Woodworking Industry Conference

    The Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC) is taking place April 30-May 2 at the Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. 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. For more event details download the advance program.

    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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    Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa
    Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the El Yunque Caribbean National Forest in a lush hideaway on the “Isle of Enchantment.” This 500-acre resort highlights the beauty of its natural surroundings and creates the perfect location for this event.

    Wyndham Rio Mar
    6000 Rio Mar Boulevard
    Rio Grande, PR 00745
    Phone: 787-888-6000

    Hotel Reservations

    A group rate of $149 single/double (plus tax and $18 resort fee) has been secured for conference attendees. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations. To receive the discount rate, call Wyndham Rio Mar at +1-787-888- 6000 and reference Woodworking Industry Conference 2014.

    Don't wait to reserve your room – the group rate will not be available much longer.

    Hotel Cancellation Policy
    Please note that a one night deposit per room will be charged within 60 days of arrival date in order to guarantee your reservation. Reservations without deposit are subject to cancellation without prior notification. Cancellations made up to seven (7) days prior to arrival date will be refunded deposit. Cancellations made within six (6) days of arrival date will forfeit deposit as penalty.

    Travel Information
    Just 19 miles from the Resort, the San Juan International Airport offers convenient airline access via: American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Northwest, United, and US Airways. Scheduled shuttle transportation is available to/from the San Juan International Airport for a fee. Guests should contact the hotel concierge to make reservations for this service. Transportation provided by Dragonfly Adventures. The fee for adults is $37.50 one-way or $75 round trip. Sedan, SUV, Limousine, and Mercedes Luxury Vehicle transportation is also available.

    Driving directions from airport:

    • Upon leaving the airport, stay in the right lane
    • Take the exit marked Carolina (Highway Route #26)
    • Stay in a left lane on Highway #26 for approximately two (2) miles
    • Take left exit, heading east, to the city of Carolina, Highway #3
    • Continue straight on Highway #3 for 15 miles
    • Pass the town of Rio Grande and make a left at the traffic light at State Road #968 (in the town of Palmer)
    • Resort entrance will be on the right hand side, 3/4 mile from main road


    Schedule of Events

    Wednesday, April 30

    6:45 p.m. – 8:15 a.m. All Attendee Breakfast
    8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration Hours
    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Technology Review Session
    10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Distributor's Forum: Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress & Lead by Example
    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Spouses Luncheon
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m All Attendee Luncheon & Keynote Presentation by Dean Mattson: The Impact of Industry Support in Today’s Education
    3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. NBMDA Executive Committee Meeting
    5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Welcome Reception & Dinner

    Thursday, May 1

    7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration Hours
    7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Kickoff Breakfast & Opening Ceremony
    8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Award Presentations
    9:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Economic Update Presented by Alan Beaulieu
    10:20 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Public Policy Forum Presented by John Satagaj
    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m All Attendee Lunch and Award Presentations
    1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Industry Contact Tables
    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. All Attendee Cocktails & Dinner at Hacienda Siesta Alegre

    Friday, May 2

    6:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 5K Walk/Run
    8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. CEO Panel
    9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Keynote Presentation Presented by Dart Meadows
    1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Golf Tournament
    6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. All Attendee Cocktails, Dinner & Silent Auction


    Session Descriptions

    Wednesday, April 30

    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Technology Review Session
    This year’s review will offer a comparative discussion of cloud databases.

    10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    Distributor Forum: Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress & Lead by Example
    Steve McClatchy is a speaker, trainer, consultant, writer and entrepreneur; he focuses on helping companies and individuals improve performance and achieve outstanding results in the areas of Leadership, Performance, Personal Growth, and Work/Life Engagement. This session will help everyone better understand: What shapes a leader’s outcome, career and life? The criteria we all use for making decisions drive our performance and our effectiveness as leaders; Great decision-making habits and tools yielding a lifetime of achievements and success; The Poor habits keep us stressed, frustrated, and forever out of balance.

    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    All Attendee Lunch & Keynote Presentation by Dean Mattson: The Impact of Industry Support in Today’s Education
    Dean Mattson is the lead instructor of the Woods Manufacturing Program at North Salem High School in Salem, Oregon and Adjunct Professor at Portland Community College. He is the current 2013 WMIA Educator of the Year. Most of Dean’s career has been in the business sector where he spent time as a corporate executive as well as CEO of Mattson’s Interiors Inc. a cabinet manufacturing company. In 2008 he was challenged to do something more meaningful with his career in the area of helping others be successful. This is when he became a high school teacher. He took over a well-established wood shop program, developed a leading edge vision to help students and with unprecedented support of industry, developed a nationally recognized woods education program. Currently all of his students will receive college credit, all graduates will have the chance to be interviewed for jobs with a career in the Woods Industry and all will graduate with Woodworking Career Alliance Passports.

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

    5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    BBQ and Beach Games
    Enjoy networking and a casual dinner with old friends and new while watching the sunset over the ocean. Dress for volleyball and beach games — a fun night for all!

    Thursday, May 1

    9:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
    Economic Update Presented by Alan Beaulieu, ITR Economics
    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.

    10:20 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    Public Policy Forum Presented by John Satagaj
    As the 113th Congress will be entering the home stretch when we meet, what can we expect before they hit the campaign trail? The big picture includes a look at tax reform; the “closer to home” includes a look at the future of direct expensing.

    While the 113th Congress will be entering their home stretch, the President is still less than half way through his second term. The business community has been expecting more regulations to be issued by agencies. Satagaj will take a look at the new regulations issued and proposed regulations in the works.

    As the 113th Congress turns its attention to the November election, what’s the prognosis for the 114th Congress? Will we continue with split government? Can the House and/or Senate change hands? Whether he is right or wrong, Satagaj has never been afraid to make predictions about the elections. Come hear what he sees in his crystal ball.

    1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Industry Contact Tables
    The Woodworking Industry Conference offers the industry’s only contact table program, the most costefficient opportunity for face-to-face business meetings. This is a unique experience for the industry to convene for vital business discussions. WIC’s Contact Table Program is truly the most cost-effective sales call you will make in 2014! Plan early and set up your personal appointments in advance of WIC. This is a once-a-year opportunity to increase profits and get more done in less time. Save money and register early!

    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.
    All Attendee Cocktails & Dinner at Hacienda Siesta Alegre
    Hacienda Siesta Alegre is a hidden treasure that few residents or visitors to the island will ever be privileged to enjoy. The elegant and inviting Hacienda offers a magical once-in-alifetime dining experience!

    Sitting alone atop a high hill in the foothills of El Yunque Rainforest; and overlooking the entire northeastern coast of Puerto Rico, one finds Hacienda Siesta Alegre — a beautiful Spanish Colonial Hacienda.

    Your arrival at the Hacienda, passing traditional white fencing and horse pastures, is a promise of things to come as you follow the short torch-lit path up to the front entrance of the home. The Hacienda is completely open to guests and you will delight in the many terraces and rooms unique details. The ‘house without walls’ allows the gentle trade winds to breeze through and the sun’s soft rays shed their golden light on the rainforest’s foliage as evening settles in. The sound of the Puerto Rican “coquí” frog chirps pleasantly, and the lights of far-away houses in the mountains begin to twinkle as the sun sets.

    Friday, May 2

    6:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
    5K Walk/Run
    WIC 2014 is holding its 3rd annual 5K walk/run event. Open to every WIC 2014 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 with proceeds being donated to an education-focused charitable organization. It doesn’t matter if you walk or run the trail around the golf course and Nature Preserve — just come out and enjoy the tropical surroundings!

    8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
    CEO Panel
    We have gathered a group of forwardthinking 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 to grown 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.

    9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    Keynote Presentation Presented by Dart Meadows, Balch and Bingham, LLP
    Dart Meadows, partner at Balch and Bingham, LLP will discuss best strategies to protect your company from product liability claims and suits while bringing you up to speed on developments and trends in current cases across the United States.

    1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Golf Tournament
    Atlantic panoramas, ocean breezes and iguanas play along the entire 6,782 yards of Tom and George Fazio’s Ocean Course. One of Puerto Rico’s most popular courses, its classic layout features four sets of tees, numerous bunkers and elevated greens. The signature 16th hole, an oceanside par 3,238 yards, always rates among the Caribbean’s best.

    Golf fees of $135 will cover the round of golf, cart, boxed lunch, sleeve of golf balls and prizes. Your clubs can be stored with the bellman at check-in and will be delivered to the course the day of the outing. Or, rental clubs and shoes can be arranged at the Pro Shop.

    6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    All Attendee Cocktails, Dinner & Silent Auction
    We’ll close WIC 2014 with another beachside reception and dinner. We’ll culminate with the third annual silent auction of woodwork items made by employees and friends of member companies. Auction items will be on display throughout the conference – so bid early & often! Proceeds will benefit an education-focused charitable organization.