Chairman’s Column

Changing Times Signal Great Opportunity

A good friend in the industry likes to point out that in every vehicle you drive, you’ll always see one thing that never changes—the rearview mirror is only a fraction of the size of the windshield. That analogy reminds us to remember what’s behind us, and that our focus clearly needs to be on what is in front of us, on the bigger picture—and plan strategically to deal with whatever is ahead.

Full Steam Ahead for Metal Building Market

The industry is primed for great growth Recently, I spent several weeks in front of many metal builders and contractors, and I was impressed by one thing—their unyielding resiliency. These professionals have adapted to the challenges of COVID-19 and have managed to successfully run businesses in an environment of constant change, volatility, supply chain shortages and a labor crunch unlike any we’ve seen in our lifetimes

Welcome to a New Normal

“Unprecedented. Once in a century. A new normal. There is no way we can reflect on the year that was for MBMA and not acknowledge how the COVID-19 pandemic made it unique.” That’s what MBMA General Manager Tony Bouquot said to me recently when we were talking about a theme for this article. His words sum it all up.

Stay Focused Amidst the Turmoil

What a strange and unprecedented year this has been! As I sit here writing this article in July, I can’t predict if Alabama will win a single game this year because we don’t even know if there will be a college football season. Football fans, like business leaders, are walking a path they never intended to tread.