NAHB Fall Board Meeting Report from Chris Jeavons

NAHB Fall Board Meeting

Sept. 27th – Sept. 29th

 

Dallas was the host for this year’s Fall Board Meeting. The meeting was well attended with representatives from across the country.  The sessions were all held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel which had plenty of space to accommodate our needs.

 

One important challenge for the Board at this meeting each year is to approve the operating budget for the next year.  NAHB’s membership totaled 140,549 as of August 31, 2015.  Membership declined steadily from a peak in 2008 to 2012.  The decline started to level off in 2013 and has remained steady in the last couple of years.  As we see at Northern, membership trends are similar to trends in housing starts but tend to lag behind in timing.  The Board approved an operating budget for next year with $65.4 million in revenues and $71.9 million in expenses resulting in an operating deficit of $6.6 million. When net operating revenue from the National Housing Center (NAHB’s office building in D.C.) is included the deficit is cut to $2.8 million.  The Finance Committee continues to take a very conservative approach and the board authorized spending reserves to make up the deficit.  It’s also encouraging that, when depreciation is added back, the budget actually shows a positive cash flow of $250K for the year.  That hasn’t happened for several years.  There are a number of budget categories, including the International Builder Show that could exceed targeted revenues which would result in less of a drain on the association’s reserves.  IBS will be held Jan. 19th – 21st in Las Vegas and will once again feature a joint effort with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and three other trade groups.  Over 2,500 exhibitors are expected to use 1.2 million sq. ft. of space.  There will be over 120 educational programs offered.  Gross revenues from the show to NAHB are projected to exceed $26 million.  I encourage you to take a look at what’s being offered (www.BuildersShow.com) and make an effort to attend.  It will be worth your time.  There are numerous educational opportunities that can benefit you, and your business. 

 

In addition to approving the Budget for 2016, the Board made several other decisions including some minor changes to the Bylaws.  A surprise announcement was made at the meeting that NAHB will host a Presidential Candidate forum at IBS.  Media involvement has been secured and contacts have been made with all the candidates to insure their participation.  This is huge as it will allow us to focus the conversation on housing issues and hopefully get an indication of the candidates’ stance in these areas. 

 

The association’s Chief Economist, Dave Crowe, gave a semi-optimistic report to the board.  The current recovery is all about jobs.  New jobs and employment growth are driving economic forces right now.  The challenges are land availability, labor, and credit. 

 

I attended both the Associates Committee and the National Sales & Marketing Council (chaired by Skip Howes from Colorado Springs) meetings on Monday. Associate members represent 2/3 of the total NAHB membership.  The Committee is working on several tasks including expanding educational opportunities, membership growth and retention, and developing a leadership grant program designed to help get associates more active at the National level.  The Sales & Marketing Council continues to develop resources available for the local councils, including expanding social media usage.

 

NAHB continues to actively lobby for the benefit of the housing industry in Washington.  Jerry Howard, NAHB’s Executive Officer anticipates huge issues with the administration as it winds down its final months in control.  Sitting Presidents often use regulations to implement changes they were unable to effect through legislation.  NAHB will be diligent on its watch to minimize negative impacts on its members and the industry. One example is the final Clean Power Plan that took effect August 3rd.  EPA’s initial proposal included provisions that would have forced states to adopt more stringent building code requirements.  By modifying the final regulation, NAHB estimates it will save the industry over $360 million. 

 

Log on to NAHB.org to see what your national association is doing for you and to explore the multitude of resources and information available.  Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to represent HBA of Northern Colorado at the national level.  

New & Renewing Members

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!| A World of Tile-Erik Timm | Allura-Blane Lancaster | Alpine View Custom Homes-Charles Heintschel | BKD Builders, LLC-Brian Doble | Braylea Homes-John Smedley | Brookfield Residential-Marni Schwartz | Brookline Builders, LLC-Rudy Armijo | Brutill Construction, Inc.-Bru Till | Commerce Home Mortgage-Dave White | Connecting Signs-Bruce Gardner | Dream Finder Homes-Jean Kjellman | Ewing-Leavitt Insurance Agency-Travis Savage | Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.-Andrew Storteboom | Fireplace Warehouse Design & Showroom-Jennifer Scott | FirstCal Colorado-Micah Noyes | Flagstar Bank-JoDean Lippert | Flannery Homes, LLC-Bill Gurski | Front Range Community College-Jamie Hahn | Harmony Brokers-Jeff Theisen | June Lemming’s Team/Sears Real Estate-June Lemming | Land Home Financial Services-Daniel O’Neill | Lifestyle Custom Homes, Inc.-Ed Rust | Lokal Homes-Alison Tyler | Lowe’s ProServices-Matthew Ito | Mountain Standard Homes, LLC-Jeff Hanesworth | NoCo Townhomes, Inc.-Jason Prasch | Patriarch, LLC-Mark Strauss | Premier Mortgage Group-Nick Peterson | Robbins Contracting-Tyler Robbins | Rucker Design Build, Inc.-Rebecca Hill | Sherwin-Williams Northern Colorado-Burt Buckman | Springhaus-Sandy Helzer | Strategic Insurance & Warranty Services-Bob Smith | The Rusaw Team-David Rusaw | United Site Services-Aaron Wostrel | Water Asset Management-Matthew Ketellapper | Water’s Edge Investments, LLP-W.E. (Bill) Swalling | Weedin Insurance, Inc-Mark Weedin | Western States Bank-Jason Paiz | Western Stone & Tile-Amy Snell | Yes Communities-Steve Schaub NEW SMC MEMBERS | The Group, Inc. -Steve Bricker | The Group, Inc. -Matt Thompsons | Windmill Homes -Tetrena Kloss NEW PROFESSIONAL REMODELERS MEMBERS | Associates in Building & Design, Ltd. -Heather Schreiner RENEWING MEMBERS | 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty -Darin Kraft | Academy Mortgage Corp. -Jennifer Higgerson | Adams Bank & Trust -John Busby | Aggie Plumbing & Service, Inc. -Craig Unter | Alpine Lumber Co. -Kevin Tapia | Amen Stucco -Jaime Martinez | Armstead Construction, Inc. -Jeff Schneider | Bank of Colorado -Clark Johnson | BMC West -Jason Bumgarner | Boulder Creek Neighborhoods -David Sinkey | Brannen Design & Construction -Jay Brannen | CalAtlantic Homes -Daniel Nickless | Coan, Payton & Payne -G. Brent Coan | Coffey Engineering Surveying -Michael Lang | Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage -Heidi Margolis | Comcast -Maj-Lis Goecke | D.R. Horton -Nicole Nottingham | Deines Custom Door -Mary Spitzmiller | Direct Lumber & Door of Colorado -Pete Medina | Discovery Homes of Windsor, LLC -Ryan Scallon | Ducts Unlimited Mechanical Systems -Elissa Leishman | Elkridge Excavating, LLC -Sean Leohardt | Environmental Stoneworks -Garret Maurer | Feller Homes, Inc. -Steven Feller | First National Bank -Will Griffiths | FirstBank of Northern Colorado -Mike Radcliff | Frameworks Timber -Adrian Jones | GJ Gardner Homes Fort Collins -Charles Heintschel | GJ Gardner Homes-Larimer County -Bill Stenberg | Gold Roofing, Inc. -William Goldsberry | Greeley Area Habitat for Humanity -Cheri Witt-Brown | GS Services -Paul Higman | Guaranty Bank & Trust -Wes Sargent | Hammerskil Homes, Inc. -Jerry Hanley | Hartford Homes, Inc. -Landon Hoover | HD Supply Interior Solutions -Daryl McCormick | Heritage Title Company -Jill Mann | Horner Painting, Inc. -Moses Horner | Imagine More, LLC -Lenard Gale | Independent Roofing -Tim Kramer | J. Allen Construction Co. -Jerry Allen | Jansma Cement -James Jansma | Kahar Plumbing -Jeff Gallagher | KEM Homes Construction, Inc. -Bill Krug | Kitchen & Bath Design Center -Richard Norman | LAMAR Advertising -Matt Wells | Martin Marietta Materials -Ken Nelson | McWhinney -Kim Perry | Milgard Windows -Carol Kelly | Neighbor to Neighbor -Kelly Evans | Pagel Contracting, Inc. -Kevin Pagel | PJL Schuman Custom Homes -Paul Ludwick | Poehlmann Construction -Harry Poehlmann | PROBURO Supply -Brandon Badzinski | ProDesign -Dan Maske | Quality Roofing by Pettit -Todd Petitt | RG Insulation -Hans Vanderhofen | Ridgeway Construction Services -Steve O’Neal | Schroll Distributing, Inc. -Mike Cuba | Siena Wood Floors, Inc. -Todd Rohs | Splittgerber Construction -Richard Splittgerber | Stonefield Homes, LLC -Stephen Foran | StrucSure Home Warranty -Stacie Locke | The Group, Inc. -Susie Ewing | Timberline Insulation -John Gokosivil | TRI Pointe Homes, Inc. -Tina Martelon | Unified Title Company of N. Co. -Debbie Wilson | Walrite, LLC -Craig Poorting | West Range Development, LLC -Robert Eck | Windermere Real Estate -Brandon Myers | Windmill Homes -Lisa Hall RENEWING AFFILIATE MEMBERS | Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc -Rhonda Wolff PROFESSIONAL REMODELERS RENEWAL|Delehoy Construction -Grant Eliot | Doddridge Construction -Mike Doddridge | Independent Plumbing Solutions, Inc. -Dan Ormesher Thank you to all our members!

 
 

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The HBA of Northern Colorado (NOCO HBA) is an organization of residential construction and related professionals dedicated to high ethical standards, education, and advocating for the health of our industry and success of our members.