2017 Fall Management Conference, Plant Tours, and Exhibition

Louisville Marriott Downtown - October 14-17, 2017



Sunday, October 15
7:30-0 a.m. -8:45 a.m. Keynote - Cal Fussman
9-10:15 a.m. Regulatory Panel
Bonnie Byers, King & Spalding
Steve Jones, King & Spalding
Robert Courtnage, Associate Chief, Fibers & Organics Branch, EPA
Join us for an update on two of the most pressing issues in the cabinet manufacturing industry today.  Learn the latest on provisions to the EPA Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Rule as well as KCMA’s effort with foreign competition in the cabinet industry.
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Industry 4.0 Presentation and Workshop
Georg Frey, President, Lignum Consulting
Industry 4.0’s benefits go far beyond extending your digital reach or selling new products or services.  It will establish your company, your employees, and your entire ecosystem of suppliers, partners, distributors, and customers as a fully interconnected, integrated digital network. Three aspects of digitization form the heart of an Industry 4.0 approach - the full digitization of a company’s operations, the redesign of products and services, and closer interaction with customers.  Are you ready?
This presentation and workshop will offer a high-level view of Industry 4.0 and then provide you with a hands-on interactive tool to evaluate your company, giving you a clear picture of the current status of your organization, including strengths and weaknesses as they relate to the connected factory.
2-3 p.m. Skills Gap Panel
Kelley Baker, Director, SkillsUSA Indiana
Kent Gilchrist, co-founder, Woodwork Career Alliance
Larry Johnson, Director, SkillsUSA Kentucky
Dean Mattson, founder, Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab
Harry Urban, Business Development Manager, Woodworking Network (moderator)
The manufacturing industry has taken a turn for the better in the last few years – factory output has increased and the industry has added thousands of jobs in the last several months.  However, with an increase in manufacturing jobs comes the concern that companies can’t find appropriately skilled laborers to fill these jobs.  Join this panel as they discuss the skills gap and what they are actually doing to solve the problem.
3:15-3:45 p.m. Afternoon Keynote - Congressman Larry Buschon, IN 8th District
4-5 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Manufacturers Panel - Lessons Learned
Steve Bell, Bellmont Cabinets
Doug Boucher, American Woodmark, Corp (moderator)
Pat Corsi, The Corsi Group
Paul Wellborn, Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.
The inaugural class of KCMA’s Emerging Leaders Council (ELC) presents a panel of KCMA manufacturers, featuring an interactive Q&A session designed to share the wealth of knowledge that exists within the KCMA membership.  Growth struggles and strategies, hiring and firing, safety, setbacks, policies – popular or not, catastrophes, culture – it’s all here and all you need to do is bring your questions. 
Investing in Relationship Capital
Ed Wallace, President and Chief Relationship Officer, The Relational Capital Group
In business today, everything can be digitized or outsourced, except for relationships.  Join us for a workshop with Ed Wallace, to learn how to better invest in relationship capital.  This workshop will have something for everyone – for the sales person who is just starting out to seasoned sales professionals and even the other side of the equation – product and purchasing managers.  Ed will walk the audience through:
  • How to turn contacts into connections
  • How to create lasting competitive advantage
  • Relational GPS – the roadmap for successful business relationships
  • A relationship quality assessment to measure the strength of your top 5 relationships
Walk away with at least one relationship building idea that you can use immediately and better understand your relationships with your customers (and vice versa!)


Kelley Baker, Director, SkillsUSA Indiana
Steve Bell, Owner, Bellmont Cabinet Co.
Steve Bell is the founder of Pacific Crest Industries DBA Bellmont Cabinet Company. Bellmont started as a small garage shop servicing the homes his father in law was building. During the 1980’s Steve began building a frameless cabinet with contemporary looks and local NKBA dealers started asking him to build cabinets for them. Bellmont now services Lowe’s along with a nationwide network of over 500 independent kitchen dealers out of their 200,000 SF facility in Sumner, WA with 350 employees. Bellmont is a family business with his wife Carolyn and two sons, Casey and Tyler, all involved in the business. They’ve experienced a lot of ups and downs throughout their 37-year history but none as trying as the great recession. They have been fortunate to be in the right place at the right time as transitional and contemporary designs are now very much in vogue.  Steve has been honored in the past as the 2005 SBA Small Business Person of the year for Washington State, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year for the Pacific Northwest region in 2008, the 2009 Jerry Metz Achievement Award, the 2013 Manufacturing Executive of the year for Washington State and their family received the Family Business of the Year award for Washington State in 2016.
Pat Corsi, Chairman & CEO, The Corsi Group
 Patrick R. Corsi founded The Corsi Group in 1973, locating in Indianapolis, Indiana.  For the last 44 years, Corsi has  been committed to the construction, delivery and servicing of custom and semi-custom cabinetry. The legacy brand,  Corsi Cabinets operates out of a 53,500 sq. ft. facility on the South side of Indianapolis, which today is one of the  company’s three facilities. In 2000, the company expanded by building a 50,000 sq. ft. facility in Elkins, West Virginia,  and began producing the Greenfield Cabinetry brand and then in 2015 opened Siteline Cabinetry in Keysville, Virginia. Corsi and Greenfield offer both front frame and full access product while Siteline is a dedicated full access offering. 
Georg Frey, President, Lignum Consulting
Georg Frey is President of Lignum Consulting Inc., headquartered in Cary, NC.  He has been working as a consultant for the wood and furniture industry since 1999.  He studied wood technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Rosenheim and completed an apprenticeship as a cabinet maker.  He also holds an MBA from SDA Bocconi in Milan.  He has extensive experience in company development planning and in the implementation of lean manufacturing systems in the wood and furniture industry.
Kent Gilchrest, Co-founder, Woodwork Career Alliance
In 1990 Kent Gilchrist started Fremont Interiors, Inc, an architectural woodworking firm that designs and fabricates projects in their Indiana facility for the residential and commercial markets.
Mr. Gilchrist is also very active in serving and promoting the industry with an emphasis on education and support of a sustainable workforce for our industry.  He is an active member on both the local and national levels in the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) including the AWI SkillsUSA Committee and Technical Chair for SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking. Mr. Gilchrist is the President of the AWI Education Foundation and a past President of AWI. He currently holds director positions with the Woodwork Career Alliance and SkillsUSA Indiana. 
Most recently Mr. Gilchrist has taken on the role of Director of Business and Workforce Development with the Woodwork Career Alliance. The emphasis is to continue building the WCA Passport program in education and industry as well as building a Workforce Development Coalition supported by industry manufacturers and suppliers.
Larry Johnson, Director, SkillsUSA Kentucky
As a high school junior not knowing what he wanted to do after graduation Larry enrolled in a vocational program and studied Air Conditioning & Refrigeration.
After 81/2 years working as Air Conditioning & Refrigeration technician he began teaching Air Conditioning & Refrigeration at Oldham County for 12 years. During that time he earned a Degree in Occupational & Career Education and also earned his rank 1 teaching credential.
In 1994 Larry transferred to the Frankfort Central Office to be the State Director of VICA which is now known as SkilsUSA.  In 1999 he accepted a position of Director of Corrections Education at several prisons where he retired after over 34 years on June 30, 2012.
In November of 2012 Larry resumed his passion in the position he once had as Director of SkillsUSA Kentucky where he works with thousands of student members to learn workplace essential skills while providing opportunities to competition in technical skill as-well-as leadership contests at State and National Championships.
Dean Mattson, Founder, Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab
Dean Mattson is the founder of five companies and is the CEO of Mattson’s Interiors Inc,  a Career Technical Education Consulting (CTE) company. 
In 2008, Mattson entered the field of public education, where he became the lead instructor of the Woods Program at North Salem High School in Salem, Oregon. In 2015, Mattson became the Director of Woods Manufacturing for Peyton Public Schools in Peyton, Colorado.  He did this to expand this CTE model of education to public schools across North America and to establish the industry’s first National Woods Manufacturing Training Center. The same year, Peyton School District retrofitted an abandoned middle school into a Career Technical Education Facility (CTEF), a modern lean manufacturing educational facility and implemented the Mattson Wood Manufacturing Curriculum.
In August of 2017, the industry’s National Woods Manufacturing Training Center opened in Colorado Springs to high school, college, military, industry and CTE teacher students.  This facility is known as the MiLL (Manufacturing Industry Learning Labs).
Mattson currently resides in Salem, Oregon and Colorado Springs, CO with his wife, Rosemary.  They have four married children and five grandchildren.  Dean enjoys woodworking and fly-fishing in his spare time.
Ed Wallace, President and Chief Relationship Officer, The Relational Capital Group
Ed Wallace is President and Chief Relationship Officer of The Relational Capital Group. He  consults with and speaks for corporations and associations across the globe with a client list that is a Who’s Who of Fortune 500 companies. He is the author of Fares to Friends, Creating Relational Capital, Business Relationships That Last,  and his most recent #1 Bestseller The Relationship Engine.  In addition, Ed is currently on the Executive Education faculty of Drexel’s LeBow College of Business and Villanova University’s Human Resources Master’s program.
Erik Winchester, Branch Chief, Fibers & Organics Branch, EPA
Erik Winchester is the Branch Chief of the Fibers & Organics Branch at the U.S. EPA in the National Program Chemicals Division within the Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics.  He has been at EPA for 18 years and has worked in the toxics, water and research & development offices on policy, regulatory, and scientific issues.  His branch is responsible for implementing the new regulation for formaldehyde emissions in composite wood products.  
Paul Wellborn, President/CEO, Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc., was founded in 1961, in Ashland, Alabama by Paul and Doug Wellborn. The company began in a 3,200 square foot building manufacturing low-cost kitchen and bath cabinets and specializing in kitchen and bath cabinet contract sales for government-financed housing. In 1986, Paul Wellborn purchased the company, became sole owner and changed the company’s customer base largely to residential kitchen and bath dealers. 
Since then Wellborn Cabinet, Inc., has increased vastly in both size and product selection to include 7 product lines that offer framed and frameless cabinetry for your whole home solution. 
Today, owned by Paul Wellborn and the Wellborn Family, Wellborn manufactures its kitchen and bath cabinets from start to finish at the 2,000,000 square foot facility in Ashland, AL.
Paul and Betty Wellborn have been married 54 years and have 5 children, 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

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