Stories & Opinions

It’s not ethical

It’s a huge conflict of interest.  Consulting firms are hired to bring tools into a business that the business doesn’t have or can’t afford normally.  They bring experience and skillsets that enable real change and shine light on issues in the company that sometimes can’t be seen by anyone but an outside party.

Continue reading Consulting Firms Should Not Be Selling Products

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It doesn’t add low-income or affordable housing units, it doesn’t give investors a reason to spend money, and it will guarantee that all the units subject to rent control will eventually degrade to slums.

I discuss my opinion in this video, created for ARM Procurement Advisors.

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Building Materials Purchasing

Building Materials?

Yes, but more specifically buying and selling building materials.  I’ve worked in the industry since 1997 and have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly.  My hope is that this blog helps everyone avoid the latter two.

While the average size of homes in the U.S. has increased over the last 40 years, the methods of construction and the materials used haven’t changed much.  We’ve seen building products evolve over time, becoming more efficient to produce and use, but the basics remain the same.

The building materials supply chain has remained largely unchanged as well.   Recently it seems like a dealer is getting bought by a larger company every week, with mergers and acquisitions driving the news in the trade magazines.  While the names on buildings and delivery trucks may change, product still gets from point A to point B the same way.  More materials may come from China or Mexico now, but that’s the story now with almost everything else we buy.

We haven’t seen a real revolution in building materials in a long time.  The first hint of change began with the design and production of safer products.  Continue reading Why A Blog About Building Materials?

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