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Mar 2018


Pasadena Convention Center 300 East Green Street Pasadena , California 91101
Tel: (626) 795-9311
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Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo 2018






$295 - $350


Event Overview:

The largest annual conference and expo event for:

Manufacturers, specifiers and designers of custom cabinets

Manufacturers. specifiers and designers of closets, garages, storage and other organization products.

Registration is now open for the Cabinets & Closets Expo. The annual event - which features a full-day conference, plant tour and exposition - is dedicated to home remodeling professionals specializing in building kitchen cabinets, closets, and other home storage designs

Exhibitor Information:

If you provide products, machinery or services to cabinet and closet manufacturers, specifiers or designers, this is the annual event for your business. No other industry event focuses specifically on cabinets, closets and storage solutions.

At Cabinets & Closets Conference and Expo, exhibitors will meet closet professionals who have broadened their business scope to include kitchen and bath as well as custom cabinet manufacturers also doing business in closets, garage and other organization systems.

With its national reach and personal show atmosphere, Cabinets & Closets Expo Floor is the ideal place to see good customers and secure new business opportunities!

About Woodworking Network:

Woodworking Network is a home for the community of professional woodworkers, presenting technology, supplies, education, inspiration and community for professional woodworkers, from small business entrepreneurs to corporate managers at large automated plants.


Mar 27   

8:15 Conference Keynote:  Whitney Pyle, The Business Case for Diversity


Closets Track -- Profitability Through Innovation presented with ACSP

Cabinets Track -- Upgrade your Business Now presented with CMA

Lean Track -- Total Lean Immersion!


Panel:  Designer Dialogue -- Senior designers from top firms across the country share their perspectives on how to balance the art of design versus the business of design.  Wendy Scott, Direct Cabinet Sales, US LBM, Closet Division;Joyce Hardison, Closet Crafters/Native Oak Cabinets; Sue Tinker, Closet Works; Moderator: Denise Butchko,

What to Charge? - FDMC Pricing Survey: Will Sampson, FDMC Magazine

You don't need a consultant --

The lean roadmap:  Brad Cairns, Center for Lean Learning 




Rules of Lighting - Everything you need to know about how to incorporate lighting into design projects as well as key tips on installation. Michael Stubblefield, Tresco Lighting 

Expanding from Residential to Commercial markets (architectural millwork) -- Rick Thaler

The 7 Deadly wastes: Brad Cairns, Center for Lean Learning 


Panel: Drive Sales with Digital Marketing - Leverage your brand with effective content and social media marketing strategies andweb site design. 

David Biggs, Woodworking Network; Mike Foti, Innovate Home Org; and Denise Butchko,

The Future of Cabinet & Hardware Design: Where It’s Been and Where It’s Going

Laurie B. Haefele, Haefele Design and Knikki Grantham, Trends Manager, Belwith-Keeler 

How to execute your lean transformation:

Brad Cairns, Center for Lean Learning 






Manufacturing versus Outsourcing - Build it or Buy it? Learn the ins and outs of manufacturing versus outsourcing in a lively discussion with two industry vets. Mike Carson, Inspired Closets and Eric Marshall, Kitchens and Closets by DEA 

Are you ready for Industry 4.0?  What you should do as a cabinet manufacturer to take advantage of Industry 4.0. Georg Frey, Lignum Consulting

Lean Leadership and how to prepare for it:   Brad Cairns, Center for Lean Learning 


Panel: New Product Innovation - Q&A with a panel of entrepreneurs on how to expand business opportunities and develop ideas for new products. Plus, a discussion of design and manufacturing challenges, filing patents and much more.Jack Z. DeLorean, AttiClosets, DeLorean, LLC; Lee Goldsticker, Lazy Lee  Moderator: Michaelle Bradford, Editor Closets & Organized Storage magazine

CMA “What’s Your Problem?” Panel – Focus group discussion on pain points in manufacturing and management.  Moderator: Amanda Conger, CMA Executive Director

A trip to Japan --See how the Japanese make it possible --  Brad Cairns, Center for Lean Learning


3:00 - 6:00

Plant Tour -- Semihandmade

Mar 28   

9:00 - 10:00

Morning Keynote:  Keith Morgan -- Selling directly to the luxury consumer


Expo Floor Opens

10:30 - 11:30

Panel & Components - What's Trending in Color and Texture?

1:00 - 2:00

Software Design Trends

5:30- 7:30

Top Shelf Closets Awards Reception 

Mar 29   

9:00 - 10:00

Morning Keynote: 

Houzz, Inc. staff -- The Sales & Marketing Success Funnel: How to Attract, Close, and Retain Business



Expo Floor Opens

10:30- 11:30

Hardware Trends

11:30 - 12:30

Technology Trends

Keynote Speakers

Whitney Pyle

V.P. and COO of Advanced Cabinet Systems

Diversity is quite possibly the best source of innovation and creativity in our industry, according to Whitney Pyle, V.P. and COO of Advanced Cabinet Systems, the lead keynote for the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo to be held March 27-29, 2018 at the Pasadena Convention Center.  Pyle who is also a Class of 2017 40 under 40 winner. will discuss her career path through the industry as a female. "The construction and woodworking industries as a whole lack diversity," said Pyle.  She said many times when she attended industry events people would presume she was just somebody's spouse.

"Together, we will unpack the reasons why, we’ll discuss why it’s important to change it, what we can do to change it," said Pyle. "We’ll also discuss what steps to take to ensure all people become integrated and engaged in our organizations and our industry.

Based in Marion, Indiana, Advanced Cabinet Systems has been manufacturing plastic laminate casework since 1983, selling its casework through a dealer network throughout the United States. Owned and operated by building and construction firm JGBowers, Inc., it is a family business with multiple subsidiaries. The company also manufactures retail store fixtures, including turnkey store interiors for companies like Verizon, fabricating and shipping dozens of retail interiors around the country, also supplying floor plan layout, feature and focus displays, and cashwraps.

In 2015, Advanced Cabinet Systems announced a $1.5 million expansion of its manufacturing operation, doubling its plant space as it relocated to a 100,000 square-foot facility located Marion. 

CCCE 2018 is owned and managed by the Woodworking Network whose assets include FDMC, Closets & Organized Storage, RED BOOK,, the Daily Brief, Wood Pro Expo and  WMS, the national event for Canada's wood products industry.

The 2018 Cabinets & Closets Conference is produced in partnership with the Association of Closets and Storage Professionals (ACSP) and the Cabinet Makers Association (CMA).

Keith Morgan

Founder of Bespoke

Bespoke has a workshop and design studio in Larchwood, Iowa and a workshop in Yarlington/Wincanton, U.K.  In his detailed presentation, Morgan will discuss the commitment that is necessary to work with high net worth individuals.  "Some of the things I'm going to say, might cause someone to ask,'why does this matter?" said Morgan.  But he says it's little things that do matter and even a small fish in a big pond can be successful in the luxury market.  Besides the rewards of working in the recession-proof high-end market, Morgan points out, "We have the privilege to do a once-in-a-lifetime project every time."  Morgan will discuss how he got started, his view of marketing, hiring and retaining the right kind of staff, and anecdotes about his favorite projects.

Other keynotes include Whitney Pyle, V.P. and COO of Advanced Cabinet Systems, who will address, The business case for diversity, and a representative from HOUZZ to address market trends and best practices.

Three education tracks are planned for March 27:  Closets-- Profitability Through Innovation; Cabinets -- Upgrade Your Business Now; and Lean -- Total Lean Immersion! 

The Closets track will feature presentations by top designers and industry professionals and cover topics ranging from the art and business of design to lighting to the pros and cons of outsourcing. One of the highlights of the Closets track is the New Product Innovation session during which a panel of entrepreneurs will discuss how to expand business opportunities and develop ideas for new products. Panelists include Jack Z. DeLorean, AttiClosets, DeLorean, LLC; Lee Goldsticker, Lazy Lee;  and Michaelle Bradford, Editor,  Closets & Organized Storage magazine

The Cabinets track kicks off with the FDMC Pricing Survey, “What to Charge,” by editor Will Sampson.  His presentation is followed by sessions that will address cabinet design trends, expanding into commercial markets and how automation can help solve the skills gap.  The Cabinets track concludes with the Cabinet Manufacturers Association’s “What’s your problem” panel.

CCCE 2018 is owned and managed by the Woodworking Network whose assets include FDMC, Closets & Organized Storage, RED BOOK,, the Daily Brief, Wood Pro Expo and  WMS, the national event for Canada's wood products industry.

The 2018 Cabinets & Closets Conference is produced in partnership with the Association of Closets and Storage Professionals (ACSP) and the Cabinet Makers Association (CMA).

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