Archive for July, 2008

Online Panel Discussion – Coping in Difficult Times

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
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When: August 21, 2008 @ 1PM Eastern

Where: Online via WebEx (Register Now)

Home builders, vendors and trade contractors are experiencing a severe market downturn. Bankruptcy is the only option for some, while others have closed their doors. As the economy struggles, the companies that survive must take a proactive stance to address the problems they are certain to encounter in a cash crisis, with impaired assets and a credit crunch. The first step is to seek education about their options. To help, Constellation HomeBuilder Systems is offering a program to begin that education process with a 90 minute online conference hosted by a panel of experts including a veteran builder, an experienced bankruptcy attorney, a restructuring specialist and a banker.

This event is supported by NAHB’s Business Management & Information Technology Committee

Learn how to:
- cope and survive
- communicate and work with bankers
- deal with bankruptcy
- survive financial restructuring
- protect your assets

In this 90 minute session, panelists will provide prescriptive recommendations to minimize confusion and cope with the current state of our industry. A question and answer session will follow.

PCBC Highlight – Creating and Maintaining Company Value

Friday, July 4th, 2008
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While attending a session entitled Creating and Maintaining Company Value presented by Ron Robichaud at the 2008 Pacific Coast Builder Conference in San Francisco he says Information management systems are the second most important components in operational excellence.

“The second most important tool to achieve and maintain operations excellence is information. Now there are a number of providers who are actually successfully electronically integrating the full complement of sales and marketing, operations, production, service and financial functions into a seamless flow of live information readily accessible and useable to all parties as well as customer friendly.  Every builder is painfully aware of the costs generated by inaccurate plans, incomplete budgets, poor schedules, information slipping between the cracks, poor communication within the organization as well as with vendors, trades, and homebuyers.  All of the above is a function of information management.  The role of effective information processing, distribution and flow in creating and maintaining a well run company cannot be over-emphasized.  A consistently superior financial performance is not usually the result of some single secret formula or weapon, but rather the result of doing many things right, and the single most important way to do that is by managing information.”

Ron Robichaud
2008 PCBC
San Francisco