Dealers Gather to Prepare for the Future
A slow economy may have window film dealers in a slump so far in 2009,
but it hasn't diminished their outlook for the future. Manufacturers and
distributors continue to hold meetings, conferences and such, and dealers
are still choosing to travel and attend-despite the economy.
Bekaert Specialty Films (BSF) reports that its Third Annual Panorama
Dealer Meeting conference held March 5-7 in San Diego drew the largest
number of dealers in the event's history. Dealers may be taking advantage
of downtime in order to plan for or learn to identify present opportunities.
BSF's educational seminars focused on the commercial end of such opportunities
that may arise out of the stimulus package. (CLICK
HERE for related story). The Act distributes funds to multiple government
departments including the Department of Energy, Department of Defense,
General Services Administration, Department of the Interior and the Department
of Housing and Urban Development to invest in energy efficiency while
improving and modernizing real estate and facilities. In an encouraging
example, BSF officials site similar department facilities on Panorama's
past client list, including: United States Department of Energy, Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation, J. Edgar Hoover Building, Ronald Reagan
Building, National Geographic Society Campus, United States Department
of Labor-all located in Washington, D.C.
SAGR Products, a Gettysburg, Pa.-based distributor, reported strong numbers
and participation for its 24th Annual Dealer Training Conference on February
28, at the Eden Resort and Suites in Lancaster, Pa. The event drew the
support and presence of executives from two of SAGR's manufacturing providers,
including Harry Rahman, national director of business development for
Huper Optik, and Jennifer Shorr, vice president of sales and marketing,
domestic, for Commonwealth Laminating and Coating (SunTek).
The event's keynote unabashedly dealt with an issue dealers are no doubt
facing in the current market: "What To Do When the Phones Stop Ringing,"
presented by business development specialist Andy Mastroianni to approximately
eighty in attendance, some from as far north as Massachusetts.
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