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Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

Volume 44,  Issue 4                                        May 2005

     The Show Scoop
         CONVENTION REVIEWS AND PREVIEWS

PCBC® 2005 to Detail the Latest Homebuilding Trends

The PCBC 2005 homebuilding trade show and conference will be held a little earlier this year than in the past—May 31 to June 3—but in its usual venue, San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Under the theme of Connecting the Dots, this year’s show will feature more than 600 exhibitors in nearly 200,000 net square feet of exhibit space, a show record. More than 30,000 homebuilding professionals are expected to attend.
New this year is HomeTECH Connect, a separate area that will showcase the latest materials and products from the world of technology to build a home and to make it more enticing to prospective buyers.

As always, PCBC is also offering more than 60 educational programs that provide homebuilding professionals with a wealth of information about the latest trends, issues and best practices that are shaping the industry. Topics include Risk/Reward: Protecting Your Assets and Brand Integrity, Top 10 Quality Risk Factors in Western Homebuilding and Panelization and Systemization: An Integrated Approach to Rapid Design and Construction.

The show also features several notable keynote speakers, beginning with former U.S. Housing Secretaries Jack Kemp and Henry Cisneros. From differing political vantages but united in their commitment to homeownership, they will offer a point-counterpoint perspective on the opportunities and potential in housing America at the opening breakfast on Wednesday, June 1. Other keynoters are:
• best-selling author and “agent of change” Seth Godin, whose most recent work, Free Prize, provides practical advice on how to put outside-the-box thinking to work within an organization to make things happen;
• Ty Pennington, host of the popular ABC-TV series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, who will reveal the behind-the-scenes story of these magical, emotional transformations—and pay tribute to the industry that helps make them possible;
• author Patrick Lencioni, whose best-seller The Five Dysfunctions of a Team explores the fundamental causes of organizational politics that cause teams—even the best ones—to struggle, and outlines practical ways to overcome these hurdles; and
• humorist Dave Barry, the nation’s most successful and prolific syndicated columnist and the man The New York Times called “the funniest man in America.” Well known for his scathing wit, Barry will close out the conference in a laugh-out-loud performance.

In addition, this year marks the third Multifamily Trends Conference, held in conjunction with PCBC each year and cosponsored by the Urban Land Institute. The conference has become a must-attend event for builders, architects and planners interested in the latest trends in apartments and condominium construction across the nation.

To register for PCBC and book a hotel room, or for more information, visit www.pcbc.com or call 800/956-SHOW.

IWF Announces New Dates for 2006 
The International Woodworking Machinery & Supply Fair (IWF) has announced a new pattern of show days for 2006. IWF 2006 will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta Wednesday through Saturday, August 23–26, 2006, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 

The organization also has announced that it has made a gift of $7,500 to the Pittsburg State wood technology department in the name of recently retired senior vice president John Zinn. The gift to the department was given by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) and Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA), the sponsors and owners of IWF. The gift will be used to remodel and update the wood technology department facilities, making the department a showcase for the wood industry and all it represents. 

International Buyer Program Readied for AWFS® Vegas
With the past success of the International Buyer Program (IBP), organizers from the two sponsoring associations—the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) and the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA)—have an-nounced that it is time the program built its own unique identity. Now in its fifth year, a distinct logo is being rolled out for IBP. The logo will incorporate key components of each sponsoring association’s logos—the AWFS globe and the flag from the WMMA logo. The logo also connotes the mission of IBP, which is to bring buyers from around the world to the two major U.S. tradeshows to be introduced to products produced by members of the two associations.
The International Buyer Program provides travel costs for selected international dealers and buyers to attend the AWFS Fair, this year slated for July 27–30, 2005, in Las Vegas. 

AHMA Halts Its Show
The Chicago-based American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) has announced that it will not conduct the 2005 AHMA Hardware Show.

“It’s a tough decision because the Hardware Show has been such an important event to our members and our industry, and our association, for such a long time, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s the right decision. We’ve always made decisions in the best interests of our members and our industry, and this is one more example,” said Timothy S. Farrell, president and chief executive officer of AHMA. 

AHMA was a longtime sponsor of the National Hardware Show, but it and Reed Exhibitions, owner of the National Hardware Show, made the split in 2003 because they couldn’t agree on how to revitalize the show, which was once one of the five largest trade shows in the United States. AHMA and Reed held separate shows in 2004. The 60th National Hardware Show, managed by Reed, will be held again this year in Las Vegas, May 17-19.


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