Two weeks ago I had the chance to spend a few days in the Sage booth at the 2014 International Builders Show in fabulous Las Vegas. Now, when I was asked to go to this show, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I thought to myself “Hey, it’s Vegas…Is it even legal to say no to a trip to my favorite city in the world?”
I had absolutely no idea how big the show was. It was an absolute eye-opener to see all the people who came to our booth—from builders who are using pencil and paper for their estimates to long-time, established Sage customers. It was great to talk to them all about their businesses, challenges, and how we can help them out.
We’ll leave the play-by-play of my experience in the casinos for another day, but I can tell you that it was a really fun, rewarding trip. Here are some of my favorites from the show:
- True Manufacturing has a wine cabinet that has dual temperatures, so you can keep your wines at different temperatures simply by placing them on the top or the bottom shelf. I feel like this is something I really need to have.
- Think about how important it is to have water resistant siding on pretty much any structure – then check out these slick boards from Jet Products. They were even selected as the most innovative building material at the 2014 IBS Show, so clearly they’re pretty cool!
- I was really excited that our friends from BuilderMT were right next to our booth. I had the chance to talk to several Sage customers who also use BuilderMT, and it was really fascinating to hear how they are gaining efficiencies in their business.
- There was a modular house at the show that was built in . . . wait for it . . . 7 days! An entire house built in that time? I thought that someone was kidding when I heard about it, but I checked it out and it really was an actual house that you could live in. Read David Kender’s review, complete with some pictures.
- Celebrity appearance! Imagine my surprise when the one and only Ty Pennington (the dude from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) showed up in our booth! My wife has long been a fan of his, so I made sure to snap a picture with him and share it on Twitter.
All in all, it was a great three days that really helped deepen my perspective on the home building industry. It was great to talk to our customers and see how we can continue to help them in their business. I’m already starting to lobby to go back next year!
Who else went to the show? What were your favorite things from IBS 2014?