North Carolina Builder Magazine Summer 2011
The official magazine of the North Carolina Home Builders Association
The official magazine of the North Carolina Home Builders Association Vol. 41, No.3 Summer 2011 Members lobby legislators in Raleigh NCBI Students Earn Designations Golf Tournament Recap STARS Awards Entries Due 21st Century Building Expo & Conference Conference: September 14-16, 2011 Exhibits: September 15-16, 2011 Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC Door Prizes Grand Prize Golf Tournament STARS Awards Gala making every minute Information and Registration: www.21BuildingExpo.com 1.800.662.7129 count Presented by the North Carolina Home Builders Association BUILD THE COOLEST HOUSES WITH SOLARBORD RADIANT BARRIER SHEATHING Send radiant heat back where it came from As temperatures and cooling costs soar, the new frontier in house construction is increasing energy efficiency. Solarbord uses heat-reflecting foil laminated to OSB to stop 97% of the sun’s radiant energy. 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(800) 662-7129 • http://www.nchba.com Mike Carpenter Executive Vice President and General Counsel 6 V ol . 41, N o . 3, S ummer 2011 8 firstname.lastname@example.org Lisa Martin Director of Government Affairs email@example.com Robert Privott Director of Codes and Construction firstname.lastname@example.org Jessica Hayes Director of Political Affairs Kathryn Atkinson Director of Membership Services Deborah Alford Director of Exhibitions and Education email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Enter your projects in the STARS Awards 6 Golf tournament raises $13,200 for scholarships 8 email@example.com NCHBA Legislative Conference recap Tracie Garrett Director of Exhibitor Services firstname.lastname@example.org Kep Paylor Vocational Education email@example.com 21CBEC offers builders and associates strategies for surviving and thriving 14 Mike Elledge Controller firstname.lastname@example.org Erin Jones Manager of Political Operations email@example.com Heather Crews Director of Communications and Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Brittany Carter Weathersbee Assistant Education Coordinator email@example.com Beth Gray Receptionist firstname.lastname@example.org Publisher Kevin Naughton Graphic Designer Jason Gabel Advertising Sales Manager Brenda Poe Advertising Sales Marsha Suwienski: (800) 935-1592, ext. 106 email@example.com Brenda Poe: (800) 935-1592, ext. 115 firstname.lastname@example.org Published by: 2929 Davison Rd., Flint, MI 48506 • (810) 239-5763 Acceptance of advertising in North Carolina Builder does not imply endorsement of the product or service by NCHBA. 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However, they may be deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses subject to restrictions imposed as a result of association lobbying activities. NCHBA estimates that the nondeductible portion of your 2011 dues — the portion that is allocable to lobbying — is 31 percent. Summer 2011 10 Four earn NCBI designations 15 Contents 4. President’s Message 9. NCHBA News 15. NC BUILD-PAC On the cover: Left: A group from the Greensboro BA pose with Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R– Rockingham). Pictured (l-r) Marlene Sanford, Taylor Collins, Cheryl Collins, Sen. Berger, Gary Hill and Phil Warrick. Right: Speaker of the House Rep. Thom Tillis (fourth from right) meets with constituents in the House chambers after the House recesses for break. NCHBA Calendar 2011 Schedule of Events September 7-10 NAHB Fall Board Meeting Milwaukee, WI September 14-17 21st Century Building Expo & Conference, STARS Awards Gala and 3rd Quarter Board Meeting Charlotte, NC October 20 NCDOL Carpentry Contest Raleigh, NC October 27-28 NCHBA Executive Planning Retreat Raleigh, NC North Carolina Builder 3 President’s Message by Bill Daleure, 2011 NCHBA President W Hope for the future e’re now in the summer months with half the year already behind us. By now, most of us thought the markets would have been improving and be more on their way to recovery. Reality is that they continue to wax and wane, near or at the bottom, with no clear signs of change for the better. NCHBA is hard at work to bring relief from costly and unnecessary regulations and programs to help with the recovery of the home building industry. Membership Drive We held a very successful membership drive in May, which you can read more about on page 9. To further assist our local HBAs, NCHBA is providing monetary assistance to the vast majority of our local HBAs who elect to enroll members in NAHB’s Touch program.This membership retention program sends very professional pieces of correspondence, membership Daleure certificates, brochures and emails—17 “touches” in all—at a cost that is less than the postage required to send them. Many HBAs have enrolled in the program and have customized the information that Regulatory Victories will be sent to their members. New members plus higher retention of in the General Assembly members results in a more successful HBA. Please ask your local board From a regulatory process we have a few quick victories. HB 92 to to enroll if they have not yet done so. Repeal the Land Transfer Tax option has been enacted into law, ending NC BUILD-PAC Drive the local governments’ ability to push for this unjust tax on property We recently completed the May is NC BUILD-PAC Month contest. transfers. SB 731 limits governments’ ability to enact residential design Thank you to all who participated. The legislative accomplishments guidelines which dictate the aesthetics, location of windows and doors discussed above would not be possible if not for NC BUILD-PAC including garage doors, construction materials and color of homes. contributions to help leaders, supportive of our industry, get elected. We This bill passed the Senate and is eligible for consideration in the 2012 are asking that everyone contribute at least $10 this year. It seems simple session. HB 806 revises the zoning statute of limitations for rezoning enough, but has always fallen short in years past.To that end, your NCHBA lawsuits to allow one year from the time a plaintiff has standing. It Executive committee achieved 100% participation in NC BUILD-PAC in was ratified and is awaiting the Governor’s signature. SB 22 has been March, and I have asked that each HBA Board of Directors do the same enacted and places a moratorium on new state rules causing more before they challenge their membership to likewise participate. I am now than $500,000 in additional cost per year on any persons or group asking you to not only contribute, but be an advocate for your board to until July 2012. achieve 100% participation, and then your membership.We will report these We are also supporting and working to enact around 20 other accomplishments as they happen. Don’t be left out. bills that provide a variety of good measures for our industry. These include tort reform, general contractor licensing law, strengthening Supporting Members law that disallows building moratoriums for planning purposes, Finally, I have hope for the future. Dr. David Crowe, NAHB’s Chief reducing buffers in the Neuse and Tar-Pam river basins, and improving Economist, stated during our May Board meeting in Washington D.C., turnover of BMP’s to neighborhood HOA’s, just mention a few. We “There is an ever growing pent up demand for household formations expect a very important bill to come from the report of the Joint that is being restricted by this economy.” We all know this to be true. Legislative Regulatory Reform Committee, which met in six different When the recovery begins in earnest, these new households will cities around the state to take comment about what regulations are require an additional 2 to 3 million homes above the normal housing being misused, are unnecessary and costly, or that inhibit economic demand. NCHBA’s focus is to support our members, make us all development and the creation of new jobs. We are hopeful that this strong, and remove regulatory obstacles that impede our business, so will address many of those regulations that are the most burdensome we are positioned to participate in the coming housing boom. to our industry. 2011 NCHBA Leadership Bill Daleure, President Erik Anderson, President-Elect J. Gary Hill, First Vice President Lyle Gardner, Immediate Past President & NAHB Executive Committee State Rep. Buddy Hughes, NAHB Executive Committee Mike Carpenter, Executive Vice President Patrick Mann,Vice President, Region I Glenn Morrison,Vice President, Region II Chad D. Collins,Vice President, Region III Ralph Doggett,Vice President, Region IV Densel Williams,Vice President, Region V 4 North Carolina Builder Brian Pace,Vice President, Region VI Marty Needham,Vice President, Region VII Brian Robinett,Vice President, Region VIII Kevin Annas,Vice President, Region IX Sean Sullivan,Vice President, Region X Barry Tutor, Secretary/Treasurer Elliot Mann, Presidential Appointee Mike Gerber, Presidential Appointee Jeff Stokley, Presidential Appointee Paulette Frantz, Associate Members Chair Natalie Fryer, Executive Officers Chair Emilee Collins, NCPWB Chair Summer 2011 OUR SYNTHETIC IS 10X STRONGER THAN 30# FELT. TOO BAD IT DOESN’T COST THE SAME. OH WAIT, YES IT DOES. Surround® SR synthetic underlayment is 10X stronger and lighter than 30# felt. It doesn’t absorb water, which means it’s less likely to rip and gives you more installation flexibility. Oh yeah, and it’s priced comparably to 30# felt. Better performance. Same price. What else do you need to know? 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The STARS Awards program honors the achievements of builders, associates, realtors, media and advertising professionals, and many others who make major contributions to the residential home building industry. Local home builders associations are also honored for their outstanding achievements.With 48 categories to choose from, there is something for everyone. Do you have a great project that deserves recognition? Do you need a creative way to make your product and company stand out above the competition? If so, enter the STARS Awards! To be eligible for consideration in the 2011 awards program, you must be a member of the National Association of Home Builders. Projects must have been completed between January 1, 2010 and July 20, 2011. 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STARS Awards Categories Include: • Marketing & Advertising • Brochures • Direct Mail • Logos • Advertisements • Websites • Billboard • Internet projects • Sales/Information Center • Landscape Design • Interior Merchandising • Architecture/Floor Plan • Remodeling/Renovation *NEW* • Local HBA Awards • Special Projects • Community of the Year • Distinguished Builder Member of the Year • Distinguished Associate Member of the Year 6 North Carolina Builder Summer 2011 The marketing benefit of reaching for the STARS Ever wonder why your company should enter the STARS Awards? Are you curious as to what companies do with such an award? The answer goes beyond the trophy and immediate recognition to include the role that a STARS Award can play in the big picture of a company’s overall marketing and sales strategy. Marketing programs in general are all aimed at convincing people to try out or to keep using particular products or services. Professional recognition such as the STARS Awards can be a great addition to your marketing tool belt! What advertising your STARS Award(s) can do for your business? • Highlight the quality and benefits of your product or service to current and potential customers, • Establish and maintain your distinct identity as a company and professional, • Enhance your professional reputation, • Give you an edge over the competition, • Encourage existing customers to buy more of what you sell, and • Promote your business. 2011 Sponsor Club Members The North Carolina Home Builders Association would like to recognize these companies for their generous support in 2011. THANK YOU ! Don’t be left out of the 2011 STARS Awards! Enter today! Thank You 2011 Sponsors Media Presentation TruOptions Financial Services LLC Member of the TruOptions Family of Companies C. Bruce Matthews, CWM, CTEP, Founder Mega Star SILVER Duke Energy ElectriCities of North Carolina Progress Energy North Carolina Housing Finance Agency Stuart Law Firm, PLLC Shining Star Shooting Star Aegis Administrative Services Bonded Builders Warranty Group PSNC Energy Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP Lewis & Roberts PLLC RT Marketing inc. WeMarketBuilders.com Summer 2011 Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog, LLP Lewis & Roberts, PLLC North Carolina Builder 7 Golfers raise $13,200 for scholarships G s First-place honors at the Builders Classic went to the team of Larry Ferguson, Hugh Gill, Mike Gill, and Connie Johnson with a score of 58. olfers teed off under a beautiful sunny sky April 29 at Bryan Park Golf Club to raise money for the North Carolina Home Builders Educational & Charitable Foundation Inc., which provides scholarships for students entering the building industry. The Builders Classic Golf Tournament, sponsored by Builders Mutual Insurance Co., turned out to be another big success this year as 86 golfers helped raise over $13,200 for the foundation. Taking home first place honors was the Pegram-West team of Larry Ferguson, Hugh Gill, Mike Gill and Connie Johnson. Second place honors went to the Brad D. Cummings Construction Co. team of Brad Cummings, Tony Fish, Michael Rhodes and Keith Thomas. Marty Needham, NCHBA Regional Vice President and Surry Co. HBA Local President, was the winner of the President’s Cup, a competition among former and current local, state or national HBA presidents. His team members were Grant Chilton, Kevin McCallister and Dwayne Shelton. The foundation would like to thank the many companies that helped support this event through contributions of door prizes, gift bag items and hole sponsorships. First- and second-place teams won gift certificates to the pro-shop at Bryan Park. The festivities began Thursday evening with a BBQ “Pig-nic” Cook-off sponsored by Builders Mutual Insurance Co. Robert Privott, Larry Airey and Danny Brafford squared off to earn the prize of top chef. Attendees cast monetary “votes” for the best BBQ, which raised an additional $280 for the scholarship program. Larry Airey was voted the winner and took home the metal flying pig trophy. Thank You … s Larry Airey and his wife, Dixie, accept the metal flying pig after winning the BBQ Pignic Cookoff on Thursday evening. The North Carolina Home Builders Association would like to thank Builders Mutual Insurance Co. for sponsoring the Builder Classic Golf Tournament. Proceeds benefit the North Carolina Home Builders Educational and Charitable Foundation Inc. It was through the insurance company’s generous support that this worthwhile event was made possible. Door prizes were donated by: Dominion Power Log Homes of America Moen, Inc. Pella Carolina Piedmont Natural Gas Professional Warranty Services Corp. Stuart Law Firm Gift bag items were donated by: Bonded Builders Home Warranty Builders Mutual Insurance Co. s The team of Brad Cummings, Tony Fish, Michael Rhodes and Keith Thomas came in a close second place finish with a score of 59. Phantom Screens Piedmont Natural Gas Tradition Homes Hole sponsors were: ABC Supply Co. BB&T Bonded Builders Warranty Group Builders Mutual Insurance Co. Dan Ryan Builders Dominion NC Power Integrity Builders Perma ‘R’ Products Pro-Build Schluter Systems Wade Jurney Homes Registration Desk Sponsor: Piedmont Natural Gas 8 North Carolina Builder Summer 2011 NCHBA News Second NCHBA Membership Drive Nets 366 New Members Member Elected to NAHB Leadership Position in North Carolina Kevin Kelly, a Delaware builder and developer with more than 30 years of experience in the building industry, was elected as the 2011 Third Vice Chairman of the Board during the 2011 International Builders’ Show. Kelly, president of Leon N. Weiner & Associates Inc., is also a long-standing member of the HBA of Raleigh Wake Co. Kelly joins fellow NCHBA member Rick Judson as a senior officer of NAHB. Congratulations Kevin! Local HBAs in North Carolina called in 366 new member pledges on National Membership Day May 24. NAHB reports that 3,432 new member pledges were called in overall during the campaign. Across all membership categories North Carolina represented just over 10 percent of the national total. In terms of just builder and associate members, North Carolina represented 9.59 percent of the national total, finishing only behind Texas for the highest percentage. The membership breakdown is as follows: 289 builders and associates, 56 affiliates, 16 Sales and Marketing Council, and five Remodelers Council members. Thank you again to everyone who worked hard to make this incredibly important day so successful for our association and our industry. oth Bo 02 #3 Summer 2011 North Carolina Builder 9 Capitol Insider Legislative Conference Annual s (l-r) NCHBA Executive Vice President Mike Carpenter, NC Court of Appeals Judge Sam Irvin IV, Rep. Harold Brubaker (R–Randolph), Rep. Phil Frye (R–Mitchell) and Rep. Dan Ingle (R–Alamance). s NCHBA Executive Vice President Mike Carpenter (left) and his wife Julia pose with Rep. Kelly Hastings (R-Gaston). Rep. Hastings was a primary sponsor of HB 648, Improve Enforcement/General Contractor Laws. s Rep. William Brawley (R–Mecklenburg) holds the pen used to sign HB92 Repeal Land Transfer Tax, a key piece of legislation for NCHBA. Pictured with Rick Shields, a member of the Lake Norman HBA. s President NCHBA Bill Daleure (l) speaks with Sen. Dan Clodfelter (D– Mecklenburg) about the housing industry. Also pictured l-r, Tom Pearson, Mark Baldwin, Rick Judson and Nicole Goolsby. s Salisbury-Rowan HBA Executive Vice President Mac Butner (l) pictured with Rep. Harry Warren. 10 North Carolina Builder Summer 2011 by Lisa Martin, Director of Government Affairs embers of the North Carolina Home Builders Association visited with the N.C. General Assembly June 7-8 as part of NCHBA’s annual Legislative Conference in Raleigh. It was an extremely busy time down at the General Assembly, as the meeting was held just days before the “crossover deadline.” Generally, any non-appropriations bills that have not passed at least one chamber of the General Assembly by the crossover deadline cannot be considered again until the start of the next legislative long session in 2013. Luckily, our members were able to schedule meetings with their legislators during the morning of June 8 amidst the flurry of activity in the Legislative Building. The previous evening, we had a well-attended reception in honor of legislators at the North Carolina Museum of History. Among the NCHBA legislative priorities that members discussed: • Reforming general contractor licensing law to end abuse of homeowner exemption • Ending development moratoria abuse • Limiting zoning design and aesthetic controls by local governments • Workers’ compensation reform • Tort reform • Regulatory reform At the time of this writing, the 2011 “long session” is close to adjournment. Look for a recap of the 2011 Legislative Session in an upcoming issue of North Carolina Builder magazine. The following pages show a “snapshot” of our NCHBA Legislative Conference. Thanks to everyone who participated and we hope to see you next year! M s Pictured left to right, Charlotte HBA Executive Officer Mark Baldwin, Rep. Ric Killian (R–Mecklenburg), NCHBA Director of Political Affairs Jessi Hayes and Brad Trahan, an intern in Rep. Killian’s office.. s Members of the Cabarrus Co. BIA, Lake Norman HBA and Iredell Co. HBA are pictured here with Rep. Jeff Barnhart (R–Cabarrus), fifth from right and Rep. Fred Steen (R-Rowan), second from left. (See Annual Legislative Conference on page 12) s Rep. James Boles Jr. (R–Moore) visits with a group from the Moore County HBA. s (l-r) NCHBA First Vice President Gary Hill, NCHBA President Bill Daleure, Sen. David Rouzer (R–Johnston) and NCHBA Executive Vice President Mike Carpenter pause for a photo at the Legislative Reception. Summer 2011 s Rep. Mike Hager (R-Rutherford) talks with NCHBA Executive Vice President Mike Carpenter. Rep. Hager was a primary sponsor of HB648, Improve Enforcement/General Contractor Laws. North Carolina Builder 11 Annual Legislative Conference (continued from page 11) s Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Dale Folwell (R– Forsyth), pictured second from right, meets with a group of constituents from the Winston-Salem area. Folwell championed the historical legislation on workers’ compensation reform during the 2011 session. s Sen. Eric Mansfield (D– Cumberland) meets with a large group from the Fayetteville HBA at the Legislative Building. s N.C. Court of Appeals judges Sanford Steelman Jr. (left) and Doug McCullough (right) stop by the Legislative Reception. Also pictured NCHBA EVP Mike Carpenter. s A group from the Alamance-Caswell HBA poses with Rep. Dan Ingle (R– Alamance) at the Legislative Reception. s Rep. Edgar Starnes (R–Caldwell), right, poses with (l-r) Ken Walend, retired Rep. Trudi Walend and Rick Judson. s (l-r) NCHBA President Bill Daleure, Linda Daleure and Mark Baldwin (right) greet Rep. Ruth Samuelson (R–Mecklenburg) as she stops by the Legislative Reception. 12 North Carolina Builder s Rep. Susi Hamilton (D–New Hanover) poses with Dave Thomas and Jeff Stokley, both members of the Wilmington Cape Fear HBA. Summer 2011 Reach Your Target Market Jumpstart your business by advertising in North Carolina Builder! 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For the past few years, NCHBA members have struggled to hang on to their businesses and make a living building homes for the citizens of our state. Thankfully, North Carolina’s home building industry has fared much better than other parts of the country and many economists believe the worst is behind us. Have you positioned your company so that it is ready to take advantage when the market improves? In September, the North Carolina Home Builders Association will host the 21st Century Building Expo & Conference Sept. 14-16 at the Charlotte Convention Center.This event is one of the most important benefits we offer our members. You will have the opportunity to gather with other industry professionals from across the southeast for education and networking. The 21CBEC provides builders and associates with critical knowledge about the current marketplace and how best to position your companies in a way that will significantly increase your prospects for success. There are a variety of ways to participate in the Expo, including options for every budget. Educational Conference The 21CBEC offers the best educational conference in the Southeastern United States with more than 50 courses and seminars being offered over three days. These cutting-edge NCBI, NAHB, and general session courses will be taught by experts who will provide information that will be useful in helping you survive. Many of these instructors have presented these same courses at the International Builders Show and at other events across the country. A few highlights of the educational conference include: • Green Building for Building Professionals and Basics of Building will be offered for those of you interested in earning your Certified Green Professional designation. With over 500 builders in North Carolina holding the designation, it is one of the most popular and useful designations available. These are the only courses required for the designation. • Two courses for the increasingly popular Certified Aging-inPlace Specialist designation will also be offered: Marketing and Communication Strategies for Aging and Accessibility (CAPS1) and Design/Build Solutions for Aging and Accessibility (CAPS2). • The Full Delegate registration for just $85 allows you to take any of our more than 25 general session seminars. Topics include energy efficiency, marketing strategies, social media, remodeling and more. Exhibit Hall Courses are not the only way to acquire knowledge to improve your business. Over 200 exhibitors will be displaying the latest in 14 North Carolina Builder goods and services to serve the residential construction industry. Pick up new ideas and new technologies to better run your business. Examine new products and services that may help you deliver higher value to your customers and set you apart from your competition. For just $10, you can visit the Expo Floor September 15-16. For a small investment of your time and resources, you have the opportunity to obtain a significant return. The Exhibit Hall will be open on a new schedule this year. For several years, our educational conference attendees have been disappointed not to have more time on the Expo Floor. We’re remedying that situation this year, in addition to giving those of you who can’t leave work during normal work hours another opportunity to visit the floor. On Thursday, Sept. 15, the Expo Floor will be open from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. From 5 p.m.-7 p.m. beers and snacks will be served while you visit with exhibitors. On Friday, Sept. 16, the Expo Floor will be open from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Networking Opportunities Often times, it is the casual conversation that you have with your fellow builder or associate member that can give you an idea for your business. The 21CBEC has many networking opportunities, both casual and more formal. • STARS Awards Gala – Wednesday, September 14 (see page 6 for more information) • 21CBEC Golf Tournament – Wednesday, September 14. Relax on the links before the Exhibit Hall opens with a round of golf at the Charlotte Golf Links course. • NASCAR Over the Wall Tour – Wednesday, September 14. New this year! Take a full tour of the Charlotte Motor Speedway and experience the speed and curves of the track. • Builders Beer Garden – Thursday, September 15. Enjoy a beer and snacks from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on the Expo Floor. No additional charge! For eight years, many NCHBA members have taken advantage of the convenient location for a conference that rivals the quality of the much larger International Builder Show. If you have attended the 21CBEC, you know the benefits and we hope to see you again this year. If you have never attended the 21CBEC, we hope that you make the commitment and small investment this year. It’s a decision we know you won’t regret. To register or to get more information, visit www.21buildingexpo. com or call NCHBA at 1-800-662-7129. SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR NCHBA MEMBERS When you register online, enter special promo code NCBM and take $10 off your registration fees. This code will make the Expo Floor FREE or take $10 off your conference registration fees. Summer 2011 Four earn NCBI designation Accredited Master Builder Graduate Chad Collins, CGP Collins Design-Build Durham, N.C. A licensed general contractor since 1997, as well as a licensed home inspector, Chad Collins has been transforming clients’ dreams into elegant, fashionable, timeless homes while building a reputation for skilled craftsmanship, superior quality, and incomparable client service. Chad’s commitment to excellence has earned Collins Design-Build, Inc. numerous top industry awards, including the coveted Triangle Sales and Marketing Council’s MAME Building Company of the Year in 2007 & 2008. Collins is a member of the HBA of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties and serves as Regional Vice President for NCHBA. Accredited Builder Graduates Todd Lincoln Lincoln & Associates Durham, N.C. Todd is a professional homebuilder, photographer and dedicated father who believes in keeping it simple, sharing with and empowering others, and serving his community. He began his construction career in 1974 when he was just big enough to sweep floors for a crew of carpenters. He apprenticed as an electrician at the Apprentice School at Newport News Ship and Dry Dock, and learned the plumbing trade while working for an electrical and plumbing contractor in Chapel Hill, NC. He has operated a framing company, managed a franchised handyman company, and worked as a production manager and estimator for small to medium sized building companies.Todd served on the board of directors and worked as an estimator and construction coordinator for Rebuilding Together of the Triangle. Currently, he works as a Project Manager and is the qualifier for the company’s license at RT Lincoln. He is an active member of the HBA of Durham, Orange and Chatham Cos. Ron Ricci, CGP Ricci Builders & Management Belews Creek, N.C. Ron Ricci is a custom builder in the Triad area, focusing on personal attention to detail and customer satisfaction. Ricci earned his Certified Green Professional Designation through NAHB and also is an ENERGY STAR builder through the EPA. Ricci is an active member of the Winston-Salem HBA. Scott Woodcock J. Scott Builders Holly Springs, N.C. Scott Woodcock is president of J. Scott Builders, a custom home builder in the Raleigh area. A native of Rocky Mount, he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Elon University and moved to the Triangle area. Woodcock is a member of the HBA of Raleigh-Wake Co. Are you interested in enhancing your professionalism and earning accreditation in your industry? Plan to attend the Fall 2011 NCBI session scheduled for September 14-16 in conjunction with the 21st Century Building Expo & Conference in Charlotte. Go to www.21buildingexpo. com for a complete list of courses. 2011 NC BUILD-PAC Major Contributors Your support helps elect pro-housing, business-friendly candidates for local and state offices. (Contributions/Pledges received as of June 15) Knights of the Round Table ($4,000/year) Bill Clark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Greenville-Pitt Co. HBA Tom Gipson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HBA of Raleigh-Wake Co. Capitol Club ($2,500/year) Andy Ammons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HBA of Raleigh-Wake Co. Rich Van Tassel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HBA of Raleigh-Wake Co. President’s Circle ($1,000/ year) Danny Adams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Moore Co. HBA Dent Allison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hickory-Catawba Valley HBA Erik Anderson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winston-Salem HBA Kevin Annas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Caldwell Co. HBA Mike Carpenter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NCHBA Wes Carroll. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HBA of Raleigh-Wake Co. Bill Daleure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charlotte HBA Jim Derrickson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HBA of Raleigh-Wake Co. Ralph Doggett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alamance-Caswell HBA Natalie Fryer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fayetteville HBA Lyle Gardner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HBA of Raleigh-Wake Co. Karl Haslinger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charlotte HBA Summer 2011 Gary Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Greensboro BA Joe Iannone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HBA of Raleigh-Wake Co. Lisa Martin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NCHBA Blake Massengill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HBA of Raleigh-Wake Co. Frank McLawhorn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Greenville/Pitt HBA Tim Minton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HBA of Raleigh-Wake Co. Craig Morrison. . . . . . HBA of Durham, Orange & Chatham Cos. Paul Mullican . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winston-Salem HBA John Nance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HBA of Raleigh-Wake Co. David Pressly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Iredell Co. HBA Brian Robinett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lincoln Co. HBA Cindy Sheldon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HBA of Raleigh-Wake Co. Warren Smith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HBA of Raleigh-Wake Co. Larry Strother. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fayetteville HBA Jim Stuart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HBA of Raleigh-Wake Co. Sean Sullivan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asheville HBA Nick Tennyson . . . . . . HBA of Durham, Orange & Chatham Cos. Barry Tutor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HBA of Raleigh-Wake Co. Frank Wiesner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HBAs of Raleigh-Wake Co. & Durham, Orange & Chatham Cos. North Carolina Builder 15 BASIC JOB SAFETY 1 POSITION HARDHAT 2 PLACE ON HEAD SIMPLE, RIGHT? That’s how we do things at Builders Mutual. We’re your industry experts, offering training, safety materials and policies tailored for residential, commercial and trade contractors. All the coverage you need in one place. If you’re in construction, the insurance choice is simple. Ask your agent about us. Or read more at buildersmutual.com.