September 1, 2015

NAHB Chairman Tom Woods Declares...

2015 NAHB Chairman Tom Woods
..."September 2015 is Associate Appreciation Month"

The next time you come to your local home builders association (HBA) event, look around at your fellow members. I guarantee that more than half of the people you see will be associate members. These are people who are essential to the home building process and help enable our industry to provide Americans with an unrivaled selection of quality homes. Among the ranks of associate members are subcontractors, sales and marketing specialists, architects, interior designers, title and settlement experts, lawyers, people in the financial services industry, product suppliers and manufacturers, and many more who are essential to the challenging task of providing housing for a growing population.
Associate members are also essential to the local HBA and to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) federation, offering sponsorships, devoting countless hours at committee meetings and volunteering at special events, and strengthening our industry in the process. Most importantly, our associate members help broaden our perspective so that we can assess issues more objectively in the context of our entire industry.
In recognition of the thousands of associates who volunteer their time and services to NAHB and its state and local affiliates, NAHB has designated September as Associate Member Appreciation Month. NAHB has always appreciated the dedication and enthusiasm of its associate members, but in today’s unsettled – and unsettling – housing market environment, we appreciate that dedication and commitment more than ever. During September, and every other month, for that matter, I urge all HBA members to get to know one another better, learn about each others’ businesses and whenever possible, to do business with other members.

Our HBA is strong when individual members are strong, and doing business with other members is a great way to strengthen the association while ensuring that the people you work with understand the issues and concerns that affect your day-to-day operations.

Today's blog article comes from my dear friend, Tom Woods, 2015 NAHB Chairman of the Board. Tom is a home builder from Missouri with more than 40 years of experience in the home building industry and is currently president of Woods Custom Homes. His firm has developed scores of communities and more than 1,000 homes in the Greater Kansas City area.Tom has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels throughout his career. He has served on NAHB’s Board of Directors since 1983 and has been a member of the NAHB Executive Board since 1996.

Chairman Woods

NAHB Proclamation

WHEREAS, a sense of caring and desire to strengthen the industry have motivated thousands of Associate members to volunteer their time and services to the needs of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB); and

WHEREAS, our Associate members possess many skills and talents which they generously and enthusiastically apply to a variety of association tasks; and

WHEREAS, all members of this association and the community benefit from the deeds of these selfless and dedicated individuals; and

WHEREAS, the achievements of Associate members have become an essential part of the association’s proud history, tradition, and spirit;

NOW, THEREFORE, I wish to honor the Associate members of NAHB who give so freely of their valuable time, energy, and abilities by proclaiming the month of September 2015 to be officially designated as Associate Member Appreciation Month.

I call upon all members to recognize this special period by appreciating and extolling the goodness of the Associate members and by following their shining example.

Given this date of September 1st, 2015 
I would also like to ask all builder members to work with our associates and provide as many opportunities as you can. Our entire membership, both builder and associate, can only grow stronger by the inner bonds we build.

Best Regards,

Tom Woods

NAHB Chairman of the Board
1201 15th Street NW 
Washington, DC 20005 

Associate members involved with building a home (click picture to enlarge) 


1 comment:

Jim Pigott said...

I would like to thank our 2015 Chairman for his inspiring message. Tom is a great person, great home builder and great leader that has timed this message perfectly.
Jim Pigott, Jr.
Associate Member NAHB