July/August  2004

From the Editor

A Look at What’s Ahead

Some of you probably read my editor’s column in May entitled “Some Hiring Advice.” The column was about my father and how it has been harder for him to change positions now that he is over 55. 

I appreciate those of you who wrote words of encouragement. You can read some of those who responded to my column in the Dear SHELTER department.

I’m happy to report that both of my parents have found new positions. My mother will be pastoring a church in Nebraska and my dad will be teaching physics at a nearby college. 

Many of you often ask me how my husband, Jeff, who is serving in Iraq, is doing. I get e-mail from him nearly daily, and we talk about once or twice a month. He called the other morning, and his spirits seem high, although I know he misses our twin boys who are nearly 15 months.

Now that I’ve updated you about personal things, let’s take a look at what this issue of SHELTER is about. This issue covers a number of important topics in the building products distribution industry. 

On page 32, you can read about some of the new energy-efficient products available. You can also read on page 26 about what machines are available to distributors and dealers of building products.

While the machinery feature will give you a preview of the machines out there, you’ll get an up-close look at machinery when you attend the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta August 26-29 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Read more about this tradeshow on page 24. (Pleases stop by and visit us at the SHELTER magazine booth #B324.)

In addition, this month we’ve covered one of the topics—how distribution channels are changing—that you (the readers) asked us to discuss. Adam Fein of Pembroke Consulting will be speaking at the upcoming Association of Millwork Distributors’ annual convention in Salt Lake City October 9-13. 

On page 28, Fein gives you some insight as to how the channels are changing and how your business can succeed in light of the changes. Not only will you want to read his article, but you’ll want to attend the convention to hear more.

Keep letting us know what you want covered in SHELTER.


Samantha Carpenter, editor


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