Date: Friday, August 24th from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Session Code: MFG16
Sponsored by: KCD Software
Presented by: Cabinet Makers Association - CMA
• Diane Shattuck, Distribution Sales Representative: Gemini Coatings
• James Fox, President: Fox Woodworking
This is a beginner or intermediate class, ideal for first-time finishers in small- to mid-size shops. Diane will delve into process, equipment and materials, explaining how to be profitable with an in-house operation. She will also introduce some of the new products and techniques for a better quality finish.
About the Speakers:
Having grown up in a family owned and operated woodworking business Diane Shattuck has been in the industry for over 35 years. During her years of experience she has witnessed the many changes that have brought us to today’s advanced finishing system and technology. Currently residing in sunny Florida Diane is employed with Gemini Coatings where she manages a territory in Industrial Distribution Sales throughout the Southeast and also conducts all training to new distributors joining the Gemini coating family as well as providing the company’s technical support service.
James established his own cabinetmaking business (now called Fox Woodworking, LLC) in 1998 and built a loyal client base. James focuses on the residential market but does work for a few commercial clients as well. He enjoys solving the challenges of custom cabinetry built to clients' demanding expectations. While a small 1 - 2 person shop, James has always seen the value of technology to the cabinetmaking business - moving quickly from pencil and paper drawings, to AutoCAD, to Microvellum's Toolbox CAD-CAM software several years ago (can a CNC machine be far behind?), and building his company's website. His current focus is on implementing LEAN production and management principles in the shop and integrating the full functionality of Microvellum's Micromanager suite in the office.
While attending AWFS for the first time in 2012, James first learned of the CMA. He quickly learned the value of the organization after attending lectures by Dave Grulke on Marketing and Sean Benetin on Pricing. However, it was during the "What's Your Problem" event that the true value of the organization shined. Having the opportunity to talk about all of the issues that shop owners face with those who have been there before was a real eye-opener. Since joining the CMA, James has enjoyed using and participating in the online forums and working in the CMA booth at the trade shows.
As all of us know, running a cabinetmaking business is more than a full time job. However, when he does get away from it, James likes to travel. Whether it is tacking on some extra time after a trade show to see Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and other natural wonders or taking a few weeks to get out of the country and see the world, he believes that travel is something we should all do more often. For relaxation closer to home, James likes to swim, read, plan grand renovations for his house, and procrastinate yard work.
In addition to being a CMA member, James is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Epsilon, and the Golden Key National Honor Society.
BMG25 - Working with Architects and Designers
BMG26 - Building a Valuable Business
BMG27 - The Art of Pricing Profitably
BMG29 - The Power of Leadership: Keeping Employees Inspired for the Long Run
BMG30 - Buying that Big Machine
MFG12 - Boundry - Pushing with Your Nested-Based Router
MFG14 - Robots in the Small to Medium-Sized Shop
MFG15 - Acing that Modern Job
MFG17 - LEAN Strategies for Small Shops