|From the Editor
An Amazing Place
by Samantha Carpenter
The Association of Millwork Distributors’ (AMD) Annual Convention always amazes me. This is the fifth convention I’ve attended as editor of SHELTER, and the only reason it hasn’t been six conventions is because of a pesky hurricane last year.
The Gaylord Texan Hotel is one of the nicest I’ve ever stayed in. While the hotel was spectacular, it wasn’t the accommodations that truly amazed me. The AMD members and exhibitors at this year’s convention were remarkable.
Many more attendees went to the educational sessions than in the past, and the feedback from the exhibitors was that there were quality distributors walking the floor.
Along with me at the show, was Brian Welsh, publisher, and SHELTER’s new assistant editor, Drew Vass. As I walked the exhibit hall with Drew, he gave a new twist to the products we perused. While I’ve learned a ton about construction products over the last six years, Drew brings something new to SHELTER—a construction background.
Every evening, we would recap the day, and Drew, Brian and I discussed issues that the industry is facing—the increasing emergence of foreign suppliers, whether remodeling will increase as housing starts decrease and more. (I can’t wait to get Drew to the International Builders’ Show in Orlando in February and see what questions and ideas he comes up with there.)
While we walked the show floor, I was flattered by the compliments many of you gave on the door skins article (see page 12, SHELTER August 2006) as well as my monthly column. Many of you commented that you like my personal musings about my family.
I feel it’s only right to add my personal touch to this column. I was truly touched by Col. Oliver North’s speech, and especially his comments about hiring veterans. Many of you know that my husband served in the National Guard and during his time in the service was deployed twice—to Egypt and to Iraq.
While you cannot solicit “Veterans Only,” North said that it is acceptable to run “Veterans Wanted” ads. He passionately cited the benefits of employing those with military experience - familiarity with chain of command, the ability to work independently and team-player orientation. I would encourage all of you to take North’s advice and hire veterans. I know my veteran is top notch and is as loyal as they come—in marriage and in business.
Samantha Carpenter, editor
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