers order custom furniture at affordable prices. Independent woodworking facilities with CNC capabilities are encouraged to participate in the network.
 
Go holds an MBA in Finance and Investment Banking from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.
 
 
 
Beau Lewis, Advisory Board Member, Lewis Cabinet Specialties
Beau Lewis is on the advistory board of Lewis Cabinet Specialties, as well as Head of Consulting/Implementation at a spin-off business operations software company, Allmoxy - both based inTremonton, Utah. As the son of a cabinet making manufacturer, Beau Lewis has spent his life learning the details of running and improving business. With a degree in accounting and being ingrained with innovation, he has developed and integrated technological solutions in his business.
 
He is also the co-founder and board member of Allmoxy.com (a web-based ERP platform), and Fight the New Drug Inc. (a nonprofit dedicated to educating on the harmful effects of pornography). Having an eye for efficiency and an ability to connect with and motivate people, culture development has become a driving passion for his life. 
 
Lewis Cabinet is a highly-automated custom cabinet manufacturer, serving residential and commercial customers throughout the United States. It manufactures fully customizable and made-to-order cabinet doors and drawer faces, cabinet boxes and dovetail drawer boxes. Lewis Cabinet's world-class manufacturing and automation capabilities allow them to offer industry-leading five-day lead times while maintaining first-class quality and customer service. In addition, Lewis Cabinet’s online ordering process is completely automated and provides a smooth and intuitive interface for customers to fully customize the materials and construction of their cabinets.
 
The Lewis Family credits the company’s success to their entire team’s willingness to buck traditional industry practices and focus on how technology can revolutionize their industry. By focusing on ease of online ordering, rapid industry-leading turnaround times, premium quality, significant optionality and customization and first-class customer service, the Lewis Family says it was able to build a formidable enterprise that has disrupted the way cabinets are designed, ordered and manufactured. In October 2018, Lewis Cabinet Specialties was acquired by LongWater Opportunities. 
 
Bobby Lewis, CEO, Lewis Cabinet Specialties
 
Bobby Lewis is the CEO of Lewis Cabinet Specialties, Tremonton, Utah. He brings a unique perspective to motivating workforce, which has been the basis for driving dramatic growth in their cabinetry component business. Passionate about many things, he is driven to connect with the people that work for Lewis Cabinet Specialties. 
 
The company is a highly-automated custom cabinet manufacturer, serving residential and commercial customers throughout the United States. It manufactures fully customizable and made-to-order cabinet doors and drawer faces, cabinet boxes and dovetail drawer boxes. Lewis Cabinet's world-class manufacturing and automation capabilities allow them to offer industry-leading five-day lead times while maintaining first-class quality and customer service. In addition, Lewis Cabinet’s online ordering process is completely automated and provides a smooth and intuitive interface for customers to fully customize the materials and construction of their cabinets.
 
The Lewis Family credits the company’s success to their entire team’s willingness to buck traditional industry practices and focus on how technology can revolutionize their industry. By focusing on ease of online ordering, rapid industry-leading turnaround times, premium quality, significant optionality and customization and first-class customer service, the Lewis Family says it was able to build a formidable enterprise that has disrupted the way cabinets are designed, ordered and manufactured. In October 2018, Lewis Cabinet Specialties was acquired by LongWater Opportunities. 
 
 
Wes Love, President,  Taurus Craco Machinery Inc.
Wes Love became president of Taurus Craco Machinery in 2014, joining the business as co-owner in 2000. Before that he was exclusive distributor for Michael Weinig in Ontario and the Atlantic Provinces. Wes has also been acting president of the Canadian Woodworking Machinery Dealers Association (CWMDA) and a board member of the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association (CKCA). Since its formation in 1994, Taurus Craco Machinery Inc has cultivated one the most experienced teams of industrial machinery professionals serving the woodworking, composites, and specialty metals sector in Central & Eastern Canada. He attended Wilfred Laurier University
 
Joseph Luttwak, CEO, Lingrove & Blackbird Guitars
Entrepreneur, product designer and developer of Ekoa natural composite materials. These beautiful, high performance and Co2 negative materials are poised to replace wood on a grand scale. Founder of Blackbird Guitars, manufacturer of carbon fiber and now Ekoa guitars. Later launched Lingrove to develop and deliver natural composite materials, including Ekoa, a natural composite material. Lighter than carbon fiber and as stiff as fiberglass, Lingrove helps companies differentiate by bringing high performance together with planet and worker-happy biobased composites.
 
Patrick Molzahn, Cabinetmaking & Millwork Program Director, Madison Area Technical College
Originally trained as an architect and sculptor, Patrick Molzahn discovered his love for building while spending his college summers working as a carpenter.  Believing that if you can build a boat, you can build anything, Patrick went on to study Traditional Wooden Boat Building.  After Boat school, he opened a one man shop specializing in Architectural Woodwork and custom furniture.  Since the fall of 2000, Patrick has been the director of the Cabinetmaking & Millwork program at Madison Area Technical College, in Madison, WI.  In 2008, he received the distinguished WMIA “Educator of the Year” award. Over the past four decades, he has traveled around the world researching how other cultures train their woodworkers. He is a founding board member of the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America, and in 2018, he became the first individual to earn the WCA’s highest honor, the Diamond Credential.  Patrick is the author of the 5th edition of the classic text, Modern Cabinetmaking, and his writings have appeared in numerous publications, including Woodshop News, Fine Woodworking, and Fine Homebuilding.  An avid hiker, Patrick has explored trails on five continents, and in 2016, completed over 1300 miles of the Appalachian Trail. 
Kris Nielson, CEO, Monkey Bar Storage Systems
Kris Nielson is the CEO and Chairman or Monkey Bar Storage Systems, a fast-growing company that assists individuals in designing and installing garage organization systems through dealerships across the U.S. and reaching into Canada. Under Nielson’s leadership, Monkey Bars has seen a 300 percent growth in the past four years and continues to develop patented technologies and process innovations. Nielson holds his undergraduate degree in Finance from BYU Idaho and his MBA from the Huntsman School of Business. Nielson has a passion for facilitating and creating sustainable growth through positive change innovation in both his professional and personal life. Married for ten years and with four children ranging in ages one to eight years old, his interests include history, international relations, and economic modeling. "I started this venture with some partners when I was a junior in college. That said, I have also learned to not try and take advantage of all opportunities. Not all opportunities are equal, and I have learned to say no to a lot of potentially great opportunities." Monkey Bar Storage grew out of such an opportunity, and now has 120 dealers across North America. "I am excited with our future. We want to change the way the home services industry  works, and take advantage of emerging technologies to align customer needs with quality products and timely service." Image by Andrew McCallister, courtesy Huntsman Alumni Magazine
 
Henry Nisiobincki, RFID Program Manager: American Woodmark Corp.
At American Woodmark, the nation's fourth-largest kitchen cabinet manufacturer, Henry Nisiobincki manages the Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) program from a corporate level. He works closely with American Woodmark's eighteen manufacturing plants to understand processes, identify key issues, and develop unique and innovative RFID technology solutions. His career at American Woodmark started in IT Development and IT Project Management before transitioning into RFID.  .  
 
Butch Reimer, President, Tru Cabinetry 
Butch Reimer is President of Tru Cabinetry. Over the past five years, he has used his focused, process-driven leadership style to re-position the brand, attain sales growth in excess of 100 percent and achieve strong operational performance. These results were achieved through his implementation of new management philosophies, development of sound and innovative manufacturing processes, and successfully rebuilding the product line.
 
His mechanical engineering degree and MBA, along with his work for Bosch in the automotive industry, allowed him to hone his skills in process control, lean manufacturing, and operations management early in his career. He took this experience to the kitchen and bath industry at MasterBrand Cabinets, earning a reputation as a results-oriented manager who improved performance with creativity and stability. He transitioned to Norcraft Companies in 2007 and served as senior vice president of operations for Ultracraft Cabinets, helping guide the company through the recession and into a period of growth ahead of the market return. In 2013 he joined United Cabinet Holdings, where he assumed leadership as president of Tru Cabinetry.
 
He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University and has awarded an MBA at Ashland University. 
 
Glenn Ripley, President & CEO, Mission Bell Manufacturing
Glenn Ripley is the President & CEO of Mission Bell Manufacturing, the largest architectural millwork firm in Northern California.   Under his leadership, the Company has experienced dramatic growth in revenue, significantly increased profitability, and more than quadrupled its share value.    Named Morgan Hill Business of the Year and NCEO Innovator of the Year, Mission Bell is a recognized "Great Place to Work." In 2017 Glenn led the process for Mission Bell to become a certified California Benefits Corporation, with the stated purpose of being a "force for good" for its employees, shareholders, and the community.   
 
Glenn began his career with Lockheed Missiles & Space in 1981, becoming Vice President of Human Resources, in 1999.  While there, Glenn led successful labor negotiations with the IAM & AW.  As HR VP at Lockheed Martin, he was responsible for all HR functions, including staffing, labor relations, compensation & benefits, training, security and emergency services.   
 
In late 1999 Glenn moved to Cadence Design Systems and was quickly promoted to Vice President, Corporate HR, working closely with HR counterparts in the UK and India.
 
In 2002 Glenn took a break in his professional career, moving to Africa with his family to found Action Zambia, a non-profit faith-based ministry.  This was an exciting opportunity to leverage 20 years of leadership and training experience and make a difference in a country facing tremendous obstacles.  Glenn worked closely with Zambian leaders and developed and delivered customized cross-cultural training to expats joining the organization.
 
Glenn returned to the States in 2008 and became President & CEO of Mission Bell in March 2012.
Claudia Salazar, Design Director, Gensler San Jose
With a keen eye for detail and innovation, Claudia delivers design that promises an enhanced user experience regardless of the project type. Claudia brings over 19 years of design experience to her role as Design Director for Gensler San Jose. Claudia has extensive experience in corporate architectural interiors and building repositioning projects throughout the state of California. Claudia’s commitment to exceeding client needs and design excellence makes her a valuable team leader. 
 
Claudia relocated to San Jose from San Diego where she was an avid supporter of the arts community. Continuing to share her passion for the arts, Claudia founded Gensler San Jose’s Scratch program which is a platform for local artists to connect with clients. Claudia also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Museum of Photographic Arts and has taught at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design and the Universidad Valle de Mexico. Claudia is a Certified Interior Designer, an associate with the American Institute of Architects, and a member of Women in Architecture. 
 
John Sherwin, Project Manager, Custom Research, The Freedonia Group. 
John Sherwin has experience in strategic market analysis, competitor analysis and customer studies for a wide range of markets. Specifically, his work has included target market forecasting and analysis, voice of the customer studies, industry research and competitor analysis. At Freedonia, Mr. Sherwin has worked on a broad range of projects with a focus on construction, packaging and industrial markets. Prior to joining Freedonia in 2005, Mr. Sherwin spent six years in Ernst & Young’s Center for Business Knowledge, where he worked as an internal consultant specializing in market and competitive intelligence analysis for the firm’s Consulting and Tax practices. Previously, he spent nine years working in various aspects of the market research field serving industries such as manufacturing, telecommunications and business services. Mr. Sherwin holds a BS in communications from Ohio University and an MBA from Cleveland State University. 

John Stearns, Lead Instructor, The MiLL
John Stearns, comes to the MiLL after 12 years teaching Woods Manufacturing in Amity, OR.  John transformed a classroom of outdated and broken down equipment into a up to date facility with brand new machines, a laser engraver and 4x4 CNC.  His emphasis was to train students to be career ready. The MiLL stands for “Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab.” Located at the Peyton/Widefield Vocational Education Campus on 4450 Foreign Trade Zone Boulevard across from the Widefield School District’s Transportation Department.
 
John has a passion for seeing student’s lives changed, and views The MiLL as a vehicle to do that. “I love to teach students how to use their hands, learning skills to create objects they never thought possible.  Helping to grow a students confidence and seeing them understand they can be successful no matter what career path they choose makes it easy to get up and go to work in the morning.”
 
John believes in the need for hands-on education to adapt to the demands of industry, giving students practical skills that they can use in life and work.  “I believe in the mission of The MiLL, that is what drove me to make a move away from a very supportive school district in Oregon, and many friends and family.”
 
Prior to being an educator, John served as a youth pastor for 7 years.  Both careers focusing on changing lives of youth. John graduated with a B.A.in the Bible from Puget Sound Christian College in 2000.  He earned his Master of Arts in Teaching from Western Oregon University in 2007. John serves on the education committee for the A.W.F.S. (Association of Woodworking and Furnishing Suppliers) and has led educator sessions at the conference in Las Vegas. 
 

Mark Trexler, COO, ACPI and CEO, Master Woodcraft 
Mark A. Trexler was named as President and Chief Executive Officer of Master WoodCraft Cabinetry on January 1, 2016. Trexler had served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Master WoodCraft Cabinetry, LLC since February 2012. During Trexler's leadership the company has grown to become the largest, most modern cabinetry company in the South and number eight in America, with plants in Marshall, Texas and Jefferson, Texas. These plants employ over 500 people and approximately half million square feet of manufacturing space. In June 2018, ACProducts acquired Master Woodcraft.

Trexler is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a BS in Industrial Engineering/FMM.

Previous experience is vast in the woodworking industry. Prior to joining Master WoodCraft, Mark was President/CEO of Evans Cabinet Corporation from 2001-2011.  He was President/CEO of Hayworth Roll & Panel Company from 1991-2001, and was Executive Vice President/General Manager of Wambold Furniture Company from 1988-1991.  Mark started his career as an Industrial Engineer with Burlington Industries, Furniture Division, also was a Plant Manager at Masonite Corporation.

Mark served as President of Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association during 2015/2016.  He was on the KCMA board since 2009.  Chairman of the Standard Committee from 2007 – 2015.

Master WoodCraft is one of the last fully integrated cabinet companies in America that starts with raw lumber and manufactures all of its components.  Master WoodCraft offers a vast product line and has become the choice of high-end designers of the luxury apartment complexes. Locations are from Arizona to Washington D.C. and from Colorado over to Miami, Florida. 

Gary Wernlund, Office Furniture Sales Mgr, Stiles

Gary Wernlund is a long-time presenter at the Executive Briefing Conference, where he brings together insights, ideas and innovations as applied to real-world business and manufacturing operations. In his 29 years at Stiles Machinery, Wernlund has worked with a wide range of office furniture manufacturing companies to implement solutions to meet the needs of a rapidly changing industry serving an even more rapidly changing market. Wernlund has hosted many benchmarking tours in Europe to provide U.S. wood manufacturers access to  “world class” plants and processes. Prior to joining Stiles he worked in the solid wood and cutting tool industries. 

EBC 2019 MODERATORS 

Laurel Didier, Publisher, Closets & Organized Storage Magazine

Laurel Didier has been working in b2b media and the woodworking industry for most of her career.  She has launched startup publications and events such as Closets & Organized Storage, Custom Woodworking Business and the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo. In the past, her roles included serving as associate publisher, director of custom media and publisher of Woodworking Network at Vance Publishing. When CCI Media purchased Woodworking Network in 2015, Didier assumed her role as publisher of Closets & Organized Storage as well as Director of Custom Media. Didier says, "Success is part luck, hard work, and the patience to listen to others."

Bill Esler, Senior Editor/Conference Program Developer, Woodworking Network

Bill writes for WoodworkingNetwork.com and FDMC magazine. In addition to market research, white papers, and feature story development, he creates audience engagement programs using social media, content marketing, live lead-generating events, e-newsletters, custom websites and digital/print content.

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for WoodworkingNetwork.com. He was Editorial Director until stepping into Conference Program Development and the Senior Editor roles. 
 
Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends, with increasing emphasis on covering industry trends affecting Canada's forest products sector, and development of conference programs for WMS, the biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto. 
 
In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill avidly supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the advisory board of the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks educational organization; and currently with the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee, which supports educator scholarships, and develops high school and secondary school curricula in concert with efforts to certify manufacturing professionals skills standards. He is also on the Industry Advisory Board of the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained and place more than 950 adults in industrial in wood manufacturing careers through its award-winning grant-funded training program. 
 
Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station located at the heart of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark in North West Ireland. Foinse Research Station is focused on providing a platform for third level and university level research in woodlands, geology, and archaeology. Foinse is one of more than 1,200 biological field stations around the globe and is one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations. 

 

Harry Urban, Publisher, Woodworking Network

Harry Urban is the publisher of the Woodworking Network. Urban has more than 30 years of experience in business-to-business publishing, trade shows, and conferences, including WMS, Canada's largest woodworking show; the regionally-focused Wood Pro Expo, and symposia and conferences at IWF, AWFS, and beginning in 2019, the Executive Briefing Conference. 

Urban has traveled extensively throughout North America and overseas visiting and reporting on major manufacturing facilities and trade shows. Urban joined Woodworking Network in December 2016, where he initially served as business development director. CCI Media named Harry Urban publisher of FDMC magazine in 2017. 

Urban, a woodworking industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in business-to-business publishing, trade shows and conferences, was formerly editor and publisher of Wood & Wood Products, and a senior vice president with Vance Publishing. While traveling extensively throughout North America and overseas to visit and report on wood products manufacturing facilities and events, Urban oversaw the launch of a number of media products in the woodworking industry.