January 27, 2013

2013 IBS: "And the 2012 Winners Are...."

"That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well." - Abraham Lincoln
 Achievements are a wonderful thing. It means you made a difference to someone or something. When those achievements make a difference to a larger body or group of people the results are magnified. Today's guest blogger is Dianne D. Beaton, New Hampshire. Dianne would like to recognize, for all those who could not attend The International Builders Show in Las Vegas, some incredible individuals
Dianne, the "floor" is yours! 


Dianne D. Beaton
 NAHB Associate Award Winners
by Dianne D. Beaton, CGA, CAPS     
2DiFore Marketing Solutions
What a fantastic International Builders Show!  After spending a week in Las Vegas it's great to be home and I will have wonderful memories of the past week, particularly the Associate Members Awards Breakfast. I would like to thank Kim Hefner, our Leadership & Recognition Chairman, for her outstanding efforts in helping to make our breakfast one of the best ever (in my humble opinion).  
Our NAHB Senior Officers attended as well as our BUILD-PAC Chairman, with the entire group participating in announcing our award winners for the year completed, 2012. We had an overflow crowd made up of builders, associates and HBA staff along with friends and family of the award winners.
As my final blog contribution as the 2012 Associate Members Committee Chairman I would like to share with you our NAHB Associate award winners. Please, help me recognize their great achievements. 
And the winners are......... 

Well done and BRAVO!

 Submitted by Michael Kurpiel, CGA, CGP

January 18, 2013

"Live, From Las Vegas, The International Builders Show!"

"Welcome Builders and Associates" to the world's largest housing industry trade show as well as other industry professionals. The first part of the week (yesterday, today and tomorrow) brings our Federation's volunteers and HBA staff together, all striving to improve our industry through the various committees that impact, each in their own way, our careers. The show floor will open on Tuesday (click on the above link under picture) with excitement and will continue with various educational programs, entertaining events, industry camaraderie and the main reason for the show, our suppliers and service providers marketing their new products for 2013 and beyond.

The week concludes with the national board of directors meeting where members from across the country decide the direction of NAHB and will culminate with the installation of our 2013 leadership team. 

Today's guest blogger is Dianne D. Beaton from New Hampshire. Dianne is completing her term as the 2012 NAHB Associate Members Committee Chairman and she would like to share her thoughts and her committee's accomplishments throughout 2012 with a springboard for continued associate activity for 2013

Welcome to Las Vegas! 
by Dianne D. Beaton, CGA, CAPS     
2DiFore Marketing Solutions

Dianne D. Beaton
It was just 11.5 months ago I was preparing for my term as Chair of the NAHB Associate Members Committee and in the blink of an eye it’s time to bid adieu!

We have accomplished many things this year with the improvement of the B.E.A.M. (Builders Engaging Associate Members) award submission process which saw an increase of many highly qualified Builders and Remodelers who are passionate about working with Associate Members.

We elected our National Associate Chairperson, Kathy Craven-Snodgrass from North Carolina and she will be confirmed here in Las Vegas. Kathy will do an excellent job in representing all Associate Members at the National Area Chairmen meetings, please do not hesitate to connect with her, she is here for you!

Our Social Media presence has grown substantially and is extremely active. If you have not had a chance to “connect” with your fellow peers check us out on Facebook or on LinkedIn at NAHB Associates. Many of you follow this blog, we would love to have you be a guest writer to gain more exposure to other members! Please remember you never know who is interested in a topic you are familiar with until you put it out there!

Thank you to all of you who have contributed to Build PAC, Associate Members have been making great strides in bringing more awareness of the importance of participating. Many of you are involved in “Leg Con” visits and we have seen a significant increase in the 2012 Campaign! We have Associate members who serve on the local City Councils, School Boards, Town Councils giving them an opportunity to share information on housing issues and more. At this meeting an Area Caucus or two will be recognized for their outstanding contributions and efforts in getting more of their members involved in Build PAC, who will they be? We hope you can join us for the Associate Award Breakfast to find out!

Speaking of the Associate Awards Breakfast, on Wednesday January 23rd at 8:00am, we will gather to honor and recognize our nominees for the Society of Honored Associates, Build-PAC Bill Polley Award Recipient, B.E.A.M Award Recipient, 2012 NAHB Associate Member of the Year and Chairman’s Award. All of the nominees have spent countless hours doing the business of NAHB and furthering their knowledge of the industry. It is a special time of year for us along with an element of surprise each time the announcements are made. This event and our “open door” events are made possible by the generous sponsorships from our 2012 Premier Partners, we thank you so much!

It has truly been an honor to serve as your NAHB Associate Committee Chairwoman, it was a goal I had after first serving as the Chair of the Associate Committee in my local. I want to thank many of my fellow members who have encouraged me over the years! 

Special "Thank You" to NAHB Chairman of the Board, Barry Rutenburg, as well as to Ann Garvey, National Associate Chairman (2011/2012) and Monica Sommerfeldt-Lewis, Associate BUILD-PAC Vice Chairman, for believing in me! 
It has truly been an honor to serve as your NAHB Associate Committee Chairwoman; it was a goal I had after first serving as the Chair of the Associate Committee in my local. 
I also would like to thank many of my fellow members who have encouraged me over the years, Dick Benson Builder & Past President of our state association, Greg Rehm, Remodeler and Past President of my local association, Kendall Buck, EVP of our state association and so many more,  I could not have made it here without your support. 

I want to personally thank my husband Bill for his love and support over the last 10+ years as I climbed the ladder, this is not easy for our spouses and families but without his encouragement and guidance I would have never made it!

So please remember "At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils, with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train. Just one extra degree makes all the difference, be that EXTRA DEGREE."  
Did you add just one extra degree this year to make a difference?


Dianne D. Beaton, CGA, CAPS
Visionary Diva at 2DiFore Marketing Solutions
2012 NAHB Associate Committee Chair
NAHB Associate National Director

Submitted by Michael Kurpiel, CGA, CGP