Wayne, Pa. — LMC launched its Annual Meeting virtually on Monday, with events continuing throughout the week.
The LMC Annual Meeting is the organization’s third virtual event. Last year’s Hardware Express and Forest Products and Building Materials Expo broke attendance and purchasing records, and early registrations show the 2021 Annual Meeting on track to accomplish the same feat, LMC announced.
“Our goal was to maximize the value of this event to the LMC Network” said LMC President & CEO John Somerville. “We have found that the digital format provides the flexibility for those working remotely and, with no travel costs or planning, has allowed more people to participate, leading to building new industry relationships, strengthening old ones, and exceeding purchasing goals.”
With another record quarter in the books across the industry and daily schedules for professionals booked to the minute, LMC said in a press release that it was vital to maximize this opportunity for all who wanted to participate. Thus, one of the main focuses this year was flexibility.
During the weeklong meeting, typically held over three days, attendees will have access to familiar events via computer, tablet, or smartphone. The hope is that the easier participation is made, bundled with the traditional offerings of the Annual, more people will attend, leading to a better overall experience. Extended hours have also been added for those attending on the west coast.
“The LMC Annual always comes with enormous expectations” said LMC Vice President of Corporate Meetings Kathy Butcosk. “Our priority was to ensure those expectations are met in a digital environment while also allowing attendees to manage their Annual plans around their daily work schedule.”
The daily schedule for the LMC Annual will include networking opportunities such as open Virtual Exhibit hours where dealers and suppliers meet to discuss purchasing strategy and new products, and insight from industry leaders such as keynote speaker Ivy Zelman, CEO of Zelman & Associates.
There are also educational tracks specifically tailored for kitchen and bath, and marketing professionals, along with various educational sessions for others in attendance. Dealers and suppliers also have the ability to set time aside and meet on their own within the platform.
“LMC has done a tremendous job adapting to our current environment to ensure a quality experience,” said Jeff Wolfe, LMC stockholder and owner of Massa Home Center in Hamilton, Montana. “No other virtual industry event has secured the experts, professional education webinars, and networking opportunities that LMC has. I look forward to participating in many of these events throughout the week.”
Additional highlights include the LMC Update, LMC Stockholder Meeting, supplier presentations, and a Jeopardy! Game Virtual Happy Hour. For more information on the LMC Annual, visit the LMC website or one of the LMC Social Media Channels.