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  • 27 Feb 2020 2:49 PM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    Carmen and Jared Witmer, owners of J.D. Witmer Drywall, Inc. located in Dover, PA, have been awarded the Hammers & Gavels Award by the statewide Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA). The Hammers & Gavels Award is one of the Association's highest awards representing statewide legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of the residential construction industry.

    The Witmers testified on behalf of PBA when sharing their family business’s experience of being audited twice under Act 72 – the Construction Workplace Misclassification Act. Because of that testimony and meetings with members of the House – two bills amending the Misclassification Act never made it out of the House Labor and Industry Committee – and Union Leaders were forced to admit publicly that Act 72 was never intended to have a detrimental effect on small contractors.

    “Not only did they have the courage to step up and speak on behalf of other hard-working businesses and stakeholders, but their message was persuasive and effective,” remarked Jim Rumbaugh, Chair of the PBA Governmental Affairs Committee, when presenting the award to the Witmers.

    In addition to their advocacy efforts, the Witmers have offered their time and help to other association members facing similar situations. They are now active members of the York Builders Association’s Government Affairs Committee and their family is also supportive in volunteering at Association events.

  • 25 Feb 2020 12:46 PM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    NAHB Builder Link Alert

    Please call or write your Senator and urge them to contact Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to keep energy building code provisions out of the comprehensive energy bill.

    Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski and Ranking Member Joe Manchin (D-WV)  are working to introduce a comprehensive energy bill and are attempting to include S. 2137, The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, into the bill. S. 2137 would expand the role of the Department of Energy (DOE) in the code development process by requiring them to establish energy savings targets, thereby denying the code consensus bodies freedom in decision-making.  Learn more about the bill here.

    This represents an unprecedented power grab by the federal government in the building code development arena and we need your help now!

    CALL TO ACTION

     

  • 25 Feb 2020 12:12 PM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    The second installment of PBA's official magazine, Building Pennsylvania, is now hitting members' mailboxes. The theme of this edition is Workforce Development. Read all about how PBA is working with educators, local associations, students, and employers to grow the workforce of tomorrow.

    PBA members can also get to know the 2020 PBA President Jon Sukonik as well as take a look back at the impact Past President J. Roger Glunt (1976) made on the association.

    Be sure to check out reports on what's going on in the local associations plus get a heads-up on E-Verify and how it impacts your business.

    Look for the magazine and be sure to share it with potential members.

    Read the online edition here.

  • 25 Feb 2020 11:35 AM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    PBA members officially kicked off 2020 with the Winter Board Meeting. The event took place February 20-22 at the Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia.

    Board meetings are held three times a year and provide an opportunity for committees and members to strategize and make plans for the welfare of the association. In addition, committees were tasked by 2020 PBA President Jon Sukonik to increase involvement and accountability. Concrete goals were requested and committees will be required to report on progress between board meetings.

    Before the business officially started, members gathered for a hospitality event on Thursday evening. The occasion gave members a chance to catch up with friends and business associates as well as the ability to connect and welcome new members.

    Friday’s packed day of meetings included the large gathering of the Government Affairs committee. Prior to the GA committee’s work, Chair Jim Rumbaugh had the pleasure of presenting the Hammers and Gavels Award to York Builders Association members Jared and Carmen Witmer. The award is one of the association's highest awards representing statewide legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of the residential construction industry.

    The Witmers testified on behalf of PBA when sharing their family business’s experience of being audited twice under Act 72 – the Construction Workplace Misclassification Act. Because of that testimony and meetings with members of the House – two bills amending the Misclassification Act never made it out of the House Labor and Industry Committee – and Union Leaders were forced to admit publicly that Act 72 was never intended to have a detrimental effect on small contractors.

    Once the meetings concluded, nearly 300 members and guests joined together for the 2020 Installation and Awards Banquet where PBA honored its own and the leadership was formally sworn into office.

    The evening started out with a reception and silent auction of more than 30 items with 100% of the proceeds going to the PA Foundation for Housing and the great work of the Endorsed Trade Program. A total of more than $6,500 was raised.

       

    The following individuals and organizations received PBA’s annual awards:

    • Rookie of the Year – Josh Gibbons of the BIA of Philadelphia
    • Media Project of the Year – York Builders Association for the WorkforceNOW Videos
    • Community Service Project of the Year – HBA of Chester & Delaware Counties for the Renovation and Expansion of the Community Volunteers inn Medicine offices
    • Builder & Shaker Award – Joseph Mazzella of Mazzella Enterprises, Carbon County BA
    • Associate of the Year – Amy Martino of Building Site Synergy, BA of Metro Pittsburgh
    • Builder of the Year – Thomas McCosby of T.W. McCosby, LLC, Lawrence County BA and Mercer County BA
    • Distinguished Achievement Award – David F. Sheppard, Jr., former Executive Vice President of the HBA of Berks County, PBA, and the HBA of Metro Harrisburg

     

    Judy Dinelle, the 2020 NAHB PWB Woman of the Year and 2020 NAHB Associates Member Committee Chair installed the leadership of the Professional Women in Building officers:

    Professional Women in Building:

    • Anna Coutts, Chair
    • Alissa Weiss, Vice Chair
    • Robin Ruhmel, Treasurer
    • Melissa Curren, Secretary

    Special guest Dean Mon, 2020 NAHB Chair, was on hand to install the following officers to their respective offices:

    Executive Officers Council:

    • Ashley Fickel, President
    • Carla Zapotek, Vice President
    • Keri O’Shea, Secretary/Treasurer

    Regional Vice Presidents:

    • Paul Bell, Northwest
    • Todd Klippa, Southwest
    • Matt Houser, Midwest
    • Dean Hilliard, Northcentral
    • Darrell Adams, Mideast
    • Keith Petrisek, Southcentral
    • John Olson, Northeast
    • Bill Creeger, Southeast

    Regional Legislative Officers:

    • Thomas McCosby, Northwest
    • Heather Dieckmann, Southwest
    • Gene Horomanski, Midwest
    • Thadd Wendt, Northcentral
    • Greg Harris, Mideast
    • Tom Garman, Southcentral
    • Dave Balent, Northeast
    • Rich Carroll, Southeast

    PBA Senior Officers:

    • Cindy Cepko (Wayne Pike BIA), Vice President
    • Cathy Sloan (HBA of Berks County), Secretary
    • Shawn Prohaska (HBA of NEPA), Associate Vice President
    • Maria Coutts (Wayne Pike BIA), Immediate Past President

    For his installation as the 70th President of PBA, Jon Sukonik (HBA of Bucks and Montgomery Counties) asked his father, Harold Sukonik, to administer the oath of office. Following his formal swearing-in, Jon thanked the guests in attendance and shared his passions for the industry and his plans to make 2020 a great year for PBA.

    The evening concluded with entertainment provided by the Aqua String Band who brought a taste of Philadelphia and the famous Mummers Parade to the installation.




    Saturday morning’s Board of Directors Meeting was an opportunity to get down to official business. Reports on GA activities, membership, PaCAH, and BUILD-PAC were provided. Life Directors Bill Harrison and Arnold Minnick, both of West Branch Susquehanna BA, and Paul Szostak of Wayne Pike BIA were presented with their official certificates. Lori Venema of West Branch Susquehanna BA was formally elected as PBA Treasurer prior to her report on PBA financials.

    The latest edition of Building Pennsylvania, PBA’s official publication, was unveiled along with a rendering of the new PBA website, to debut this spring.

    The Summer PBA Board Meeting will take place July 23-25 at the OMNI Bedford Springs Resort.

    Photos courtesy of Linda McManus Images

  • 07 Feb 2020 4:09 PM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    The 28th Annual PHRC Housing Conference is only a month away! Some highlights include:

    • PBA members receive a discount on registration!
    • Standard registration ends on February 16, 2020.
    • PHRC members also receive conference discounts – if your local is a member, you should have received discount information via email for one attendee.

    On March 4-5, the 28th Annual PHRC Housing Conference highlights best practices, regulation, and innovation in the housing industry. Invited speakers present on a wide-range of topics, which may include high-performance homes, panelized construction, modular homes, innovative technologies, PA Uniform Construction Code, land development, manufactured homes, and code updates with the PCCA Symposium Central. Also, Wednesday evening will feature our fun networking event, Happy Hour on the Exhibit Floor.

    This conference brings together all sectors of the housing industry including builders, design professionals, remodelers, code officials, educators, factory-built housing manufacturers, and product manufacturers. Continuing education available for AIA, ICC, L&I, NARI, and PA PDHs pending individual session approval.

    For more information, please visit www.phrc.psu.edu! Also, join the Facebook event.

  • 07 Feb 2020 4:03 PM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    PBA CEO Dan Durden sat down with Mike McGee, CEO of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, for an episode of CEO Corner.

    The two discussed the challenges facing builders in Pennsylvania and the impediments to building affordable housing including property taxes, zoning limitations, stormwater regulations. Warranty complications, escalating material costs, and the shrinking workforce and how they impact the home building industry in Pennsylvania were also topics covered in the episode.

    To watch the complete video, please CLICK HERE.
  • 27 Jan 2020 12:57 PM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    Have you reserved your tickets for the 2020 PBA Installation and Awards Banquet yet? Join us for an evening of celebration as the new PBA Senior Officers including President Jon Sukonik, RVP and RLO, and other leadership are sworn-in for their service to the Association. In addition, PBA will honor our own with awards for Builder and Associate of the Year.

    Prior to the banquet, guests will be encouraged to check out the auction benefiting the PA Foundation for Housing – proceeds will help support the Endorsed Trade Program.

    Tickets are now available and going fast. To save your seat, purchase your ticket here today.

  • 20 Jan 2020 12:36 PM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    It’s time to register for the upcoming PBA Winter Board Meeting. The meeting will take place February 20-22 at the Valley Forge Resort Casino.

    The meeting will include committee meetings, an informative seminar on shifting control from developers to homeowners in condominiums and homeowner association, the Installation and Awards Banquet, and the Board of Directors meeting.

    A special room rate of $124 is available to PBA members. To take advantage of this rate, please call the hotel at 610-354-8118 and ask for the PBA room block in the Valley Tower (CODE: a220bui). Please note that this offer expires February 7.

    Please CLICK HERE to see the entire schedule and the register for events including the Friday lunch and the Installation & Awards Banquet.

    If you have any questions, please contact Rick Cochran at rcochran@pabuilders.org.

  • 10 Jan 2020 1:36 PM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

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  • 06 Jan 2020 5:35 PM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    The schedule for the PBA Winter Regional Meetings is set. This is a great opportunity for members to meet prior to the Board Meeting to provide their input on PBA activities.

    Members will receive the six-week mailing on January 14. The packet will contain information and agendas for the upcoming Board Meeting as well as details on seminars, the Installation & Awards Banquet, and more.

    Please see below for the information on the various Regional Meetings. If you are unsure of your region, please check out the map here.

    Northcentral Region – January 22; 5:30 p.m.
    Lewisburg Hotel, Lewisburg
    REGISTER HERE

    Mideast Region - January 27; 5:30 p.m.
    HBA of Metro Harrisburg, Harrisburg
    REGISTER HERE

    Southwest Region – January 28; 3:00 p.m.
    Conference Call
    REGISTER HERE

    Southcentral Region – January 28; 5:30 p.m.
    Outdoor Country Club, York
    REGISTER HERE

    Southeast Region – January 29; 3:00 p.m.
    HBA of Bucks & Montgomery Counties, Fort Washington
    REGISTER HERE

    Northwest Region – January 29; 7:00 p.m.
    Conference Call
    REGISTER HERE

    Northeast Region – January 30; 5:00 p.m.
    Conference Call
    REGISTER HERE

    Midwest Region – January 30; 5:30 p.m.
    Penn Gables, Ebensburg
    REGISTER HERE

    See you at the Regional Meetings!

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