60 | June 2018 | IWF Pre-Show Planner
by Harry Urban
Woodworking Network presents
Leadership Forum and Symposia at IWF 2018
All-day intensive programs offer in-depth information in advance of IWF show opening.
Woodworking Network’s editorial team will produce three all-day symposia and the Leadership Forum on August 21, 2018 the day
before IWF 2018 begins. Symposia topics
include Closets, CNC, and Finishing.
The Woodworking Network Leadership
Forum will address real world business
challenges and successes, emerging
technological developments in wood
materials and wood construction, new
management thought processes, and
understanding the new consumer.
“These programs continue our commitment to education and we’re glad to
be working with IWF on these important
topics,” said Tim Fixmer, President and
CEO of the Woodworking Network.
Woodworking Network previously pro-
duced symposia for IWF 2016 and also
the 2017 AWFS.
The Closets Symposium, presented by
Closets & Organized Storage Magazine,
is dedicated to closet designers, builders, and garage businesses. Speakers
and panelists will discuss latest design,
color, and material and hardware trends,
business opportunities, and offer plenty
of audience interaction. The audience
will learn design ideas to sell more home
Topics will include everything from
marketing to manufacturing to the latest
industry trends. The Closets Symposium
is a must for industry professionals to
learn “What’s Next.” Closets sponsor is
The Finishing Symposium will be
presented by FDMC Magazine. Woodworking Network’s veteran online editor,
Karl Forth, will moderate this full-day
symposium that includes a number of
presentations and an opportunity to talk
to suppliers and finishing experts face-to-face with your questions.
Included in the discussions are descriptions of the characteristics of different finish types, and the pros and cons of
each type, and application method.
In addition to discussions of existing and emerging new materials, the
symposium will address new technology
in finishes and benefits that may be available to early adopters. Finishing sponsors
are Milesi, Fuji Spray and Gemini.