November 17, 2014

"We Want YOU!" to Have Success

"We Want YOU!" 2015 Membership Campaign 

Sherry Schwab, builder from Washington (state) and incoming 2015 Membership Committee Chairman, and the 2014 Membership Committee have jointly unveiled the 2015 Membership Campaign and it has a three tiered approach. 
The national campaign at NAHB will use the theme of “We Want You!” following the iconic World War I army recruitment slogan with Uncle Sam (Americana/Patriotism). Possible tag lines accompanying the campaign to inspire NAHB leaders, local associations and recruiters to get involved might include “Lead the Way” and “Your Membership. Your Association. Your Future”. The second tier includes campaign options and packages for the local associations to use for their local campaigns and the third aspect focuses on increasing recruiter engagement and providing them with recruitment resources. We are encouraging and explaining the importance of participation from all levels: individuals contribute to the local and the locals help grow the federation. All levels involved are working toward a common goal and each of their contributions makes a difference.
We are emphasizing the importance of the local association support of the national campaign and how their involvement impacts the growth of the federation. In an effort to increase participation, the membership marketing department will be placing a large focus on the ease of use and implementation for the local associations and recruiters. We will be providing local associations with all of the materials they will need to hold drives so that they can focus on recruiting, their members, and minimizing staff time/efforts. A packet will be provided to the local associations consisting of materials to promote their competition including: marketing plans and templates (social media, digital, design, etc.). The local associations can choose materials from a number of different prepackaged themes (taken from membership committee submissions):
·         Sports: March Madness/Football (One-on-one.)
·         Zombie (We’re BAAAAAAACK!)
·         Rock and Roll (Step It Up!)
·         Build with the Best (Build with us. Join us!)
·         TNT—Today, Not Tomorrow
·         Be educated. Be involved. Be a member.
·         We Want You! (National theme adopted locally.)

Materials and resources will be created specifically for the recruiters. It is critical to make them feel prepared, engaged and enthusiastic.
The details of the national competition will remain the same as the previous year, since the prize structure was recently revamped in collaboration with the Executive Officers Council. The new format allows more local associations to have a chance at winning leading to increased morale and desire to compete.
The drives will occur twice in the year, Spring and Fall. The Spring drive in May and the Fall drive is the HBA’s choice of September or October. Cash prizes for the year total $90,000 and will be awarded to the top five local associations in each of the six size categories with prizes ranging from $2,500 to $500 per drive.  Recruiters will earn double or triple spike credits for the Builder and Associate members recruited during those months.
There are a variety of possible activities that will be incorporated at the grassroots level. Local versus local competitions, with the help of the EOC, Executive Officers challenging each other to participate and increase recruitment. Smack down or “hammer down” video challenges, incorporating social media to spread the word about the competitions. There also might be giveaways for individual recruiters and Spikes.
This campaign approach offers opportunities for all involved and encourages active participation through ease of use options and resources. We hope to make the 2015 Membership Campaign fun for all while working toward a national membership goal.


November 10, 2014

Never Take for Granted, Never Forget, Thank You and God Bless You

In Honor and Memory of my father, as well as to the fathers and sons, mothers and daughters who have served so we can be free. Never take for granted, never forget...

Thomas M. Kurpiel, Korean War (1950–1953)

Military Conflicts in U.S. History

American Revolution (1775–1783) Great Britain forced its 13 American colonies to pay taxes but did not give them representation in the British Parliament. This and other injustices led the colonies to declare independence on July 4, 1776. Independence was achieved in 1783, when the Treaty of Paris was signed with Britain.
War of 1812 (1812–1815) British interference with American trade, impressment of American seamen, and “war hawks” in Congress calling for western expansion into British territory led to war. At the war's conclusion, trade issues remained unresolved, but Britain gave up some of its territorial claims on the continent.
Mexican War (1846–1848) The U.S. annexation of Texas, and its stated desire to acquire California and other Mexican territory, precipitated this war. Mexico was forced to give up two-fifths of its territory. This land eventually became the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.
Civil War (1861–1865) Economic and political rivalry between an agrarian South and an industrial North grew into a civil war fought over slavery and states' rights. Eleven states seceded from the Union to form the Confederate States of America. The Union victory led to the reunification of the country and ended slavery.
Indian Wars (colonial era to 1890) U.S. expansionism led to numerous military conflicts with the indigenous inhabitants of North America, forcing them to give up their land. The massacre at Wounded Knee, S.D., in 1890 is generally considered the last of these conflicts.
Spanish American War (1898) The U.S. supported Cuba's desire for independence from Spanish rule, and seized the opportunity to expand U.S. powers in other parts of the world. At the end of the brief conflict, Cuba gained its independence, and the U.S. gained several former Spanish territories: Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines.
World War I (1914–1918) Rivalries over power, territory, and wealth led to the “Great War.” In 1917, the U.S. joined the Allies (Britain, France, Russia, Italy, and Japan), who were at war with the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and Turkey), after German submarines began sinking unarmed ships.
World War II (1939–1945) The Axis powers—Germany, Italy, and Japan—attempted to dominate the world. The Allies (U.S., Britain, France, USSR, and others) fought to stop them. The United States entered the war in 1941, after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Germany surrendered in 1945, and Japan surrendered later that same year, after the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Korean War (1950–1953) Communist North Korea, supported by China, invaded non-communist South Korea. UN forces, principally made up of U.S. troops, fought successfully to protect South Korea. The Korean War was the first armed conflict in the global struggle between democracy and communism, called the cold war.
Bay of Pigs (1961) The U.S. orchestrated the invasion, an unsuccessful attempt by Cuban exiles to overthrow Fidel Castro's communist regime in Cuba.
Vietnam War (1961–1973) In 1955, communist North Vietnam invaded non-communist South Vietnam in an attempt to unify the country and impose communist rule. The United States joined the war on the side of South Vietnam in 1961, but withdrew combat troops in 1973. In 1975 North Vietnam succeeded in taking control of South Vietnam.
Dominican Republic (1965) President Lyndon Johnson sent marines and troops to quash a leftist uprising in the Dominican Republic, fearing the island nation would follow in the footsteps of Cuba and turn communist.
Lebanon (1982–1984) U.S. troops formed part of a multinational peacekeeping force to help the fragile Lebanese government maintain power.
Grenada (1983) President Reagan invaded the Caribbean nation of Grenada to overthrow its socialist government, which had close ties with Cuba.
Panama (1989) President George H.W. Bush invaded Panama and overthrew Panamanian dictator and drug-smuggler Manuel Noriega.
Gulf War (1991) Iraq invaded Kuwait, and a U.S.-led multinational force came to Kuwait's aid and expelled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's forces.
Somalia (1993) A U.S.-led multinational force attempted to restore order to war-torn Somalia so that food could be delivered and distributed within the famine-stricken country.
Bosnia (1994–1995) During the Bosnian civil war, which began shortly after the country declared independence in 1992, the U.S. launched air strikes on Bosnia to prevent “ethnic cleansing,” primarily by Serbs against Bosnians. The U.S. became a part of NATO's peacekeeping force in the region.
Kosovo (1999) Yugoslavia's province of Kosovo erupted into violence in the spring of 1999. A U.S.-led NATO force intervened with air strikes after Slobodan Milosevic's Serbian forces uprooted the population and embarked on the ethnic cleansing of Kosovo's ethnic Albanian population.
Global War on Terror (2001– ) In the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, President George Bush launched the Global War on Terrorism—which has become the longest period of continuous war in U.S. history. The United Kingdom, several NATO countries, and other nations have participated to eliminate al-Qada and other militants groups.
Afghanistan (2001– ) The Taliban government harbored Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda terrorist group, responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. After Afghanistan refused to turn over Bin Laden, the U.S. and UN coalition forces invaded. The Taliban government was ousted and many terrorist camps in Afghanistan were destroyed. U.S. and NATO troops remain in Afghanistan to support its fragile new government.
Iraq War (2003–2010) The U.S. and Great Britain invaded and toppled the government of dictator Saddam Hussein. Troops remain in Iraq to combat the insurgency that formed after Hussein's defeat.

submitted by Michael Kurpiel, CGA, CGP

November 3, 2014

NAHB Value Delivered

The only value is a perceived value is like saying one man's treasure is another man's... 

Perceived value does mean actual money in your wallet, along with growing bank accounts, as well as a prospering business overlooking a valley of opportunity.  

The below information is for you, our member. Hopefully you see the value in having a national membership and not only become more engaged but also help those in your business circle (locals members, employees and employers)have a clearer understanding of why we need our NAHB and the local and state associations.

 NAHB Value Delivered

Governor Speaks Against Waters of the U.S. Rule-making
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad spoke out against a proposed rule that would greatly expand the federal government's authority under the Clean Water Act and harm individual landowners and home buyers.

Highlighting the Value of NAHB Membership
NAHB economists have run the numbers and put a dollar value on some of NAHB's more notable achievements through the first seven months of 2014. View a one-page infographic, or read a more detailed overview of NAHB services and advocacy victories so far this year.

Cost of a Code Change
To be of best use to the public, building codes must be cost effective and affordable – and it's impossible to figure out whether a proposed code change is either, unless it comes with a price tag.

Quick "Did You Knows?"

Where are Nation's Largest and Most Expensive Lots?
According to Census Bureau data, New England has the most expensive lots for single-family construction. How does your region of the country compare?

National Housing Endowment Welcomes New Founding Advocate
A Cleveland area home builder has been named a Founding Advocate of the National Housing Endowment for his commitment to a six-figure donation to NAHB's philanthropic arm.

Greg & Mike

NAHB Public Affairs Committee Chair Greg Peek, Nevada
NAHB Membership Committee Chair Michael Kurpiel, CGA, CGP, New Jersey