Builders’ Show taps Eisner to deliver 2013 keynote
The former leader of the Walt Disney Co. will kick off the International Builders’ Show (IBS). Also on stage: the Capitol Steps.
Former Walt Disney Co. chief Michael Eisner will deliver the keynote address at the International Builders’ Show, slated for Las Vegas Jan. 22-24.
Eisner, who served as the chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co. for 21 years, is recognized for having revitalized and reinvented the company into a full spectrum entertainment enterprise that grew from $1.7 billion to $30 billion under his watch. Eisner’s remarks will motivate corporate innovation and teamwork.
The show’s opening day ceremonies will also include a performance by famed political satire group, the Capitol Steps. Created in December 1981, the Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who used the headlines of the day to create song parodies and skits that conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.
"The Opening Ceremonies always provides an impressive lineup of speakers and entertainment, and this year is no exception," said NAHB chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. "We look forward to hearing the inspirational words of former Disney leader Michael Eisner, followed by a comedic performance of the Capitol Steps."
BlueTarp Financial Joins NLBMDA’s MSC Council
BlueTarp Financial is the newest member of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association’s (NLBMDA’s) Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC). The council is composed of the leading building material manufacturers and service providers serving the LBM industry.
NLBMDA’s MSC members are established industry leaders who supply products and services to lumber and building material dealers and regional chains across the nation. The dedicated members of the council share a commitment to promoting and enhancing the success of independent dealers and regional chains.
Headquartered in Portland, Maine, BlueTarp Financial has been the leading trade credit and marketing services provider for the building supply industry across the United States since 1998. Merchants who offer BlueTarp Trade Credit to their customers enjoy cash flow, increased sales, and reduced risk of managing credit in-house.
Increased cash flow allows growing dealers to invest in sales people, customized inventory and even new locations. BlueTarp dealers can also take advantage of the company’s new eMarketing Services to increase sales. The new service, offered exclusively to qualified dealers, provides customized e-communications to drive increased visits from active and lapsed contractors. These regularly distributed emails include direct advertising, exclusive eDeals, and eSurveys that provide customer insights directly back to dealers.
"We are honored to join the NLBMDA and support the needs of its members. As growth in the building supply industry continues to accelerate, many owners are looking ahead for what investments they can make to strengthen their businesses. Our trade credit and marketing services are the smart solution for savvy dealers looking for the best ways to grow," said Scott Simpson, CEO of BlueTarp.
Lebhar-Friedman set to launch digital magazine for the building industry
The Residential Products Group of New York City-based publishing company Lebhar-Friedman plans to launch Residential Building Products, a digital magazine for builders, remodelers and subcontractors.
The digital tablet and desktop magazine combined with an interactive website will be dedicated to delivering valuable information in an exciting digital package.
The Lebhar-Friedman Residential Products Group also includes Home Channel News and HardwareStoreConnect.com. The group is led by Jack Brannigan, VP and group publisher.
Brannigan, who joined Lebhar-Friedman in October, has served in senior executive positions with HomeSphere Inc. and Hanley-Wood. He currently serves on the board of directors of BuilderFusion, a building and technology company based in Orem, Utah.
“The pent-up demand in the residential construction industry is creating a need for product information and analysis,” said Brannigan. “It’s an exciting time to serve this industry, and we are excited to have a team in place with the ability to deliver a first class digital product.”
The magazine’s editorial mission includes the promise to dive beyond the basic product descriptions and examine the trends and the details that allow builders, remodelers and subcontractors to better serve their customers. Technology, technique and tools will all be featured along with the latest building concepts in the residential construction industry.
Residential Building Products will launch in mid-January.
For more information, visit residentialbuildingproducts.com.