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MAY 2013


Always Remember As I complete the first few months of 2013 and pay the first quarter’s taxes, I hope that the year has gotten off to a good start for everyone. I would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to stop for a minute to think about all the great people that have led our industry and our chapter, from the past to the present, and thank them from the bottom of our hearts for all that they do for NARI and their communities. It has come to my attention that our chapter’s first president and co-founder Gary Porter has been fighting cancer. Gary recently entered hospice, and has just passed away. It is our prayer that he is now at peace. Gary made a lasting impression on our chapter and will not be forgotten.

Our hearts and prayers go out to Gary and his family, and to all who are connected to our chapter that are going through, or have gone through, these types of heart-breaking situations. Since we may never know the last time that we might see that loved one, friend, family member, supplier or co-worker, we should always remember that a hug, a handshake and a thank you to those around us is greatly appreciated – let’s keep those in our lives always in our hearts. Sincerely, John A. Puslat President – Miami Valley NARI Owner of Window & Door Designs LLC

How can I get an iPad without spending big $$$$?

With Miami Valley NARI’s New Membership Campaign! In November, Miami Valley NARI launched its new membership campaign. Though we want new members to keep our industry and association strong, drawings based on recruiting new members are getting 10 9 all the buzz. Steve Jobs may be gone, but you could own part of his 8 7 6 legacy if you’re able to recruit new members. What’s 5 4 the story? 3 For each new member you recruit, you’ll be entered 2 1 to win an iPad; the more you recruit, the more you’re entered to win. The iPads will keep coming throughout the campaign, and a drawing will be conducted at the Membership Meeting immediately following the sign up of the tenth new member. So, if you recruit two of the ten new members, you‘ll be entered twice – and so on. Recruit your industry friends; tell them the advantages we enjoy as members, and you don’t have to tell them that you could win an iPad - keep that one to yourself until they are an eligible member and begin recruiting! This campaign continues through November 2013.

Let’s Nail It!

The Home Depot Offers an Exclusive NARI Benefit The Home Depot has a National Rebate Incentive Program for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. NARI members will receive a twice-yearly rebate of 2% on all qualifying pre-tax purchases made at The Home Depot. The Home Depot will keep track of your purchases and send the rebate directly to you. There is no cost to enroll – simply go to to sign up in three easy steps and start saving.You can register any form of payment accepted at The Home Depot – including checking accounts, credit cards, debit cards and The Home Depot accounts. Rebates are issued twice a year, within 60 days of 6/30 and 12/31. When asked for your program code, make certain you and The National Association of the Remodeling Industry get credit for your sales—be sure to enter your unique program code: NARI. Call (866) 333-3351 for assistance. In 2011, NARI members collectively spent more than $40 million in product sales. Many companies had an annual spend in excess of $250,000, which would yield an annual rebate in excess of $5,000.

Golf Anyone?


Miami Valley NARI Golf Outing

The 2013 Miami Valley NARI Golf Outing will be held Thursday, September 26 at the Beavercreek Country Club. Dust off your clubs, re-calculate your handicap and make plans now to join us on September 26! More info to come.

Baseball Networking Event Miami Valley NARI’s Annual Baseball Networking Event is Thursday, May 9 with the Dragons hosting the Lansing Lugnuts. It will be at Fifth Third Field, with a 7 PM start time. Tickets are $13 each, or 2 for $25. This includes $10 in Dragon Bucks, which can be used with any vendor at the stadium, including the Team Store! Visit to get your tickets.

NARI Spring Meeting Was a Success The national NARI Spring meeting was held April 10-13 in Kansas City, Missouri. Lori Ring from Hamilton Parker was our Miami Valley NARI delegate at the Board of Directors meeting. Topics discussed at the meeting included: Maintaining Financial Stability; Marketing Certification; Member Engagement through Education; NARI Research; Profit Today on the Connected Home of Tomorrow; Selling to Remodelers; Small Business Trends and Credit Issues; Social Media to Grow Business and Brand the Chapter; State of the Industry; Staying Out of Trouble (bylaws/ethics committee); The Idea Lab; The National Economy; Top Technology Trends; Winning a CotY. There was a “Blues, Brews and Barbeque Event” during the first night, and the Evening of Excellence reception on the second night. As always, the meeting was informative and provided good networking opportunities. Please contact Lori Ring at Hamilton Parker, (513) 276–4840 for more information on her experience at this year’s Spring Meeting.

May 16 Educational Opportunity

Understanding the New Energy Code Date:

May 16th


10 AM to 2 PM

Location: Cost:

Harmon Building (formerly the Harmon Cadillac location) 530 N. Main Street, Dayton, OH 45405 (park in lot to the north) South of the I-75 Main Street ramps $25 for Miami Valley NARI members / $35 non-members

Register: By May 9th by calling HBA at (937) 298-2900 x 17 or send an email to Please provide your address, phone, e-mail and credit card number with security code and expiration date. Agenda: 10–10:45AM Table top displays of products and services pertaining to energy code 10:45-11:30 Blower door demonstration 11:30-12 PM Lunch served (compliments of our sponsors) 12-1:30 Panel with building officials, builders/remodelers – with questions and open discussion from attendees 1:30-2 Product knowledge demonstrations This event is sponsored by the Home Builder’s Association (HBA) of Dayton and Miami Valley Building Officials Council (MVBOC).

Hope to see you there!

Please Welcome our New Members hassle of paper—using handwriting, photos, drawings, notes, voice and GPS. To learn more contact Sue at sue. or call (937) 439-6767. Please welcome naturalForms by ExpeData and Sue Zanders to the Miami Valley NARI. Sue has worked with the remodeling industry for over 25 years, previously in the finance field. Many of you will remember her as a prior member of NARI and NHBA, and she is working on her CGA designation having completed Estimating, Sales, Marketing for Remodelers, Design/Build, and NARI CE class-Mold and the Remodeler. She looks forward to helping you grow your business, streamline and reduce costs of your mobile workforce. naturalForms® on iPad® and Android™ tablets collects job information without the

Please join us in welcoming Flooring America and David Neal as a new member. Flooring America is one of the nation’s largest privately owned flooring providers, offering products that will satisfy all budgets. They have been in business since the 1950’s in Cincinnati and Dayton. When they say “Lifetime Warranty,” they mean it, are here to assist you and your clients now and for years to come. David can be reached at (513) 305-8606.

Were You There?

Here’s What You May Have Missed! March Chapter Meeting

April Happy Hour Miami Valley NARI members and friends gathered on April 4th at TailGators in Centerville, for the first quarterly NARI Happy Hour and networking event of 2013. Lori Ring and Hamilton Parker were our hosts for a night of socializing, business story swapping and reconnecting with friends and colleagues, for a terrific respite from our recent ‘pleasant’ winter weather! Make plans now to join us for the next quarterly Happy Hour on Thursday, June 27th.

On March 26th, the Chapter held its monthly membership meeting at the Miami Val ley NARI Chapter office, with Heather Craayb eek of RSVP Ohio taking the attendees through the var ious stages and benefits of branding – “Ar e you Coke – or are you just cola?” The session was highly informative, the breakfast meal was gre at and the interaction between Heather as the pre senter and the attendees brought up a number of points and concer ns that our members have. Heather discussed how many are working the ir way through a more easily recognizable pub lic identity, and a more solid association of the firm and what it does, from the perspective of its cur rent and potential clients. 

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Miami Valley NARI Remodeler May 2013  

The May 2013 issue of The Remodeler, Miami Valley NARI's monthly newsletter.