More than 150
Plans are underway for EBC 2020 in
The 15th edition of the Executive Briefing Confer- ence (EBC), held April 14-16, drew more than 150 attendees. It was the first EBC under the ownership and management of CCI Media, the
company that owns Woodworking Network and FDMC.
Tim Fixmer, CEO and president of CCI Media and Woodworking Network, which acquired the EBC from Stiles Machinery in 2018, said the event was one of the best attended
since its inception.
“We have received positive and constructive reviews from
the attendees, and created momentum for 2020,” Fixmer says.
“We plan to take EBC 2020 to an even higher level.”
Attendees from companies found in the FDM 300, the
Woodworking Network 40 under 40 and the Leadership issue
made up a large portion of the attendee base. “We plan an
even greater outreach to the firms in the Woodworking Net-
work sphere,” he adds. EBC 2020 will be held February 9-11 at
the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.
Luke Williams, professor of innovation and design at New
York University’s Stern School of Business, was the opening
keynote. As the author of “Disrupt: Think the unthinkable to
spark transformation in your business,” Williams encouraged
the audience to view innovation “as the willingness to unlock
Alan Beaulieu, president and a principal at ITR Econom-
ics was the closing keynote. In his presentation, Beaulieu
referred to the next decade as the “Roaring 20s,” offering
businesses plenty of opportunities as well as pitfalls.
EBC attendees visited the headquarters of Mission Bell
Manufacturing, Adobe and the Intel Museum. Mission Bell,
based in Morgan Hill, California, specializes in architectural
woodwork, millwork and custom casework, and is renowned
for its business excellence and technological prowess.
Recent work includes major projects for influential digitally driven businesses such as Amazon, Google, Broadcom,
Cisco and Lyft. “Mission Bell is a technology company that
happens to work with wood,” said Glen Ripley, president and
CEO. “Technologies like 3D printing and virtual reality are
the future of millwork. By working with these tools, we can
better visualize projects and see constructability issues prior
to build out.”
Attendees also had the option to visit Adobe. Its headquarters received a redesign by Gensler with fabrication by Mission Bell, keeping it competitive with other workspaces such
as Apple, Google and Facebook.
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The 2019 EBC was one of the best attended events since its
EBC attendees toured Mission Bell Manufacturing, Adobe and Intel
by Harry Urban