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October 19, 2016
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From Window & Door Magazine
Announcing the 2016 Dealers of the Year
Window & Door magazine and the Window & Door Dealers Alliance are pleased to announce the 2016 Dealer of the Year Awards honorees. These prestigious awards recognize window and door specialty retailers in nine categories of overall and specialized excellence. Those selected represent window and door retailers and distributors that stand out as innovators in terms of business practices, sales strategies, customer service, installation methods and community service efforts. See the Winners
GlassBuild America, Window & Door Dealer Days Opens in Las Vegas
Improveit360 Sponsors Window & Door Dealer Days
Guardian Glass Brings Diverse Products and Services to GlassBuild America
Deceuninck North America Celebrates Nevada Plant Grand Opening at GlassBuild
Labor Shortages Drive Higher Project Costs and Longer Timelines for Homeowners
AmesburyTruth Names James Larson Chief Operating Officer
Product Spotlight
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The Talk

By Jenni Chase, NGA\WDDA

What keeps you up at night? Nicole Harris, CEO of the Window & Door Dealers Alliance and its sister organization, the National Glass Association, frequently asks this question of our staff, and I’ve found it very helpful when it comes to prioritizing my work. Admittedly, my nighttime worries are sometimes small, like how I’m going to find time in my schedule for a specific meeting. But most of the time, they revolve around my long-term goals, how I will reach them and the obstacles preventing me from doing so. 

The question, “What keeps you up at night?” brings these long-term goals back into focus when day-to-day responsibilities overshadow them. In turn, it renews my efforts to find solutions to the problems standing in the way of their accomplishment. 

Now, in an ideal world, we would all have plenty of time for this high-level thinking. In reality, it can be hard to step away from our desks. Yet, it is extremely important we do so if we’re to build more profitable businesses. 

This is much of the premise behind Window & Door Dealer Days that starts today in Las Vegas. The three-day event, October 19-21, is hosting speakers who specialize in marketing to consumers, converting leads to sales and building “dream” showrooms. Most importantly, the event hosts window and door dealers from across the country who are willing to share their knowledge and experience as entrepreneurial business owners. 

The WDDA recognizes the importance of building a community of window and door dealers in which they can share ideas in a noncompetitive environment, voice concerns over regulations affecting their businesses, and learn from one another’s successes. 

If your company has a story to share—or problem to solve—we want to hear from you, whether through the magazine, WDDA, or events like Window & Door Dealer Days. We want to know what’s keeping you up at night. Email us, post a comment and weigh in on this week’s poll. 

What keeps you up at night?
Worrying about cash flow
Thinking about staffing issues
Contemplating how to get more business
Managing the multiple hats you wear throughout the day
All of the above
Other (post in the comments section)

For Those Attending Window & Door Dealer Days or Another Tradeshow, What's the Main Reason You're Going? 
Over 60 percent of the respondents to last week’s poll report that it's the opportunity to network with suppliers and/or dealers. See the Full Results

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