Chuck and Emma,
Thank you so much for the recognition. All of us at Eastbrook are honored to receive it. I still remember my first time meeting Lee at an IBS meeting. The next time I met him was at one of his “How to Get Organized in One Week” sessions. I believe that week was also the beginning of a great relationship with both of you, and our relationship is one that I still cherish. I rate that entire week spent in Colorado in the early 1980’s as the best thing I ever did to begin to put actual numbers and goals to how we should run our business.
Up until the point that we learned how to properly use metrics to measure our performance, it was more of an “any road will get you there” approach as we had no real idea of where “there” even was. Truthfully, we had no true target; no goal we were aiming for. Without these goal metrics to aim for, we really had no idea what constituted a well-run building company. I quickly discovered we had a lot to learn and a long way to go to actually achieve the goal metrics that Lee’s program so clearly defined. We became driven to run our company in an organized and profitable way, and to strive toward the clear goals that we now had. My only complaint is that over the years you keep pushing the goal line a little farther out!! Truthfully, I am quite thankful for that. We have been blessed to have been able to achieve many of the targets. What is interesting is that as building companies we never truly arrive. It’s a constant work in progress. While we have indeed come a long way since the early 1980’s, we still believe that there are many improvements that can be made.
We are thankful, as a company, for the peer groups that the two of you have coordinated. As we compare ourselves to so many other great companies, we constantly find more ways to improve than ways we might excel. While we believe we are a contributor to the group, we believe we get more out of them than we put in. I suppose that is the beauty of these groups. With so many great members there are endless opportunities to learn from them. The discipline that comes from committing to meeting with your peers and the humility that comes from not measuring up is honestly quite a motivator to improve. In every one of those groups, I have always been impressed with the attitude of helpfulness that comes from our peer group members. We can’t thank you enough for being the vehicle that makes these wonderfully beneficial groups possible.
Again, thank you for this award. I wish we were going to be in Breckenridge to receive it, but it just isn’t feasible given all of the other demands currently upon our operation. I will see you in Naples just mere weeks from now, and I truly look forward to thanking you personally.
Thank you and Chuck…. And of course Emma jane J)))……. For an exceptional experience. Your Executive Summit was amazing. I know everyone is delighted to have your Summit back. Congratulations!
And, thank you for including me in your program line-up. I am very proud to be a part of such an amazing group of professionals …. And friends.
I think the world of “you guys”…. And treasure our relationship.
Take care….. many hugs always,
We had a great experience at the Purchasing and Estimating seminar. We will definitely keep in touch!
As always I truly enjoyed the conference and took away many great ideas! Thank you all sharing your knowledge and experience with us!
Talk to you soon!
Stephanie A. Miller, CPA
Keystone Group, Inc.
Builder Partnerships has been a big help to the Icynene team as we have worked to grow market share with large private home builders. Builder Partnerships' training and educational contributions to the home building industry are evident by the strength of their relationships and respect they have from their builder partners. They are definitely helping us connect with the right people and the right builders to grow our business. We have only been a partner for a short time and we have already seen temendous results.
Builder Partnerships has been a big help to the Icynene team as we have worked to grow with large private home builders. Builder Partnerships' training and educational contributions to the home building industry are evident by the strength of their builder relationships. We feel like we are finally connecting with the right builders and the right people to grow our business.
Just a note to let you know that this morning’s webinar (From Good to Excelente: Effective Spanish Communication and Cultural Tips) was excellent. Great job! Have a great weekend in Seattle.
Here are some of my bullet points for Builder Partnerships Memberships:
It is a pleasure to be a part of such a great group and I am glad to be able to offer feedback when possible. You guys really had a successful event this year and I am anxious to see how this will benefit America’s First Home.
Wow. I cannot tell you what a success the past few days have been for not only America’s First Home, but, Builder Partnerships as well. The additional networking and business opportunities were an added plus. This letter from M.I. confirms that BP really can improve relationships between builders and manufacturers.
The manufacturers are finally starting to understand how they can better serve the builders.
This is an exciting time for Builder Partnerships and America’s First Home is proud to be a part of the team!! I look forward to forming more of these types of relationships in the very near future.
I thoroughly enjoyed participating with the group. I believe that BP is focused in the right direction. I believe the foundation and the fundamentals are in place to build a strong partnership, much like the wholesale buying groups. Again, thanks for your invitation and the warm hospitality.
Again thanks for allowing Lasco to participate.
“It’s as easy as clicking or un-clicking on a box….that’s it” –John Boersma
I picked up a few of your newsletters while we were in Orlando last week. I am going to scan and send to our our team and wanted a little background on the distribution to support it.
NICE JOB on your "research" article. I agree 100%!
Thanks - Royce
You folks did a great job in bundling this up and making a timely and meaningful dialogue available to us this way. It is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Thank you for putting together an excellent webinar. Brad’s approach is well-grounded and very practical. This was particularly timely as we are preparing to overhaul our web sites and the information will help guide that process.