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September 3, 2015
While January is still 4 months away, there is no better time than the beginning of September to talk about the show because the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has special information for you that will save you time and money as well as how to make the most out of your 2016 International Builders’ Show investment!
Today's guest blogger is Tom Swartz, 2015 NAHB Chairman for Conventions & Meetings, with today's emphasis on CONVENTION!
Tom is the third generation owner of
J. J. Swartz Co., a company that was founded in 1921. Annual sales volume is over $4 million. His company employs 35 field, production,
sales and office staff. The primary
business has been residential and commercial remodeling and insurance
restorations since 1921. Tom's full, and impressive, bio can be found by clicking here.
"Why I Never Miss the NAHB IBS" by Tom Swartz, CGR, CAPS
Tom Swartz, CGR, CAPS
My first "Builders Show" was in 1976, but I
started to attend regularly beginning in 1985 when I was the local association
president of the Metro Decatur (IL) Home Builders Association (I am now in
Naples, FL, and a proud Senior Life Director at the Collier BIA), I was looking
for answers and guidance for our remodeling business.Since 1985, I have only missed one IBS, due
to a family health issue.Why haven't I
missed a show since then?Bottom line is
that I turned to NAHB and IBS for the networking and educational experiences
that are shared with fellow builders and remodelers, as well as the associate
members that support our business.I
truly believe that those experiences paved the way to my success in J.J. Swartz
Co, a 95-year-old construction company (now under the direction of the 4th
generation, Brad Swartz).
I’m chairman of the 2015 Convention & Meetings
Committee, which means I have oversight of the upcoming show in Vegas, January
19-21.I may be a bit biased, but this
year’s show is not to be missed.Here
are just a few of the reasons why:
First and foremost, the exhibits.Quite simply, you’ll never get another chance
to see more of the most exciting and innovative building products in one place
this year – we’ll have 500,000 net square feet of exhibits at this show, with
1,300 exhibitors.Think of the time you
can save yourself!Plus, IBS is once
again co-locating with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and the
International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE), as well as co-dating with The
International Surface Event (TISE).TISE
starts and ends a day later than IBS, so plan your trip accordingly.Your IBS registration gives you access to all
four shows that are part of Design & Construction Week, which adds further
value to your trip!
Next, the education.It’s first class and getting better every year.The Convention Education Subcommittee has
really taken attendee feedback to heart, so you’ll see a lot of new educational
programming and speakers this year.In
addition, leverage your week in Vegas with a deep dive into one or more
industry topics with NAHB’s pre-show courses.You can take a course or two for an NAHB
designation, continuing education credits or simply because you want more info
on a specific topic. I have to tell you
that getting my Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) designation was one of the
best things I did for my business and career.
This might not be a surprise to some of you, but my
favorite part of the show is the networking
and special events.And, this year,
we’ve got some amazing special events planned for you.Headlining the Opening Ceremonies, on
Tuesday, January 19 is comedian and all-around nice guy, Jay Leno!What a great way
to start out the show!That evening, The Official IBS House Party will be in
full swing at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, at the LINQ.Great food and drink is included in your
ticket – and you have your choice of bowling, dancing or just hanging out.There are more events at the show than I can list
here, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the IBS Spike Concert, featuring Hall & Oates,
which will close down the show in style on Thursday night.
Some of the best networking takes place on the exhibit
floor and in the IBS Centrals.We’ll have six niche Centrals (Sales, Design
Studio, 55+ Housing, Multifamily, Custom Building and Remodeling) where you can
mix and mingle with other like-minded professionals.The Centrals are open to anyone with an IBS
badge.Be sure to check one or more of
them out – you’ll be glad you did!
Another highlight of the show – and something I’ve had my
hand in for many, many years is The New American Home,
the official IBS show home.Quite simply,
the house is going to be stunning and anyone who visits will get a fantastic, real-world
demonstration of the latest concepts in architecture, construction techniques,
new products and lifestyle trends. Be
sure to sign up for a tour early (the tour is
complimentary, but you do need a ticket and they do run out); it will be worth
your time.The New American Home is
produced annually by the NAHB Leading Suppliers Council,
which I chaired twice.
While you can register for the show any time, the very
best deals on registration pricing are taking place in September only.You’ll
get $100 off a full registration, which includes access to the exhibit floor
plus the education sessions I mentioned earlier AND access post-show to IBS Education On-Demand.September also brings our FREE Expo Pass
offer for NAHB members ($50 beginning on October 1st), that will
allow you access to those 1,300+ exhibits I mentioned above – and a free spouse
pass ($25 beginning on October 1st)!And, since we’ll be sharing the city with the other Design &
Construction Week shows, as well as other shows around the city, be sure to get
your hotel reservations taken care of now, through the official NAHB
housing block – you will pay less and have access to the hotel shuttles (which
means you’ll be able to avoid long cab lines!) for easy back and forth to the
Convention Center.Register and make
your hotel reservations at BuildersShow.com.
I hope you can see why I think every person connected
with the building industry should attend the IBS.Quite simply, those of us that do have a
competitive advantage over those that don’t.Come discover the building universe in Las Vegas this January with me!