2013 will be remembered as the year our industry realized that a full recovery was under way from what will be known as the "Great Recession." We have so much to be thankful for as the year enters the homestretch. Personally, I am grateful for my family and the memories we have created that will last all of our lives. This is my 54th Thanksgiving, my 32nd as a husband and my 26th as a father. Each era generated so many different remembrances with so many family members. I'm quite sure that most people could relate to what I'm expressing and, right now, have there own very vivid memories.
This is also my 28th Thanksgiving as a member of NAHB. Time stops for no one and I'm no exception. So many memories, so many things to be grateful for as an association member. One of those things I am grateful for has been the opportunity, over the past few years, to have been invited to visit with associations outside my home state of New Jersey. What strikes me most during my visits are how, while the faces are different and accents add distinct flavor, we are all from the same "family." We have the same issues, the same desires and the same challenges as well as the same camaraderie. This ties us together, across the nation, as one big family. Like family we may have our differences and yes, the occasional "we're not speaking to one another" factions. At the end of the day, family will fight for each other when the family is threatened by outside forces and that's how I view, but more importantly, feel about our Federation.
The family spirit is the uniting factor for our Federation and our industry and for that I will always be grateful.
God Bless you and yours all year long and remember and cherish those who were in your life and celebrate and love those you are in your life.
Submitted by Michael Kurpiel, CGA, CGP