Woodworking Industry Conference

Save the date for the leading woodworking industry event of the spring!

2017 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC)
April 26-28, 2017
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa 
Rancho Mirage (Palm Springs), California

Plan to join NBMDA members and other leading woodworking organizations in beautiful Palm Springs, California. 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. 

Attendees will find:

  • Opportunities to make new connections in the woodworking distribution channel
  • Timely information on economic and government policy happenings
  • An ideal setting for meeting with both material & equipment suppliers who are serving your customers

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When you register before March 31, 2017 you and your company will save on your registration fees!



Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

4100 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone: (760) 568-2727
Toll Free: (800) 843-6664
Click here for online reservations

The planners of WIC have secured a group rate of $219/night, plus a $10/night resort fee which includes: toll fee, credit card, and local calling; entrance to fitness center; in-room high-speed Internet access; in-room coffee and tea; overnight self-parking; access to resort water theme park; and daily newspaper. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations. To receive the discounted rate, call the hotel and reference “Woodworking Industry Conference 2017” or “WIC2017.” You may also make your reservations online.

Your association blocks hotel rooms for attendees to ensure lower room rates for all attendees and discounted meeting facility rates. Reserving a room in the association block supports the association and enables all attendees to enjoy a less expensive and expanded conference. We encourage all WIC participants to stay at the conference hotel so that we can continue to provide a cost effective experience.

Be sure to confirm your hotel reservation prior to the cut-off date of Friday, March 3, 2017.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Optional Golf Tournament (requires a separate fee)

Wednesday April 26, 2017

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. WIC Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. General Breakfast & Conference Opening Remarks
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. General Session (Technology)
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Spouse Activity (TBD)
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Educational Session 1: 40 Under 40 Panel
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. All Attendee Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Educational Session 2: Sam Richter
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. NBMDA Executive Committee Meeting (by invitation only)
5:30 p.m.  9:30 p.m.  Cocktails & Dinner

Thursday, April 27, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. All Attendee Breakfast and Wooden Globe Award Presentation
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Educational Session 3: Critical Business Succession and Estate Planning Strategies for the
Long-Term Viability of Your Company

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.    Economic Outlook: Chris Kuehl
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. NBMDA Steering Committee Meeting
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. NBMDA Board of Directors Meeting
6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Cocktails & Dinner with Silent Auction

Friday, April 28, 2017

6:30 a.m. - 6:45 a.m. Registration Open for 5k Run/Walk
6:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 5k Run/Walk
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. All Attendee Breakfast
9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.    Manufacturer Executives Panels
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Cocktails & Dinner


Tuesday, April 25

1:00 p.m.
Golf  $135/person
Meet 6,400 yards of golf pleasure when you take to the three distinct courses at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. 27 holes of championship golf on three distinct rotations – North, South and West – wind through palm tree-lined fairways and gently rolling terrain, surrounded by amazing views of the San Jacinto and San Bernardino mountains. Six lakes and the infamous Ted Robinson bunkers raise the stakes for amateurs and professionals alike.

Join your peers for a casual shot gun tournament. The $135 fee includes tournament coordination, a boxed lunch, beverage cart and prizes. Rental clubs may be reserved in advance for $40/person. Contact the pro shop at +1 (760) 568-2727 to coordinate.

1:00 p.m.
Tennis Free Play – $35/person
We’ve reserved courts for an afternoon of casual free play. Come out and join players of all skill levels for a bit of fun in the sun! The $35 fee includes court time and refreshments. Contact the tennis pro shop at +1 (760) 862-4531 prior to arrival to coordinate racquet rentals.

tram21:00 p.m.
Palm Springs Aerial Tram Tour – $75/person
The Palm Springs Aerial Tram on Mt. Jacinto is a true adventure. It was the dream of a young electrical engineer named Francis F. Crocker to “go up there where it’s nice and cool”. Construction of the Tramway was an engineering challenge and was soon labeled the “eighth wonder of the world.” The superlative was earned because of the ingenious use of helicopters in erecting four of the five supporting towers over a two-year period in the early 1960s. Some 20 years later, the Tramway was designated an historical civil engineering landmark. Along with the cable span, the tri-level Mountain Station, with its stunning views of the valley, stands as a fine example of the design work of E. Stewart Williams, who was instrumental in the modernist movement and development of Palm Springs as a truly special destination.

The rotating cable cars are the most advanced in the world (the only two in North America) and they guide passengers 2 1/2 miles up the mountainside to a height of 8,516 feet using a push/pull method. Each ride up the hill to the Mountain Station will be met with a cable car on the opposite side of the cable returning to the Valley Station.

Once at the top of the Aerial Tramway, the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness offers 54 miles of hiking trails. Trails range from the awe-inspiring five and one-half mile trek to the 10,804-foot peak of San Jacinto to the just over one mile nature walk through picturesque Long Valley, located just behind the Tram’s Mountain Station. For the less active guests, a continuous reel movie about the building of the tram, gift shop, 2 restaurants and a lounge to enjoy lunch/dinner/refreshments and several viewing terraces located at the Mountain Station. This trek to the top of our famous mountain is truly a singular experience!

Friday, April 28

6:30 a.m. 
5K Run/Walk – $35/person
WIC 2017 will be host to the 6th annual WIC 5K walk/run event. It doesn’t matter if you walk or run the course; come out and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and cheer on your fellow attendees!

Spouse Events
Information to come.