Miami Real Estate Bubble

Dec 16th, 2013

-+*Miami’s image as a tropical paradise drove interest in Florida real estate and set the stage for its real estate boom. Easy credit was extended at low rates and many people borrowed money to buy real estate. Many investors bought real estate with no intent of ever utilizing it on the belief that they would […]

A Changing of the Guard

Nov 26th, 2013

-+*“We are witnessing a massive changing of the guard. Baby boomers are retiring and leaving the workforce. The members of generation X, who were born between the mid-1960s and mid-1980s and whose ranks include me, are being promoted into those positions. However, there are more baby boomers leaving than there are qualified generation X individuals to assume their positions. This creates a talent gap that can be difficult to address.” —Mike Collins

Near Misses, Near Hits

Oct 28th, 2013

-+*In recent years, there have been several near misses, where an asteroid passed unacceptably close to Earth. That image came to mind recently when a manufacturer shared with me the fact that they track “near misses” when it comes to workplace accidents. All companies are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to […]

Examples of a Bettering Economy

Sep 27th, 2013

-+*There have been a number of blogs recently on the generally positive tone at this year’s GlassBuild. For me, my impressions of the show always start several weeks in advance of the opening of the show doors on the first day. I typically reach out to owners and presidents of door and window companies to […]

Opportunities in Modular Buildings

Aug 8th, 2013

-+*The concept of modular buildings has caught our attention of late. The beginning of a recovery is a time when building is taking place again but stakeholders are being very careful with their resources. Modular building fits well into that theme. By replacing expensive field labor with less expensive plant labor, modular buildings are less […]

Homebuilder Buyouts

Jul 23rd, 2013

-+*There has been a good deal of merger and acquisition activity lately among the largest publicly traded homebuilders. These buyouts have important implications for the door and window industry, some positive and some negative. Large homebuilders are profitable again and homes are selling at increasing prices. They are buying small, privately held homebuilders that lack […]

How the World Views U.S. Real Estate

Jul 2nd, 2013

-+*The Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) is worth watching to track the world’s opinion of U.S. real estate. Each year, AFIRE surveys its 200 members, who together own roughly $2 trillion in real estate assets around the world, to ask where they are interested in investing in the year ahead. When the […]

Standing Room Only

Jun 3rd, 2013

-+*While waiting in a high-rise conference room recently, I did my habitual inspection of the windows in the room and those of the other buildings across the street. Looking out, I noticed a spider web like none that I’ve ever seen. The owner and creator of the web was a creature that we all must […]

Selling Innovation

Apr 29th, 2013

-+*My last blog was the first in a series of two related blogs on the topic of innovation. In that first installment we discussed tactics for innovation, including initiating a close collaboration with customers throughout the process. Let’s turn our attention to positioning products that respond to some of the macro-level drivers for new product […]

Looking for Opportunities Through Innovation

Apr 15th, 2013

-+*Product innovation helps companies grow and lessens the risk of one’s products becoming obsolete. Many companies that had previously slashed their research and development (R&D) budgets are again spending money on this critical activity. Most companies reduced their R&D budgets in response to the market downturn. Some companies confess that they have been in “survival” […]