Introducing our newest resource, the Member Benefits Quiz!
Do you know what your membership does for you? Test your knowledge with this short, 10-question quiz on some of the different benefits you can get with your membership. Each answer, whether right or wrong, will provide you with more information and links to resources that can help you save time and money. It's a fun, easy way to get to know all of the discounts, benefits, and knowledge your PBA membership can give you access to.
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During the slow and steady recovery of the home construction economy, another issue has come to light: labor shortage. While new-home sales continue to climb upward, the employment rates aren’t quite keeping pace. Some say the solution is to focus on recruiting new workers, rather than trying to entice those who left to come back. As mentioned in this Wall Street Journal article, many groups in the industry are advocating for an increase in federal funding for secondary-level career and technical education to allow more immigration into the construction field.
PBA members have a huge leg-up on this labor shortage – they already have access to hundreds of students across the state, who have graduated from a PBA Endorsed Trade Program. These students, after passing their final exams and the National Occupation Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) assessment, receive an endorsement through PBA. This endorsement is a symbol that provides future employers with assurance that these students have completed their training and have received the instruction they need to begin a successful career in the construction industry.
There are many ways to help both new and future graduates break into the construction industry. By donating to the PA Foundation for Housing, you can help make a difference in a future student’s technical education. The primary focus of the Foundation is to foster the development of a strong future workforce for the home building industry in PA through the PBA Endorsed Trade Program and other educational opportunities, such as scholarships and support programs for students who truly want to learn a trade or build a profession in residential construction. Together, we can build tomorrow’s industry leaders.
For more information on PBA’s Endorsed Trade Program, click here.
For more information on the construction labor shortage, check out this Wall Street Journal article.
For more information on the PA Foundation for Housing, click here.
Thank you to our Associate Members! September is Associate Appreciation Month, and we want to thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. PBA owes all of its success to every single one of the members. With Associates making up over half of that membership, they play a big role in every aspect and function of the federation.
All month long, we’ll be posting articles, pictures, and other information about our “Best Associate Members”, as nominated by our local associations. Be sure to keep an eye on the Associate Members page to see else who makes the list! We’ll also be sharing these articles on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so please share these outstanding associates with your fans and followers. Use the #PBAAssociates2015 hashtag to be included in the conversation.
Some of our featured Associate members so far include:
If you agree that our Associate members are awesome, or you know another member who deserves some recognition, nominate them for the 2015 Associate of the Year award. This award represents the professionalism, ethical practices, and distinguished service a member practices with his or her local, state, and national associations. The winner will be announced at the 2016 Installation & Awards Banquet on March 18 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, PA. You won’t want to miss it!
As we work towards continuing to grow our membership, the PBA voice becomes stronger throughout the community. Builders and associates alike, please take the pledge to do business with another member. Make our association stronger and more cohesive. These strong member bonds will only result in many victories for PBA and its members in the future.
Thank you, to every single one of our members, for your constant efforts in making PBA better.
The Builders Gala Awards is an annual celebration of outstanding achievements by our members and local associations. There are so many members who are involved with the association in so many ways, and recognizing our outstanding members is important to PBA. There are six awards that members or local associations (if applicable) can be nominated for:
Distinguished Achievement Award
This award is given to individuals who have made significant, long-term contributions to the association and the industry as a whole.
Builder of the Year
Awarded to a builder member every year, this award represents the professionalism, ethics, and distinguished service this member embodies.
Associate of the Year
Associate members make up over half of our membership numbers, and those who above and beyond to serve their local associations, participate on numerous committees, and constantly advocate for their industry are those who are truly deserving of this award.
Builder and Shaker
This award is designated to recognize those members under 40 years old who are ambitious, hard-working, and positioned to become, or already have, a leader in the industry.
Best Local Publication
This award is granted to the local association whose newsletter (digital or print) reflects an outstanding best practice for local communications.
Best Community Service Project
It is part of PBA’s strategy to establish goodwill and credibility with the consumer audience through community service. Nominees for this award can either be a PBA member or a local association.
Any PBA member can nominate a member or local association for the awards listed above. Simply go to www.buildersgala.weebly.com and submit a nomination form! Paper forms are also available for print if you’d prefer to send the nomination via postal mail. All rules and requirements for nomination are listed on the awards’ home pages. Please be sure to read these before submitting a nomination.
The winners of each award will be announced and presented with their award at the 2016 Installation and Awards Banquet on March 18 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, PA.
Visit the Builders Gala Awards website for more information.
If you still can’t find your answers, please don’t hesitate to contact PBA Staff.
*Photo: 2014 Builder of the Year Mark McNaughton is presented with his award by 2013 Builder of the Year recipient Warren Peter
The Williamsport Area High School (WAHS) Construction Trades Program has been endorsed by PBA for only 4 short years. A first place win in the Residential Construction Management (RCM) Competition among other successes will show that in such a small span of time, the program has grown to be one of the most successful in the country. WAHS is one of the few institutions in PA to integrate Vocational and Technical programs into a conventional secondary school, with 48 total students enrolled in the 3 levels of the Construction Trades program.
To find out a little bit more about the program and how they’ve achieved such success, PBA interviewed Construction Trades Instructor Randy Williamson (RW) and Head WAHS Principal Brandon Pardoe (BP) to get their take on the past, present, and future of the Construction Trades program. Here’s what they had to say:
What makes the program at WAHS unique?
BP: We are a comprehensive high school located in central PA. A student may pursue a Career/Technical Education (CTE) program of study and still be able to take college preparatory courses and dual enrollment courses in a traditional high school setting.
RW: The reality is that today, academic skills are extremely important in the working world. The IRC, IBC, and NEC codebooks are written on a collegiate reading level, which is proof that literacy and numeracy are huge parts to being successful.
How do you motivate your students to excel in this program and the industry?RW: I think the initial step is building a relationship with your students. Leading by example is also important – I am still very active in the trade over the summertime. Students appreciate when you are a true professional in the field that you’re teaching in.
What motivated the WAHS staff to get the Construction Trades Program endorsed through PBA? RW: Every contractor in the state knows the PBA name and what it stands for, and I wanted our program to be part of that. Career and Technical Education teaches technical skills that are in high demand across the country and having this industry certification communicates to potential employers that these students have the necessary skillsets to successfully enter the workforce or college.
What are the advantages to having your program endorsed by PBA?
RW: We have built a great relationship with our local builders association, West Branch Susquehanna BA (WBSBA). They have been a huge asset to the program, as most of the members of my Occupational Advisory Committee are members of WBSBA. Twenty-nine of my students participated in the local Home Show. WBSBA members will also stop in the shop to talk to students, see what we’re up to, and offer their expertise.
What made you want to take a team to the RCM Competition at IBS?
RW: I wanted my students to have the opportunity to experience the more-than-advanced skills that this competition affords. Participation in this competition brings to light the fact that these students are not only being prepared to enter a career, but also college for those with the desire and aptitude.
How did you feel when your team won the competition?
RW: It was awesome! I am so proud of our students and all of the work they did. The work that is involved in these projects is intense, especially for high school students.
What is your vision for the future of this program?
BP: We need to continue to expand our instructional experiences for our students to meet the employability needs for potential employers. We have made successful CTE programming adjustments to make sure students are aware of all available CTE programs.
Anything additional you’d like to mention about WAHS and the Construction Trades Program?
RW: By taking the program at WAHS, I believe we are preparing students for at least two general career pathways: 1) direct employment following high school, and 2) entering college a step ahead of the majority, whether it’s a 2-year Associate’s program or a 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management.
BP: Traditional CTE emphasis has been on industrial types of programming. Now we have uncovered a need for more programs to support students who have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
*Photo: WAHS team at the RCM competition with their first place trophy.
To learn more about the comprehensive education that Williamsport Area High School offers, visit their website.
To learn more about PBA’s Endorsed Trade Program, visit www.pbaendorsedtrade.org.
See the video of Ernie’s presentation and acceptance speech here.
Ernie Pellow of Barr’s Insurance Inc. and the Tri-County Builders Association was awarded the PBA Distinguished Achievement Award. This is the association’s highest honor, having been presented to only a handful of members since 1998. Speaker of the House, Representative Mike Turzai, presented Pellow with his plaque at the PBA Board of Directors Meeting on July 25, 2015.
Pellow was recognized with the statewide award based on his lifetime of achievement to both the housing industry and his surrounding community. Countless members, legislators, and other industry officials commend Pellow for his constant effort to better the industry.
Pellow has made significant contributions at both the local and state level of the federation, and has served as president and Executive Officer at the local level. Pellow is known for remaining active, even from a distance. While recent health issues have sidelined him from traveling to Board and committee meetings, he is still able to keep in contact with numerous active members and ask questions to get the information necessary to continue to advocate for his industry.
In addition to his association positions, Pellow has served as a founder of Builder Services, Inc. (BSI), and on numerous committees and subcommittees throughout the years. He created the Home Builders Show in Venango County, and has been awarded multiple awards such as Builder of the Year in 1996 and the Executive Officer Service Award from the PA Senate. Many local and state politicians recognize Pellow’s extensive knowledge, wisdom, and experience in the residential construction industry, and come to him for advice and support. He has been recognized many times by legislators such as Congressman John E. Peterson, State Representative Scott E. Hutchinson, and Senator Mary Jo White for his hard work in keeping the industry alive and thriving.
“Ernie believed that no voice was too small to be heard,” says PBA Past President Al Horn. “Every member is on equal footing in his eyes, and if an issue affects one member, then it is important to all members. He’s a ‘member’s member’.”
Locally, Pellow is employed at Barr’s Insurance Inc. as Senior Account Executive. Pellow is a wartime veteran and has dedicated time to over 1,000 honor guard events. He is a member of his local VFW and is the President of the Venango County Veterans Coalition. He is a respected member of the community whose opinions and advice are sought and valued.
For more information about the Builders Gala Awards, click here.
Thank you to all who attended the 2015 Summer Board Meeting in Pittsburgh. We love connecting with our members, EO's, and leadership on a regular basis. It is our goal to make these weekends informational and educational, but also fun!
Special thanks to McConkey, JRG Advisors, and Bonded Builders for attending and engaging with our members.
Some highlights from the weekend:
Multiple local associations across the state have been recognized for their outstanding member services and community projects with six Awards of Excellence from the Executive Officers Council (EOC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
“We are very excited to see our local associations recognized for their hard work with these Association Excellence Awards,” said Peter Gallagher, president of the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA). “It is our goal at PBA and at every local association to provide exceptional benefits and services for all members.”
The awards given were as follows:
BIA of Philadelphia (under 200 members) BIA Philadelphia 2014 Membership Directory
BIA of Lancaster County (200-600 members) BIA Lancaster 2014 Membership Directory
HBA of Bucks & Montgomery Counties (200-600 members) New HBA Website!
Best Community Service Project Conducted
BIA of Northeastern PA (under 200 members) World Wide Epidemic: Homeless Veterans
BIA of Lancaster County (200-600 members) BIA Community Collaborative
Best Membership Event
HBA of Bucks & Montgomery Counties (200-600 members) Best Value of Your Membership!
The Association Excellence Awards is an annual program designed to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of state and local home builders’ associations and executive officers in the field of association management. EOC membership is comprised of the staff executives who direct nearly 800 NAHB-affiliated state and local home builders’ associations representing more than 140,000 home builders in communities across the United States.
The winning entries have been added to searchable directory of AEA winning entries, so that other executives and associations across the country can access and learn from them in order to provide better service to their own members and community.
Click here to learn more about the Association Excellence Awards.
Speaker of the House, Representative Mike Turzai (R) was given PBA's Legislator of the Year award during the Board of Directors Meeting at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh on July 25.
“Without his guidance, many of our initiatives would have faltered,” says Jim Rumbaugh, Chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee for PBA. “He is a strong supporter of helping hard-working families, making our state more competitive for private sector job creators and cutting government waste, fraud, and abuse.”
Representative Turzai was recognized for his impact on the construction industry and consistent support of PBA. Unanimously selected as Speaker of the House on January 6, 2015, Representative Turzai is in his 8th term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Working to attract new business to the Commonwealth, he aims to help employers expand their operations to improve job creation and career opportunities. He consistently pushes to control government spending in order to reduce taxes on families and business.
“He continues to spearhead efforts to lower the cost of doing business in Pennsylvania,” says Rumbaugh. Representative Turzai continually leads the fight to provide real business tax relief and fair and balanced workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation systems.
See the award presentation here!
To learn more about Representative Turzai, visit www.repturzai.com.
PBA announced today that a total of 815 students were awarded a certification from the PBA Endorsed Trade Program at the end of the 2015 school year. PBA's Endorsed Trade Program includes 117 technical programs from 30 schools throughout the state, and grows every year!
Chris Warren, Chair of the PBA Workforce Training and Education Committee, is excited by the explosion of growth and development seen in the program. "Our decade-long development of the program has produced an outstanding outline of expectations, as well as setting a high standard of education for successful workforce-focused programs in our Pennsylvania Career Technology Schools."
Endorsement of a trade program involves a thorough review/evaluation by people in the construction industry using criteria established by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The program is also recognized by the Department of Education and endorsed by the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators. Endorsement ensures that trade programs meet high standards of performance and will properly prepare students for a career in the industry with foundational knowledge in the building trades.
PBA works with schools around the state to certify their various home building courses, demonstrating they meet NAHB educational guidelines. Students who complete PBA-certified programs can take tests that demonstrate their skills in their program's core competencies. When these students receive certification, it provides reassurance to builders and potential employers that they are well-prepared for work with a residential construction company. PBA members are also provided exclusive access to contact these students directly about employment opportunities.
"PBA is committed to a viable, high-quality construction industry and the workforce to support it. Through our Endorsed Trade Program, we can create a stronger future workforce and provide students with recognized certification and other benefits, like building a network of ties in the community through connections with PBA members, locals, and local student chapters," according to Peter Gallagher, 2015 PBA President.
Further information about the Endorsed Trade Program can be found at pbaendorsedtrade.org.
Photo: Upper Bucks County AVTS students complete an assignment.
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