As you walked onto the 200,000 square foot show floor in the Tampa Convention Center you could immediately feel the energy in the room.
“It is so great to take the time to reconnect with one another at the Annual show,” said Kyra Bishop, Chairman of the Board for LMC. “Getting to meet with the suppliers and our LMC team is something I look forward to each year.”
LMC held its 83rd
Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida March 21 – 23. While there is always excitement when the show comes around each year, there was an extra level of enthusiasm at this year’s event. The room was abuzz with talk of the $4.3 billion in purchases LMC saw last year.
“I think LMC has definitely created the community they’re after,” said Seth Donnohue of Consolidated Lumber Company. “We do want to band together. We’ve all got our own businesses to run but we’ve got an incredible amount in common that clearly is adding up.”
The show floor featured a number of special exhibits, including: New Products area, ModernView Exhibit, Capital Equipment Showcase, and a brand new Kitchen & Bath Showcase.
The New Products area featured over 90 products from more than 70 LMC suppliers. Taking home the top prize, as voted by the Annual attendees, was the Endura-Thane Faux Wood Beams from Ekena Millwork.
“We’re super excited to win, it was unexpected,” said Daniel Milkie of Ekena. “It’s a brand new product, it’s only been out for a couple months, with the breadth of offerings and how many choices we just wanted to get the exposure and let every LMC dealer know about it.”
LMC Annual is not just a time to gather and take advantage of show-special buys, it is also an event with a strong focus on education. This year, three National Kitchen & Bath Association accredited courses were offered as part of the Kitchen & Bath Showcase. There was also a Marketing Idea Exchange where marketers from dealer companies gathered for an intensive session featuring two round tables. There were also educational sessions held on the topics of: digital marketing, PCI compliance, how to motivate your team, credit card processing, perfecting your sales strategy, and more.
“Recharge, re-engage, relax—sessions like this help to do some of that,” Andrew Sliter of Sliter’s Lumber & Building Supply. “This kind of [session] gets you focused on the team and that you have to have your chin up every day—PMA positive mental attitude.”
2017 was a record year for LMC, and there is a lot of confidence and positivity as dealers look to the future.
“As the industry is in a pretty big time of change and consolidation, it’s good and reassuring for us to see that we can continue to grow together,” Donnahue said. “I feel strongly that we’re [LMC dealers] going to be positioned well today and in the future for what is coming.”