August 22 – 25, 2018

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA| USA


The Secret Link
of Accounting and Operations


Wednesday, August 24th from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM 

Session Code:  BMG11

Location: B305 (located in Building B - Level 3)

Presented by: Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI)

Speaker: Sebastien DesMarais, President: Hollywood Woodworking

Accounting on one side of the building and Operations on the other. Neither has a clue what the other REALLY does. Well wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to connect everyone with a common language? There IS.

With a few simple tools you too can connect your business and in doing so increase employee motivation and profits. Starting with estimating, project setup, engineering, production, and installation, everyone should understand where they are and where they are going at all times.

Stop guessing and being surprised. Start impressing your bank and surety. Stop trying to cut wood in a dark room. Turn the lights on!

About Sebastien DesMarais: Sebastien DesMarais is the President at Hollywood Woodwork, an employee-owned architectural millwork company based in Hollywood, Florida since 1968. After graduating from the University of Florida with majors in Computer Engineering and Finance, Sebastien joined General Electric where he travelled globally and worked in Information Technology for 3 years and then in Corporate Finance for 3 years. He joined Woodwork in 2010 as CFO, with responsibilities in Finance and Accounting, Risk Management, Human Resources, and Information Technology. In 2015, Sebastien became the Company’s 4th President.

Sebastien became an active member of AWI in 2010, joining both the Marketing and Finance Committees. In 2011, he developed and chaired AWI’s Financial Management Team, with responsibilities of managing the annual AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey (CoDBS), and also in delivering Financial Management Seminars to the AWI community. Since its creation, the Financial Management Team has delivered over 10 seminars to AWI Chapters, AWI National Convention, IWF and AWFS. In 2015, Sebastien was elected into AWI’s Board of Directors, and in 2016 became an Officer of AWI and QCC, serving as both Director and Treasurer for both organizations.

Sebastien loves to speak to and help AWI members in any way possible, believing that stronger members will create a stronger association and a stronger industry. He believes in the collaborative advantage that AWI offers its members. Although his seminars typically focus on financial management, he often delves into the benefits of open-book management, employee ownership, linking finance and operations, and technology.