"Association Maximization, the blog and e-newsletter" was created to help members of The National Association of Home Builders with professional growth, gain a better understanding of their HBA investment and maximize the return. This blog is for established members, new members and for non-members to demonstrate the reasons why investment in membership could help with professional growth. Some topics will also focus on other areas within the builders industry in general.
September 26, 2014
The Greatest Show on Earth
Today's guest blogger is Ann Garvey, from Charlotte, Michigan and owner of A & J Construction & Consulting. Ann is currently the 2nd Vice Chair of Conventions & Meetings and has been one of the biggest advocates of The National Association of Home Builders' International Builders Show. This year's show will be January 20-22, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada (I know, I didn't need to write Nevada) and is slated to be one of the best ever, if not THE best.
The Greatest Show on Earth!
One year ago…. It was the first time
that the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen
and Bath Association co-located in Las Vegas. Born from that
collaboration we now have Design & Construction Week! Registered
attendees have access to both show floors, plus complimentary access to the
show floor of a third trade show, the International Window Covering Expo.
Need more reasons?! Okay, we have added this year two more /// The newest
to join us this year is Las Vegas Market (home furnishings & decor,
accessories and gifts) and The International Surface Event (TISE) which
includes flooring, tile and stone/ Still need more??
The International Builders Show (IBS)
truly is the Greatest Show on Earth for the home building industry. Having the
home building industry descend on Las Vegas, through exhibits and attendees, is
the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” OK, I know I am sounding like I own a piece
of the show but I don’t. However, I am 2nd vice chair of Conventions
& Meetings, who has IBS under its umbrella so I do take pride knowing that
this show has all you can ask for if you are:
Building a home for others
2. You sell a product or service that helps build a home
3. Want to elevate your knowledge of products, systems, company management or
First, let’s start with the exhibits. Over
1,300 Manufacturers and suppliers proudly showing you what is new, what is
cutting edge, what is coming soon and the “have to have this, now!” products.
Top professionals that are at the top of their game because they know you are
in a whirlwind of excitement with no time to waste. If you display during IBS
you know that this is where the decisions are made for upcoming projects. So
man exhibitors have told me that it’s like “retail at Christmas” with the
frenzy. I find that to be very accurate!!
Second on my list is education. Education can be found at IBS and
not just any education, pinpoint industry education for any of your needs. IBS
education will help you become better sales professionals, whether you are
selling a home or selling to a person building a home. IBS offers the education
to end all education. Over 100 classes, seminars and workshops that are
fine-tuned and direct to your weaknesses and absolutely there to help you
reinforce your strengths. "I don't need to learn anymore" – was
never said by a successful person, ever.
At IBS you also have the opportunity to visit the Centrals… What’s that
you ask?! They are areas set up at the show where you can meet, relax and
visit with other professionals from your same interest to get new ideas and
information about your specific niche. Centrals feature some of the
industry’s top professionals who will lead enthusiastic and entertaining
discussions. So if your interest is in: 50+ Lifestyle, Custom Building, Design
Studio, Remodeling, Multifamily or Sales we have a Central for you!
Another on my list is the chance to take part in THE industry’s biggest
networking event. Thousands and thousands of like minded professionals and
renovators are under one roof. If you need something or someone and you didn’t
find it that means 1) you stayed at the casino to gamble or 2) you never left
your hotel room. It’s highly unlikely that you won’t take the costs of
IBS, and say “this investment paid off better than I could have
imagined.” And, did I mention…this show is FUN?!?!
All combined? Seriously, what is not to
I will make this even more
exciting for you! If you are an NAHB member, click on this link before September
30th you will receive your FREE Expo Pass!
And if that's not exciting enough our IBS Spike Concert will be headlined by.........