Noteworthy Speakers and Events at the 2024 International Builder Show in Las Vegas

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The International Builder Show (IBS) in Las Vegas is gearing up to be a groundbreaking event for builders, featuring various influential speakers who have left their mark on the construction industry. From empowering women in construction to leading national research on innovation, the lineup promises to inspire and educate builders from all walks of life. Let's delve into the profiles of some of the unique speakers who will be gracing the stage from February 27-29, 2024


1. Meghan Billings - Meg & Co. Designer Homes:

Meghan Billings, the owner and founder of Meg & Co. Designer Homes, is a certified master builder hailing from Twin Falls, Idaho. Known for her meticulous attention to detail and unwavering commitment to quality, Meghan has carved a niche for herself in an industry traditionally dominated by men. Passionate about empowering women in construction, Meghan is actively involved in local and national Professional Women in Building (PWB) initiatives. Beyond construction, she finds joy in global travels, cheering on her four kids in sports, and cherishing moments with her family. Meghan will be speaking at the Building Knowledge Session - Profitability Principles: Builders Share Their Back-to-Basics Strategies for Success in 2024 on February 28th from 12:15-1:15 PM.  On Tuesday from 11:15-12:00 PM, Meghan is speaking at Working Differently, Building Better: Women’s Innovation in Construction in North 261.

2. Molli Carmichael - Zonda:

With over 30 years of experience, Molli Carmichael is the country’s leading real estate strategist. Her extensive career includes roles with major players in the industry, such as The Irvine Company, Pulte Homes/Del Webb, Lennar, and John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Molli's expertise spans multi-million dollar investment strategies, product development, and market expansion planning. A well-respected figure, she leads a national podcast on Inspirational Leadership, showcasing conversations with top leaders in the development and home-building industry. Molli will be speaking at 15 Secrets to Sales & Marketing Success In A Challenging Market on Tuesday, February 27th from 10:15 - 11:15 AM in West 318.

3. Andi Dirkschneider Bliss - Brookline Homes:

As the President of Brookline Homes, LLC, Andi Dirkschneider Bliss brings a unique perspective to the table. Based in Charlotte, her family-owned homebuilding company thrives in a market dominated by nationals. Armed with dual degrees in Neuroscience and Behavior Biology, as well as Economics, Andi earned her MBA with a Real Estate Concentration in 2022. Active in various leadership roles, she serves on local and regional boards, showcasing her commitment to the industry. In her downtime, Andi enjoys hiking with her husband and dogs or savoring moments at a local brewery. Andi is featured in The Top Tool to Determine Feasibility & Profitability of Your Development Projects in W207 Tuesday February 27 from 10:15-11:15 AM.

4. Dan Houghton - Buildertrend:

Co-founder and CEO of Buildertrend, Dan Houghton has been at the forefront of revolutionizing residential construction project management since 2006. His leadership has propelled Buildertrend to become a leader in an industry that takes time to adopt new technology. A firm believer in people-driven leadership and workplace culture, Dan is actively involved in the community, serving on multiple boards, including the Omaha Community Foundation and the Habitat for Humanity of Omaha. Beyond his professional pursuits, Dan is a devoted family man residing in Omaha with his wife and two daughters. Dan will be speaking at Real-World Strategies to Attract & Retain Top Construction Talent on Thursday, February 29 from 10:15-11:15 AM in West 204.

5. Nick Schiffer - NS Builders:

Establishing NS Builders in 2014, Nick Schiffer has cultivated a team of skilled and creative individuals who share his enthusiasm for quality craftsmanship. NS Builders has become one of the most renowned home builders in Eastern Massachusetts, thanks to Nick's relentless attention to detail and commitment to quality control. Co-host of the Modern Craftsman podcast, Nick brings a passion for his craft to the forefront of the industry. Nick Schiffer is speaking at Real-World Strategies to Attract & Retain Top Construction Talent on February 29 from 10:15-11:15 AM in West 204. He will also be speaking at The Advantage Guide to Uncovering & Capturing All Your Costs on Tuesday, February 27 from 2:00-3:00 PM in West 207.

The International Builder Show in Las Vegas is set to be an enriching experience for builders, featuring speakers who have proven to be dedicated, innovative, and leaders in the construction world. From leading cutting-edge research and embracing modern technology to finding new areas for growth and innovation, these speakers promise to inspire the next generation of builders to attend the event.

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Outside of speakers, there are many educational sessions with influential industry professionals that you won’t want to miss. IBS features Learning Labs, Super Sessions and Building Knowledge sessions. Ryan Fink, CEO and Co-Founder of Digs will be Guest Presenting at the Al Trellis “10 Practical Ways A.I. Can Help home Builders” Building Knowledge session.

To see a full list of speakers and education sessions click here.

Going to IBS? Here are some events you should attend:

Contractor Coalition IBS & KBIS Meetup

Hosted at the Fontainebleau Nowhere Lounge on Monday, February 26 from 6-8 PM by construction2style, AFT Construction and NS Builders. This Happy Hour offers attendees, specifically General Contractors, of IBS and KBIS the opportunity to network, reconnect, and enjoy food and drinks. And best of all the Digs team will also be in attendance as a sponsor of the event. Want more information, follow the link here.

Oregon Hospitality Party

The Home Building Association of Greater Portland is throwing a cocktail reception at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville on Tuesday, February 27. Don't miss this opportunity to mix, mingle, and make memories in a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. See you there on February 27 from 4-8 PM! Find more information here.

Star Spangled Builder VIP Party

On Wednesday, February 28th, the Star Spangled Build VIP Party is taking place from 7-11 PM at the Brooklyn Bowl. Come for a night of bowling, dancing, networking, and connecting with industry professionals. Get your tickets here.

The Bash

Hosted by NKBA and KBIS, The Bash is at XS Nightclub (Encore Hotel) from 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM on Wednesday, February 28th. Connect with colleagues as you enjoy a night of fun, dancing, and music! Find out more information here.

Young Pro Party

Also on Wednesday night is the IBS Young Pro Party! Hosted at BrewDog from 8-11 PM, this event is focused on connecting professionals under 40. Check it out at the link here.

Pro Builder Show Village Block Party

To celebrate its 30th Year as an IBS Exhibitor, Pro Builder Show Village will be hosting a block party from 4-6 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday in the parking lot of the main entrance of the convention center. Join for games, grab a drink, and check out the IBS Outdoor Exhibits.

Best of IBS Awards

On Thursday, February 29th at 3:30 PM make sure to visit the IBS Construction Performance Zone (Booth SU253) where the winners of the Best of IBS Awards will be revealed. Digs is a finalist for the Best Business Solution Software Award.  Read more about the finalists here.

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