International Door & Operator Industry

SEP-OCT 2012

Garage door industry magazine for garage door dealers, garage door manufacturers, garage door distributors, garage door installers, loading docks, garage door operators and openers, gates, and tools for the door industry.

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PRESIDENT'SCOMMENTARY By Michael Beltrami President, International Door Association T his issue of International Door & Operator Industry contains a slightly different approach to my typical Commentary. Normally I address matters that specifically effect door dealers. This message is primarily for those who manufacture the products we dealers sell, install and service. The following information pertains to the annual IDAExpo™ and the value it brings to our industry product and service providers… IDAExpo™ exhibitors. Hopefully this information will answer some outstanding questions and clarify future IDAExpos™. attracting buyers of garage door products IDAExpo... TM S ince the merger of the Far Western Garage Door Association and the Door & Operator Dealers Association in 1995, the International Door Association (IDA) has produced the door and access systems industry's annual education and trade show, the IDAExpo™. During the past 17 years, the event has drawn thou- sands of attendees from throughout the world, and provided educational opportunities for dealers both in the classroom and the exhibit hall. Attendees of the IDAExpo™ are qualified buyers of all types of Commercial and Residential Door Products, Electric Motor Operators, Loading Dock Equipment, Gates, and numerous accessories. According to an independent survey conducted for IDA in 2011 by Industry Insights, Dublin, Ohio, these Door Dealer professionals attend the annual IDAExpo™ for two primary reasons: r UP QBSUJDJQBUF JO FEVDBUJPOBM QSPHSBNNJOH GPS UIF QVSQPTF PG FOIBODJOH UIFNTFMWFT BOE UIFJS DPNQBOJFT r UP TFFL JOGPSNBUJPO BCPVU QSPEVDUT BOE TFSWJDFT GSPN MFBEJOH NBOVGBDUVSFST EJTUSJCVUPST BOE TFSWJDFT DPNQBOJFT BOE UP TUBZ DVSSFOU XJUI DPEFT TBGFUZ SFRVJSFNFOUT BOE UFDIOPMPHJDBM EFWFMPQNFOUT In addition, the independent survey revealed that the majority of the Door Dealer companies prefer that the IDA conduct the IDAExpo™ on an annual basis. VOLUME 45 ISSUE 5 2012 9

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