September 8, 2014

Open Letter to Our Associates Across the Country

Kathy Craven-Snodgrass

Dear Fellow NAHB Associate Members,

I have served NAHB for the past 20 years, but serving as your National Associate Chairman for the last year and a half has been the most rewarding experience in my life. This experience for me is the same rewarding feeling I get when I ride through an old neighborhood that I helped develop with my builders in the past 26 years as a sales representative for my company. The pride for the homes built there and the reward of seeing families growing up in a new home are for me a feeling that you just don't get in any industry like the building industry.
The position of the National Associate Chairman is the highest position that an associate member can serve in the Federation as a junior officer for NAHB. I meet with the Senior Officers at the annual IBS, spring and fall board meetings to discuss the hot topics of the Federation that affect builder and associate members alike.
I also have the honor to work with 15 builder members that serve as the National Area Chairman across the states, where we review governance issues of the association and develop new strategies to help make the Federation more effective and efficient for the future.
One of the latest accomplishments that affect our members at home is that NAHB passed a Bylaws change that associates members can now be presidents of their local association. NAHB realized that more local associations have less builder members than they did in the past that can serve as local president but, have qualified associate members that can and are willing to serve in that leadership position. NAHB has asked that if you’re local does allow associates to become president that you make those changes in your local bylaws. I hope this new opportunity opens the door for more associates to serve and help those locals in need of new leadership and if you are that active associate please make this suggestion to your local soon.
Recently the National Area Chairs (NACs) moved forward a Bylaws change to allow an associate member to serve on the Budget and Finance Committee that was approved at the spring board meeting this past June. The other Bylaw change the NACs moved forward this year in leadership positions is that associates can now chair the Education, Public Affairs committee and Sales & Marketing Council. The NACs are looking at more opportunities for associate members to help serve NAHB and there will be more Bylaw changes in the future that may add more associate leadership and participation on committees and councils soon.
If you are an active associate at your local and state associations, I ask you to please consider getting involved at the national level. Your past experience serving on local and state committees, councils and leadership positions make you a perfect candidate to serve NAHB. NAHB is currently excepting committee applications for appointments online. Please visit the NAHB website to see what committee is right for you at
My last request of you is to make the investment in your career in the building industry by attending the NAHBInternational Builder Show in Las Vegas January 2015. There will be committee meetings, educational seminars, and of course the show floor with the latest building products. Don't miss this opportunity to advance your career at IBS.
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you as your National Associate Chairman and look forward to meeting you all at NAHB meetings in the future.


Kathy Craven Snodgrass
National Associate Chairman, NAHB

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