Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

March 2006                                Volume 45,  Issue 2

From the Editor   The Issue At Hand
Surrounded by Males
by Samantha Carpenter

The article “Girl Power” on page 36 in this issue is about professional women in the millwork industry. This article brought back a memory from my childhood. When I was in the second and third grades, living in Panama City, Fla., I played soccer. 

Since it was 1984-1985, all-girl soccer leagues were a new thing and weren’t instituted in my area until 1986. So guess what? I played soccer on a boys team. 

I would go from ballet to soccer practice; therefore, I would have my ballet tights on under my soccer shorts, and my shin guards on over the tights. I was quite the sight, and my attire just brought on more ridicule from my male teammates. My dad was one of the assistant coaches, and when the boys had me in tears calling me, “Girlie Girl,” he would make them run a lap around the field.

Many industries, such as the building products industry, can be just as challenging as my male-dominated soccer team. When I took my job as editor of SHELTER, I knew nothing about building products. In the last five years, my knowledge has increased exponentially, and I know with new products, such as those introduced at this year’s Builders’ Show in Orlando (read the show review on page 48), my knowledge will keep growing. Whether males or females, if you are knowledgeable about products and issues and even honest when you don’t know the answer, you will be shown respect.

Just the other day, I received a phone call from a gentleman with a building products company in Michigan. When I returned the call, I was told, “I heard that you would be the one to answer my question.” Which he followed up with, “Who manufactures door displays?”

I quickly answered, “Emes Marketing Inc.,” and then gave him the contact information for the company.

I won’t be able to grow my knowledge of the building products industry without your help. If there’s a subject you would like to see addressed in SHELTER, please send me an e-mail at or call 540/720-5584, ext. 192.


Samantha Carpenter, editor
SHELTER magazine


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