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All members are invited to join us for drinks, dinner and entertainment to honor the Leadership Team, Builders Gala Award recipients and the 2017 PBA President Andrew Kaye.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017
Reception at 6 p.m., Banquet at 7 p.m.
Black tie optional
SHERATON VALLEY FORGE
480 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Tickets are $75 per person before February 17th ($85 per person after that).
Click here to register now!
Questions? Contact the PBA staff.
Don't miss the PBA 2017 Winter Board Meeting taking place in King of Prussia. As the first board meeting of the year, this is one of our most highly attended events. It also coincides with the Installation & Awards Banquet on Friday evening. Dinner, drinks, entertainment and a chance to honor the Leadership Team, Builders Gala Awards recipients and PBA's 2017 President Andrew Kaye! Details and event information below.
PBA 2017 Winter Board Meeting
Friday, February 24th - 25th
Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel
480 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia PA 19406
Click here to view the full Schedule of Events, including committee meetings and seminars.
Ready to get registered? RSVP for the meetings you want to attend before February 17th.
Room reservations need to be made directly with the Sheraton Valley Forge by calling 800-325-3535 or online by clicking here.
Room rates are $155 (plus taxes and fees) for single or double occupancy. Check in time is 3 p.m.; check out time is noon. Reservations need to be made prior to the February 3rd room release date.
2017 Installation & Awards Banquet
Friday, February 24th
Reception at 6 p.m., Banquet at 7 p.m.
Black tie optional
Tickets are $75 per person before February 10th ($85 per person after that). RSVP with seating requests and meal choice to Mary Ann Sesler at email@example.com no later than February 17th.
Click here to download event flyer and view meal choices.
Questions? Contact PBA Staff for more information.
We're kicking off the New Year with tremendous news. On January 5, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania dismissed the Clean Air Council (CAC) lawsuit that threatened to mandate accelerated adoption of all model building codes, including the mandate for fire sprinklers in all homes. PBA's arguments were instrumental in defeating this frivolous suit.
Technically, the Court dismissed the case without prejudice. That means that the CAC could refile the case with the Commonwealth Court if the CAC can allege new facts or theories of law that would establish standing. Alternatively, the CAC can appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Nevertheless, barring a successful appeal, the dismissal all but shuts the door on the bulk of the CAC's claims.
Although the lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice, the court's language didn't display any appetite to taste this matter again. (If you wish to read it, you can find the Court's full opinion here - Memorandum Opinion CAC Dismissal.) Near the end of its opinion, the Court stated (emphasis added):
[T]he causal chain alleged by CAC in support of its challenge is premised upon a dizzying array of actions taken or not taken by governmental and nongovernmental actors once RAC issued its recommendation pursuant to the PCCA, and presumably each time RAC issues a recommendation in the future, which may impact actions taken or not taken by CAC members. These allegations are simply far too remote to satisfy even a relaxed standard of causation maintained to ensure that the most injurious and widespread government actions can be questioned by the citizens of this Commonwealth.
From the beginning, PBA engaged in a furious litigation and fundraising effort to defeat the suit. First, PBA had to gain specific approval from the Court in order to intervene in the lawsuit. PBA was not a party to the original claim. We genuinely feared that the state agencies might settle the case in a manner that hopelessly disadvantaged residential construction.
Without PBA's effort to intervene, the Court would never have heard the position of PBA's members. Second, led by PBA's Governmental Affairs leadership, PBA built a war chest to fight this battle on behalf of the members. The generous donations of PBA members and industry friends made this win possible. Litigation is never cheap. Without your contributions, PBA may have struggled to fight this case.
Let's savor this victory. Thanks go out to all those who contributed to the PBA's litigation efforts without your financial support the outcome of this decision could have been very different.
Pennsylvania Home Builders are the only advocates that consumers can trust to safeguard the integrity and cost effectiveness of the construction code. PBA has long been the voice of the residential housing industry and with your continued support stands prepared to keep fighting these ongoing legal battles.
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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:
Bradford White Water Heaters
Royal Building Products
Weyerhaeuser Wood Products
James Hardie Fiber Cement
Home Savings and Loan
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 $14,000 for BUILD-PAC to help them surpass their cycle goal for this year. Thank you to everyone for your support!
Another huge thank you to our partners JRG Advisors, EK McConkey, and BDX for networking with our members and assisting them with questions over the weekend. We appreciate you sharing your time with us!
Mark your calendar for the next Board of Directors Meeting on February 23-25 at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel. We look forward to seeing you there.
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This year’s schedule for the Fall Board meeting is packed full of social events like the BUILD PAC reception or 2nd Annual Meet the Builder. On Saturday at the Board of Directors meeting, the PBA Senior Officers are inviting the entire board to participate in a “Senior Officers Forum” where you can raise questions and voice your opinion regarding the direction of PBA. Don’t forget, there are also three different special presentations occurring on Friday! Read the descriptions for each seminar below to help you decide which to attend:
Housing Finance Committee Panel Discussion – Friday, October 28 at 2 PM
Hosted by the PBA Housing Finance Committee, a panel of experts will provide insights into how builders can access special housing finance opportunities in Pennsylvania. Bring your questions to learn how you may be able to benefit your business. Panelists include David Corwin, Housing Programs Director with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Coleen Baumert, Director of Homeownership Programs with the PA Housing Finance Agency.
PHRC Education Sampler – Friday, October 28 at 3 PM
The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center is available to meet your educational needs on a variety of topics and in a variety of formats. This PHRC Education Sampler will discuss the process for requesting an educational session, the continuing education offered through the PHRC, as well as highlight a few popular PHRC programs, including:
Prospects to Profit$ 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
Deadline to register is Friday, October 21. Register for the Fall Board meeting now!
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.
For more information about contributing to the Foundation, please go to www.pafoundationforhousing.org
Deadline October 23
Friday, October 28
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
The Hershey Lodge
Crystal Room A (subject to change)
325 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
Meet with these sponsors and more…
For questions or comments contact Douglas Vu at firstname.lastname@example.org - 717.730.4380 ext. 3015
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:
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.
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