NADRA Vice President, Heath Bowman attended the International Builders Show alongside President, Matt Breyer & several NADRA Committee members and NADRA ambassadors.
“It was great spending time with all of the NADRA members who participated in IBS. Each booth we visited told stories and showed excitement about growth in sales, as well as, in new products coming. I am personally excited to have accepted the VP position as it will allow me to be part of the industry in a more hands-on capacity.” Heath Bowman
NADRA Bronze level members, Screw Products, Inc.:
Three days can be a long time to stand on a trade show floor, but this year’s International Builders Show kept a steady pace and truly brought out the “International” for those interested in Screw Products, Inc. With growing interest from South America and even genuine interest with new friends in Africa!
From the moment we left the airport en route to our hotel, we knew this years show was going to be different. Different indeed. The IBS Marketing Team really stepped up their game this year with “Welcome” signage at the airport, as well as billboards along the way to the convention center! Well Done Team IBS!
Attendees were engaged and eager to learn. While we continued to have considerable interest in our overall Fastener line, our C-Deck Composite Deck Screws and DeckLok really caught the attention of many contractors. Several of which were proud members of the Great NADRA Team! Thanks for the continued support!
With hundreds of solid leads from contractors, dealers, distributors and fellow manufacturers, we are poised for a great 2018 at Screw Products, Inc. You won’t want to miss it! In fact, I hope they add an extra day to next year’s IBS! See you in Vegas!
AZEK® Building Products, NADRA Gold Level Members:
AZEK Building Products had a great showing at IBS with a stunning new booth, showcasing more than a dozen new products. AZEK® and TimberTech® each released three new colors to their premium decking lines. AZEK’s Vintage Collection® launched Coastline™, English Walnut™ and Weathered Teak™ while TimberTech added Sequoia™, Espresso and Whitewash Cedar™ to its Legacy Collection. TimberTech also announced an upgrade to its warranty, growing from a 25-year to a 30-year limited lifetime warranty.
AZEK also ran various demonstrations, highlighting a new and expanded line of Adhesives & Accessories for cellular PVC trim and moulding. The company also released various new deck fasteners, including additional color options for TOPLoc® by AZEK and a new hand-driven option of FUSIONLoc®.
Finally, AZEK® Trim & Moulding showcased 6 new surrounds for windows and doors, providing contractors even greater architectural options to present to homeowners.
Check out AZEK’s highlight reel on their YouTube channel!
CAMO Fasteners, a Bronze member of NADRA had a great show at IBS. We interacted with a lot of fabulous deck builders and demoed our CAMO products.
The International Builders’ Show is THE trade show of the year — and a great way to start 2018 says NADRA members, Feeney, Inc.! This year was especially big for Feeney, as we unveiled our new brand evolution: new logo, new booth, all new packaging, and new literature! We got great feedback from contractors, architects, retailers, and other vendors. Folks were WOWed by our new look! We also unveiled two new products:
DesignRail® Kits: a complete modular aluminum railing system
CableRail Conceal Kits: a low-profile alternative to our original CableRail Kits
Optimism was high at the show, folks were positive about the year ahead in the building and remodeling industries. We noticed more VR games and displays in booths: you could tour a model home or a sustainable quarry in Brazil, and even smash up an old water heater with a lightsaber! We had a great time touring the show, talking to folks at Therrawood (who had our CableRail on display in their booth!), Camo Deck Fasteners, Home Advisor, Houzz, Use Natural Stone, Architectural Grille, and 84 Lumber. We even did some live streaming on Facebook at our booth on Day 3. Thank you to all who stopped by!
Heather Marchand, NADRA’s National Programs and Marketing Director, walked the show visiting members.
“I so enjoyed walking the show floor and having the chance to stop and speak to as many members as my feet would allow! The IBS show is gigantic! I needed more time! It was a blast getting to sit down with so many familiar faces- and new ones. The weather was beautiful for the outdoor exhibits. Bob Heidenreich and The Deck Store crew did an outstanding job! I loved the little touches – such as the custom picnic tables. The highlight of my trip was probably the warm, welcoming running hug I received from our members at AZEK. I love my job! I loved having the chance to see our members hard work pay off at this fast-paced, packed show. You all put a lot of time & resources into coordinating booth personnel, Facebook Live events, the displays, handouts, trinkets & novelty items & so much more. It showed! Job well done, friends! Now let’s get to work building, and get folks playing outside more… one deck at a time!” Heather Marchand
The NADRA team met with members and prospective members at IBS. As you know, it’s a HUGE space to cover, and we missed many of you! We hope to see you throughout the year at various NADRA events and shows. Please stay in touch! If you’d like to send us photos and a brief recap from your experience at the International Builders Show, please send images, links and recap to Info@NADRA.org. We will keep this blog post updated with posts from our members that exhibited at the show!
Take a look at members we saw along the way!
NADRA Announces Newly Elected Executive Committee and Board Members
Media Inquiries: Michael Beaudry 215-679-4884 Info@NADRA.org
Quakertown, PA., January 10th, 2018 – The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) announced the new Board of Directors, including members to the Executive Committee.
Matt Breyer, Breyer Construction & Landscape, LLC was appointed as NADRA’s President & will serve for two years. Matt is an experienced remodeler and entrepreneur, Breyer has more than 15 years in the industry.
Heath Bowman, Southeastern Underdeck Systems, LLC & Haven, was appointed as NADRA’s Vice President. Heath will also serve for 2 years.
Bruce Verblaauw, C. Verblaauw and Sons, LLC, was elected Treasurer & will also serve two years on the Executive Committee. Kirk Hammond, Lonza, now serves as NADRA’s Immediate Past President and will remain in this position for 2 years.
Continuing on the board is: John Burkhart, JECS Demand
NADRA also welcomed three new members-at-large to its Board of Directors. Joining for a three year term are: John Keller, Sequoia Supply Co., Inc. , Gary Converse, Koppers Performance Chemicals & Vincent Carrubba, Admiral Composite Technologies, Inc.
It was nice to see everyone at the The Ivy in Atlanta for the most recent NADRA meeting. Several guests were in attendance, as well old friends, and it was great to spend some time catching up. Thanks to everyone who made it out during this busy part of the year.
At the business session, representatives from the three major chemical suppliers for pressure treatment visited and held a Q&A panel for NADRA members to gather information about the current AWPA Standard changes. It also gave everyone a chance to voice concerns that have arisen over the past few years.
One issue that came up was the effect an underdeck might have on decking, particularly regarding how systems which close in the underside of here joists might create ground-level conditions for joists built with above-ground lumber. It is an interesting question to ask, but not all underdeck systems are the same, and many are designed to address these types of issues. To help clear away some of the misconceptions about underdecks, her are some things to remember.
Underdecks have come a long way from the days of screwing track systems and locking panels directly into the joists, causing debris buildup and restricting water flow. Many underdeck systems now hang below the joists, allowing for more accurate pitch to allow water flow through the system. The additional space taken by dropping below the joists also reduces the likelihood of debris accumulation and allows for more air flow to keep the system dry. Some systems even offer the option of ventilation to increase airflow.
Many systems also offer ways of cleaning the system out, whether it is from panels that pop up to allow access to the interior, or systems where entire panels can be removed independently. Most of these are designed with the consumer in mind so that people can maintain the systems themselves without being hostage to a repair tech’s schedule.
The important thing is helping people understand that when it comes to their homes, something that is out of sight should not be out of mind. Educating our customers on the various means and ways of drying in their patios to increase their useable living space also means stressing the importance of all aspects of home maintenance. Properly cared for, a good underdeck system should do nothing but enhance the living space and add enjoyment to the home.
NADRA’s 2016 Southeast Regional Golf Tournament Brings Industry Pros Together
What a turnout! NADRA had a successful golf tournament on Monday, May 9th at the Brookfield Country Club in Roswell, Georgia. NADRA members showed their support despite the busy time of year. It was quite the competitive event!
The festivities began with handing out custom NADRA coolers to all attendees and a shot gun start at 11am.
- Compton Sales
- Southeastern Underdeck Systems
- BMC / Stock Building Supply
- Atlanta Home Show- Cobb Galleria
- Higginbotham Steel
- TimberTown Atlanta
- Ultra Aluminum
Thank you to all of our friends listed here, we could not have pulled off such a fun and well-attended event without all of your support.
Thank you to NADRA members and the Southeast Regional team leaders, Mike Reasons, Kevin Waters, Joel Mooneyham and Joey Matthews.
Thank you Andy Clements for taking photos throughout the day!
A special shout out to Heath Bowman for taking care of beverages & all of your help setting up. You’re by far awarded MVP of the day!
We finished the day with a wonderful awards ceremony.
Two teams finished with a close score:
- First place came in at 55: Team Outback Deck
- Second place came in at 58: Team Stewart!
Our guest speaker from Constant Contact showcased the third meeting of 2015 taking place at the Ivy in Buckhead, GA. There were 27 members and guests in attendance. The meeting was held on August 18, 2015.
During the meeting the previous minutes were read and approved along with the anit-trust statement. Nominations were made for the new board to include Mike Reasons as President, Joey Matthews for Vice-President, Joel Mooneyhan for Secretary and Kevin Waters for treasurer. Voting for the new board will take place in the October meeting.
James Gunning spoke about the DeckExpo show and provided class, education and social information. He also discussed NADRA’s main event and the National Deck Competition. Several members of the Atlanta Chapter plan to attend.
Joey Matthews gave an update on the Deck for A Soldier project and all material and labor donations were finalized during the meeting. The build, which is set to happen on Oct 1st, should be another great opportunity for us all to serve.
Main sponsors for the meeting was Southeastern Underdecking and iLighting. Sean Ryan discussed a very detailed presentation on the new products from iLighting and benefits of their system. Joey Mooneyhan discussed the benefits of using Southeastern Underdecking to keep a space below the deck dry. They have many products that can help to finish out the normally unused area under the deck.
Demming Bass from Constant Contact gave us a very informative presentations and discussion on how to use Constant Contact to change the way we do our marketing. His ideas on how to specifically use the service in the decking industry will prove to be helpful for many of our members. Demming also discussed the partnership with NADRA and how we can save money.
The next meeting will be held at the Ivy Buckhead on Tuesday Oct 20th.
James Gunning, Atlanta Chapter President