Holtz will be keynote at IBS


WASHINGTON, Oct. 2--The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today announced that famed football coach, Lou Holtz will be the keynote speaker at its 2009 International Builders' Show® (IBS), the housing industry's largest annual trade show and exhibition. The show, held Jan. 20-23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, will play host to professionals representing all facets of the housing industry from around the world.


Regarded as one of the most successful college football coaches of all time, Holtz is the only coach in history to take six different college teams to a bowl game. The West Virginia native began his head-coaching career in 1969 at the College of William & Mary, followed by head coaching positions at the University of Minnesota, University of Arkansas, North Carolina State University and then a season as head coach of NFL football team, the New York Jets. In 1985, Holtz became the 27th head coach of Notre Dame, where he spent 11 seasons. During his years at Notre Dame, he managed to take a then-struggling team and turn it around to achieve the longest winning streak in Notre Dame history. Retired from Notre Dame since 1996, Holtz currently serves as a college football analyst on ESPN. Earlier this year, Holtz was named to the College Football Hall of Fame.


Holtz's keynote address will take place on Jan. 20 during IBS Grand Opening Ceremonies. Attendees will also hear from some of the nation's top business leaders during a special daily featured speakers program. Representing a wide range of industry specialties, the speakers include renowned green business expert Andrew Winston, founder of Winston Eco-Strategies; Kevin Freiberg, notable professional speaker and founder and CEO of the San Diego Consulting Group Inc.; and Peter Hart, top public opinion analyst and founder of Peter D. Hart Research Associates.


"We are thrilled to have such extraordinary speakers presenting at the show this year," said NAHB Chairman Sandy Dunn, a home builder from Point Pleasant, W.Va. "Especially in these challenging times for our industry, attendees will benefit from hearing the advice of a legendary motivator and coach, as well as from some of the top minds in the business world on strategies for success in a changing marketplace."


The 2009 International Builders' Show is not open to the general public. Building industry professionals and their affiliates throughout the housing trades may register by visiting the show's Web Site at www.BuildersShow.com.