Summit kicks off in Chicago
Pro dealers from around the country gather to share, learn and grow.
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.
At PDIS, leadership in action
The 2018 ProDealer Industry Summit, slated for Oct. 17-19 in Chicago, will include an opening keynote address from Green Beret Commander Mark Nutsch. The soldier’s story was made famous in the movie “12 Strong” and the best-selling book “Horse Soldiers.”
The summit is hosted jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and HBSDealer.
Commander Marek Nutsch is expected to bring the audience behind the scenes of the first successful special forces campaign that took place n the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. In a strategic partnership with their Afghan counterparts, Nutsch’s 12-man team leveraged unique guerilla tactics on horseback to obtain their military objectives.
On stage, Nutsch will share insights on leadership and team dynamics in overcoming the odds. (Watch the movie trailer here.)
The ProDealer Industry Summit is an exclusive three-day educational and networking forum designed to promote the growth of lumber & building product dealers, distributors, wholesalers, and the manufacturers who supply them. LBM dealers will benefit from sharing insights and best practices from leaders in the industry in a relaxed format that encourages networking and personal interaction.
ProDealer Industry Summit taps Burns
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.
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.