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2012 International Builders’ Show Provides Unique Benefits for Attendees and Exhibitors

October 25, 2011


Written by Meredith Oliver

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17–With pre-registration almost 25 percent higher than it was at this time last year and exhibit space sales going strong, the 2012 International Builders’ Show (IBS) is shaping up to be an outstanding event for both attendees and exhibitors.

Sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the International Builders’ Show is the most important event of the year for the U.S. home building industry and the largest annual light construction trade show in the world. The IBS will be held from Feb. 8 to 11, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

“The International Builders’ Show is truly unique,” said Bob Nielsen, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders. “No other event provides such exceptional education and networking opportunities and such a superb showcase of top quality products for the home building industry. We’re expecting more than 50,000 attendees and more than 800 exhibitors at the 2012 show.

Meredith Oliver will present at three sessions at this year’s IBS conference. See Meredith at

1. Sister Act 2: The Laws of Attraction on Wednesday, February 8 from 1:30-3 p.m.

2. The Fan Factor: Engage and Excite Your Online Followers on Wednesday, February 8 from 3:30-5 p.m.

3. 2012 Super Sales Rally: Back in the Black on Thursday, February 9 from 9-11:30 a.m.

“The IBS also demonstrates the strength, resilience and tenacity of the home building industry. Housing has been hit much harder by the downturn than any other sector of the economy, and we are very pleased that so many manufacturers and suppliers have recognized the value of exhibiting at the IBS and continue to participate each year,” Nielsen said.

In addition to an outstanding lineup of almost 200 education programs and more than 400,000 square feet of product exhibits, the upcoming IBS will provide numerous networking opportunities for attendees.

“Our members greatly value networking, and we strive to meet that need with innovative, value-added programs,” said Nielsen. “The ‘Centrals’ are a good example. We have designated specific areas of the show as Centrals for various specialties such as custom building, multifamily and remodeling. At the Centrals, attendees can meet others working in their field, get answers to questions, and see presentations that address the issues they deal with on a day-to-day basis. We also organize product tours so that people at each Central can meet with
exhibitors showing products suited to their segment of the industry

The IBS also provides attendees with perspective on how the housing industry and their own businesses function in the context of the broader national and international economies.

To register for the IBS, or for more information about attending or exhibiting at the International Builders’ Show, please go to www.BuildersShow.com.


ABOUT NAHB: The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 160,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units projected for this year.

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