International Door & Operator Industry

NOV-DEC 2018

Garage door industry magazine for garage door dealers, garage door manufacturers, garage door distributors, garage door installers, loading docks, garage door operators and openers, gates, and tools for the door industry.

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Opening Session Keynote Speaker John Ratzenberger Screenwriter, Director, Producer and Actor Friday, March 15, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. During more than three decades of movie-making and theatre, John Ratzenberger has enjoyed success as a screenwriter, director, producer and multi Emmy-nominated actor. He is also an accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist. In 1982, while living in London, John accepted a writing assignment for CBS in Los Angeles. On the day he was scheduled to return to London, he auditioned for a role on the upcoming show, Cheers. In the history of television, only a handful of series have achieved the worldwide success of Cheers, on which John portrayed Cliff Clavin for the show's entire 11-year run. To this day, thanks to daily syndication, Cliff continues as one of America's most-beloved characters. John is better known to a younger generation for his Pixar roles. He is the only actor to voice a character in every Pixar film, including such notable roles as: Hamm the piggy bank in Toy Story 1 (1995), 2 (1999) and 3 (2010); P.T. Flea, the circus ringmaster in Bug's Life (1998); the lovable snow monster Yeti in Monsters, Inc. (2002); and many more. John is Hollywood's most outspoken advocate for American manufacturing, skilled labor and the companies that are the foundation of our great country - working tirelessly to shine a light on the importance of manufacturing and trades. In his speeches, he explains the crushing regulations on American enterprise and the fact that we are running out of skilled tradesman to fill the hundreds of thousands of available skilled trades jobs in America. To combat this issue, John works with legislators on both sides of the aisle to bring back trades training in schools, build apprentice programs for returning veterans and support the reshoring of American companies. In October 2017, John was appointed to the President's Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. Its mission is to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient. He currently speaks to groups across the country about eliminating the stigma around the trades while providing much-needed training opportunities for students, returning veterans and out of work Americans. John's message will hit home for the industries specifically on manufacturing and labor challenges 56 International Door & Operator Industryâ„¢

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