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 Company, Inc.

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

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

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

Todd Saeger, Richco Structures 

Doug Wolf, Stark Truss Company

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

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

Travis White, A-1 Roof Trusses

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 they should partner with 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 inter-department communication.

Panelists:

Jim Gach, Plum Building Systems

Chris Malcolm, Universal Forest Products 

Travis White, A-1 Roof Trusses

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.

Panelists:

Carl Allison, 84 Lumber 

Jason Blenker, Blenker Building Systems, Inc. 

Scott McDonald, SL-Laser Systems, LLC

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

Kevin Witt, True House, Inc.

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