Profile: Meet the Faces of IBS

Felix Capitulo, Sales Representative
Aeon Stone + Tile
Vancouver, B.C.

What area of the building industry do you represent?
Aeon Stone + Tile is a natural stone materials and mosaic tile supplier located in Vancouver. Our extensive collection makes us one of the largest suppliers in Vancouver. I help architects and designers integrate stone products into residential and commercial projects. I also help advice the A&D community and their clients on questions they may have about natural stone materials.

What did you think of Design & Construction Week™?
This was my first time attending either IBS or KBIS, and it was an amazing experience. There is definitely a lot to see, and I am unsure I actually saw it all!

KBIS mostly concentrated on interior finishes while IBS focused on the entire home, so it was nice to be able to go between the shows to get a full spectrum of ideas. Since attending Design & Construction Week™, I have been able to build a greater vision of how natural stone products and mosaic tiles can be used throughout the home – not just in kitchens and baths.

Design & Construction Week™ brought the entire industry together. The energy was great, and with so many innovative products, it was exciting for me to be there.

What did you find to be the most valuable reason for attending Design & Construction Week™?
One of the most valuable aspects of the show was seeing the number of new products. I spent time identifying interesting and unique materials that I could bring back and introduce to the Vancouver market.

Learn more about Aeon Stone + Tile by following on Houzz, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Update: The 2015 New American Home

Progress is being made on The 2015 New American Home. The framing is complete; rough trades including plumbing and HVAC will be completed soon. 

Flexibility is key to stay on schedule. The builders hit a snag with the pool design due to field conditions, but they turned the unforeseen condition into a positive. The redesigned pool will enhance the whole backyard as it is more exciting and interesting than the original design.

Profile: Meet the Faces of IBS

Michael McArthur
Wood Castle Software
South Jordan, Utah

What area of the building industry do you represent?
We are a software company that provides solutions for home builders, and we recently developed an app called My Home’s Story.

What prompted the development of your app?
As the third generation of a family homebuilding company, we wanted to use our sales, marketing and technology experience to solve a problem that a lot of builders face; how to use social media marketing effectively. We realized that if we could get our homebuyers talking about us on social media, it would be much more effective than just talking about ourselves. The My Home’s Story app was developed to allow builders to post content that buyers will be interested in sharing (photos of their own homes), and making it very easy for the buyers to share that with their friends and family via social media. These shares include a link back to the builder’s website, driving traffic, leads and referral sales.

At McArthur Homes, we saw a 400% increase in referral sales thanks to the My Home’s Story app. At IBS, we were able to share this great success story during the education session, Secrets of the Internet Marketing All-Stars. The response has been amazing!

Why did you choose to attend the 2014 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS)?
This was my first year attending IBS, and I decided to go because I wanted to see what solutions other software companies where providing to the industry. Additionally, I wanted to network and get the word out about our product, My Home’s Story.

What do you find to be the most valuable reason for attending IBS?
During the show, I attended many of the technology workshops and found those to be very valuable. I liked learning about how others were using technology in the home building industry. I definitely will attend next year and look forward to learning more about the ways in which home builders are applying technology to their companies.

Learn more about My Home’s Story at www.MyHomesStory.com.

Profile: Meet the Faces of IBS

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Kristi Allen, Sales and Marketing Manager
McArthur Homes
South Jordan, UT

What area of the building industry do you represent?
McArthur Homes is a local, family-owned builder serving the Salt Lake City area. I’ve been in the business 11 years and have attended IBS four times, including the last three years in a row.

What was your 2014 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) experience like?
In 2014, I was one of four panelists for the session, Secrets of the Internet Marketing All-Stars. I enjoyed being a presenter because it allowed me to give back to the industry.

While at IBS, I pack my schedule so I can make the most of those three days. I was at the Convention Center every morning by 8 a.m. so I could attend education sessions and walk the show floor. We also had a lot of fun participating in the social media contests that were going on during the Builders’ Show, and I even won a few prizes!

What do you find to be the most valuable aspects of attending IBS?
One of the most valuable aspects of IBS is the education sessions, which is why I try to attend every year. I’ve not been to any other conference where I’ve gotten as much solid information. I leave with pages of notes, and once I am home, I sift through them to determine what ideas I can implement this year.

Sales Central was one of my favorite aspects of the show this year. We had lunch there every day and took part in some of the mini-education session that were available. It is a great place to meet people and network with others that have a common interest within the industry.

Learn more about McArthur Homes by following on Facebook and Twitter.

Green Building Concepts
Blue Heron Construction builder/designer Tyler Jones discusses the green building technologies in The 2015 New American Home; a combination of many technologies. The most important aspect is the building envelope; a closed cell foam roof system which acts as a vapor barrier with a UV coating to reflect the sun’s rays off the roof.

They will also use a window and door system by Sierra Pacific with a passive solar design to help regulate the temperature of the home.

There is no silver bullet, the green building concepts used to design the home are a result of the teamwork between different technologies and methods.

Introducing TNAH Updates

In addition to the ongoing video series of Phases documenting the construction of The 2015 New American Home, we are pleased to announce a new series of “Updates”. This video series features Blue Heron Construction builder/designer Tyler Jones.

The Concept
Tyler discusses the overall design concept of The 2015 New American Home. The designers took their knowledge from the past two homes and incorporated it into a predesigned, custom concept.

The home will include the newest products available from appliances, solar panels and plumbing fixtures.

They combined innovative concepts with green building philosophy to make it a completely custom home, yet designed it so that it can be put together quickly and efficiently in the field.

More Global Than Ever

More than 3,700 people from 100+ countries outside the United States traveled to Las Vegas for the 2014 NAHB International Builders’ Show. The advent of Design & Construction Week™, combined with the robust IBS education programs made the 2014 Show a must-attend event for building and construction professionals around the world, making this year’s show one of the most global ever.  

Representatives from nearly 2,000 overseas and multinational companies streamed into the Las Vegas Convention Center to make the most of this invaluable opportunity for face time with top building industry suppliers and manufacturers, as well as the chance to see the latest products and newest home building technologies.

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A Simple Act of Kindness

Announcing the 2014 IBS Hero

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With over 75,000 attendees and thousands of service personnel, medical and other emergencies are an unfortunate but inevitable occurrence during tradeshows. Unbeknownst to many, a medical emergency took place at IBS during the NAHB Board of Directors’ Meeting. A gentleman at the back of the hall suffered an aggressive seizure, and Judy Dinelle, CGP, CAPS, immediately jumped into action, giving comfort and aid to a stranger. Judy Dinelle, a sales professional with 84 Lumber and a 2014 Regional Trustee of the Professional Women in Building, handled the situation with grace and compassion while awaiting the medical team.

Mark Pursell, NAHB’s Senior Vice President of the Exhibitions, Marketing & Sales Group, witnessed the incident and later congratulated Judy saying “In this instance, your willingness to offer aid really helped someone in need and certainly made a difference in a difficult situation.”

The gentleman who suffered the seizure fortunately made a full recovery, and in recognition of her incredibly selfless act of kindness, Judy Dinelle has been named the 2014 IBS Hero. Judy’s simple act of kindness should serve as a reminder to all of us to be mindful of one another.

Become a Speaker at the 2015 International Builders’ Show

image NAHB is now currently accepting education session proposals for the 2015 NAHB International Builders’ Show®, January 20-22 in Las Vegas, NV.

We’d love to hear your speaking topic ideas and insights for the 2015 show. The deadline for submitting proposals is April 16, 2014 and only online proposals will be accepted.

New for 2015:

The full roster of all speakers who are to appear on a session must be provided at the time of proposal submission.

Please note there is a $50 non-refundable application fee for each proposal. Visit nahb.org/speakatIBS for proposal guidelines and to submit a proposal.

If you have any questions or would like to recommend a topic or speaker, please contact Kirby Simmering at ksimmering@nahb.org

Relive IBS 2014!

Memories fade, but images last a lifetime! IBS 2014 was amazing! Relive it with digital memories from each day of the Show. Order your photos from Oscar & Associates.

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