PBA members from across the state gathered in State College this past weekend for the Summer Board Meeting. Members from more than two dozen local associations met to review progress, set agendas for future projects, and nominate officers for 2020. The event also provided members with the opportunity to network with others in the home building industry.
Prior to the actual Board Meeting, attendees participated in a variety of committee meetings including the PA Housing Research Center, Non-Dues Task Force, Membership, Communications, Workers Compensation, Workforce Training and Development, Professional Women in Building (PWB), and the Board of Directors meeting for Builders Services, Inc. (BSI).
The Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting, chaired by Jim Rumbaugh of The Meritage Group (Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh), drew the largest number of attendees. PBA members were updated on the success of Act 53 which takes builders and developers off the hook for major tax liabilities attributable to Contributions in Aid of Construction (or “CIAC.”) Act 53 provides significant savings for developers, homebuilders, and homebuyers. This victory is a major milestone in the work that the Governmental Affairs Committee is doing on behalf of the building industry in Pennsylvania. The committee also provided details on other issues facing the industry as well as upcoming initiatives.
Governmental Affairs leadership also announced the establishment of the Keystone Club recognizing donors to the Pennsylvania Committee for Affordable Housing (PaCAH). Donations of $500 or more grant entry into the Club. Act now to be recognized as a founding member
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Elizabeth Hensil, of Finish Line Strategies, addressed lunchtime guests about the importance of a grassroots campaign in advance of a planned Legislative Day at the Capital set for September 23.
Those attendees wanting to learn more about how social media can benefit their businesses, took part in a seminar titled Getting Savvy With Social Media led by Deb Kozlovac of Alliance Business Technologies.
After a day of back-to-back meetings, a large number of members and guests took part in a special fundraising event for PaCAH at the nearby home of Betsy Dupuis. The theme of the evening was a summer picnic complete with delicious grilled delicacies, wine flights, a corn hole competition, and even a very popular dunk tank featuring Vice President Jon Sukonik, Past President Andrew Kaye, GA Committee Chair Jim Rumbaugh, and BA of Metro Pittsburgh Executive Officer Jim Eichenlaub.
President Maria Coutts convened Saturday morning’s Board Meeting where directors from across the state conducted the business of PBA.
Immediate Past President Kert Sloan announced the nominations for officers for 2020. Jon Sukonik of HBA of Bucks & Montgomery Counties was chosen as the nominee for President along with Cindy Cepko, Wayne-Pike BIA, as Vice President; Cathy Sloan, HBA of Berks County, as Secretary; Shawn Prohaska, HBA of NEPA, as Associate Vice President. The Treasurer nominee will be announced in the fall. Additional nominees included NAHB Area Three Vice President, Andrew Kaye, HBA of Bucks & Montgomery Counties; Builder State Director to NAHB, Kevin Coutts, Wayne-Pike BIA; Associate State Director to NAHB, Amy Martino, BA of Metropolitan Pittsburgh; and NAHB State Representative, Kert Sloan, HBA of Berks County
Special guest Alicia Huey, candidate for the 2020 NAHB Third Vice Chair addressed the board and asked for their support at the national level. Huey, from Birmingham, Alabama, has played a large role in the home building industry over the years at the local, state, and national levels. Secretary Cindy Cepko followed up with a resolution on behalf of PBA which pledges Pennsylvania’s endorsement on behalf of Alicia Huey’s campaign.
President Coutts rounded out the Board Meeting with an overview of the progress of the PBA Strategic Plan initiatives and opened the floor to new business and discussion.
Members left the summer gathering with a renewed sense of direction and encouragement from the work that is being completed to further support the industry.
All PBA members are encouraged to attend the Fall PBA Board Meeting set for October 31-November 2 at the Harrisburg Hilton located in Harrisburg. Please watch for more details in the coming months.