|2014 and beyond|
One of my many resolutions (because, surprisingly, I'm not perfect) is to help locals develop leadership, specifically, developing local builder officers for the HBA ladder, meaning a succession towards presidency with a builder as president. I won't rehash my thoughts on why locals should have builders as president but I would like to encourage local home builders association (HBA) to keep seeking qualified builders to groom and serve.
As an associate, I can't describe how builders feel about serving as local president, so I thought why not let a builder describe the feelings and benefits of serving the local. Today's blog article, first of 2014, will bring you "a local president Q & A" session with Barbara Chiusano, Chiusano Homes (click here), a home builder from New Jersey. I have known Barbara for many years and she is, without question, one of our most passionate leaders and, on a personal note, a dear friend who I had the privilege to serve as her associate vice president.
Barbara, is a single-family & multifamily home builder from Marlton, NJ. The Chiusano family has been building homes in the South Jersey/Philadelphia market since the 1950s with Barbara joining the family business in 1981. The Chiusano family has had multiple family members with membership within the Builders League of South Jersey (BLSJ) for over 40 years, and Barbara, serving on BLSJ's board since 1997, became the second family member to serve as local president in 1999 and again in 2007.
It gave me the opportunity to learn the issues and concerns understand the organization, get to know the membership and to personally prepare myself to act as President and still do what was necessary to make sure my business was being attended to.
The knowledge gained by attending meetings and having the opportunity to discuss issues with my peers invaluable to me personally and to our company an whatever time I have put into the local I always consider an excellent investment.