Slideshow: EBC 2019 at a glance
April 24, 2019 | 11:02 am CDT
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Tim Fixmer, President and CEO of CCI Media and Woodworking Network, welcomes attendees to EBC 2019 in San Jose.

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Opening Keynote, Luke Williams, addresses the path to disruptive leadership.

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EBC 2019 attendees board buses headed to Mission Bell and Intel headquarters.  A tour of Adobe was also offered.

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Attendees at Intel museum.

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Arrival at Mission Bell.

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Mission Bell specializes in architectural woodwork, millwork and custom casework. 

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Woodworking Network's Brendan Linehan checks out virtual reality during Mission Bell reception.

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Laurel Didier, publisher of Closets & Organized Storage, honors 2018 Market Leader Ron Montbleau, CEO of architectural millwork firm Montbleau & Associates, during a luncheon at EBC 2019.

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Bobby Lewis, advisory board member of Lewis Cabinet Specialties, discusses business strategies.

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Danielle Clark, Director, Talent Development at Adobe, discusses the challenges of finding qualified employees in the hot Silicon Valley job market.

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Glenn Ripley, far right, CEO of Mission Bell, guides EBC attendees around his plant.

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Elliot Germany of Panel Specialties in Temple, TX, poses a question to an EBC presenter.

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Ron Montbleau, Woodworking Network 2018 Market Leader, addresses the audience at EBC/

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Opening Keynote, Luke Williams, tells the EBC audience that sometimes arrogance and complacency set in once a company is successful.

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Mark Trexler, CEO of AC Products' Master Woodcraft Cabinetry, discusses technology investments.

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Closing Keynote, economist, Alan Beaulieu, tells the EBC crowd that the next decade will be referred to as the "Roaring Twenties."

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SAN JOSE -- The 15th edition of the Executive Briefing Conference (April 14-16) drew more than 150 attendees who took in two and a half days of keynotes, panel discussions, tours and networking.  Tim Fixmer, CEO and president of CCI Media and Woodworking Network, which acquired the EBC from Stiles Machinery in 2018,  said the event has been getting great reviews from the attendees, and creating momentum for 2020.  "In our surveys attendees have told us they were pleased with the the quality of the conference sessions and tours," said Fixmer. "We can't wait til 2020 to take EBC to an even higher level."  EBC 2020 will be held November 8-10 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

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Harry Urban

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. He has travelled extensively throughout North America and overseas visiting and reporting on major manufacturing facilities and trade shows.