Are You Feeling Lucky?
We’ve all had times when we feel we’ve hit a stroke of luck, and unfortunately times when we felt pretty unlucky. With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, I started wondering about luck—when we most wish we were feeling lucky and maybe ways to get a little more luck on...
Success Through Failure
“I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan
Celebrating Heart and Teamwork at Vekta
At Vekta, we not only acknowledge the importance of our team, we celebrate it! We recognise that each individual brings something unique and special to the whole team. Every person is respected for their thoughts, contributions, knowledge, and skills—without them, there is no way we could...
Share the Love
It’s February, so we’re going to be seeing hearts everywhere for the next few weeks. Valentine’s Day is an excellent opportunity to sell/buy greeting cards, candy, and flowers. But the holiday doesn’t have to be limited to your sweetheart. Consider it an opportunity to...
Close the Gap on Lean Initiatives
When I’m asked why I chose a set of puzzle pieces for the 4Ward Consulting team logo, I’m glad to explain that fitting the pieces together has always been a part of my approach to business, my own and those I have assisted. We have teams, divisions, branches, departments, etc....
(Re)Building in the Caribbean with Deco Truss
Mario Espiñeira, Jr.
For 35 years and counting, Deco Truss Company has been exporting trusses and building materials to the Caribbean. Fashions and fads may have changed over those decades, but our commitment to providing quality products on time and on budget has never wavered. And especially in the wake of the...
It’s Time to Huddle Up!
Setting the tone for higher expectations and productivity
I am often asked by lumber dealers, component manufacturers, and others for that “one thing” that will improve results, drive cultural change, hardwire behavior, or create lasting quality. I’ve come to realize there...
BCMC 2018: Crafting Connections and Brewing Success
The 37th Annual BCMC show took place in late October at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. It was the second time in the past four years at this location, so most of us already knew the great restaurants and bars to visit.
Every year the show just seems to get bigger and better, and this...
Second Chance for Employees and Wood Products
“Everything and everyone deserves a second chance.”
That’s the philosophy of Second Chance Inc., a Baltimore-based non-profit that deconstructs homes and other buildings to salvage materials for reuse. It’s also a philosophy that the American Wood Council (AWC)...
The Last Word:
The Last Word on Giving
Though our industry has served millions of homeowners through the years, four (and soon to be a fifth) very special individuals stand out; those wounded heroes we have honored through Operation Finally Home. Through the generosity of SBCA members, we have provided beautiful homes, free and...