Plenty to do and see at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida this week. A few years ago they decided to have the Kitchen and Bath Show as well and it definitely adds to the excitement. The morning hours are the best time to efficiently navigate through the show. After lunch, it felt like four times the number of attendees had shown up. I learned fairly quickly that people preferred to not speak with a recruiter. So today, I am changing my pitch to offering HR Services in the industry. I think this approach will keep the window of opportunity open a little longer. Being a recruiter it is necessary to be a very fast study of just about every discipline in the industry. I spend a lot of time researching software that clients and candidates use and then trying to get a feel for their skill set. While at the show, I was able to get personal training on Sage, BlueBeam, Metro Study and many other products.
I took particular interest in an innovative manufactured product called SIPS. It is a structural insulated panel. I equate it to living in a Zeti cooler. It will save the average home owner over $1000 a year in heating/cooling costs and reduces building time by a few weeks. If you are thinking about building a home, I would recommend considering this product. We all need to do more for the environment, this is a pretty good opportunity do that and save money.
I was impressed with another manufactured product offered by LP. These are manufactured 2×4’s. Having a completely flat wall is critical when doing a kitchen or bathroom with tile and granite. Gaps are virtually eliminated.
After spending most of the day in the home building area I decided to check out the kitchen and bath section. I have to say that I was amazed with the amount of effort that went into some of these booths. To call them a booth is an insult. One in particular was the Kohler booth. It felt more like being in a club and everyone was there for the party.
Time to take in more sights at the show and test out my new sales angle. If you are looking for a fun place to eat and be entertained, check out Taverna OPA. I would recommend sharing the $33/person four course dinner.
Yesterday I was fortunate to be able to get a sneak peak into the behind-the-scenes preparation for the International Builders’ Show (IBS). With less than 12 hours to go and 50,000+ expected to attend, you can see there was a lot left to do. Vendors were working vigorously in anticipation of sharing the newest trends in the industry and developing new partnerships.
Being an executive recruiter, I hope to learn more about the needs in the industry and make genuine connections with new partners that really need help finding the best talent for their culture. I cannot think of a more efficient way of doing this and am optimistic about what the next couple of days will offer. Later this week I will share some pics of the show in action. Be sure to stop back in to check them out.
This is a great article. I was also recently at a conference where this topic was discussed and the speaker suggested that companies needed to prepare for Millennials to leave after working for a company only after a few short years. The reason they leave is to learn a different skill set at another company. The best thing an organization can do is train your employee and give them a reason to come back once they have learned their new skills. I think that great advice. As the workforce shortage increases due to the Baby Boomers retiring you will need these “boomerang” employees. Why not hire them back when they have learned new skills?