May 27, 2013

"Before You Know It.... The International Builders Show '14"

There is an unwritten law, "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," and it is also a rallying cry for people who like to be adventurous when visiting the city. Las Vegas and conventions go together like, well, Las Vegas and conventions! I do have to break the unwritten law  and let you know what happened in Vegas last year and for those who attended. They experienced something they hadn't experienced in quite a few years (relax and exhale, I'm talking about the show); enthusiasm and excitement for the building industry. Exhibitors who expressed optimism by the floor traffic, industry professionals who had a chance to actually talk about products that they'll be using in, wait for it, NEW PROJECTS! Association volunteers, both builder and associate, feeling a renewed energy. 

And guess what?

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is heading back to the West's version of the "city that never sleeps"  for the International Builders Show and, with the housing recovery looking like it's taking a firm hold, our members and industry peers are as enthusiastic as they have been in years about attending. And why not? Nowhere on earth will you find a singular show as large and complete as this show.

Randy Strauss, this year's convention chairman and home builder from Amherst, Ohio, would like to share a few thoughts with you and get you to start thinking "Vegas, Baby!"

"Before You Know It.... The International Builders Show '14"
by Randy Strauss, NAHB Conventions & Meetings Chairman

As NAHB’s Convention Chairman, it is my job to be really excited about the upcoming International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas.   But let me tell you why this show will be different and has this 34 year veteran of IBS watching the calendar in anticipation.   NAHB and the IBS have joined forces with the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s “Kitchen & Bath Industry Show”, known as KBIS.  
The two largest and most important industry shows will be held in the same place at the same time in the Las Vegas Convention Center.  Your IBS badge will give you access to both trade show floors.  A greater range of products than we’ve ever seen at IBS will be yours to see next February 4-6.  KBIS attendees will be able to visit the IBS floor as well.  What an awesome deal, two shows for one!  

For suppliers who serve the home-builder and the kitchen and bath design markets, this is nirvana.  Both audiences at one show.  The whole range of specifiers, design and construction professionals should make marketers heads spin with opportunity.

NAHB and NKBA have taken the partnership even further and have dubbed that week, “Design and Construction Week”.  Residential construction associations and organizations are being invited to join us in Las Vegas creating for what will certainly be the most important industry gathering of the year.

Of course IBS will deliver what we have always come to expect…. great events like Opening Ceremonies and the Spike Party/IBS Concert, world class education, and more networking opportunities than any other event.

So I love my job!  I can’t wait and hope you share my excitement.  

Registration opens September 3 at .

See you in Vegas!

submitted by Michael Kurpiel, CGA, CGP
Note: Due to the NAHB Spring Board Meeting & Legislative Conference during the week of June 3rd, Association Maximization will not be published next Monday but will be back on June 10th.

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