Volume 45, Issue 8 - October  2006

AMD Preview

Get Back in the Saddle
AMD Convention Promises Superb Presentations, Products and Networking
by Samantha Carpenter

The Association of Millwork Distributors’ Annual Convention is always known for its networking opportunities and fun-filled atmosphere. At the 42nd Annual Convention, “Back in the Saddle with AMD,” at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, October 14-19, 2006, attendees are sure to view top-notch presentations and educational seminars as well as the latest products in the millwork industry.

Keynote Presentations
This year’s opening session keynote speaker is Oliver North. In his presentation, “America in the New Millennium,” North will draw on his experience as a United States Marine and his tenure as a staff member of the National Security Council during the Reagan administration. North will assess the United States’ role in the world – militarily, economically and politically. He will identify the policies that have made America the world’s only remaining superpower and outline the strategies necessary to keep America at the forefront as a world power.

The awards breakfast presentation will be given by Afterburners, fighter pilots who teach the techniques of Flawless Execution™ and peak performance to sales teams and top executives of the world’s foremost corporations (Fortune 500 companies). 

This program provides a high-energy multimedia presentation about how fighter pilots operate in a combat environment and how to apply those lessons to business. Rare cockpit footage and cutting-edge computer graphics make a presentation you will never forget. 

Educational Seminars
All educational seminars will be held on Sunday, October 15. For specific times, please see the convention program schedule below. You can make education a key to your continued success by attending all or one of the following seminars.

In the seminar, “Conquering Warehouse Challenges with Real-Time Warehouse Management Systems,” representatives from DMSi Software, WoodWare Systems, Computer Associates Inc., Majure Data Inc., and invited panelists from AMD member companies, Bridgewater Wholesalers Inc., Brockway-Smith Co., J.B. O’Meara and Reeb Millwork Corp. will discuss warehouse management systems. 

Seminar attendees will learn from company representatives what a warehouse management system (WMS) does for millwork operations and how real-time WMS technology tied to business management systems helps to keep up with customer demands.

“Managing Change: Understanding the Demographics of the Evolving Workforce,” presented by Marilyn Moats-Kennedy, will provide an overview of the workplace values, lifestyle, and social values of the groups that will dominate the workplace in the next two decades. Moats-Kennedy, is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Fast Company.

AMD’s codes consultant Sarah Rice of Schirmer Engineering and members of the AMD Testing and Certification Task Group (TCTG) will discuss the “who, what, and where” of current regulatory issues, building codes and industry standards in the seminar, “Update on Codes and Standards: Is Your Company Up To Speed?”

Russ Taylor, president of the International Wood Markets Group Inc., will highlight in his presentation, “Emerging Moulding and Millwork Suppliers with a Focus on China,” major supply trends. A comprehensive assessment of China will be made. Discussion will include where China gets its raw material supplies, where new capacity is being installed that is targeting the U.S. market and why further export growth is expected from China.

With more than 27 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing, Joe Beckett, director of client development for Lean Advisors Inc., will share his expertise on “lean” as both practitioner and trainer in his presentation, “Introduction to Lean Manufacturing.”

Becket’s presentation will provide you with a clear understanding of the fundamental principles behind lean manufacturing and the impact lean can have on your organization.

In his presentation, “A Robust Industry-An Overview of the Remodeling Market, Ron Spink will discuss how to capitalize on this growing market.

Samantha Carpenter is editor of SHELTER magazine.

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