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A regional marketplace for woodworking professionals March 6-8, 2019 | Charlotte Convention Center - Charlotte, NC
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Wood Pro Expo Charlotte Conference Schedule


"Where Design meets Manufacturing"

Wednesday, March 6 - Charlotte Convention Center
8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. Keynote, All conference attendees


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WOOD PRO TRACK, sponsored by CMA - Improving Shop Operations
Wednesday, March 6


9:00am – 9:40am
Guy Bucey:  Leadership Matters

Guy Bucey, Director of Operations for Inova LLC, is a 32-year old decorated Marine who served two deployments in Iraq. After retiring from the military, he took up woodworking as a therapeutic hobby and even entertained the idea of starting his own custom cabinetry business. In the fall of 2015, with the prospects of increased sales and rapid growth coming to Inova’s near future, Guy decided it was time for the Inova team and himself to adopt and fully embrace the Lean Manufacturing philosophy and all that goes with it.

Guy Bucey

9:50 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 
CNC operations, latest technologies for the small to medium shop

10:40 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Adam West: Finishing expertise and tips


Adam West
11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Scott Wunder: Building a woodworking business
Enjoy your day job and you’ll never work a day in your life.  Scott Wunder will share how he turned his passion for wood into a real business.

Scott Wunder

12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

1:20 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Will Sampson: FDMC Pricing Survey

"Solving the Pricing Puzzle" --  the session will address the perennial pricing issue facing woodworking companies.  Learn if you are you charging the right price for your work.  Sampson takes you inside the results of the 2018 FDMC Pricing Survey for custom woodworking. You’ll learn what other shops charge for the same work, fundamentals of pricing custom work, and common pitfalls to avoid in your pricing process.


Will Sampson

2:15 p.m.
Buses depart for Plant Tours


CLOSETS CONFERENCE, sponsored by ACSP and Closets & Organized Storage Magazine. Laurel Didier, Publisher will present "State of the Home Organization Industry" new research statistics throughout the program
Wednesday, March 6


9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
Lisa Carlquist: Growing your Closet Business
Learn the importance of making an investment of time and money in marketing strategies. Other factors leveraging success include a detail-oriented approach and a knack for hiring the right people at the right time.

Lisa Carlquist

9:50 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  
Venturing out of the closet

Panel of successful entrepreneurs will discuss niches worth exploring beyond the closet.

10:40 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Trends in Design

Trend spotters discuss what is the latest in design for closets and home organization and what to watch for.

11:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

The Technology of Design: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Learn about these innovations and how they might help you take your business to the next level.

12:20 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.


1:20 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Mike Hoffer:  Love it or List it, Carolina Closets Plus

Mike Hoffer is co-founder, and president of Carolina Closets Plus, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Carolina Closets Plus is the exclusive home storage design and installation team in central North Carolina for HGTV's "Love It or List It.”   Hoffer will share his experience of working with HGTV and how that venture developed.

Mike Hoffer

2:15 p.m.
Buses depart for Plant Tours



Thursday, March 7, Free Keynote -- 9:00 a.m to 9:50 a.m. Expo Hours -- 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free Networking and Learning events
10:30 a.m. to Noon --Panel & Components Trends
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. --Software Trends
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. -- Top Shelf Design Awards Reception, sponsored by J&B Cutting, CCF Drawers and KCD Software.
Join us at the Nascar Hall of Fame to celebrate the award-winning designers at this gala reception.

We will also recognize the two Top Choice exhibitor winners at the reception.
The Nascar Hall of Fame is connected to the convention center.


Friday, March 8, Free Keynote --9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. Expo Hours -- 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free Networking and Learning events
10:30 a.m. to Noon --Hardware Trends
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. -- CNC Trends