Educational Sessions: What's on Tap?

There’s something for everyone at BCMC, but most critically, there’s a full schedule of learning opportunities at the show for everyone in your plant. You’re welcome to attend whatever interests you most, but if you’re new to the show or looking for a clear path, consider following a Session Track. Also, be sure to bring your safety team to Milwaukee this year to attend the Safety Summit on Tuesday afternoon!

Unleash Your Inner Tyrant!

Wednesday, October 24 • 9:30-10:30a 

This session will help middle and senior management become better leaders by showing them everything they should avoid. Veteran comedian-turned-corporate speaker, Jeff Havens employs his trademark wit and reverse psychology to teach attendees the worst of all leadership practices – including how to create a culture of fear and mistrust, how to oppress and demoralize employees, and how to stand firm in the face of all change – before wrapping up with a serious conversation about the kind of leaders we should all strive to become.

Unleash Your Inner Tyrant Keynote Demo from The Jeff Havens Company on Vimeo.

Design Team DNA: Designing Your Design Team – Get ‘Em, Train ‘Em, Keep ‘Em

Wednesday, October 24 • 9:30-10:30a

Building a well-oiled design department is the goal of every component manufacturer, but it’s easier said than done.  These design managers will share how their companies hire for the right fit, mentor new hires and bring them up to speed, and maintain a high sense of morale so that everyone works together as part of the team.

Panelists:

Tony Acampa, Shelter Systems Limited

Tony joined the component industry in 1998 after a school internship. His AutoCAD skills brought new possibilities to the design department and opened the door to more opportunities in multi-family design. Tony became design team lead in January 2015. His current team consists of 13 in-house designers and three support staff members. Tony enjoys hanging with his young son, playing bass guitar and fly-fishing.

Dallas Austin, Big C Lumber Structural Building Components 

SBCA Board Member and part of the Emerging Leaders committee, Dallas has 22 years of experience in the building materials industry with Big C Lumber. Dallas has held several titles with Big C, since 2011 as Design Manager at Structural Building Components. Dallas’ team of 7 designers and 3 estimators provide services for residential and commercial Wall Panels, Roof and Floor trusses, and EWP.

Travis McOsker, Hart Components

Travis McOsker has been in the truss industry for 15 years and has been with Hart Components since 2005. He currently leads the company’s IT and design teams. He has been instrumental in bringing technology to the production floor and is a proponent of trying new tools that can help his team effectively do their jobs.

Managing Risk in an Increasingly Complex Market

Wednesday, October 24 • 9:30-10:30a

When your company’s products are under attack, who should you talk to and what should you say, or not say? Hear from SBCA’s legal counsel about various issues currently impacting the industry, and how you can successfully confront them if they happen to you without exposing yourself to greater risk.

Presenter:

Kent Pagel, Pagel, Davis & Hill, P.C.

As SBCA legal counsel, Kent has been helping CMs manage design responsibility risks and liabilities since 1994. As president of the Houston, Texas law firm of Pagel, Davis & Hill, Kent advises local, regional and national companies involved in residential, commercial and industrial construction, providing counsel on matters of litigation and arbitration, insurance, liability, contracts, and operations.

Selling Value, Not Wood

Wednesday, October 24 • 11a-12p

Selling trusses shouldn’t always be about the cost. Structural building components turn a building’s plans into reality, providing more value than just the wood. Learn ways to build relationships with existing and potential customers so that price isn’t the only thing you’re selling.

Take the conversation further in this year’s Learning Labs on the show floor! 

Panelists:

Chris Lambert, Builders FirstSource

Jason Walsh, California TrusFrame LLC

Jason joined the truss industry in 1999 as a designer for Computrus in Southern California. He worked for a few different truss and framing companies along the way and made it through the recession learning design, estimating, and sales. Jason landed at California TrusFrame (CTF) in 2010 as a sales rep. Since that time, Jason has moved from sales rep to sales manager to general manager. In January 2016 he was promoted again to become CTF’s vice president of sales and design.

Quality Is Everyone’s Obligation

Wednesday, October 24 • 11a-12p

When a product error is discovered in the field, who suffers the consequences? Everyone. That’s why finger pointing isn’t effective when it comes to the quality of your product; QC needs to be the entire company’s responsibility. These panelists will share how a company-wide approach to QC yields the best results.

Panelists:

Jay Persak, Builders FirstSource

Jay joined a regional lumber and Truss Company in Gilbert, Arizona back in 1984 and through the years has worked most positions from assembler to area manager. Currently he works as a general manager in Central Minnesota supplying trusses and wall panels to customers from Wisconsin to Montana.

Todd Saeger, Richco Structures 

Todd has been with the Richco Structures team for the last 26 years. He played a large role in the growth of Richco’s wall panel division. Todd has held multiple positions including Quality Control, Production Supervisor and is currently the Plant Manager.

Doug Wolf, Stark Truss Company

Doug has been with Stark Truss Company for more than 35 years and is currently the general manager of manufacturing.

Managing Production Technology

Wednesday, October 24 • 11a-12p

Technology is advancing quickly in the component manufacturing industry and there are more digital tools at a CMs fingertips than most realize. Panelists will share the many ways CMs can enhance their plant’s production capabilities and overall output by integrating today’s software tools and improving data management for better decision-making.

Take the conversation further: SBCA’s IT Committee will gather for an informative lunch-and-learn roundtable on Thursday at 12p. Use this time to grab a bite to eat and confer with your peers on specific tools, technical questions and technology trends.

Panelists:

Chris Cozart, Builders FirstSource

As Director of Manufacturing Systems, Chris leverages technology to ensure stability and efficiency within Builders FirstSource manufacturing facilities. Having been in the industry 18 years, Chris focuses on standardizing processes and keeps an eye out for new technologies than improve productivity and profitability.

Chip Hoye, Builders FirstSource

Chip started in component manufacturing in 1996 working at the production level for Builders FirstSource. It was at the production level that he started learning the relationship between manufacturing and IT.  Later he moved into truss design, which gave him another view point of the industry. As Builders FirstSource grew the CM side of their business, they realized the need for a fulltime CM IT support person. Chip stepped into that role in 2012, which is where he is today.  His responsibilities include managing component support for the eastern division of BFS; software evaluation, installation and maintenance; system backups and implementation; and numerous other CM IT related projects.

Sam Gioia, Katerra, Inc.

Sam joined Katerra in June of 2015. He is currently leading the effort to manufacture repeatable, reliable building modules that can be configured to meet customer requirements. Sam comes out of the electronics industry where he spent over 20 years working in both development and operational organizations. He has led numerous cross functional teams to implement manufacturable process technologies and has coordinated technology transfers to sites both domestically and in Asia. His experience includes positions as senior director of operations and director of process development at LSI Logic as well as various management and engineering positions at Symbios, NCR, Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel. Sam has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

Design Team DNA: The Art of Design – Managing Your Department

Wednesday, October 24 • 11a-12p

Managing the daily operations of a design department in a way that maximizes their potential is a challenge. How do you achieve peak performance while avoiding burnout and/or potential stagnation? Panelists will share their best practices for managing everything from designers’ schedules and project prioritization to implementing effective training to help designers grow.

Panelists:

Tony Acampa, Shelter Systems Limited 

Tony joined the component industry in 1998 after a school internship. His AutoCAD skills brought new possibilities to the design department and opened the door to more opportunities in multi-family design. Tony became design team lead in January 2015. His current team consists of 13 in-house designers and three support staff members. Tony enjoys hanging with his young son, playing bass guitar and fly-fishing.

Jim Gach, Plum Building Systems

Jim has been in the component industry for 16 years.  Prior to starting in the industry he worked for a commercial Architecture firm for 8 years. Starting as a Truss Technician in 2002 with Plum Building Systems, he has taken over as design team leader and works with 7 employees.

Travis White, A-1 Roof Trusses

Travis has been in the industry for over 25 years working in the plant at night while going to college during the day.  After moving into the design department in 1995, he opened his own facility in 1999 – TJ Truss in Fort Pierce, Florida. He closed his plant in 2010 and joined A-1 Roof Truss in 2012. He currently leads the design and estimating departments and is responsible for 24 employees.

Identifying (and Partnering with) Your Market’s Best Framers

Thursday, October 25 • 10:30-11:30a

A 20-year veteran framer will share his experience and insights about how component manufacturers can identify framers in their market with whom they should partner to thrive and grow.

Presenter:

Chris Tatge, Dynamic Construction & National Framers Council

Chris is the co-owner of Dynamic Construction, a multifamily framing contractor, and is also the executive director of the National Framers Council. Chris has over 20 years of experience working with component manufacturers (CMs) and installing structural components.

Design Team DNA: QC Your Way to Success

Thursday, October 25 • 10:30-11:30a

What does it look like to focus on QC during the design process? Design QC is an effective way to save money and preserve your company’s reputation, all before a single board is cut. Panelists will focus on best practices for everything from design checklists and plan review to design consistency and interdepartmental communication.

Panelists:

Jim Gach, Plum Building Systems

Jim has been in the component industry for 16 years.  Prior to starting in the industry he worked for a commercial Architecture firm for 8 years. Starting as a Truss Technician in 2002 with Plum Building Systems, he has taken over as design team leader and works with 7 employees.

Danny Ouzts, Universal Forest Products 

Danny is a regional design development manager for UFP.

Travis White, A-1 Roof Trusses

Travis has been in the industry for over 25 years working in the plant at night while going to college during the day.  After moving into the design department in 1995, he opened his own facility in 1999 – TJ Truss in Fort Pierce, Florida. He closed his plant in 2010 and joined A-1 Roof Truss in 2012. He currently leads the design and estimating departments and is responsible for 24 employees.

Unconventional Ways to Recruit and Train

Thursday, October 25 • 10:30-11:30a

Struggling to find enough qualified employees? These two industry veterans and one military veteran will share the innovative ways they recruit new employees, approach the hiring process, promote from within and train current employees.  A quick overview of the US Army’s training model may give you some ideas for your plant.

Take the conversation further in this year’s Learning Labs on the show floor! 

Panelists:

Carl Allison, 84 Lumber 

Carl is the component division area manager for 84 Lumber and has been with the company since 2003. He manages all of 84 Lumber's manufacturing facilities. Prior to 84, Carl was in the Army for nine years.

Jason Blenker, Blenker Building Systems, Inc. 

Scott McDonald, SL-Laser Systems, LLC

Scott entered the industry when he was hired by SL-Laser Systems 11 years ago. He is also a Co-Chair for the BCMC Committee. Prior to SL-Laser, Scott held Infantry and trainer positions in the US Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve.  Most recently he mobilized to Fort Bliss Texas to certify training for units deploying overseas.

Does it Matter Where Your Designer Sits? 

Thursday, October 25 • 10:30-11:30a

More and more truss designers are working from home. This raises questions about how to effectively manage their workload and ensure they are communicating well with your sales team and clients. Two companies will share how they are capitalizing on new technology and training to successfully engage remote employees.  

Take the conversation further in this year’s Learning Labs on the show floor! 

Presenters:

Casey Carey, Builders

Casey is VP of manufacturing for Builders Warehouse Manufacturing in Aurora, Colorado.

Kevin Witt, True House, Inc.

Kevin is the IT manager for True House Inc. in Oxford, Georgia and serves on SBCA's IT Committee.

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