JLC LIVE Specialists

Our exhibit hall building clinics put the LIVE in JLC LIVE. And we can't do it without our awesome instructors–industry experts that you've seen in trade magazines or online!

Benjamin Bogie

Ben is a second generation high performance builder working as a lead carpenter in Portland Maine. He has a passion for the work he does that leads him to study his craft in an effort to push his skills forward in all areas of home building. His work has taken him from historical preservation of 18th century buildings to net zero new construction.

Gary Striegler

Gary Striegler is the President of Craftsman Builders Inc., in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He has over forty years of experience as a home builder, trim carpenter, and occasional furniture maker. Gary has been a frequent contributor to Fine Homebuilding, The Journal of Light Construction, Tools of the Trade, and This is Carpentry, as well as starring in several how-to videos on trim carpentry, and teaching classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking.  Each year, he travels to Honduras and volunteers for construction projects with Mercy International.

Jon Namba

Jon Namba is an independent industry consultant, trainer and speaker. He is a past president of the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) Certified Professionals. His background includes roles as an installer, former World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) director of technical services and former Certified Flooring Installers (CFI) executive director.

Mark Clement

Mark Clement is a deck builder, remodeler, author of the world's only jobsite novel The Carpenter's Notebook, content producer and tool reviewer specialist at @MyFixitUpLife. You can see his deck building and outdoor projects videos at

He has built decks, docks and pergolas from Ohio to Washington, DC and worked behind the scenes of several TV shows including The American
Woodshop and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Mike Guertin

The only thing Fine Homebuilding editorial adviser Mike Guertin likes better than building new homes is remodeling old ones. After more than 35 years, he’s still challenged every day to find more-efficient ways to build things better. Like a true Rhode Islander, he doesn’t take jobs farther than 15 minutes from his home in East Greenwich. Mike’s written over 100 articles for JLC Magazine and Fine Homebuilding and appears in dozens of videos.

Mike Kennedy

Mike Kennedy of Mike Kennedy specializes in hand-carved tangent handrailing and custom stairs. His work can be found in some of the finest homes in New England. When not building fine stairs or carving handrail Mike enjoys building guitars, creating art and music, gardening, horseback riding, hunting, and just running around in the forest. Mike lives in Foster, Rhode Island with his wife and various animal friends.

Mike Sloggatt

Mike Sloggatt has more than 40 year's experience in the trade starting
right out of high school in 1972, Mike  specializes  in high-end, challenging remodels near his home on Long Island. He is a  contributor to the Journal of Light Construction magazine and writes for Fine Homebuilding and Tools of the Trade, , Mike has been the Frame-to-Finish (Rough) Carpentry presenter for the Katz Roadshow. He teaches seminars and clinics in all aspects of carpentry and remodeling and is a regular presenter at JLC Live for the past  18 years , The Remodeling Show and International Builders’ Show. When not on the Road or enjoying his grand children , you might find Mike & his wife Laura  enjoying the countryside on his Harley Davidson. 

Myron Ferguson

Myron is a fourth generation NYS Building Contractor, with 30 plus years as a drywall contractor. He is author of the bestselling book (400,000 copies sold), Drywall; Professional Techniques for Great Results,(4th Edition), as well as a 1 hour companion video. When he is not getting his hands dirty with his drywall contracting company he travels the country teaching drywall and related topics at trade shows, lumberyards, tech schools and construction companies.  Myron is BPI certified in building envelope and as a building analyst. He is also a green building verifier.  Myron is a regular contributor to Fine Homebuilding, Journal of Light Construction, and Walls and Ceilings magazine.

Peter Heard

Peter Heard is the owner of North Country Carpentry & Restoration, Inc. operating on the east end of Long Island, New York. For 25 years Peter has been restoring homes from the mid to late 19th century. Peter has built a solid reputation by satisfying the design and finish needs of purist homeowners. 

Rick Arnold

Rick is the owner of R Arnold and Sons Construction. His introduction to the trades was his 8th grade shop class. As Rick himself states, he didn’t really choose construction. He first went into the military and after that went to college. His college went on strike, so he got a job and never looked back.

Tony Blue

Tony is a building contractor in the upstate New York's Saratoga region. He began his career working construction during college on and around Lake George NY. He started and grew a roofing company which he sold to his lead guys in order to focus on more remodel work. Tony has experience solving complex roofing and ventilation issues, and he believes windows, siding, roofing, and attic all need to perform together for a long lasting and dry home.