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ISFA Fabricator Forum-June 2024
Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 4:00 PM to Thursday, June 13, 2024, 12:00 PM PDT
Category: ISFA Events

Join ISFA June 11-1in SacramentoCalifornia, for Fabricator Forum. Previously known as Industry Roundtables, Fabricator Forums are regional events designed to create educational and networking opportunities so that you can find the information and resources you need to build upon your successes. 

Here's What's on the Agenda

The Sacramento Fabricator Forum will include presentations and roundtable discussions about:

  • Cal/OSHA’s ETS for silica and California’s AB3043, a bill that prohibits using dry methods and requires licensure, among other things.
  • Understanding the lifecycle of a project: a panel discussion with architects, designers and fabricators. 
  • Using artificial intelligence to tap into growth opportunities. 
  • The power of upselling: carving out new lines of revenue. 

We’ll also take the show on the road for two fabricator shop toursduring which we’ll have a hazard walkthrough designed to identify common oversights and live demonstrations featuring FreePower’s award-winning wireless charging solution for countertops and repair techniques for sintered materials, including Dekton. See what makes these shops so successful and discover ways to improve your upselling game with sessions curated to expand your horizons and arm you with powerful solutions that meet your customers’ needs. 

Attend the Sacramento Fabricator Forum and take advantage of this opportunity to network with industry leaders and experts who can help you break down barriers in your business. 

ISFA Fabricator Forums are open to all fabricatorsRegistration includes all programming and meals included in the agenda. Space is limited, so those interested in attending are encouraged to reserve their spot as soon as possible.

Please note: This event is open to fabricators and associate event sponsors only.


Presentation & Presenter Details

Silica Safety: Know Your Cal/OSHA Rights 
Join us for an essential presentation focused on silica safety compliance tailored specifically for fabricators in California. With recent changes in laws and requirements, staying informed is paramount to ensuring the health and well-being of workers in the fabrication industry. 

In this session, we’ll delve into the latest regulations surrounding Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard and provide practical guidance on how fabricators can effectively navigate these new requirements. From understanding the updated standards to implementing best practices for silica dust control, attendees will gain invaluable insights to protect their workforce and remain compliant with regulatory mandates. In addition, we’ll have an update about advocacy efforts regarding California’s AB3043 bill, pending legislation that includes mandates and licensure requirements for fabricators, among other things. 

Whether you're a seasoned industry professional or new to silica safety protocols, this presentation equips fabricators with the knowledge and tools necessary to prioritize worker health and safety while meeting regulatory obligations. Don't miss this opportunity to stay ahead of the curve and safeguard your workforce against the dangers of silica exposure. 

Taking Your Business from the Stone Age to the Information Age: How to Leverage Artificial Intelligence with Tim Saddoris, Grand Onyx 
Staying competitive requires innovative strategies that harness the power of cutting-edge technology. In this session, discover how easy it is to implement chatbots, recommendation engines and personalized marketing to create seamless and engaging customer experiences, foster loyalty and drive sales. Explore real-world case studies showcasing how AI can automate routine tasks, optimize processes and minimize costs. Whether you’re looking to increase revenue, improve customer satisfaction, or streamline operations, learn turnkey strategies that can drive sustainable growth for your business. 

About Tim Saddoris 
Tim Saddoris is the president of Grand Onyx, a firm dedicated to helping stone fabricators increase their revenue by 30% to 300% using proven techniques and a World Class Blueprint System to help you build a more profitable, scalable business. They help companies refine their sales process, uncover insights into better ways to sell and coach sales teams for greater success.  

An A+D Panel Discussion: Understanding the Lifecycle of a Project 
Explore the critical stages of project development, from architectural ideation to build execution, as we delve into material specifications, including sustainable elements, and the integration and effective expectation management throughout the lifecycle of a project. In this session, we will discuss: 

  • How architects translate abstract concepts into tangible designs, balancing aesthetic appeal with structural integrity. Learn how material specifications are pivotal in bringing these visions to life. 
  • The growing importance of selecting eco-friendly materials and implementing energy-efficient solutions to create spaces that not only inspire but also respect the planet. 
  • Concept vs. Reality: How to implement effective communication strategies and manage expectations throughout the lifecycle of a project. Explore techniques for fostering collaboration, aligning stakeholders' goals and addressing potential conflicts. 

Moderator: John Buechler 

Panelist: Jennifer Farrell 
Founder of the award-winning interior design firm Jennifer Farrell Designs, Jennifer Farrell was named Design Visionary 2020 by The International Surface Event, and her product designs have won numerous awards, most notably the 2023 Top Flooring Product in Tile & Stone. She was recently honored as Best of Design by Interiors California and received the prestigious ANDYZ Award for Best Residential Design. Jennifer serves on the Middleby Advisory Council and the Advisory Council for The International Surface Event. Her iconic work has been featured on television and in dozens of publications, and she has teamed with some of the finest luxury brands in all sectors for her celebrated product collections in tile, flooring, furniture, lighting, rugs, art and decor  

Panelist: Travis McDermott
Travis McDermott serves as operations manager for McDermott Top Shop in Jefferson, Wisconsin. Having worked in many roles in the company over the past 16 years, Travis is well-positioned to lead the McDermott teams across all aspects. He is adept at all parts of the business, including best practices in fabrication, shop management, CAD and related software programming, sales, inventory, installation and more. Travis is passionate about leadership and contributing to a thriving company culture; he prioritizes professional development among his team members. 

Surface Restoration and Repair Techniques for Sintered Materials 
Get hands-on demonstrations of surface restoration and repair techniques for sintered materials, including Dekton, that can help you eliminate costly remakes and remedy mistakes while improving your customer service approach. 

About Lenny Pellegrino 
Lenny Pellegrino is a leader at Pellegrino Stone Care in San Diego, California. He specializes in care and restoration techniques for natural stone, quartz, tile and more. Since 1994, he has been committed to developing and offering care products, solutions and services.  

Electrifying Add-ons: Innovative Solutions & Upselling Techniques with FreePower 
In this session, get a demonstration of FreePower's charging solution for countertops and discuss strategies for making the most out of every sale.

About Jake Slatnick 
Jake Slatnick is the founder and CEO of FreePower, a wireless charging company based in Phoenix, Arizona. The company’s latest innovation, FreePower for Countertop, has won 3 CES Innovation Awards and the coveted Best in Show Award from Best of KBIS all in 2024. FreePower for Countertop is turning everyday surfaces into wireless chargers; major partnerships are already underway with the likes of Leicht, Taylor Morrison and Marriott. 

Originally from San Diego, Jake graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in technology entrepreneurship. He has garnered significant recognition at the helm of FreePower, including Forbes 30 Under 30 and Forbes Next 1000.  


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