On August 27, 2019, the AWI Board of Directors reviewed the AWI Executive Vice President Search Committee's report and recommendation of Mr. Doug Hague as Philip Duvic's successor effective January 1, 2020. Following the Board's unanimous vote on that recommendation, Directors enthusiastically endorsed Mr. Hague in his new role as the AWI EVP. Mr. Duvic has been associated with AWI since November 2000 and was appointed as Executive Vice President in 2005. Mr. Hague previously held the title of AWI Education Director since July 2016.
Prior to the Board's vote, Doug Mock, chair of the EVP Search Committee connected to the Board meeting by teleconference call and reported that nearly eighty (80) applicants were received and reviewed in the selection process which resulted in a selection of three (3) qualified finalist EVP candidates. Each of the three (3) finalist candidates was interviewed by the EVP Search Committee in face to face meetings earlier this month. At the conclusion of those interviews, the EVP Search Committee selected Mr. Hague as their recommended EVP candidate for consideration by the AWI Board of Directors.
In September through December, Mr. Duvic and Hague will be working together to ensure a successful transition and hand-off into his new role as the AWI Executive Vice President. That transition process will include a number of face-to-face meetings and conference calls, some of which will include many AWI members of the AWI Staff Team.
The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) is a nonprofit trade association founded in 1953. Today, AWI represents nearly 3000 members consisting of architectural woodworkers, suppliers, design professionals and students from around the world. For more information - www.awinet.org
The skies are clear. The river is at its normal level. Authorities are reporting a low risk of wildfire. Fault lines have been quiet. It’s tempting to operate your business as if these will always be the case. But what will you do when disaster strikes? Ask any business owner who has been through a disaster — thorough preparation makes all the difference.
When you experience a catastrophe, the trauma and stress make it difficult, if not impossible, to think clearly enough to begin setting things right. And unless you’ve collected all the documents and information you need for operational continuity, you’ll have a hard time getting things moving again.
Federated Mutual Insurance Company® offers the resources you need to prepare your business for a disaster with the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) Open for Business-EZ® program. The program, available online or in print, guides business owners through the process of developing a plan to help keep a business profitable after a disaster.
The toolkit contains documents to record information about the major areas of your business, including basic operations, equipment, employees, customers, suppliers, vendors, finances, and information technology. It also helps you record and assess your risk for a variety of natural and man-made disasters, and test your plan for reaction and recovery. To access the toolkit, visit the IBHS website, or log on to Federated’s Shield Network and click on “IBHS – Disaster Planning.”
The IBHS website also offers a tool that helps users identify threats specific to their geographic region, helping to focus preparedness efforts. It also provides information on best practices, including assessments, guides, and checklists to help prepare for these perils:
The site www.disastersafety.org, is also great for employees of the business to learn how to prepare for disasters. A business cannot recover unless they have employees that can help and employees can’t help the business until they have their own personal situation under control. For more information on OFB-EZ® and the library of other risk management resources Federated Insurance® offers, contact your local Federated marketing representative.
Turn any bathroom into a more functional and efficient space that is easier to use and simpler to keep organized with storage accessories from Richelieu. These organization solutions can make morning routine run smoothly when getting ready to face the day ahead.
The BANIO Modular Organizer is a U-shaped drawer system for bathroom vanities. The cut-out shape in the back circumvents the plumbing concealing it from view while improving the functionality of the vanity drawer.
Add the translucent acrylic storage containers as drawer dividers to keep contents tidy and make things easy to find. The containers keep the interior of the drawer looking light and airy. They can be rearranged however wanted and then clipped into place to prevent them from moving around.
Learn more at https://www.richelieu.com/QR/C/1210575
SawStop today announced the launch of their new Jobsite Saw PRO table saw. The upgraded PRO model carries forward all the features that established the original Jobsite Saw as a class leader, including SawStop’s contact detection technology, while adding new capabilities optimized for the construction and woodworking professional.
The original Jobsite Saw debuted in 2015 to positive reviews. Rob Robillard with ToolBoxBuzz called it “pure innovation with premium features, functionality and compact portability.” Gary Katz with ThisIsCarpentry wrote, “The folks at SawStop really went all-out to engineer a stellar tool. They succeeded.” Frequently praised features include one-turn elevation, squeeze-to-tilt balanced trunnion, and an onboard accessory storage drawer.
The PRO model adds to the long feature list, including:
SawStop’s CEO Matt Howard is excited about the PRO model. “SawStop works to protect people from injury, but we also work to inspire our customers with innovations that make a difference in their daily work. We’ve been listening to our customers, and these upgrades are our responses to their requests. We can’t wait for people to get their hands on the new PRO model.”
The new Jobsite Saw PRO is available today at authorized SawStop dealer locations across the USA and Canada. USD retail $1,399, CAD retail $1,850.
About SawStop Table Saws:
SawStop, established in 1999, is the world leader in table saw safety. Each SawStop saw stops and retracts the blade on contact with skin. The company’s saws are designed to minimize saw-related injuries and the costs associated with them. Learn more at www.sawstop.com.
The Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) is pleased to announce that Dominic Rubino will be the closing keynote speaker at the organization’s 2020 national conference, which will be held March 4-6 in St. Charles, Illinois.
A professional speaker, facilitator, author, and business coach, Dominic Rubino is dedicated to helping woodworking professionals work less and earn more. Through his blog, articles, podcast, and videos Rubino has been teaching business improvement tricks to shop owners for almost two decades.
To leave the CMA 2020 event attendees with a memorable conference experience, Rubino will close the conference with insights about how business owners need a map to get their company to the destination. That map is a strategic plan that portrays what the company will look like over the next five years. Rubino’s presentation will outline specific steps to help attendees figure out WHO will do WHAT by WHEN.
Rubino’s presentation connects the overall event theme of “2020 Vision” and the associated sight lines of driving a car: looking in the rearview mirror to see where we have been, checking the blind spot to see what’s happening around us, and shifting gears to accelerate forward. After that, according to Rubino, “The rest is just checking the map and making course corrections to get to your destination.”
You don’t want to miss this event! For more information and to register, visit www.cabinetmakers.org/2020
The Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) will once again host a day of local shop tours on October 16, 2019 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The CMA event is in conjunction with the Wood Pro Expo Lancaster, which will be held October 17-18.
On October the 16th, the CMA event will begin with a networking breakfast before the bus departs for School Specialty in Lancaster. The next stop will be Meridian Products in New Holland, PA. Then the group will enjoy lunch at Shady Lane Smorgasbord in East Earl, PA. The day will conclude with a visit to a CMA member shop: Seven Trees Woodworking in New Holland.
The CMA hosts high-value events such as this to connect similar-sized shops with the purpose of sharing best practices and business acumen, while learning how other businesses do what they do. In addition to the shop tours, the events encourage networking by providing an opportunity to talk shop, share issues, and provide solutions.
Registration for the full day ofCMA tours is $65 which includes group transportation, breakfast, and lunch. To register for the shop tours and the Wood Pro Expo, visit www.woodworkingnetwork.com/events/wood-pro-expo-lancaster. In 2018, the CMA event sold out, so early registration is encouraged to secure your spot.
Survey asks shop owners about the current state of the industry
The Cabinet Makers Association (CMA), in conjunction with Woodworking Network, requests that small- and medium-sized shop owners complete their 2019 Benchmark Survey. Their answers will provide a clearer picture of the woodworking industry in the U.S. and Canada, while also helping other shops have a better idea of where they stand in relation to the rest of the industry.
This annual survey is designed to establish benchmarks for the industry. In doing so, the survey explores business outlook, staffing and compensation, shop rates, CNC automation, construction methods, and marketing. On the demographic side, the survey paints a portrait of where shops are located, number of employees, and what kind of work they do.
All participants are eligible to be entered in a drawing for a free power tool, and they will also receive a copy of the full survey data. An overview of the results is published in the December issue of FDMC Magazine. Individual survey responses are kept strictly confidential regarding the participant’s name and company.
For those who have contributed in the past, the 2019 questions have been streamlined so it should take less time to finish. The survey is open until 12:00 AM on November 1, 2019. To complete the survey, please visit bit.ly/benchmark19
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