July 11, 2014

Giving 'Applause for the Cause'

There is a quote that always rings true in my mind; "A leader is always first in line during times of criticism and last in line during times of recognition."  
Members who work for the cause and not the applause are very valued members because they "get it." These associates are not looking for awards but they are deserving of the recognition and it's up to all of us to make sure they are acknowledged.

This week's guest blogger is Kim Hefner Hines, from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 
Kim is the owner of H & H Designs and general manager of Allen Homes as well as the NAHB 2014 Associate Members Committee 

Kim, take it away!

"National Associate Awards"
by Kim Hefner Hines
Kim Hefner Hines

Associate members that are actively engaged are a different breed than just your everyday run of the mill associates. Active associates, who obviously look for business opportunities (who isn't?), take time away from pursuing business for the cause of a vibrant housing industry. It's not rocket science that these associates are at the front of volunteerism, through time, talent and treasure. Each year our national Associate Members Committee "yell from the mountaintops" across the federation, to our local and state HBAs, asking for nominees from each state for completed applications for the Associate of the Year and Bill Polley Advocate of BUILD PAC awards.
You may believe that your particular engaged associate hasn't done enough for a national award but I'm here to let you know that just the recognition alone, of knowing that his or her HBA submitted their name because that HBA views them as a star, is in itself a national award for that associate! 
I would ask, as an associate, to submit your associates for these awards. Completed applications are due by September 29th
For the application, go to "Honor your top associates, click here" to get more information and to download the applications. Best wishes to all the nominees!
Associates also want to recognize those builders back home that live by the motto "it's good business to do business with a member" and are engaged back in their respective local and state HBAs. The Builders Engaging Associate Members (BEAM) can found by clicking here.
 This award is also a great thank you to one of your builders who work with your associates, those who contribute 66% of dues revenue and 90% of non dues revenue! How could you NOT want to submit an application to national? There are some that say we are an award driven association. I say so be it; these folks deserve this recognition. Wouldn't you agree?   

If we make our Associates AND our Builders feel good about their industry, we’ve scored a win…and a win for NAHB is a win for advocacy, for membership, and for keeping our federation strong.   Nominate today!



submitted by Michael Kurpiel, CGA, CGP

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