Symposium Schedule

Expo Floor Hours

The Symposium offers a trade expo, general session presentations, round-table discussions and networking events. Event details are below.

Symposium Dress Code

The meeting is business casual attire with the exception of the Chairman's Dinner on Monday evening which is jacket and tie.


Sunday October 6th  

Start Time End Time Event Details                
1:00 PM 4:00 PM Executive Committee Committee members only

4:00 PM 7:30 Meeting Registration
6:00 PM 6:15 PM New Member/First Time Attendee Meeting
6:30 PM 7:30 PM Welcome Reception



Monday October 7th  

Start Time End Time Event  
7:00 AM 8:00 AM Networking Breakfast

7:00 AM 9;00 AM Meeting Registration

7:00 AM 7:00 PM Exhibit Hall Hours  

8:00 AM 9:00 AM Latest Trends in Distribution of Panel Products  
Missy O'Daniel, President & CEO of Web-Don/NBMDA Chair  
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Spouse Breakfast   
Registered spouses only  
9:15 AM 10:30 AM Design Integrity: The Importance of Copyright  
10:30 AM 11:00 AM Networking Break - Exhibit Hall  

10:30 AM 12:00 PM BIFMA Compliant

Safety Innovation Award Presentaion

David Panning, Technical Director at BIFMA)

Jerry Boyles, Safety Coordinator at Arauco North America
12:00 PM  2:00 PM North American Furniture Industry - Competing in E-Commerce Market  
Michael Pitman, Senior VP of Sales at Ashley Furniture
Mike Evans, President & CEO at Bush Industries
Arash Fasihi, Founder of Cymax and CEO of Growthpipe Ventures
Kevin Sauder, President of Sauder Woodworking
2:00 PM 3:00 PM CPA Marketing Committee  
CPA members only  
3:00 PM 3:30 PM Networking Coffee Break - Exhibit Hall

3:30 PM 4:30 PM Understanding Design and Production Software for Composite Panel-Based Products
Bruce Alumm, Director of Sales Manufacturers/Retailers at 2020 Spaces
6:30 PM 7:00 PM Networking Reception      
7:00 PM 8:30 PM Chairman's Dinner



Tuesday October 8th  

Start Time End Time Event Details
7:00 AM 8:00 AM Networking Breakfast

7:00 AM 12:30 PM Exhibit Hall Hours
8:00 AM 9:30 AM Panel Processing Trends: What's Emerging, What's Fading, What's Next Bert Clothier, President & Founder of Laminate Works
Todd Wegman, President of Stevens Industries
9:30 AM 10:00 AM Networking Coffee Break - Exhibit Hall
10:00 AM 11:00 AM FutureHaus: The Future of Homebuilding and Opportunities for Composite Panel Products Joseph Wheeler, Co-Director & Professor of Virginia Tech, Center for Design Research
11:00 AM 12:30 PM CPA Environmental & Public Affairs Committee CPA members only
11:15 AM 12:00 PM European Design Trends Translated to North American Markets Natasha Mnat, Branding Strategy and Design Manager at Bauformat USA
2:00 PM 4:00 PM CPA Board of Directors Meeeting CPA members only