Concepts in Millwork and The MiLL slated for EBC tours
EBC attendees will tour Concepts in Millwork, an architectural woodworking firm located in Colorado Springs.

COLORADO SPRINGS -- A tour of Concepts in Millwork will be one of the many highlights at this year’s Executive Briefing Conference, to be held November 8-10 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.    Also located in Colorado Springs, Concepts in Millwork has been recognized for many of its high-profile projects including the Pentagon renovation after the 9/11 attacks and the new St. Anthony’s N. Hospital in Westminster, CO.  EBC attendees will also tour the MiLL National Training Center.  Education at the 46 thousand sq. ft. facility focuses on Lean manufacturing using the latest woodworking technology to develop work-ready employees for the industry.

About Concepts in Millwork 
Concepts in Millwork is a family-owned business that was founded in 1980.   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.
Concepts in Millwork's government projects include NORAD ICC2 in Colorado Springs.
The MiLL
The MiLL is an acronym for “Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab."  The Peyton Woods Manufacturing Program, which includes the MiLL, had its origin in the classroom teaching experiences of its founder, Dean Mattson.  In 2009, Mattson brought his years of woodworking and business expertise to North Salem High School in Salem, Oregon.   Five years later, his vision of a business-education partnership helped shape the Career Technical Education Center (CTEC) in the Salem/Keizer school district. Educational leaders throughout the nation asked Dean how they could teach his model in their schools.
EBC attendees will get a firsthand look at  The MiLL, the renowned 46 thousand sq. ft. education center for the industry.
In 2015, Mattson brought this model to Peyton, Colorado, where the Peyton school district took an abandoned middle school building and transformed it into a Woods Manufacturing Lab.  Students and industry representatives began to see firsthand what a “state of the art” woods lab and curriculum could produce.  The MiLL was created to expand training classes to include Woods Manufacturing, Cabinet Finishing, and Construction for not only high school students, but also for colleges, military, and industry.  More than 40 industry partners have been united to provide the technology, machinery, tools and supplies to give students a world-class education.
Other EBC highlights
In addition to the tours, EBC attendees will hear from opening keynote, Jim Bouchard, who is the founder of the “Sensei Leader” movement.  Bouchard’s keynote presentation is sponsored by Blum.  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:
• How to prepare your business for the “Roaring 20s,” which will be ripe with disruptive change, incredible new opportunities and unheard-of challenges.
• How to meet the challenges of finding, training and keeping qualified employees.
• Learning about the latest in woodworking technology and software with real world examples presented by end users.
• Kenn Busch, founder of Material Intelligence, will host a state of the art design and material trends in the industry from a global perspective.
Stiles Machinery will return as a Platinum Partner in the technology category for EBC 2020.   Additional Partner Program sponsorship opportunities are available. Registration for the EBC will open in Spring.  For more information go to

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Harry Urban is the retired publisher of the Woodworking Network. Urban spent more than 30 years working in business-to-business publishing, trade shows, and conferences. He has travelled extensively throughout North America and overseas visiting and reporting on major manufacturing facilities and trade shows. In retirement, he's still following the woodworking industry, but he plans to do a lot more fishing.