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Sunbelt Education Schedule Announced

The Sunbelt Builders Show is excited to announce this year's complete education and demo session schedules. Over a two-day period, seven time sensitive topics will be featured inside the Sunbelt Education Center on the trade show floor. These topics range from staging your home, to finding hidden profits, to digital marketing and to how to use residential contracts. This is one of the strongest education schedules in recent years.

Click here, for a complete educational schedule and topic descriptions.

Sunbelt is slated for August 8-9 inside the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Take a quick glance at the schedule, then register for the Show! We look forward to expanding our education with you!

2018 Sunbelt Builders Show Education Schedule

Wednesday, Aug. 8

11 – 11:45 a.m. | Setting the Stage to Maximize Profits

Presenters: Mary Scalli and Karen Budde, Simple Elegance Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Gary Keller of Keller Williams says, “Pricing gets you interest; staging gets you offers.” 95 percent of today’s buyers cannot envision the lifestyle of an empty house. Using current colors, designs, finishes, fixtures and trend-right staging closes deals quickly and for top dollar. Come learn with Mary Scalli and Karen Budde what our current buyers are looking for when buying their next home and how staging will maximize your profits.

1:15 – 2 p.m. | A Powerful Model to Failure-Proof Your Business

Presenter: Rich Allen, Tour de Profit Business Advisors & Fit First Hiring

Seven out of 10 small businesses fail within their first 10 years! It destroys dreams, kills self-esteem, and ruins families. Rich will share his personal story about watching his dad struggle in his business until the day he died, which is why he is driven to help business owners failure-proof their business. Rich has developed and proven a simple yet powerful model that small business owners can use to FOCUS their efforts on what matters most in their business. Once you experience Rich’s unique presentation you will never look at your business in the same way. You’ll understand exactly what you need to do to grow, improve and failure-proof your business.

2:15 – 3 p.m. | Finding Hidden Profits: Making Money With Allowances, Change Orders and Specifications.

Presenter: Dennis Dixon, Dixon Ventures, Inc. (Building/Consulting/Management)

Are your frustrated about change orders, allowances and client control of your projects? Learn simple management methods and contract wording to define your policies and procedures on change orders and allowances. Are you also frustrated with debating project details, methods and “gray matter” of the project? The program will also discuss “A-grade” Specifications that fully define and specify detail of what will and will NOT be included in the project and your services.

3:15 – 4 p.m. | Proven Digital Marketing Tactics to Grow Your Business

Presenter: Chris Equale, Director of Sales,

Did you know that 80 percent of consumers are searching for contractors through platforms like Google? Therefore, it’s critical to leverage free tools to gain a competitive edge. We’ll talk about and review examples of how to improve your business’s presence on Google, Yelp, Facebook, and Next door to build your brand in a cost-effective way. Attendees will also learn a framework to make and measure marketing investments to attract more customers online, and learn ways to follow up with homeowners to get them talking about you and recommending your services.


7:30 – 9 a.m. | Residential Construction Contracts

Presenters: James Rudnicki, Bush Rudnicki Shelton

Join Bush Rudnicki Shelton as they walk you through filling out the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) Contracts with all of its blanks, options, and form addenda. In addition, they will identify the provisions that your clients are most often concerned about during contract negotiations as well as offer recommended responses. If you ever wanted a deeper dive into the TAB Contracts, this is the class for you including plenty of time for Q&A.

11 – 11:45 a.m. | Secrets to Engaging and Delighting Today’s Millennial Buyer

Presenter: Paul Cardis, Avid Ratings

Activate the millennial buyer to purchase new construction. Come explore the power of authenticity and how it’s changing the dynamics of selling. Tune in to learn how technologies are driving customer experience and how you can maximize your digital experience for the millennial.

1 – 2:30 p.m. | Town Hall Meeting on Taxes and the Economy

Presenters: J.P. Delmore, NAHB Assistant VP for Government Affairs and Rob Dietz, Ph.D., Chief Economist for NAHB

Learn how the new tax law that took effect for 2018 will affect your business, your customers, and the economy. In this session, J.P. Delmore, NAHB’s tax lobbyist, and Rob Dietz, NAHB’s Chief Economist, will discuss the major changes to the tax code that affect residential construction and also explore how these changes will affect the housing and economic forecast.

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