I just wrapped up my first day of exploring the 2017 Builders’ Show in Orlando.  To those of us (myself included) that were predicting the ‘Death of the Trade Show,’ Mark Twain and I are here to say, ‘those reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated.’ 

There was very solid traffic on the first day, and the traffic continued to grow throughout. Also, the show seems to have evolved back into a colossal size. If you are coming down today and tomorrow, you need to have a plan of attack. The Builders’ Show has a nice mobile application that I downloaded. With the sheer size of the show, this app is extremely helpful in finding the companies you want to engage.

If you follow DWM editor Trey Barrineau on Twitter @treybarrineau or @DWMmag, you will continue to see a lot of exciting innovations. There is plenty for everyone to see, whether you are focused on new construction or remodeling. There are great new products and many are incorporating our friends Siri and Alexa. How great will it be to say ‘Alexa, fold down my mini blinds?’ Or Siri, ‘Open my patio door?’ These things are not coming… they are here.

There has been a positive vibe at the show, and everyone that I have spoken with is very optimistic for a terrific 2017. I am in agreement—this is setting up to be a very exciting year with strong growth on the horizon.

I will leave most of the tweeting to Trey, but feel free to email me if you have any questions about the show over the next two days.

Great Selling!

Ty

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