Building Business News - December 2011

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Volume 17 • NO.7

December July 2010 July 2011 2011

The Official Newspaper of The Home Builders Association ofof Greater The Official Newspaper of The Home Builders Association GreaterKansas KansasCity City

Inside this Edition HBA Recognizes Outstanding HBA Hosts Golf TournamentLeadership at Inaugural Celebration NAHB Remodelers Awards

HBA members came out in full force for the 2010 Annual HBA Golf Tournament on Friday, June 9th at the Falcon Ridge Golf The HBA Inaugural Celebration is a night to Club in Lenexa, KS. Renewed interest in welcome the incoming Board President and also the tournament was gratifying for everyone to recognize the outstanding contributions of Tax Credit Extension involved with 144 golfers and a portion of the proceeds benefiting two important charities. individuals who have made a lasting and significant The Salvation Army and Hillcrest Transitional impact on housing in Kansas City. Three distinctive Housing were presented with checks from awards were presented at the December 1 event. Home Builders Association Foundation Fund to support their important work. The day started continental EPA Responds to Lead Builders Hall of Fame: Mike Brown, Eilert, Robwith Haas,a Mark Hoelting, Alan White breakfast and registration where golfers could Rule Travis Graham, Graham Construction purchase mulligans and skirts to raise extra This year’s inductee into the HBA Builder Hall money for the charities on hand. A putting Johnson County Board of County Eilert gave an overview of the contest sponsored by The Kansas City Star of Fame has been a part of the Kansas City housing where the winner brought putter. FY 2012 budget. The total budget Commissioners Chairhome Eda new Eilert Travis Graham, Builders Hall of Fame industry his entire life. Travis Graham has been a up Area this year’s spoke toTothespice Kansas Councilevent,is approximately $810 million. The familiar face in the housing industry and leader to co-chairs Tommy Angotti (Factory Direct Novemberand membership Appliance) Deb Swearingenlunch, (Pinnaclebudget did not contain a mill levy 2010 Fall the HBA. He was born and raised in Blue Springs providing update aboutthethe Bank) offered an games throughout day toincrease and is in line with the and remembers always working in his family’s home keep golfers entertained. The longest drive,county’s county government. Continued on page 14 buildingSponsors business. He attributes much of his success longest putt, and everyone’s favorite hole, Thank you to the 2010 HBA Golf Tournament Home Builders Association where golfers could opt to put on a skirt and of Greater Kansas City to his father, Jim Graham, but Travis came into his Aristocrat Homes Kansas City Homes and Garden tee off from the women’s tee box. Capitol Federal Kansas City Star featuring own to become one of the Eastern Jackson County’s Finishing the day was a lunch Continental Title Company and most respected custom home builders. Travis’ and awards ceremony where checks were Crowley Furniture Nebraska Furniture Mart featuring B/S/H presented to the charities and tournament dedication toMutual the HBA Factory Direct Appliance Pacific Dooris&unequaled Window since he is the winners. First American Title ProBuild to serve a second term more than a first president Grandview Winnelson - The Water Close Title of Kansas City The HBA Inaugural decadeStewart after the first. He first served as the youngest Kitchen and Bath Showroom Tile and Stone Warehouse Celebration was a night to president 1999 and twelve years later he answered Guier Fence Company, Inc. TopinMaster recognize the outstanding Huber Engineered Woods Chandelier the callWestern to serve in 2011inCompany an unprecedented housing Mark your calendar for the 2010 Fall Jim Humbert, Fred J. Geier Associate contributions of individuals Wilson Fans & Lighting economy. A term he has just concluded with our deep Parade of Year Homes. Since 1947, the Parade of of the



BOCC Chairman Eilert Addresses HBA Members


Parade of Homes

Award Winners & New Leadership Recognized at Inaugural Event!

Final Deadline

who have madetoa lasting and Congratulations the Tournament Winners appreciation. st impact on housing 1significant Place A Flight 1st Place B Flight Ken Rosberg in Kansas City. More than 150 Saxco of the Year: Fred J. GeierHarley Associate Austin Roeser Greg Prieb members and guests gathered, Jim Humbert, Advantage Framing John Judge Randy Bailey December 1, at Boulevard Jim Humbert Rex grewFuller up in the housing industry as a Jeff Sheppard nd 2Brewing Place A Company Flight to welcome 2nd Place B Flight kid playing at his grandfather’s truss manufacturing Klamm David Eickman the newDon Board President and company and gradually worked there after school Josh Bright Richard Wetzel leadership and to present three Ryan Bealmear and weekends until graduated from high school Chris he Williams distinctive Mattawards. Nordstrom Sterling Cramer in Garnett, Kansas. What followed was an ongoing 3rd Place A Flight Go to page 9 Bob Kobush for photos Gary Ely from the Brandon Johnson Inaugural Jim Bray

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December Calendar For more info or to register for any event, go to or call 816-942-8800

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December 20 11 am-noon

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Plans for the 50th Annual Spring Parade of Homes are underway. Entry forms for the Parade and the American Dream Awards are available at or contact Gina Battle, 816-733-2219.

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HBA News & Events

HBA Recognizes Outstanding Leadership at Inaugural Celebration

The Awards

Builders Hall of Fame

In 1972 the HBA established the George W. Byers Memorial Award to pay tribute to builders providing distinguished service to the homebuilding industry. In 1993 the honor was renamed the Builder Hall of Fame Award in recognition of the lifetime of contributions that the recipients have contributed to our association, our industry and our community.

Fred J. Geier Associate of the Year

The Associate of the Year has been a proud tradition for years and last year a new tradition began by naming it the Fred J. Geier Associate of the Year. Fred was honored three times as Associate of the Year and was a man of true character who will be remembered by the many lives he touched.

Bob Bollier Award

The Award: For the past decade, the HBA Sales and Marketing Council has paid tribute to the late Bob Bollier with an award presented in his honor. Bob was a man who was beloved by so many for his generous spirit and undeniable dedication to his friends within the HBA and the council. Building Business News

Continued from page 1 c o m p a n i e s and landed in Kansas City in 1994. By 2001 Jim knew it was time start his own company and founded Advantage Framing with the goal to treat framing not only an important building technique, but a professional business that builders would appreciate. Jim says he has Fred Geier to thank for getting him involved with the HBA when Fred recruited him for the associates’ council. Over time, Jim has volunteered on a variety of committees, served on the board of directors, and has taken a special interest in the Build Green initiatives and the Build Green Council. He says he was “green” before “green” was cool. “Homes are a system, and a lot of people don’t realize that one change can affect the efficiency of an entire house,” said Jim, “At Advantage Framing, we have the capability to generate a computer model of a home and solve problems before building even begins.” The HBA is fortunate to recognize such a dedicated volunteer and visionary for home building in Kansas City.

mediator for the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors. Ken became involved with the HBA thanks to Tracy Poe who encouraged him to be involved with the Sales & Marketing Council. He expressed sincere appreciation to the builders with whom he has worked with over the years. In addition, he recalls fondly being in the first Certified Sales Professional class

Bob Bollier Award: Ken Rosberg, Cedar Creek Development Company Ken Rosberg followed his bother Tom into the real estate business in 1979 starting his career with Jay’s Realtors. His first experience in new home sales came in the late 80’s, marketing a quaint sub-division named Cambridge Court. In 1992, Ken’ career was in for a big change when he was hired as a new homes sales associate for the Cedar Creek Development, the master planned community located western Johnson County. With 20 years of service in the community, Ken has appropriately earned the nick-name of Mr. Cedar Creek. Now the President & Managing Broker for Cedar Creek Realty, LLC., Ken also serves on the Professional Standards committee, the Forms committee & is a

taught by Bob Bollier in the mid 90’s. “What I remember most about Bob was his unwavering passion & enthusiasm for the new homes sales industry; I hope to use this opportunity to carry on his message of always maintaining a positive attitude, no matter how challenging your task may be,” said Ken at receiving the award.

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Welcome 2012 President: Kevin Stucker The HBA Inaugural Celebration welcomed new Board President, Kevin Stucker, as the HBA’s 67th President. “The housing industry has shaped who I am,” said Stucker. “Though housing has experienced some rough times recently, it’s been gratifying to be a part of the industry for most of my life and I look forward to the future.” Kevin started in the industry when he was sixteen years old when he says he was ready for his first construction job. He went to work with a family member’s business, Stucker Construction, Inc., and began to learn all aspects of the business. It was after graduating from Truman State University with degrees in business and economics that Kevin began to engage more in the industry through the HBA. Stucker Construction had entries on the Parade of Homes which lead to his involvement in the Missouri South Council, the Tour Committee, Build PAC, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.

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In 2010, the timing was right for Kevin to branch out on his own so he founded K Stucker Enterprises with the goal of adapting to the changing housing industry. “I’ve always had a passion for the industry and regardless of where I am I will always stay involved,” said Stucker. As he looks toward the upcoming year, he starts by reflecting back on recent association accomplishments. “We have made great strides and improvements through re-tooling and reorganization,” said Stucker. “We’ve had to stay adept for this economy and I’m pleased to say the HBA is financially stable and we plan to keep it that way.” In addition, Stucker will focus on consumer awareness. “Consumers need to know we are experts in the housing industry so they turn to the HBA and its members for information and answers,” said Stucker. “I hope throughout my presidency, we will able to bolster ourselves as being The Voice of the Housing Industry.”

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HBA Board of Directors Poised for 2012 Leadership The Board of Directors elected the following officers at the November meeting: President: Kevin Stucker, K Stucker Enterprises Vice President: Fred Delibero, Summit Custom Homes Secretary/Treasurer: Chris Ragland, Homes by Chris

2012 Board of Directors complete listing: Phil Acuff, Acuff Rhodes Group, Life Director Non Voting Gregory Allen, Gregory Allen Enterprises, Inc., Elected At Large KS Builder Jeff Alpert, The Alpert Companies, Life Director Non Voting Tommy Angotti, Factory Direct Appliance, Elected At Large Associate Leo Ashner, Bodine-Ashner Builders, Inc., Senior Life Director Erik Blaney, Shamrock Cabinet, Elected At Large Associate Mike Brown, Brown Midwest, LC, National Director Chad Buck, C & M Builders, Inc., Elected At Large Builder Paul Burger, Paul M. Burger, Life Director Non Voting Chris Carley, Tabernacle Homes LLC, Elected At Large Builder Jim Carlson, Jim Carlson Construction, Inc., Life Director Voting Ben Cerra, Ben Cerra Construction, Inc., Life Director Non Voting Sara Corless, Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, Exec. Vice President Fred Delibero, Summit Custom Homes, LLC, Vice President Everett “Buzz” Dulaney, Dulaney Construction Co, Life Director Voting Craig Eymann, Ambassador Construction Company, Inc., Honorary Member Robert Frost, Frost Construction Company, Life Director Voting Jeff Goodwin, Complete Home Concepts, Inc., Elected At Large Associate Travis Graham, Graham Construction Company, Senior Life Director Rob Haas, Jim Haas Builders, Inc., Elected At Large Builder Jim Haas, Jr., Jim Haas Builders, Inc., Alternate Director Misty Hanson, Stewart Title of Kansas City, Elected At Large Associate Mark Hoffman, Hoffman Construction, Inc., National Director Brenner Holland, Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development, Inc., Elected At Large MO N Builder Gary Kerns, Gary Kerns Homebuilders, LLC, Elected At Large MO N Builder Kevin Kirtley, K & E Flatwork LLC, Elected At Large Associate Zalman Kohen, Summit Custom Homes, LLC, Elected At Large MO S Builder Jon Lambert, Pacific Mutual Door & Window, Elected At Large Associate James Lambie, Lambie Custom Homes, Inc., Elected At Large KS Builder Richard Link, Legacy Custom Homes, Life Director Non Voting Brian Mather, Richard Mather Builders, Inc., Life Director Voting Mark Mather, Mather Development, National Director Richard Mather, Richard Mather Builders, Inc., Senior Life Director John Moffitt, Jr., Moffitt Development Company, Inc., Senior Life Director James Neighbors, James D. Neighbors Construction Co., Inc., Life Director Non Voting Daniel Norburg, Norburg Contracting, Inc., National Director Building Business News

Troy Pfeifer, Pfeifer King Building Corporation, Elected At Large Builder Justin Pfeifer, Pfeifer Homes, Inc, Elected At Large MO S Builder Harold Phelps, Phelps Engineering, Inc., National Director - Associate Chris Ragland, Homes by Chris LLC, Secretary/Treasurer Ora Reynolds, Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development, Inc., National Director Bruce Rieke, B L Rieke Custom Homes, Inc, Alternate Director Hank Riffe, Riffe Construction Co., Senior Life Director Jeff Robinson, J.S. Robinson Fine Homes, Alternate Director Austin Roeser, Roeser Homes, LLC, Elected At Large Builder Randall Sallee, Sallee Homes, Inc., Elected At Large Builder George Schluter, GWS Inc., Life Director Voting Kevin Stucker, K Stucker Enterprises, President Alan White, First Federal Bank, F.S.B., Elected At Large Associate Tom Woods, T. E. Woods Construction, Inc., Senior Life Director Phil Yancey, Weber Carpet, Inc., Elected At Large Associate

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Governor Brownback Breaks Ground on Energy Efficient Home Kansas Governor Sam Brownback joined area city and county officials, the Builders Development Corporation and the HBA, recently to break ground for a new, highly energyefficient home on a currently vacant lot at 704 W Dennis Street, Olathe, KS. The house is designed to receive Energy Star certification and will feature ground-source “geothermal” heating/cooling, energy-efficient appli-ances and windows. The BDC is a not-for-profit community development corporation working towards rebuilding communities in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. It recently received a U.S. Housing and Urban Development Best Practice Award for its commitment to energyefficient and affordable homes. Governor Brownback said, “The state of Kansas is a proud partner with the city of Olathe, Johnson county and the BDC and looks forward to many more high quality, energy efficient homes in the future. Putting builders and subcontractors to work is one of the many benefits of this public-private partnership.” For more information about the program, contact Michael Snodgrass, Builders Development Corporation at

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Governor Sam Brownback and HBA Exec. Officer Sara Corless make remarks at the BDC groundbreaking event.


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Builders Participate in Certified Green Professional (CGP) Class

Home Show-Fall Edition Announces Giveaway Winners

Green Building for Building Professionals Class took place recently at the HBA and included the following participants: Kevin Enyeart, Union Bank; Jake Loveless, Summit Custom Homes; Mark Mather, Mather Development; Justin Bradley, C & M Builders; Scott Pearson, C & M Builders; Gene Owens, Owen Enterprises.

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HBA Launches New Website Visitors to the HBA Website, www., will see a new dynamic design with updated features and functions that that will better serve the members and the public. The project’s overall goal was to accurately reflect the HBA’s role as “The Voice of the Housing Industry.” The HBA enlisted the services of WSI Internet Advantage to rebuild the website with the following objectives in mind: • Update the look and feel to be Building Business News

beautiful, functional, and efficient • Provide technology that is dependable and responsive • Simplify the structure and design for easier navigation • Provide a platform to effortlessly communicate the latest news and events in the housing industry. One of the features that will help accomplish the goals is the integration of social media, according to Greg Stollsteimer, Continued on page 13

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Research Center Begins Preparations for National Green Building Standard Update Issues call for Consensus Committee member applications and proposed changes to the Standard

The NAHB Research Center, in its begin the process, the Research Center capacity as an ANSI-approved standard is issuing a call for committee members developer, has announced that preparations on the Consensus Committee that will be for the development of the next version charged with developing updates to the (2012) of the National Green Building Standard. Similar to Standard are now officially underway. the make-up of the Initiated originally in 2007 by NAHB original committee and the International Code Council, the convened to 2008 National Green Building Standard develop the 2008 was developed by a 42-member Consensus version of the Committee and approved by the American standard, the National Standards Institute (ANSI) in committee for January 2009, making it the first point- the 2012 updated based rating system for green residential version will include construction, remodeling, and land g o v e r n m e n t development to be approved by ANSI. As officials, advocacy an ANSI-approved standard, the document groups, home is subject to periodic updates as a way to builders, product ensure that advances in building codes, manufacturers, and other affected technology, and other developments can PM industry stakeholders in residential _7.5x3.33_Layout 1 2/9/11 9:58 Page 1 be considered for incorporation. construction. The development of the standard must HMA_KC_7.5x3.33_Layout 1 2/9/11 9:58The PMcommittee Page 1 members and other follow an ANSI-approved process. To interested parties will be assigned to

task groups, each specializing in a different area of the standard — such as energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, or lot and site development. Those who would like to apply to serve on the Consensus Committee or a Task Group must submit their applications online by January 4, 2011. The Research Center is also announcing a call for proposed changes to the 2008 edition of the National Green Building Standard. Individuals and groups can submit their proposed changes online at by January 31, 2011. Task groups will review the proposed changes and develop committee proposals in early 2011.

The entire Consensus Committee will hold two hearings at the National Housing Center in Washington, D.C., in 2011. At the first hearing, members will review all proposed changes to the Standard and decide the formal committee action on each of them. After balloting on the committee actions has been completed, a draft of the 2012 standard will be released for public comment. At the second hearing, Consensus Committee members will consider, discuss, and then take formal action on the public comments submitted on the draft standard. Once the committee has completed its work, the newly updated National Green Building Standard will be submitted to ANSI for approval in 2012. For additional information and for all future updates on the 2012 NGBS development process, visit www.nahbrc. com/ngbs.



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HBA Members

Happy Anniversary 1947 Byers Construction Co dba Brinton Homes 1948 First Federal Bank, F.S.B. 1952 Kansas City Power & Light 1953 Acme Floor Company, Inc. 1954 United Agencies 1958 Capitol Federal 1971 Mock Building Company

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The following companies are celebrating anniversaries this month as HBA members. These companies’ continued membership shows their support for the local home building industry. To those HBA members who have not yet renewed, the HBA looks forward to hearing from them soon. The strength of an association is in its membership and a thank you goes out to all of those members who continue to support the HBA. (If you know these members, please encourage them to renew and remember all the benefits they’ll miss by not renewing their membership)

1973 Neighbors Construction Company, Inc. 1976 Arrowhead Drywall Supplies 1987 ABI Corporation Arklyn Homes, Inc. 1988 James III Homes, Inc. Midwest Fireplace 1990 Residential Warranty Company LLC 1991 Phelps Engineering, Inc.

1996 Hedrick Construction Company, LLC 1999 Robert A Washam Construction, Inc. Sallee Homes, Inc. Pride Built Homes, Inc. Koehler Building Co., Inc. Distinctive Homes by J & K Properties 2000 Golden Key, Inc. Robben Development Company John Shilt Homes, Inc. 2002 Rounbehler Construction, Inc. Casa Bella Construction Inc

2004 Still Builders, Inc. C & B Construction Company, Inc. John Gray Homes, L.L.C. Raintree Builders Inc. Geo Comfort/Enertech Olsson Associates 2005 Prairie Homes Inc 2006 Hall Custom Builders Weber Stucco Mark DeBrabander Foundations Company (Continued on page 14)


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Industry News

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QR Codes Making Their Mark in Advertising

They have become a standard image information in a tiny space,” said Webb. appearing on advertising; in the corner He says that a 2” x 2” square can publish of print ads, in pieces of direct mail, a code that a person can scan to get so on fliers listing new homes. You’ve much more information digitally on their seen them; that little block of even phone or hand held device. “Pretty cool littler squares that have for couponing and even in a little name, QR codes. real estate, realtors now can Marketers were not behind save some money by not the technology so they look printing up as many flyers or like a little mysterious, have huge signs describing but they are functional for the homes,” Webb adds. taking a smart phone to a “Instead people can just scan QR for HBA website landing page on a website. the QR code to get all the Jared Webb, KC Star Online Real information about a home and the QR Estate Marketing Consultant, has some codes are free to generate.” helpful thoughts on the subject of QR According to Webb, about 75% codes, how to use them, and their value. of people see QR codes and a fewer “The benefit to QR codes for a percentage know what they mean. Additionally, though 90 to 95% of the marketer is he or she can place a lot of

U.S. population owns a cell phone, only around 25-30% of the U.S. population owns a smart phone with capabilities to scan a QR code and out of that about 10 to 15% have the app to use to scan. However, that will probably change over the next few years. “My point is, as a marketer would I incorporate QR codes in my strategy, campaign and in my messaging? Answer is yes,” says Webb, and adds, “Would I let it stand alone and be my end all be all for my campaign or messaging, No. Not enough people use QR codes yet--I stress the yet.”

Jared Webb, KC Star

Tell the story of your great homes

Public Comment Period for ANSI Square Footage Standard Opens As an ANSI Accredited Standards Development Organization, the NAHB Research Center is issuing notice for public comment on the reaffirmation of the American National Standard for Single-Family Residential Buildings, Square Footage – Method of Calculating, ANSI Z765-2003. The public comment period commences October 17th and will end December 5th. This standard, which provides methodologies to determine and report square footage (area) measurements for attached and detached single-family houses, was originally developed by the NAHB Research Center in 1996 and has been in use continuously since then. As an ANSI-approved standard, ANSI Z765-2003 is subject to periodic updates as a way to ensure that advances in building codes, technology, and other developments can be considered for incorporation. A Consensus Committee was selected earlier this year and met twice via teleconference to discuss the existing standard. Upon review and discussion, Building Business News

the Consensus Committee decided that no substantive changes were required and proposed to reaffirm the existing document. However, any individual, organization, or member of the Consensus Committee may now submit a comment to be considered during the 45-day public comment period. Sections 1 through 4 of the standard are eligible for public review and comment. Other parts of the document, including the Foreword and Annex, are not subject to public review. Complete instructions on filing comments are available online. A list of the Consensus Committee members, meeting agendas and minutes, and a link to purchase a copy of the standard are also available on the same webpage. For additional information and all future updates on the 2012 standard review and update process, visit sqft2012. Any questions regarding the public comment period or any part of the standards development process should be directed to, or you can contact Tom Kenney (301-4306246) at the NAHB Research Center.

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HBA Staff

Office: 816-942-8800 Sara Corless Executive Vice President 816-733-2216


Steven Cowen Vice President of Governmental Affairs 816-733-2237 Gina Battle Tour & Membership Records Coordinator 816-733-2219 Marcia Jurgens Permit & Accounting Mgr. 816-733-2215

701 N. Lincoln Street Spring Hill, KS 66083 p: 913.592.4150 f: 913.592.4154

Katherine Morgan Director of Marketing & Events 816-733-2217 Stephanie Stollsteimer Director of Communications 816-733-2213 Andrew McKeegan Association Services Manager 816-733-2235 Natalie Tucker Events Support 816-733-2227

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HBA Events & News

December 2011.

Register Now for NAHB’s IBS Feb. 8-11, 2012 in Orlando

New Website

Continued from page 7

The International Builders Show (IBS) the largest residential building industry trade show in the world. With the most residential construction pros in one place, IBS is the building industry’s defining business event, February 8-11, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. Accommodations with the HBA will be at The Peabody Orlando premier hotel. Register for IBS and accommodations online at Thirty-five HBA member companies will be represented by nearly 100 individuals who have already registered for the big event. The companies include:

WSI Internet Advantage. “With 5 billion views of videos in the U.S. on YouTube last year, 3 million Tweets a day on Twitter, and over 800 million Facebook users, it was clear that social media needed to be an important part of the HBA’s communication strategy,” said Stollsteimer. “By linking the website to these three important platforms, hosting their videos on their YouTube channel, automatically pushing news feeds to Facebook and Twitter, and providing ‘share’ icons on each post, the HBA hopes to engage their members and the public with meaningful information about the housing industry.” Visit often for the latest news affecting the HBA and the housing industry and follow KCHBA on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, contact Sara Corless,

Bodine-Ashner Bldrs Inc Brown Midwest LC Builder Consulting Builders Development Corporation Dave Fowler & Associates Dobberstine Custom Homes Inc Evan-Talan Homes Inc. Factory Direct Appliance Frontline Development LLC Frost Construction Company Graham Construction Company

GWS Inc. Henges Insulation and Fireplaces Hoffman Construction Inc Homoly Construction Inc. Koehler Building Co Inc Lambie Custom Homes Inc. Lorax Design Group McCray Lumber and Millwork MI Windows and Doors Midwest Custom Builders LLC Norburg Contracting Inc. Phelps Engineering Inc

Rensen House of Lights Richard Mather Builders Inc. Singleton Construction LLC Stucker Construction Inc Summit Custom Homes LLC T. E. Woods Construction Inc. Timberstone Homes Inc. Tustin LLC Weber Carpet Inc. Webster Architects Wilson Fans & Lighting

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Take Advantage of 2012 Sponsorship Opportunities & Benefits Once a year, the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City offers member companies the opportunity to take part in a year-long sponsorship program with benefits and privileges that add value to the sponsor’s HBA membership. Collectively these sponsorships exemplify a unique commitment to the homebuilding industry and provides the HBA with an additional source of support for marketing, advocacy, networking, and education as well as underwriting for HBA major events. The following lists the 2012 sponsorship packages with the varying levels of benefits.

For additional sponsorship opportunities contact any of the sponsorship staff team, Katherine Morgan, Gina Battle, Sara Corless, 816-942-8800

Platinum —$10,000

• All of the benefits of the Gold Sponsorship • Benefits to suit the needs of the Sponsor

Gold -- $5,000

• HBA Membership Dues for one year ($595 value) • Print and Power Point recognition at the major events • Monthly acknowledgment in Building Business News and on the HBA website • Monthly one-third page advertisements in Building Business News • $500 loaded value for HBA Area Council meetings and Educational events • $650 loaded value towards the HBA Permit reports • $500 loaded value toward a booth in the Spring Home Show • 6 tickets each to the Fall and the Spring Awards ceremony • Use of specially-designed Gold Sponsorship logo • 100 VIP tickets to the Spring or Fall Home Show • One free Golf Tournament team OR one free Clay Shoot team Building Business News

Silver -- $3,500

• HBA Membership Dues for one year ($595 value) • Print and Power Point recognition at the major events • Sponsorship acknowledgment listing in Building Business News. • Monthly one-fourth page advertisements in Building Business News • $300 loaded value for the HBA Area Council meetings and Educational events • $450 loaded value towards the HBA Permit reports • 4 tickets each to the Fall and the Spring Awards ceremony • 50 VIP tickets to the Spring or Fall Home Show • Use of specially-designed Silver Sponsorship logo • 2 free Golf Tournament golfers OR 2 free Clay Shoot shooters

Bronze --$2,000

• HBA Membership Dues for one year ($595 value) • Print and Power Point recognition at the major events • Sponsorship acknowledgment in Building Business News • $150 loaded value for the HBA Area Council meetings and Educational events • $300 loaded value towards the HBA Permit reports • 2 tickets each to the Fall and the Spring Awards ceremony • 25 tickets to the Spring Home Show • Use of specially-designed Bronze Sponsorship logo • 1 free Golf Tournament golfer OR 1 free Clay Shoot shooter Page 13

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Anniversaries (Continued from page 10)

2008 Life Design Homes LLC 2009 Pyramid Homes, LLC Provident Ventures Wineteer, Inc. dba LifeWise Renovations Metro Renovators & Construction Services, Inc Mike Hagen Electric, Inc. 2010 Builders Development Corp. Rhino Builders Inc Rausch Coleman Homes of Kansas City LLC K Stucker Enterprises Bright Construction, Inc. Arvest Bank Prairie Greens Company, Inc. Dow Building Solutions

Change your profile, contact info & membership directory listings.

Call today 816-942-8800, or email or

BOCC Chairman Eilert Addresses HBA Members (Continued from page 1) five year plan to balance the budget. Expenditures were reduced by $11.7 million. While there were no layoffs, about 145 vacant full time employee positions were eliminated. Property and sales tax revenues have stopped going down and are flattening. The mill levy has generally been around 23 and a quarter, including the library and parks mills. During the housing boom, the county collected $20 million a year in mortgage registration fees. That income has fallen to $11-12 million a year with the housing market slowdown. Appraisals for office space are up and multifamily is as well, albeit slightly. Residential appraisals remain soft and retail appraisals are down. Residents are able to access the budget online at Eilert touted economic activity in the county, including the Johnson County Education Research Triangle. In 2008


A huge thank-you goes to the following members who have made their commitment to the HBA and are part of the 2011 Sponsorship Program. Without their support, many of the HBA programs would not be possible.

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voters approved a 1/8 cent sales tax to support new facilities and programs in Johnson County in partnership with K-State University, KU Edwards campus, and the KU Medical Center. The sales tax generates approximately $14 million yearly. “There are no other programs like it in the country,” said Eilert. “It will provide good jobs – and a lot of them.” The National Food and Animal Health Institute at K-State’s Innovation campus in Olathe opened in April. Abaxis, Inc. has opened its first laboratory testing facility near the Olathe site to provide veterinary services for animal health and the firm anticipates 100 workers in three years. The campus also partnered with Ceva Santé Animale to provide two laboratories for three research scientists and to provide on-site training for college students. The North American corporate headquarters of Ceva are located in Lenexa.


HBA 2011 SPONSORS Kenny’s Tile Advantage Framing Capitol Federal Factory Direct Appliance Ferguson Enterprises K&E Flatwork Kansas City Star Nebraska Furniture Mart Owen Lumber Star Drywall

Volume 17• NO.12.

Henges Insulation & Fireplace Shamrock Cabinet Top Master ProBuild


84 Lumber Commerce Bank Complete Home Concepts First American Title First Federal Savings Kansas City Title McCray Lumber

Pacific Mutual Door Pella Products Phelps Engineering Simmons First National Bank Sun Lumber Western Chandelier

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December 2011.


Residential Building Permit Statistics OCTOBER 2011   Archie Belton Cass County Cleveland Drexel Garden City Harrisonville Lake Winnebago Lee's Summit Peculiar Pleasant Hill Raymore Village of Loch Lloyd

 Clay County Excelsior Springs Gladstone Kansas City Kearney Lawson Liberty North Kansas City Pleasant Valley Smithville

 Blue Springs Buckner Grain Valley Grandview Greenwood Independence Jackson County Kansas City Lake Lotawana Lee's Summit Oak Grove Raytown Sugar Creek   Edgerton Kansas City Parkville Platte City Platte County Riverside Weatherby Lake Weston

 De Soto Edgerton Fairway Gardner Johnson County Leawood Lenexa Merriam Mission Hills Olathe Overland Park Prairie Village Shawnee Spring Hill

Building Business News

  

M-F  

M-F  

 

  

  

  

  

             

             

             

             

0 25 28 0 0 0 0 0 17 2 13 53 4 

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 

             

          

          

          

          

27 0 0 258 23 0 12 0 0 9 

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 

0 0 0 60 0 0 0 0 0 0 

          

             

             

             

             

46 0 25 12 16 109 27 38 0 114 8 0 0 

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 

             

        

        

        

        

0 38 16 0 77 4 0 2 

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 

        

             

             

             

             

8 0 1 36 14 23 66 3 3 271 234 5 51 18

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 462 0 0 0

             





    Basehor  Lansing  Leav. County  Leavenworth  Tonganoxie    Bonner Springs Edwardsville KCK/Wyandotte Co

 Louisburg Miami County Osawatomie Paola Spring Hill


M-F  

M-F  

 

  

  

  

  

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   

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Comparison of Single Family Totals for Greater Kansas City 

            

            

            

            

            

            

            

          










        

 

      

M-F 

      600

Total 

      

    Permit information reflects the most recent data at time of publication. In order to ensure accurate recording of residential building permit statistics, the HBA may revise monthly and year-to-date figures when updated data is made available.


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