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Published monthly by the Home Builders Association of Lincoln Volume 50 No. 12



Join us Friday, December 6 for HBAL’s Christmas Party

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The location has changed, but it’ll be fun all the same!! Meet us at the Nebraska Champions Club for social hour starting at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Please RSVP by November 27! More info on page 5.

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In this issue...

• Home Show pages 8-9 • Santa Cop Photos pages 14-17 • Membership Drive Results page 22


President’s Message December 2013 Vol. 50, No. 12

Contents President’s Message 3 Upcoming Events 4 HBAL Christmas Party 5 Member News 6-7 2014 Nebraska Builders Home & Garden Show 8-9 Financial Column 11 Holiday Season Safety Tips 12 Mistakes Companies Make When Choosing an Online Marketing Company 13 Santa Cop 14-17 General Membership Meeting 18 Business & Marketing Bootcamp 18 Tampering with Tapering 21 Mike Dynasty Membership Drive Results 22 New Members 23 Renewals 24 Directory Changes 24 Cancellations 24 Building Permits 26

President’s Message Mike Rezac HBAL President HO, HO, HO!!! This the season to jolly, merry and scurrying to make sure heat is available and projects can be protected from the cold weather bound to arrive. The Santa Cop Project was a huge success! Thank you to those who contributed through donations, advance preparations or at Lincoln Northeast High School. Your efforts make a difference and are greatly appreciated! In the next few weeks topics such as Impact Fees, Clean Water Ordinance, Lot Valuations and others will become more frequently discussed. The current discussions for these topics have been ongoing for months. I’m proud of the efforts of our members and the association as a whole in continuing to address the issues, work with other groups and protect affordable housing. It may not seem as though much progress is made, but the situation could be much worse. Together, we can make a difference and continue to build a beautiful community to live, work and share with our families. Well after hearing (reading) about such joyful information, I’m ready to focus on something sure to be a little more fun! I plan to see each of you at the Nebraska Champions Club on Friday, November 6th for the HBAL Christmas Party. If you attended last year, you know how much fun we are about to have. If you missed last year, well let’s not make the same mistake twice. Misty’s will be spending the afternoon preparing an awesome meal and the Dueling Duo will be taking requests all night! You’ll even have a chance to support the Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation and walk away at the end of the night with $1,000 cash. You are welcome to bring your family, friends, employees and co-workers to make the night even more special. RSVP now so you won’t forget! Merry Christmas!

Home Builders Association of Lincoln

Executive Committee

6100 S. 58th Street, Suite C, Lincoln, NE 68516 (402) 423-4225 phone • (402) 423-4251 fax •

Mike Rezac, President

Jeff Bielenberg

Mike Kinning, President Elect

National Directors

The Lincoln Business Builder is published 12 times per year by the Home Builders Association of Lincoln, 6100 S. 58th Street, Suite C, Lincoln, NE 68516. The Lincoln Business Builder is mailed to all members of the HBAL.

Mike May, 1st Vice President Perry Haralson, 2nd Vice President Lori Pippitt, CKD, CGR, CAPS, Secretary Bob Bryant, Treasurer

The Home Builders Association does not accept responsibility for or endorse any statements or claims made by advertisers or authors of any articles.

Dan Klein, Sr., Immediate Past President

The annual subscription rate is included with your membership dues.

Mark Aksamit, Jess Baker, Roger Bumgarner, Ruth Hietbrink, Eric Hoke, Justin Johnson, Matt Kleinschmit, Jerry Maher, CGP, CAPS, CGB, Chuck Pfenning, Herb Reese, CGR, CAPS, Lance Roach, Ken Svoboda

Mike Benker Jennie Korth

Publisher Editor, Photographer, Design

HBAL Staff

Mike Benker, Executive Vice President

Board of Directors

Remodelers Council Dan Klein, Sr. Justin Johnson, Alternate

National Life Directors Jim Christo, CGR, CGB, Joe Hampton, Duane Helmink, John Hoppe, Jr., Ward Fred Hoppe, Joe McKee, Robert Peterson, J. Greg Schwinn, Bob Stephens, Jerry Witthuhn

Past Presidents Jerry Boyce, Steve Fulton, CGP, Mike Goings, CGP, CSP, Lois Hartzell, GMB, CSP, Rick Krueger, Dan Kubr, Donn Mann, Sam Manzitto, Roger Reynolds, CGR, CAPS, Greg Shinaut, CGP

Michaela Harrison, Jennie Korth & Melissa Hilgenkamp

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Upcoming Events | Chili Cook-off

Calendar of Events Dec. 4

Remodelers Council Christmas Party Parker’s Smokehouse • 64th & O Street 11:30 a.m. • $15 per person

Dec. 6

HBAL Christmas Party Dueling Duo • Nebraska Champions Club 6:30 p.m. Social • 7:30 p.m. Dinner $35 per person or $30 per person for companies who bring five or more guests.

Dec. 12

Board of Directors Wilderness Ridge • 1800 Wilderness Woods Place 11:00 a.m.

Dec. 25

Christmas (Office Closed)

Jan. 1

New Years Day (Office Closed)

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HBAL Christmas Party

HBAL Christmas Party Friday, December 6, 2013

6:30 p.m. - Cocktails & Appetizers 7:30 p.m. - Misty’s Famous Prime Rib & Atlantic Salmon Dinner 8:30 p.m. - Live Entertainment featuring the Dueling Duo

Nebraska Champions Club 707 Stadium Drive

Cost: $35 per person or $30 per person for companies who bring five or more guests.


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Join us for the Dueling Duo! Andy Gibson and Ryno will play your request and may add a little twist too! This is the only dueling pianos show with an amazing fiddle and saxophone player, Dan Witte. Get ready for a great time!

esreveR For $25, you receive a chance to win

$1,000 CASH Only 200 tickets will be available for purchase at the HBAL Office or HBAL Christmas Party until sold out. Winner will be determined at the HBAL Christmas Party. You do not have to be present to win, but it would be a lot more fun if you were!

Proceeds will benefit the Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation.

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Champions Club 707 Stadium Drive

Raffle Here’s how it works...

• The reverse raffle is a raffle but backwards. • You purchase a number from 1 to 200 for $25. • Throughout the evening, numbers are drawn. As each number is drawn, it is removed from the display, eliminating the person who purchased the number. • As the evening progresses and we arrive at the last three remaining numbers listed on the display, we will invite the contestants to join together on stage until the $1000 winner is determined! 5  Lincoln Business Builder

Member News


Derek & Jenny Bombeck (Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery)

Lunch is on us! Congratulations to

Karsten Thurmond,

They are the proud parents of twin boys

Titan Machinery

Graham William & Collin Kyle

on winning the November drawing! We will be in touch to make plans for your free lunch!

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Siemsen to Retire from Building & Safety Bob Siemsen, Chief Plumbing Inspector, is retiring effective November 29, 2013. Bob has been with the department since July 21, 1986. Along with his outstanding service to the City of Lincoln through the Department, Bob served in a number of national positions with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).

December 1st Training Requirements for the Revised Hazard Communication Standard OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and published it in the Federal Register in March 2012 (77 FR 17574). Two significant changes contained in the revised standard require the use of new labeling elements and a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly known as, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). The new label elements and SDS requirements will improve worker understanding of the hazards associated with the chemicals in their workplace. To help companies comply with the revised standard, OSHA is phasing in the specific requirements over several years (December 1, 2013 to June 1, 2016). The first compliance date of the revised HCS is December 1, 2013. By that time employers must have trained their workers on the new label elements and the SDS format. This training is needed early in the transition process since workers are already beginning to see the new labels and SDSs on the chemicals in their workplace. To ensure employees have the information they need to better protect themselves from chemical hazards in the workplace during the transition period, it is critical that employees understand the new label and SDS formats. For a complete list of the minimum required topics for the training that must be completed by December 1, 2013, go to and click on HAZCOM 2012. 6  Lincoln Business Builder

In 1987, Bob became a member of the National Standard Plumbing Code Committee. Since then, Bob served on the Code Certification Committee, the Standards Review Committee, the Industrial Advisory Council, the Standards Council, the National Mobile Home Certification Committee, the Evaluation Services Board, and currently on the Board of Directors with the State Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors Association. Bob served as a member of the IAPMO Board of Directors from 2000 to 2012. He served as a member of the World Plumbing Council from 2008 to 2010. His active role in the national association prepared him to become the President of IAPMO in 2008 and served through 2010. Bob’s vast knowledge of the industry, willingness to train his inspectors to offer efficient and effective customer service, and the ability to express his points of view that garner support from his peers is greatly appreciated. Congratulations to Bob Siemsen on his long and effective service to the City of Lincoln. Rex Crawford, City Plumbing Inspector for 23+ years, will assume the role of Chief Plumbing Inspector beginning November 12, 2013.

Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation Please consider a contribution to the Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation when designating memorials. Funds go to scholarships and awards for students who want to be involved in the construction industry. Gifts can also be designated as a specific scholarship to be awarded to worthy students who plan to enter our industry. Gifts are tax deductible to this 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Please contact Bob Bryant (402-486-1040) or Mike Benker (402-423-4225) if you have questions.

Member News

GIS Information Now Viewable on Mobile Devices With the development of two new websites, the public can now view Web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) data from mobile devices. Developers, real estate agents, commercial brokers and others have been able to access GIS data on desktop computers since the late 1990s. The recent system enhancements will allow those using smart phones and tablets to access property ownership, valuation, flood plain status and development data from a remote location. “Today’s mobile workforce needs to access this data from the field on their smart devices,” said Jeff McReynolds, GIS Program Manager for the City and Lancaster County. “Our technical staff feel obligated to make it available and accessible without limitation.”

Stephens & Smith Receives Top 25 Honor Concrete Construction Magazine has listed Stephens & Smith Construction among the Top 25 Concrete Contractors in America. The company was featured in the magazine’s July issue based upon its commitment and track record for quality, safety, teamwork, management skills and relationship-building. Stephens & Smith has crafted a team of highly skilled employees capable of providing quality work within the residential, commercial and industrial markets. Additionally, the full-service concrete contractor’s array of services includes footings, foundation walls, waterproofing, flatwork, and grinding and polishing applications.

Access to mobile-friendly data is now available through these two websites: Mobile-Friendly GIS Parcel Viewer: This website allows users to access information on property ownership and valuation, a photo of the house and links to the County Assessor’s website. Mobile-Friendly GIS Development Viewer: This website allows the user to access development-related information such as preliminary and final plats, special permits and administrative amendments. Both websites allow users to search by name, address or parcel ID or use the GPS location on their tablets or smart phones. Users also can e-mail a link to a map or link to other social media outlets. Both web applications are viewable on desktops as well. McReynolds said similar applications using the same template will be added in the future, and aerial images taken in April have been added to the GIS viewer.

Comment Period on Proposed Silica Rule Extended In response to requests, OSHA has extended the public comment period for an additional 47 days on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica. To allow stakeholders additional time to comment on the proposed rule and supporting analyses, the deadline to submit written comments and testimony is being extended to Jan. 27, 2014. OSHA is also extending the deadline to submit notices of intention to appear at its informal public hearings to Dec. 12, 2013. “We strongly encourage the public to assist in the process of developing a final rule by submitting written comments and participating in public hearings,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “We especially hope to hear from employers, workers and public health professionals who have experience in successfully protecting workers from silica-related diseases. We are extending the comment period to ensure we hear from all stakeholders who wish to participate.” Read the press release to learn more about the extended deadlines and visit for more information about how to participate.

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2014 Home Show • Current Exhibitors current as of November 19

Contact the HBAL office at 402-423-4225 to reserve your booth space today!! 2K Landscape Design A1 Cabinet & Granite ABC Seamless House Siding Advanced Chiropractic Solutions Advantage Remodeling, Inc. AIA-Lincoln American Electronics, Inc. Aqua Systems Architectural Glassarts Aspen Builders, Inc. Astro Buildings, Inc. Black Hills Energy Bonsall Pool & Spa Bristol Windows, Inc. Bryant A/C, Heating, Plumbing & Electrical Company Bugbee Homes Cabinet Craft, Inc. Capital City Exteriors Capital Overhead Door Co. City of Lincoln - Public Works & Utilities Department, Watershed Management Division City of Lincoln Recycling Office College Pro Painters Cornerstone Chiropractic Centre Cornhusker Bank Creative Landscaping Culligan Water Conditioning Custom Blinds and Design CUTCO Cutlery D. H. Merritt & Sons Sand, Gravel, & Ready-Mix Dakota Wall Systems, Inc. Don Johnson Homes, Inc. DuctMedic Air Duct Cleaning Earnest Well Drilling, Inc. EcoWater Systems of Lincoln Edward Jones Investments Elite Fencing, LLC Endicott Clay Products Co. Enercept/Bluestem SIPS, LLC Energy Armor Windows Ernie’s in Ceresco Fakler Architects First State Bank Nebraska General Excavating Going Nuts Goings Homes, LLC GoodeGuy Construction, Inc./3 Day Kitchen & Bath Green’s Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Remodeling Handy Man Home Remodeling Center Harley’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Heritage Builders, Inc.

Heritage Homes Hickman Area Economic Development Association Hinrichs Fine Woods, Inc. Home Innovations Spas, Inc. Home Real Estate Homestead Homes, Inc. ICF Connections, Inc. Innovations Siding & Windows Innovative Homes & Design, Inc. Ironwood Builders JL Exteriors, Inc. John Henry’s Plumbing, Htg. & A/C Johnston Communications (Direct TV) Judson Irrigation, Inc. Kinning Design Build, Inc. Krieser Drywall & Insulation Krogman Tile Co., Inc. Liberty First Credit Union Lifetime Cookware, Inc. Lincoln Better Business Bureau Lincoln Cabinet Lincoln Electric System Lincoln Federal Savings Bank Lincoln First Realty Lincoln Winnelson Co. Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity Lumbermen’s Brick and Supply Co. McConnell Thermal Services, LLC Metalworks, Inc. Midwest Walls and Landcape Miller Landscapes & Construction, Inc. Miracle Landscapes, Inc. Morton Buildings, Inc. Moser Well Drilling & Service, Inc. National Furnace and Air Conditioning Nebraska Building Products Nebraska Energy Savings Solutions Nebraska Furniture Mart Nebraska Soybean Board Nebraskaland Siding & Windows Nebraska’s Home Improvement Center Neighbors Family Homes, Inc. Nissen’s Hardwood Floors, Inc. Noakes Refrigeration Heating & Air Conditioning Nordaas American Homes ‘O’ Street Carpet Outback Fence & Stain Pella Products of Omaha & Lincoln Pioneer Overhead Door, Inc. Prairie Home Builders, Inc. Precast Products & Landscape Village

Quality Water Services, Inc. Quick’n Brite, Inc. Raymond Contracting, Inc. Raynor Doors of Nebraska, Inc. Ray’s Lawn & Home Care RDM Landscapes REALTORS Association of Lincoln Re-Bath of Lincoln Reese Construction, Inc. Reinke Shakes Remodel Green, Inc. Renewal by Andersen Reynolds Design & Remodeling Rezac Construction, Inc. Roof Tech, Inc. Schulte Chiropractic Wellness Center Security Fence, Inc. Security First Bank Select Comfort Corporation Shine-A-Blind Nebraska, Inc. Smoking Gun Jerky Spice Exchange Star City Heating & Cooling Stephens & Smith Construction Co. Sticks & Stones Hardscapes, Inc. Stonebrook Roofing, Inc. Summit Homes, LLC Sunroom Designs of Nebraska Supreme Surface Countertops Tastefully Simple The Inland Group The Pampered Chef The Paper Puller, Inc. Thrasher Basement Systems Tillotson Enterprises, Inc. Tri State Snap Sports Tru-Built Construction Tupperware Union Bank & Trust Co. Union Title Company LLC Vantage Pointe Homes, Inc. Vasa Construction Versa-Lok Waddell & Reed Wardcraft Homes, Inc. Watkins Products Wells Fargo Home Mortgage White Castle Roofing Willet Construction, Inc. Window Option Specialists Window World Woods Bros. Realty Yankee Hill Brick & Tile Company

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Financial Column

Protect Yourself against Identity Theft Whether they’re snatching your purse, diving into your dumpster, stealing your mail, or hacking into your computer, they’re out to get you. Who are they? Identity thieves. Identity thieves can empty your bank account, max out your credit cards, open new accounts in your name, and purchase furniture, cars, and even homes on the basis of your credit history. If they give your personal information to the police during an arrest and then don’t show up for a court date, you may be subsequently arrested and jailed. And what will you get for their efforts? You’ll get the headache and expense of cleaning up the mess they leave behind. You may never be able to completely prevent your identity from being stolen, but here are some steps you can take to help protect yourself from becoming a victim.

Check yourself out

It’s important to review your credit report periodically. Check to make sure that all the information contained in it is correct, and be on the lookout for any fraudulent activity. You may get your credit report for free once a year. To do so, contact the Annual Credit Report Request Service online at or call (877) 322-8228. If you need to correct any information or dispute any entries, contact the three national credit reporting agencies: 1. Equifax: or (800) 685-1111 2. Experian: or (888) 397-3742 3. TransUnion: or (800) 916-8800

Secure your number

Your most important personal identifier is your Social Security number (SSN). Guard it carefully. Never carry your Social Security card with you unless you’ll need it. The same goes for other forms of identification (for example, health insurance cards) that display your SSN. If your state uses your SSN as your driver’s license number, request an alternate number. Don’t have your SSN preprinted on your checks, and don’t let merchants write it on your checks. Don’t give it out over the phone unless you initiate the call to an organization you trust. Ask the three major credit reporting agencies to truncate it on your credit reports. Try to avoid listing it on employment applications; offer instead to provide it during a job interview.

Don’t leave home with it

Most of us carry our checkbooks and all of our credit cards, debit cards, and telephone cards with us all the time. That’s a bad idea; if your wallet or purse is stolen, the thief will have a treasure chest of new toys to play with. Carry only the cards and/or checks you’ll need for any one trip. And keep a written record of all your account numbers, credit card expiration dates, and the telephone numbers of the customer service and fraud departments in a secure place--at home.

Install a firewall to prevent hackers from obtaining information from your hard drive or hijacking your computer to use it for committing other crimes. This is especially important if you use a high-speed connection that leaves you continuously connected to the Internet. Moreover, install virus protection software and update it on a regular basis. Try to avoid storing personal and financial information on a laptop; if it’s stolen, the thief may obtain more than your computer. If you must store such information on your laptop, make things as difficult as possible for a thief by protecting these files with a strong password--one that’s six to eight characters long, and that contains letters (upper and lower case), numbers, and symbols. “If a stranger calls, don’t answer.” Opening e-mails from people you don’t know, especially if you download attached files or click on hyperlinks within the message, can expose you to viruses, infect your computer with “spyware” that captures information by recording your keystrokes, or lead you to “spoofs” (websites that replicate legitimate business sites) designed to trick you into revealing personal information that can be used to steal your identity. If you wish to visit a business’s legitimate website, use your stored bookmark or type the URL address directly into the browser. If you provide personal or financial information about yourself over the Internet, do so only at secure websites; to determine if a site is secure, look for a URL that begins with “https” (instead of “http”) or a lock icon on the browser’s status bar. And when it comes time to upgrade to a new computer, remove all your personal information from the old one before you dispose of it. Using the “delete” function isn’t sufficient to do the job; overwrite the hard drive by using a “wipe” utility program. The minimal cost of investing in this software may save you from being wiped out later by an identity thief.

Be diligent

As the grizzled duty sergeant used to say on a televised police drama, “Be careful out there.” The identity you save may be your own. The article is written by Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc., but is provided by Brian W. Willet. It is meant to be used for informational purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice. Please consult with your tax, legal and financial advisor prior to making financial decisions. Insurance products are offered through insurance companies with which Waddell & Reed has sales arrangements. Copyright 2013 - Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc., all rights reserved. Waddell & Reed and Broadridge Investor Communications Solutions, Inc. are not affiliated companies. Brian W. Willet is a District Manager with Waddell & Reed in Lincoln, NE and can be reached at 402-484-7526. Waddell & Reed, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC

Keep your receipts

When you make a purchase with a credit or debit card, you’re given a receipt. Don’t throw it away or leave it behind; it may contain your credit or debit card number. And don’t leave it in the shopping bag inside your car while you continue shopping; if your car is broken into and the item you bought is stolen, your identity may be as well. Save your receipts until you can check them against your monthly credit card and bank statements, and watch your statements for purchases you didn’t make.

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When you toss it, shred it

Before you throw out any financial records such as credit or debit card receipts and statements, cancelled checks, or even offers for credit you receive in the mail, shred the documents, preferably with a cross-cut shredder. If you don’t, you may find the panhandler going through your dumpster was looking for more than discarded leftovers.

Keep a low profile

The more your personal information is available to others, the more likely you are to be victimized by identity theft. While you don’t need to become a hermit in a cave, there are steps you can take to help minimize your exposure: • To stop telephone calls from national telemarketers, list your telephone number with the Federal Trade Commission’s National Do Not Call Registry by calling (888) 382-1222 or registering online at • To remove your name from most national mailing and e-mailing lists, as well as most telemarketing lists register online with the Direct Marketing Association at • To remove your name from marketing lists prepared by the three national consumer reporting agencies, call (888) 567-8688 or register online at • When given the opportunity to do so by your bank, investment firm, insurance company, and credit card companies, opt out of allowing them to share your financial information with other organizations • You may even want to consider having your name and address removed from the telephone book and reverse directories

Take a byte out of crime

Whatever else you may want your computer to do, you don’t want it to inadvertently reveal your personal information to others. Take steps to help assure that this won’t happen.

Brian Willet, CMFC Financial Advisor

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Holiday Season Safety Tips


Holiday Season Safety Tips

Runaway Snowball

Planning for the holidays is a busy and joyful time. But all of the decorations, extra electrical cords and the parade of people going in and out of your home calls for more safety precautions to help you make this holiday season safe and happy for you and your family. Here’s a checklist for home holiday safety: • Ask a friend or neighbor to watch your house and take in your newspaper and mail if you plan to spend the holidays away from home. Put lights throughout the house on timers to turn them on and off in your normal living pattern. • If you display a live Christmas tree or live greenery, select the freshest possible. A moist tree is less likely to catch fire. Look for a trunk sticky with sap and for green needles that bend and are secure on the branches. • When using a live Christmas tree, cut the base at a 45-degree angle. Place it in a container with water and always keep the water level above the cut. • Place trees a safe distance from stoves, radiators, vents, fireplaces and any other heat source that may dry the tree. Inspect the tree for dryness daily.

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• Inspect all holiday light wiring. Defective, worn or frayed electrical wiring should be thrown away. Check for the UL label on lights. Also, be sure to use fixtures specifically designed for outdoor use if you decorate your house, trees or yard. • Use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord. Also, don’t run electrical cords under rugs. Be sure all lights are turned off before you go to bed or leave the house. • Place candles and other open flames away from decorations. Never leave burning candles unattended and always supervise children when burning candles. • Keep a fire extinguisher near your Christmas tree. Make sure your family has a fire emergency escape plan. In case of fire, leave your home and call for help from a neighbor’s home.

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• Cooking is a leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. When you cook, be sure to wear clothes that fit close to the body so they won’t be ignited by hot burners. Do not leave items cooking on the stove and be sure that pot handles are turned in. The decorations around your house, lights, gifts, music and the presence of loved ones make the holiday season festive and fun, and with the proper precautions, safe.

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Mistakes Companies Make When Choosing an Online Marketing Company

5 Flags and Costly Mistakes Companies Make When Choosing an Online Marketing Company As part of our ongoing column for HBAL, Tomorrow’s Online Marketing is back to answer a question we hear a lot, “What should I be looking to avoid when dealing with any kind of online marketing company?” We work with many clients large and small and as part of that we sometimes work with other providers who the client is already working with on some aspect of online marketing. We’ve had the pleasure to work with some really great people out there, and we’ve also had the pain of explaining to clients the truth about what someone else is doing that is either unethical or simply a waste of money. So we would like to address this in an effort to help all the great members of HBAL to weed out companies that will cause them problems. Here are the top 5 Flags and costly mistakes when choosing an online marketing company: 1. Me Too: these are companies who specialize or used to specialize in another kind of marketing or media, and due to the overwhelming growth and effectiveness of online marketing, they now claim they do that too. Not only does the company usually not understand the differences in marketing (ie. being exclusive), but they are not capable of getting real results. This would be like asking the guys who wash your car to then do an engine rebuild for your diesel truck….it just doesn’t work. 2. PPC Gamble: one of the big things Google incentivizes people to do is pay per click marketing because it’s so targeted. Then people realize how hard it is to get results and not waste money so they hire a company that sent them an email promising the world…..and then surprise, they take the

money and the company gets a bunch of fake clicks from some other country and pays a management fee on top of it. This is why better companies do some version of lead generation where you pay for performance…it’s much safer. 3. SOS!: this is “shiny object syndrome” where we are impressed by new fads or gimmicks that will supposedly give overnight results. There’s too many to name them and they come and go. Just remember, good online marketing is a marathon, not a spring. Commit to the long term vision for your company and save your money on what people offer for quick fixes because they don’t work. 4. What Research?: ask any company that works for you what kind of research they do for online marketing to ensure you are positioned properly, otherwise you may have a great ranking in a search term that gets no traffic and where none of your prospective clients are looking! 5. Guarantee: simply, what does the company guarantee if anything? Most online companies won’t provide any guarantees regarding their service or work….and definitely not in writing. That is called a clue…run! You likely guarantee some part of your work delivery, product or service, so why shouldn’t your marketing providers? If they won’t put this in writing, it’s a sure sign there will be problems. We hope these 5 Flags and costly mistakes are helpful to you in identifying and weeding out potential marketing providers. For more information or questions about online marketing, email Jeff Dousharm and Wayne Boesiger (owners of TOM) at

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HBAL Members enjoyed the Business & Marketing Bootcamp with Jon Goldman where they learned about Builder Marketing Moves to Make Now and Managing and Multi-Generational Workforce.

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Tampering with Tapering

Tampering with Tapering Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. • GraphsandLaughs, LLC

While Q4 GDP growth will probably be about 2.4%, slightly above the average rate of growth since the end of the Great Recession, it would be very surprising if the Federal Reserve Board (the Fed) were to begin reducing its monthly purchases of $45 billion in Treasuries and $40 billion in mortgage backed securities anytime soon.

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While there are many reasons why, the most potent is that the mere suggestion last June that tapering might commence as early as midSeptember rattled markets enough to raise interest rates on 30-year home mortgages by close to one-and-a-half percent in a matter of weeks, and in the process stop forward progress in the housing market dead in its tracks. The housing market is crucial to the recovery because with auto sales and manufacturing activity having all but returned to pre-recession levels, construction activity in general and its biggest component, new single family residential activity, is the last large cyclical sector not fully participating in the economic recovery. To have a selfsustaining recovery it is essential for all cyclical sectors to be at or near full capacity or rapidly moving in that direction. In addition to a flat housing market, the labor market is showing signs of slowing down. During the first quarter of 2013 job creation averaged 207,000/month, while it was 182,000/month in the second quarter but just 143,000/month in the third quarter. Worse, while the unemployment rate has been steadily falling since the end of the Great Recession, it has been primarily thanks to the steady decline in the labor force participation rate (LFPR) from 65.5% at the end of the recession to just 63.2% today, the first time ever that the LFPR has declined after the end of a recession. The above notwithstanding, the economy is really recovering. Household deleveraging is almost over, manufacturing and transportation activity have recovered to pre-recession levels, banks are once again healthy, corporate and household balance sheets have recovered and employment is almost back to where it was before the recession began. Given how far the economy has come, I think the Fed would prefer to essentially “buy” some downside economic insurance by continuing their current level of Treasury and MBS purchases.

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Something that would change my prediction will be the success or failure of the congressional budget negotiations that were part of the deal to end the two week government closure. Lawmakers have a deadline of December 13th to produce a budget blueprint that will drive government spending for FY2014. The deadline is just days before the Fed’s last meeting of the year. A congressional deal would give the Fed some clarity on the fiscal front, and undoubtedly hasten the date of the first taper. On the other hand, negotiations that end in stalemate would increase fiscal uncertainty and reduce government spending by leaving sequestration in place, thereby reducing GDP growth. In short, the economy is currently growing, but slowly. As a result, the labor force participation rate continues to decline, employment growth is weak, and due to poor Fed communication about interest rates, the all-important housing market has stopped growing. For all these reasons, the Fed may give lip service to the idea of commencing tapering following its mid-December meeting, but any tapering is more likely to start after its end of January meeting, and most likely following the Fed’s mid-March meeting, the first in 2014 to be followed by a press conference. And remember, short term rates will remain at their current rock bottom levels for another 18 months. Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is President of GraphsandLaughs, LLC and can be reached at His daily 70 word economics and policy blog can be seen at

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Mike Dynasty Membership Drive Results

Congratulations to our Winners!! 1st Place Mike Kinning New Members: 10 x $50 = Potential prize winnings: $500


$100 Bonus Prize for recruiting 10 new members!

2nd Place Vladimir Oulianov New Members: 4 x $40 = Potential prize winnings: $160

3rd Place Justin Johnson New Members: 3 x $30 = Potential prize winnings: $90

Team Standings

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Team Mike1 Alan Sutton (1)

• Campbell Construction New Homes, Inc.

Donna Youngquist (1) • Erickson Homes

Linda Potter (1)

• Hoback Custom Homes

Steve Champoux (1) • Legacy Homes

Jerry Boyce (1)

• Lincoln/Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity

Mike Kinning (10) • • • • • • • • • •

X Foundations, LLC Cory Reimnitz - Mutual of Omaha Sound & Security Innovations RCI Roofing Supply Company, Inc. Chet’s Transfer, Inc. Oberg Drywall, Inc. Friesen Landscaping Van Horn Family Building Co. LaborMax Staffing Anderson Custom Construction, Inc.

John Hoppe, Jr. (1) • A & A Contracting

Bob Ruskamp (1)

• Anden Bruns Construction

Bob Weichert (1)

• Inspired Composites

Lance Roach (1)

• James Hardie Building Products

Vladimir Oulianov (4) • • • •

DeRun Construction and Homes, Inc. Dun-Rite Homes, Inc. Geysun Style Homes, Inc. Manion Construction, Inc.

Pat Ohmberger (1) • Legacy Construction

Terry Kraft (1)

• Prudential Ambassador Real Estate

Kirk Havranek (1)

• Beckman Foundations, Inc.

Team Mike3 Stephanie Krueger-Ponce (1) • A & G Concrete

Fred Hoppe (2)

• DLR Group • Sterling Construction Corporation

Vance Stauffer (1)

• Creative Spaces Construction

Sam Manzitto (1)

• Lincoln Public Schools

Mark Lewis (1) • Entity Designs

Justin Johnson (3)

• Holz Lawn & Landscaping • The Hoppe Law Firm • O’Neill Transportation and Equipment, LLC

Jim Crawford (1)

• James Moock, CPA

Brian Hester (1)

• Trademark Builders

Pat Mooberry (1)

• Willow Ridge Builders

Mike Rezac (2)

• Big Red Tire Pros • Swanson Russell

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Participate in the most HBAL or Remodelers Council meetings and events and receive $250 in cash! Contest runs April 15, 2013 to December 12, 2013. In case of a tie, the cash prize will be distributed evenly among the winners. Volunteering for or paying to attend/participate in an event qualifies as an entry in this contest.

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New Members

Welcome New Members Anderson Custom Construction, Inc. Tyler Anderson (Katie)

5635 Elkcrest Drive, Lincoln, NE 68516 Phone: 402-310-3503 Email: Company Description: Anderson Custom Construction, Inc. specializes in residential and commercial wood framing. Anderson Custom Construction, Inc. is Lincoln’s own Enviro-Dri Applicator which is a weather resistant and air infiltration barrier system provided by Tremco. Sponsor: Mike Kinning, Kinning Design Build, Inc. Reason I joined HBAL: To help promote my company. What I hope to get out of my membership: Help with new building codes and publicity. Personal: Family, hunting, golf.

Creative Spaces Construction

Spencer Hilsabeck (Angie) 3242 S. 30th, Lincoln, NE 68502 Phone: 402-613-0909 Email: Company Description: Home Construction and Remodeling Reason I joined HBAL: To increase my profile and business. What I hope to get out of my membership: Additional contacts and exposure. Desired areas of involvement: Home building, remodeling and Parade of Homes. Company Information: New company looking to grow and expand. Willing to participate and be part of new projects. Personal: Son (14, Jackson), daughter (4, Sidney), golf.

Lincoln Public Schools Dr. Liz Standish

P.O. Box 82889, Lincoln, NE 68501 5905 ‘O’ Street, Lincoln, NE 68510 Phone: 402-436-1635 Email: Company Description: Public School Membership Sponsor: Sam Manzitto, Manzitto Bros. Residential & Commercial Construction

Friesen Landscaping Travis Friesen (Dani)

3301 W. Denton Road, Lincoln, NE 68523 Phone: 402-435-TREE(8733) Cellular: 402-429-5973 Fax: 402-797-4010 Email: Website: Company Description: Landscaping, waterfalls, flagstone patios. Sponsor: Mike Kinning, Kinning Design Build, Inc. Reason I joined HBAL: To expand my business with the builders of Lincoln.

Oberg Drywall, Inc. Jeff Oberg

3987 E. Apple Road, Cortland, NE 68331 Cellular: 402-560-2545 Email: Company Description: Drywall contractor. Sponsor: Mike Kinning; Kinning Design Build

O’Neill Transportation Equipment Pat O’Neill (Kris)

7100 Old Potash Hwy. P.O. Box 2202, Grand Island, NE 68802-2202 Phone: 308-384-1690 Fax: 308-381-1697 Email: Company Description: Demolition, environmental, asbestos, dirt work. Sponsor: Justin Johnson, Hoppe Homes What I hope to get out of my membership: Business leads. Personal: Horse racing, two boys who are 4 and 6 years old.

LaborMax Staffing Eric Wilson (Tabitha)

3939 N. 48th Street, Ste. 104, Lincoln, NE 68504 Phone: 402-805-7420 Cellular: 402-730-4862 Fax: 402-805-4729 Email: Website:

Sterling Construction Corporation Larry Swank II (Kristin)

3900 Edison Lakes Pkwy., Mishawaka, IN 46545 Phone: 574-247-3243 Email: Website: Company Description: Multifamily Developer, Builder and Manager. Sponsor: Fred Hoppe, The Hoppe Law Firm Reason I joined HBAL: We are building a 220-unit Class A development in the Wilderness Hills area. What I hope to get out of my membership: Ability to network with the best subcontractor base in the area. Company Information: Our company has been a member of various local chapters of NAHB and senior leadership are currently active at the National level. Personal: Creating high-end housing, family, travel, and college football.

Van Horn Family Building Co.

Denny Van Horn (Arlene) 5301 Troon Dr., Lincoln, NE 68526 Phone: 402-450-0956 Cellular: 402-450-0956 Email: Website: Company Description: Custom home design build. Sponsor: Mike Kinning, Kinning Design Build, Inc. Reason I joined HBAL: To gain the benefit of interacting with other professionals in the home building industry. What I hope to get out of my membership: Gain exposure for our business and keep up-to-date on industry best practices. Desired areas of involvement: Education. Company Information: Family-owned; Denny and Arlene, Andy and Michelle VanHorn. Personal: Golf and grandchildren.

Company Description: Direct-hire, tempto-hire, on-demand and general staffing services. Sponsor: Mike Kinning, Kinning Design Build, Inc.

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Renewals | Directory Changes | Cancellations

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A-1 Linoleum & Carpet, Inc., 5 years

Lincoln Electric System, 62 years

Black Hills Energy, 59 years

Lincoln Lumber Co., 62 years

Bryant A/C, Heating, Plumbing & Electrical Company, 58 years

Mann Customs, Inc., 38 years

Builders Achieving Excellence, Inc., 13 years

Nebraska Furniture Mart, 27 years

Business Elite/Husker Commercial Fleet, 2 years

Neemann & Sons, Inc., 6 years

Cameron Townhomes, LLC, 8 years

Old World Metal, 5 years

Corey Grading, Inc., 5 years

Otte Oil & Propane, Inc., 9 years

D & R Development, 3 years

Pella Products of Omaha & Lincoln, 41 years

Dahlman Horst Painting, Inc., 6 years

Roof Tech, 10 years

Dworak Plumbing, 25 years

Sam’s Club, 1 year

Green’s Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Remodeling, 62 years

Star City Heating & Cooling, 3 years

Handy Man Home Remodeling Center, 24 years

Structural Component Systems, 25 years

Krieser Drywall & Insulation, 3 years

Woods Bros. Realty, 61 years

Directory Changes

Sorry to See You Go!

• Prudential Ambassador Real Estate has changed their name to Berkshire Hathaway Home Ser vices Ambassador Real Estate. • New principle contact for Br yant A/C, Heating, Plumbing & Electrical Company is Danny Fisher. Email: • New mailing address for Legacy Construction is 5630 Hunts Drive, Lincoln, NE 68512-1190. • New mailing address for Andes Painting, LLC is 7021 Walker Ave, #2, Lincoln, NE 68507-2795. • Marilyn Wimer is the new principle contact for Nebraska Title Co. Phone: 402-327-2904. Cellular: 402-450-3890. Email: • New email address for K2 Geothermal is • New website for Maher Custom Homes is Email: • Marlene Stroup is the new principal contact for Schwinn Homes, LLC. Phone: 402-416-7118. Email: Greg and Lenette Schwinn are now affiliate members. • New address for the Better Business Bureau is 300 N. 44th Street, Ste. 100, Lincoln, NE 68503-3415. • Andy and Michelle Van Horn are affiliate members for Van Horn Family Building Co. Andy’s email: Michelle’s phone: 402-416-8068. Michelle’s email: • Tom Csicsila is an affiliate member for Sterling Construction Corporation. Email:

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If you see your company listed below, contact HBAL at 402-423-4225 to renew your membership TODAY!

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Jan. Feb. March April May June July August Sept. Oct. Total Avg. Cost

Jan. Feb. March April May June July August Sept. Oct. Total Avg. Cost

Jan. Feb. March April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. YTD

MF 5 24 20 0 100 4 10 2 0 18 183

SF 54 66 92 80 88 96 89 94 82 83 824

88 78 107 88 115 97 117 110 94 96 990


SF 72 58 82 91 83 93 52 66 55 50 702

2007 Cost 1,163,863 909,207 1,280,089 1,031,776 1,578,971 736,760 1,258,848 1,138,598 1,070,733 868,251 11,037,096 11,149

2007 TH 8 4 40 70 39 17 28 2 2 39 249

MF 4 12 112 66 0 64 0 2 0 0 260

SF 35 22 41 50 59 39 31 37 33 26 373

2008 TH 19 0 28 2 15 17 10 20 29 16 156

MF SF 6 11 4 29 2 30 2 30 4 38 10 60 2 35 0 37 0 39 16 20 46 329

2009 TH 14 2 14 14 28 4 10 14 26 24 150

MF SF 0 24 3 32 2 42 15 33 24 29 0 36 0 31 0 33 0 26 18 27 62 313

2010 TH 7 18 6 8 19 6 18 6 10 18 116

81 76 89 82 79 76 77 92 83 80 815


2 5 10 10 9 14 17 8 15 19 109


2009 Cost 52,000 125,240 206,900 198,413 183,000 297,872 554,070 244,470 407,066 793,181 3,062,212 28,094 6 3 11 19 9 12 15 11 15 11 112


2010 Cost 152,980 99,500 317,000 706,474 148,500 460,740 697,500 219,300 375,278 333,693 3,510,965 31,348

Remodeling Permits: Alterations

2008 Cost 1,364,460 141,600 589,154 1,208,366 809,323 543,997 212,984 583,602 556,083 490,847 6,500,416 26,751 3 7 18 15 20 16 9 12 16 13 129


2008 Cost 907,619 947,505 800,412 877,275 723,878 662,915 1,143,624 1,264,374 962,319 750,551 9,040,472 11,093

71 76 72 85 65 89 96 77 78 79 788


SF 22 26 42 28 39 34 38 35 31 34 329

2011 TH 0 0 10 26 14 18 12 21 8 11 120

2011 Cost 80,100 178,700 452,005 908,366 340,080 603,388 248,618 478,200 1,011,333 220,423 4,521,213 35,048

MF 2 60 8 0 0 4 0 2 10 138 224

2 5 10 11 20 7 10 9 13 15 102


MF 4 20 180 3 44 0 48 2 78 0 379

2012 TH 4 13 24 19 21 14 26 36 13 21 191 MF 0 144 36 24 0 8 0 275 0 0 487

2012 Cost 43,500 107,786 691,458 600,931 723,945 224,812 414,975 545,217 595,111 438,100 4,385,835 42,998

SF 27 31 47 43 41 45 48 58 45 57 442

2009 2010 2011 2012 Cost # Cost # Cost # Cost 784,232 57 502,454 69 988,395 81 804,484 706,588 69 600,743 79 893,584 69 565,929 946,927 125 1,229,150 104 900,086 96 1,055,957 813,112 154 1,386,859 133 1,292,245 96 871,985 617,270 124 931,223 111 946,242 123 1,544,337 766,615 117 754,480 112 819,225 110 1,093,867 1,172,764 161 1,181,825 99 1,104,259 109 1,029,087 790,319 119 1,006,147 129 1,032,748 114 1,148,868 778,464 124 976,777 106 928,466 84 764,670 552,852 141 929,354 122 1,298,243 124 1,019,740 7,929,143 1,191 9,499,012 1,064 10,203,493 1,006 9,898,924 10,062 7,976 9,590 9,840

City of Lincoln - Detached Single Family - 8 Year Table

9 9 36 62 52 19 11 13 14 18 243


SF 40 35 59 61 65 67 59 37 45 45 513

Remodeling Permits: Additions City of Lincoln - Detached Single Family - 8 Year Table

MF 0 2 16 60 16 68 2 612 38 0 814

SF=detached single family - TH=townhouses - MF=multi-family (including duplexes)

2006 TH 14 20 17 16 20 15 28 18 26 14 188

2007 Cost 87,400 314,300 1,283,155 539,511 818,301 481,374 728,615 807,215 558,017 1,150,309 6,768,197 17,006

MF 0 4 4 4 4 20 70 26 48 4 184

7 4 33 56 55 62 46 56 32 47 398


2005 TH 21 10 11 16 12 37 35 96 44 26 308

2006 Cost 1,007,372 967,125 1,147,674 706,214 1,042,668 985,229 1,072,119 433,967 674,348 966,277 9,002,993 9,937

2006 Cost 333,000 426,676 613,750 560,472 907,924 520,942 645,103 433,967 585,123 621,817 5,648,774 13,744

89 87 100 87 120 97 94 44 92 96 906


19 13 34 52 57 59 49 44 43 41 411


2004 SF TH 74 8 73 9 137 18 124 22 113 33 107 52 114 21 87 146 106 89 88 22 1,023 420

Building Permits

City of Lincoln - 10 -Year Table

66 42 65 108 92 87 114 87 86 96 843

6 2 8 10 13 9 9 10 10 13 90



2013 TH 2 4 9 18 20 8 29 41 2 49 182 MF 0 0 0 0 128 0 24 232 0 2 386

2013 Cost 751,024 702,668 1,000,016 1,158,054 605,739 784,050 1,331,940 883,068 1,248,723 971,812 9,437,094 11,195

2013 Cost 422,000 33,000 357,600 212,603 776,408 379,500 264,975 300,579 314,515 461,927 3,523,107 39,146

SF 24 34 46 69 58 68 83 60 49 29 520

Building Permits

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Home Builders Association of Lincoln 6100 S. 58th Street, Suite C Lincoln, NE 68516



There’s no disputing geothermal heat pumps are pricey. Or that they’re extremely efficient and save a lot of energy. That’s why they qualify for a 30% federal tax credit. And why, through our Sustainable Energy Program, LES offers homebuilders significant financial incentives to install them. Whether you keep these incentives or pass them on to clients, you’ll help save energy, reduce environmental impact and delay the need to build expensive power plants. Visit our website or call 402.473.3275 for complete details.

Turn the cost of a geothermal heat pump from “good gracious” to “good value.”



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Lincoln Business Builder (December 2013)  
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Monthly newsletter of the Home Builders Association of Lincoln, NE.