Happy Labor Day week! First, I want to pay tribute to a great industry man and class act who announced his retirement last week. Bob Lawrence is hitting the golf courses full time, and I for one will miss him greatly. In a lot of ways, Bob was one of those “conscience of the industry” types: never afraid to give his opinion or hear the other side, and always wanting the best for our world. He served the industry and his customer base with absolute class. While I will miss him and his approach, I am thrilled he is starting the next chapter of his life and know he’ll be making a difference for someone, somewhere.
- The Farmers Almanac came out and it's predicting bitter cold for the winter, with lots of snow. Given the crummy summer, this is not a surprise. Hopefully, the weather will not be a detriment to the building world though.
- LEED was back in the news this week with a fawning article about it in the Atlantic. To me, this article was over-the-top positive like I am over-the-top negative. So I guess it’s the ying to my yang. It's worth the read though, and the comments are fascinating.
- Happy Birthday to my brother Steve. If you see us together at GlassBuild America, try to guess who’s older.
- Some updates for GlassBuild America. First and foremost, GlassBuild America now has an APP! It’s a very cool addition that will make your show experience that much better. No longer will you have to scramble to find that booth you want to visit or seminar you want to attend. Just use the app, and you’ll be set. If you are attending the show, download this now. It works on Apple, Droid and even the rickety old Blackberry that I carry.
- I have to extend a major thank you to Guardian after the team created and launched a video to promote their appearance at GlassBuild America. You can see the video here, and it's great work from Earnest Thompson and Paige Plant Coates.
- Over the past few weeks, I’ve covered some of the stuff to hit at the show, so just a few more:
- Stop by the AGC booth to see what they have going on, and you might even get lucky and see Glass Magazine interview star Rodger Ruff.
- Check out the “smart” or dynamic glass options all over the floor.
- If you are looking for equipment, there’s no better place to explore your options than on the GlassBuild America show floor. Rumor has it that one major equipment company is planning to make a major splash.
- Make sure you get to the opening night reception. It's always worth it.
- Check out the floor demos throughout the show.
- Attend the seminars September 11 and 12. One example: If you are a fabricator of safety glass, don't miss the "Safety Glass Process & Training" session. It is an absolute must!
- And seriously, make sure you visit and support the exhibitors. These companies spend significant time and resources, and deserve as much attention as we can give them. Some amazing new products are being launched and old favorites shown.
- Last, look for me in the bright yellow “media” vest and say hi. I’ll be shooting video all over.
The author is founder of Sole Source Consultants, a consulting firm for the building products industry that specializes in marketing, branding, communication strategy and overall reputation management, as well as website and social media, and codes and specifications. E-mail him at MaxP@SoleSourceConsultants.com.
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