April  2004

From the Editor
The Issue at Hand

Thanks for the Kind Words

Many of you read my column religiously, so you know that my husband, Jeff, has been deployed with the Army. He has been away from home training since early October, but is just now starting his year-long rotation in Iraq. 

I appreciate all of you who have kind words to say, and I really donít mind you asking how weíre doing at home or how Jeff is. If anything, it gives me a chance to express how I feel. In the coming months I hope to be able to update you on some of the positive things that are happening in Iraq. It seems like we hear in the news the negative occurrences but not many positive. So when Jeff tells me of something positive, Iíll make it a point to pass it on to you.

Now that Iíve updated you on my personal life, Iíll let you know what you can expect in this issue of SHELTER.

This month we are publishing our first supplement on page 13, featuring the manufacturer members of the Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD). This is a good opportunity for you to get to know some of those members better and to browse their product information.

Also in this issue, we are publishing an article about training. Most companies have some form of training, but it is always nice to learn what other companies are doing and learn what you could do better in your training program. If you are a dealer and distributor, one of the manufacturers highlighted in the article on page 54 may have the training program that you need.

In addition to the AMD supplement and training feature, you can learn more in the Avocations column on page 64 about one of AMDís past presidents, Tony Kostusik, and his favorite past-timeóflying.

As always, let me know if there is something you would like to see covered in SHELTER
I look forward to hearing from you.

Samantha Carpenter, editor



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