Building Component Manufacturers Conference

Educational Sessions

BCMC attendees in conversation at a session.

Set Your Course to Learn from the Best

BCMC includes a full schedule of learning opportunities 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 whole team to Columbus this year to attend the Safety Summit and Lean Workshop on Tuesday afternoon!

 

“My favorite part of BCMC is the programs and the educational sessions. Whether it is a designer learning new tips and tricks in the software, a plant manufacturer understanding better ways to do processes, or a GM or owner understanding things that they need to be on the lookout for, BCMC provides information on all these topics and allows you to hook together this information in one small place and time.”

– Greg Dahlstrom • IT/IS Manager • Villaume Industries, Inc. • Eagan, MN

 

Kids of Today, Employees of Tomorrow: Best Practices for Developing a Local Workforce

Wednesday, October 23 • 9:30-10:30a

Emerging leaders in the industry are implementing successful workforce development initiatives and getting involved with their local schools to attract new employees to their companies. Walk away with strategies for how you can start conversations, foster relationships, and develop educational opportunities that will generate new leads and create long-term benefits for your company.

Session Evaluation      Handouts

Panelists:

Randy Rickels, Shelter Systems Limited

Starting his truss industry career in 2013 as a night shift assembler, Randy learned all production floor jobs and shortly moved to day shift. In 2016 he was promoted to lead production trainer and is responsible for hosting new employee orientations and overseeing all training efforts on the shop floor. In 2017 he was asked to take over the role of safety officer where he promotes a culture of safety and helps keeps Shelter Systems compliant with OSHA standards.

Shawnee Gunnett, Big C Lumber Structural Building Components

Shawnee is a structural estimator for Big C Lumber Structural Building Components in Dowagiac, Michigan. Shawnee has studied construction since her freshman year in high school and “fell in love” with the components industry during an internship with Big C during her first year of college. Always up for a challenge, Shawnee currently serves on advisory boards at three schools in her local area as she advocates for greater awareness of the components industry with students in construction trades program.

Justin Richardson, Richco Structures

Justin has been in the Building Material Business for 15 years and is currently in charge of the sales force at Richco Structures. As an active owner, he is heavily involved in the company culture that helps recruit and maintain their workforce.  

 

Designing for the Code: Green Might Not Always Be Right

Wednesday, October 23 • 9:30-10:30a

How well do you understand the various load parameters and material adjustment factors used to design metal plate connected wood trusses? Confusion in the field and relying on the software alone can sometimes lead to missed details and inefficient or incorrect designs. Hear from two experienced industry engineers on best practices for designing for the building code to address common design issues.

Session Evaluation      Handouts

Panelists:

Jeff Arneson, P.E., Apex

Jeff is vice president of engineering for Apex, a national design consultant catering to high volume home builders since 1996. With 20 years of design and consulting experience, he is well-versed in state and international building codes. He works with truss designers every day and carries a passion for right sizing the structural assembly to identify and understand how modest differences in loading input can substantially impact the builder.  

Jim Vogt, P.E., SBCA

Jim serves as the director of technical services for the Structural Building Components Association (SBCA). He is a registered engineer in 40 states and has over 30 years of experience in the fields of engineering, construction, manufacturing, quality assurance, testing, and wood science and technology. His responsibilities at SBCA include the development of educational programs, technology transfer, structural building component business consulting and marketplace development, nondestructive testing and forensic evaluations, and code review and development.

 

Measuring Your Production: What to Track & Why

Wednesday, October 23 • 9:30-10:30a

Two component manufacturers will dive into the motivations they had for collecting certain data from their production processes. Learn from the different approaches they took and their return on investment.

Session Evaluation      Handouts

Panelists:

Chad Pagels, Zeeland Truss and Components

Chad has been in the building industry for 17 years and specifically component supply for three years with Zeeland Truss and Components. Chad is currently the General Manager of the component division overseeing design and production in four plants and has a passion for continual improvement, process implementation, and managing through measurements with a focus on lean production.

Ben Pagel, BEP/Lyman – ABC Truss

Ben has been in the truss industry for over 30 years, starting in the design department and then as a design manager. That background has transitioned to an IT focus as a network manager and senior analyst. His focus includes ongoing streamlining of automated processes for the shop floor and the office and sales teams, including electronic price books, shop production tracking, and lean manufacturing.

 

From Keynote Presentation to Implementation with Your Team

Wednesday, October 23 • 9:30-10:30a

Take what you learned from Bradley’s kick-off presentation and explore specific details, success stories, and tactical methods to become an indispensable partner with your customers.

Session Evaluation      Handouts

Presenter:

Bradley Hartmann

Bradley is the president of a training and consulting firm that helps lumber and building material firms eliminate the frustration, confusion, stress, and lost time associated with selling to builders. His weekly podcast, The Behind Your Back Podcast, is enjoyed by thousands of business leaders throughout the construction industry.

 

Knowing Your People to Keep Your People

Wednesday, October 23 • 11a-12p

Hiring the right employees is critically important to the success of your company. Ensuring you are using the best tools and strategies to assess potential new employees and onboard new hires can save your company time and money. Learn what these industry leaders are doing to understand who they are hiring as well as how they onboard and retain new employees.

Session Evaluation      Handouts

Panelists:

Scott Ward, Southern Components, Inc.

Scott has been in the structural building component industry for over 24 years at Southern Components, Inc. Beginning as a production manager, he worked his way through the plant operations later becoming the Sales Manager, Assistant General Manager, Officer-Secretary, General Manager, and now Principal-Officer. Scott has served SBCA in many capacities, including two terms as President of the Association.

Mike Kozlowski, P.E., Apex

President of Apex in Jacksonville, Florida and a member of SBCA's Emerging Leaders Committee, Mike will share what he has learned about building and leading great teams in his 20 years in the professional services and components industry.

 

Construction Defect Litigation: What You Can Do to Better Protect Yourself!

Wednesday, October 23 • 11a-12p

The number of construction defect lawsuits continues to increase, and component manufacturers frequently find themselves as defendants, ranging from nominal involvement to a targeted party. In either instance, defense costs mount and losses accrue on your liability policy loss runs. Are you adequately prepared to defend yourself in a defect lawsuit? This seminar will walk through real-world cases, discuss "Dos" and "Do Nots," and, most importantly, help clarify what you can do to better protect yourself when faced with construction defect litigation.

Session Evaluation      Handouts

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.

 

What It Takes to Partner with a National Builder

Wednesday, October 23 • 11a-12p

Builders across the country are turning to fully componentizing their projects to reduce time and labor as well as increase savings. Hear how one CM, a framer, and a national builder have developed mutually beneficial relationships and what national builders are looking for from CMs.

Session Evaluation      Handouts

Panelists:

Chad Nuessle, Lennar 

Chad Nuessle, 38, has been Central Valley Vice President since December 2017. Previously, he was director of purchasing and joined the company in 2015. Before then, he was director of purchasing at Richmond American and purchasing agent at Ashton Woods. Earlier, he was with Aspen Block, Lennar, Vantage Homes, Pulte, and Sivage Thomas Homes. He enjoys being active, traveling, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends. He and his wife, Taylor, have two children, Macie Jo, 6, and Max, 4.

Kemp Gillis, Lennar

Kemp has been Lennar’s vice president of national purchasing since February 2018. Prior to that, he was the national vice president of purchasing and field operations for CalAtlantic (fka Ryland) Homes and President of Carstin Brands. He held various purchasing and operations management roles at Pulte Homes from 2003 – 2013. He holds a degree from Central Michigan where he majored in Corporate Finance and Business Management. He has two sons.

Doyle Headrick, Production Framing, Inc.

Doyle began his career in residential construction over 30 years ago.  In 1987, Doyle graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BS in Construction Science.  From 1987 through September of 2001 Doyle worked with several Regional and National Homebuilders, holding positions of Superintendent, Project Manager, Director of Purchasing, and Construction Manager. The last position Doyle held on the home building side of the business was Vice President of Operations with John Laing Homes - Sacramento. In October of 2001, Doyle joined Production Framing Systems, Inc. as Vice President of Operations refining the daily purchasing, estimating, and operations. Under Doyle’s guidance and direction, the company produced over 2200 single family homes in 2005. Today, Doyle serves as the president and owner of Production Framing, Inc., building 1300 to 1500 homes annually.  

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.

 

Measuring Your Production: Get the Most out of Your Metrics

Wednesday, October 23 • 11a-12p

Data is an important tool component manufacturers have to assess how a manufacturing plant is doing and identify areas to maximize efficiencies. After exploring best practices for collecting data, this session will dive into what these component manufacturers do to capitalize on the information they have collected.

Session Evaluation      Handouts

Panelists:

Chad Pagels, Zeeland Truss and Components

Chad has been in the building industry for 17 years and specifically component supply for three years with Zeeland Truss and Components. Chad is currently the General Manager of the component division overseeing design and production in four plants and has a passion for continual improvement, process implementation, and managing through measurements with a focus on lean production.

Ben Pagel, BEP/Lyman – ABC Truss

Ben has been in the truss industry for over 30 years, starting in the design department and then as a design manager. That background has transitioned to an IT focus as a network manager and senior analyst. His focus includes ongoing streamlining of automated processes for the shop floor and the office and sales teams, including electronic price books, shop production tracking, and lean manufacturing.

 

Are You Prepared to Be Shut Down Indefinitely?

Thursday, October 24 • 10:30-11:30a

Component manufacturers are heavily dependent on their technology. One cyber-attack can shut down a plant and result in thousands of dollars in lost revenue, time, software, and more. Learn from one component manufacturer who was held hostage and how his company dealt with a ransomware attack. The panel will also include an expert from the FBI who will provide a briefing on cyber threats.

Session Evaluation      Handouts

Panelists:

Mike Ruede, A-1 Roof Trusses 

Mike has been in the component manufacturing industry for nearly 40 years, beginning as a plant foreman in Denver, CO in 1981. He served as A-1 Roof Trusses vice president and general manager in West Palm Beach, FL from 1986 – 2000 and went on to lead multiple component manufacturing companies across the country until returning to A-1 Roof Trusses in Fort Pierce, FL. where he has been serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2009. An SBCA member since 1986, Mike has served the association in many capacities from BCMC Committee Chair in 1999, to President in 2002, and has played a role on multiple committees. He currently serves as SBCA’s President-Elect/Treasurer and will assume his second term as SBCA President at BCMC. Mike was inducted into the SBCA Hall of Fame in 2007 and was awarded the SBC Industry Leadership Award in 2018.

Keith Buelta, A-1 Roof Trusses

Keith has been with A-1 for over 10 years. Starting as an IT consultant, he is now the IT director and in charge of A-1 IT infrastructure. With over 15 years of experience, he is constantly improving and maintaining company resources and continues to make A-1’s systems more reliable and efficient.

Special Agent Scott Love, Federal Bureau of Investigation 

Scott Love is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  For the past nine years, Special Agent Love has investigated cyber related intrusions, including both Criminal and National Security in nature.

 

Design by Example: Training a Successful Design Culture

Thursday, October 24 • 10:30-11:30a

Zach believes that employee training never stops. While training, it’s important for design managers and company leaders to train employees through leading by example. Zach has worked in every position in the plant and used that experience to ensure their designers are properly trained to be successful.

Session Evaluation      Handouts

Presenter:

Zach Shepherd, Engineered Building Design, L.C.

Zach has been in the components industry for 22 years.  He started in the production facility at the age of sixteen.  He worked for five years in production, two years in sales, and 15 years in design with the last seven in management as design manager and most recently as operations manager.  His claim to fame is that he helped bring bracing frames into the Iowa market in 2005.  Zach has a passion to see the components industry grow and increase its market share by providing more prefabricated pieces to framers.  His unofficial motto is “We have yet to see the blueprint we can’t truss.”

 

Effectively Managing Your Fleet to Stay Off the DOT Radar

Thursday, October 24 • 10:30-11:30a

Over-the-road trucking rules and regulations have changed considerably in recent years. With this additional oversight of a component manufacturers trucking operations, it’s important to stay abreast of the latest rules and focus on ways to ensure your company’s fleet can keep its tires on the road. These fleet experts will focus on key fleet management and driver retention tools to help component manufacturers comply with today’s transportation regulations.

Session Evaluation      Handouts

Panelists:

Scott Wagner, Cascade Mfg Co

Scott has been in the components industry with Cascade Mfg Co for 14 years. He is responsible for the production scheduling, manufacturing, dispatch, and delivery processes of Cascade’s four manufacturing facilities, including two wood and two steel truss plants.

Thomas Balzer, CAE, Ohio Trucking Association & Ohio Association of Movers

Thomas has been the president & CEO of the Ohio Trucking Association since November 2013, where he serves as the chief staff officer of the statewide trade association that represents the trucking industry. Prior to this role, he was the director of administration for Midwest Motor Express, Inc. where he served as a senior executive for the company that had 40 properties in 16 states and an international logistics division. He also served almost seven years as the executive vice president of the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association.

 

Revolutionizing the Industry with Digital QC

Thursday, October 24 • 10:30-11:30a

If you can measure it, you can manage it. This is digital QC. Join SBCA members who are actively involved in developing SBCA’s Digital QC program. You will hear how new technology is changing in-plant QC and third party quality assurance for a more efficient process that will revolutionize the entire industry by demonstrating SBCA members’ commitment to quality.

Session Evaluation      Handouts

Panelists:

Josh Dermer, American Truss LLC

Josh began his career at 15 working for the family truss business during the summer. With over 15 years of experience in the plant, he has spent time performing every job and now leads design work for American Truss.

Mike Honeycutt, Builders FirstSource

Mike began his career as a truss designer in 2003 and moved into management in 2016 as the regional quality control manager, where he oversees nine truss plants. He enjoys being part of a team that focuses on finding new and innovative ways to increase productivity through positive measurement and growth.

Wyatt Stroder, California TrusFrame LLC

Wyatt has worked for California TrusFrame for two and a half years with the last 18 months devoted to management of quality control company wide for CTF. Under Wyatt's management all CTF facilities have achieved SBCRI QC Certification, and over the last month or so Wyatt and his team have been testing and providing feedback on the Digital QC Program.

Scott Ward, Southern Components, Inc.

Scott has been in the structural building component industry for over 24 years at Southern Components, Inc. Beginning as a production manager, he worked his way through the plant operations later becoming the Sales Manager, Assistant General Manager, Officer-Secretary, General Manager, and now Principal-Officer. Scott has served SBCA in many capacities, including two terms as President of the Association.