2018 Eastern Conference Pre-Con Events

TFG Companies Presents: MBA in a Day – Successful or Painful Ways to Start or Grow your Business  

 Cost: $175.00 members, $225.00 non-members, FREE for TFG Company members and their employees Thursday, October 18, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

This interactive workshop is the “Cliff Notes” version for starting and running a business.  Based on industry best practices and “hard lessons learned”, content is presented in an easy to understand manner which will get you excited about the craft and the business.  With just a few takeaways, this workshop should keep you out of court while developing lifetime friendships with your future clients. The format uses contracts from existing timber frame companies to evaluate the good and bad, and how to improve.   Participants should leave with a clear understanding of how to change structure or legal status to start or stay in business, successful marketing concepts to grow their business, and lessons/mistakes made by others which need not be repeated.  Experienced small and large business owners, and those craftsmen who want to start their own business will find great value in this real world content.

Al Wallace has been a fighter pilot, “dot.com” sales and technical manager, and a mildly successful small business owner for the past 15 years.   He loves timber framing and timber framers and has participated in projects throughout the world.  Since the TFG has given so much to him, this workshop is his way of giving back.  Al holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Golden Gate University, and dual Master’s degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture with Certificates in Design/Build and Historic Preservation from the University of Colorado at Denver. 

TFEC Presents:  Engineering Boot Camp

Cost: $375 members, $450 non-members, Thursday, October 18 8:00 am -4:30 pm

 The Timber frame engineering council (TFEC) will be hosting a timber frame engineering bootcamp on Thursday, October 18 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.   


The boot camp will cover the fundamentals of timber frame engineering - the brightest minds in the industry will walk you through the basic principles of engineering traditional joinery and frameworks. We will begin with a thorough review of engineered wood mechanics and how this is applied to the design and detailing of timber joinery, followed by a review of frame and truss action. We will quickly review lateral loading of timber structures, and take a look at timber post base connections. We will wrap things up with a review of timber screw technology and design principles and how they apply to modern timber frames. 


This year, we are looking at adding a social component to our typical symposium schedule. We want to take some additional time to get together as friends and colleagues and allow the attendees to enjoy casual conversations over some delicious beverages. Stay tuned for more on this.


The Boot Camp is open to TFEC members and nonmembers alike. We’re finalizing the list of presenters, nailing down the fees and hammering out some other details.  

ATP Presents:  Complex Roof Layout Workshop

Cost: $175.00 members, $225.00 non-members,  Thursday, October 18, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

more information coming soon!

Behind the Scenes Tour of Colonial Williamsburg

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