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Building the Future Podcast

56 EpisodesProduced by Brett ThorneWebsite

The Building the Future podcast is your direct link to the pulse of the construction market. The podcast will cover topics such as residential and commercial construction, the housing market, real estate, remodeling, technology, products, and much more.Learn more at https://buildingthefuturepodcast.… read more

56 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

The Great Retirement

February 15th, 2023


The LBM and Construction industry has faced a lot of challenges when it comes to recruiting and retaining personnel. Unfortunately, the largest challenge is still in front of us, The Great Retirement. On this episode, …

Strengths & Weaknesses of Technology

September 28th, 2022


Technology is more than just a buzzword – it is a force multiplier. It is a valuable asset that can improve your business or possibly drown you in …

The Superforce Multiplier

July 27th, 2022


Quality, service, price, and relationship are the keys to success in sales, with relationships being the only component you have 100% control over. …

Wood Gone Wild

June 29th, 2022


In Ep 52 "Wood Gone Wild", Brett connects with Senior Wood Economist Dustin Jalbert from Fastmarkets to explore the current lumber market and other complimentary markets. They discuss why the LBM Industry has had …

Not-So-Standard Operating Procedures

May 18th, 2022


In the business world we currently operate in, standard operating procedures have become anything but standard. Many of the processes and procedures have changed but the fundamentals are still the same. In this episode, …

Employ Better

April 13th, 2022


Have you been experiencing personnel issues with both recruiting and retaining employees? If so, you are not alone, as this is an issue throughout our industry and country. In this episode, Brett connects with Levi …

Bring Back The Trades

February 23rd, 2022


Trades are one of the foundational building blocks of the LBM and Construction Industry. We all need trades like welding, tool & die, electrical, …

Seeing Is Believing

February 16th, 2022


Have you ever fully experienced a new construction project before you ever broke ground? In this episode, Brett meets with Kevin J. Hart from Aireal …

Tech Talk

January 26th, 2022


Technology in our industry is no longer new, it is now! Is your business ready? The LBM industry has been late to the game, but new technology is now …

The Great Resignation

January 12th, 2022


Is your organization short-staffed? You’re not alone. As 2021 compounded a pre-existing problem that our industry has been struggling with since the Great Recession. Tune in to The Great Resignation as Tony Misura & …

Ep. 45: For Sale By Owner

December 29th, 2021


2021 was another year of M&A in the LBM Industry. These mergers and acquisitions will forever change the structure of the market and our industry, and as the industry continues to change, we will continue to see …

The House That She Built

December 15th, 2021


In a male-dominated industry like the Construction industry, there is a place and need for women in the industry. In Ep 44: The House That She Built, I sit down with Natalie Miles to discuss her latest endeavor, The …

Talk The Talk

November 17th, 2021


Difficult conversations are going to happen in life, they can’t be avoided. The most difficult conversations are often the most important to have. …

All In The Family

October 13th, 2021


Throughout all the channels of this great industry the vast majority of businesses are independently owned and many of those are family-owned businesses. In the coming years, we are going to see a mass retirement in the …

Creativity Before Capital

October 6th, 2021


Standard Operating Procedures have become obsolete in the last 18 months due to the ever-changing market. Tune in to Ep 41. Creativity Before Capital …

More Cocktails with the Queens of the LBM

September 15th, 2021


It’s time for Round #2 of Cocktails with the Queens of the LBM. We have another great conversation and take a deep dive into the current industry as …

No 'I' In Sales Team

August 25th, 2021


Team is not a universal term. A team can take many different shapes and styles. This holds true for a sales team as well. In “No ‘I’ in Sales Team”, …

Remodeling is the New Black

August 18th, 2021


2020 was a crazy year and especially in the housing market. Demand for new homes and remodeling projects skyrocketed, but the product supply was …

Lead, Follow, Or Get The Jeff Out Of The Way

August 4th, 2021


There are many different types of leaders and countless skills you can develop to become a great leader. In this episode, Brett examines one of the greatest leaders of the modern era, Mr. Jeff Bezos. Learn about the …

Extra! Extra! Hear All About It

July 21st, 2021


As the Lumber and Building Materials Industry continues to change and evolve, it is critical to know and understand the changes that are happening in …

The Man of Mystery

June 30th, 2021


After over a year of hosting this podcast, it was brought to my attention that very little is known about me, which is the way I like it. Ryan Brown, who was a guest and a listener of this show, requested this episode …

Happy Father's Day

June 23rd, 2021


Happy Father’s Day! The LBM industry is full of fathers that have been teaching and guiding, both professionally and personally. It’s an honor to …

The Perfect Storm

June 9th, 2021


The LBM Industry is in the Perfect Storm, a condition unlike anything this industry has seen before. Demand is up, but Supply is down. So how do you find a balance? In Episode 33, we go over the historic background that …

You're Ready To Sell, But Is Your Business?

May 26th, 2021


In our industry, 2020 was a year of mergers and acquisitions. If you have ever thought about selling your business, now is the time. But more importantly, is your business ready for sale? In this episode, I meet with …

Cocktails with the Queens of the LBM

May 19th, 2021


This episode is a perfect model of this amazing industry. The Lumber/Building Materials industry is an essential industry that has space and freedom to have some fun and this show is nothing short of that. This episode …

The Customer is NOT Always Right...For Your Business

April 14th, 2021


The customer is not always right for your business, but knowing and understanding customer profitability can help you determine which ones are and provide actions to correct course for those that are not. In Episode 30, …

The Eye of the Beholder

March 10th, 2021


The depth and opportunities for the art industry are vast and amazing.  In Episode 29, I connect with Martha Weidmann from Nine Dot Arts to find out how they are adding the beauty of art to the building materials …

Don't Sell Yourself Short...ages

February 24th, 2021


Product shortages have become the new norm in our current and future market conditions. Despite the challenges, shortages can be handled with positive effects both short term and long term. If you or your company do not …

You Don't Need The Practice, You Need To Get Paid

February 10th, 2021


At the end of the day, what matters is getting paid. This does not belittle quality, service, or customer satisfaction, but it does signify job completion. Unfortunately, the final step can sometimes be the most …

New Year, New Career

January 27th, 2021


Is your New Year’s Resolution a new job or career change? Tune into this episode with James Aiken with Legacy Search. We breakdown his Talent …

2021 Has Begun

January 13th, 2021


It's time to celebrate as the Building The Future Podcast turns 1 year old! On this first episode of this new year, I reflect back on the beginning …

Reflections & Forecasts with the NAHB

December 23rd, 2020


As we wrap up the this crazy year, I wanted to reflect back on the year and forecast what the future might hold for this industry. I meet with …

Construction Technology is Here to Stay

December 9th, 2020


Though slow to adapt, technology plays a major role in construction industry. On this episode, Kendall Jones from ConstructConnect and I discuss what …

Happy Birthday Buddy

November 25th, 2020


In this industry, products come and products go. We must take time to celebrate and honor those that are passing the test of time and streamlining the way we do business. Jeff Tweten with Lumber Buddy and Work Safe, …

Winning at Company Culture Part #2

November 4th, 2020


If you want the very best company culture, then you have to learn from the very best. In this episode, Ken and I go deeper into world-class company …

Teaching an old dog a new trick

October 21st, 2020


In order to grow and strengthen, we must find ways to be more efficient and effective. Technology can be a useful tool in doing this, and …

To be, or not to be….efficient

October 7th, 2020


In this episode with Ruth Kellick-Grubbs, we discuss operation efficiencies and why they are so important. We further discuss the pitfalls of inefficiencies and how to identify them and correct course. If you seek to …

Halftime of the Re-Roaring 20's Part II

September 16th, 2020


The re-roaring 20's have begun and are living up to the name to say the least. Just past the halfway mark of 2020, the world and our country has tilted a direction unfamiliar to most.

In this episode, I connect with …

Halftime of the Re-Roaring 20's Part 1

September 2nd, 2020


The re-roaring 20's have begun and are living up to the name to say the least. Just past the halfway mark of 2020, the world and our country has tilted a direction unfamiliar to most.

In this episode, I connect with …

Let Your Voice Be Heard

August 19th, 2020


It is more important now than ever for our industries voice to be heard. Walter Foxworth and I discuss legislative advocacy and why it is so important. If we want changes in building the future, they have to be made by …

Failure to Launch...Successfully

August 5th, 2020


Failure to plan is the same as planning to fail. Often times when new products are launched there is no plan of going to market and this is the reason that every year there are new products that never get off the ground …

Finding the Power In You

July 15th, 2020


On this episode with Rick Davis, we talk about personal development and growth. Rick shares his success stories and how you can use his information and experience to achieve your goals. If you want to find out more …

If We Don't Build It Up, They Won't Come

July 1st, 2020


One of the key components of building the future of our industry is bringing new people into our industry. We must also educate them on the …

The Credit Overlord

June 17th, 2020


Sales are worthless if you never get paid for them.  This reason alone is why collections are so important but collections are only one piece of the …

The Year of the Corona

June 3rd, 2020


The COVID-19 virus has put the world at a tilt and has etched 2020 into the pages of history.  As America is reopening for business, the direction of …

Memoirs of a Headhunter

May 20th, 2020


If your #1 assets are your employees, then your recruiting and hiring process needs to be on the same level.  If it's not, Building Gurus and the Building The Future Podcast are here to help. And if that's not enough, …

The Lumberyard Whisperer

May 6th, 2020


When you're in the trenches, it's often difficult to see the entire field.  Craig Webb came to this industry over a decade ago as a professional …

DIY with Strong-Tie

April 15th, 2020


Simpson Strong-Tie has been an anchor to the professional of the building materials industry for over 60 years. They have been innovative in their production and manufacturing that has been building safer, stronger …

Winning at Company Culture Part #1

April 1st, 2020


If you want the very best company culture, then you have to learn from the very best.  In this episode, Ken Wilbanks gives a profound definition of …

This is the Sexy Industry

March 18th, 2020


This is the sexy industry! From the homes we build to the structures we create, Rick Davis gives insight on how this industry is the hidden secret that few know about.  More importantly, he gives information on how …

DIB Feb Market 2020

March 4th, 2020


I've got something special for you today. This is what I call the Building the Future Blitz. I am at the Do it Best February 2020 Market and I am running around the show floor picking out some of the latest greatest …

Smart Home 101

February 19th, 2020


Episode #4 is all about the Smart Home.  Greg Fields from Do it Best provides insight and information about this fast growing concept and the direction it is going.  From lighting to locks, this episode has valuable …

Bob Erwin of Lee Resources

February 5th, 2020


In this episode, I sit down with Bob Erwin of Lee Resources and we take a hard look at the personnel in the industry and more importantly the lack of personnel for the future of this industry.  The primary focus of this …

Cody Nuernberg of Northwestern Lumber Association

January 23rd, 2020


I sit down with Cody Nuernberg of the Northwestern Lumber Association and Mid-America Lumbermens Association and break down all the key features and benefits they provide to this industry. Stick with us because the …

The Foundation

January 8th, 2020


We lay down the foundation to the podcast, giving you the who, what, why and how. The goal of this podcast is to be the multi-tool for building the …

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