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Northern Kentucky Builder™ is an official publication of the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky, 2751 Circleport Drive, Erlanger, Kentucky 41018. It is published in the interest of the Northern Kentucky building industry and read by home builders, remodelers, general contractors, developers, engineers, bankers, Realtors,® architects, material dealers, subcontractors and manufacturers. All rights reserved. Copying or reproduction without the expressed permission of the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky is strictly prohibited. phone 859.331.9500 or fax 859.578.3393 email homebuilders@buildersnky.com 2018 Board of Directors John Curtin/Paul Hemmer Company, President Bill Cullen/Cullen Brothers, Immediate Past Pres. Tom Withorn/Craftsmen by Design, Vice President Ross Kreutzjans/Kreutzjans Construction Co., LLC, Secretary/Treasurer Watson Jones/C.K. Ash Insurance, Associate President John Cain/Wiseway Supply. Associate Vice President Mike Willenbrink/Bayer Becker, LDC President Michelle Caldwell/Huntington Bank, SMC President Shad Sletto/EGC Construction, Builder Director Ben Taylor/Drees, Builder Director Brandy Roberts/Florida Tile, Associate Director Fred Cernetisch/Pella, Associate Director Nick Smith/Keller Williams, Associate Director Mike Riegler/Riegler Blacktop, Inc., Associate Director BIA Staff Brian A. Miller, Executive Vice President Jessica Rose, Director of Shows & Events Charley Wayman, Director of Sales & Marketing Shawn Cox, Director of Professional Development Dan Smith, Director of Finance Tammy Arvin, Director of Membership Mandy Trenkamp, Administrative Coordinator Editors Charley Wayman Writing Vicki Prichard Staff The Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky is open to the world, visit our web site for up-to-date information on BIA services and programs, including extensive public referral directory to Registered Builders, Registered Remodelers and Associate Members.

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AUGUST 2018 FROM THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

MEMBERSHIP AND COMMUNITY DEPARTMENTS

The mission of the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky is to promote and enhance the integrity and visibility of the construction industry and the members of the organization through advocacy, communication, education and political action.

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HBAK SUMMER BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECAP

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he 2018 Summer HBA of Kentucky Board meetings were held in Louisville on June 11th and Brian Miller 12th at the Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown. Executive Vice Presifdent The meetings were attended by Dean Mon (New Jersey), bmiller@buildersnky.com NAHB’s Second Vice Chairman, who will be NAHB Chairman in 2020. The event was kicked off by an adventure in Louisville’s Mega Cavern, a former underground limestone mine that stretches under parts of the Watterson Expressway and the Louisville Zoo. The committee meetings were held on Thursday kicked off by the Associates Committee, chaired by our own Associate President Watson Jones, C.K. Ash Insurance and HBAK Vice President, Secretary. The day was rounded out by the HBAK Executive Committee, Codes Committee, Legislative/PAC Committee, Executive Officers Council and Young Building Leaders Committee. The evening was spent at the Frazier Arms Museum where we celebrated $35,000 in PAC donations and held a reverse raffle for a lucky winner to go home with over $6,000. A broad base discussion was had at the Codes Committee meeting regarding House Bill 100. This bill was amended by your association with a Senate Committee Substitute that allows Kentucky to amend the electric code similar to our ability to amend the ICC residential code. As a result, we are now working to change the regulations that mandate the use of arc fault breakers and certain “safe” outlet devices. The arc faults have been an issue with homeowner’s inability to keep appliances running such as garage refrigerators and freezers and landscape lighting. “Safe” outlets have been causing issues with elderly adult’s inability to plug in simple outlets. The Legislative Committee meeting was highlighted by information regarding the new state tax code. There are a lot of questions regarding the new state taxes. For those companies installing materials on new construction and remodeling additions there are no new state sales taxes to be paid. For companies servicing homeowners there is state sales tax. One unforeseen and unintended consequence is a passthrough tax that companies are paying regarding subcontracted work for existing companies and homeowners. Expect more information in future editions of NKB regarding this issue.

Scan the QR code on the right to see the presentation on new Kentucky Tax Code.

Mike Kegley, The B.O.L.D. Company, BIA and HBAK Past President, discusses issues with Dean Mon, Second Vice Chairman of NAHB (New Jersey)

BIA Vice President Tom Withorn and family enjoying a night at Louisville’s Mega Cavern

Watson Jones, BIA Associate President and HBAK Associate Vice President, discusses issues with Brian Jones and family, C.K. Ash Insurance.

A “lunch and learn” was held the first day when Changes to Kentucky Tax Code were covered by Stephen Lukinovich, CPA, CVA, PFS. It is important to your company that you understand and comply with the new tax code. A copy of the presentation is available for you to review by scanning one of the two QR (quick response) codes accompanying this story. Friday was welcomed in with the Board of Directors meeting and heard reports from the association’s members. Senator Ernie Harris (Oldham County) spoke about goings on in Frankfort and recapped the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly session. Part of the meeting was used to discuss Senate Bill 117 and changes to the 811 Call Before You Dig Program for gas and fuel lines Andrew Melnykovych, Director of Communications for the Kentucky Public Service Commission, updated those on hand with details about the changes. A copy of the presentation is available for you to review by scanning one of the two QR (quick response) codes accompanying this story. The HBAK Fall Board of Directors meetings will be held October 11th and 12th in our region. The meetings will be held at the Marriott RiverCentre in Covington. We are working on a joint event in October so members from around our Commonwealth can mix and mingle together with our local members. lease mark your calendars and make every effort to attend. 4

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Mike Kegley, The B.O.L.D. Company, BIA and HBAK Past President, talks with David Sowders (Bowling Green)

Watson Jones, BIA Associate President and HBAK Associate Vice President, C.K. Ash Insurance, leads the Associates Committee with J.P. Delaney, Logan Lavelle Hunt Insurance.


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MEMBERSHIP AND COMMUNITY Brian Perry, Lights and Signs, Diana DeVore, Guardian Savings Bank, Dennis Clark, Phoenix Comfort Systems, Brett Cryer, Phoenix Comfort Systems and Michael Raidt, Logan Lavelle Hunt.

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Lights and Signs Position: Sales Manager Community I live in: Fort Thomas My favorite thing to do when I’m not working is: Playing Golf or Watching Kentucky Basketball. My reason for belonging to the BIA of Northern Kentucky: Networking and growing brand exposure. Something unique about my company: Started in one area and has spread to many fields.

Phoenix Comfort Systems, LLC Position: General Manager Community I live in: Union, KY My favorite thing to do when I’m not working is: Spending time with my family. My reason for belonging to the BIA of Northern Kentucky: Ross Kreutzjans invited us to join. Something unique about my company: Reliability-We keep our promises.

Phoenix Comfort Systems, LLC Position: Field Tech Community I live in: Fort Thomas My favorite thing to do when I’m not working is: Hiking My reason for belonging to the BIA of Northern Kentucky: Knowledge as well as new opportunities. Something unique about my company: We are a small family owned business that covers a wide area.

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COMMERCIAL COUNCIL EVENT NEW DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY AT MAINSTRASSE

Join the BIA and our guest speakers to learn about the New Development Activity at MainStrasse, including the new 5th and Main residential and retail development now under construction, the redevelopment plans for the John R. Green Building and the latest update on the future plans for the IRS property.

Being held on the rooftop at Lisse Steakhuis

530 Main St. Covington, KY 41011 - Additional parking at The House Of Orange if needed

Cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members

Hors d’oeuvres and 2 drink tickets (domestic beer and wine) provided

When: August 23rd, 2018 3:30pm-5:30pm

And thanks to CK Ash Insurance and Hermes Construction Co.

Contact Mandy Trenkamp for reservations: mandy@buildersnky.com or (859) 331-9500

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MEMBERSHIP AND COMMUNITY Milestone Members

These members have reached a milestone in their membership with their renewals in August. Congratulations! One Year Bath Fitter Concrete Dreams, LLC Edgewood Electric, Inc. Lithko Contracting, LLC. United Skilled Services Volpenhein Brothers Electric Five Years Davis Custom Concrete & Remodeling, Inc. Phirman Enterprises, Inc. Ten Years PLC Right of Way Maintenance Twenty-Five Years K.O.I. Precast Concrete Inc.

HONK CORNER

The Legacy House, being constructed in Elsmere in tribute to HONK’s founder Fr. Jack Goeke , is proceeding well. This project is in partnership with BIA and the City of Elsmere. A blitz build is being planned for August 25 and 26. BIA members, community folks, and HONK staff will be volunteering to erect walls, roof, and sheathing in one weekend. Look for more details coming soon. There will be opportunities to volunteer, donate materials/supplies, or make a monetary donation. Check our websites (www.honkhomes.org/legacyhouse and www.bianky.com) for updates. In other news, HONK’s Housing Counselor, Marcia Jennings, has left HONK after 13 years to support the Talbert House in Cincinnati. We thank her for her commitment to the mission of HONK and to helping low income families achieve homeownership. She is replaced by Jeff Scott. He can be reached at 859-581-4665 for information about our lease-to-own program. Please spread the word. Our application process is quite simple.

Thirty Years VonLehman CPA and Advisors

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As a member you have access to discounts and savings offered by these top companies. Hertz - Up to 20% off on rental cars and FREE Gold Plus Rewards membership. Visit www.hertz.com/nahb, or call 800-654-2200 and use CDP# 51046. Avis - Up to 25% off car rental base rates and FREE Avis Preferred Service membership at www.avis.com/nahb, or call 800-331-1212 and use AWD code G572900. Budget - Up to 25% off car rental base rates and FREE Budget Fastbreak at www.budget.com/nahb, or call 800-283-4387 and use BCD code Z536900. For a complete list of discounts go to: www.nahb.org/en/members/member-discounts.aspx

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BIANKY BUSINESS MEETINGS AT A GLANCE AUGUST Get Involved 2

Celebrate the end of summer at Braxton Brewing, $25 per person, includes 2 beers and appetizers, 4:00pm - 8:00pm

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Sales and Marketing Council Board of Governors Meeting at the BIA

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Land Development Council Board of Governors / Monthly meeting of the Land Development Council Board of Governors. All Council Past Presidents are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting.

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Commercial Council Event - MainStrasse, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM at the Rooftop at Lisse Steakhuis

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State & Local Government/PAC Committee / The committee will discuss legislative issues and engage an elected or appointed

official in dialogue over issues concerning the construction industry. All members are welcome to attend this

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Executive Committee / Monthly meeting of association senior leadership team

Go to buildersnky.com or call 331-9500 for reservations and confirm dates

SEPTEMBER A Look Ahead 3

Labor Day, BIA Closed

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9th Annual Elk Creek Sporting Clay, see page 11 for full details

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Sales and Marketing Council Board of Governors Meeting at the BIA

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Land Development Council Board of Governors / Monthly meeting of the Land Development Council Board of Governors. All Council Past Presidents are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting.

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State & Local Government/PAC Committee / The committee will discuss legislative issues and engage an elected or appointed

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Executive Committee / Monthly meeting of association senior leadership team

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Board of Directors / Bi-monthly meeting of association leadership

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Celebrate the end of summer at Braxton Brewing in the Loft.

BIA SIGNATURE EVENT

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Braxton Brewing!

Join us for an afternoon of fun and camaraderie with fellow BIA members in the beautiful rolling hills of Owen County, Kentucky.

Annual Clay Tournament

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JANUARY 11-13, 2019

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Annual Elk Creek Clay Shoot

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September 6th Elk Creek Hunt Club 1860 Georgetown Rd., Owenton, KY Registration begins at 11:00am $150 per shooter $600 per foursome Includes: Cart, ammunition, snacks, soft drinks, dinner, door prizes and beer. Gun rentals available for $30 each Non-shooters are welcome to join for the day for $25. Must pay at time of reservation. For more information or to register contact Tammy at 859-331-9500 or tarvin@buildersnky.com Associates Scholarship Gun Raffle $10 per ticket Win a Franchi AL48 26” 20ga Semi-Auto Station Sponsors Available for $100! Help raise money for supplies HERE FOR WHEN YOU PLAN for the Enzweiler Building Institute. AND WHEN YOU DON’T

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he rain did not keep away the sold-out crowd at the 55th Annual Golf Outing. Members enjoyed the rolling hills of Traditions Golf Club in Hebron, Ky. The Sims-Lohman #3 foursome of Dave Thaler, Jack Chard, Ed Neihaus and Steve Reuve were the winning team with a score of 60. Steve Carnevale, Max Carnevale, Mike Glassmeyer, and Rick Carnevale from Reading Rock were a close second with a score of 61.

A big thank you goes out to the 2018 Golf Committee for making this day a success: Pat Parshall-Northwest Title, Watson Jones-C.K. Ash, Nancy Mckibbin-Pella, Valerie Johnson-L & N Federal Credit Union, Ellen Barnett-L & N Federal Credit Union, Doug RobertsWatson Gravel, Keith Kelly-Barnes Dennig and Co, Kevin Mitts-Carter Lumber, Diana DeVore-Guardian Savings Bank, Doug Smith-Guardian Savings Bank, Craig VonierPella, Jerry Moser and Roger Toennis.

Mark Eisel, Citizens Deposit Bank was the lucky winner of the Board of Directors Bourbon Basket. Nathan Madden, Pella Doors and Windows won the Split the Pot and donated the winnings back to the Enzweiler Building Institute Scholarship Fund.

A huge thank you must go out to this year’s sponsors! Florida Tile, Wiseway Design Showroom, L & N Federal Credit Union, Reading Rock, Pella, and Logan Lavelle Hunt, John Lorms of Re/Max, Custom Distributors, and Eaton Asphalt.

Golf Committee Members Ellen Barnet, L & N Federal Credit Union, Valerie Johnson, L & N Federal Credit Union, Diana DeVore, Guardian Savings Bank and Nancy McGibbon, Pella.

Kevin Mitts and Shawn Trattles, Carter Lumber

Aaron Holson, Adam Weber, Keith Miller and Mike Cook, AE Door Sales Pamela Brinkmoeller, Wiseway Supply

Mike Hager, Michael Raidt,Logan Lavelle Hunt, Daron Fendor and Jonathan Stewart

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Bob Halderman, Kelly Brothers, Dan Krumpelman, Krumpelman Builders, Kevin Krumpelman, Krumpelman Builders and Ken Mueller, Decks by Design.


1st place team, Jack Chard, Dave Thaler, Ed Niehaus, Steve Reuve, Sims- Lohman receiving the winners’ cup from Nathan Madden, Pella.

Nathan Madden, Pella with 2nd place team Steve Carnevale, Reading Rock, Rick Carnevale Sr., Rick Carnevale Jr., M/I Homes and Max Carnevale, M/I Homes.

Dominique Campbell, Launa Rogers and Brian Jones, CK Ash Insurance. Walt Dunlevy, Forge Lumber, Joe Carnes, Fischer Homes, Jim Haas, Fischer Homes and Eric Steinman, Forge Lumber

Brian Miller, BIA, Diana DeVore, Guardian Savings and Nathan Madden, Pella winner of the Split the Pot. Nathan was kind enough to donate the winnings to the Exzweiler Building Institute Scholarship Fund. Thank You Nathan.

Winner of the Board of Directors Bourbon Basket, Mike Eisele,

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EDUCATION

ENZWEILER BUILDING INSTITUTE GEARING UP FOR YEAR THREE OF INTRODUCTORY TO TRADES PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

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ith two years under our belt, our innovative High School Introductory to Skilled Trades program, which wrapped up in May, has created big plans to help ensure the continued growth and success of the program.

Shawn Cox Director of Professional Development scpx@buildersnky.com

Partnering again with the Boone County and Ludlow school districts, we expect to have at least 60 students enrolled in our program. Additionally, Kenton County schools came into the fold last year and we look forward to welcoming them back. The proposed expansion and remodel of our building, made

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possible by the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative grant, is playing a strong part in positioning our program as an association regional leader in workforce development. This is evident by the number of students already working in the field and the ones enrolled in our night time program.

do hands on basic electric work, as well as be “subcontractors� to construct a two-story learning space at their training center. These are the types of partnerships we need to be successful. We need materials and supplies such as lumber, plumbing supplies, HVAC equipment and guest speakers/experts.

To make this program a continued success we need YOU as partners and supporters. We would be remiss if we did not thank Ion Apex Electric and its owner Jeff Kennedy for their outstanding support last year. Ion Apex created a project-based learning model where our students were able to

To learn more or see how you or your company can assist in the success of the program as a recruiting tool, guest speaker, sponsorship or even aid in some instruction contact Shawn Cox at 331-9500 or scox@buildersnky. com to learn more.


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what I have done in the past is said, “It’s everybody else’s problem.” The reality is, it’s my problem, and Alluring Glass’s problem. If I can fix Jerry Beerman and Alluring Glass’s problem, then somebody can decide to fix their problem as well.”

Regionally, northern Kentucky industry businesses are confronting the issue head on, and employing well-researched and creative strategies to attract and maintain a talented workforce.

Engage – and Educate – Employees Beerman says he doesn’t swing a hammer, but that if he were a craftsman wearing a tool belt, and wanted to retain guys that are going to be working with him, that he would first evaluate the kind of work environment he’s creating for other people and ask if he’s the kind of person who is attracting people who will want to work alongside him. Interpersonal and social skills matter, he says.

or some time now, the rallying cry among industries across the board is the need to attract and retain talented workers; the building industry is certainly no exception.

A range of studies estimate that replacing retiring employees is a daunting task, with the construction industry producing one replacement worker for every four who leave. If that math were to continue, the industry could face a shortage of nearly two million workers in a matter of years.

An Honorable Industry “The only thing I can think of that’s bigger than the labor shortage is the leadership shortage,” says Jerry Beerman, owner of Alluring Glass. “I can’t remember who it was, maybe John Maxwell, who said, “Look over your shoulder and see who’s following you and then you’ll see what kind of leader you are.” I think the cruel reality is people like myself have been lamenting, complaining about the ‘challenge,’ and people like myself have been part of the problem for the twelve years that I’ve been a part of the industry.” After some self-examination, Beerman says he realized he had not been a good ambassador of the trades, and should have been talking about how honorable it is to be in the building industry. “When you drive up and down our streets, every single house is protecting people; every house is where families have celebratory times; every house is where intimacy takes place, and I don’t mean that in a weird way, but instead, my conversations that I’ve had with my children at my kitchen table – personal, about wins and losses – have been in this house that the trades have built. I think there’s a massive disconnect about that,” says Beerman. Beerman decided to do something about that. “It’s my responsibility to recruit, teach, and retain people,” says Beerman. “So, I have to look at myself first. The only person I control is me. I think 16

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“I’m not sure we’re going to see journeymen like we have in the past. Maybe we will, but certainly, with the young people coming up, I don’t see a bunch of them saying, “I’m looking for a job that I can dig in and have for the next 50 years.”” One of the things that Beerman has done is triple down on the fact that younger people are looking for some quick growth – quick hit opportunities. “When somebody quits my company, they’re quitting Jerry Beerman. You can have a different view, but my view is that people quit leaders,” says Beerman. With that in mind, Beerman reflected on what he could do to treat people better so that they would want to be part of his team. Beerman began recruiting young talent, presenting them with a program he personally designs to develop them in their career. While making money, his employees are learning a craft, leadership, soft skills, and management; skills, he says, that will launch them in their career. He asks new hires to give him two years to train them for bigger and better things in the trade, but if they choose, they can certainly stay on board longer. “One of my buddies said to me that when you train people they leave you and compete against you, which has happened to me as well,” says Beerman. “I’ve


had two different groups of guys quit our company and creative competitive companies competing with us, which on one hand is fantastic – I wish we could claim that we did it on purpose, but we didn’t, which is fine. They left my leadership. But, hey, that’s what makes America great.” As a testament to career growth and upward mobility, Fred Cernetisch of Pella Windows says many employees at Pella started out in one role – a temp, or driving a truck – and grow into management positions and bigger roles.

recruiting sites such as LinkedIn and Craig’s List to find talented employees. But old school methods still prove fruitful. “Frankly, we still get the most bang for buck with organic recruitment, meaning referrals from friends and associates of employees,” says Cernetisch. “We still retain the best talent from those methods, but you have to put those efforts out there through social to get the organic results.” Cernetisch says there’s no silver bullet to guarantee successful recruiting.

“This concept of changing jobs all the time can work for some people, but the ability to stay in an organization and grow still exists, and you can grow,” says Cernetisch. Rethink Recruiting As for attracting skilled employees to begin with, Cernetisch says Pella has had success in recruiting talent for sales positions, but finding installers, contractors, and warehouse personnel – jobs they need filled – is more challenging. With region’s logistic centers offering great positions, in climate control warehouses, at solid wages, makes it difficult, says Cernetisch. “We’ve had to raise our wage criteria and we using traditional and nontraditional methods to recruit,” he says. “We’re using recruiters – both temp replacement and long term recruiters, as well as yard signs.” New recruiting methods still employ traditional standards. Cernetisch says every position they hire for still requires background checks and drug screens. Pella Windows, at 150-plu employees pre-recession, dropped to as low as 40 employees. “Now, we’re going to be over 70 or 80 employees, and that fantastic,” says Cernetisch. “We’ve diversified recruiting efforts, using multiple methods, and there are costs associated with that.” In addition, Cernetisch says they’re using social media and social media

“Don’t rely on one resource. Get creative,” he advises. “We built a website. Costs are involved, but the cost of not having employees far outweighs the cost of trying to get employees. Use multiple approaches and never stop. You will always be recruiting. In sales, we say we’re always selling, now we’re always recruiting.” Cernetisch says maintaining its relationship with the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky has been important as well. “During the last two recessions, we never stopped being a member of our key association – they helped us,” says Cernetisch. “You always get out what you put into them. Don’t lapse your membership, don’t stop coming to meetings. Be involved as much as possible so people know you’re strong even when you feel weak.” Strong Teams Equal Strong Products and Results The BIANKY itself is no stranger to confronting talent challenges. They know the impact or turning to effective strategies to attract and build a talented work culture. “We run a small office but network with others and one of the things we see is the need for a very strong team culture,” says Brian Miller, BIANKY executive director. Workforce development, he says, is a big issue across the country. And whereas it used to be a matter of simply giving an employee a paycheck, today’s employees might take the paycheck – might even take it for less – Northern Kentucky BUILDER

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but want the opportunities to grow skill sets that will allow them to grow into the “C-seat.” “The worst thing you can do to somebody is praise them all over the place but think they’ll never go anywhere,” says Miller. Millers says the synergy and team dynamics that author Stephen Covey began writing about in his books, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leader in Me, and others, are still important. Making money is one thing, he says, but it’s important to enjoy the benefits of the job. “What we do every year is, as a staff, we focus on team culture – accountability, particular characteristics of individual among the team – and bring deep levels of trust,” says Miller. Take for instance, he suggests, the team concept of sports.

you into that space. You either self-select to come in and grow as a team member, or you don’t. Nothing is an edict, but an invitation.” The ‘aspiration’ component of the team meeting reflects upon the association’s strategic plan. In this step, staff look at what they’ve done to actually move their plan forward. They use visual tools to aid in this review. “We have a magnetic white board with all strategic plan tactics on it,” says Miller. “It’s a three year plan and there are about 91 different things we’ll do. Its color coded for each team. Very transparent. It’s an easy tool to see whether they’ve done that or not.” Among the quadrants they review is one called ‘stuck.’ At this point in the conversation, Miller says they divide teams to deal with the obstacles of where they’re stuck in the strategic plan which allows them to generally go deeper and see the cultural roots within the organization.

“The manager has to be the person, above all others, who is willing to implement change" “During the last playoffs, we saw team dynamics. Cleveland had one strong player, who has now left, and he made the team,” says Miller. “I can have a team of seven people and they do great things, but if I’m a manager and I empower one key player, how does that empower the whole team? If I had a team like Golden State, with two or three players that work well together, I can promote individual team players who encourage one another, so you have contributions of four or five people that results in greater output. As a result, you have a far better product.” Miller says they’ve taken steps to break down barriers within the team so they can collaborate within a time frame. For instance, in addressing the need to provide business events for members and getting more builders at the events, Miller might call upon team members that generally don’t work on that project to present a plan to the team, and take part in critiquing and contributing solutions. “That concept gets personalities together that normally don’t do this and silo themselves – now they’re working together, collaborating, doing something new and growing as staff team members,” says Miller. “We’re always trying to find a way to focus on teams.” Inspire, Aspire, and Perspire to Ignite the Talent You Have Each week, BIANKY staff participate in a three-part team meeting: inspiration, aspiration, and perspiration. For inspiration, Miller says they find speeches on YouTube or TED talks and aims to get people out of their comfort level.

“It’s a neat model – not always comfortable as we’re looking at foundational things,” says Miller. “Overall, that makes for a very happy staff. They’re all empowered to shape and mold. They’re smart people.” Perspiration, as one might expect, tackles the day to day duties, says Miller, “the nose to the grindstone stuff.” This October, Miller says the BIANKY has invited Betsy AllenManning, one of the top leadership speakers and human behavior experts, to speak to personality profiles. “The day before, we’ll have them work solely with our team of seven – boil down the personality type of each player,” says Miller. “We’ll put little plaques outside of everyone’s office. Get really rudimentary with providing tools for people, so you know what tools you have in your bag when you go into a situation.” Having had a good mentor early in his career, Miller knows the significance of opportunities for professional growth. “I read books, found mentors, hung around the things they did. I learned a lot,” says Miller. “I studied corporate culture, and rather than just being a creature of habit, I molded my personality to be more effective. Most people’s personalities change only when something happens. An empowered person can look at personality and say, ‘this is where I want to take my game next.’ We invite them to that journey on our team.” He knows that creating a culture that keeps talent on board begins at the top.

“I’ll tell them I want them to be team members, that everybody needs to know what we’re doing,” says Miller. “It allows them to think in a space of executive level in case they do want to move up, and broadens their capacity for thought. They start thinking instead of ‘mine’ or ‘I’ into a ‘we’ culture and communicate what expectations are. I’m not doing things to you, I’m inviting 18

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“The manager has to be the person, above all others, who is willing to implement change,” Miller says. “I have plaques around my desk to remind me of all the personality types and how to work with them.”


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MEMBER PROFILE MICHAEL RIEGLER, PRESIDENT- RIEGLER BLACKTOP, INC. Tell me how you first got involved in with the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky. Riegler Blacktop has been a member of the Association for as long as I can remember. However, I personally became more involved when I was asked to join the Land and Development Council. It was through that experience that I realized just how important the Association is for our Industry. The Land and Development council really works hard at reducing unnecessary and costly regulations that would impede growth and jobs in NKY. What do you think will change about the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky over the next five years OR what would you like to see change? Over the next five years in NKY, we are going to see the largest amount of construction work the area has seen since probably the creation of I-75. That is a great thing for our association. However, the question now becomes, how do we get this work completed? The lack of skilled workers is more than alarming, it is crippling to this industry. Companies cannot grow, and the overall speed of projects are slowing down because of the lack of workers. At Riegler Blacktop, we could hire 15-20 new employees tomorrow but can’t find any with experience. We, as an industry, need to do a better job of reaching out to high school students and educate them on the careers

available. Companies that effectively develop training programs will be the ones that succeed the most. On a positive note, I do believe wages for the employees will significantly increase due to demand, as it should. What might someone be surprised to know about you? I really enjoy playing guitar. It is a nice way to forget about work for a while. I also really enjoy sporting clays and skiing What do you do when you aren't working or volunteering? I have three daughters. I enjoy spending time with my family. What is your best tip to provide to our members about networking with potential customers and clients? The BIA puts on a lot of great events throughout the year. I really recommend attending a few of them. It is a great way to meet potential clients and vendors in a much more relaxed atmosphere than in a business setting. A business is only as successful as the relationships you form.

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NORTHERN KENTUCKY BUILDING PERMITS JUNE ‘18

#

SINGLE FAMILY

#

MODULAR HOMES

#

MULTI FAMILY

#

CONDOS

#

COMMERCIAL

#

COMMERCIAL REMODELING

#

RESIDENTIAL REMODELING

BOONE

57

$10,033,396.00

0

0

0

0

3

$1,598,656.00

4

$6,389,792.00

50

$23,497,381.00

118

$1,147,105.00

CAMPBELL

13

$2,777,806.00

1

$59,995.00

1

$518,000.00

0

0

3

$2,820,000.00

12

$2,293,125.00

32

$397,293.00

KENTON

23

$6,145,051.01

0

0

3

$1,800,000.00

0

0

2

$323,000.00

27

$6,535,444.00

62

$1,404,425.00

GRANT

7

$1,185,000.00

2

$103,000.00

0

0

0

0

1

$4,800,000.00

1

$132,969.00

0

0

MASON

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

100

$20,141,253.01

3

$162,995.00

4

$2,318,000.00

3

$1,598,656.00

10

$14,332,792.00

90

$32,458,919.00

212

$2,948,823.00

0

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SINGLE FAMILY

#

MODULAR HOMES

#

MULTI FAMILY

#

CONDOS

#

COMMERCIAL

#

COMMERCIAL REMODELING

#

RESIDENTIAL REMODELING

BOONE

55

$10,243,492.00

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

$17,565,000.00

46

$12,850,475.00

95

$846,149.00

CAMPBELL

18

$4,231,982.00

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

$535,000.00

11

$1,737,953.00

27

$381,411.00

KENTON

19

$3,900,332.00

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

26

$9,078,339.00

43

$694,226.00

GRANT

2

$320,000.00

3

$283,000.00

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

$2,457,900.00

0

0

MASON

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

94

$18,695,806.00

3

$283,000.00

0

0

0

0

9

$18,100,000.00

87

$26,124,667.00

165

$1,921,786.00

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Northern Kentucky Builder - August 2018  

The official publication of the Building Industry Association of Northern kentucky

Northern Kentucky Builder - August 2018  

The official publication of the Building Industry Association of Northern kentucky