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Wednesday, March 9, 2016:

with Rick Grandenetti

Succeed Inside The Box

 

Participants will learn crucial steps to altering their organizational culture which will lead to increased customers, increased profits, lower attrition rates and higher profitability.  Participants will also learn how to lead through the culture change in their organization.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: Managers/Supervisors & Owners

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The Intermediate course is aimed at industry people that have 5 to 10 years of building industry related experience. The intermediate course continues building on the Basic/Beginner course and introduces more complex projects to estimate such as multi-story residences and multi-family structures. Cut roofs with over framing in addition to truss roofs, intersecting roofs, hip roofs as well as and jack & cripple rafters are also covered.

Course Overview:

An Intermediate to construction drawings and developing an estimate or takeoff

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an operational understanding of drawings and their use
  • Learn to read and interpret the drawings
  • Explore how to use floor plans, elevations, sections and details to figure out a project’s material needs
  • Consider the characteristics of good estimates including consistency and documentation
  • Learn how to create an accurate estimate and the keys to success
  • Develop efficient estimating skills and understand best practices
  • Examine how to avoid the common pitfalls in estimating and quantity takeoffs

All attendees leave with:

A comprehensive workbook with course handouts that include templates, checklists, formulas, estimating forms, construction details, conversion factors, shortcut tables to determine sell lengths, sample house plans with a sample estimate, and an architectural scale.

When:

March 16, 2016

Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Location:

Acadia Insurance Company

500 Enterprise Dr., Ste. 2A

Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Breakfast & Lunch included

 

Assessment:

BPR Assessment Intermediate

Registration:

LDAC Blueprint Intermediate

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The Basic/Beginner course is geared toward participants who have little or no LBM industry related experience. Basic blueprint reading skills covered will be include; developing an operational understanding of floor plans, elevations, sections and details, as well as the interpretation of construction drawings to develop building material takeoffs.

This Basic/Beginner course is a good foundational course that offers a methodology with templates and checklists to develop a comprehensive estimating procedure including processes that participants can bring back with them to their yard. In addition to building an estimating framework, this course offers hands-on practice of the techniques learned to do takeoffs for smaller projects. Decks, garages, and single story residences with simple roofs are the hands-on practice exercises used for this class. Prerequisites for this course are some basic building knowledge especially rough framing carpentry. Some basic proficiency in computational math using a calculator (+,-, X, / and square root.) as well as an understanding of dimensions and scaling for measurement.

Who should attend:

The Basic/Beginner course is for participants with little or no experience with drawings and takeoffs that want to learn the fundamentals of blueprint reading and estimating material takeoffs.

Course Overview:

An Introduction to construction drawings and developing an estimate or takeoff

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an operational understanding of drawings and their use
  • Learn to read and interpret the drawings
  • Explore how to use floor plans, elevations, sections and details to figure out a project’s material needs
  • Consider the characteristics of good estimates including consistency and documentation
  • Learn how to create an accurate estimate and the keys to success
  • Develop efficient estimating skills and understand best practices
  • Examine how to avoid the common pitfalls in estimating and quantity takeoffs

All attendees leave with:

A comprehensive workbook with course handouts that include templates, checklists, formulas, estimating forms, construction details, conversion factors, shortcut tables to determine sell lengths, sample house plans with a sample estimate, and an architectural scale.

When:

March 14 & 15, 2016

Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Breakfast & Lunch included

Where:

Acadia Insurance Company

500 Enterprise Dr., Ste. 2A

Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Assessment Forms:

BPR Assessment Tool Basic_Beginner

Registration Forms:

LDAC Blueprint Beginner

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

with Kylie Holland

Curtis Lumber Company, Inc.

 

This webinar will discuss the need for appealing to and recruiting of the upcoming generation into our industry.  We will discuss items such as desirable employer characteristics, generation generalizations and myths, managing age gaps within the workplace, employee engagement, and other related topics.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: Basic content suitable for any individual responsible for hiring, recruiting, employee development, or managing an age diverse workforce.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

with Jim Robisch

The Farnsworth Group

 

The consumer market remains solid and growing.  However it is also changing at an astonishing pace.  Generations of shoppers are evolving and challenging all retail channels and building supplies and home improvement products are no exception. What is happening at retail is truly amazing and opportunities abound for lumber and building supply dealers.

This session will present recent consumer market/trends data and insights from research conducted by The Farnsworth Group and from other sources.  Topics to be covered will include:

  • Changing factors that influence store and selection,
  • Evolving components of customer satisfaction,
  • Dealer performance comparatives:
    • Chains,
    • “Typical” independents
    • “Best of Class” independents”
  • Online shopping and the increasing importance of a sound online strategy,
  • Changing and preferred communication methods, and more.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced content. Owners, Executive/Middle Management, and staff involved with merchandising, marketing, sales and advertising.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

with Jim Enter

 

Improving profitability with precise thinking.

  • Activity Based Costing
  • Understanding averages are the enemy of profitability
  • Understanding Whale Curves and Pareto Principle for LBM’s
  • Understanding individual customer’s Cost to Serve
  • Taking action

 

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: Owners / Managers / Accountants

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

with Frank Motta, EVP CAI Managed IT & Rob Bicknell, NYLE

 

Retail lumber dealers are finding traditional backup methods like tape, disk or online-only backups unacceptable due to their inability to recover data quickly and mitigate downtime.  This session will describe Intelligent Business Continuity (IBC), a hybrid-cloud approach that replicates data, in real-time, to an onsite appliance as well as the cloud.  Driven by technological innovation that has established a comprehensive new standard, IBC solutions go beyond data protection; delivering automated assurance of data integrity, instant recovery, continuous protection, and secure storage.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: Introductory / Basic Content

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

with Rob Labombard

Lovell Safety

The Program is intended to present information on WHY employees get injured at work and

discuss ways to prevent injuries from happening. The OSHA Haz-Com/GHS program reviews

what employers need to do to comply with this new standard.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: Intermediate to Managers

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

with Ryan LaPoma

Earth Advantage

 

How can you build a home that uses no energy for heating, cooling, lights or appliances? Today it’s possible to build a zero-energy home using readily available products and proven techniques. Zero-energy homes are going up across America. In this one-hour seminar, learn what takes to take residential construction all the way to zero.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL: The course content is designed to engage and inform audiences at all levels of technical sophistication. Basic concepts are clearly presented. Energy terms are defined. Advanced concepts generally arise during the question period.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

with Kyle Abrahamovich

Poulos Advisors

Owners of retail lumber yards face many challenges when retiring and exiting their business, but also have many unique wealth planning opportunities.  Often, owners’ business exit planning is very closely related to their retirement and personal goals and objectives.  Whether passing the business onto a family member or selling to a 3rd party in a profitable and tax efficient manner, this course will explore the various options for exiting the business, as well as the wealth management implications for each.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE & LEVEL:  Advanced content for owners

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