May 20, 2013

Associate Members: "Join Us!"

Today's blog article is by John Sizemore, an associate member from Kentucky. John, who works for 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, is a dedicated member who believes in investing time as a volunteer for our association. John has done this at the local and state levels and now he is giving at the national level, leading a committee dedicated to helping associates back home with their own industry education and professional growth.

I've known John for several years and I would like to invite you to get to know him as well, and his 2013 leadership team.
Chairman's  Message
John Sizemore 
2013 NAHB Associate Members Committee Chairman

John Sizemore
Dear Associate Member:

As associates your attendance helps every elected official recognize how BIG the building industry is, and demonstrates how any legislation that affects a builder will affect many additional companies and their employees.

Engaging our least participating associate to the level of our most engaged members make our efforts more united.  This year’s Legislative Conference will be on Wednesday June 5th in Washington DC. This is not your typical conference. It is actually your day to be briefed on the issues NAHB needs Congress to fully understand and then take that knowledge to Capitol Hill to educate Senators and Representatives from your state about what is important to our industry.
We need associates from every state to take part in these important NAHB advocacy efforts with your fellow state members, both builder and associate. We need you, in particular, to be the person responsible for spreading the word about Associate Advocacy efforts in your state. This includes political fundraisingBuilderLink sign-ups, and help other associates understand the value of NAHB’s Legislative Conference.

While many members may not be familiar with the NAHB and what it truly means to them as a benefit, I can most assuredly say, my dues investment, has paid me and my company dividends many times over.  NAHB associate members need to be kept informed on the latest legislative, regulatory and other policy developments concerning our members, but also the consumer who seeks to purchase a part of the American Dream.  Home Ownership!   Associates are a vital component of the solution by becoming involved with NAHB’s Advocacy policies that promote a positive economic and regulatory environment that is critical for our industry. Important too, is that you don't have to be a builder to be involved.

One of the Associate Members Committee’s goal, how we can best engage our least participating associate to the level of our most engaged members.  Keeping all informed on each of the sub committees accomplishment though out the year.  As Associate leaders we are dedicated to making sure that the members at the local HBAs are up to date on NAHB’s initiatives that are designed to protect and grow home building.  The phrase “if ‘it’ affects builders, ‘it’ will affect associates” is being widely utilized as a common sense “battle cry” for grass roots member mobilization and helping newer members to grow and understand the real reason for the home builders association.

During your Attending of the 2013 Spring Board Meeting I encourage you to join BuilderLink make an investment in our Associate BUILD-PAC drive. Get to know what our National Associate Leadership is concentrating on:

  • Growing Membership: Recruitment Efforts-Stronger Advocacy & Profitability
  • New Capital Market: Improve funding available for builders
  • Non Dues Revenue: Increase non-dues revenue at all levels
  • Networking: Increase virtual and real-time communications
  • Digital Communications: Improve Website and Technology infrastructure

Networking is also highly recommended while attending Spring Board and no better place than our Associates Open Door Event. Meet associates from all over The Federation and build your social capital.  When the event is over and it’s time to head home maintain these relationships through our NAHB Associates social media vehicles  Facebook, and LinkedIn.  2013 our Social Media avenues continue to expand, proving to be one of the best methods for communications. We are reaching more, and more members in the most efficient and effective way. Through these methods of communications, our members will be kept informed of the most important issues that affect the value of our Association.  

The NAHB Associate Leadership is looking forward to working with all of you and we look forward to a united working group of associates from every state in our Federation. 

Remember, “if ‘it’ affects builders, ‘it’ will affect associates” and together we will help protect the building industry.

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