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table of contents

on the cover Brent Pobuda (Village Floor & Wall, Inc.), Eric Wischmann (Ainsworth), Gretchen Iwen (Coldwell Banker) and Brad Nolan (Wells Fargo)

4 Executive Director Letter 6 A Word From Our President

41 Get Smart About Your Insurance Risk Compliance 48 Advocacy

10 Events Calendar

52 MN Green Path

12 ROMA Awards

54 Welcome New Members

18 PROFILE: Lowell Pratt

55 Member Spike 24 COMPANY PROFILE: 58 Member News

Filament Lighting & Home

34 BATC Foundation

Advertising Directory Andersen Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2, 3 Brock White Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Brush Masters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Chevrolet Business Elite Dealers ..inside front cover CenterPoint Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Central Marble Products, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Corporate 4 Insurance Agency Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 RMS Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 ECCO Midwest, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Erosion Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Gerhards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Hedberg Landscape & Masonry Supplies . . . . . . .53 IDC-Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 In-Focus Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . .inside back cover Installed Building Solutions, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 J&W Asphalt, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Lake Elmo Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Lampert Lumber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 NEWS EVERYDAY ON THE BLOG: WWW.BATC.ORG/BLOG

Lyman Lumber Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Marvin Windows and Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Metro Home Insulation, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Minnesota Department of Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Molin Concrete Products Company . . . . . . . . . . . .37 NAHB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Orion Home Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 ProBuild . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Sam’s Lawn & Landscaping, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Schwieters Companies, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Shaw/Stewart Lumber Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Southview Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Stein Insurance Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Synergy Products, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .back cover Thermo-Tech Windows, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Trimpac, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Warners’ Stellian Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Wells Fargo Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Xcel Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

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DIRECTOR LETTER

REAPING A HARVEST After years of planting seeds and nurturing our relationship, the Northstar MLS agreed to add two fields to its database based on the direct request of BATC – one field allows the placement of a HERS score, while the second indicates if the home has green certification. This is a key step in the future of Minnesota’s Green Path.

David Siegel BATC Executive Director

Spring is the time we plant. Fall is the time we harvest. If we have planted well, nurtured our crop over the summer, watered regularly and weeded diligently, we are blessed with an abundant harvest in the fall. We can think of this timeless cycle as a metaphor for activity at BATC. This spring, we began several important activities. We planted the seeds for a powerful Independent Expenditure Fund – Housing First. Our goal is $700,000, which we’ll use in a bi-partisan approach to elect candidates in 2014 that are favorable to our industry. We’ve achieved nearly $400,000 thus far, and this already puts us in the ranks of elite Minnesota Political Action Super PACs. As of this writing, our Large Volume Builders and our Associates have been particularly generous, and we thank them heartily.

This spring also brought forward an extension of BATC’s Parade of Homes brand to a new, high-end Artisan Home Tour. We officially launched the new tour, and at the time of this writing, we have twelve confirmed homes (with a few more expected) and several major sponsors. We’re still watering this event, planning for a full bloom in June of 2014. Last year, we completed BATC’s umbrella brand strategy. It’s a roadmap to keeping our brand powerful. It brought us our mission statement: “Helping our member businesses grow through marketing, advocacy and industry connections,” and our vision, “To be the leading voice for builders and remodelers.” It also helped us to identify our brand personality of being rock-solid, influential, trusted and action-oriented. With our brand strategy in hand, we knew it was time to create an overall Strategic Plan.

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Spring again found us “planting” our ideas and building out the strategic plan. We have five Strategic Goals for the next two to three years (with so much changing so fast these days, five-year plans are out of favor). The first of these goals is to become the premier brand for builders and remodelers. A key objective of that goal was to evaluate all of BATC’s events, with an eye toward pruning and focusing.

UNDERSTANDING THE VALUE OF NARROWING OUR FOCUS, BATC will concentrate on major events for 2014. We have heard consistently from you, our members, that you are exceptionally busy, don’t have additional staff, and that BATC simply has too many activities. With this feedback in hand, and understanding the value of narrowing our focus, BATC will concentrate on major events for 2014. It’s a shift, and for some it will take getting used to, but we’re convinced that it’s the right

step for our Association and our members. The anchors of this new approach are B3 – Builder Day on the Hill March 12, the Builders and Remodelers Show on April 3 and The BIG Night (Building Industry Gala) celebrating all-things residential construction and BATC. You’ll hear more about our Strategic Plan in the coming months, and we intend for this powerful document to guide us. It will not sit on a shelf, rather, it will drive BATC to greater heights and impact for our members and our industry. And finally, in 2013, we saw the hard work of the Dues Task Force and the new dues formula, come to fruition. This new landmark formula increases BATC’s capacity in the public policy arena, while protecting the investment we make in the all-important Parade of HomesSM and Remodelers Showcase® Like any garden, even as we harvest, new seeds are planted for the next crop. But fall is the time to celebrate that harvest and to be proud of the good work we’ve achieved over this past year. What a thrill – to have successes in 2013 that drive us to even greater efforts and heights in 2014. Like you, we’re now planning for the year ahead, and we’re striving for a bumper crop.

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WORD FROM OUR PRESIDENT Executive Director David Siegel Editor & Director of Marketing/Communications Wendy Danks Creative Services Director/Graphic Designer Dawnita Parmely

A SOLID YEAR

Graphic Designer Laurie Spartz Creative Services Coordinator Casey Hafner Accounting Manager Ron DeCoux

Pamela Belz Senior Housing Partners

BATC will continue to flourish because BATC is

“OF, BY, AND FOR” the Builders and Remodelers of our housing industry.

Fellow members, This year has been a fruitful one. As an industry our permit activity is reaching numbers we haven't seen in years. Members are reporting that buyers are tired of waiting and are now on the move. The Fall Parade of HomesSM entries (which outpaced our predictions) enjoyed healthy traffic and qualified potential buyers. The Remodelers Showcase® also enjoyed great traffic with people energized to make changes they had been just dreaming about until now. We are feeling that the market has returned. We are also feeling the pressures of increased material prices, labor shortages and the threat of new regulations, including the Home Indoor Sprinkler System mandate; issues on which BATC continues to focus. BATC has been key in organizing a Housing Coalition to fight for and promote our industry. BATC has members seated on task groups with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS), Metropolitan Council and others who are working to shape better policy and regulation. BATC’s Housing First independent expenditure fund is successfully raising funds to support Housing Industry Champions. This function is a

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key to influencing housing friendly policy so we don’t have to fight costly legal battles after the fact. BATC’s Foundation has grown this year with a new Executive Director, new projects, new focus on a legacy mission and an opportunity for a reuse store. BATC held a successful job fair and is making plans for more, as well as encouraging school curriculum in the trades. We are working on a new scholarship program and developing a speakers bureau of members for outreach. BATC has updated its bylaws, created a Policy Manual, developed and implemented a five-point Strategic Plan that prunes and focuses our efforts on the most effective services for our members. BATC has been working very hard on and will launch the Artisan Home Tour in 2014. BATC is successful due to a hard working talented staff and the incredible engagement of you, its members. BATC will continue to flourish because BATC is “Of, By, and For” the Builders and Remodelers of our housing industry! Thank you to all of you who give of your time and energy to make OUR industry thrive. It has been an honor to serve you. Respectfully, Pamela Belz

Administrative & Membership Assistant Heather Litchy Advertising Sales Kori Meewes Brad Meewes BATC Foundation Executive Director Perri Graham Communications Coordinator Katy Ervin

Director of Public Policy & MN Green Path Executive Director James Vagle Education Coordinator Beth Graham Marketing & Events Manager Nicole Coon Membership Director Deb Earl Public Policy Assistant Mary Schweich

Director of Administrative Services Maxine Miller

Receptionist Emily Petermann

EXECUTIVE BOARD

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President Pamela Belz Senior Housing Partners

BATC RemodelersSM Jolynn Johnson Crystal Kitchen Center, Inc.

Builder Vice President Shawn Nelson New Spaces Associate Vice President Kerry Mulcrone Kerry & Co. Past Associate Vice President John Zirbes Lyman Lumber Co. Secretary Daryl Doehr Marvin Windows and Doors Treasurer Chris Contreras Ryland Homes Immediate Past President Curt Christensen Lee Lyn Construction, LLC Past President Council Representative Doug Nelson Retired

Large Volume Builders Marv McDaris Pulte Homes of Minnesota, LLC Membership Pattie Martin Glowing Hearth & Home Parade of HomesSM Paul Donnay Donnay Homes, Inc. Public Policy Jason McCarty Westwood Professional Services, Inc. Small Volume Builders Gary Kraemer John Kraemer & Sons Inc. National Directors Kathe Ostrom C.N. Ostrom & Son At-Large Member Todd Polifka Brush Masters At-Large Member Brett Remme In-Focus Systems

The BUILDERS’ DIGEST magazine is the official publication of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC). The BUILDERS’ DIGEST is published and distributed four times per year to its members and others associated with the building industry. Neither the advertisers, nor BATC, will be responsible or liable for misinformation, misprints, typographical errors, etc., herein contained. For advertising rates, resource file or address change information, contact BATC. Suggestions, ideas and letters are welcome. If circumstances require, BATC reserves the right to increase or decrease the number of BUILDERS’ DIGEST issues published on an annual basis.

Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) 2960 Centre Pointe Drive Roseville, MN 55113-1182 Phone: 651-697-1954 • batc.org Fax: 651-697-7599 • paradeofhomes.org

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Thank You, 2013 BATC Council Sponsors

WE HID IT.

A sincere “thank you” to Gerhards, 2013 BATC Remodelers Council sponsor, and Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd., 2013 Developers Council sponsor.

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October 15, 2013, 3pm Metropolitan Ballroom, Mpls. $10 per person Social Hour with hors d’oevres & cash bar

OCT. 15TH

WHAT HAS • 14,000,000 users a month AND 12,600,000 home owners? • 5,600,000 people planning to remodel or build in the next two years? • 1,200,000 people planning to build a custom home?

HOUZZ DOES! And they’re coming to BATC with insights from their Houzz and Home Study.

Register at www.batc.org

A nail is hidden somewhere in every issue of the Builders’ Digest, including the one you’re holding right now. It could be anywhere – tucked into a photo or stuck in a drawing… in a margin… in the text body… even used as an exclamation point at the end of a headline. It resembles a real-life nail and looks something like this…

FIND THIS The nail above is just an example – it is not the real one hidden for this issue’s contest. We’ve concealed the real one elsewhere in this issue, and it could be a different color or size. Keep in mind, the Spike Club logo’s nail does not No one found the nail count. on page 18 of the JulyWhen September 2013 memBuilders’ Digest. So we’re bers doubling the pot to $40 in BATC bucks this find the issue. nail, they can email or fax a note to the Builders Association of the Twin Cities, telling what page it’s on. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a business-card size ad in this publication or a set of member labels (non-electronic version). All other entries receive $20 in BATC Bucks. Entries must be received by November 15, 2013.

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or contact Heather: 651-697-7573 heather@batc.org

Remodelers: Come early (1:30pm) to our Remodelers Showcase® Round Table. We want your feedback. Email Wendy@batc.org to reserve your space.

Found the nail? Email the page number of your guess to laurie@batc.org.

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Or, mail or fax to: BATC Nail Hunt, 2960 Centre Pointe Dr., Roseville, MN 55113 Fax: 651.697.7575.

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COMING

UP OCT. Remodelers Round Table October 15, 2013 Metropolitan Ballroom We'd love for anyone who participated in this fall's Remodelers Showcase to come and share their insights and feedback about the tour. Remodeler Round Tables are always free, but please RSVP to Wendy Danks, 651-697-7565. Held right before the Houzz Event!

Open Houzz Event October 15, 2013 Metropolitan Ballroom Join us to find out what Twin Cities homeowners have to say about renovation and decorating as you nosh, network and learn about the second annual Houzz & Home Study. Register at www.batc.org Open to members and nonmembers. $10 admission.

Member Orientation October 22, 2013 BATC Board Room Whether you are a NEW member or have been around 20+ years, stop by and see what BATC can offer you and your company! Free. Contact Deb Earl at 651-6977562 with questions.

Awards of Excellence Gala October 24, 2013 Lafayette Club It’s the social event of the year. And with a fun new format sure to impress. Join us as we honor our award winners and celebrate our accomplishments. Register at www.batc.org

NOV. 2014 Spring Parade of HomesSM/Remodelers Showcase® Entry Deadline Day November 13, 2013 BATC Office View more info at www.batc.org

Give to the Max Day November 14, 2013 Online Support the BATC Foundation on Give to the Max Day, a statewide online opportunity to support your favorite charity. Contact Perri Graham for ways to get your company involved: 651- 697-7563

BATC Buck Auction & Holiday Food Drive November 14, 2013 BATC Seminar Room Gather up your BATC Bucks and come prepared to bid on some great items! And bring your boxed and canned items with you as we begin our holiday food drive for the months of Nov./Dec. Register at www.batc.org

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SMC Mocha Meeting November 20, 2013 TBD A picture is worth 1,000 words. Have yours say more. The presentation will be on photography do’s and don’ts. Register at www.batc.org

DEC. BAM Build PAC Event December 17, 2013 Edina Country Club Details coming soon. www.batc.org

SAVE THE DATE: We’ve got some great events coming up in 2014. Mark your calendar for the biggest dinner meeting of the BATC year on January 21 (board induction and nationally acclaimed economist and speaker, Elliot Eisenberg). Take a trip to IBS in Las Vegas February 4-6. And BATC-U rolls out with classes in January on the 23rd, 28th and 30th.

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 Lafayette Club 2800 Northview Road Minnetonka Beach Minnesota, 55361

Don’t miss THE housing industry social event of the year.

Register now at BATC.org

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AWARD WINNERS

McDonald Remodeling, Inc. Decks/Porches

For over 30 years, the ROMA Awards have honored the finest remodeling projects in the Twin Cities. We are very proud to show you this year’s winners.

TreHus Builders, Inc. Bathrooms: $35,000 - $75,000

Bluejack Builders

awardwinning

Remodels

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Bathrooms: $35,000 and Under

Mark D. Williams Custom Homes, Inc. Total House: Under $250,000

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D.T. Carlson Co. Interiors: Under $75,000

Kuhl Design & Build

John Kraemer & Sons, Inc.

Kitchens: $125,000 - $175,000

Additions: Over $250,000

McDonald Remodeling, Inc. Interiors: $75,000 - $200,000

Bob Michels Construction, Inc. Kitchens: Under $50,000

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McDonald Remodeling, Inc. Bathrooms: Over $75,000

Vujovich Design Build, Inc. Interiors: Over $200,000 NEWS EVERYDAY ON THE BLOG: WWW.BATC.ORG/BLOG

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Otogawa-Anschel Design-Build, LLC Total House: $250,000 - $500,000

Schrader & Companies Total House: Over $500,000

awardwinning

Knight Construction Design, Inc.

PURE Design

Kitchens: $75,000 up to $125,000

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Remodels

Bluejack Builders Owners' Suite/Bedroom

John Kraemer & Sons, Inc.

Vujovich Design Build, Inc.

Kitchens: Over $175,000

Lower Level: Over $125,000

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Sicora, Inc. Additions: Under $250,000

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REMODELER OF THE YEAR CN OSTROM & SON, INC., EXCELSIOR, MINNESOTA

54 years of remodeling and new-home construction.

Lucid Builders

Kuhl Design & Build

Total House: $250,000 - $500,000

Lower Level: Under $125,000

Showcase Renovations, Inc.

awardwinning

Remodels

TreHus Builders, Inc.

Kitchens: $50,000 - $75,000

CN Ostrom and Son Remodeling has been remodeling homes in Minneapolis and the western suburbs since 1954, and under the leadership of President Kathe Ostrom CR CAPS since 1994. The firm provides full remodeling services for their clients, whether a small bathroom or a whole house renovation. Ostrom is committed to providing every client with a positive and rewarding remodeling experience. "Kathe was always accessible and very good at communicating. We are thrilled with our new home!" say her clients, the Cohens.

The Remodeler of the Year award is the most coveted honor given to a BATC remodeler. This award is bestowed upon the remodeling firm that has achieved the highest ratings on trust, communications, loyalty and ethics as judged by other BATC members with which they do business and by their clients.

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Another Industry Achievement FROM LOWELL PRATT Written by Wendy Danks

It was 40 years ago in 1973, when Lowell Pratt and his brother Len decided to give home building a try. Both had graduated from college with teaching degrees, but within a year or so discovered they hankered for something different. “We decided we enjoyed being outside, and being creative,” Lowell explained.

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Thus was born Pratt Construction, Inc. The brothers didn’t go at it half-heartedly either. They started right in building homes, which included plenty of hands-on framing along with all the other tasks required of young, start-up building firm owners. Over the years, Pratt Homes has expanded and contracted product lines and

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geographic areas as the market evolved. They’ve been leaders in foreseeing trends, with detached villas, condos, townhomes and remodeling projects filling their portfolio over the years. Their core business, though, has generally centered on move-up single-family homes in the northeastern suburbs. With their business doing well, Lowell became involved

in the builders association early on. He was active and committed to the industry as a whole, and in 1988 was elected President of the St. Paul Area Builders Association. He did a second stint at the helm, this time of BATC, in 1998. (Len did his time too, serving as St. Paul President in 1983.) Lowell has generously contributed his time, energy

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and talents to a whole lot of industry efforts, most notably during the creation of Minnesota’s contractor licensing law. Lowell, as many of you know, isn’t afraid of a challenge, so when the state and local associations called, Lowell agreed to chair the licensing task force in the late 1980s. Over the next four years, Lowell spent many many hours talking — to people all around the state to figure out what the best licensing options would be for Minnesota builders, to legislators to draft the right bill, and to agencies and committees, testifying before them to share what he’d learned. In the end, the quite reasonable licensing bill that was passed was thanks, in large part, to Lowell. When it came time to apply for builder licenses in the early 1990s, Lowell sent one of his staff with the application to the Department of Commerce. Unbeknownst to him, there had been a mini-conspiracy between the key players (the DoC staff, legislators and builders association leadership). The DoC had been waiting for Pratt Homes to make an application before any other licenses were granted, giving Lowell Contractor License #1 (or 000001). He says that having License #1 is truly an honor. But, it’s also a huge incentive to make sure Pratt Homes survives through thick and

thin. It’s not even an option to Lowell to restart under another name for whatever reason.

Artisan Home Tour With his huge store of knowledge and ability to get things done, it was natural that when several builders came to BATC last year asking us to consider creating a high-end home tour, Lowell came to mind to serve as task force chair. Lowell agreed, primarily because he’s always believed that “BATC needs to keep housing events of by and for builders,” and when there were profits, the profits should go back to work for the industry. Throughout late 2012 and early 2013, Lowell met with dozens of builders, bringing together focus groups and task force members to iron out the best way to create a unique and successful tour with “builders more in control and providing associates a better program,” he stressed. Lowell successfully kept everyone focused on that goal, and is proud of the plan that’s now in place to launch in June of 2014. (Look for more AHT details on page 21 and at ArtisanHomeTour.org.) All Lowell does for the industry, he insists, is nothing more than pay back. “I can’t say enough about the Association and what it’s done for me and my company,” he says. “I’m able to count competitors as my very good friends. I enjoy

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being able to communicate and share back and forth with other association members. And the educational opportunities at NAHB and locally have helped us grow. When we went to college there wasn’t such a thing as a degree in home building, and the Association was where we were able to get what we needed to be successful.” And he still believes getting involved with BATC is a must for young people getting into the industry. It’s pretty amazing what Lowell is able to get done in his business and for the industry, and that’s all on top of a busy family life. He and his wife, Wendy, have four kids, seven grandchildren, two cats (Lowell says they’re Wendy’s), plus a cabin on the North Shore of Lake Superior. When asked about any plans to retire, Lowell laughed. He’s been thinking about it, and kind of longs for freedom from the burden of responsibility that a business owner and builder faces, especially someone dedicated like Lowell. But in the end, employees he cares about and customers with whom he still is committed are impediments to just up and retiring. And, it’s probably not going to be easy for someone like Lowell to just relax (even though gazing at the lake and golfing are high on his priorities these days). Lowell says when he does get around to retiring, he’ll

With his huge store of knowledge and ability to get things done, it was natural that when several builders came to BATC last year asking us to consider creating a high-end home tour, Lowell came to mind to serve as task force chair.

Look for more AHT details on pages 20-21 and at ArtisanHomeTour.org

stay active and spend some much needed time with his best friend, wife Wendy. He’s looking to hang out with the grandkids and to giving his children some time to themselves. “It’s so important to spend time together without the kids to remember why you got married in the first place,” he said.

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lighting solutions for both rural and urban environments. “We do projects for townhouses, large commercial and residential developments, farmhouses, city lofts, bistros and salons,” comments Pearsall. “We use lighting to make small spaces seem larger, and larger spaces feel more intimate. We put together layering effects to create a mood that is ambient, yet functional.” Today, the thread that lights the fire under Pearsall and his well-trained staff is the creativity they bring to the clients whose lives they illuminate. “I believe that having a one-on-one relationship with our clients is the key to finding the lighting solution that works best with their personal space,” says Pearsall. “I’ll begin a consultation with plenty of questions to get a feeling for their style. Curvy or square? Artful or utilitarian? Clear glass or colored? Beautiful design and functionality are our goals at Filament.” Filament is an active member of many industry organizations

including BATC in effort to maintain, endorse and enhance the built environment. Filament relates to their industry Trudi, Todd, Dan and Sar professionals ah and wants to help streamline the lighting selection process as much as possible. They are here to find solutions, eliminate the headaches and stressors and let those problems you may have encumbered in lighting become a thing of the past. Filament has just expanded their showroom space in the very convent Miracle Mile Shopping Center in St. Louis Park to accommodate more product inventory and adding in unique accessories. They are very accessible and have both week and weekend hours to accommodate all lifestyles and schedules. If you can’t get to their showroom soon, just visit them online at www.FilamentLighting.com or call 952-926-5007.

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Insulating Your Business for Success in Today’s Marketplace The Convergence of the Four C’s: Comfort, Cost Efficiency, Code Standards and Consciousness By Ken Sheldon, Metro Home Insulation, and Jon Edwards, Quality Insulation, Inc.

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The collective U.S. housing industry is still feeling the aftershocks from the devastating impact of the housing crash in 2008 and resulting recession. With the worst downturn since the 1930s now firmly behind us, the current residential construction boom is ushering in a new set of marketplace dynamics and challenges– as well as rich opportunities. There is a convergence of factors driving today’s housing industry that can be leveraged to help distinguish your work as a builder from the competition and ultimately resonate with future home buyers. The growing marketplace concentration on comfort, cost efficiency, code standards and (environmental) consciousness is creating renewed interest in building energy efficient, high-performance homes. Likely attributed in part to the rising energy costs, home buyers are now primed and ready to learn how they can increase the performance, comfort, energy efficiency of their home. These home buyers are also increasingly expressing an interest in exceeding – rather than simply meeting – energy efficient building codes. This creates a unique opportunity for builders to engage these savvy home buyers in a more sophisticated dialogue that will elevate their understanding of the important role the building envelope plays in achieving a high-performance home that will deliver against each of the Four Cs. While it is unlikely we’ll hear a home buyer say, “I want to live in W an uncomfortable home with drafts and unpredictable temperature control” or “I like wasting energy and having 30 percent higher energy costs on my heating and cooling,” homeowners have historically looked past the “guts” of the home to spend a majority of their time on aesthetic decisions during the building process.

With the growing focus on the Four C’s, future home buyers and existing homeowners are beginning to pay more attention to insulation, air sealing and moisture management solutions. As a result, it is equally important that builders remain competitive in this space by staying current on the latest advancements, Fortunately, youyou don’t have to toto research and product innovations. Fortunately, Fortunately, you don’t don’t have have d dodit alone. Fortunately, you don’t have to d Understandably, projected increases in housing starts and the

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Join us as we honor those in the homebuilding industry at BATC’s Annual Awards of Excellence Gala. It’s THE housing industry social event of the year. This is the night we honor our award winners and celebrate our accomplishments over the last year.

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 Lafayette Club 2800 Northview Road Minnetonka Beach Minnesota, 55361 Register at www.batc.org

The evening will feature an exciting new format sure to please, with extended social time. You’ll have more opportunity to network as you enjoy a wide variety of elegant hors d’oeuvres and delicious food stations. You can once again support the BATC Foundation and snag some great items at our silent auction (like vacation packages, sports and entertainment packages, electronics, gift cards and MORE)! And then we’ll adjourn to the theater-seating ballroom to applaud our award recipients. Looking to beat the traffic? Come early for additional networking; a pre-convene space is available to our group, on-site at the Lafayette Club.

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Early Arrival and Networking Social & Silent Auction Awards Presentation & Live Auction SPIKE of the Year Legislators of the Year Advocate of the Year Robert L. Hanson Award Reggie and Trillium AwardsSM Builder of the Year and Associate of the Year

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YOUR BATC FOUNDATION AT WORK! The remodeling work on David and Penny Davidson’s south Minneapolis home was completed by Builder Partner John Kraemer & Sons in early September. The work involved widening several doorways and other accommodations designed to David Davidson’s wheelchair. Mr. Davidson, an avid marathon runner, was

Thank You Pulte Homes! Pulte Homes deserves a BIG “Thank you!” for naming the BATC Foundation as the charitable recipient of their Golf Tournament, held July 17. The tournament raised nearly $10,000 for the BATC Foundation. Thank you Pulte and thanks too to our planning team – Bob Bennett, Richard Berg, and Nicole Coon.

recently diagnosed with ALS after several years of worsening neurological problems. The remodeling work made possible by the BATC Foundation will allow David and his wife Penny to stay in their home as his condition worsens. The Foundation is currently reviewing several possible projects for this fall and winter.

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Silent Auction Now Online! The BATC Foundation has partnered with Bidding for Good, an online auction management company to offer online bidding for the Foundation Silent Auction this year. The auction went live on October 9, so visit www.biddingforgood.com/batcsilentauction to bid on terrific auction items like a $1000 Delta Vacation gift card or a Cambria countertop.

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Many, many thanks to those of you who supported the Foundation at our recent Grand Opening sale on September 28. Thanks to the wonderful donations of building materials, marble sinks, lighting fixtures, cabinetry, windows and other wonderful items. A special thank you to Bell Mortgage and Gary Kirt who have single-handedly gotten reHouse up and going. Bell Mortgage has donated warehouse space, computers, inventory and sales software, and shelving. Thanks for supporting your BATC Foundation! Although our Grand Opening Sale is over, we plan to have more sales and can accept new and nearly new donated building materials, model furniture, flooring, appliances, etc. at any time. Please call the BATC Foundation office to schedule a delivery time. *reHouse will be changing its name, stay tuned for more information

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With the help of new Executive Director, Perri Graham, the BATC Foundation is revamping the way we see business. New projects, like the Foundation reHouse warehouse and a revamped silent auction with online bidding are just the beginning. The BATC Foundation’s outreach goals seek to engage companies, and showcase why businesses that embrace philanthropy as a core practice will reap greater successes. Here are just two reasons why, from truist.com:

For more information about our projects, fundraisers, or to donate, please contact Executive Director Perri Graham, 651-697-7563, perri@batc.org.

Philanthropy Gives a Greater Meaning to Your Company It’s not just about the bottom line. Companies that have a philanthropic goal engage in a broader sense of purpose, and that creates passion and community in the workplace. This is especially true for younger employees, who are the business leaders of tomorrow and value job engagement more than previous generations. Millennials want to feel inspired by their work.

Good Business Generates Positive Emotions Companies are usually taught to make decisions based off of hard data and facts, not emotion. But, positive emotions behind a goal or philanthropic commitment allows customers and employees to create a more authentic connection with your brand. Knowing that your company is working to be a good corporate citizen makes customers feel better about choosing to buy your products. To read more, go to http://truist.com/ why-philanthropy-is-good-for-business/

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The Builders Association of the Twin Cities has brought together an impressive array of members-only benefits that positively impact your bottom line. We seek companies that thoroughly understand the building industry and provide products at rates generally not available on the street. Give these folks a chance to see what they can do. We think you will find they can save you money and provide you better service.

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GET SMART ABOUT RISK FOURSTAR, from Corporate Four, BATC/BAM Endorsed Insurance Agents By Mike Hoppe and Larry Larson, Corporate Four and FOURSTAR Risk Compliance Solution

In prior articles we discussed S & T of the FOURSTAR program. Now is the time to consider your company’s ability to absorb risk. The FOURSTAR program emphasizes the framework to better protect your business. S.T.A.R. is an acronym for: SShifting appropriate risk; T-Transferring risk through insurance agreements; AAssuming low severity risks; R-Reducing high severity risks. An experienced insurance professional has said “If the police or the fire departments arrive, or you have been served with legal papers, then it’s time to make an insurance claim. Most other losses should be

absorbed.” Each loss should be carefully considered and discussed with your insurance professional, but there is a direct correlation between insurance premiums and losses paid. A. Assuming or Absorbing low severity risks would be to increase your deductibles or just pay the small claims yourself. It is critical to consult your agent on these decisions as deductibles can stack up over different policy terms, and some types of claims are less incriminating to your loss history. R. Reducing high severity risks is more involved. These large losses hit hard such as jobsite accidents, construction

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defect claims and claims where police or fire departments are called. Be intentional about demanding a safe jobsite. Use best practices and proven materials. Insure for these incidents. Working with a certificate tracking service can help reduce the severity of a claim on your record that should have been subrogated. The basic principles of Risk Management are simple, yet the benefit is only realized when these principles are consistently implemented. Mike Hoppe and Larry Larson are the endorsed insurance agents for BAM.

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SMART PARTNERS: YOUR BRAND AND OURS BECOME A 2014 BATC SPONSOR Sponsorship opportunities are designed to enhance your ability to communicate your products and services to other members and engaged consumers. Your participation as a sponsor is a great win-win opportunity: you gain exposure to your key markets, and BATC is able to continue offering high quality programs to members, outreach to the community, and advocacy to create a healthy and vital industry.

BATC MISSION HELPING OUR MEMBERS BUILD THEIR BUSINESSES— THROUGH MARKETING, ADVOCACY AND INDUSTRY CONNECTIONS

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• BATC serves a region of almost three million residents with over 1,000 member firms. • BATC’s history of success has created a unique level of awareness to consumers (under the Parade of HomesSM brand), to industry members, legislators, governmental officials, and to the press. • BATC’s scope of services to its members encompasses three areas: marketing, advocacy and industry connections. BATC has a professional staff to manage day-to-day functions, and relies on member involvement to drive our association’s strategy. Our mission is clear—helping our members build their businesses – through marketing, advocacy and industry connections.

LET US CREATE A PACKAGE TO PRESENT TO YOU. We are excited to focus our efforts on success, providing you unrivaled access to your buyers. Contact your BATC advertising/sponsorship sales reps, Kori or Brad Meewes and let them create the perfect sponsorship package for you.

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METROPOLITAN COUNCIL FORECASTS A GAME CHANGE IN DEVELOPMENT PATTERNS In what can best be described as a sea change, the Metropolitan Council’s preliminary forecast calls for over 900,000 new residents in the next 30 years and a marked change in development patterns. Council officials say the region’s economy will remain robust, but real estate demand and development patterns will differ from previous decades. Changes in demographics, preferences and travel behavior are slowing growth at the developing edge of the region, with stepped-up growth in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the inner suburbs. They cite the following rationale for the forecasted changes:

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AGING: The number of residents over age 65 will grow by 150 percent by 2040, leading to more households without children. Their demand for smaller homes in convenient, accessible locations will substantially affect future home building.

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centrally-located neighborhoods served by transit.

PREFERENCE FOR ACCESSIBILITY: Proximity to jobs and other destinations is more desirable as households increasingly anticipate traffic congestion and volatile gas prices. Last year, the Council forecasted a population of 3.74 million people in the region by 2040, with growth of nine to 10 percent per decade. The preliminary local forecasts project the population, household and job growth of individual communities to 2040. The Council’s forecast anticipates 41 percent growth in the region’s number of households to 2040, 37 percent growth in employment and 31 percent increase in population. Council officials say natural growth—births outpacing deaths—will account for the majority of the region’s population growth to 2040.

WHERE IS THE GROWTH PROJECTED? Growing communities like Plymouth, Maple Grove, Chanhassen, and Woodbury are projected to continue growth, although some observers believe the forecast underestimates the growth potential in these areas. The surprise winners in the growth projections are core and first ring suburbs such as Minneapolis, St. Paul, Golden Valley, and St. Louis Park. While each of these cities had virtually

no growth or a slight decline in population over the past decade, the Met Council projects an about-face for each of the communities.

WHAT DOES THE FORECAST MEAN FOR BATC? The forecast is a commonly referenced data point in planning throughout our region. Infrastructure decisions ranging from sewer and water, to transportation and transit calculate these projections in their system determinations. Additionally, the comprehensive planning process required to be completed by all metro cities in the 7-county region will use the forecasts to plan out growth within individual cities and towns. In short, the forecast matters. Given its relative importance, BATC’s Public Policy Committee is engaged in the Met Council’s planning process, as part of the Thrive 2040 effort. It’s too early to determine whether or not the Met Council’s population forecast passes the reasonableness test and is supported by other similar data. Exploring this issue more deeply and in collaboration with local governments in our region is our next important step.

Stay tuned to BATC’s The Voice for updates on this and other advocacy items.

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Staffed Hole Contest Sponsors Andersen Windows Apex Siding Systems Arrow Building Center Black Hawk Garage Door Brock White Company Brush Masters CenterPoint Energy Fireside Hearth & Home Hedberg Landscape & Masonry Supplies IDC-Automatic J.J. Vanderson & Co. Krech Exteriors

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Sign Sponsors Corporate 4 Insurance Agency, Inc. Filament Lighting & Home Great Garage Door Co. Installed Building Solutions, LLC JL Schwieters Bldg. Supply/Const., Inc. Marvin Windows and Doors Mattamy Homes Orion Home Systems, LLC ProBuild Value Plus Flooring, Inc.

BATC Golf Open: (from left to right, top to bottom) 1. Kyla Burgoyne, K. Hovnanian Homes with Randy Ramos, K. Hov; Ross Anderson, Residential Science Resources and Mark Williams, Mark D. Williams Custom Homes taking aim at the “gopher” 2. Jon and Gary Kraemer, John Kraemer and Sons with Sara Anderson 3. Dennis Galligan and Brett Remme, In-Focus Systems, hanging around with Bruce Lenzen, Bruce Lenzen Design/Build and Tom Zerull, Vujovich Design Build 4. Brad Meewes, and more by Kori; Brian Robbins, Pella Windows & Doors; Jeremiah Rygh, Custom One Homes; and Jody Kern, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage 5. Pete Hinsch, West Academic; Tom Wilson, Risdall Marketing, with Clear Channel’s Kevin Gephart and his son Mike 6. The RSR team 7. Kym Swanson, Angela Reierson, Wells Fargo; and Kori Meewes, and more by Kori surround Curt Swanson, Swanson Homes 8. Butch Sprenger, Destiny Homes; Brad Wood, McGough Construction, Katie Harms and Mark Scherer, Scherer Bros. Lumber trying their hand at a new tee 9. Lance Anderson from Admit One trying to hitch a ride with the BATC Ladies Heather Litchy and Nicole Coon 10. Jerry Peterson, emeritus member; Kerry Mulcrone, Kerry & Co., with Gerry Gargaro, Sears Commercial 11. Goooooo Blackhawks! 12. Mike Rygh, Custom One Homes 13. Kyla Burgoyne, K. Hovnanian Homes with Randy Ramos, K. Hov; Ross Anderson, Residential Science Resources and Mark Williams, Mark D. Williams Custom Homes 14. Pat Phillips, Warners’ Stellian; Jim Lillesve and Steve Licht, Charles Cudd DeNovo; and Bob Cremers, Builders Club

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GROWING THE GREEN PATH DID YOU KNOW… If your new home is tested by a RESNET rater, you can get a MN Green Path Home Performance Report (HPR) at no additional charge? Help consumers understand that new homes in Minnesota are superior to resale

homes (which often have HERS scores of 130 or more), and to average new homes across the U.S. (the HERS index home of 100). A Green Path HPR will give you an attractive and consistent “window sticker” to show your

buyers the benefits of a newly built home. Get a head start on labeling requirements that will likely be included in the upcoming Energy Code by talking to one of the local RESNET rating services. They can help you get subsidized testing through Xcel and Center Point Energy, and ensure your homes receive a Green Path HPR. Contact Mary Schweich at 651-697-7572 (Mary@batc.org) for a list of RESNET raters. If you already test, make sure to ask your rater to put your homes on the Green Path. Questions or comments, contact James Vagle, 651-697-7578 (James@batc.org) or Wendy Danks, 651-697-7565 (Wendy@batc.org).

DID YOU KNOW… The Federal Government has extended the EnergyEfficient New Home Tax Credit for homes built from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013. The credit is retroactive so if you’ve been building tested homes that reduce heating and cooling by 50% (HERS of 50 or less), make sure you check with your tax accountant. Reference the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

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Welcome New BATC Members Joining the Builders Association of the Twin Cities is the first step in becoming more active in your industry and in working to gain more business. The following companies have joined BATC over the last three months. Please take a moment to welcome the newest members of our association.

NEW MEMBERS AT&T 1966 W. Broadway Avenue Forest Lake, MN 55025 Donald Kringen 651-261-7533 dk303q@att.com www.att.com/digitallife

Adam Price, Inc. 11670 Fountains Drive, #200 Maple Grove, MN 55369 Adam Price 763-445-2690 adam@pricebuildersmn.com www.pricebuildersmn.com

7760 France Avenue S., #1010 Minneapolis, MN 55435 Beth Vitzthum 651-600-9960 beth.vitzthum@wooddaleteam.com www.wooddaleteam.com

Anchor Bank 14665 Galaxie Avenue Apple Valley, MN 55124 Scott Ramsdale 952-808-8052 scott_ramsdale@anchorlink.com www.anchorlink.com

Anderson-Reda, Inc. 4920 Lincoln Drive Edina, MN 55436 Kareem Reda 612-564-3648 kareem@andersonreda.com www.andersonreda.com

2 Meridian Crossings, #450 Minneapolis, MN 55423 Julia Hipp 612-243-3283 julia.hipp@axa-advisors.com www.julia.hipp.myaxa-advisors.com

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7757 Church Street Clear Lake, MN 55319 James Martin 612-423-9225 james@buildlegacymn.com www.buildlegacymn.com

Dakota County Lumber Co.

Marketshare Masters Advertising 9480 Kirkwood Way N. Maple Grove, MN 55369 Melanie Overing 612-799-9997 loni@marketsharemasters.com www.marketsharemasters.com

Diamond Kote Prefinishing 21700 Highview Avenue Lakeville, MN 55044 Megan Jensen 218-770-1905 megan.jensen@diamondkoteprefinishing.com www.diamondkoteprefinishing.com

Gotcha Covered 3459 Bailey Ridge Drive Woodbury, MN 55125 Mary Thorpe 612-703-4671 thorpes@gotchacovered.com www.gotchacovered.com/eastmetro

Minnesota Construction Law Services, PLLC 582 Arrowhead Drive, #100 Lino Lakes, MN 55014 Bill Gschwind 651-470-3669 bill@mncls.com www.mncls.com

Montag Development, Inc. 1570 Tower Boulevard N. Mankato, MN 56003 Mick Montag 507-625-9200 Email: mdmontag@hickorytech.net

Mujic Construction Company, LLC 9721 Cottonwood Lane N. Maple Grove, MN 55401 Elvir Mujic 612-205-9935 mujicconstruction@gmail.com www.mujicconstruction.com

Integrity Remodeling & Design Group, LLC

AXA Advisors, LLC

2950 Dean Parkway, #1202 Minneapolis, MN 55416 Steve Ettinger

Legacy Construction, Inc.

5151 Edina Industrial Boulevard, #500 Edina, MN 55439 Kelly Kintigh 952-844-6200 Kelly.Kintigh@BurnetTitle.com www.BurnetTitle.com

P.O. Box 747 Lakeville, MN 55044 Darren Vigil 612-216-2453 service@healthyexposure.com www.healthyexposure.com

4959 Colfax Avenue S. Minneapolis, MN 55419 Randall Stoeckel 612-280-8307 randallstoeckel@gmail.com

Budget Blinds of Edina

Burnet Title

Healthy Exposure Construction, Inc.

The Art of Home TV

16470 Kingswood Drive Lakeville, MN 55044 Mark Finholt 952-435-8127 mfinholt@birchriverllc.com www.birchriverllc.com

763-463-7500 carih@kw.com www.classicNWhomes.com

28 – 8th Street Farmington, MN 55024 Sunny Bowman 651-460-6646 sunny@dakotacountylumber.com www.dakotacountylumber.com

Amec-Wooddale Team

Birch River, LLC

952-270-2898 saettinger@budgetblinds.com www.budgetblinds.com/edinamn/

8212 Virginia Circle N. St. Louis Park, MN 55426 Ray Topalof 952-943-0006 topalof@msn.com www.integrityremodelinganddesign.c om

Osseo Vacuum 608 Central Avenue Osseo, MN 55359 Jason Erickson 763-425-9666 Jason@OsseoVaccum.com www.OsseoVacuum.com

Keller Williams Classic Realty

Polland Bros. Construction, LLC

1740 – 116th Avenue NW Coon Rapids, MN 55448 Richard Bandimere 763-746-4944 rick@TheBandimereTeam.com www.TheBandimereTeam.com

7700 Wentworth Avenue S. Richfield, MN 55423 Bill Polland 612-822-0435 bill@pollandbrothers.com www.pollandbrothers.com

Prestige Pools 87 County Road C West St. Paul, MN 55117 Pat Henry 651-490-1399 ph-pools@hotmail.com www.prestigepools.com

Regenscheid Custom Homes 3420 – 152nd Lane NW Andover, MN 55304 Jason Regenscheid 763-498-3241 regenscheidhomes@gmail.com www.regenscheidhomes.com

SKD Architects, Inc. 11140 Highway 55, Suite A Plymouth, MN 55441 Steven Kleineman 763-591-6115 kleineman@skdarchitects.com www.skdarchitects.com

Summergate Development, LLC 10621 – 165th Street W. Lakeville, MN 55044 Casey Wollschlager 952-898-3461 casey@summer-gate.com www.summer-gate.com

USP Structural Connectors 5735 Quale Avenue NE St. Michael, MN 55376 Mark Kranz 800-328-5934 mkranz@mii.com www.uspconnectors.com

Waterstone Mortgage Corporation 7730 Hudson Road, #60 Woodbury, MN 55125 Dave Welsch 651-295-6394 dwelsch@waterstonemortgage.com www.waterstonemortgage.com

Wyatt Companies 5116 Mirror Lakes Edina, MN 55436 James Deanovic 612-799-5399 jimdeanovic@me.com

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW 7365 Kirkwood Court N, #200 Maple Grove, MN 55369 Cari Heibel OCTOBER/DECEMBER 2013

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SPIKE

Verb: Impale on or pierce with a sharp point. Noun: 1) A thin, pointed piece of metal, wood, or other rigid material. 2) A flower cluster formed of many flowerheads attached directly to a long stem. 3) One of BATC and NAHB’s most accomplished and connected members

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“Spikes are the membership leaders of our federation, building the voice, power and influence on every level,” explains our Membership Director, Deb Earl. “Spikes bring grassroots growth and stability and more members means greater clout for BATC in meeting our mission!” Join our elite Spikes—contact Deb Earl, 651-697-7562, deb@batc.org for more information.

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Becky Harasyn Xcel Energy Todd Kuchera Roy Lund Builders, Inc. Scott McCormack McCormack Classic Construction, LLC Kori Meewes and more by Kori

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Bob Michels Bob Michels Construction, Inc.

Bob Cremers Builders Club

Ruth Petermann Send out Cards by Petermann Enterprises

Brian Robbins Pella Windows & Doors

Craig Plekkenpol Plekkenpol Builders, Inc. Colleen Ratzlaff LaBeau Ratzlaff Homes, Inc.

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Kathy Trimble Kathy Trimble Custom Homes, Inc. Casey Weiss Black Hawk Garage Door John Zirbes Lyman Lumber Co.

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STAYING CONNECTED Welcome to Member News. This is the place to learn about what's happening in the lives of BATC members. We feature awards, births, marriages, condolences, promotions, new hires, and all sorts of other milestones. So remember to send all your important news to katy@batc.org!

AWARDS/HONORS

Nineteen Super Lawyers and Rising Stars at Larkin Hoffman Nineteen attorneys at Larkin Hoffman have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Minnesota edition of Super Lawyers®. Sixteen attorneys were selected as Super Lawyers and three associates were named Rising Stars. larkinhoffman.com

Larkin Hoffman Super Lawyers: • Daniel Ballintine • Kenneth Corey-Edstrom • Peter Coyle • Joseph Fittante, Jr. • Christopher Harristhal • Frank Harvey • John “Rob” Hill • Phyllis Karasov • Paul Linstroth • Charles Modell • Dayle Nolan • J. Patrick Plunkett • Gary Renneke • Thomas“Tim” Stoltman • James Susag • Gary Van Cleve

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Charles Modell had the distinct honor of being among the top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers in 2013, and Phyllis Karasov was singled out among the top 50 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers this year. larkinhoffman.com

Achievement in Consumer Excellence James Barton Design Build is named a 2013 Achievement on Consumer Excellence Award. The ACE Award recognizes companies that provide outstanding service in quality, responsiveness, meeting deadlines, professionalism and communication. jbdb.biz

Uponor North America Named Top 100 Workplaces

Larkin Hoffman Rising Stars:

• Steven Eggert, Land Development Team

Charles Modell & Phyllis Karasov, Larkin Hoffman, Receive Distinct Honors

Of the Top 100 Workplaces, Uponor ranked 16th on the midsize company list. This honor recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions about organizational health, job expectations and employee engagement. uponor-usa.com

• Danielle Franssen, Engineering Group • Stephen Manhart, Transportational Services Group

ON THE MOVE

• Steve Schwanke, Commercial Development Services Group

Scherer Bros. Lumber Expands in Brooklyn Park

• Vernon Swing, Transportation Engineering Group

Scherer Bros. Lumber Co. is consolidating two northwestern Twin Cities warehouse and manufacturing facilities into a larger space in Brooklyn Park, signing a 15-year lease for a 110,000-square-foot building at 9420 - 83rd Avenue N. schererbros.com

NEW PEOPLE & PROMOTIONS Fullerton Companies Fullerton Companies welcomes two new members to the team: Jeff Cropp joins Fullerton Companies as Chief Financial Officer and Heidi Dolan joins the corporate HQ staff as Payroll and Benefits Specialist. fullertonlbr.com

Westwood Adds TEN New Employees Westwood Professional Services is happy to introduce nine new employees to their various teams: • David Bade & Chris Huss, Commercial Engineering Group

• Jeff Westendorf, Land Development Planning Group • Mike Hultgren and Anna Wyatt, Environmental Group westwoodps.com

Uponor's Mary Kimlinger Named IF Chairperson Uponor North America codes and standards manager Mary Kimlinger has been named chairperson of the Plastics Piping Systems Components Industry Forum (IF). In her role, Kimlinger will manage the IF business and chair all meetings. uponor-usa.com

She’s An Uptown Girl... Kimberly Bednar is back in Minneapolis (uptown) and she’s bringing her 10+ years of experience in the construction industry to Brush Masters. Kimberly is a former BATC Remodelers Council Board member and industry expert responsible for assisting custom builders and remodelers with their drywall, paint and prefinishing needs. brushmasters.com >> CONTINUED TO PAGE 60

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CONDOLENCES At Peace

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Dennis Kliner, age 59, died peacefully with his family at his side on July 6, 2013. He spent 33 years in the home-building industry holding a variety of positions, most recently as the Vice-President of Construction for Lennar Homes. He retired from the company in 2008.

Tuck Thomas, Timberridge Homes, passed away suddenly on September 10th. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years and their three kids.

A Long Life Our sincere condolences to the family of Becky Harasyn, Xcel Energy, for the loss of her father, Richard “Dick” Scherz, age 83.

In Remembrance We are sorry to hear longterm industry professional and former active BATC member Dennis Braget passed away September 8 at the age of 73. Dennis was a former employee of Thompson Plumbing. Our condolences to his family.

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