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Networking, education part of CMA conference

Stay in your lane: Guy Bucey will open the conference.

Stay in your lane: Guy Bucey will open the conference.

The Cabinet Makers Association expects about 200 members to attend its second national conference – exploring the theme, “2020 Vision: A Clear View of the Woodworking Industry” – scheduled for Mar. 4-6, 2020 at the Q Center in St. Charles, Ill.,.

The group’s executive director, Amanda Conger, says woodworkers and related industry counterparts, whether CMA members or not, are invited to attend and benefit in several ways.

“It’s important for a few reasons. One is stepping out of your shop into a different perspective. You’re so focused on your day-to-day responsibilities. At the same time, you get that perspective of other people in similar situations or who’ve been there and succeeded. Networking is huge at these events. We try to keep everyone busy with educational sessions, but we provide them with a ton of experiences to just talk to other members,” says Conger.

Get answers from experts at the CMA conference.

Get answers from experts at the CMA conference.

Guy Bucey, a decorated Marine turned woodworking plant manager and COO at Inova in Guilderland Center, N.Y., will give the opening keynote address, “Stay in Your Lane”, on being an effective leader.

Bucey’s “presentation will discuss how to be a servant leader, not a domineering leader. He talks about how it’s important to know your role, not overlap, and allow your employees to do their job. He touches on culture, employee retention and general management and leadership strategies,” Conger says.

Dominic Rubino, a woodworking business consultant, will close the conference. Rubino “will talk about how you need a plan to get where you want to go. He’ll provide strategies for people to do that and implement so they walk away with specific marching orders,” says Conger.

Local plant tours are also on the agenda.

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This article originally appeared in the December 2019 issue.

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