Content about ProDealer Industry Summit

July 8, 2014

Kathryn I. Thompson, CEO and director of research at the Thompson Research Group, brings over 15 years of experience to analyzing, modeling and advising investors on the construction material industry. 

Thompson will share her thoughts on the industry with the ProDealer Industry Summit, Oct. 28-30 at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.  

October 31, 2013

NyloBoard's composite wood alternative was among the more perplexing products on display at the ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville.

The display sample, what appeared to be a wood slab growing out of a snarl of carpet fiber, demonstrated its patented production process.

October 30, 2013

Roxul Inc., based in Milton, Ontario and Grand Forks, B.C., required a compulsory warning sign next to its ProDealer Industry Summit display in Nashville last week: its live product demonstration involved a flame that was continuously pointed at its stone wool insulation for hours on end.

According to sales representative Dan Brown, people have been slow in the past to realize that the flame was indeed real.

October 29, 2013

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) presented 2012 chair Cally Coleman Fromme, president and CEO of Zarsky Lumber Company in Victoria, Texas, with the 2013 Grassroots Dealer of the Year award during the ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville, Tenn. 

October 25, 2013

Nashville, Tenn. -- Bradley Farnsworth, president of the eponymous research-based consulting firm (The Farnsworth Group), delivered an address to ProDealer Summit attendees Friday that outlined a progressively greener near-future outlook for remodeling.

In his presentation, titled "Emerging Trends in Remodeling: A Consumer and Contractor Perspective," Farnsworth detailed the experiences and expectations of architects, contractors and remodelers.

October 25, 2013

The years since the recession have seen a decrease in supplier loyalty and a more prominent focus on dollars and cents. Jim Robisch, senior partner and director of dealer/retailer services at The Farnsworth Group, highlighted these tropes and more during his presentation at the ProDealer Industry Summit Oct. 24 in Nashville, Tenn.

October 24, 2013

Outgoing NLBMDA chairman Chuck Bankston took some time at the open of the ProDealer Industry Summit to formally pass the gavel to Chris Yenrick, who will replace him as chair in 2014.

"I hope I won't have to use this too much," quipped Yenrick as he accepted the gavel from Bankston.

Yenrick, who is president of Smith Phillips Building Supply in Winston-Salem, N.C., stressed the importance of succession planning, grassroots activism and pulling younger generations into the aging industry.

October 24, 2013

Nashville, Tenn. -- A few months ago, John Burns described himself as a raging optimist. Today he's just an optimist.

That was one of the observations from the real estate consultant's presentation at the ProDealer Industry Summit. The fundamentals of the housing recover are solid, he said. But in the sales office, sales and bargains and price drops surged in September. A survey showed 10% of builders surveyed dropped prices, from zero in the previous month. 

October 24, 2013

Nashville,  Tenn. -- The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) is ramping up its efforts to promote its signature: the Innocent Sellers Act (HR 2746).

Speaking during the Washington Update presentation here at the ProDealer Industry Summit, NLBMDA CEO Michael O’Brien led a discussion on recent lobbying activity that included the deep waters of Obamacare and legislation reform.

October 23, 2013

Education and networking are the key drivers behind the 2013 ProDealer Industry Summit, kicking off Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn. 

Sponsored jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and HCN, the three-day event includes a slate of NLBMDA business on Wednesday, followed by the installation of new NLBMDA officers in an evening ceremony. 

October 18, 2013

Bradley T. Farnsworth, president of The Farnsworth Group, will be among five speakers scheduled to appear at this year's ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville, Tenn.

Farnsworth created the research-based consulting firm to serve the home improvement, residential building and commercial construction industries. He has ammassed a wealth of experience in category management, store positioning, market segmentation analysis and hybrid market concept development.

October 16, 2013

James Robisch, who leads market research and strategy consulting firm Farnsworth Group as senior partner, will speak at this year's ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville, Tenn.

Robisch, who specializes in the home improvement and building supply industry, directs dealer/retailer and wholesale service activities for Farnsworth. This includes anything ranging from market intelligence to branding, customer retention and strategic planning.

October 14, 2013

Among the five speakers scheduled to present at the 2013 ProDealer Industry Summit is Michael O'Brien, CAE, who is president and CEO of the National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Assocation (NLBMDA).

At the helm of the association, O'Brien is in charge of the day-to-day as well as various strategic initiatives. He oversees lobbying, grassroots and political action campaigns for the organization, as well as operative functions such as membership services, public relations, federation relations, industry relations and financial management.

October 4, 2013

Pat Thorne Lumber Co. of Chillicothe, Mo., will receive the 2013 Independent Pro Dealer of the Year award during the upcoming ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville, Tenn.

The Oct. 23-25 summit is sponsored jointly by HCN and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA). 

The three-unit Pat Thorne Lumber, co-owned by Pat and Susan Thorne, is a member of the Mid-America Lumbermens Association, of which Pat Thorne is a past president. 

September 29, 2013

The 2013 ProDealer Industry Summit slated for Nashville Oct. 23-25 will include a panel presentation on the business of components. 

A panel of pro dealers will share thoughts on best practices that govern truss and other component operations. 

Assembled on the panel are Chuck Bankston, president of Bankston Lumber, Barnesville, Ga.; Peter Alexander, CEO of BMC, Boise, Idaho; and Dale Carlson, president of Lyman Lumber, Excelsior, Minn.

The Component business presentation is set for Oct. 25, at 11:00 a.m. 

September 17, 2013

The ProDealer Industry Summit, slated for Oct. 23-25 in Nashville, Tenn., will include a trip to Stewart Builder Supply for a boots-on-the-ground networking and education opportunity.

The Brentwood, Tenn., location of Stewart Builder Supply is welcoming PDIS attendees on Thursday Oct. 24, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

August 28, 2013

The 2013 ProDealer Industry Summit, slated for Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 23-25 will include a healthy lineup of industry presentations.

Included on the slate is a seminar titled “Where Pros and DIYers are Buying Building Supplies and Home Improvement Products, and Why?”

The presenter is Jim Robisch Sr., partner and director of dealer/retailer services, The Farnsworth Group. 

August 26, 2013

New York -- HCN, the building products and home improvement retailing magazine of Lebhar-Friedman Inc., selected US LBM Holdings as the 2013 Pro Dealer of the Year.

August 19, 2013

Greg Brooks is one of five speakers slated to speak at this year's ProDealer Industry Summit, taking place Oct. 23-25 in Nashville, Tenn.

August 15, 2013

John Burns, CEO of John Burns Real Estate Consulting, will be one of five speakers at this year's ProDealer Industry Summit taking place on Oct. 23-25 in Nashville, Tenn.

Burns, based in Irvine, Calif., has more than 20 years of national real estate consulting experience after beginning his career as a CPA. 

He has an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in economics from Stanford University.

November 2, 2012

At a gathering of 200 pro dealers and suppliers in Savannah, Ga., the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) board of directors introduced a new leadership team headed by Chuck Bankston, president of Bankston Lumber in Barnesville, Ga. The Oct. 24 installation was held during the ProDealer Industry Summit, a three-day event jointly sponsored by the NLBMDA and Home Channel News.

October 26, 2012

Savannah, Ga. -- An optimistic outlook from a normally conservative housing analyst closed the final day of the ProDealer Industry Summit (PDIS) today, sending many attendees home with renewed optimism, a new take on demographics and the green light -- in theory at least -- to ask builders for price increases next year.   

October 25, 2012

Savannah, Ga. -- At a gathering of 200 pro dealers and suppliers here, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) board of directors introduced a new leadership team headed by Chuck Bankston, president of Bankston Lumber in Barnesville, Ga. The Oct. 24 installation was held during the ProDealer Industry Summit, a three-day event jointly sponsored by the NLBMDA and Home Channel News.

October 24, 2012

Savannah, Ga. -- The 2012 ProDealer Industry Summit begins today in Savannah, Ga., with a slate of committee meetings of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and the annual NLBMDA Installation dinner.

Chuck Bankston of Bankston Lumber of Barnesville, Ga., will take over the gavel as NLBMDA chair from Cally Fromme, of Victoria, Texas-based Zarsky Lumber. 

October 3, 2012

As the 2012 ProDealer Industry Summit (PDIS) prepares to convene in Savannah, Ga., the nation’s housing market sits on the precipice of a long-overdue recovery. The LBM industry has watched and waited, knowing that the bottom would eventually arrive. Recognizing -- and responding to -- that turning point will be the subject of several seminars and presentations on Oct. 25 to 26.