Postcards from the Builders' Show

LAS VEGAS — Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak welcomed attendees to the 2020 Design & Construction Week here on Tuesday morning. And following an opening ceremony that included song, dance, comedy and business tips, baseball great Alex Rodriguez declared the show officially open.

The 2020 event for the seventh year brings together the International Builders' Show and KBIS, the kitchen and bath industry show, under the same roof.  It brings together 85,000 attendees from the U.S. (mostly) and the rest of the world. Some 1,500 exhibits around the Las Vegas Convention Center display products and services, and 150 education sessions promote learning and business success.

"Walk the floor till your feet hurt," advised NAHB chair Greg Ugalde, a home builder and developer from Connecticut. He also suggested attendees use their imagination as they review the exhibits.

Batting in the role of keynote speaker was baseball great Alex Rodriguez, a late replacement for his friend Magic Johnson, a basketball great. A-rod offered the following lessons learned from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner:

• Play with passion;
• Invest in your team, because you're only as good as your team; and
• Do your job.

The International Builders' Show runs through Jan. 23.