Woodworking Industry Conference

    The 2015 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC) is taking place April 22-24 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.

    Join NBMDA members at the leading woodworking industry event of the spring. Expand your network of contacts within the woodworking distribution channel and learn about trends impacting the cabinet, millwork and furniture markets. 

    WIC is held in conjunction with the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA), the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) and Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®). Together with these associations we are able to connect the industry. WIC will give you a wealth of knowledge, practical information and valuable contacts for your company — an unmatched value for your business. Register today.

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    When you register before March 25, 2015 you and your company will save on your registration fees!

    San Antonio

    2015 Registration Fees:

    • Early Bird (until March 25): $895
    • Regular (after March 25): $995
    • Spouse: $695
    • Golf: $150
    • 5K: $35 

    Spouses, companions, and children, ages 12 and over can register for WIC. The fee includes admittance to all social events, spouse/companion programs and any business sessions of interest. While you are welcome to bring younger children with you (the hotel offers various programs for kids), children under 12 are not permitted to participate in WIC functions.


    Grand Hyatt San Antonio
    From the stones of the Alamo to the meandering paths of the River Walk, San Antonio takes you on a journey through a land as grand as its reputation. Walk the lines drawn for independence when you visit the Alamo—one of five Spanish colonial missions. Stroll the cobblestone sidewalks of the River Walk to uncover an outdoor theatre with flamenco dancers and mariachis, nationally acclaimed museums, luxury riverside hotels and sidewalk cafes that offer everything from authentic Tex-Mex to worldly cuisines.

    Grand Hyatt San Antonio
    600 E Market St, 
    San Antonio, TX 78205
    (210) 224-1234

    Hotel Reservations

    The planners for WIC have secured a group rate of $199/night. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations. To receive the discount rate call (888) 421-1442 referring to the “Woodworking Industry Conference 2015” . You can also make your reservations online.

    Reserve your room by March 25 to guarantee the group rate. 

    Travel Information

    Shuttle transportation to and from San Antonio International Airport (SAT)  and downtown (8 miles) is provided for a fee by Go Shuttle $19/OW-$34 R/T. No reservations are necessary. A taxi is $30-$32 O/W. These prices are subject to change.

    Driving directions from airport:

    • Take Highway 281 which will turn into I-37 South
    • Exit 141 A Commerce Street
    • Turn Left on South Alamo Street Turn Left on Market Street

    Schedule of Events

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    7:30 p.m. – 8:45 a.m.  Opening Breakfast
    8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m Joint Technical Committee Session
    10:00 a.m.  – 11:30 a.m. Business Trends for the Next Two Years: Gene Marks
    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
    1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Workforce Training Session
    3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. NBMDA Executive Committee Meeting
    6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Cocktails & Dinner at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort

    Thursday, April 23, 2015

    7:30 p.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Breakfast & Presidents' Welcome
    10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m . Manufacturing Executive Panel
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m Lunch
    1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. NBMDA / CIDA Steering Committee Meeting
    1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Contact Tables
    3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. NBMDA Board of Directors Meeting
    6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Cocktails & Dinner at Southwest School of the Arts

    Friday, April 24, 2015

    6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. 5K Walk/Run
    8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
    9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.    Economic Outlook: Brian Beaulieu, ITR
    12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Golf Tournament
    6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Cocktails & Dinner at Grand Hyatt with Silent Auction


    Session DescriptionsRiver Boat

    Wednesday, April 22

    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Business Trends for the Next Two Years with Gene Marks
    Gene Marks is an expert on growth, management, and profitability for small and medium-sized businesses. A small business owner himself, Gene is also a weekly columnist for the New York Times, Forbes, and The Huffington Post. He has authored five books on topics that pertain to small and medium-sized businesses, including his most recent title, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash: Simple Lessons from Smart Business People. Gene's engaging and exciting presentations help business owners, executives, and managers to understand the current political, economic, and technological trends that will affect their companies. With straightforward language, humor, and expertise, Gene will provide your audience with strategies and tools that they can use immediately to strengthen business and grow revenue.

    1:00 p.m. -- 2:30 p.m. 
    Workforce Development & Education Panel
    Education is not just for kids anymore! Learn how manufacturers are embracing programs such as MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) and engaging their local resources to develop vocation specific programs to meet manufacturing needs. The panel will discuss various programs throughout the country which are helping workforce development, and provide incumbent worker training. Find out how you can tap into these resources and support these programs locally. 

    3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    NBMDA Executive Committee Meeting

    6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    Cocktails & Dinner at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort
    Our opening dinner festivities will take us out of the hustle-and-bustle of the city to a world of timeless charm at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort. Building on its heritage as the welcoming Rogers-Wiseman Ranch, this casually luxurious spot is the perfect blend of high-end service in an inviting setting. We’ll dine under the stars in Henry’s Hallow. This casual setting will provide the perfect atmosphere for catching up with old friends and making new ones! 

    Thursday, April 23

    10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    Manufacturing Executive Panel
    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 few years. They will explain what they have done grow their businesses and what plans they have in place to continue their excellent performance. 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. 

    1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Industry Contact Tables
    The Woodworking Industry Conference offers the industry’s only Contact Table Program. This four hour “Speed dating” program is a unique, cost- efficient opportunity for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, importers, end-users and educators to schedule one-on-one succinct business meetings. Do not forget to reserve your contact table when you register for WIC.

    1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    NBMDA / CIDA Steering Committee Meeting

    3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    NBMDA Board of Directors Meeting

    5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    Cocktails & Dinner at Southwest School of Art
    Travel from the Grand Hyatt via river barge to the Southwest School of Art-Coates Chapel & Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, for Thursday night’s reception and dinner. This college has two beautifully landscaped gardens surrounding our dinner venue a de-sanctified gothic chapel with soaring ceilings providing an historic and authentic San Antonio experience. 

    Friday, April 24

    6:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
    5K Walk/Run
    WIC 2015 is holding its 4th annual 5K walk/run event. Open to every WIC 2015 attendee who wants to get some fresh air and join with friends for some exercise. The gun will go off at 6:30 am (so show up between 6 am - 6:30 am). The cost for the event is $35 per person. 

    9:30 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m.
    Economic Outlook with Brian Beaulieu
    Mr. Beaulieu has been an economist with ITR Economics since 1982 and its CEO since 1987. He is also Chief Economist for Vistage International and TEC, global organizations comprised of over 13,000 CEO’s. At ITR, Brian has been engaged in applied research regarding business cycle trend analysis and the utilization of that research at a practical business level. For the past 25 years, he has been giving workshops and seminars across the US and Canada to thousands of business owners and executives. Prior to joining the ITR Economics, Brian was an economist for the US Department of Labor where he worked on the health care component of the Consumer Price Index. Brian is co-author of the book, Make Your Move.

    1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Golf Tournament at Republic Golf Course
    Take advantage of the opportunity to play at the course voted #1 in San Antonio by the Express-News in 2006, 2007, & 2009 while networking with colleagues. 

    6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Alamo
    Cocktails & Dinner at Grand Hyatt with Silent Auction 
    Join us for the fourth annual Silent auction to raise funds for the Woodworking Career Alliance, bid on the array of woodworking items created by talented employees and friends of member companies. All auction items will be on display through out WIC, designated items will go up for LIVE auction Friday Night.

    Spouse Activities

    Spouse Brunch:

    In addition to all of the events of Fiesta and wonderful shopping opportunities, WIC Spouse attendees will have the opportunity to attend a Wednesday morning spouse brunch with Mimosas and Bloody Mary's while cruising on a river taxi.

    Spa Discount:

    WIC attendees will enjoy a 20% discount at the DASA Spa, please mention WIC 2015 when you call (210) 224-4340. Make your appointments early to ensure most convenient times. DASA Spa is at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio, 123 Losoya Street, San Antonio, Texas, USA., 78205.