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 [...]

A Shout out to Creative Marketers

Dec 3rd, 2013

I don’t know about you but I am sick of hearing about Black Friday and Cyber Monday and am glad these are over. What I am more interested in is how companies contributed to recent events such as Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday. I wrote my blog last week about Small Business Saturday and [...]

Creative Strategies for Beating the Winter Slowdown

Nov 22nd, 2013

If you read DWM, you know that the door and window and housing industries are definitely looking up. We have been reporting many good news stories of increases in business, expansions and more. It is not my intent to bring us down from this long-awaited “high” if you will, but I do wonder how the [...]

The Best of …

Sep 12th, 2013

It’s time for my annual list of my best moments from the Atlanta trade show. The categories are all over the board this year but highlight interesting tidbits of what I have seen and heard. So here we go.

What I’m Excited About Seeing (and Hearing) in Atlanta

Sep 5th, 2013

Next week I will be headed to Atlanta to see the latest products on display, mainly components that go into making a door or window. While there are many products taking center stage, there are a few items on the top of my interest list. I am working on DWM’s Annual Green Awards right now [...]

Office Space, Part Two

Aug 6th, 2013

It seems many DWM readers agreed with me that the topic of office space is an interesting one. In my last blog, I highlighted an interesting office I had visited and many readers weighed in via the comments section or personal emails to me regarding their thoughts. Well I just had to weigh in today [...]

Office Space

Jul 10th, 2013

For this week’s blog I decided to publish an open letter to my boss Debra Levy, president of Key Communications Inc., DWM’s parent company. I thought about sending her an email but then I thought maybe others in the industry would be interested in what I had to say. July 9, 2013 Dear Deb, As [...]

Foreign-Exchange Program

Jun 10th, 2013

Isn’t that the term used when students travel abroad for a specified period of time: whether it’s a semester, a few months or a few weeks? Let’s just say I experienced my own foreign-exchange program though it only lasted a few days. What I learned, or in some cases, was simply reminded of, made it [...]