This piece was original published in Mid Atlantic Builder & Remodeler Magazine in March/April 2009. Click here to see it in its original format.
Dear Fellow Remodelers:
Spring is in the air! You can begin to feel it and see it. We all are looking forward to the change of seasons, hoping that, just as spring brings new growth and blossoms to nature, so this spring will bring energetic new growth and blossoming businesses to the remodeling industry.
That’s why I thought I’d take a little time to emphasize the value of your membership in the HBAM Remodelers.
Let’s face it — above all else, I see four things that determine if a professional association is worth the membership cost.
- The extent to which an association helps its members achieve their professional goals:
- The extent to which an association helps its members meet and keep up-to-date with each other and with the industry, including any legislative, administrative and financial developments.
- The extent to which an association encourages its members to do business with other members and
- Recognition of those members who are leaders and excel in the industry.
It is my pleasure to demonstrate how the HBAM Remodelers Council fulfills all four — and then some!
Our organization is run by your fellow professional remodelers. This makes a big difference in everything we do: in creating programs that are remodeler-specific and in developing opportunities where you can meet and learn from other professionals.
For instance, this year will see the first-ever “Forecasting Conference” held strictly for remodelers” a premier event that will include presentations by industry experts, statistical analyses of our industry, and, at the same time, let members participate in remodelers’ focus groups that will help determine where we are heading in the coming months and how we should prepare for the future of our industry.
These events are all chosen and created BY Remodelers FOR Remodelers, in depth and on target with our industry.
Other networking and social functions include our Spring Dinner, Key Connections, Celebrity Chef night, local education and enrichment opportunities, along with seminars and courses.
At the same time, as a member of HBAM Remodelers, you automatically have access to programs including the highest level of continuing education courses, certification programs, seminars, workshops and round tables featuring professionals not only in your industry but in your area. You can take professional certification courses, become a Certified Graduate Remodeler, a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, a Certified Master Remodeler, a Certified Green Professional and more. Holding these certifications puts you a stp ahead of your competition — something that’s even more important now and in the future. You can check out the courses and certifications offered at ww.mdremodelers.org.
We’re proud to be YOUR professional remodeling association. Call me anytime at 410-808-5855 and I’ll be glad to talk further about how HBAM Remodelers can make a positive difference for your company.
Be profitable and be well.
Donald F. Lynch, Jr., CGR, CAPS
HBAM Remodelers Council