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AWFS®Fair Offers Rx for Rough Economic Times

®The education program of the AWFS®Fair, called the College of Woodworking Knowledge (CWWK), is poised to deliver its hardest hitting program ever Wednesday, July 15 – Saturday, July 18, 2009 in Las Vegas, according to AWFS. Given the tough times facing manufacturers, the Business Track portion of the program is targeted to CEOs and other members of the executive team, and tackles topics deemed high priority for business survival.

On Thursday, July 16, a seminar entitled, “Positioning Your Company for a Future in Manufacturing,” offers a no-nonsense look at the challenges facing woodworking businesses while suggesting opportunities for dealing with difficult industry realities.  Veteran industry insider and consultant Don Shultz, current CEO of Premier Garage, will discuss why the traditional business model is obsolete and recommend new business models.  In the hour and a half session he reviews market trends, consumer behaviors and leadership skills required to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage.  He also will address revenue productivity, product innovation, information technology and other topics key to performance and the shifting dynamics of business strategies.

Another key seminar, running on Wednesday, July 15, is “Innovating with Mass Customization” -- a topic previous show attendees have requested. Company CEOs Don O’Hora, President of Northway Industries; Frank Pearson, President of Contact Industries; and Don Shultz, CEO of Premier Garage join with IT specialist Thomas Burke, Manager of SMB Solutions at 20-20 Technologies, to discuss the continuously evolving strategies of mass customization including how it integrates with Lean and Green initiatives.  They will also discuss the increasing flexibility of computer-aided systems and how they can be used to produce product and achieve end-to-end date integration.

This core group of leaders has initiated, implemented and lived through the experiences they will address and has substantial information to share to benefit small to mid-size shops interested in expanding their capabilities and product offerings.

Registration for educational sessions at the AWFS®Fair is now open.  AWI members receive a 10% discount on any educational seminar in which they enroll.  Visit the AWFS Web site at and use the CWWK code AW8285 while registering for education seminars.

And, plan to visit AWI at Booth #1651.  See you there!  [Return to top]