Building Component Manufacturers Conference

October 5-8, 2021 | Omaha, NE

2016 Educational Sessions

Wednesday, October 19 • 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Start Selling!

Kelly Riggs’ experience in four different business ventures has given him a wildly successful track record and proven his ability to help owners and executives dramatically improve their business performance. He’s explained some of his strategies in 1-on-1 Management: What Every Great Manager Knows that You Don’t and Quit Whining and Start SELLING! A Step-by-Step Guide to a Hall of Fame Career in Sales. Riggs also hosts “The Business LockerRoom,” a weekly radio program that sparks compelling conversations and offers useful tips for salespeople, executives, business owners, entrepreneurs, marketers and managers looking to expand their expertise. In this session, Riggs will share his insight into successful sales, management, leadership and strategic planning strategies, gained in his decades of sales training experience. 

Kelly Riggs, The Business LockerRoom

Kelly Riggs is an author, speaker and business performance coach for sales executives and high-sales companies in a wide variety of industries. He is a former sales executive with decades of executive management and sales training experience.

Wednesday, October 19 • 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Train/Retain: Strategies for a Safe, Successful Workforce

The challenge of recruiting new employees is almost outweighed by the challenges of getting them up to speed and keeping them on the job. Even if you succeed, how do you keep experienced staff from forming bad habits and passing those on to new employees in training?

Two CMs share their processes for training, mentoring and evaluating new production floor staff. They’ll discuss the balance between expecting productivity and encouraging safety with new employees, and they’ll share how they identify experienced staff who make the best trainers and give the most accurate assessments of new employees’ progress.

Come to this session ready to ask questions, learn from your peers, and share both your challenges and your successes in setting new employees on a path to success and in keeping experienced staff on track.

Speakers:

Chris Lambert, Builders FirstSource

Chris started in the component industry in the late 1970s, while still in high school; he earned his college degree in 1983 and has continued in the industry ever since, holding every positon in the manufacturing process and working up to his current position as general manager of Builders FirstSource Albemarle Components in North Carolina. Chris has also spent more than 20 years coaching high school wrestling, where he’s learned the value stretching, warm ups, and being physically fit.

Mike Boswell, Plum Building Systems

Mike Boswell started in the industry as a structural steel detailer and is currently a production manager. He’s spent the last 19 years at Plum Building Systems and has been involved in their safety program since 2005.

Wednesday, October 19 • 9:30 am – 10:30 am

The Why and How of Design QC

Production quality control is universal – there’s a clear benefit to ensuring the product you send out meets your standards. But do you have an equivalent process for evaluating your design work?

Design QC can save you time and boost your bottom line by helping you anticipate and avoid field issues, minimizing your repair and replacement costs. It can help you establish accountability among your designers and turn mistakes into targeted training. Best of all, it can help solidify your reputation as a company committed to crafting and delivering a quality product.

In this session, you’ll learn not only why developing a design QC process is worth the effort, but also how to do so. We’ll cover how much time you can expect to put into implementing a design QC process, whose buy-in you need, and how to follow-up on what you learn to get the most out of your process.

Kelly LaBlance, Builders FirstSource

Kelly LaBlance has been in component design for 14 years. In her current role as technical manager for Builders FirstSource in Florida, Kelly leads a statewide design team and pursues a daily quest to fix and prevent errors that find their way into the field.

Dan Morris, True House, Inc.

Dan Morris has been in the industry since 1996 and has been the design manager for True House since 2001, supervising seven designers in three different locations and serving manufacturing facilities in both Florida and Georgia.

Wednesday, October 19 • 9:30 am – 10:30 am

The Path of Least Resistance: A Lean Analysis

How much would your plant productivity increase if your production crew always had a direct path to the next task? How might you revise your process or setup if you knew how many times a piece of lumber is touched or exactly how far it travels after it enters your facility and before it heads off to a jobsite? Two CMs share their answers to these questions, walking through the analytical process and the results of applying Lean efficiency principles to their operations. Come ready to ask questions and think about your own process and facility – how could motion analysis help you identify and minimize inefficiency in your plant? Even if you don’t leave ready to do your own data gathering, this session will get you thinking about how to streamline your production process and how critical physical efficiency can be to your bottom line.

Greg Griggs, Builds FirstSource

Greg Griggs is senior vice president of manufacturing at Builders FirstSource. He has 35 years of experience in the industry in production, design, operations, management and leadership. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma green belt.

BJ Louws, Louws Truss, Inc.

BJ is president and co-Owner of Louws Truss Inc. He started in the industry in 2007 after earning a degree in Economics and Business Administration at Seattle Pacific University. He started learning Lean in 2009 with a grant from the state of Washington and continued developing his expertise with local seminars in 2012.

Wednesday, October 19 • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Better by Design: Strategies to Avoid Field Issues

When did you last consider why you design trusses the way you do? When there are multiple ways of designing a truss to avoid a field issue, what makes you choose one option over another?

In this deep-dive design session, we’ll present a variety of common design options and a number of issues that frequently lead to repairs. We’ll discuss how you can avoid these issues with proactive design strategies, and we invite you to share your thoughts on the pros and cons of various design approaches.

This session is intended specifically for designers and design managers. We invite you to come ready to share your stories of how you tackled a design challenge and what led you in one direction rather than another when there were multiple ways to solve an issue.

Kelly Lablance, Builders FirstSource

Kelly LaBlance has been in component design for 14 years. In her current role as technical manager for Builders FirstSource in Florida, Kelly leads a statewide design team and pursues a daily quest to fix and prevent errors that find their way into the field.

Dan Morris, True House, Inc.

Dan Morris has been in the industry since 1996 and has been the design manager for True House since 2001, supervising seven designers in three different locations and serving manufacturing facilities in both Florida and Georgia.

Wednesday, October 19 • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Efficiency Essentials from the Lean Toolbox

If you’ve peeked into the Lean toolbox to see a dizzying array of gadgets that you’re not sure how to use, this session is for you! If you’ve tried the basics and have questions or if you’re now looking for next steps, this session is for you, too! Two CMs present four strategies for getting starting on your efficiency improvement project:

•    Implementing the Kanban system of visual communication
•    Applying the 5S principles of organization
•    Holding a Kaizen event to improve a process
•    Initiating a waste walk to eliminate inefficiency 

Come see how these tools work in practice and share your experiences with using them. Walk out of this session knowing what tools are available, when and how to use them, and what to do next as you work toward an efficient operation.

Greg Griggs, Builders FirstSource

Greg Griggs is senior vice president of manufacturing at Builders FirstSource. He has 35 years of experience in the industry in production, design, operations, management and leadership. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma green belt.

BJ Louws, Louws Truss, Inc.

BJ is president and co-Owner of Louws Truss Inc. He started in the industry in 2007 after earning a degree in Economics and Business Administration at Seattle Pacific University. He started learning Lean in 2009 with a grant from the state of Washington and continued developing his expertise with local seminars in 2012.

Wednesday, October 19 • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Surviving Slivers, Slashes and Strains: Training & Maintaining Production Safety

If you joined the discussion of employee training and retention strategies, stick around as we dig into the nitty-gritty details of keeping both new and experienced staff safe on the production floor. If you couldn’t make the Train/Retain session, join us now for an ongoing discussion of employee safety.

What personal protective equipment (PPE) do you provide – and what do you require? What steps do you take to get the message across to both new and experienced staff that safety is critical? Have you tried a stretching or calisthenics routine with your staff, and what was the result? Do you have a comprehensive safety program in place and, if you’re currently implementing one, have you considered reaching out to your peers for advice?

CMs share their experiences and ask for yours. Come with questions, stories and advice to participate in this guided discussion of all things safety. 

Chris Lambert, Builders FirstSource

Chris started in the component industry in the late 1970s, while still in high school; he earned his college degree in 1983 and has continued in the industry ever since, holding every positon in the manufacturing process and working up to his current position as general manager of Builders FirstSource Albemarle Components in North Carolina. Chris has also spent more than 20 years coaching high school wrestling, where he’s learned the value stretching, warm ups, and being physically fit.

Mike Boswell, Plum Building Systems

Mike Boswell started in the industry as a structural steel detailer and is currently a production manager. He’s spent the last 19 years at Plum Building Systems and has been involved in their safety program since 2005.

Wednesday, October 19 • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Presenting Framing the American Dream to Builders

We’ve built the houses, tracked the framer’s efforts, crunched the numbers, and created marketing materials to share the results. Now, are you ready to take the FAD data to your market? Here’s your primer on how to make use of everything SBCA has to offer. We’ll cover how to customize the materials, parse the data, and hone the talking points so you can approach customers in your market and differentiate your business from the competition. In this session, we’ll focus specifically on presenting the FAD project to builders, but you can certainly tailor the message to reach builders and other stakeholders in your market. Join us for this training workshop, and leave ready to educate potential customers in your market that component construction is here to stay.

Jason Blenker, Blenker Building Systems

Jason provides inventive and realistic solutions to builders, contractors and framers, helping them solve the challenges they face with wood-framed structures. Jason leads Blenker Building Systems, Inc., a world-class structural building component manufacturing company in Amherst, Wisconsin, and is a proud member of SBCA, NFC, NAHB and ABC.

Jess Lohse, Rocky Mountain Truss Co.

Jess is President of Rocky Mountain Truss Co. in Havre, Montana. He has served SBCA for several years in a variety of roles including Marketing Committee Chair, BCMC Programs Co-Chair and as the 2015-16 President. 

Sean Shields, SBCA

Sean has focused on helping component manufacturers grow their market share since joining SBCA in 2004. He was project manager of the 2015 BCMC Build / Framing the American Dream project, and he’s currently SBCA’s director of communications and managing editor of SBC Magazine.

Thursday, October 20 • 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Presenting Framing the American Dream to Framers 

See description above. In this session, we’ll focus specifically on presenting the FAD project to framers, but you can certainly tailor the message to reach other stakeholders in your market. 

Thursday, October 20 • 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Metrics for Managers

Monitoring performance, benchmarking against your peers and aiming for improvement are all critical steps for a successful business, but where do you start? Join this discussion to share and evaluate the metrics that are most critical for your management team. What do you measure? Why? How? Hear what data other component manufacturers are tracking and how they’re measuring business success. Learn how to develop tracking and reporting systems that reflect your company goals and how your metrics can help you improve not only your processes but also your bottom line. Come ready to share your data collection and metric analysis process, and bring your questions, concerns and tips to contribute to the conversation.

Joe Hikel, Shelter Systems Limited

Joe is COO of Shelter Systems Limited in Westminster, Maryland. A Past President of SBCA, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 and continues to serve on the association’s Executive Committee.

Dan Holland, Clearspan Components

Dan managed both production and design teams on his way to president of Clearspan Components. He’s been in the industry for nearly three decades and was last year’s SBC Industry Leadership Award recipient.

Thursday, October 20 • 10:30 am – 11:30 am

The Design Responsibility Conundrum

There is always pressure to take on more design responsibility – after all, component manufacturers (CMs) have both the expertise and software tools. But what is the cost of doing so? When a company goes beyond the responsibilities outlined in TPI-1, is the potential benefit of customer satisfaction worth the increase in risk and liability? Can CMs be confident that their insurance carriers will defend and pay design-related claims?

This session will help CMs:  

•    Understand the standard design responsibilities outlined in TPI-1 and the building code, and identify where CMs often go beyond these responsibilities.
•    Clearly express design responsibilities in contracts, submittals and jobsite packages, and respond to customer requests for services beyond component design.
•    Assess design risks and evaluate insurance coverage to be ready for design claims.

Kent Pagel, Pagel, Davis & Hill, P.C.

As SBCA legal counsel, Kent Pagel has been helping CMs manage design responsibility risks and liabilities since 1994. 

Thursday, October 20 • 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Managing Your Tech: Aligning Technology & Business Needs

Where do software upgrades, hardware improvements and IT initiatives fit into your business plan? Join your peers in management and IT leadership for a wide-ranging panel discussion of the technology changes impacting the industry today and the operational strategies that can help you keep up. We’ll talk about how change happens, all the way from internal communication and user education through accountability and issue resolution with in-house development. We’ll also cover ways to protect what you have, from improving security to various options for keeping your technology working on the production floor. There will be plenty of time for questions and many perspectives represented on the panel, so come with operational and technical questions and leave with new ideas to help your technology keep up with your business and vice versa. Plan to stay for an IT Committee Roundtable following this session at 12 pm.

Chris Cozart, Builders FirstSource

As Director of Manufacturing Systems, Chris leverages technology to ensure stability and efficiency within Builders FirstSource manufacturing facilities. Having been in the industry 18 years, Chris focuses on standardizing processes and keeps an eye out for new technologies than improve productivity and profitability.

Greg Dahlstrom, Villaume Industries, Inc. 

Greg has been in component manufacturing IT for well over a decade. His focus is behind-the-scenes applications of technology that improve productivity, safety, and happiness, both in the office and on the production floor.

Jason Hikel, Shelter Systems Limited

Coming soon!

John Holland, Clearspan Components, Inc.

John joined the component manufacturing two years ago after graduating from college. He is currently head of software engineering at Clearspan Components Inc. and specializes in software development and project management.