A Message for Other Local Associations Written by HBA Staff
Over the course of my time with the HBA, I’ve learned that there has been a disconnect between the local Home Builders Association of Berks County, the Reading-Berks Association of Realtors and other like organizations. When did this happen? More importantly, why?
I wish that I had the answers, but I don’t. However, I will say this; I met with the Education Committee at our local Realtors Association. I spoke about PBA and all that they do. During my “presentation” (if we can call it that), I asked if they were interested in having a joint meeting with the HBA of Berks County. After hearing what I had to say, they all agreed that there is a disconnect and that members would benefit from having a joint meeting.
The HBA of Berks County recently invited Sarah Miller, PBA's Manager of Public Policy, to come out and speak with our members and members of the Reading Berks Association of Realtors. Without hesitation, Sarah accepted the invitation. All she asked was that we tell her when and where.
The meeting was a success; it was well-received by all who attended. If a report card were to be issued, Sarah would definitely get an A+. She discussed a variety of topics affecting the building industry. Sarah made the attendees aware that PBA is not taking any of these matters lightly. Both PBA staff and its many volunteers are hard at work every day fighting for the survival of our members' bread and butter: the Building Industry.
Members have FREE Access to Industry Professionals! The HBA staff picks the time and place and all members have to do is show up. We don’t need to fill an entire room; we just need a handful of interested members. These members will be quite surprised to hear all that PBA is currently working on, in turn, they will spread the word, and they will come back for more.
This is an industry where KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. The more your members know, the better they can protect their businesses.
Isn’t it good to know that someone out there is fighting the battles so your members don’t have to? Someone who has the members’ best interest in mind? Members should be made aware of all the efforts made by PBA staff and PBA’s many volunteers.
I highly recommend that each and every one of you, who haven’t done so already, contact PBA and schedule some time for your members to meet with someone from PBA. Some say, that they don’t see VALUE. Well, here’s one for you, and it’s a FREEBIE!
And that folks, is my final answer!
Janet Campis, Executive Officer
HBA of Berks County
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