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ProDealer Industry Summit taps Burns

BY HBSDealer Staff

John Burns has developed a reputation as a straight shooter and a serious analyst on the topic of real estate and market trends. And he’s no stranger to the building supply industry.

Burns, who has made a career out of helping business executives make informed housing industry investment decisions, will join the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and HBSDealer at the upcoming ProDealer Industry Summit.

The event is slated for Oct. 17-19 in Chicago.

Burns is the CEO of John Burns Real Estate Consulting, which he founded in 2001.

John Burns

In Chicago, Burns will offer a national housing market overview and share his outlook, including findings from his groundbreaking book Big Shifts Ahead: Demographic Clarity for Executives. He will also explain how the four major external influencers — the government, the economy, new technologies, and societal shifts — continue to transform demand.

His presentation at the ProDealer Industry Summit will include insights on today’s first time home buyers, and his firm’s forecast on building products demand. Attendees will leave this session with a huge competitive advantage

because you will be making decisions with facts and will be better able to adjust your business strategies when unanticipated events shift prevailing trends.

Prior to forming his current company, Burns worked at a national consulting firm for 4 years and for 10 years at KPMG Peat Marwick – two years as a CPA and eight in its Real Estate Consulting practice.

More than 600,000 people follow Burns’ LinkedIn Influencer column and 30,000 subscribe to his emails.

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National Hardware Show declares success

BY HBSDealer Staff

Earlier this month, thousands of hardware and home improvement professionals from throughout the industry gathered at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 73rd edition of the National Hardware Show. Show organizers are calling it a success.

“The 2018 National Hardware Show was a successful one,” says Rich Russo, vice president of the National Hardware Show. “With three busy days full of excitement and enthusiasm, we were thrilled to see such a great turnout and hope everyone left feeling inspired by the ideas, best practices, insights and new connections made at the Show.”

Attendees and exhibitors alike had the chance to network, learn about new products and see the latest and greatest in industry trends.

As always, a key focus for all who attended were new products—not only could retailers find the latest and greatest at the show, but there were several featured areas where their latest innovations and developments were on display.

“We’re constantly looking for products for our electrical department,” says Diana Newton, vice president of Bay Hardware in Seal Beach, Calif. “There are always improvements to be made there.”

The educational seminars at the North American Retail Hardware Association’s (NRHA) All-Industry Conference, held in the NRHA Village in the Central Lobby, were also a popular area for many attendees.

“This event has it all: products, networking, learning more about managing and running a business,” says Sherri Amos, director of dealer support at Home Hardware.

The event also successfully promoted the idea of giving back. Case in point: Operation Tiny Home, which raised awareness about housing instability across the country.

Zack Giffin, co-host of “Tiny Home Nation,” teamed up with local veterans to teach them valuable woodworking and construction skills as they completed a furniture-making workshop. The furniture was then displayed in a tiny home that attendees could tour outside in Tailgate, Backyard & BBQ. The home was later donated to provide shelter to veterans in need.

“The workshops aren’t just about learning new skills,” says Gabrielle Rapport, founder and executive director of Operation Tiny Home. “It’s about a community building and creating something together.”

Nearby was 2 x 4s for Hope, a nonprofit organization that works to build safe and secure shelters for veterans and those affected by natural disasters or who lack safe housing. Attendees could make a small donation and sign a message on a 2 x 4 that would later be used in one of the organization’s building projects.

“It was inspiring for us to see so many industry professionals from across the country and all over the world gather together here at NHS,” Russo said.

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City of Hope is off to the races

BY HBSDealer Staff

City of Hope’s Hardware and Homebuilding Industry fundraising efforts have so far this year generated more than $2.7 million for the California-based Cancer research and disease treatment center.

The total donations are certain to swell as the industry fundraising group enters a heavy season of events, including a first-ever event at the historic Santa Anita Race Track. Upcoming events include:

June 23 HHI Day at the Races.
• The inaugural HHI Day at the Races will be hosted by The Home Depot and Signature Retail Services at the newly renovated Santa Anita Race Track in Southern California. An intimate group of 100-120 guests are expected to participate.

• June 7, HD Supply Golf Outing at Lake Oconee
More than 300 City of Hope supporters are expected to attend this event at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Georgia. In addition to golf, the outing includes a cocktail reception, silent auction and dinner/awards program that evening.

• Sept. 24, Midwest Golf Outing
Hosted by Home Depot, this golf outing and fundraiser returns to Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Chicago, Ill.

Earlier this month, the 18th Annual Shootout at Bighorn attracted 400 golfers and raised just under $1 million for City of Hope.

For information on how to participate in the Hardware/Homebuilding Industry events, visit www.cityofhope.org/hhi.

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