Let the Show Begin!

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This BCMC week, get day-by-day updates from our man-in-the-field, Jess Lohse, President of Rocky Mountain Truss Co. in Havre MT.

September 21, 2011 — Day One of BCMC 2011 is in the books. We started the day with a continental breakfast followed by an introduction and speech from Rick Parrino, BCMC 2011 Chair. He talked about the importance of being a leader in each of our individual markets, having top employees, and how the best truss builders from around the U.S. and Canada attend BCMC. After all, component manufacturers at BCMC are among the best in the industry because they are still in business and they attend the show and participate in SBCA programs and activities.

Steve Stroder took the stage next speaking as the BCMC Build Chair. He made a compelling speech on the effectiveness of the build and introduced the two brand new homeowners, Debra Jones and Lorraine Berry. They both expressed their appreciation and Debra stole the show with a stirring speech and delivered a heartfelt “thank you” to all the volunteers, those who donated and Habitat for Humanity. Meeting these two ladies and being around them for a few days now has been a real treat.

The BCMC Build group was a tough act to follow, but George Hedley, the kick-off speaker, entertained and empowered the crowd with his message: change, differentiate and shape your organization into a powerful entity that enriches your life rather than controls it. As a general contractor turned professional speaker, George had a great understanding of the component manufacturing industry and tailored his message to our group using truss-related examples that were easy to relate to. I particularly enjoyed his tone and his ability to change his delivery method, which kept my attention and engaged me throughout the speech.

Next on tap were the educational sessions on design department best practices, business success and OSHA guidelines. The sessions proved diverse enough to offer something for everyone. George intrigued me enough during his opening talk that I attended his session on “Business Success Blueprint for Manufacturers”. He had me rethinking how I look at my business and what changes I can make in the near and long term. I look forward to applying the worksheets he gave us to my business.

The show floor opened just after noon with a ribbon cutting ceremony, and attendees filtered in to visit with the exhibitors. While I walked the show floor I saw a lot of old friends catching up and many attendees learning about vendors’ products. This year may not be the size of BCMCs past, but the people in attendance are here with a purpose and can get a lot of great one-on-one time with customers and suppliers.   

The day concluded with the BCMC Tri-tacular, a trike race around the show floor. Eight teams, consisting of four members each, competed in the qualifying heats. After a lot of strategy and trash talking, the races were held and four teams moved into the finals tomorrow at high noon. Check out the update tomorrow for more on the winning team and highlights from the four-wide trike race! For what it’s worth, my money is on “Team Awesome”.

I would like to send a special “shout-out” to BCMC regular and recruiter extraordinaire, Gary Weaver. Gary suffered an unfortunate ankle injury yesterday during the 5K run and decided it was best to return home to San Antonio to seek medical attention from his doctor. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, Gary, for a speedy recovery. You were missed during the Tri-Tacular and will be missed from the show floor for the duration of the show. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or items for me to address in the update!

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