The World Millwork Alliance (WMA) will hold its 52nd Annual Convention & Tradeshow October 9-13 at the Phoenix Convention Center and the Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel in Phoenix, Ariz. The event will feature industry leaders and key decision-makers, including millwork distributors, manufacturers of products and services, and sales representatives.

“Our members are dedicated and passionate about the millwork industry, and it shows in the exhibits and with our attendees at show,” said Rosalie Leone, CEO of the organization. “While the WMA Annual Convention & Tradeshow features two exhibit days focused on millwork products and services, the convention program provides both business and social events allowing for numerous networking opportunities to meet and strengthen relationships with industry partners.”

This year’s convention offers a lineup of industry professionals sharing their perspective on the current status of the millwork industry while targeting core business topics. Education day begins with a panel discussion entitled “Customer Service & Technology Efficiencies,” where distributors will share how they have improved company productivity and customer service.

A growing industry concern, “The Millennials: Preparing a New Generation for Leadership Success,” will be the subject of another panel discussion, facilitated by Diane Thieldfoldt, with Millennial leaders who will share their views on what engages and retains Millennials in the industry and work environment.

Safety expert Terry Burkhalter will discuss the challenges associated with safety in the workplace in his presentation, “Safety, Risk Management” and an overview of the housing market and economic forecast will be presented by real estate economist, Mark Boud.

“Women in Millwork” will gather to discuss the industry, challenges and share best practices in an industry forum group.

WMA’s keynote speaker for the opening general session is social and political humorist Jimmy Tingle, whose presentation “Jimmy Tingle for President – The Funniest Campaign in History” will entertain attendees.

Pre-registration is available until September 23. After that date, attendees will need to register onsite. Early bird registration pricing ends on August 8.

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