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February 25, 2015
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The Talk

By Jim Snyder

I just returned from the AAMA industry conference held last week in Fort Lauderdale. I arrived a day early—the same day my home city of Memphis was being pounded by an ice storm and completely shut down for the next two days. The conference, on the other hand, was just cranking up.

As I texted images back and forth to my wife (hers of ice, mine of sand), it was almost humorous trying to convince her that I really was at work. But, I assure her and you that there are many reasons I attend beyond escaping nasty weather and enjoying the pleasant locales of most conferences.

At many of the conferences, attendees are made up of competitors and all elements of the industry, which places us all on neutral ground and offers a unique experience. Here are a few other reasons I like to attend, not in any particular order:

        1. Networking
        2. Meeting industry influencers
        3. Cultivating resources
        4. Asking questions of industry experts
        5. Brainstorming issues openly with colleagues
        6. Deepening relationships with acquaintances and friends
        7. Making new acquaintances
        8. Experiencing the depth of the fenestration and related industries
        9. Learning industry news
        10. Hearing about industry challenges
        11. Discovering anticipated developments
        12. Learning the latest in code and regulatory affairs
        13. Obtaining a better understanding about regional differences
        14. Playing an active role in developing the industry
        15. Participating in interesting conversations about how we can (or sometimes can’t) apply what we’ve learned
        16. Sharpening my karaoke skills

        I know some of you attend industry events as I’ve enjoyed meeting many at such conferences. How about the rest of you? Jump in here and take this week’s poll, leave a comment about your favorite conference event, or email me to let me know where I’ll see you next.

        Whatís the primary reason you attend conferences?
        Itís part of my job
        I belong to an industry task group
        I like to network
        I attend formal educational programs/certifications
        I like to learn first-hand about the latest in our industry

        How Many Options Do You Offer Customers?
        More than 40 percent of respondents to last week’s poll reported that they limit their offerings to just a few different brands and manufacturers. See the Full Results

         
         
        The Outside View
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