ProDealer Industry Summit

Summit kicks off in Chicago

Pro dealers from around the country gather to share, learn and grow.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Chicago — The 2018 ProDealer Industry Summit gets underway here at the downtown Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. Three days of networking, education and planning for the growth of an industry are on tap through Friday.

Hosted jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and HBSDealer, the summit officially kicks off with a Wednesday nigh welcome reception followed by the NLBMDA Officer Installation dinner and HBSDealer ProDealer of the Year event.

NLBMDA incoming chair Bob Sanford of Connecticut-based Sanford & Hawley will receive the gavel from outgoing chair Rick Lierz, of Boise-based Franklin Building Supply. Lierz

“It has been an honor and a humbling experience to represent America’s lumber and building materials dealers as this year’s chairman of the NLBMDA,” said Lierz. “Our association is the voice of the industry in Washington and we need this unified voice more than ever right now. I urge all dealers to get involved in their local associations and to consider attending NLBMDA events, particularly the Legislative Conference in the spring.  The good it will do any dealer to be involved is well worth the time invested.”

Other highlights of the three-day conference include a keynote address from Commander Mark Nutsch, the Green Beret whose experiences in Afghanistan were portrayed in the Hollywood film “12 Strong.” The event also includes presentations on competing against Amazon; and best practices for succession planning and attracting talent.


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