Ken Wilbanks set to speak at this year’s PDIS
Among the cadre of keynote speakers presenting at this year’s Pro Dealer Industry Summit is Ken Wilbanks, a business consultant to the lumber, building materials and home center industry.
Wilbanks cut his teeth working for Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ernst Home and Nursery, EBS Building Supply and other industry organizations, ranging from entry-level to executive roles.
As a consultant, Wilbanks provides educational programs, financial and business process analysis, leadership development and executive coaching.
His 30 years of experience and insights run the gamut from marketing to teambuilding, and he brings his knowledge to bear on challenges unique to the industry, such as those experienced by multi-location mixed dealers.
Sponsored by Home Channel News and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA), The 2014 Pro Dealer Industry Summit will be held in San Diego, California from Oct. 28-30.
GelPro Elite steps up to ease feet of at-home chefs
Austin, Texas-based GelPro is rolling out the red carpet beneath the feet of home chefs — or at least a mat that’s comfortable to stand on.
“We’re excited about all the technology we’ve incorporated into this product, but it’s always about delivering the best experience for our users," said GelPro founder and CEO Robb McMahan. "Conversations around cooking and the kitchen so often revolve around ways to make meals healthier and quicker and how to entertain for guests, but there’s a gap in conversation about taking care of those same at-home chefs and keeping them comfortable."
The GelPro Elite floor mat is composed of a thick Dual Comfort Core System that features a patented gel and energy-return foam, which helps absorb shock, redistribute weight and ease the discomfort of standing for extended periods of time.
Additionally, its no-curl beveled edges help maintain shape and support throughout the life of the product.
A stain-resistant fabric and non-slip bottom surface help round out the deal.
Goodman Company recalls A/C, heating units
Houston, Texas-based Goodman Company is recalling about 233,500 units of its Amana, Century, Comfort-Aire, Goodman and York International Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner/Heat Pump (“PTAC”) units.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the power cords on the units have displayed a tendency to overheat, creating burn and fire hazards.
So far, there have been five reports of the power cords smoking or catching fire, though no injuries have been reported as of yet.
The recall affects air conditioners and heat pumps under the Amana, Century, Comfort-Aire, Goodman and York International brands. They are rated 230/208 volt, 3.5 kW and are beige, with serial numbers ranging from 0701009633 through 0804272329. They are typically found in hotels, motels, apartment buildings and commercial spaces.
They were sold via Goodman and heating and cooling equipment dealers across the nation between January 2007 and June 2008.