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Education Courses

The education courses at IWF Connect give you practical, relevant business skills from subject matter experts from within the woodworking industry and IWF Community that you can put into action immediately to advance your company and career.

All courses are pre-recorded and will be available to watch on-demand starting October 26th. Browse the courses below, and then register for courses during your registration for IWF Connect.

New courses are being added continually – please check this page frequently for updated course listings.

  • Business Management

  • Manufacturing & Design

  • Marketing & Business Dev

  • New Business Sectors

Business Management

These sessions may be of interest to all management and production personnel from small to large manufacturing companies, trade associations, consultants, distributors and research/training specialists.

Session: CNT1

Are You a Boss? Or a Leader?

How effective are you as a leader? What would your employees say about your leadership style? Which style is best? How can you lead in a way that gets the most out of your team? How do you get employees to feel engaged and connected to something larger than the group they work in each day – especially millennials? What are the five facets of dynamic leadership and how should you rate yourself in each? Speaking from her depth of experience working with today’s most successful leaders across the globe, Christine Corelli will provide answers to the questions and skills that are immediately applicable.

Speaker:

CHRISTINE CORELLI & ASSOCIATES, INC.

Presented By:
CHRISTINE CORELLI & ASSOCIATES, INC.

Time: On Demand

Fee: $35

Session: CNT2

Know Your OSHA Inspection Rights

This session will help you learn what to say, what not to say, and how to prepare for your next OSHA inspection. Be prepared because it’s not if OSHA shows up, it’s when.

Speaker:

Presented By:
Cabinet Makers Association - CMA

Time: On Demand

Fee: $35

Session: CNT3

Managing and Motivating Millennials - Plus Are You Ready for Gen Z?!

There are over 80 million Millennials in the U.S. alone. This age group, also known as Gen Y, are now the most influential generation in the marketplace and workplace. Managing and motivating them can be a major challenge for even the most experienced business owners and managers. They think, communicate, and work differently than other generations. They also have different attitudes about their jobs, money, and lifestyles.

What does the most recent research reveal about this age group and Gen Z - the group that will change the world! What makes them tick? How can you attract, hire, and retain them? How should you communicate with them? How do you ensure you won’t hire someone who comes in late, and when you say, “You’re late!,” they say, “Chill out. I’m here.” (This really happened.) And most important, what type of leader is their dream leader?

Christine will provide you with answers to these questions and more. She will teach you how to relate to employees of the Younger Generation and do what she does - think like them.

Speaker:

CHRISTINE CORELLI & ASSOCIATES, INC.

Presented By:
CHRISTINE CORELLI & ASSOCIATES, INC.

Time: On Demand

Fee: $35

Session: CNT5

When to Consider Outsourcing

It’s easy to lose sight of profitability when you’re building a business and quite often pride gets in the way. It’s very common thinking that you and your company can do it better, faster, cheaper than the competition. However, it is important is to take off those rose-colored glasses and realize that there are numerous way to do it better, faster and cheaper, leave work at a decent time and have weekends free to spend with your friends and family. Outsource!

Anyone who has tried to add skilled employees to their staff and the last few years knows the struggle is real. The pool of available talent is at an all-time low and it doesn’t appear that there is change on the horizon. One of the simplest ways around that issue is to outsource!

Custom cabinet shops today have the ability to outsource almost every aspect of their operation, freeing up capital investments and more importantly TIME.

Whether it’s doors and drawer fronts, the cabinet boxes, finishing, installation, or any other aspect of your production process, this session explains why it doesn’t make good business sense to try to do everything yourself.

Speaker:

Presented By:
Cabinet Makers Association - CMA

Time: On Demand

Fee: $35

Session: CNT10

How to Run a Production Meeting

What is the single most important moment in your workflow that drives your organizational success?  Typically, our managerial attention is focused on the shop floor but the genesis of so many of our problems are prior to release.  Thinking about workload management and approaching it from many sides, join us to dig into tactics such as a typical workload meeting agenda, CEO prep audits, aligning your team, communicating expectations, and changing employee behavior.

Speaker:

Sponsored & Presented By:
INNERGY

Time: On Demand

Fee: $35

Manufacturing & Design

These sessions may be of interest to those in the engineering, manufacturing, design and business management sectors. This may include plant, production and operations managers as well as designers, finishers, engineers and others who are interested in learning more about lean and other manufacturing processes or who have an interest in the cabinetry, millwork, retail and furniture industry.

Session: CNT6

Why Manufacturing Execution Matters

The only plans that matter are those you actually do something about, and take seriously. The planning does matter but the execution and reaction to it matter even more. In this session we will cover what Manufacturing Execution is and discuss some of my personal experiences using these systems.

Will we also discuss how Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) enables scalability, customization, process improvement, schedule attainment and completion.

Speaker:

President: Innovative Wood Process Solutions Inc.

Presented By:
Innovative Wood Process Solutions Inc.

Time: On Demand

Fee: $35

Session: CNT9

Lean Strategies for ALL Shops… Big or Small

This session will begin by explaining what LEAN is and why it continues to impact the woodworking industry. You’ll learn about LEAN strategies for small- to medium-sized shops and come away with methods you can take home and use to gain traction with your crew. These approaches will help you understand and embrace LEAN practices that will lead to immediate gains throughout your company.

You’ll also learn why the culture shift fails so often in smaller companies and how to avoid this fate with your implementation. This session will get you fired up and ready to rock and roll with LEAN! Brad will share why LEAN is his passion and what it has done for his businesses. You will leave this session understanding how to kick your corporate culture into high gear and grow your profits while simultaneously reducing your stress. This course is for ANYONE who builds ANYTHING: waste doesn’t discriminate!

Speaker:

Partner: QUANTUM LEAN/President: Best Damn Doors

Presented By:
Presented by: QUANTUM LEAN

Time: On Demand

Fee: $35

Session: CNT11

A Smarter Approach to Factory Air

Whether your factory is already on the digital transformation journey and Industrial IoT (IIoT) solutions or just beginning the process, increased productivity, reduced waste, improved worker safety and more sustainable operations are common expectations. Factories often first look to improve their primary customer value streams or core processes and certainly this is a logical starting point but a factory’s digital strategy should not end here as many opportunities exist within supporting activities that can have significant impacts on improved production and overall operations. One such opportunity is factory air quality and the air filtration systems responsible for creating and maintaining this air.

Clean factory air is the foundation of a well-run operation and digital IIoT solutions focused on improving or maintaining air quality impact critical areas of production including worker health and safety, increased productivity, energy management and sustainability. Factories rarely possess the in-house expertise to fully understand these systems or the available resources to properly maintain them let alone optimize their performance. IIoT presents the opportunity for industry expertise to be built directly into the solution and allow factories to take control of their air.

Speaker:

Vice President of Segments within the Extraction and Filtration Technology division: Nederman Corporation 

Sponsored & Presented by:
Nederman Division

Time: On Demand

Fee: $35

Marketing & Business Development

These sessions may be of interest to management and sales personnel, trade association staff, and consultants from small to large sized manufacturers, retailers and contractors.

Session: CNT4

“Reel” Them In; Creating highly effective marketing video without breaking the bank

With current technology, anyone can capture video, but creating effective marketing content requires some thought. Ralph will explain why focusing on the story you tell is more important than the equipment you use, and how to achieve professional results without needing professional equipment.

Speaker:

ConsultingWoodworker.com

Presented By:
ConsultingWoodworker.com

Time: On Demand

Fee: $35

Session: CNT8

Identifying New Export Markets and Customers

Pivoting to exports may be the right choice for your business as other markets recover faster than the United States. Do you know the top international markets for your products? Do you know how to find qualified buyers in those markets? In this session we'll identify some of the top export markets for the wood industry. Trade assistance programs at both the federal and state level are waiting to help you, and we'll cover some of what they can do for you, including some finance options that can allow you to update equipment and build inventory.

Speaker:

Presented By:
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Time: On Demand

Fee: $35

New Business Sectors

These sessions may be of interest to those wanting to learn more about emerging business sectors such as inkjet and 3D printing, digitally produced surfaces, urban wood utilization and high end concrete.

Session: CNT7

Industrial Digital Printing – The Future of Decentralized Production of Decorative Surfaces

Decorative surfaces must be produced quickly and flexibly in the desired quality and at a reasonable price. This is the case for manufactures of furniture, flooring, doors and gates as well as other applications. Digital Printing opens up a new alternative for economically interesting production at the manufacturer sites. It ensures high flexibility in responding quickly to the market demands while reducing warehouse and transportation costs significantly for industrial capacities. Digital Printing is the future of the production of decorative surfaces.

Depending on the customers production processes there are two technological solutions on the market: The digital printing with water based inks (for décor paper) and the digital printing with UV-curing inks. Besides the digital printing of décors, the printing of the surface structure is possible.

Hymmen is your established market partner for all these technologies. Thanks to Hymmen´s intense cooperation with market partners, the necessary knowledge transfer was ensured in the development process of the technology. The large network of market partners guarantees these service devices all over the world. Now with more than 40 Industrial Digital Printing Lines on the market – Hymmen is your established partner for Industrial Printing in the woodworking industry.

The presentation will give you an interesting insight into the technological challenges that Hymmen has managed to overcome in the last decade. You will also get an overview of the advantages that digital printing offers you for your production of decorative surfaces.

Speaker:

Hymmen GmbH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau

Sponsored & Presented By:
Hymmen North America Corp

Time: On Demand

Fee: $35

Christine Corelli

President: CHRISTINE CORELLI & ASSOCIATES, INC.

IWF Connect is brining highly acclaimed keynoter, author, business columnist and consultant Christine Corelli to share her insight on leadership, managing and motivating the Younger Generation, change management, family owned business excellence and success for women in business.

Corelli has written seven business books, and has shared her insight on CNBC, and WGN TV. To her credit, she has also had over three hundred fifty articles published in leading publications. Her insight stems from 27 years’ experience working with some of the best leaders, top-performing sales organizations, manufacturers, and companies known for World Class Customer Service. She has also provided training and development for numerous family owned and women-owned businesses and is highly experienced in our industry. Attend her sessions and you will not only obtain fresh ideas and information to help you to ensure a successful future, but you will leave her sessions re-energized, refocused and recharged to excel in all you do!

Speaking at the following sessions:

  • Are You a Boss? Or a Leader?
  • Managing and Motivating Millennials - Plus Are You Ready for Gen Z?!

Joseph Baggett

President: Innovative Wood Process Solutions Inc.

Joe Baggett is President of Innovative Wood Process Solutions. With a degree from Abiline Christian University, Joe has 22 years professional plant engineering expertise with a range of wood maniufacturing firms, including Superior Furniture, Conestoga Wood Specialties, Columbia Forest Products, Batesville Casket, Republic Industries, Leedo Cabinetry and Wisenbaker Builder Services cabinet division.

Ralph Bagnall

Woodworking Consultant, Author and TV Host:
ConsultingWoodworker.com

Ralph Bagnall is a woodworking consultant, author and TV host who provides services to companies of all sizes across the US, Mexico and Caribbean. In his 30 years in the industry, Ralph has gained extensive experience in equipment specification, LEAN manufacturing, CNC programming, operation and maintenance, and marketing for the woodworking industry. He and his wife, Susan, live in Southwest Florida.

Carsten Brinkmeyer

Head of Business Development:
Hymmen GmbH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau

Professional Experience:
1990 – 2007: Mechanical engineering for the printing industry (Offset, screen printing, flexographic printing, digital printing)
2007 – present: Hymmen

Focus of Activity:
1999 – First developments in digital printing
2007 – Development of Industrial Digital Printing (Hymmen)
2015 – Head of Sales Digital Printing and Liquid Coating (Hymmen) 2020 – Head of Business Development (Hymmen)

Joe Knobbe

Account Executive: Siteline Interior Carpentry

Joe began his woodworking career in the late 70’s apprenticing under a master cabinetmaker and grew through the ranks to become a Senior Project Manager for Exclusive Woodworking, a large residential architectural woodworking firm.

He prides himself on developing and maintaining professional relationships with contractors, architects, designers, and clients. This has led to many loyal (and repeat) customers who respect his abilities to take a job from conception to completion, trusting that the end result will meet or exceed their expectations.

Joe has a unique ability to combine the business acumen we all desire with an in depth understanding of products, limitations and the required engineering while being highly personable and able to clearly communicate abstract ideas into solutions that inspire those he works with to bring out their best and execute what’s desired in a meaningful and profitable way.

As a Past President of the Cabinet Makers Association, he continues to be very involved with the organization and enjoys helping smaller shops better themselves and their business. He regularly speaks on behalf of the CMA at industry events on educational topics such as “Working with Architects & Designers”, “Transitioning to Modern Work”, and “When to Consider Outsourcing”.

Christopher Unangst

Consultant: Jensen Hughes

Christopher Unangst is a Consultant for Jensen Hughes.

Laurie Wolff

Instructor: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Laurie Wolff, CGBP, is an academic economist who has taught literally tens of thousands of students the basics of foreign trade. Her mission is to improve the practice of global business. Laurie tries to bridge the gap between educators, industry, and government business development programs. She tries to connect training with business needs, students with employers, and available help with businesses that need it but may not know where to find it. Laurie especially likes to teach about risk management strategies for international trade, and she is a Distinguished Fellow for NASBITE International and a Certified CGBP Trainer.

Brad Cairns

Partner: QUANTUM LEAN, President: Best Damn Doors

Brad registered his first woodworking company at the age of 16. In his own words, “There was just no other path for me, I love to build stuff.” Having done display cabinetry, full museum galleries, store fixtures (for large chains), residential kitchens, component manufacturing & commercial millwork. After 25 years in business, he brings a vast knowledge of the woodworking industry.

His personal BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) is to transform the woodworking industry back into a fun and profitable sector of North American manufacturing.

An avid student of TPS (Toyota Production Systems) & TOC (Theory of Constraints), these combined manufacturing principles are the basis of his approach to business.

Travelling the globe learning, and then being fortunate enough to be able to share that knowledge in a manner that helps transform companies and lives, is what makes every second worth it.

Marc Sanderson

Owner: INNERGY

Marc Sanderson, owner of both Wilkie Sanderson and INNERGY, entered the millwork industry 20 years ago with a small cabinet shop and now with 80 employees, it's one of the most profitable millwork companies in the United States. Using the Theory of Constraints along with integrated sets of activities, Marc has transformed Wilkie Sanderson into a national company that does work from coast to coast. “Knowledge without action is useless.”

Travis Haynam

Vice President of Segments within the Extraction and Filtration Technology division: Nederman Corporation

Travis Haynam is the Vice President of Segments for Nederman Corporation within the Extraction and Filtration Technology division. Travis has worked within the industrial and commercial air pollution control industry for over 19 years, has been assigned (8) global patents and authored (16) trade publication articles. Travis holds a BSME and MBA from the University of Cincinnati and is an industry expert in the design and application of fume, dust and mist collection systems. In his current role, Travis focuses on understanding customer needs and ensuring his division’s products and services are aligned accordingly. This work includes the integration of the Nederman Insight IIoT platform into his division’s industrial air pollution control solutions offerings.

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