When: November 2-4

Where: Minneapolis, Minnesota


One_Day_Event_Images/Finney.jpgJeff Finney, founder of Ultimate Cabinet Components based in Collinsville, OK, has been an owner in the woodworking industry for the past 15 years. From his experiences in owning a company he has created a well followed blog, and a growing audience of The Push Thru podcast. Talking to anyone that will listen, Jeff enjoys learning about new and exciting developments within our industry. Ultimate Cabinet Components started practicing LEAN principles 3 years ago and continues to this day. "Lean is the perfect vision, it is the lighthouse in the distance that we can move toward but never truly reach. There is always room for more improvement!"  

Presentation – Practical Lean

  • Pillars of Lean
  • How to get started
  • How to keep it going
  • Intro to SOP's
  • Examples of LEAN at work in my shop


One_Day_Event_Images/St_Germain.jpgTaylor St. Germain - As an economic analyst with ITR Economics, Taylor St. Germain provides consulting services for small businesses, trade associations, and Fortune 500 companies across a spectrum of industries. His dynamic personality and extensive knowledge of economic trends and their business relevance are highly valued by clients and colleagues alike.

Taylor is a member of ITR’s Dallas team and specializes in forecasting at both the market and company levels. With his depth of experience, Taylor is a key contributor to ITR Economics’ forecast accuracy rating of 94.7%.

Presentation – Economic Update

  • Review of short-term and long-term economic forecasts
  • How the forecasts will directly impact attendees
  • Identification of Business Cycle Phases, and what this means for WCMA members
  • Leading economic indicators of utmost importance to watch
  • Economic insight on inflation, interest rates, and taxes
  • Time-sensitive current events of public concern and how to expect them to affect the audience’s businesses, as well as instructions for moving forward