The Main Event Has Entered the Starting Gate

Monday, August 3, 2015


FBMA’s Main Event has entered the starting gate and is gaining momentum.

This year’s convention and Gulf Atlantic Building Products Expo will be held at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, September 23 - 25 and will be the largest and most well attended event in the past several years!

The Tom Stead Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, September 23 at the ever popular Orange County National Golf Club. We have bought out both golf courses so we will be able to complete the tournaments in record time. Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and with 20 golf foursomes already registered, you need to get your foursome or name in now.

Thursday’s program begins with the Kick-Off Breakfast with guest speaker Buzz Sutherland. Sutherland, who has performed on HBO’s Comic Relief and MTV’s Half Hour Comedy Hour, will keep you entertained with humor that is 100% clean and 200% funny.

Next on the agenda is the ever-popular Industry Panel Discussion. Don Magruder has assembled a top-notch, experienced, knowledgeable and well informed group of panelists that will give their views on “The New Age of Our Industry—What Does the Future Hold?”. Magruder’s point, counter-point approach as well as his moderator style will keep our panelists on their toes and the attendees on the edge of their seats.

Join us at the Hall of Fame Luncheon as we honor two of our industry leaders Al Bavry, Kimal Lumber Company and Dick Gates, retired from Robbins Manufacturing Company. Take your turn at the mic with your personal tribute to one or both of our honorees.

Hospitality Row, opened to all dealers, has a new format. The party has been moved to the beautiful Gaylord atrium with a Polynesian night atmosphere. Enjoy six craft beer stations together with a host bar and delicious food stations. New games for fun, random prize drawings and a grand prize of $1,000 to the lucky winner at 8:55 p.m.

Friday’s Sales Expertise Breakfast features speaker Richard Farrell. President of Tangent Knowledge Systems and author of the book “Selling Has Nothing To Do With Selling, Farrell will debunk the time-honored beliefs and strategics that organizations hold so dearly and expose the obscene cost of sales that they blindly operate under. Content is nontraditional, contrary and designed to be a wake up call on how to sell, strategize and position your company to meet the harsh realities of the information economy, and the challenging economic climate of today’s marketplace.

Our exhibitor count is up this year, almost like the good ‘ole days. As you walk the trade show floor, you will notice new exhibitors and will be introduced to their product line.

Send your registration in now—support your association—be a part of the largest event of its kind in the southeast!

I look forward to seeing you at the Main Event!

Greg Bell, Chairman of the Board 8/3/2015

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