The Cabinet Makers Association announces an open invitation for interested professional custom cabinet makers and woodworkers to our informal networking and problem solving get-together. Join peers from across North America and beyond for a lively session titled: “What’s Your Problem?” on Fri., Aug. 24, 2012 during the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta.
Attendees can pose questions on nearly any technical or business management topic and learn how their peers suggest it be solved. The program will start promptly at 4:30 p.m. Open to all IWF attendees, with limited seats available on first-come, first-served basis. Advanced registration is required.
In addition, CMA offers a full educational series open to all IWF attendees, but sessions are filling quickly. Early bird discounts for these sessions have been extended through Tue., Aug. 21, 2012. If you join the CMA now, you can receive members-only pricing, and we’ll extend your first year’s membership until Oct. 1, 2013. Attendees do not need to be a CMA member nor enrolled in the CMA’s Professional Certification Program to attend these CMA sessions, we have arranged special discounts for CMA members. Here’s a sampling of what we’re delivering:
The Finance/Insurance section has two sessions. Greg Crabtree, chief executive officer of Crabtree, Rowe & Berger is far from your usual CPA, but rather a true entrepreneur who understands our world. Crabtree developed a curriculum of operating principles that can take your business to the next level. By attending his session, you will come away with a set of operating metrics, policies and practices that will put your company on a solid path to reliable, stable growth and profitability.
Mike Russell, national account executive, Association Risk Management Services of the CMA’s Platinum Sponsor Federated Insurance will deliver an eye-opening session on commercial insurance. "Insurance 101" will help you understand the factors that determine your business insurance premium, and more importantly, what you and your business can do to lessen your insurance cost. Yes, you can control your insurance premiums. Learn how you can positively influence your insurance premiums and pay less than your competitors.
Another expert is Gene Wengert, president of The Wood Doctor’s RX, who will be presenting Wood 101. Wengert is one of the few nationally recognized experts on wood and wood processing and is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin’s Wood Processing Department of Forestry. Wood 101 is the first in a series of sessions we will be offering on the management perspectives of that very basic commodity we all use. His insight and expertise developed over decades of research is a welcome addition to our certification program.
Plus, you’ll also see several other recognizable names among the CMA speakers who will deliver various CMA sessions at the show. To see the full CMA line up and for more details, go to the IWF website and check out all the CMA sessions.
It's been said that the difference between professionals like doctors, lawyers and accountants is their training. Professionals go to school to master the ins and outs of their professions and keep their knowledge current. There is little doubt that technology has forever changed the way custom cabinet and woodworking businesses operate now and will continue to change into the future. Start today by joining the CMA and enrolling in its Professional Certification program.