Have You Had Your Lead Training Refresher?

May 14th, 2015

-+*Many of you may remember that I took (and passed) the Certified Renovator training required by the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) requires that firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 must be certified […]

Yelp Helps

Mar 31st, 2015

-+*I learned in a recent roundtable discussion with door and window dealers that they don’t like the online service Yelp. They don’t like that you can pay people to write good reviews for your company to get a higher ranking. They don’t like that the competitor down the street can pose as a customer, write […]

Frenzy of Thoughts from Fenestration Day

Mar 26th, 2015

-+*I’m finally getting caught up after the DWM-sponsored event Fenestration Day, held last week in Irvine, Calif., and I have even more news and thoughts to share. Yes, I know we covered this extensively in news stories and video, but there’s more. Here are some of my highlights. Keynote speaker William Greiner: Economic expert Greiner’s […]

Becoming a Master

Mar 2nd, 2015

-+*I had a dream—a dream to become a master. It all started in 2013 during a meeting of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). I heard AAMA staff talk about its FenestrationMasters program, in which an individual with at least six years of experience in the industry could go through the extensive coursework. Participants have […]

My Builders’ Show Favorites and Observations

Jan 23rd, 2015

IBS thing

-+*Well, this year my observations of the International Builders’ Show started a little early—on the plane, in fact. Usually I settle in and keep to myself, but when a contractor next to me started talking about how he’ll spending all three days at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and will be walking up and down […]

The Best Vegas Has to Offer

Sep 12th, 2014

-+*If you know me you know I am not a fan of Las Vegas. That changes when the door and window industry heads there for GlassBuild America and shows off its latest offerings. It’s also a great way for me to get caught up on all the industry news and trends. So here is just […]

Taking Action Against Counterfeiters

Jul 14th, 2014

-+*A few years back, when you attended a trade show, all you seemed to see were signs on exhibitor booths warning, “No photos.” This is because many companies, and many of them from China, were attempting to copy American products. Now, it seems you see less of these signs and you don’t hear as many […]

Highlights and Insights from Fensterbau

Mar 28th, 2014

-+*When I attend North American trade shows or events it is my tradition to compile my best of list. Or maybe it’s not really a best of. It’s a compilation of the people I met, the products I saw and the takeaways received at various events. Though this is my first time at fensterbau/frontale, being […]

A New Competitive Advantage

Mar 18th, 2014

-+*If someone asks you what is your competitive advantage what do you say? You know you get this question often. I just received it the other day in fact. You probably rattle off items including quality, service, delivery time, or maybe even the fact that you don’t bow down to pricing pressures. While attending an […]

Best of the Builders’ Show

Feb 10th, 2014

-+*In my annual tradition, here is my best of the International Builders’ Show which I attended last week in Las Vegas. The event drew more than 75,000 attendees and the mood was nothing but positive. Best way to encourage innovation: Ply Gem invited companies to its booth to introduce new technologies in front of a […]