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More than 130 people with stakes in panel processing heard messages that covered everything from the industry’s sustainability to the material needs and preferences of designers and furniture makers during the second annual Surface & Panel Symposium.

The event Nov. 6-8 at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas, featured eight speakers and six roundtable discussions, along with a vibrant exhibit hall and abundant networking opportunities.

Keynote speaker Stephen Chung, host of the PBS TV show “Cool Spaces: The Best of New Architecture,” told of the challenges in funding and launching his show, and he offered insight into design trends that he sees now and expects in the future.

Other speakers were Randy Tallman, CEO of the Stow Co.; Jill Jones, national surface materials manager at Kimball International; Krista Browne, senior designer, global retail, at Trek Bicycle; Geoff Hoffman, president of Hoffman Manufacturing; Ulrich Dangel, associate professor and graduate adviser at the University of Texas, Austin; Jackson Morrill, president of the Composite Panel Association; and Patti Smith, senior director, strategy and partnerships, for Kodak Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division.

The symposium is billed as a “stimulating, high-energy, educational event,” and it attracts suppliers, distributors, fabricators, architects, designers and students.

The date and location of the 2017 Surface & Panel Symposium will be announced soon.

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