Show Hours & Location
International Woodworking Fair
Tuesday - Friday
August 23 - 26, 2022
Tuesday - Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30313
Come join the WPMA community for an explosive Annual Meeting at Virginia Beach. Blast ahead with WPMA members and industry experts during an intense meeting filled with success stories, problem solving, industry analysis and planning for business growth. And, oh yeah, we'll also be blowing stuff up!
Due to the overwhelming good feedback our meeting format will be identical to what we did in Savannah. Our business meeting and roll call will begin Wednesday afternoon at 1pm. This will be followed by Mike Snow, Executive Director of the American Hardwood Export Council and Michael Peelish, Esquire. Following this session we will hold our cocktail reception with brief commentary by our WPMA Rising Stars, followed by dinner.
Thursday will conclude with a night to remember….a Mystery Night you will not want to miss!!!!
BONUS: Tickets to the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival’s International Sand Sculpting Exhibit. This exhibit highlights 32 of the world’s most talented sculptors. This annual event has grown to be the most prestigious event of its kind in the nation. With an international field of sculptors representing 10 countries, these professionals turn grains of sand into works of art in three days. You will be able to view this exhibit at your leisure during your stay!
Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Virginia Beach, VA
October 5th & 6th, 2022
Room Rate: $179 - $199 in WPMA Block
Reservations: 757-213-3000 (#1 for Local reservations) (code: WPM)
Online Hotel Reservations here
Meeting registration link here - any questions call (978)874-5445
Download a meeting information package here
WPMA members can join fellow members at the Marriott Marquis during their visit to the IWF. We have been given a small block of rooms at:
265 Peachtree Center Avenue NE
Room rate: $148
Start your registration using this link “Register Now” link and use the IWFIPA22 Comp Code on the profile page. Once you have answered the survey questions you will be taken to the “Room Search” page as part of the registration process. On this page you will see “If you have been given a block code by the Group Coordinator, click Here”. After clicking on this link, you can enter the block code hotel block code WPMA in the box marked “Access Code”. Enter your arrival and departure dates and click on “Submit Dates”. The Marriott Marquis will show as the blocked hotel in yellow shading.
Members can still book in non-blocked hotels if they desire.
Michael S. Snow has been the Executive Director of the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) since 1999, where he oversees the Council's promotional programs around the globe, and manages AHEC's overseas offices and staff in Europe, Mexico, Japan, Dubai, Brazil, India Hong Kong and China. Previously, he served as AHEC's Program Manager for Europe, China and Japan.
Mr. Snow holds a Master's Degree in International Economics from the George Washington University, and a BA in Developmental Economics from the University of Wisconsin. Before joining AHEC, Michael served as a Consultant on international education and travel programs for the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Associates, and spent several years in Seville, Spain teaching economics courses in English and Spanish for the University of Wisconsin System.
Michael works as an attorney with a degree in engineering of mines with over 26 years working in the mining, and general industry sectors. He has handled cases before the MSHA and OSHA Review Commissions and in state and federal courts. He also had company oversight for safety and health for mining companies with oversight for safety and health, human resources, training, environmental affairs, purchasing, government affairs, training, Marcellus shale gas production joint venture, and continuous improvement. Throughout his career, he has worked with mine operators and OSHA facilities on 5 safety programs, and to seek improved ways of protecting employees' safety and health. He is also an owner of a small business manufacturer of electrical components that provide more efficient use of energy in manufacturing processes. He is now practicing law with the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC and regularly performs safety and health audits and exposure assessments for his clients.
VIRGINIA BEACH SPECIAL FORCES
A once in a lifetime opportunity…A presentation from the Virginia Beach Police Department Special Forces Bomb Squad about bomb construction and detonation. The presentation will include traveling to an offsite facility where you will be able to tour the bomb truck, see the robots used for examination, examine a bomb suit and will conclude with a live demonstration where you will witness the detonation/explosion of several items being blown up!
APPLIED GRAPHICS or AGI
A tour of AGI, a $300M+ per year sign manufacturing business. They manufacture signs for all of the major car brands and banks as well as sports venues all over the country. No doubt you have seen their work in your city/town. Our host will be the president of the company. His enthusiasm and energy are contagious. A must see!
A tour of the USA Headquarters for Hermes Abrasives. Hermes Abrasives occupies a leading market position in the production of precision bonded, high-quality, state-of-the-art abrasives. The tour will take you through the manufacturing process of sandpaper from paper and grit to finished product. You will never look at a piece of sandpaper the same way after you experience this fascinating, behind the scenes tour of a woodworking staple.
PREMIER MILLWORK & LUMBER CO., INC.
A little taste of the South!!! A southern barbeque hosted by Premier Millwork and Lumber Company. The menu will include brisket, barbecue chicken and all the fixings. You will also be able to tour Premier Millwork’s 40,000 square foot manufacturing facility owned by WPMA board member, George R. Melnyk, Jr. Premier Millwork is a full scale architectural millwork company who provides Millwork of Distinction from New England to Florida.
Sponsorships will allow us to offer many special features in Virginia Beach. To do so, we need your financial partnership in order to make this event memorable.
Please look over the list of opportunities. There are also ways to share a sponsorship. Proper recognition will be publicized in several newsletters, the Events section of the association website, signage and publicity at the meeting and in the attendees’ packages.
With your company by our side at this 92nd annual event, we are sure to make this a huge success!
Click here to view the 2022 list of opportunities.