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WMMA 2019 Regional Networking Meeting

2018 Regional Meeting

Hotel Commonwealth
Boston, MA

Building from a successful event in Minneapolis, WMMA is pleased to announce that its 3rd Annual Regional Networking & Education Meeting will be held in Boston, Massachusetts! Boston is another key location for industry-related companies. This is a great opportunity to bring together both members and prospective members for in-person committee meetings, educational sessions, plant tours and, of course networking!


Schedule of Events (Subject to Change)

Monday, September 30

Membership Development Committee
Charles Boardroom


Public Policy Committee
Olmstead Room


Technical Standards Committee
Charles Boardroom


Group Dinner for All Board & Committee Members
Lansdown Pub
Meet in hotel lobby for short walk to restaurant

Tuesday, October 1

International Business Development Committee
Charles Boardroom

Javier Holschneider, an active distributor of woodworking machinery in Mexico who has partnered with a number of WMMA member companies will be a featured speaker during the IBDC meeting held at the Regional Meeting in Boston. Javier will talk about the Mexican marketplace for woodworking machinery, the Mexican economy, and how sales/distribution work in Mexico. Learn more about the upcoming (January 22-24, 2020) WMMA Pavilion at MEM Industrial in Mexico City and HOW TO PARTICIPATE

The IBDC meeting is open to all Regional Meeting attendees.


Networking & Education Session
Kenmore Room

Housing Trends: Demographics, Construction metrics, Inventory and Forecasts presented by Robert Dietz, Chief Economist for the National Association of Home Builders

Housing affordability challenges are a major headwind for home construction activity. In this economic forecast presentation, Dr. Robert Dietz, Chief Economist of NAHB, will provide an overview of economic and housing market conditions with an eye on the future of residential construction. He will review macroeconomic factors affecting housing demand, industry-level detail on supply-side headwinds that are limiting construction sector growth, and detail NAHB’s economic forecast including future actions of the Federal Reserve and the possibility of future downturn. Robert will also explore policy issues that affect housing supply and demand, such as the ongoing labor shortage. A question and answer session will follow.

Boxed lunches will be available at the end of this session


Departure for Facility Tours: Meet in hotel lobby

  • North Bennet Street School - North Bennet Street School's mission is to train students for careers in traditional trades that use hand skills in concert with evolving technology, to preserve and advance craft traditions, and to promote greater appreciation of craftsmanship. The School's intensive, hands-on training helps students from around the world to achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods. We encourage individual growth and curiosity, along with technical mastery and a commitment to excellence.
  • Autodesk Technology Center Boston - The Autodesk Technology Center in Boston is a research and development workspace focused on innovation in architecture, engineering, and construction.

Group reception and dinner
Commonwealth Room

Wednesday, October 2

Board Meeting (with working breakfast & lunch)
Charles Boardroom

Board Members Only, Please


Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-933-5000


Click here to register online.

Click here to complete the PDF form.


The support of sponsors allows us to ensure that the Regional Networking Meeting is the most valuable and enjoyable experience possible for attendees. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please contact Diane Schafer at 443-640-1052 x108 or diane@wmma.org