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2015 LBM Sales and Estimating Workshop

Introduction to Building Material Sales

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, the MSLBMDA is offering the Introduction to Building Material Sales at the Doubletree Denver-Stapleton North, 4040 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80216. Rooms are available for $99 by calling 303-321-6666 or 1-800-222-8733 and mentioning Mountain States Lumber Dealers. Workshop hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Your instructor will be Casey Voorhees, Western Building Material Association’s Executive Director.

This is a new session and provides your entry-level personnel with a basic understand- ing of building material operations, product usage in residential construction and customer service basics.

Comments from attendees: “I wished I would have had this when I first started”; “Very good on materials & covered a basis to build on.”; “Very informative, lots of helpful info”; “Good core class”; “Our four employees had a very positive learning experience. I would hope to see you continue with these classes.”

Topics covered include:

  • Building material terminology
  • Abreviations, formulas, measures, r-vaules
  • Margins, board footage, price conversions
  • Customer relations & practical selling skills
  • How profits are made (and lost)
  • Product usage on the jobsite - from boards to plywood, cement, floor, walls, trusses, roofing, soffit/siding, mouldings and interior finish, stair parts, doors, windows, insulation, ventilation and builders hardware

Who should attend: Sales and yard personnel new to the building supply industry or needing a refresher course will benefit from this workshop. Registration includes lunch and a building material reference manual.

Important, Register Now! Please complete and fax (or mail) this registration form today! No shows affect opportunities for others to attend. Consequently, cancellations not received within 72 hours of the workshop will forfeit their registration fees. Hotel reservations call Ramada Plaza Denver Central (303) 292-9500. $85 room rate.

Fees: $145 per attendee for MSLBMDA member firms.
Non-MSLBMDA members are $275 per attendee and must be paid in advance.

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Blueprint Reading & Material Take-Off

The MSLBMDA will be conducting an Blueprint Reading & Material Take-Off Workshop December 9-10, 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton Denver-Stapleton North, 4040 Quebec St, Denver 80216, 303-321-6666, $99 room rates. Workshop hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Your instructor will be Casey Voorhees, WBMA’s Executive Director. This is the program that your employees have been waiting for— the workshop will consist of 2 full days of instruction and discussion of residential construction methods, blueprint reading and material take-off. Attendees will receive hands-on experience figuring an actual set of working drawings. This program is not two one-day classes, but a two-day program designed to take your employees from the basics through a complete take-off.

Registration fee for this 2-day workshop is $395 per member, $695 nonmember. Included in your registration fee is a course manual, set of blueprints, architectural scale and joist/truss layout scale & breaks. Lunch is on your own and there are several restaurants nearby at Norfield (which is also home to a huge Bass ProShop). The hotel also provides a shuttle.

Attendees should bring a calculator and pencils.

This is all new material so sign up TODAY to guarantee your spot in this very popular workshop. Because of the individual attention required for the workshop, class size will be limited. Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. No shows affect opportunities for others to attend. Consequently, cancellations not received within 72 hours of the workshop will forfeit their registration fees.

Day 1 - Wednesday, December 9
Attendees will learn basic blueprint reading by identifying lines, symbols and details while developing an understanding of elevations, floor plans, framing and sectional views. Students will be introduced to various residential construction methods and estimating formulas while working on a basic single level home with a trussed roof.

Day 2 - Thursday, December 10
Attendees will work on a contemporary home that will include irregular floor and roof layouts. Additional attention will be given to stick framed roof systems including valley over-framing, common, hip and jack rafters.

Material Covered:

  • Blueprint Reading
  • Scale Usage
  • Estimating Formulas
  • Material Applications
  • Floor Layout
  • Wall Framing
  • Roof System
  • Siding & Exterior Trim
  • Insulation & Wallboard

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Invitation Letter From Scott Yates

Dear Fellow Mountain States Members:

I would like to personally invite you to join me at NLBMDA’s ProDealer Industry Summit to be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the beautiful Broadmoor Resort from October 28-30. For the first time the ProDealer Industry Summit will be held in our backyard, and I strongly encourage all of you to attend this incredible event for LBM Dealers. The Summit will be taking the place of our own annual Conference this year.

I have had the privilege of representing Mountain States Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association on NLBMDA’s Board of Directors for 7 years. I will be stepping into the role of NLBMDA Chair at the conference and it would be an honor to have my fellow MSLBMDA colleagues in attendance. I would like to offer all MSLBMDA members a special discount to attend the summit by using the promotional code of MSLBMDA150. This will save you an additional fifty dollars off the already discounted early-bird rate. The deadline to take advantage of this one time offer is Monday, August 3.

The ProDealer Industry Summit is an exclusive three-day educational and networking forum designed to promote the growth of lumber & building product dealers, distributors, wholesalers, and the manufacturers who supply them. LBM dealers will benefit from sharing insights and best practices with leaders in the industry in a relaxed format that encourages networking and personal interaction.

The 2015 ProDealer Industry Summit will feature educational sessions on critical issues and hot topics that will be presented by highly thought-provoking speakers including:

  • Rick Davis, Owner of Building Leaders & Author
  • Vicki Worden, Executive Director of the Green Building Initiative
  • Crystal Washington, Social Media Marketing Strategist
  • Dr. David Crowe, NAHB Chief Economist

To learn more about the 2015 ProDealer Industry Summit and to take advantage of this limited time offer, visit There will also be an exclusive MSLBMDA member’s only event following the banquet on October 28th. Details on that function will be forthcoming.

If you have any questions, I encourage you to contact Laura DeMaria, NLBMDA Membership Services Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Geri Adams, MSLBMDA Executive Vice President at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

See you at the Broadmoor!


Scott Yates
President, Denver Lumber
NLBMDA Chair-Elect

MSLBMDA's 2015 Expo Was A Great Time!

"Things Are Heating Up" was the theme for the 2015 Products Expo scheduled March 19th at the Expo Hall in the Denver Mart, in Denver. Thanks to our supportive Exhibitor sponsors, the highlight of the event was the GRAND PRIZE DRAWING of a truckload of new material valued at nearly $7,500! Nate Vogler of Build-Rite Lumber, Saratoga, WY was the lucky winner! Expo guests also enjoyed the savory fare of our the vendors who participated in our first Chili Cook-Off. Great fun, great night and we hope to see you next year. Details on the 2016 event will be forthcoming!

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