2012 Woodworking Industry Conference
May 2-4, 2012
Delray Beach Marriott, Delray Beach, FL
Public Policy Forum
Thursday, May 3, 9:10am - 10:15am
One of the most popular WIC forums, the Public Policy Forum has been "standing room only" for several years. John Satagaj, WMMA Consultant, will present a Washington insiders' perspective. Can the 112th Congress get its act together for a few moments to deal with some pressing tax, regulatory, and fiscal issues before moving into full campaign mode? There are many unresolved issues from an increase in top marginal rates to an increase in the estate tax to promulgation regulations such as combustible dust regulation, on the horizon. With 2012 being an election year, Satagaj will take a look at what the possibilities for resolution and the impact on the industry.
Thursday, May 3, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
New this year! Right from the Delray Beach Marriott hotel we will visit woodworking facilities and conduct 'mini' plant tours projected on large screens via Skype. WIC attendees will have the ability to ask plant tour personnel questions, discuss problems, make suggestions and discover opportunities to service customers. This interactive session will be led by an industry moderator asking probing questions and encouraging questions from the audience. Take this opportunity to realize how suppliers can partner with woodworking manufacturers to solve problems.
CEO Forum: What Are the Market Leaders Saying?
Friday, May 4, 8:15am - 9:30am
We have gathered a group of forward-thinking wood products company executives to explain what they have done to face and overcome the economic challenges we have all been experiencing over the past three years. They will explain what they have done to grow their businesses and what plans they have in pace to continue performance excellence. Each speaker will focus on the machinery and cutting tool manufacturers, suppliers and distributors who are key to their plans for improved manufacturing through partnership building, product/distribution, differentiation and much more. If you want to hear it first-hand and get a jump on your competition, don't miss this highly informative group discussion.
Economic Outlook Forum
Friday, May 4, 9:30am - 10:40am
Presented by Alan Beaulieu, Institute for Trend Research
Be prepared for the next big economic move. The economy marches on--will your company follow the trends or be in front of them? See the future first -- before your competitors -- with a keynote by an economic forecaster with over 96% accuracy: one of the country's most informed economists, Alan Beaulieu. Alan speaks for companies who need a domestic and global perspective on how to forecast, plan, and increase their profits based on business cycle trend analysis.