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February 9-11, 2021
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IBS Ambassadors

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Every year, numerous industry leaders volunteer to promote the NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS) as part of the IBS Ambassador Program. Ambassadors are NAHB members who partner up with their local builders' association and NAHB to help fellow members learn the benefits of attending our industry's biggest event.

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Check out some of our amazing ambassadors!

Kathy Browning

Tidewater BA

Returning Ambassador - 11 years

  • Industry: Design 
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: Education. You can never receive enough education!
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Download the IBS App.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Serve as a judge for local, regional, state and national award programs in the building industry!

Rachel Burton Williams

HBA of Jackson

New Ambassador

  • Industry: Energy Efficiency
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: I'm excited for all the educational courses and to see the huge assortment of exhibitors.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Boating, going to concerts, playing with my dog, tweaking house decor, working in the yard, hanging out with my husband and friends.

Shawn Callahan

Roanoke Regional HBA

New Ambassador

  • Industry: Building Component Manufacturing
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: Exhibits - The latest and greatest technologies are on display at IBS.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Spend as much time as possible on the exhibit floor. Register early and save.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Attend NAHB sponsored events such as BUILDPAC, Young Professionals, SPIKE, Meeting of the Members, Opening Ceremonies, and more.

Carl Chretien

HBRA of Maine

Returning Ambassador - 3 years

  • Industry: Custom Building & Remodeling
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: The show floor and outdoor exhibits as we get to see new products and learn how to use them. 
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Wear comfortable shoes.

Anya Chrisanthon

BIA of Philadelphia

New Ambassador

  • Industry: New Construction Sales & Marketing
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: Seeing all of my industry friends in one place. Sales central is the place to be for sales and marketing people! Great educational sessions and networking opportunities.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Choose a few educational sessions you want to attend and plan your day around that (there may be a lot of walking involved, so wear comfortable shoes). Be open to last minute invitations to events.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Hang out with my girlfriends, hiking with my family including our two huskies, working out, traveling.

Kathy Craven Snodgrass

HBA of Winston-Salem

Returning Ambassador - 11+ years

  • Industry: Energy - Sales Rep at Piedmont Natural Gas
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: The feeling that you get when you first step onto the show floor each year. Every year is different and exciting once you start walking the show floor. 
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Plan ahead before getting to the show.
  • What do you like to do for fun? I love to attend the House Party and the IBS Closing Concert!

Yvonne Cummins

Greater Houston BA

New Ambassador

  • Industry: Custom Home Builder
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: The Custom builder central - it is a great opportunity to network with other builders.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Use the app. Plan to attend classes before the expo opens. Attend classes in the late afternoon when your feet are tired!
  • What do you like to do for fun? Boating, going to concerts, playing with my dog, tweaking house decor, working in the yard, hanging out with my husband and friends.

Cara Daugherty

Wilmington Cape-Fear HBA

New Ambassador

  • Industry: New Home Sales & Marketing
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: Being around so many like-minded professionals who have the same passion for the industry as I do!
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: PLAN! There are so many phenomenal booths and speakers, if you don't have a game plan you will more than likely miss out on something you wanted to see. 
  • What do you like to do for fun? Exercise, travel, surfing & boating.

Lora Deller

York BA

New Ambassador

  • Industry: Residential Remodeler of Kitchen and Baths
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: Love sharing all the new products with our clients that we see and learn about at the show.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Take advantage of the educational classes and then visit the show floor on the second or third day when the crowds thin out.
  • What do you like to do for fun? I love cooking healthy and trying new recipes. I'm into yoga and keeping fit too. When I'm not cooking or practicing yoga, you can find me in my garden.

Linda Fake

HBR of the Mohawk Valley

Returning Ambassador - 3 years

  • Industry: Interior Design
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: Access to state of the art product introductions that I can bring back to my clients before anyone else.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Use the app, plan ahead and wear comfortable shoes.

Sherry Ferguson

HBA of Greenville

New Ambassador

  • Industry: Residential Remodeling and Custom Home Building
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: The multitude of learning opportunities. As a small business owner, it's important to learn many aspects of the construction industry and how to properly manage & develop a construction business.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: MAKE A PLAN to ensure that you take advantage of aspects that will assist you the most. I made a simple template to plan the days. Take into consideration topics, speakers, distance between sessions and walking times, etc.
  • What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy running and traveling.

Rocheal Gaston

Flathead BA

New Ambassador

  • Industry: Cabinets, Countertops & Design
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: Learning, seeing new products & networking.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Make a plan each day of what seminars you want to see and where you plan to walk. It helps you cover more ground and see more.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Cooking, boating and spending quality time with friends and family.

Doug Groves

Greater Brazos Valley BA

Returning Ambassador - 1 year

  • Industry: Insurance
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: The exhibits.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Take advantage of the vendor show, make connections and follow up after.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Spending time with my children and grandchildren.

Ron Harris

Northeastern Florida BA

Returning Ambassador - 3 years

  • Industry: Sales & Marketing
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: Education - Learn from the experts how to improve your business. EXPO - See what is new and fresh in the industry. Awards - Enjoy award ceremonies of the best in the industry.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Plan for three days to see it all.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Attend shows and Concerts.

Larry Hott

Northeast Louisiana HBA

New Ambassador

  • Industry: Custom House Plan Designer
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: Always finding new durable products.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Use the app. It's a great tool for going to IBS.
  • What do you like to do for fun? During the show, I enjoy attending the Gold Key Party and the IBS Closing Concert.

Alma Jacobs

Lake Norman HBA

Returning Ambassador - 2 years

  • Industry: Mortgage Finance
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: Get the schedules online and make sure you use the online tools to help you navigate your time at the show. 
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Plan for three days to see it all.
  • What do you like to do for fun? At the Builders' Show, I never miss the DCW Opening Ceremony, Closing Concert and all the special events.

Dayson Johnson

Salt Lake HBA

Returning Ambassador - 2 years

  • Industry: General Contractor - Custom Home Builder
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: Networking events and education. This show is really about growing each individual, which leads to a stronger industry.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Set 1-3 goals of what you are need of improving and focus on that.
  • What do you like to do for fun? I spend a lot of time doing outdoors. I enjoy being with friends and my family the most.

Amanda Kurt

Lakeland BA

New Ambassador

  • Industry: Concrete & Excavation Subcontractor
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: The variety of education cannot be beat. Definitely worth finding a few education seminars that fit your schedule and need.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Networking can serve as a peer feedback and resource group giving you a fresh look at things that affect your business.
  • What do you like to do for fun? I have two young children that keep me pretty busy. I do enjoy and would like to travel a little bit more.

Diana Lucero

HBA of Central New Mexico

Returning Ambassador - 4 years

  • Industry: Construction Lending
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: I love all of the new products. It is always exciting to see it there and then how long it takes to hit our new homes in Albuquerque!
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Look ahead at who will be exhibiting and plan your days out. Set a schedule/list of all you want to be sure to see.
  • What do you like to do for fun? At the Show, I love hanging out with all of my NAHB friends from around the country.

Elton Mayfield

HBA of Greater Kansas City

New Ambassador

  • Industry: Marketing
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: IBS 2019 was fantastic! The energy was awesome. Crowds were big. Everyone was there.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Plan ahead. Research who you want to visit, the education session you want to attend and where you will be staying. The show is massive. You will walk miles and miles and if you don't plan well.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Spend time with my family, travel and watch movies.

Peter Merrill

Santa Fe Area HBA

Returning Ambassador - 4 years

  • Industry: Legal
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: Networking opportunities.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Mark off the most important exhibitors you would like to see on the map. Review the educational seminars and make a schedule of the seminars you would like to see. Visit the exhibits in between seminars.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Meet and hang out with new people that I meet at the show. Visit various Las Vegas restaurants.

Linda Mosier-Vaudt

Olympia Master Builders

Returning Ambassador - 2 years

  • Industry: Consulting
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: The exhibit floor and the education sessions. You can learn many new things and see all the latest products.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Get a copy of the IBS Official Show Guide so you can plan what you want to see most.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Volunteering

J Don Overton

HBA of Greater Little Rock

Returning Ambassador - 4 years

  • Industry: Attorney, Builder & Developer
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: The staggering amount of new products introduced each year.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Get there a day early and get a good night's sleep.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Play Golf and work on my lake house.

Kent Pauley

HBA of West Virginia

New Ambassador

  • Industry: Remodeling & New House Construction, currently President HBA of West Virginia
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: New technology of plumbing and heating.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Discovering the newest products and techniques of our industry outdoor.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Spend time outdoors - hunting & fly fishing.

Ryan Puzzitiello

HBA of Greater Cleveland

Returning Ambassador - 1 year

  • Industry: Homebuilder - Sales & Marketing
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: The education sessions. Always good information on Sales & Marketing and Design Trends.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Plan out your day ahead of time. Look at the class schedule and plan your day. Leave plenty of time to walk the floor.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Meet with friends in the industry.

Billy Ray

HBA of Jackson

Returning Ambassador - 4 years

  • Industry: Ready Mix Concrete
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: The networking with people in your industry from all over the country.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Organize Organize Organize. It is so huge get a game plan on how to hit the floor and hit everything you want to see.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Spend time with friends from around the country that I see only at IBS.

Wes Robbins

Greater Orlando BA 

Returning Ambassador - 2 years

  • Industry: Structural Building Product Manufacturer
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: Networking; there is no better construction related conference to network at than IBS. People from all sides of the industry, from all over the world, all in one place!
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Don't let yourself be overwhelmed. Do your research and plan ahead!

Dale Roberts

HBA of Lake Sumter & Volusia BIA

Returning Ambassador - 5 years

  • Industry: Sales & Marketing
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: Education. Information that enables you to grow, stay on top of your game in an environment that provides an opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country is priceless.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: DOWNLOAD THE APP! Plan ahead. Learn. Grow. Share information with your circle of influence. Don't forget to have fun.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Sight see. Shop. Dine with comrades I know from my local and State level HBAs.

Brandon Salisbury

Wichita Area BA

Returning Ambassador - 4 years

  • Industry: I'm an architect for a custom home builder and active member of my local HBA.
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: I often walk 10-15 miles per day checking out all of the latest and greatest products, tools, and software throughout the industry. The hands on demonstrations are also a huge plus.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Wear comfortable shoes! It really is a lot of walking regardless of if you go to the exhibit hall or education classes. I would also recommend doing your best to schedule your time and have a plan.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Our HBA always has a hospitality room each evening at the show which is a great opportunity to network more with local builders from my HBA. I try to sneak away at least one evening to go to the IBS Closing Concert or other national networking events.

Sherry Schawb

Master Builders of King & Snohomish

Returning Ambassador - 6+ years

  • Industry: Home Builder
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: Seeing all the new products. 
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Plan the booths you want to see and your route before the show.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Spending time with grandchildren and cooking.

Scott Sevon

HBA of Greater Chicago

Returning Ambassador - 4 years

  • Industry: Remodeling-Renovating-Custom Homes Landmark Work-Arbitrator
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: The centrals as they allow you to hear from other experts-peers.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Make a schedule. Take any needed education courses for professional designations.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Attend sporting events (Cubs & Blackhawks), golf and spend time with our kids and grandchildren.

Luellen Smith

Master Builders of King & Snohomish

Returning Ambassador - 3 years

  • Industry: Custom Builder - Wine Cellars and Saunas
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: I love the app, as it helps me navigate to all the activities and booths that I would like to see.
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Study the layout of the show in advance. Mark which booths you want to visit. Keep in mind the timing of any presentations you want to see. Wear comfortable shoes!
  • What do you like to do for fun? Wine tasting with friends and family. Snow skiing and hiking.

Fred Tobin

BIA of Stark & East Central Ohio

Returning Ambassador - 6+ years

  • Industry: Builder/Developer
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: The DCW Opening Ceremony - it gets you pumped up to hit the show floor!
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Start early in the day, rest along the way and catch the bus at 5:00 PM.
  • What do you like to do for fun? All of the IBS Special Events.

Adam Van Bavel

Maryland BIA

Returning Ambassador - 1 year

  • Industry: Associate, Marketing
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: The education sessions, particularly the 'Game Changers'. Having people speak from outside of the industry is the spark our industry needs!
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Wear comfortable shoes/clothing and make sure to have backup battery chargers. Download the app to favorite the sessions and events you want to attend.
  • What do you like to do for fun? Hangout with my family in the great outdoors!

Norton Wheeler

HBRA of Eastern Connecticut

New Ambassador

  • Industry: Home Builder/Remodeler
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: 1,300 vendors in one location, not to mention over 100 meaningful education sessions. 
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Walk the floor end to end and pick at least one daily education session.
  • What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy the nearby attractions, like the helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam.

Tess Wittler

HBA of Richmond

New Ambassador

  • Industry: Marketing
  • Favorite Builders' Show feature: How can I choose? I love walking the show, attending education sessions (and then IBS Education On Demand), IBS Live and HPBZ demos last year and also the preview parties at TNAH and TNAR!
  • 'Pro' tip for a first-time IBS attendee: Don't just try to "wing it" - plan ahead.
  • What do you like to do for fun? While at the show, I try to go for a hike/walk where the show is located to see some of the local sites. Bonus if I can arrange to do it with other "friends" who are attending the show. I also try to meet up with other industry friends for a coffee or lunch. That's usually a highlight for me.
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