62 June 2017 | AWFS Pre-Show Planner
create an in-house training program using the WCA Skill
Standards and Passport program to credential employ-
ees. Customize your training program depending on the
products you produce and the processes you use in the
manufacturing of these products. Discover the resources
available from WCA to train your employees on the
soft skills required in the secondary wood manufacturing
industry. Develop a training program to evaluate and re-
ward the skill levels of your new and existing employees.
This is a FREE seminar but registration is required.
Friday, 7/21/2017, 1: 30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
FREE Manufacturing Training Centers:
Sourcing Your Next Employees
; Scott Campbell, Widefield School District
; Barry Carson, Xybix Systems, Inc.
; John Honey, Career Technical Education Center
(CTEC), Salem, OR
; Tim Kistler, Peyton School District
; Dean Mattson, Peyton School District
; Scott Robinson, Concepts in Millwork, Inc.
Are you wondering where your next skilled employees
will come from? Hear from innovators of three Career
Technical Educational (CTE) facilities that are doing just
that: the Career Technical Education Center (CTEC) in
Oregon, the Peyton Career Technical Facility (Colorado)
featuring Woods Manufacturing and the National
Woods Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MILL)
opening next month in Colorado. Hear from industry
employers who have connected with the centers that are
training their future employees! Learn how to connect with
the training centers and how to access and interview their
graduates. This panel of education and industry experts
will share with you how this is taking place and how
you can restock your companies with trained employees.
MODERATOR: Tim Kistler. This is a FREE seminar but
registration is required.
Saturday, 7/22/2017, 9: 30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
The Millennial Woodworker
; Bobby Lewis, Perspective
The Millennial Woodworker – or next generational
employee - can be one of the strongest future assets for
your company, despite the issues you may be afraid of.
Within the next five years, individuals between the ages
of 17 and 37 will comprise over 75% of the workforce.
If you struggle with the three biggest reported problems
in the workplace today (turnover, employee engagement,
and succession planning) hear about Bobby’s innovative
solution based on science, humor, leadership, military
training, and a dash of old school principles for a “new
age” of employee. Bobby has started and owned multiple successful companies with millennials as the primary
employees and has been wildly successful. He’s created
a system to train and inspire our current and future
workforce for phenomenal success. Learn how to engage
your employees so that they passionately care about your
business and gain tools to forge a culture of strong work
ethic, challenge and leadership.
Wednesday, 7/19/2017, 9: 30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Ten Must Do’s To Control Hardwood
; Spencer Dick, TigerStop LLC
Are you getting what you pay for when buying hardwoods and hardwood components? Raw material costs,
in most wood products businesses, typically exceed 50%
of all costs on Profit & Loss Statements. Controlling these
costs has a greater impact on your bottom line than any
other effort you can make. Spencer Dick, founder of TigerStop, will teach you how to determine your real costs
by outlining 10 steps you can take to actually cut your
hardwood purchase costs by as much as 20-45%. He
will also provide real case studies from customers who