February 12, 2012

2012 IBS: "And the 2011 Winners Are...."

The 2012 International Builders Show delivered as promised. Spectacular exhibits, educational courses that are second to none, close to 10% increase in attendance fro 2011 and that high quality, professional effort from our staff members. 

Our leadership team of the 2012 senior officers were installed and we thank them for their dedication to all our members in their efforts to defend all of our businesses. Three officers in particular should be recognized; Bob Jones, the 2011 immediate past chairman, Bob Nielsen, the new immediate past chairman and Barry Rutenberg, our 2012 chairman of the board. Once NAHB.org has been updated to include the entire team, with biographies and pictures, I will post.

Meetings during the week were highly productive, with volunteerism ever present, and our 2011 board of directors wrapped up the week with thought provoking conversation and direction. While certain initiatives were not voted on to move forward the discussions for some were, if not eye opening, certainly needed. (To read about the associate senior officer proposed by-law amendment click here > Associate senior officer )
I personally left IBS 2012 with a good feeling for the future of our Federation and a re-energized determination to help affect positive change in our industry.

One of the volunteer members highlights of the week came on Thursday morning, February 9th, at our annual Associates Awards Breakfast, with many in attendance, builder and associate as well as HBA staff from across the country and the event was held at The Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida

This year's group of honorees has demonstrated that actively engaged associates will keep on providing the deeply needed dedication that helps to keep our Federation of local and state HBAs at their best. Within NAHB these individuals were, and are, recognized for their accomplishments because they realize that "if 'it' affects builders 'it' will affect associates."

The 5 awards/inductions are;

1. Associate of the Year
(Presented to the most outstanding associate member for his/her dedication and proactive leadership at the local, state and, with heavy emphasis, the national level. The voting is based on a points system with past winners and builders as the judges.)

2. Bill Polley BUILD-PAC Award
(The associate member who's dedication in political fund raising efforts and helping to expand the importance of political action. The award was named after Bill Polley. Bill passed away several years ago but his political activism lives on.)

3. Induction into the Society of Honored Associates
    (3 of 4 finalists for Associate of the Year)

4. The B.E.A.M. Award 
Given to the builder who best exemplifies NAHB's motto "It's good business to do business with a member." BEAM stands for Builders Engaging Associate Members

5. The Chairman's Award
Given to an associate who went"above and beyond the call of duty" on behalf of the Associate Members Committee.

Drum roll please.................

Lanny Tillery, CGA, CGP, CAPS
Whirlpool Corporation
Michael LeCorgne, CGA, CGP, CSP
2-10 Home Buyers Warranty Corporation

Jerry Cowan
Builders Mutual Insurance Company
North Carolina

Monica Sommerfeldt Lewis, CGA
Archer Lion Inc.

H. James Lowe
Land Title Guaranty
South Dakota

"2011 B.E.A.M. AWARD"
Bill Asdal
Asdal Builders, LLC
New Jersey

Ann Hagen
Bonded Builders Warranty Group

The NAHB members, from around The Federation, congratulate you. Bravo!

I encourage associates from all over the country to make sure your state HBA submits names to NAHB staff member Betty Thweatt (bthweatt@nahb.org). Betty will send to you the forms needed for submission. It is a great way to make sure the country knows who you are proud of back home.

Submitted by:
Michael Kurpiel, CGA, CGP
2011 NAHB Associate Members Committee Chairman

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