September 22, 2014


Today's guest blogger is Kim Hefner Hines, H & H Design, from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Kim has a very special challenge to the executive officers and HBA leaders out there and she proudly states...

Kim Hefner Hines
Associates across the country are being honored this month for Associate Appreciation month and, if you ask my opinion, at least one month is needed to say “thank you” for an all year volunteer. One of the best features of chairing the NAHB Associate Members Committee is the chance to work with associates from across the country…how I turned that feature into a benefit is by absorbing their knowledge, and their life experiences (as it pertains to our association). For that, I am deeply grateful. I know the members at home, in each of your states, are grateful for their volunteers, those associates who stand tall and deliver, month in and month out. I also know that the value of a hardworking associate and that value directly delivers quite a few non dues dollars into each local’s coffers.

But, as executive officers and volunteers yourselves, you know that. As leaders of your respective locals, you know that as well. Part of the national Associate Members Committee is highlighting your active associates through being nominated for the NAHB Associate of the Year Award. Yes, being involved at national carries a lot of weight in the judging department. However, and I mean this sincerely, it is a great way to say to your top associate “we will place you up against any associate in the country!” I deeply encourage you to click on this link and submit your associate, or three, for this prestigious national award. I would also highlight that associate in your publication with all the hoopla of being nominated for the Academy Award. They may not win but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve the recognition by their local, or state, association. Make your associates smile; nominate them, today!

As the chair of Associate Members I would like to also ask you to nominate your builder members, who take to heart our motto “it’s good business to do business with a member,” for the NAHB BEAM Award, Builders Engaging Associate Members. You and I know that when builders engage associates you get a lot more enthused volunteers. We also know that those builders are ones who truly understand that value of working with those who help all concerned. Again, let’s see how your builder members stack up against builder members across the country. If they win, fantastic and BRAVO! If they don’t, they really still do because they feel the love from their local or state to be placed in such high regard. Click on this link and show your love, today!   As a side note, I’m still thrilled to brag about our 2013 BEAM Award Winner from Little ‘Ol South Dakota. What an honor it was for him to be selected from all the deserving entries…he covets this award more than any other he has received, and he still feels grateful to the many Associates who took the time to write letters of recommendation for him to win the BEAM. 

Our third award is a special award; the Bill Polley BUILD-PAC Award. You all have a Bill Polley in your association; you know him or her as the associate who knows how to get others members to invest in political action committee endeavors. Once again, but with the same emphasis, you are saying THANK YOU to that associate for all they do to help with influencing others to take a financial part in our industry. Being nominated is almost as special as winning, however if they were never nominated before is just as special because that associate’s association is taking the time to acknowledge the volunteer’s efforts. It’s a win-win; you get to show off your very own  (This goes for the two awards above as well). Click on this link and submit your top PAC associate!

It’s tough to gain volunteers, particularly since the great recession leveled our industry. But we are coming back, stronger than before. Now is the time to rebuild your volunteer ranks by heavily promoting your current active volunteers. Others will be envious; those who seek success will want to emulate those being highlighted, by you. Again, a win-win.

In the grand scheme of our federation, isn’t a win for our association and a win for our volunteers what we strive for? I believe it is and I know, as an executive officer and association leader, you believe it to be true as well.


Now, click those links and yell loudly “MY VOLUNTEER IS BETTER THAN YOURS!”


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