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EnsembleIQ bolsters events team with Ed Several

The former leader of the National Hardware Show joins HBSDealer’s parent company.

BY HBSDealer Staff

EnsembleIQ, the parent company of HBSDealer, hired Ed Several as executive VP of events and conferences. He will have responsibility for all aspects of the company’s extensive portfolio of events and conferences across a breadth of industries, including retail, technology, hospitality and healthcare.

Several joins EnsembleIQ from Reed Exhibitions, where he served as senior vice president, Americas, and for several years played a prominent role as the lead of the National Hardware Show. Having spent 15 years at Kraft Foods prior to joining Reed, he brings a unique combination of classical consumer packaged good training along with 14 years of leading events such as the PGA Merchandise Show, Global Gaming Expo (G2E), International Security Conference (ISC) and BookExpo, as well as NHS.

“I am honored to join the extremely talented team at EnsembleIQ and start a new journey in creating valuable, face-to-face platforms to enable our customers to solve big problems and inspire bold ideas,” said Several. “The well-established brands, vast access to unique shopper insights and loyal audiences attracted me to this opportunity. I look forward to meeting and working side-by-side with our customers to develop the best approaches for growing their businesses.”

“Our events are always built with our valued community in mind, with the goal of bringing the entire ecosystem of key players together to solve the industry’s biggest problems,” said David Shanker, CEO at EnsembleIQ. “With Ed Several, we know we’ve hired a true event savant and the best the industry has to offer.”

EnsembleIQ acquired Lebhar-Friedman – including HBSDealer – in a deal that was announced this summer. EnsembleIQ is a business intelligence resource structured to serve the business-to-business needs of retailers, consumer goods manufacturers, technology providers, hospitality and healthcare professionals, marketing agencies and retail service providers.

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FBM CEO honored

Rueben Mendoza has been named an Entrepreneur of The Year.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Foundation Building Materials (FBM) CEO and president Rueben Mendoza has been named as a Logistics & Innovation Winner in the Entrepreneur of The Year 2018 Orange County Awards program.

Entrepreneur of The Year, founded by EY (Ernst & Young) is presented to entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community.

FBM CEO and president Rueben Mendoza.

Based in Tustin, Calif, FBM distributes wallboard, suspended ceiling systems, along with mechanical insulation, through 220 branches across the United States and Canada. The company reported record sales of more than $2 billion for 2017.

On Sept. 27, FBM announced it was selling its mechanical insulation business to Dunes Point Capital, LP, for $122.5 million in a move to reduce debt.

An interview with Mendoza regarding FBM and the award can be viewed here.

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Deckorators launches apprenticeship program

The training program will connect trained apprentices with Certified Pros.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Deckorators, the composite decking, railing and accessories manufacturer, has launched a new program designed to help its Certified Pro contractors meet the challenges of the labor shortage.

The Deckorators Deck Builder Summer Apprenticeship Program will connect qualifying Deckorators Certified Pros with trained local apprentices for the 2019 deck-building season.

The manufacturer, a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc., says the program is built to help contractors increase opportunities and drive deck sales and installation services by aligning with the brand.

To land apprentices, who can extend deck crews and boost production, Certified Pros can participate in the apprenticeship program through a straightforward, process.

Certified Pros may review qualifications and apply to participate in the program through Nov. 30 at

Deckorators will then assist approved Certified Pros with recruiting local apprentices. From November 2018 through February 2019, the Deckorators team will with work with Certified Pros to develop job descriptions, perform in-depth interviews, and review references. The pro will also have the option of conducting their own interviews with a recommended apprentice before final approval. All apprentices will be selected by March 15, 2019.

All apprentices must then complete one Deckorators Training Week give April 21-27 or May 5-11 in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Training Week will cover a variety of topics, including hands-on installation for decking and railing, best tips and tricks for deck-building practices, and how Deckorators products are manufactured.

Certified Pros are responsible for airfare, lodging, and meals for the apprentice during Training Week. By the time the apprentice arrives for training, he or she must be on the Certified Pro’s payroll. After the apprentice completes the training, Deckorators will post 2,500 points to the Certified Pro’s account — one point equals $1 —to offset or cover the out-of-pocket training costs.

The apprenticeship term runs from June 1 to Aug. 31, 2019. At the end of the apprenticeship term, the Certified Pro may choose to hire the apprentice as a full-time team member.

“In meetings around the country, our Certified Pros have shared their challenges with finding enough good labor,” said Kat Williams, senior business manager for Deckorators. “The Deck Builder Summer Apprenticeship Program was built to align our partners with qualified builders who can make a real impact on their business.”

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