HOME Celebrates 30 Years Exhibiting at the International Builders’ Show
Once a year, the entire building industry focuses its collective sights on innovation, education, and networking at a one-of-a-kind event, the annual International Builders’ Show (IBS). This year’s show was held in January in Orlando, FL and is always sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders. For the 3 days of the show, building industry professionals from across the globe discovered a variety of products and innovative concepts that are sure to enhance their businesses moving forward.
IBS welcomed more than 85,000 attendees, as part of Design and Construction Week. Of that total, about 60,000 were IBS registrants. The exhibits span 583,000 square feet with over 1500 vendors on hand to show off their value to the industry. IBS offers over 150 educational seminars covering a myriad of topics.
For the 30th straight year, HOME of Texas, RWC, and MHWC have exhibited at IBS, taking part in the educational effort to explain the advantages and benefits of our insured warranty programs to builders and remodelers. Drawn in by our now famous “Wheel-O-Warranty” prizes, over 600 builders eagerly learned what a HOME, RWC, or MHWC warranty could do for them, from marketing to customer service, to effective risk management and more.
Our group of 13 representatives certainly met many new builders but just as important, they reconnected with many old friends who have been loyal members for years and even decades! All took a spin at the wheel, hoping to literally cash in and walk away with a crisp $50 bill! In all, 47 cash prizes were handed out but everyone walked away a winner with some type of prize: duffel bags, mini lanterns, spiral sticky notepads and the brightest mini-flashlights this writer has ever seen were among the hot ticket items. We are fairly certain the flashlights and lanterns could be used to signal alien life in outer space.
But of course, it’s never all work and no play for this group. Many of our little group also took advantage of the special events put on by NAHB including the House Party at Mango’s and the Spike Concert featuring the ever-young band, Chicago! Seriously, is there any better brass section out there? Additionally, we took advantage of our time together as a group to conduct a sales meeting covering a wide variety of topics, improvements to our programs and internal upgrades to our systems.
Overall, the IBS show is an invaluable forum for us but also for the industry. Where else under one roof could you hope to see and learn about such a wide variety of building industry topics?
The International Builders’ Show moves back to Las Vegas February 19-21, 2019 – See you there!