Chairman’s Message: Celebrating and Honoring Our Past: 2018 marks WMIA’s 40th anniversary—that is, the 40th anniversary of the merger between the Woodworking Machinery Importers Association (WMIA) and the Woodworking Machinery Distributors Association (WMDA). In WMIA’s history, as well as the history of its predecessor organizations, there have been a large number of individuals who have provided leadership and vision through the years. To honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the Association, WMIA’s Board of Directors created the Hall of Honor. WMIA Chairman of the Board Dave Rakauskas provides some input into the creation of the Hall of Honor, and who is eligible to be inducted. (See related story in this issue about the first class of inductees.) Read more of Dave’s message.
Mahalo Nui Loa (Thank You Very Much), Maui! By all accounts, the 2018 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), held last month in Maui, Hawaii, was a tremendous success. It was one of the biggest conferences in recent history, with over 310 WMIA and WMMA members and their families in attendance. Attendees heard from speakers on a number of different topics, from sales and using technology to enhance the customer experience, to perspectives from manufacturing executives and an economic outlook. There were numerous opportunities for business development and networking, and many attendees participated in activities including a golf tournament, the annual 5K run/walk, volleyball, and a tour of the Maui Tropical Plantation. Be sure to check out the WIC Flickr page to review photos from the conference, and you can view video interviews with conference speakers (as well as a few other fun looks at the conference) on the WIC YouTube channel. WMIA wishes to thank all of those companies that supported WIC 2018 through their sponsorship of the conference: Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Biesse America, Black Bros. Co., FDMC/Woodworking Network, FerWood USA Corporation, Friulmac, Inc., Georgia World Congress Center, GES, Giben Anderson Group, International Woodworking Fair, Mereen-Johnson, Morgan Stanley, Pillar Machine, Safety Speed, SCM Group North America, Stiles Machinery, The Original Saw Company, VTM Enterprises, WEIMA America, Weinig/Holz-Her, Williams & Hussey, and Wood Machinery Systems, Inc.
Mark Your Calendars for WIC 2019…It’s not too early to start thinking about WIC 2019, which will be held April 2-5, 2019, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Florida! Hotel reservations and conference registration should be available later this summer, and the special conference rate at the Omni will be available from the Saturday prior to the conference through the Saturday afterward. More details to follow, but get ready for another fantastic WIC!!
2018 Wooden Globe Award Winners Salute Excellence: During WIC 2018, two companies and an educator were honored with WMIA’s Wooden Globe Awards. Since 1988, the Association has used the Wooden Globe Awards program to recognize notable success and achievements, accomplished in part through the use of high technology machinery and software supplied by WMIA-member companies. Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Howard Lake, MN, received the Commitment to Excellence Through Technology Award. They were nominated by Jim Besonen of Wood Machinery Systems, Inc. Mary Lynn Heath of Lockdowel, Inc. nominated Lazy Lee USA, Cedar City, UT, the winner of this year’s Innovator of the Year Award. Joe Davis of the Dale Jackson Career Center, Lewisville, TX, received the Educator of the Year Award, for which he was nominated by Erich Mazurek of Maze Machinery, LLC. Read more about all of this year’s winners at http://www.wmia.org/awards-2/awards-2016-copy-copy/.
WMIA Inducts First Class of Honorees into Hall of Honor: As mentioned in Dave Rakauskas’ message, the Association’s Board of Directors recently created the WMIA Hall of Honor to commemorate WMIA’s 40th anniversary and honor those who contributed to the Association’s success through the years. During the recent Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC) in Maui, 29 individuals, including WMIA’s founders as well as early leaders of both WMIA and WMDA, were inducted into the Hall of Honor. One honoree, Jim Scarlett of Scarlett, Inc., was present in Hawaii to be recognized for his leadership as a former WMDA president and a longtime volunteer leader of both associations. All inductees will receive a commemorative plaque and their names will kept on a perpetual plaque at WMIA’s headquarters office. To view the first class of honorees, visit http://www.wmia.org/hall-of-honor/. Information seeking nominees for next year’s class of honorees will be disseminated later this year.
IWF Webinar about Eventbit Lead Retrieval, and Accessing Information about Your Booth’s Visitors: For those WMIA members who will be exhibiting at IWF 2018, IWF staff will conduct two webinars for you to learn about Eventbit Lead Retrieval and how to access and use your Event IQ portal to access leads and data about your booth’s visitors. The webinar will be held at 2:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 26, and then repeated at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9. Staff within your company can sign up for one or both webinars, but the same content will be presented both times. To sign up for a webinar, click on the corresponding link below. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation from GoToMeeting which will have the conference line you can use to call into the webinar. Tuesday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. ET Click this link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8991466734123760386. Repeat webinar Tuesday, July 9 at 2:00 p.m. ET Click this link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7136753345786944259.
Member Profile: Quis Machinery, Inc.: Quis Machinery, Inc. was started in Statesville, NC in 1953 by Francis R. Quis. In 1979, Frank Quis, Jr. purchased the distributorship from his father and moved it to Southern Pines, NC three years later. Then, on January 1, 2017, Jason Dingess became the new president/owner of Quis Machinery. In this member profile, Dingess discusses how this distributor member is completely focused on the needs of their customers, and talks about what he sees in the future for the company and the industry as a whole. Read more of this issue’s member profile.
Member Spotlight: Jason Dingess, Quis Machinery, Inc.: With strong roots in North Carolina, Jason Dingess, president/owner of Quis Machinery, looks back to what led him to his life’s dream: owning his own business. As far back as he can remember, Jason has wanted to own his own company where he has the direct opportunity to help people. Dingess said that every time he would visit the James L. Taylor Manufacturing plant in Poughkeepsie, NY, he felt different than when he would visit other plants. He explained this feeling to the company’s president, Michael Burdis, who stated that he believes it is because everybody there shows up and asks themselves what they can do to move the needle a little bit further, every day. “What if we all said that to ourselves every day,” questioned Dingess. “Not what do I have to get done today, but rather, what could I do to move the needle closer to my goals, towards what I want to accomplish.” Read more of this issue’s spotlight on Jason Dingess.
April 2018 Housing Report: Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, produces a monthly housing report. These reports contain in-depth data and comments on the U.S. housing market and are intended to help gauge future business activity. You can view Part 1, the main report, and Part 2, the economic conditions. The reports are intended to help you gauge future business activity. All past housing reports are archived at http://woodproducts.sbio.vt.edu/housing-report/.
Upcoming Dates on the Horizon:
- June 26, 2018: IWF Eventbit Lead Retrieval Webinar
- July 9, 2018: IWF Eventbit Lead Retrieval Webinar
- August 22-25, 2018: International Woodworking Fair (IWF) 2018, Atlanta, GA
- April 2-5, 2019: 2019 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), Amelia Island, FL
- July 17-20, 2019: 2019 AWFS Fair, Las Vegas, NV
- May 4-8, 2020: 2020 Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), Isle of Palms, SC
- 1.WMIA News – August 2017
- 2.Member Profile: Atlantic Machinery (October/November 2017)
- 3.Member Spotlight: Riccardo Azzoni, Atlantic Machinery (October/November 2017)
- 4.President’s Message: October/November 2017
- 5.WMIA News: October/November 2017
- 6.Chairman of the Board’s Message – January 2018
- 7.WMIA News: January 2018
- 8.President’s Message: February 2018
- 9.WMIA News: February 2018
- 10.Member Spotlight: Jason Dingess, Quis Machinery, Inc. (May/June 2018)
- 11.Member Profile: Quis Machinery (May/June 2018)
- 12.Chairman’s Message: May/June 2018
- 13.WMIA News: May/June 2018
- 14.WMIA News: September/October 2018