October 13, 2016

The 2017 International Builders Show Update

Today's blog is from our International Builders (IBS) Chair, Ann Garvey. Ann would like to give us an update with less than 90 days to go. She leads a great team of volunteer members and extremely professional NAHB staff all with this goal in mind; your best convention experience to date!

 The 2017 International Builders Show Update

Ann Garvey, 2017 IBS Chair
 BuildersShow.com continues to be the place for the most up-to-date details but I wanted to give you some insight, firsthand!
 BuildersShow.com is, as always, where you register, make your hotel reservations and find the most current information!
 Halfway down you will see a very important, actionable item that you'll need to attend to ASAP.

 Let's start our update with...

2017 NAHB Annual Board & IBS Basics
·         NAHB Annual Board Meeting: Sunday, January 8 – Thursday, January 12
·         IBS: Tuesday, January 10 – Thursday, January 12
·         Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), Orlando, FL, with meetings also taking place in the Hyatt Regency Orlando (formerly the Peabody Hotel)
·         NAHB Headquarters Hotel is the Hyatt Regency Orlando

IBS Housing
The cutoff date for NAHB members to register and reserve a room in their state/local assigned hotel block is tomorrow, Friday, October 14.  
If you have not yet registered and secured your hotel room and would like to stay in your state/local association’s reserved block please do so by tomorrow.  If your preferred hotel is not available when you go online and you would like to be placed on a wait-list for that property or another property that is currently unavailable please give Barbara Rapp the hotel name(s) in order of preference along with your arrival and departure dates as soon as possible at brapp@nahb.org.   

IBS Exhibit Space
With 13 weeks to go, we’ve almost hit 545,000 net square feet (NSF) with 2016 IBS total sold space was just over 500K.

Opening Ceremonies (OC)
Day/Time:  Tuesday, January 10, 8:00 – 9:15 am, doors open at 7:00 am
Location:  OCCC, West Concourse, Level IV, Valencia Ballroom
Theme:  75 Years of Housing in America
Keynote speaker:  Peyton Manning, Quarterback of the 2016 Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos

IBS House Party (We are almost sold out!)
Day/Time: Tuesday, January 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location:  Mango’s Tropical CafĂ©, International Drive, mangos.com/orlando
Highlights:  Open bar, complimentary appetizers (definitely hearty enough to make it dinner), music (DJ) and entertainment
Notes:  Tickets are $45 and may be purchased while registering for IBS or if you missed it the first time through you can easily log back into your IBS registration record (using your registration ID and last name) to purchase tickets.  If you plan to go, please buy your tickets ASAP.  You don’t want to miss this great networking event!

NAHB Meeting of the Members
Day/Time: Wednesday, January 11, 8:00 – 9:30 am
Location: OCCC, West Concourse, Level IV, Valencia Ballroom
Keynote Speaker: Barbara Corcoran, Real Estate Mogul and “Shark” Investor on ABC’s Shark Tank
Highlights: All NAHB members attending IBS will be invited to this new event where they can grab coffee and receive updates on NAHB activities, the economy, etc.  NAHB members are asked to RSVP for this complimentary event while registering for IBS.  If you have already registered but haven’t yet RSVP’d for the Meeting of the Members and you plan to attend please log back into your registration record and do so. If you need assistance email Allie Seale at aseale@nahb.org.

IBS Closing Spike Concert
Day/Time:  Thursday, January 12, 5:00 – 7:30 pm, doors open at 5:00 pm and concert begins at 6:00 pm
Location:  OCCC, West Concourse, Level IV, Valencia Ballroom
Featuring: The hugely popular country music quartet, Little Big Town (littlebigtown.com)
Notes:  Tickets are $40 and may be purchased while registering for IBS.  Qualified Spikes and NAHB Directors will receive two complimentary concert tickets.  After the concert, shuttle transportation will be provided from the OCCC to all Official Show Hotels that are not walkable.

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