If reading through this edition of Frame Building News doesn’t get you primed and ready for the Frame Building Expo in Nashville, I don’t know what will. One of the features in the special FBE section, which begins on page 33, is an introduction to keynote speaker Lt. Col (ret.) Waldo Waldman. Nicknamed “Wingman,” Waldman will deliver his talk “Never Fly Solo!® — Lead with Courage, Build Trusting Partnerships, and Reach New Heights in Business,” at 11 a.m. on the opening day of the show. (By the way, Waldman is co-founder of The Wingman Foundation, which raises funds and awareness to help soldiers, veterans, and their families who are in need.) 

New for the Expo this year: Free show floor passes are available to builders and contractors! If you want to attend the educational sessions, a purchased show pass is required. However, there will  be some educational sessions presented on the show floor. 

Also included in the special FBE Show Preview section are profiles of dozens of the exhibitors, and, in case you’re bringing your family with you to Music City, U.S.A., we’ve rounded up some family-friendly activities you may want to explore. (And not all of them are related to music.

As Gary mentions above, the first book in our consumer book line is nearing completion; we’ll officially launch the line at the Expo. The first book is Pro Tips On: Your Metal Roof. The one coming down the pike that you may be even more interested in is Pro Tips On: Your Post-Frame Home. If you consider yourself an expert in residential post-frame design or construction, and would like to be a resource for the book, reach out to Gary either at the show or via email. We’ll be logging miles visiting exhibitors on the show floor, but our home base will be Booth #706. We’d love to hear from you.

Karen Knapstein

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