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  • 31 Oct 2016 9:30 AM | Melanie Wise (Administrator)

    The PBA Fall Board Meeting in Hershey was a sweet, sweet success! With candy in every room and the smell of chocolate in the air, the Hershey Lodge was a buzz of excitement for all of our meetings and seminars. Here are some of the weekend’s biggest highlights.

    Making Connections at 2nd Annual Meet the Builder

    On Friday, over 40 members participated in this unique event that provided free access to 13 manufacturers. This networking event offered builder members an opportunity to strengthen their relationships and connect face-to-face with manufacturers from across the state. Lots of event photos are up on our Facebook page!

    Thank you to the sponsors who made this event possible:
    Andersen Windows

    Bradford White Water Heaters
    Delta Faucets

    Royal Building Products
    Velux Skylights

    Weyerhaeuser Wood Products
    James Hardie Fiber Cement

    GAF Shingles
    Home Savings and Loan

    Thermatru Doors
    Daltile Tile

    Lutron Electronics

    Insightful Discussions during Senior Officers Forum

    A new addition to the Board of Directors meeting proved very valuable! On Saturday morning, the 2017 Senior Officers hosted an open forum for discussion about the direction of our association and upcoming initiatives for next year. Topics brought up included the next generation of membership, elimination of outdated policies and ideas to generate new members while maintaining current relationships.

    Opportunities to Learn at Two Seminars

    There were two popular seminars over the weekend offered to our members. The first, hosted by the PBA Housing Finance Committee, was a panel of experts providing insights into how builders can access special housing finance opportunities in Pennsylvania. Thank you to panelists David Corwin, Housing Programs Director with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Coleen Baumert, Director of Homeownership Programs with the PA Housing Finance Agency for joining us!

    The second presentation was the “Prospects to Profit$” seminar featuring Rick Munson, President/CEO of Paramount Business Development. This workshop focused on turning prospects into a raving fans with lead generation, follow up processes and important tips for turning quotes into profit.

    Over $14,000 Raised for BUILD-PAC

    Friday night’s BUILD-PAC reception featured special guest Representative Scott Perry who spoke to our members about the importance of the upcoming election. This event, along with contributions made during the Board of Directors meeting, raised over $14,000 for BUILD-PAC to help them surpass their cycle goal for this year. Thank you to everyone for your support!

    Partner Participation

    Another huge thank you to our partners JRG Advisors, EK McConkey, and BDX for networking with our members and assisting them with questions over the weekend. We appreciate you sharing your time with us!

    PBA 2017 Winter Board Meeting

    Mark your calendar for the next Board of Directors Meeting on February 23-25 at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel. We look forward to seeing you there.

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    Follow us on Facebook for more event photos - www.facebook.com/pabuilders


  • 21 Oct 2016 9:00 AM | Melanie Wise (Administrator)
     Article Written By: HBA of Berks County Staff

    There are 5 key pillars that help to frame the value of membership within our association. These pillars are the perfect tool to recruit new members and maintain relationships with current members.

    Advocacy –

    The Home Builders Association of Berks County represents the home building industry on the local level in Berks County. With over 200 members, we are the voice of the community when it comes to addressing issues within the building industry.

    Expertise –


    The Pennsylvania Builders Association represents the home building industry at the state level, and often works with individual locals at the municipal level. PBA has staff that is knowledgeable on statewide issues concerning your industry & government affairs. The battles won have resulted in members saving thousands of dollars per home.

    The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) represents our industry at the federal level.

    Why It Matters: Building codes can have a profound impact on the comfort and safety of residents as well as the cost of construction and the cost of operating the home. NAHB can help members work toward cost-effective and safe codes. There is staff liaison available to assist you. NAHB also offers members FREE legal research, sample contracts and more!

    Savings –

    Save money and earn your membership dollars back by taking advantage of various discount programs! The annual PA One Call fee of $125.00 is waived. Fax or email us your invoice, and we’ll take care of the rest. Take advantage of the Member Rebate Program, get discounted rates on Worker’s Compensation, take advantage of the $500 / $1,000 GM Discount offer, Verizon discounts and more!

    Networking –

    Get involved, get to know fellow members on both the local and the state level. HBA Members are welcome at all state meetings & events. Attending events is a great way to network. Sponsorship opportunities are available and will allow you to promote your business too other HBA members. Participate or volunteer in local events. On a local level, the HBA of Berks gives everyone an opportunity to participate in the Annual Home Show, Lobsterfest, Parade of Homes, Builders & Remodelers Awards ceremony and free or low cost networking events.

    Knowledge –

    Free or low cost seminars offered by the HBA of Berks County. On occasion, we will partner up with local likeminded organizations and hold joint seminars.

    Get Certified! NAHB has a variety of Certification programs for both Builders & Remodelers, at discounted prices. You can access these courses conveniently online from your office or from home.

    When in need, members have access to professionals on all three levels, who are knowledgeable industry experts!

    Some battles being fought on behalf of the building industry are much bigger than others. At some point, the battles being fought in other states, may end up being the same battles we will have to fight here in Berks County in the near future. If it affect’s one, it may affect us all.


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  • 18 Oct 2016 10:00 AM | Melanie Wise (Administrator)

    This year’s schedule for the Fall Board meeting is packed full of social events like the BUILD PAC reception or 2nd Annual Meet the Builder. On Saturday at the Board of Directors meeting, the PBA Senior Officers are inviting the entire board to participate in a “Senior Officers Forum” where you can raise questions and voice your opinion regarding the direction of PBA. Don’t forget, there are also three different special presentations occurring on Friday! Read the descriptions for each seminar below to help you decide which to attend:

    Housing Finance Committee Panel Discussion – Friday, October 28 at 2 PM

    Hosted by the PBA Housing Finance Committee, a panel of experts will provide insights into how builders can access special housing finance opportunities in Pennsylvania. Bring your questions to learn how you may be able to benefit your business. Panelists include David Corwin, Housing Programs Director with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Coleen Baumert, Director of Homeownership Programs with the PA Housing Finance Agency.

    PHRC Education Sampler – Friday, October 28 at 3 PM

    The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center is available to meet your educational needs on a variety of topics and in a variety of formats. This PHRC Education Sampler will discuss the process for requesting an educational session, the continuing education offered through the PHRC, as well as highlight a few popular PHRC programs, including:

    • Residential decks
    • Exterior plaster and stucco
    • Building envelope design and code compliance
    • Hands on mock up training which includes: Air Barrier installation, Insulation Installation, Exterior Water Management (Walls and Roofs).
    • Blueprint reading
    • Building with exterior rigid foam

    Prospects to Profit$ Seminar – Friday, October 28 at 3 PM

    Do you often have leads in your business that never go anywhere? Are you caught on the “quote treadmill” completing and emailing quote after quote after quote? The Prospects to Profit$ Seminar will show you how. This workshop will focus on turning that prospect into a raving fan.

    Featuring presenter: Rick Munson, President/CEO of Paramount Business Development

    Click here for more details.


    Deadline to register is Friday, October 21. Register for the Fall Board meeting now!


     

  • 10 Oct 2016 9:00 AM | Melanie Wise (Administrator)

    The West Branch Susquehanna Builders Association, a local association of PBA located in the Northcentral region, has made a sizable contribution to our PA Foundation for Housing. At their Board of Directors meeting in late September, a motion made by Walt Nyman (a Life Director with his local, PBA and NAHB) to contribute $1,000 to the Foundation passed unanimously.

    “As a community projects contribution, West Branch Susquehanna BA was happy to give this donation to the Foundation,” says Nyman. “There is a lot of need there to support our future workforce, so it was an easy decision to make.”

    The PA Foundation for Housing was established by PBA in 2012 to support programs that ensure the growth and development of the home building industry by strengthening educational opportunities. In particular, the Foundation supports the many initiatives of our Endorsed Trade Programing. Last school year, this program certified over 800 students who completed the training and instruction they will need to begin a successful career.


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    For more information about contributing to the Foundation, please go to www.pafoundationforhousing.org


  • 03 Oct 2016 9:00 AM | Melanie Wise (Administrator)
    Meet the Builder is a unique networking opportunity exclusively for our builder members. Casually meet with colleagues and peers while connecting with sponsors who manufacture many of the products used in your business. This opportunity is free for any active builder member and is a great way to add value to your relationships and strengthen your business.


    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

    Deadline October 23

    When
    Friday, October 28
    4:30 pm – 5:30 pm 

    Where
    The Hershey Lodge
    Crystal Room A (subject to change)
    325 University Drive
    Hershey, PA 17033 

    Meet with these sponsors and more…

    • Bradford White Water Heaters
    • Delta Faucets
    • Royal Building Siding
    • Daltile Tile
    • Legrand Home Systems
    • Velux Skylights
    • Home Savings Inc.
    • Weyerhaeuser Wood Products
    • GAF Shingles
    • Sherwin Williams Paint
    • Andersen Windows
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    For questions or comments contact Douglas Vu at dvu@pabuilders.org - 717.730.4380 ext. 3015

     

  • 27 Sep 2016 8:00 AM | Melanie Wise (Administrator)

    Do your local HBA members need continuing education? Are they interested in learning more about a specific topic? Or do you need a speaker for an upcoming event or meeting?

    The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center is available to meet you educational needs on a variety of topics and in a variety of formats. This PHRC Education Sampler will discuss the process for requesting an educational session, the continuing education offered through the PHRC, as well as highlight a few popular PHRC programs, including:

    • Residential decks
    • Exterior plaster and stucco
    • Building envelope design and code compliance
    • Hands on mock up training which includes: Air Barrier installation, Insulation Installation, Exterior Water Management (Walls and Roofs).
    • Blueprint reading
    • Building with exterior rigid foam

    PHRC will present a seminar with this information and more will during the Fall Board meeting event on Friday, October 28 at 3 PM.

    Click here to register and view more details.


  • 26 Sep 2016 9:00 AM | Melanie Wise (Administrator)
    Mark your calendar for October 27 – 29 at the Hershey Lodge!


    What Goes into a Board Meeting?

    PBA Board Meetings are multi-day events that take place three times each year at different locations across the state. During these gatherings, PBA's committee meetings are held (full list of committees here) along with seminars or training for members. Association partners from member benefits programs attend to connect with members and answer questions. There are also social events for members to attend, whether it's a cocktail reception in the summer/fall or the winter Installation & Awards Banquet. 

    Board meetings weekends are not just for directors and local leadership; any member may attend! Unless otherwise noted on the schedule of events, committee meetings are open to all membership. It's your chance to get involved at the state level, learn about issues concerning the industry, and make valuable connections with other members. So, how do you sign up?

    Important Links

    Registration page – deadline October 21
    Room Reservation information – must book by October 6
    Full event schedule

    Profits to Prospects Seminar Information

    BUILD PAC Reception

    Register for Meet the Builder

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    Any Questions?

    Consult your Member Guide or our FAQ's document for more information. If you still can't find your answers, please don't hesitate to contact PBA Staff.

    We hope to see you in Hershey!


  • 19 Sep 2016 9:00 AM | Melanie Wise (Administrator)

    Do you often have leads in your business that never go anywhere? Are you caught on the “quote treadmill” completing and emailing quote after quote after quote?

    Do you want to turn one time buyers into repeat customers? Would you like your customers bringing you referrals?

    The Prospects to Profit$ Seminar will show you how! This workshop will focus on turning that prospect into a raving fan.

    Featuring presenter: Rick Munson, President/CEO of Paramount Business Development

    Register now! Deadline October 21
    Friday, October 28 at 3:00 p.m.
    Hershey Lodge
    325 University Drive, Hershey

    Click here for more details

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    Paramount Business Development is a coaching/advisory firm that works with business leaders in the construction and contracting industries to improve business results, develop better teams, coach executives to greater personal performance, and guide companies through succession. 

    Paramount specializes in Business Coaching, Executive Coaching, Sales Coaching, and facilitating Business Planning Retreats.


  • 12 Sep 2016 9:30 AM | Melanie Wise (Administrator)

    PBA is joining the National Association of Home Builders in celebrating Professional Women in Building (PWB) Week! All week long, our communications will aim to drive awareness of the vast contributions women have made and continue to make every day in the residential construction industry.

    Chair of Pennsylvania’s PWB Council, Cathy Sloan of the HBA of Berks County, says that this week provides a platform to demonstrate the important roles women play in our association. “We are a big part of the work force today in this industry,” she says. “We need to team up and do what we do best - helping our local associations, raising money for different charities in the community and getting involved.”

    Another goal of our state PWB Council is to grow association membership by fostering community relationships and networking at events. There are many opportunities hosted by local associations and their PWB chapters throughout the year including Home Shows and Parade of Homes events, membership mixers and fundraisers. Sloan encourages all PBA members to attend these events whenever possible and help spread the word about the benefits of membership. Contact your local association to find out what’s happening in your area.

    Sloan says several PWB members are participating this week in their HBA Restoring Hope project this week. The project aims to construct solutions to address unique challenges of deserving people in Berks County. More information is available here - http://hbarestoringhope.org/

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    Read more about PWB on our website at – www.pabuilders.org/pwb


  • 06 Sep 2016 8:55 AM | Melanie Wise (Administrator)

    It's that time again! The Summer Regional Meetings are here. This is an exclusive opportunity for PBA members to get together with local association leadership and make your voices heard.

    Our local associations are divided into 8 regions across the state. Each region meets three times per year prior to a PBA Board of Directors meeting. At these regional meetings, you'll have the opportunity to discuss any statewide initiatives, voting measures or events taking place at the upcoming Board meeting. Your region will then send the feedback from this meeting to PBA to be presented before the Board of Directors.

    Any member may attend a regional meeting. If you're unsure which region your local association is in, check the map. However, all attendees must RSVP using registration links below.

    Regional Meetings Registration: 

    Click on your region below for details & to RSVP.

    Note - The Regional/Board Packet has already been sent out via email with the subject line
    "Register for the PBA Board Meeting." Please download it to bring with you.

    MIDEAST - Sept. 29 at HBA of Metro Harrisburg in Harrisburg (RSVP by Sept. 22)
    MIDWEST - Sept. 29 at the US Hotel Tavern in Hollidaysburg (RSVP by Sept. 22)
    NORTHCENTRAL - October 6 at Bull Frog Brewery in Williamsport (RSVP by Sept. 29)
    NORTHEAST - October 6 at Marzoni's in Moosic (RSVP by Sept. 29)
    NORTHWEST - Sept. 28 at Chovy's in Meadville (RSVP by Sept. 21)
    SOUTHCENTRAL - Sept. 27 at the Out Door Country Club in York (RSVP by Sept. 20)
    SOUTHEAST - Sept. 28 at HBA of Bucks/Mont in Fort Washington (RSVP by Sept. 21)
    SOUTHWEST - October 5 at Burgh's Pizza & Wing Pub in Bridgeville (RSVP by Sept. 28) 

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    Questions?

    Call us at 717.730.4380

    Each meeting is also listed as an event on our website. To view the full calendar, click here.

     




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