Surface Fabrication & Design Expo

The conferences at the Surface Fabrication & Design Expo, to be held February 21-23, 2008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center are big on business. College professors with extensive real-life experience are the featured instructors during the three-day program, which will offer educational tracks geared to the unique needs of countertop industry businesses.

David Fielding, Associate Professor, MBA Management Program at Stevens-Henager College, has served as vice-president of finance for K-Mart Corporation and in upper level management for Sears, and was directly responsible for 240 stores in the Northwest Region.

As an entrepreneur, he doubled sales of a free-standing furniture store over a three-year period while increasing profits by more than 300 percent. Fielding's seminars are "Managing Growth Without Busting the Bank or Driving Yourself Nuts, " "Creating a Road Map to the Future" and "Managing by Metrics." He will also serve as a panelist for the "Trends/Economic Indicators and Question & Answer" session as part of the Seasoned track.

Joseph Kavanaugh, Associate Professor of Management/Marketing in the College of Business Administration at Sam Houston State University. In private practice, he counts several Houston top 100 firms among his strategic planning clients. Dr. Kavanaugh is an experienced facilitator and trainer in culture change, leadership, managerial and supervisory skills, cross-functional team development, and strategic thinking.

He will teach courses in "Business 101: Business Plans, Accounting, Raising Capital, " "Sales & Marketing 101: Define Your Market, Branding, Advertising" and "Tweak Your Organizational Structure for Maximum Growth and Profit." Kavanaugh will also serve as a panelist for the "Trends/Economic Indicators and Question & Answer" session as part of the Seasoned track.

Anthony Picchioni, Ph.D., is Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at Southern Methodist University, and specializes in alternative dispute, resolution, mediation, negotiation, counseling, conflict management and decision theory.

In addition to being a teacher and dispute resolution professional, Dr. Picchioni is also a therapist who has worked in private, group and hospital practice, as well as consulting with a number of major corporations. Dr. Picchoioni will cover the topics of "Business 102: Employees, Benefits, OSHA/EPA" and "Bridging the Gap Between Employees & Managers: An Exploration of Conflict Management."

In addition to the business courses, seminars covering issues pertinent to the countertop industry, including the latest information on the Green Movement, design trends, fabrication techniques, equipment and tools will be presented as part of the General Interest track.

For those industry professionals interested in hands-on training, fabricator-specific clinics will be held on the show floor during the two days that the trade show portion of the Expo is in session. The clinics cover such topics as seam polishing, repairs, templating, shower installations and more.

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