Atlanta — Leaders from LMC dealers across the country gathered in Atlanta this October for LMC’s annual Leadership Summit, an event the group says hosts some of the brightest minds in the LBM industry for professional executive education, development, and networking.
This year, themed “Pivoting Strategies: How They Help You Succeed in Business,” was led by Leadership Summit Facilitator Kathy Pearson, Ph.D, president and Founder of Enterprise Learning Solutions, and a former adjunct associate professor at The Wharton School.
Pearson facilitated daily sessions for the LBM leaders and reviewed ways to navigate the current challenges of the industry, and how pivoting can lead to success.
“The theme of pivoting strategies was extremely timely in nature due to what we have all been facing. Identifying and addressing all of our own known and unknown challenges within our industry was thought provoking and encouraging,” said Stacy Andersen-Bivona, from Builders Warehouse in Kearney, Nebraska. “We are all facing extreme challenges and it is difficult to navigate. We choose not to fail, but to pivot to work smarter and more efficient.”
In addition to the academic agenda over three days, the 55 dealer participants from 31 states were given facility tours and presentations at local major corporations.
Sandi Moody, Chick-fil-A VP of Enterprise Viability, shared about how a roadside diner turned into a $14 billion franchise by focusing on a culture of customer service and care that engages team members to create one of the most loyal brand followings in the country.
Gregor Harman, a Porsche consulting partner, discussed how the company’s market-leading performance and innovation changed the automotive industry, and the best practices for adapting this strategy to the LBM industry.
Additional education sessions were held throughout the week, along with networking events at the College Football Hall of Fame, and the Porsche Experience Center where attendees took a ride at the Porsche Simulator Lab and at the Porsche Car Demonstration, and took a tour of the headquarters.
“The 2021 Leadership Summit initiated diverse conversation and ideas from leaders in our industry from across the country,” said Sadie Hammond of Hammond Lumber located in Maine. “After 19 months of unpredictability and unprecedented times, our businesses need to continue to be as agile as they have been and lean into the ‘pivoting strategies’ when the opportunities present themselves.”
The LMC Leadership Summit is a part of LMC’s “21st Century Leaders Program” that includes professional education and experiences over the course of the year. Past partnerships have included the Wharton and Kellogg business schools, among others.