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 […]

Is Your Company in its Prime?

Apr 29th, 2013

As all of you know, part of my job is to travel to industry events to gain the pulse of the market and then share that with you our readers. What are the hot issues? What do door and window companies have to do to compete in an increasingly competitive marketplace? Well for the past […]

Does Congress Have a Softer Side?

Mar 22nd, 2013

“What?” may be your immediate reaction to the premise that Congress isn’t all bad. At a time when sequesters, fiscal cliffs and budgetary woes dominate the news, this is a pretty hard story to sell. Okay, I’m not really selling it, I am just presenting a different view—one relayed to me, and other attendees of […]

“Innovative” Thoughts from AAMA

Feb 26th, 2013

This week I am attending the annual meeting of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and one of the key themes was innovation. For the full presentations on this topic click here but here are some additional observations.When Robert Tucker encouraged companies to focus on innovative products and systems he reminded them to not stop […]

Best of IBS

Jan 25th, 2013

It’s time for my annual observations from the International Builders’ Show—things you may not find in our videos or print coverage. What did you see or hear at the show that was interesting? Let us know your best of IBS. Best quote regarding state of the market:  “Our sales will be up 25 percent this […]

What’s in a Name?

Jan 8th, 2013

Sometimes a company name is creative and different, sometimes it gets right to the point and others it’s a combination of both. For example, Ace Hardware’s name tells you what it sells, and Build a Bear is a creative name for what kids can do at that retail location. Here at DWM, we want to […]

Catching Up and Closing out the Year

Dec 20th, 2012

Just in case anyone has noticed, because I know you are all avid readers of my blog, it has been awhile since I posted. In fact, my last blog was written the week that one of our editors Penny Stacey went on maternity leave. And guess what, she is back so now I have some […]

Falling in Love Again

Oct 12th, 2012

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I am sure that headline pulled you into my blog but you may have to be an avid reader of my entries to get the full picture. What did I fall in love with again? A new door. Yes another and that may have my husband none too happy. I have been covering the door […]