The Housing Chronicles Blog: March column for Builder & Developer magazine now online

Friday, March 21, 2014

March column for Builder & Developer magazine now online

My column for the March 2014 issue of Builder and Developer magazine is now posted online.

For this issue, entitled "A Bigger, Better Show Filled with Optimism," I covered my week at the 2014 International Builders Show in Las Vegas.  An excerpt:

Back in 2008 when I attended the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, the mood was somber, the exhibit floor was depressing and education sessions were focusing just as much on avoiding bankruptcy and working with lenders as they were about new products, services and trends. 

Fast-forward to 2014, however, and this year’s show in early February was entirely different. Firstly, it was huge: more than 75,000 attendees filled the convention center for Design & Construction Week, which paired together IBS, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and International Window Coverings Expo in more than 650,000 square feet of exhibit space.
For IBS alone, exhibit space grew by 24 percent over last year’s totals, which certainly points to the growing confidence for our industry. Secondly, there was a level of optimism that I’d not seen since the mid-2000s. And thirdly, the decision to shrink education sessions to 60 minutes meant more time to wander the exhibit floors as well as to squeeze in more sessions...
To read the entire column, click here.

To read the entire March 2014 issue in digital format, click here.

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