Agenda Subject to Change

Tuesday, October 3, 2023
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NLBMDA Board of Directors Meeting

6:00 PM

Board of Directors Dinner

(By invitation only) 

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023
9:00 AM

MLA Board of Directors Meeting

(By invitation only)

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Registration Open

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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

McCray Lumber Yard & Mill Tour 

Join us as we tour McCray Lumber and Millworka nationally recognized company that has found success over the past century with their exceptional products and services. At McCray Lumber and Millwork they are constantly looking for ways to improve the customer experience, while continually expanding their knowledge. With a vibrant and solid history, McCray Lumber and Millwork is a true testament to how a company can do well for themselves and their surrounding community with the right attitude and know-how.

McCray Lumber and Millwork is much more than just another lumber store. They operate with 50 acres of open yard, over half a million square feet of covered storage, 100 trucks, and 200 employees dedicated to each individual customer. 

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5:30 PM

Opening Networking Reception (offsite) Boulevard Brewing Company

Shuffle on up and party!

Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. Their mission is simple: to produce fresh, flavorful beers using the finest ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. Click the link to learn what drove Boulevard founder John McDonald, and how we got where we are today.

Embedded deep in their DNA is a profound sense of responsibility for protecting the environment and promoting sustainable business practices. They are always looking for new
ways to reduce our environmental impact, while working to ensure a positive future for our local and global communities.

Make sure to join us for the premiere national networking event in the industry!

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8:00 PM

LBM Executive Dinner

(By invitation only)

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Thursday, October 5, 2023
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration Open

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7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks: Jim Bishop, NLBMDA Chair

National Economic Update & Insights into Federal Monetary Policy
Joseph Gruber, Executive Vice President and Director of Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, will share his insights on current economic conditions and the Federal Reserve’s role in the economy. As the nation’s central bank, the Federal Reserve is responsible for monetary policy, providing financial services, and supervising financial institutions.


9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Coffee Break

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9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Navigating the Capitol: A Deep Dive into Washington, DC's Legislative and Regulatory Landscape

Against the backdrop of the 2024 presidential election, this session will examine the political climate in Washington as the Biden Administration and the 118th Congress clash over competing legislative and regulatory agendas that directly impact lumber and building material dealers nationwide. Featuring guest speakers from the National Association of Home Builders and The Nickels Group, NLBMDA’s political panel will explore the pressing issues dominating the nation's capital, from funding fights that threaten to shut down the government to impeachment inquiries that set the stage for 2024, while covering topics ranging from housing legislation and credit card swipe fees to labor and safety regulations that are targeting small businesses. Join us for a glimpse into the future of Washington, DC, as our panelists offer their predictions and insights on upcoming legislative priorities, regulatory changes, and potential policy shifts. The panel discussion will encourage audience participation through a Q&A session that allow attendees to direct the conversation and seek clarity on specific topics.


10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Coffee Break

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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Future is Now

In this thought-provoking session, participants will experience what is important to the next generation of the lumber and building material (LBM) industry.  Panelists will share their perspectives on the impact of generational differences in the workplace -- what do “they” know that “we” don't? They will also discuss how to create a culture of innovation and open collaboration to support company growth. 
This session will also discuss how critical it is to identify and create opportunities to support employee professional growth. Lastly, panelists will delve into how to make a career in the LBM industry more attractive, the importance of work life balance, being increasingly mindful of the needs of employees and their families, all while exploring their unique career paths and what made them choose a career in the LBM Industry. 


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Networking Luncheon in Exhibit Hall

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Five Core Mindsets of Innovators

What if you could learn the critical mindsets and skills required to dramatically improve your innovation capacity? What if you could tackle significant real-world challenges in more unique and creative ways? In this keynote and hands-on learning experience, you will learn to systematically unlock your creative potential and walk away with a practical set of tools that you can put into practice immediately. You will learn how to discover new and unique perspectives, harnessing proven inventive thinking techniques that can be deployed to solve any challenge, big or small.


2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Coffee Break

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2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Innovation Lab Discussion Workshop


2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Coffee Break

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3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Navigating the Future of Shipping and Logistics: The Impact of Automation on the Lumber and Building Materials Industry

Join Timothy Papandreou, Founder of Emerging Transport Advisors who will share his insights into the current and emerging state of automation and AI in commercial vehicle technologies such as self-driving trucks, drones, and robot assistants technologies that are already being used in the lumber and building materials industry today!

He will explore the potential benefits and challenges and discuss what the future role of the workforce in an increasingly automated industry. In addition, he will lead a conversation around what are the strategies for training and retraining employees to work alongside technology? Lastly, he will look ahead at how the industry could evolve in the future and what steps businesses can take to stay competitive in the face of rapidly changing technology.


4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Playing Smart in a Tough Economy

We have been hearing for months from many economists that we are heading into a recession, some even have gone as far to say we are in one. Whether or not we are headed into a recession or not, one thing is certain, the economy has been significantly impacted with supply disruptions, labor shortages, competitive wages, record inflation, increased overhead costs, environmental impacts, all of which causing businesses to adapt and rethink their strategies.

So how do businesses balance these economic shifts and make smart business decisions? What are the top 5 things that businesses can do during economic shifts and sometimes an unpredictable marketplace? Join us for this incredible session of industry thought leaders to discuss how business leaders can use shifts in the economy as an opportunity to invest in your company, to better understand your market, learn more about your customers, support your employees all at the same time and keep moving forward!


5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

ProDealer Award Dinner

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association will install its new Chairman and recognize members that have made outstanding contributions to the association and the entire Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association. 

In addition, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and HBSDealer are proud to recognize two high performing companies with a commitment to best practices, organizational excellence, and demonstrate core values of the industry. 

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Friday, October 6, 2023
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Registration Open

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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Manufacturers and Services Council Meeting

(Members only)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking Breakfast & Roundtable Discussions in Exhibit Hall

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

U.S. Housing Market Outlook and Implications for LBM Demand

John Burns Research and Consulting will provide a housing market and remodeling overview and share their outlook for the future. They will provide insights on where there are pockets of growth in building products demand, pricing and what are the short and long run drivers. Attendees will leave this session with a huge competitive advantage because you will be making decisions with facts and will be better able to adjust your business strategies when unanticipated events shift prevailing trends.

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11:30 AM

Closing Remarks