For more than 50 years, Star Building Systems has believed in the power of learning and the philosophy of “teaching a man to fish.” All the way back to 1965, Star was offering our Builders the opportunity to be “schooled” on our product and our company. And today, some 50 years later, we continue to offer our Basic Builder School for the benefit of new Builders, new personnel with existing Builders, and even long-term Builders who want a refresher course.
In the early years, schools were held across the U.S. in what were called Regional Dealer Schools. Star Builders were closer to home, but did not have the opportunity to meet but a few, select school instructors. Later, schools were held exclusively in Oklahoma City because they afforded the Builder the opportunity to meet dozens of Star employees, put faces with names, and be trained by the best from Star’s departments – the experts in their respective fields.
Over the years, the content of the school has changed as product changes and technological advancements have taken place. At one time, not so many years ago, the school was built around books… policy and procedure , product, and pricing manuals that were used to design and price Star Buildings. Now, of course, the school is built around the computer and Star’s state-of-the-art SBS pricing system. The goal of the school remains the same though, for our Builder to go back to his/her office with an understanding of our product, the knowledge of how to price it, and an all-around confidence in the relationship he/she has with Star and Star’s people.
Attendees also have an opportunity to learn from other students at the school. Many long-term friendships and even a couple of marriages have their roots at Star’s Basic Builder School.
Star Builders consistently give the school very high marks and believe the school plays a huge part in getting a successful start in the business as well as their success down the road. And of course, success for our Builders means success for Star.
Star’s Builder School is constantly changing. It’s been adapted, tweaked, adjusted, modified and redesigned as needed to ensure that it is as meaningful to Star Builders today as it was to our Dealers in 1965! The philosophy of teaching continues…and so does the tradition of learning.