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Category : Commentary

NADRA Update: Best Practices, Labels, and Safety

April 12, 2017

As the voice of the decking industry, the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) represents manufacturers, retailers, installers, and all industry professionals. That responsibility includes promoting safe practices, ensuring … Read More

Professional Development: MBA vs. Lean Six Sigma

You have been passed over for that coveted promotion. Once you have moved through the range of emotions that inevitably ensues, you are determined to move forward. In assessing your situation, … Read More

Challenges and Opportunities For LBM Dealers

March 7, 2017

Here’s what you, as an individual LBM dealer, can do to make a difference for your business and our industry. When I think about the state of our industry, I … Read More

The Fear Factor of a Non-Compete

February 1, 2017

As humans, there is nothing that grabs our attention and controls our behavior like fear. Our 24/7 news cycle has leveraged current events and fear with great success. Sadly, fear … Read More

Norway Spruce 101

January 9, 2017

COMMENTARY In October 2016, Norway Spruce was approved by the American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) for construction use (home construction applications like wall studs, floor and ceiling joists, and industrial … Read More

It’s Not a Millennial Problem; It’s a Leadership Problem

November 21, 2016

COMMENTARY Along with four others, I participated on a panel titled “Real World Strategies to Attract, Hire, and Retain Millennials” at September’s LBM Strategies conference. As a group we had … Read More

Watch for These Trends in Sustainability

June 22, 2016

The green building movement has changed. There’s an ongoing focus on energy efficiency and green building certification and more recent emerging trends around water, health and wellness, productivity, and resilience. … Read More

Use the Cyclical Building Economy to Your Advantage

April 14, 2016

Anyone who has been in the building supply industry for more than a decade knows that it’s a highly cyclical industry. As we saw recently, the new-home sector can deliver … Read More

NADRA UPDATE: Deck Industry Initiatives

April 8, 2016

When Members Of The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) met March 8 at the Builder and Remodeler Expo in Atlanta, it gave me a chance to update many … Read More

The Power of Involvement

January 15, 2016

Hey, why didn’t I see you at the Broadmoor in late October? NLBMDA held its annual pro dealer industry summit there in Colorado Springs, and I will tell you that … Read More