BCMC Blog: "Listen, do you hear that?"
Again this year during BCMC week, Jess Lohse, President of Rocky Mountain Truss Co. in Havre MT, provides day-to-day updates from the show.
"Listen, do you hear that? Noise. On the show floor ..."
That was just part of my conversation with a very pleased supplier Wednesday afternoon, as I tried to make my initial visit to the various booths on the show floor. Did you catch that? Tried being the significant word. The floor was filled with people, and it was noticeably more challenging getting the attention of people working the booths. I think it is safe to say that this year's BCMC surpassed all expectations and will go down as the most successful show post-recession.
Now don't get me wrong, I was still able to have meaningful conversations with vendors on the show floor. I learned about new equipment and discussed potential project ideas for the SBCA Marketing Committee (feel free to contact me with any ideas you may have or if you would like to participate on the committee). I was able to meet new people from supplier companies and catch up with a couple people with Montana ties!
In a sense, BCMC is a homecoming of sorts where people from all over the country gather once a year for the betterment of the component industry. As I've made friends with industry veterans over the years, I've noticed the great friendships they have with other veterans of the industry. They may not have seen each other in quite some time, but they easily pick up where they left off, talk a little business and relate back to the memories of their mutual buddies.
For the past couple of years, we've talked about the underlying theme of BCMC—Building Community, Making Connections—but the community and the connections have been in place the whole time. It's just took some time to reappear after the downturn in the market. It really isn't hard to make these types of friends and memories at BCMC; all it takes is participation, and the rest will follow.
Speaking of participation, everyone at the CM Roundtable on Wednesday afternoon was pleasantly surprised by how many people attended. It was great to see! To borrow a line from one of my all-time favorite characters, "That's all I have to say about that."
Wednesday included educational sessions once again, which covered a variety of topics such as an update on SBCRI, lessons learned from the West, TX, disaster, the effects of Obamacare, lumber design values and the economic forecast. Mr. Jim Dunn spoke on the economy and offered interesting insights on recent economic developments as well as the current state of the housing market. He spoke to a record, standing-room-only crowd and answered many great questions from the audience.
Thursday will bring the final set of educational sessions and the final opportunity to dialogue with the vendors before they pack up their goods and services and head home. I suggest you make it to the show floor early. If you're still around San Antonio tomorrow afternoon, I suggest dropping by the National Framers Council meeting and learning about this new project.