Open Quarterly Meetings
Who do you turn to when you want ideas on ways to improve your business operations? Where do you go to find information on the best way to solve a problem nagging your design or production departments? How do you reach out to your industry peers to find out what’s happening today in the marketplace that will affect your bottom line tomorrow?
One of the most effective ways to answer all of these questions is to attend an SBCA Open Quarterly Meeting (OQM).
“What’s the best way for you (and me) to get greater value from SBCA? Attend an OQM and start making relationships!”
The goal of each Open Quarterly Meeting (OQM) is to bring component manufacturers (CMs) and suppliers together to discuss the latest issues facing the components industry. Besides BCMC, OQMs are one of the most valuable investments CMs can make both from the perspective of return on that investment and industry-specific best practice development. Given their focus on open dialogue and social interaction, the relationship building opportunities at each OQM are unparalleled.
“If you don't learn something at one of these meetings, you're not paying attention.”
– Gene Frogale • Annandale Millwork & Allied Systems • Chantilly, VA
“Having been in the truss business for over 40 years, I often think I know just about all there is to know. However, as I continue to engage with the friends I’ve made through SBCA and listen to how they solve problems, I continue to broaden my perspective on how to tackle issues. More than ever, as building code, regulatory and material supply issues arise one after another, we all need to be fully aware of what we don’t know. SBCA meetings are the best place to find out exactly what we might be overlooking.”
– Jack Dermer • American Truss Systems • Houston, Texas
“Our meetings are full of people passionate about their businesses and the whole industry. We check our company hats at the door and become brothers-in-arms focused on fighting to expand the market for structural components everywhere. The meetings are fun, and if you haven't attended a meeting before, I'd encourage you to come and see it for yourself.”
– Jim Finkenhoefer • True House Inc. • Oxford, Georgia
OQMs are well-attended and provide a great deal of value to members through educational and networking opportunities. Visit the links below to read more about past meetings:
- Jan 26-28: San Antonio, TX
- May 20, 2020: Virtual OQM
- February 26-28, 2020: Miami, FL
- August 6-8, 2019: Savannah, GA
- June 4-6, 2019: Fort Worth, TX
- February 26-28, 2019: San Diego, CA
- August 7-9, 2018: San Francisco, CA
- May 1-3, 2018: Nashville, TN
- March 6-8, 2018: Tampa, FL
- October 24-27, 2017: Omaha, NE
- July 26-27, 2017: Chicago, IL
- June 6-8. 2017: Baltimore, MD
- March 29-30, 2017: Las Vegas, NV
If you are unable to travel to every OQM, please note that meetings are often available via SBC Connection, which lets participants take part in meetings over the Internet without leaving their office or home. Contact staff for more information about this option.