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At the Convention
Pat Hamill's plans for the 2001 International Builder's Show in Atlanta.
Pat Hamill says he’s been attending the International Builders’ Show since age 13. "My dad was a builder. He dragged me along and tried to convince me it was a vacation."
Hamill, president of Oakwood Homes in Denver, says the show is still not a vacation (let’s be real), but it’s much more interesting these days. Hamill says that he’s looking for things that will help the company offer more value to its customers.
"But, I’m really only going for the free food and cocktail parties, since you don’t really make any money in home building," admits Hamill, despite the fact that his company realized profits upwards of $180 million last year. Free food is free food, right?
|Hamill and his colleagues plan to go to lots of seminars and swap notes. Here are some picks:|
|No stranger to Atlanta, Hamill will hit Buckhead Diner for potato chips with Maytag blue cheese, and he’ll probably stop into Bones and the Flying Biscuit Café, too.