Why you must come to EBC 2019? Dr. Alan Beaulieu explains it all
February 14, 2019 | 9:27 pm CST

SAN JOSE, Calif.- Dr. Alan Beaulieu extends his personal invite to the 2019 Executive Briefing Conference in San Jose, April 14-16. From the opening keynote by Luke Williams to the closing address and financial forecast by Dr. Beaulieu, EBC will examine a range of issues including workforce development, technology adoption, engineering sales, and capital investment analysis.

How can you capture and retain workers? What’s the best technology investment strategy? Can you emerge stronger from a business downturn, by disrupting the status quo?

These are the types of questions and issues that will be posed, weighed, and debated at the 2019 Executive Briefing Conference. The 15th edition of these vaunted top management conference takes place April 14-16 at the San Jose Marriott, in the heart of Silicon Valley. For the first time, Woodworking Network is producing the event, which it acquired from Stiles Machinery last summer.

Kicking off EBC 2019 is Luke Williams, a Williams, who among other credentials is a highly regarded Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern School of Business.

Luke Williams

What does it take to be a disruptive leader? Do you need to be a brilliant agitator like Steve Jobs? A driven workaholic with a passion to change the world like Tesla’s Elon Musk?

CEOs like that get a lot of press, says Luke Williams, one of the world’s leading business thinkers on innovation strategy. At the 2019 Executive Briefing Conference, Williams, author and globally recognized authority on disruptive innovation, will reveal a way of thinking that has the power to transform your business and stay ahead of the game.

Dr. Alan Beaulieu

Capping the event will be economist extraordinaire Dr. Alan Beaulieu, a voluble and colorful speaker and frequent keynoter at the Executive Briefing Conference. One of the country’s most informed economists, Dr. 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. Beaulieu also serves as Senior Economic Advisor to numerous U.S. and international trade associations.

From left: Mark Trexler, CEO, Master Woodcraft Div.; and Butch Reimer, CEO, Tru Cabinetry   

Sandwiched between those show-stopping keynoters will be two dozen presenters, most of them drawn from the ranks of the very wood industry executives and leaders who have been registering in high numbers for the 2019 Executive Briefing Conference. Speakers and panelists include a number of individuals who rarely if ever present at wood industry conferences, (some of them in the FDMC 300) including:

·         Mark Trexler, CEO, Master Woodcraft Div. ACProducts, Inc. major Texas operation acquired in June 2018

·         Kent Barby, Cabinet Div. Manager, WB Mfg. (Wisconsin Bench), a retooled 260,000 sq.ft, commercial cabinetry operation

·         Henry Nisiobincki, RFID Manager for American Woodmark’s nine manufacturing facilities  

·         Butch Reimer, CEO of Tru Cabinetry, Ashland, Alabama –  a 370,000 square foot, 260-employee unit of United Cabinet Holdings

·         Don Casebier CEO of Bierson Corporation, Central Point, Oregon – a rapid-development innovator of store fixtures  

·         Bobby Lewis CEO & Beau Lewis, Advisory Board Member of Lewis Cabinet Specialties, Tremonton, Utah

·         Glenn Ripley, CEO, Mission Bell Manufacturing, California’s largest architectural millwork firm

From left: Glenn Ripley, CEO, Mission Bell Manufacturing; and Bobby Lewis, CEO, Lewis Cabinet Specialties.

EBC  Networking Opportunities

For many attendees, the most valuable aspect of the Executive Briefing Conference is the untold opportunities to establish new contacts, compare notes, and share ideas between and after sessions. Ample opportunities have been built into the schedule for networking peer-to-peer, during meals, receptions, and plant tours to Mission Bell Manufacturing, to its client Gensler’s project, Adobe Headquarters. Many attendees arrive a day prior to meet up with alums from past EBCs. 

Running April 14-16 at the San Jose Marriott, the 2019 EBC 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.  

EBC 2019 Conference Agenda




Sunday, April 14    



EBC 2019 Kick-off!

Tim Fixmer, CEO CCI Media

Welcome and opening remarks

Lingrove Loft  Lab

Joe Luttwak, CEO, Blackwood Guitars,  

Plant-based panel products

Tariff Impacts on Cabinetry

John Sherwin, Project Manager, Custom Research, The Freedonia Group

exclusively for EBC 2019

Online Parametric Furniture Design

Tino Go, COO, BARU 

Consumer furniture configurator exports G-code 

Opening Reception


Icebreaker activity

Dinner at the Marriott

Patrick Molzahn, Woodwork Career Alliance

Employee qualification credentialing

Monday, April 15    



Day 2 Welcome!

Woodworking Network Staff

Agenda review

Opening Keynote

Luke Williams, New York University Stern School of Business

Disruptive Leadership

Case Study 1- Lewis Cabinet Specialties

Bobby Lewis, CEO & Beau Lewis, Advisory Board Member 

Linking technology & workforce

Energy Break  

Streaming Video 

dukta Flexible Wood

Tech Briefing: Wood-Ed Table

Wes Love, President, Taurus Craco

Augmented reality  training

Educators Panel

Moderated by Patrick Molzahn,   Madison Area Technical College

Panelists from The MiLL, Seattle College

Luncheon Address

Danielle Clark, Director, Talent Development at Adobe

How Adobe inspires and develops its workforce 

Plant Tours & Reception Mission Bell

Optional Tours: Adobe Headquarters, and Intel Museum

Natalie Engels, Principal, Gensler 

Dinner at Marriott Hotel

Generational Differences: Thomas Allott, Manager, Stiles University

Employee expectations differ with age

Tuesday, April 16    

Day 3 Welcome Back!

Woodworking Network Staff

Agenda review

Case Study 2 - Tru Cabinetry 

Butch Reimer, President, Tru Cabinetry  

Engineer sales at best accounts 

Surface Design Trends

Kenn Busch, Founder, Material Intelligence

Surface design trends 

Tech Panel: Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)

Three cabinetry firms: American WoodmarkMonkey Bar Storage Systems & WB Mfg. Wisconsin Bench Cabinetry Div.

How MES networks plant floor  operations

Energy Break 

 Streaming video

SiS Sublimation on Wood

Technology Trends Forecast

Gary Wernlund, Office Furniture Sales Manager, Stiles

Previewing Ligna 2019  

CEO Panel: Technology Investments Today

Weighing Investment: Mark Trexler, ACProducts' Master Woodcraft div.; Mission Bell's Glenn RipleyButch Reimer, Tru Cabinetry

Rationales for tech investments




Case Study 3 -
Bierson Corp.

Don Casebier, CEO

Technology as the Mother of Invention 

Closing Keynote

Alan Beaulieu, President and a principal, ITR Economics Economic Outlook: 2019 and beyond


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Bill Esler | ConfSenior Editor

Bill wrote for WoodworkingNetwork.com, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

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.

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.