Tuesday – Friday | August 25-28, 2020

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA | USA

Growing Your Skilled Workforce

Date: Wednesday, August 22nd from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Session Code: BMG24
Location: B301

Presented by: Woodwork Career Alliance

Kent Gilchrist, President: Fremont Interiors, Inc. and Scott Nelson, President: Woodwork Career Alliance of North America

Workforce Development & Training Through the use of WCA Skill Standards on the plant floor.  Learn how to develop the skill of your existing workforce as well as create a training program for your new hires using the WCA Skill Standards & Training Resources.

About the Speaker:



Kent Gilchristis President of Fremont Interiors, Inc, an architectural woodworking firm based in Indianapolis, Indiana serving both residential and commercial markets. The company has developed a reputation for producing imaginative custom designed cabinetry, furniture and millwork executed with precision. Like their projects, the locales are varied; Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Kansas City, Lexington, St John, USVI and throughout Indiana including the Indiana Governor’s Residence.    
Mr. Gilchrist is very active in serving and promoting the industry with an emphasis on education and support of a sustainable workforce for our industry.  He is an active member on both the local and national levels in the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI).  He is a past President of the AWI Ohio Valley Chapter.  For the past 15 years he has been a part of and currently chairs the AWI SkillsUSA Committee and is the Technical Chair for SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking, which designs, organizes and judges the national cabinetmaking competition as part of the SkillsUSA organization.  He has been a member of or chaired AWI committees including Chapter Development, Speakers Bureau, Education, and the Workforce Development Task Force.  He currently holds director positions with the Woodwork Career Alliance and SkillsUSA Indiana.  Mr. Gilchrist is the President of the AWI Education Foundation and a past President of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI).
SkillsUSA "Torch Carrier Award" 2012, Presented by the SkillsUSA Youth Development Foundation - In recognition of top volunteers who invest exemplary personal effort in promoting SkillsUSA's mission and students to prospective partners.



Scott Nelsonspent over forty years in the architectural woodwork manufacturing industry.  Owned his own business for the last 28 years before retiring in 2011.  Past President of the Architectural Woodwork Institute and was active in the development of the AWI estimating and project management programs.  In 2007 Chaired the AWI committee that created the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America with a matching grant from the US Forestry Department and has served as its president since its creation.