Workforce Development: Finding, Growing, Keeping Good Employees
Thursday, August 25th 2014 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Session Code: BMG12
Location: B312 (located in Building B - Level 3)
Presented by: Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI)
Speaker: Kent Gilchrist, Production Manager: Fremont Interiors
As the economy picks up finding, training and keeping skilled productive shop floor and office employees is getting harder and harder. Advanced wood manufacturing needs much more than willing bodies. Here are some proven methods to build your workforce for the future of your company.
About Kent Gilchrist: Kent Gilchrist is President of Fremont Interiors, Inc, an architectural woodworking firm that designs and fabricates projects in their Carmel, Indiana facility for the residential and commercial markets. The company has developed a reputation for producing imaginative custom designed cabinetry, furniture and millwork executed with precision. Like their projects, the locales are varied; Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Kansas City, Lexington, St John, USVI and throughout Indiana including the Indiana Governor’s Residence.
Prior to beginning Fremont in 1990, Mr. Gilchrist worked for a Colorado custom architectural woodworking company designing and fabricating commercial projects. He also served as production and project manager for a custom kitchen and bath designer/manufacturer in Indianapolis and began his woodworking career as an apprentice with a cabinetmaker in northern California.
Mr. Gilchrist is very active in serving and promoting the industry with an emphasis on education and support of a sustainable workforce for our industry. He is an active member on both the local and national levels in the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI). He is a past President of the AWI Ohio Valley Chapter. For the past 10 years he has been a part of and currently chairs the AWI SkillsUSA Committee and is the Technical Chair for SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking, which designs, organizes and judges the national cabinetmaking competition as part of the SkillsUSA organization. He currently holds director positions with the Woodwork Career Alliance, SkillsUSA Indiana, and the AWI Education Foundation. Mr. Gilchrist is the immediate “Past President” of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI).