5 Reasons Young Professionals Belong at IBS 2019

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Two attendees are impressed by the towel warmer display on the IBS exhibit floor.

NAHB members between the ages of 21-35 have just a couple more weeks to apply for the 2019 International Builders’ Show (IBS) Scholarship Program.

IBS is where young building industry professionals advance their careers. Whether walking the floor, attending education sessions or networking with others, the information gleaned in just three days is worth the trip and then some, past recipients say.

Education. More than 140 IBS education sessions cover the hottest industry topics. “I was really impressed with how much variety in education there was. It didn’t matter which class I walked into, I could apply it to what I do,” said 2018 recipient Shannon Alcock of Goldmark Construction Group in Raleigh, N.C.

Product Knowledge. IBS draws 1,500 manufacturers and suppliers, which is why it is the place to discover what’s trending. “I was able to get so much product knowledge. I actually met a ton of new vendors that we’re going to start using on our houses. We were able to make a ton of new business relationships, and I learned a lot,” said recipient Anna Fosmire of Crabbe Homes in Clarksville, Tenn.

Demonstrations. Attendees learn from construction demos and interactive programming in IBS Live, and the High Performance Building Zone. “A lot of times, the products just show up from a supplier on your jobsite. It definitely helps to speak directly with the manufacturers for their recommendations and important little tidbits,” said Lynch Christian of Four Points Construction Inc. in Martinsburg, W. Va.

Niche Exploration. The Centrals are fun, educational lounges that allow you to explore new niche-specific ideas and connect with others like yourself. Workshops, presentations, roundtables and networking events are all available at the six Centrals: 55+ Housing, Custom Building, Design Studio, Multifamily, Remodelers and Sales. “I found some great opportunities in the Custom Building Central to make my network stronger,” said recipient Kristopher Gardner of Magleby Construction in Lindon, Utah.

Networking with Young Professionals. The IBS Official House Party and the Young Pros Party are two events where young pros gather to have some fun and network with others in the industry. “It was just amazing to see a lot of the young professionals at the show. Really inspiring,” said Sarah Harne of Dan Ryan Builders in Frederick, Md.

On top of all that, an industry coming together in one place over three days can be invigorating, attendees said. “When I got home, I told my boss, ‘I never want to miss IBS again.’ I legitimately feel like my brain chemistry has been altered through this experience,” said Joshua Dean of Precision Homecrafters LLC in Birmingham, Ala.

Submit your application and video by June 15 to be considered.

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