November 2023 Building Buzz

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BUILDING Building Buzz is a publication of the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association.

Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association 2600 Gateway Ave, Ste 1 Bismarck, ND 58503 Phone: 701.222.2400 PROFESSIONALS BUILDING OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH PROMOTION OF home ownership, education and legislation SINCE 1958. JOE HILLERSON, PRESIDENT Boulder Homes PO Box 1421 Bismarck, ND 58502 (701) 400-5554

ANDREW MELDAHL, 1 ST VICE PRESIDENT Pinnacle Homes and Design 214 Riverwood Ave Mandan, ND 58554 (701) 426-0237

MCKENZIE LAWLER Dakota OutdoorScapes 8351 Hwy 1804 N Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 595-0890

LORI WILLSON Northern Plains Plumbing, Heating & Air 2510 Vermont Ave Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 222-2155

RORY ANDERSON, 2 ND VICE PRESIDENT Verity Homes 3100 N 14th St, Ste 1 Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 391-0093

RON STOTZ CAVES 1365 Tacoma Ave, Suite 1 Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 751-1162

JOE VETTER, SECRETARY & TREASURER Joe Vetter Construction 2523 Powder Ridge Cir Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 258-9394

NATHAN TODD Northwest Contracting 2840 Valley Forge St Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 226-0526

JAMIE SCHMIDT, PAST PRESIDENT Investcore, Inc. 1601 N 12th St. Suite 605 Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 223-3030

LEROY THOMAS J.E. Homes LLC PO Box 3121 Bismarck, ND 58502 (701) 400-9163

VICKI MORAN Hallmark Homes 3200 Rock Island Place, Suite 4 Bismarck, ND 58504-7717 (701) 471-7634

SHANE GAFFANEY American Roofing Supply 1600 Industrial Dr Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 805-8650

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Dawn Watson Office: 701-222-2400 Cell: 701-390-5049

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS Jennifer Patera Office: 701-222-2400 Cell: 218-416-2439

President’s Message Where has this year gone? I can’t believe November is here, which means we are all scrambling to finish up exterior work on our jobsites before the big freeze-up, and winter settles in. Our Board elections took place on October 17th at Lady J’s, and it was a great event. We had a great turnout! Thanks again to everyone who came, our wonderful sponsors, as well as the events committee and staff for putting on another great event!


I would like to welcome our new board members. Builder Director Parker Pladson of Epic Homes, and Associate Directors Casey Bernard of Fix it All, and Cory Thompson of Fabricators Unlimited. Congratulations to you all, and I look forward to working with you! Our new Board Members will be sworn in at our Annual Banquet in January.

I would also like to remind everyone to sign up for the 2024 Home Show which will be held on March 15th and 16th. The Home Show is a big event for our association, and I would encourage you all to sign up early as the booths and show hall are filling up fast! I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! If you are Hunters, have a very safe and successful hunting season, and I hope to see you all at the Annual Banquet January 18th! Be sure to sign up for these upcoming events:

65th Annual Banquet: January 18 – Heritage Center 47th Annual Home Show: March 15 - 16 2024 Thank you to everyone for your continued support as members and have a great rest of the year!

Mark Your Calendars BMHBA October 17 Fall Mixer & Board Elections Lady J’s — Bismarck November 15 - 17 NDAB Fall Annual Banquet & Board Meeting Radisson Blu — Fargo January 17 Annual Banquet Heritage Center — Bismarck February 27 - 29 International Builder Show — Las Vegas, NV

Membership Matters The BMHBA consists of building specialists from every section of the construction field and associate industries. Your membership strengthens our voice in Bismarck-Mandan construction sector as well as at a state and national level. If you haven’t already submitted payment, please renew your membership by month. ABC Seamless of Bismarck Troy Ulrich All Seasons Roofing Robert Pulver Applewood Homes & Co. Bryan Dean Arrow Service Team Vanessa Haack Big River Builders, Inc. Kari Anderson Bismarck Title Company MacKenzie Malloy CENTURY 21 Morrison Realty Amy Hullet CENTURY 21 Morrison Realty Homevest Kayla Haugen CENTURY 21 Morrison Realty Homevest Kelly Sand Custom Closets of Bismarck Andrew Frohlich

Dakota Supply Group Lynn Metzger Envision Pools and Outdoor Living, Inc. Eric Ellertson Front Street Millwork & Lumber, Inc. Sara Bender Gate City Bank Pam Gange-Bernard Haider Glass Specialties Courtney Meier Knutson Realty Cam Knutson Moore Engineering, Inc. Jerod Klabunde North Dakota Housing Finance Agency David Flohr Outdoor Living & BBQ / Organized Spaces Chris Hanson Plain View Design + Build Erin Reidman

Plains Commerce Bank Matt Maslowski Precision Wood Finish Inc Sherri Neis Sattler Homes, Inc. David Sattler Sattler Homes, Inc. Robb Sattler The Title Team Erin Schmitz Tobias Marman Construction, LLC Lindsey Ashley Tobias Marman Construction, LLC Nataly Weisz Truss Systems, Inc. Wayne Friesz Vance Vetter Homes Toni Vetter Voyager Electrical Services Sunne Modin Western Products Amanda Ketterling

Join the BMHBA in congratulating these longstanding members. Their dedication to the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association is appreciated and truly valued.



Membership Matters Please welcome our new members from October to the Association

Cobra Construction Shawn Webber Associate Membership (701) 214-0427

Freedom Electric Aaron Frohlich Associate Membership (701) 214-0277

Nelson Wealth Management Kristen Kempel-Fridgen Associate Membership (701) 255-1196

The BMHBA had the Honor to have Carl Harris, Senior Officer First Vice Chairman of the NAHB Board as our guest speaker and attend our Annual Fall Mixer & Board of Elections October 17th at Lady J’s

Thank you to our members who have helped grow our BMHBA membership over the years by recruiting new companies to join our association. If you know of a company that is interested in joining, contact Jennifer Patera at or 701-222-2400. Your recruitments can now be seen on Click “My Profile” then “My Spike Referrals.” Statesman Spike (500-999 Credits) Kelly Moldenhauer (746.50) Super Spikes (250-499 Credits) Todd Brady (387) Robb Sattler (300.00) Mike Todd (289.00) Lee Mitzel (272.00) Pat Marback (262.00) Royal Spikes (150-249 Credits) Lori Willson (223.75) Mike Hopfauf (202.00) Berna Vetter (191.00) Colby Well (166.50) Jack Knutson (162.50) Red Spikes (100-149 Credits) Blair Ihmels (148.00) Steve Redding (126.50) Chad Moldenhauer (115.00) Jerry Splonskowski (108.50) Vance Vetter (101.75) Green Spikes (50-99 Credits) Paula Haider (98.75) David Patience (96.50) Mark Larson (92.50) Eric Brenden (91.50) Darren Buffington (85.00) Kenneth Knodel (68.50) Art Goldammer (65.00) Scott Moran (59.00) Scott Duchcherer (57.50) Jamie Schmidt (57.50) Gerry Rudnick (53.00) Jeff Sattler (51.00) Life Spikes (25-49 Credits) Gerald Hopfauf (46.00) Matt Shauer (44.00) Drew Knutson (44.00) Greg Meidinger (41.50) Greg Zenker (39.00)

Blue Spikes (6-24 Credits) Jason Frank (22.50) Shane Gaffaney (22.00)

Kelli Thompson (19.25) Joe Hillerson (18.50) Melinda Llyod (16.00) Bob Kupper (13.00) Pete Brendel (9.00) Rory Anderson (8.00) Darryl Hatzenbuhler (8.00) Bill Schmid (8.00) Mike Wolf (8.00) Shannon Reichenberg (6.50) Spike Candidates (.50-5.50 Credits) Vicki Moran (6.50) Kurt Steiner (4.50) Parker Pladson (4.00) Melanie Staiger (4.00) Roger Grendahl (4.00) Jarred Roloff (3.50) Brian Eiseman (3.00) Jeran Thomson (3.00) Sam Gietzen (2.50) Wade Vogel (2.50) Lynn Klein (2.00) Tom Reinke (2.00) Alissa Kleinsasser (2.00) Natalie Eckes (2.00) Gina Hruby (1.50) Laurie Wentz (1.50) Kathy Feist (1.00) Kari Anderson (1.00) Lindsey Matter (1.00) Reid Kubesh (1.00) Travis Welle (1.00) Dave Prindiville (1.00) LeRoy Thomas (1.00) Terry Leabo (1.00) Brad Balerud (1.00) Hannah Haynes (1.00) Kassy Landis (1.00) Lindsey Ashley (0.50) Bryan Brendel (0.50) Tae Pifer (0.50) Judy Maslowski (0.50) Andy Nelson (0.50) Lindsey Ashley (0.50) Kayla Bosch (0.50)

On October 17th the BM H BA gathered at Lady J ’s Catering Club in Bismarck for the Fall Mixer & Board of Elections. Our new board of directors were chosen, along with the Builder of the Year, Associate of the Year, and BEAM (Builders Engaging Association Members) awards were presented. See page 7 for photos and more information We would like to extend our gratitude to our generous sponsors and Members. We could not host these events without each and everyone of YOU!!

BMHBA Broadcast 2023 BMHBA AWARD WINNERS Builder of the Year

Associate of the Year


Vicki & Scott Moran – Hallmark Homes BMHBA Board Director PWB President Parade of Homes Committee

DeAnna Gratz - Cottingham Insurance PWB Secretary & Treasurer Events Committee Parade of Homes Committee


2022 Builder of the Year winner Joe Hillerson presented the award

2022 Associate of the Year winner Jamie Schmidt presented the award

2022 BEAM winner Joe Vetter was absent Lori Willson presented the award

Lindsey Ashley Tobias Marman Construction PWB 2nd Vice President


BMHBA PWB We want to express our heartfelt thanks to Boulder Homes for graciously letting us host our fall social at one of their newly constructed homes. It was a fantastic evening filled with camaraderie and connection. We also extend our gratitude to Cottingham Insurance for generously providing appetizers for everyone. Your contributions made the event even more delightful! Professional Women in Building is all about fostering a supportive community of women in the construction industry, and our social events play a crucial role in this mission. In fact, a couple of our members from Fabricators Unlimited and Front Street Millwork and Lumber were a part of this beautiful build! These gatherings give us the opportunity to connect, share experiences, and build lasting friendships.

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City and County City of Bismarck Accepting Applications Throughout November for Citizen Academy A unique way for Bismarck residents, business owners or students to learn about the Capital City’s municipal government is a 12-week course called Bismarck Citizen Academy. The Citizen Academy will be hosting its third class on the first 12 Thursdays of 2024. Each class runs from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Following the final week of the Academy, attendees will be recognized at the regular Bismarck City Commission meeting on March 26, 2024. “We recommend the Citizen Academy for anyone interested in learning more about our city,” said City of Bismarck Assistant Administrator Jason Tomanek. “Bismarck Citizen Academy is also a perfect way for someone who is interested in serving on a city committee or commission to gain knowledge about how our municipal government works.” Each week attendees learn about various City departments and/or divisions and will get a behind-the-scenes look at a variety of facilities throughout Bismarck. The academy will consist of 20 participants. Citizen Academy applicants must meet the following criteria: • • •

Must be at least 18 years old. Must be able to attend all sessions. One participant per household is allowed.

The City of Bismarck is accepting Citizen Academy applications throughout the month of November. Applications must be submitted online at by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. In December, applications will be scored and the highest scores will comprise the 20 class openings. Two alternates will also be chosen.

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Bismarck Single Family Dwelling HavenPark Mngmt—1501 E Bismarck Expy K & L Homes -----6201 15th St NW 223 K & L Homes -----6201 15th St NW 221 K & L Homes -----6201 15th St NW 219 K & L Homes -----6201 15th St NW 217 J.E. Homes -------5830 Theodore LN J.E. Homes -------5906 Theodore LN J.E. Homes -------5918 Theodore LN J.E. Homes -------5912 Theodore LN Sattler Homes---3521 Calgary PT Sattler Homes---3513 Calgary PT Sattler Homes---3509 Calgary PT Michael Miller—-3631 Mayflower Cir Legendary Homes-2104 Prairie Hawk Legendary Homes-2120 Prairie Hawk Ryan Karsky Homes-5206 Fettig Dr

Diversity Homes ---4015 Clairmont Rd Diversity Homes ---4021 Clairmont Rd K & L Homes ------906 Cornerstone LN Joe Vetter Construction-3950 Valley Dr Artisan Homes----3814 Platinum St Artisan Homes----3806 Platinum St

Verity Homes----4613 47 St NW Boulder Homes—3625 24th St SE Boulder Homes—3629 24th St SE Cody Prudent-----14000 7 Ave SE Morton County---506 4 Ave NE

Burleigh County Family Dwelling Bismarck ETA Single Family Dwelling Boulder Homes---8303 McIntosh Ave Bridget's Room-----360 64th Ave NW Aspire Homes-----503 Watercress Ave Diversity Homes -8512 Norman PL

Lori Geiger--------6330 Brook Loop Diversity Homes-21788 132nd St NE Patriot Homes----1159 Parker Ranch Road Prestige Homes--11806 Glacier Circle

Morton County Single Family Dwelling Mandan Single Family Dwelling Verity Homes----4601 47 St NW Verity Homes----4605 47 St NW Aspire Homes----4001 Edgewater Pl Verity Homes----4609 47 St NW

William Davis------4704 Jetty Beach Drive S Streiff Construction—4312 Trenton Dr Ryan Karsky Homes —3315 Hamilton St #A

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Around Our State The holiday season is officially here! As the construction season has slowed down, use this “extra” time to spend time with family and friends. November is Spike Appreciation Month and many of you may not know what the SPIKE club is. This is NAHB’s most valuable tool for recruitment and retention. Plus, Spikes can take advantage of a variety of benefits that come because of your efforts. Each year, Spikes who have recruited at least one new builder and/or associate member receive two tickets to the Closing Spike Concert (COLE SWINDELL) at IBS. In addition, Spikes who have recruited at least five new builder and/or associate members receive an invite to the VIP section at the concert where you can enjoy complimentary food and drinks. Please visit with me if you’re unsure of your Spike status or how to “join” the club!



I was happy to attend the BMHBA Fall Mixer & Board Elections on October 17th. It was great to see a full room of the membership there to support the incoming board nominees and award winners. Special Guest, NAHB’s First Vice Chairman of the Board Carl Harris, was in attendance and discussed updates on NAHB and spoke on the importance of your membership! CONGRATS to the 2023 BMHBA Award Winners and the new directors appointed to the 2024 BMHBA Board of Directors! The first annual Area 10 Leadership Conference was a great success! Various Executive Officers, staff, and emerging leaders across ND, SD, MN, WI, and IA met up in Minneapolis for a two-day training in October. This conference was uniquely designed to offer sessions that support the professional development of both member leaders and HBA staff. NAHB leadership in attendance included NAHB President & CEO, Jim Tobin, NAHB Chairman of the Board, Alicia Huey, and NAHB 1 st Vice Chairman of the Board, Carl Harris. We encourage all emerging leaders throughout our state to join us in 2024! NDAB’s fall events are almost here! You should have received a formal invitation in the mail and by email. If you haven’t registered for our events, please do so at The BUILD-PAC event will be held the night of November 15th with a Bourbon Tasting, “Politics of Whiskey” class, then a social after. Committee meetings will take place November 16th and the day will conclude with our Annual Banquet & Social. After the conclusion of the program, we will have a DJ & Dance where we will celebrate a great year with the HBA! The NDAB Fall Board Meeting will be held on November 17 th. We encourage all members to make the trip to Fargo as we induct our 2024 Board of Directors and announce our 2023 Award Winners. Please reach out to me with any questions about NDAB or your membership! or 701-240-3540. Brittney Roehrich, NDAB CEO

SEE YOUR AD HERE! Call the BMHBA office (701-222-2400) for more information.

Fargo Paint & Glas s Company — Natalie Volanti & Jeff Lovdal

Jeff—Millwork Outside Sales: I was raised in Mandan, ND. Graduated from Mandan High School. Studied English at Minot State University. (Go Beavers!!) I currently live in Bismarck with my wife of 17 years. We have 2 children. Andrew (15) and Gabe (12). In April, I will be celebrating 4 years with Fargo Glass. What is an interesting or fun fact about your business that most people don’t know? FGP is known for our commercial glass and entry door systems. We are so much more than that. We sell residential entry door systems, Sierra Pacific Windows, EDCO steel siding and steel roofs. Royal PVC Products, flooring, cabinets, paint, and window coverings. We have a really great array of products to offer. Do you have any advice for someone just entering this industry? Jump in, it’s the best decision you will ever make! Once you’re a part of this industry, you will never want to leave. What is a typical day like for you? Jeff— A typical day for me is generally sleeping in till about ten. Get up just in time to hit my 11 o’clock tee time. Just kidding, my job is great, but not quite that great. As an outside salesperson, I wear a lot of hats and my actual days can vary substantially. Could be selling, training my customers on products. I spend a lot of time in my car traveling throughout my territory. I also get my tools out and do a fair amount of service work when needed. Natalie— Usually, I start my morning out by catching up on emails, then I hit the road. While traveling my territory, I stop by or call my customers to check in and see what they need. Each day is full of great conversations and many miles driven. If we weren’t in this industry what would your next choice be and why would it be? I don’t think I could avoid this industry, but I could see myself on the architecture and interior design side of it. Helping people is in my nature and getting to help them curate a space that they love would be very rewarding. What do you hope to see Fargo Glass & Paint accomplish in the coming years? Continued growth of product diversification. adding great employees Continued growth company wide. Not only in the diversification of our product offerings, but also with our people. We have so many talented employees that help us succeed, and I would love to see us continue to add more great people. What makes your business unique from other home/commercial supply, retail, and distribution in the area? Jeff— I think the thing that separates us from other companies is the people. We have great people. People who are knowledgeable in their field. Our management hires great people and establishes a culture of good people. Natalie— We are 100% employee owned. We all have a share in our success and that drives us to go the extra mile, especially with our customers. What is your favorite part of your job? I love the fact that no two days are ever the same. I represent a great company and the great products we offer. There is a new challenge every day and being challenged every day is something I really enjoy. What is your favorite quote that speaks to you or business model the most? Jeff— “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” -Wayne Gretzky Natalie— “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” John Wooden Website:

Associate Member Spotlight

Natalie - General Outside Sales: I live in Bismarck with my Husband. We have 2 daughters, 1 grandkid, 2 grand kitties, & 1 grand pup. I will be celebrating my 6th year with Fargo Glass & Paint this November!



Call the BMHBA office for more info 701-222-2400.

National Flash 2024 IBS Sustainability & Green Building Scholarship Application Now Open The NAHB’s Sustainability and Green Building IBS Scholarship aims to provide exposure to young emerging green builders in the construction industry to the world of high-performance homes. Attending the International Builders’ Show (IBS) can help you make the connections you need to jumpstart your professional trajectory. The 2024 IBS will be an in-person event, allowing scholarship recipients to collaborate with peers, meet mentors in the green building industry, and attend key education sessions and demonstrations. The application period for the 2024 IBS Sustainability and Green Building Scholarship is now open. Applications are due Dec. 4. Scholarship recipients will receive $1,800 for travel expenses, and full registration to maximize their experience, with access to numerous networking events, education sessions and chances to see the latest products in the industry. Throughout the event, you will get to access the expo “floor” to learn about the newest products on the market, attend sustainability and green building education seminars and receive Continuing Education Units, tour green buildings in the area, and more. The show will be held in Las Vegas Feb. 24-29, 2024. Application Requirements: • Complete online application form. Submit a resume/CV. Eligibility Requirements:

• 25-35 years of age by Jan. 1, 2024 Young professional and/or emerging green builder If selected, the following will be required during and after the show: • • • •

Attend at least one educational session per day. (Suggested list will be provided.) Help promote IBS via social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Be available for the Sustainability & Green Building Subcommittee and Healthier Homes & Communities Subcommittee meetings. Submit a blog (500 words maximum, NAHB staff reserve the right to edit) detailing your most memorable and influential green experiences during the virtual show. Your blog will be promoted via NAHB social media channels to encourage other green professionals to attend the show. Take a survey of your experience to help

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