- The AVP's will help, with proper focus, the associate members who account for two-thirds of the membership (on average). What issues are affecting the associates need to be understood as much as builder issues. There are many reasons I could give you for saying that but the number one reason would be that associates are the massive majority of investments (sponsorships, membership dues) and attendees of HBA events. The health of the HBA is dependent upon this income and participation. The AVP will help in assisting the senior officers in communicating with the associate members and giving the "other" point of view of the industry.
- This position helps foster a better overall team approach for the HBA and destroys the old "Us' v. Them'ns" mentality. Unfortunately, this still exists within the Federation.
- The AVP, when visiting with his or her officers team, will highlight the complete building industry. I have personally visited with state legislators and federal legislators, always with builder leadership. The legislators revived a different point of view and had a better understanding of just how many people are affected by industry roadblocks and stoppages.
- If your HBA doesn't have any associates on its senior officer team it is time to rethink that bylaw and work to amend. Associates want to serve, they want to be a part of the solutions and actions to help the builders, the building industry.
- Spokesperson for the associate membership.
- Should help to create an associates committee for the main purpose of industry education and working on business issues that affect associates.
- Identifies opportunities for increased builder-associate interaction and partnerships.
- Blends the associate members needs with the ultimate goals of the HBA.
- Identify the effects of board actions, legislation, regulation and economic climate on associate members.
- "If it affects builders it will affect associates" is the AVP's position in discussing HBA actions with the associate membership.
- Part of the "one voice" of HBA leadership.
Next week's blog will detail the benefits and risks of being a volunteer HBA leader.
Submitted by Michael Kurpiel, CGA, CGP
2011 NAHB Associate Members Committee Chairman
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more and become more, you are a leader." ~ John Adams
Note: This series of blog posts are based on The NAHB Associates power point presentation titled "Unlocking the Mystery of Associate Leadership." A special thank you to the New Jersey Builders Association for donating the presentation to NAHB in hopes that our associate members across the Federation could help those members who would like to contribute their skills and talents in leadership.