September is NAHB Member Appreciation Month
September marks an important event on the Home Builders Association calendar: Associate Member Appreciation Month, so in honor of Associate Member Appreciation Month, I want to recognize all the great work Associate members do for our federation and the home building industry.
Our Associate Members are a vital component of this association. Their businesses provide the support, trade skills and materials that every builder, remodeler, and home owner needs.
Associate members volunteer time, talent and treasure to help our association accomplish our goals. You’ve probably noticed the many Associates who serve on our committees and councils. I’m always impressed by their work ethic, and I know if I can count on them in the boardroom, I can count on them on the jobsite.
The financial support Associate members provide to our HBA, through sponsorships, advertising and other strategic partnerships, makes many of our favorite HBA programs possible.
Some of our most prolific member recruiters are Associate members – they bring their colleagues and business contacts to HBA events and many become members. Associates are strong supporters of our local and state PACs and BUILD-PAC.
Associates, which make up about two-thirds of our total membership—are invaluable to the NAHB federation and an essential part of our proud history, tradition, and spirit. Among their ranks are skilled subcontractors, sales and marketing experts, architects, interior designers, title and settlement professionals, lawyers, people working in financial services and insurance, product suppliers and manufacturers, and many others who are essential to our industry.
Associate members also are essential to the NAHB federation, devoting countless volunteer hours to the association at the local, state, and national levels and strengthening our industry in the process.
In recognition of the loyalty and hard work of our associate members who volunteer their time and services to the federation, NAHB designates September as Associate Member Appreciation Month. During September—and all year long, for that matter—I urge all members to get to know one another better, learn about each others’ businesses, and to do business with other members whenever possible. Our federation is strong when individual members are strong, and doing business with other members is a great way to strengthen the NAHB and our local association.
Because associate members are such an integral part of our federation, the NAHB annually recognizes an Associate of the Year. We also recognize a builder and associate member at our annual awards banquet in November that best exemplifies the motto, “It’s good business to do business with a member”.
August marked the opening of registration for the 2020 IBS, which will be held Jan. 21-23 in Las Vegas. As you know, this is the best place to network, to learn what you need to know to keep your company on the leading edge of success, and to test out the latest building products, materials, and technologies. Learn more about the Builders Show or to register at www.buildersshow.com.
I hope you’ll join me in thanking our Associate members for everything they do for our HBA and our industry.
– Darrel Bullock, President, HBA of Greater Siouxland