October 21, 2013

"At a Crossroads"

Update to the article "Bylaws Are Not Just Once in Awhile" (click here) 

The NAHB 2013 Fall Board of Directors voted to allow associates to serve as president of their respective locals, with one caveat; that the majority of the officer team is made up of builder members. I can accept this because it will hopefully ensure that a builder is in the line of succession.  

Members who read the above linked blog visited with me recently and questioned how I could not agree with this change. Some say I was inconsistent in my thoughts, being a proud promoter of associates volunteers. I will say that I am extremely consistent because I never supported an associate as president of a local but I am in total support of having at least one associate, at all levels of NAHB, as a senior officer, in a non ladder, full voting, position.

In my home state, the New Jersey associate leadership stated that they will not look to, or vote to, change their respective locals' bylaws to allow for associates to serve as president. I can only encourage locals across the Federation, who may have associates serving as president now or may look to do so in the future, to please try and help builders become aware of the importance of being a leader in their profession within the only organization that supports the home building industry. I would ask NAHB to help the effort as well in providing quality leadership training programs. like the national associates volunteers provided for associate within NAHB. you can contact me at mkurpiel@universalsupply.com and I will send you the power point to utilize for builder leadership training.

We are certainly at a cross roads for our national association. Are we a home builders association or a building industry association? While two-thirds of our Federation is in fact associate, it has always been a builders association, The national board, comprised of approximately 95% builders, by voting in the majority for an associate to lead our local HBAs, has given their opinion that associates are indeed qualified to lead. After all, NAHB is a federation of local HBAs and if we, as a national board, decide that our most precious resource, the local HBA, can be served by associate leadership, than we are not too far away from a national senior officer team including an associate senior officer.

Where will the next road lead us?

Submitted by Michael Kurpiel, CGA, CGP


Anonymous said...

oMichael, I agree with most of your comments. Unfortunately, as an educator, I often find myself in a room full of builders and I know more about their business than they do. While they might be great individuals and builders, they may not be the best business managers. I support having the best qualified individual, hoping it is a builder, to lead the local organization. Also, there are many associates that were previously builders that would make exceptional leaders. With all that being said, If a local does not have a qualified builder to be their designated leader, and does have an associate that is so qualified, I believe the associate should move into that role. Enjoyed the brief times we shared in Colorado!

Craig Davis said...

Michael and Anonymous,

I agree 100% with both of you. As stated above, we in Utah may have had builders in the position of President that did not have good or even mediocre business experience to be placed in that position. But, like everything else, with good intention, there was a rainbow at the end. Given that opportunity, I feel our Presidents excelled in learning to be better business managers.

These Builders brought a ton of knowledge to the table to share with all members and in return, being President gave them that opportunity to become a better business manager within their own companies and the HBA. I agree with trying to always have the most qualified person in any position, but that person might be right under your nose if given the chance. I feel we have been that lucky in Utah and can hopefully always lead the way for opportunity and success in all of our businesses. I learn every day from all of you thanks to those opportunities I have been given through the HBA !!

Respectfully <> Craig