The Fall NexGen Event, the second one this year, was held October 5-7, 2010 in North Carolina.

Adrian and Jill Burwell from Vision Woodworks traveled from the Seattle, Washington area to attend the event. Jill shared that “We thoroughly enjoyed the whole event. It was really valuable to us, especially at this stage of our business. I have to say we felt pampered by all the one-on-one attention.”

The three-day event included the addition of an evening educational session and reception in each of major cities of the participating companies. Tuesday evening’s presentation in High Point was given by Steve Walker, from The Furniture Manufacturing and Management Center at North Carolina State University. Walker’s presentation focused on understanding the benefits and challenges of lean manufacturing for the home furnishings industry. In closing, he urged the audience, “If you do nothing else, establish a relentless, continuous drive to reduce set up times.”

On Wednesday evening in Mooresville, Paul Hoffman, the Manager of Sustainable Strategies for Choate Construction Company, presented about the LEED Rating System. He said he has seen a market transformation within the last few years, were virtually every project now specifies green products. Walker’s explanation of the LEED rating system was clearly communicated and easily understood. When discussing the challenges and opportunities within the industry, he stated that the current market is in retrofitting existing buildings.

Thursday evening’s presentation in Charlotte was given by Brandon Uttley about social media and its implications for business. Uttley admitted that social media has been a revolution, since it allows companies to be on a level playing field. The presentation was extremely informative and was made especially relevant with industry examples of social media efforts.

Plans are underway for another event in the first quarter of 2011.

SOURCE: NexGen

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