Posts Tagged ‘ Michael Collins ’

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” […]

IBS Impressions: Optimism Reigns

Jan 29th, 2013

This was the most upbeat Builders’ Show that I’ve attended since 2006. Nearly every one of the companies with whom we talked reported that sales are increasing. Traffic and attendance at the show were up strongly versus last year and the show was once again in two separate halls. Almost without exception, companies were happy […]

More Signs of the Recovery

Nov 26th, 2012

What do one of the greatest investors of all times and one of the top economists in the country have in common? They both think it’s a great time to buy a house. Warren Buffett has made a number of investments designed to profit as the housing industry recovers. The most recent of these acquisitions […]

Michael Collins Takes on New Role as Partner at Building Industry Advisors

Sep 21st, 2012

Michael Collins, DWM columnist and blogger, now serves as managing director and partner of Building Industry Advisors LLC, which is a recently formed affiliate of Building Industry Partners. Collins, previously with Jordan Knauff and Co., says he is pleased that his new company has a singular focus on the building products industry. Building Industry Partners […]

How to Get the Most out of Trade Shows

Sep 11th, 2012

GlassBuild is upon us, and the fall trade show season, so I’m going to throw out some challenges to any attendees that want to make sure they get their money’s worth from attending a show. While you’re at an upcoming show, borrow at least one really good idea from a company in your own segment […]

The Oracle of Omaha Bets on Housing

Aug 13th, 2012

With his $44 billion net worth, Warren Buffett is considered the most successful investor of all time. He can move markets merely by mentioning a bullish interest in them. As a result, we were pleased to learn of his recent bet on the housing industry. Warren Buffett is a value investor, meaning he acquires assets […]

Employment and the Industry Outlook

Jul 16th, 2012

In June the U.S. economy added 80,000 jobs. While this is better than a decrease in the overall number of jobs, the growth in employment continues to fall short of the 200,000 jobs per month at which an economic recovery is seen to be self-sustaining. Looking at unemployment rates by education levels provides an interesting […]

The Outlook Continues to Improve

Jul 5th, 2012

Pessimists like to point out that we are facing a number of macro-level challenges, including the impending expiration of various tax cuts and bumping our heads against the national debt ceiling once again. Compounding that is the fact that this is an election year. This means that both sides of the aisle will expend more […]

AAMA’s Keynote Speaker Notes Positive Trends for Fenestration Industry

Jun 12th, 2012

Keynote Speaker Michael Collins discussed the current and future state of the fenestration industry during the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2012 Summer Conference currently underway in Oak Brook, Ill. “A lot of companies I talk to are telling me they are up 15 to 20 percent, and I expect that [percent] to be higher […]

Social Media: Here to Stay but a Long Way to Go

Jun 11th, 2012

Communicating with potential customers through social media is likely here to stay but these new channels still have a long way to go before they replace traditional media. Matthew Gentzkow, an economics professor at the University of Chicago, estimates that the average American watches 5.5 hours of TV daily. The infancy of the penetration of […]