February Reporter

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North Texas Hombuilders Association

Reporter

Volume 5, No. 2 • February, 2012

4410 Fairway Boulevard • Wichita Falls, TX 76308 • P: 940.692.2211 • F: 940.692.2214 • www.nthba.com

Congratulations

New Members

The North Texas Home Builders Association

George Medlen with Herring Bank for

would like to welcome Jimmy Lance

winning the two free meals to February’s

Howard with Howard Contracting to the

General Membership meeting by entering

association and thank Stan Mountain for

our monthly Reporter contest and Dona

encouraging him to become a member.

Wade with McGregor Real Estate Group

Renewals

for winning the Gift Basket on our first

Jim Henderson......... Henderson Appraisal

Thank You Jay Bitsche with Door Systems of

Bill Rowland.....Rowland & Donnell Homes

Wichita Falls for sponsoring our January’s

Tim Sawyer.................Wilson Office Supply

Gift Basket

Chris Gravitt..........................Doors By Jam

Monthly Fund Raiser Raffle.

We raised

$280.00 dollars to be given to the YMCA at February’s meeting. Thank You all for your generous support.

Sallie Ford................... State National Bank

Wayne Pharries............ First National Bank


DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS Dave Rhone ............................................ 02 Luz Lerma ............................................. 06 Dutch Watson ........................................ 12 Steve Smith ........................................... 13 Ed Mawson Sr ........................................ 15 Jim Henderson ...................................... 17 George Medlen ...................................... 23 O.W. Ayers .............................................. 26 Kenneth Armstrong ............................. 30 griselda.anzaldua@ferguson.com

Griselda Anzaluda Showroom Consultant

Ember Shop THE

Wood Burning & Gas Wood & Cast Stone Mantels Outdoor Kitchens

Fireplaces by

JOHNNY McCLANE

Xtrordinair Stone Age Vanguard Monessen

Mendota

Town & Country

Isokern

Majestic

Golden Blount

4101 McNiel Avenue Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Serving Texas & Oklahoma since 1971

Service and Installation

www.TheEmberShop.com

(940) 692-6300 • Fax (940) 692-6302

news around Texas Of course it matters locally about what is going on in our community but the bigger picture is what is happening in our state of Texas. The Texas economy is starting the year off well compared to the rest Stan Mountain of the nation. Positive reports SERVICES President indicate a brighter outlook for OCE oftoTexas our future. According the real estate center at Certified Construction Elevation Survey Fencing Texas A&M University job growth and low cost of Custom Gates Randy Pebworth living is attracting businesses to the LoneLandscaping Star state. 940-692-6117 O&F • 940-733-5339 • rwpeb10@gmail.com Home sales volumes in Texas have shown modest improvement throughout 2011 and prices should be stable throughout 2012. As for employment, Texas alone was responsible for cranking out 19.4 %; of the nation’s jobs from September 2010 to September 2011. In our state of Texas it’s going to be a great year! Low unemployment rate and growth of new businesses are all in our favor for people making the decision to become a resident of our fine state of Texas.

RWP

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We as Texans have been successful in bucking the national trend by paying our debts and small businesses hiring employees again. As President of the north Texas home builders association I couldn’t be more proud to be a resident of Wichita Falls Texas. 2801 Kell East God Bless 2012. Wichita Falls Texas 76308

Lane Landes, O

CHRIS•DOCKMAN • COMPANY 2071 FM 171 Wichita Falls, Texas 76305 Phone & Fax (940) 767-9710 Cell (940) 704-3471 Jerry Fillmon, Owner/Manager

Delinda Dodd Mortgage Team Member

1401 Holliday • Wichita Falls, TX 76301 940-720-8023 Fax 940-720-8071 Email delinda.dodd@usfcu.us


Please come out and support our members listed below with their booth numbers! Atmos Energy............................................................... 223 Breegle Abbey Carpet & Floor......................... 910, 1010 Christmas In Action .................................................... A-5 Door Systems of Wichita Falls............................. 817, 916 Doors By Jam............................................................... 601 IHR Security.......................................................... 818, 820 Oncor..................................................................... Room 5 Overhead Door Company of Wichita Falls.......... 320, 322 S & H Granite........................................ 609, 611, 708, 710 Shoop’s Texas Termite & Pest Control................ 717, 816 Smith’s Garden Town........... 407, 409, 411, 506, 508, 510 Times Record News................................................... A-25 Waggoner Carpet One Floor & Home............... 617, 716 Woodco Building Products.................................. 108, 110

Nelson Explains QR Codes at January Membership Luncheon By Lee Grace, Classified Writer Quick Response Codes (QR Codes) was the subject of speaker L.O. Nelson’s presentation to the members of the North Texas Home Builders Association during the January membership luncheon held Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Kemp Center for the Arts. Nelson, who is assistant director for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Midwestern State University, said QR Codes are the future of marketing. “With a Smart Phone, you have a little computer in your hand,” noted Nelson. “You can surf the Internet, take a photo, upload and download. By allowing customers to scan QR Codes with their Smart Phone, you can increase your marketing capabilities.” He said QR Codes were developed by Toyota 10 years ago. “They came to this country two or three years ago.” A QR Code is really just a fancy bar code. However, while the typical bar code has up to 20 digits, a QR Code has up to 7,000 digits. “QR Codes are matrix images that consolidate data down into a graphic that can be viewed at any size by a digital phone. Point the camera phone and the information pops up. It can be maps, lists of questions and answers, a video, presentations, or even an opportunity to meet a company’s employees.” For marketing, QR Codes can assist customers in suing a product or service, drive customers to a web page designed specifically for a Smart Phone, run promotions in an area (with good cell phone coverage), and add value to your customers by rewarding them with a useful experience. Examples include offering discounts, coupons, videos, and special content. “QR Codes also allow businesses to track traffic and conduct A/B split North Texas Home Builders test to see what gets the most hits.” Nelson showed an ad by Calvin Klein Association President Stan as an example of an inventive promotion using QR Codes. He added that Mountain is shown with L.O. promotions using QR Codes must be updated regularly to keep them fresh Nelson, assistant director of the because the technology is developing and changing at a rapid clip. Small Business Development “Marketers are limited only by their imagination,” he said in concluding Center located in the Dillard his remarks. School of Business at Midwestern The luncheon was catered by The Iron Star Restaurant. Donations were State University. taken for a gift basket with the proceeds presented to the YMCA.


Calendar of Events

Parade Home Commitment & Deposit Due............................................................ February 1, 2012 General Membership Meeting................................................................................. February 2, 2012 Office Closed (Vacation)...................................................................................... February 6-10, 2012 Publications & Communications Committee Meeting........................February 14, 2012 10:00 AM 5828 Ashleyanne Circle, Suite B

Parade of Homes & Special Events Committee Meeting....................February 15, 2012 10:00 AM

by JAM

(940) 691-4212

Scholarship Committee Meeting.............................................................. February 16, 2012 1:30 PM 8am to 5pm mon-Fri21, 2012 9:15 AM Budget & By-Laws Committee Meeting...................................................February We provide a “One Stop Shop” for 2012 11:00 AM Board of Directors Meeting.....................................................................February 22,

Wichita Falls Home & Garden

• DOORS • WINDOWS • MILLWORK25, 2012 Show..................................................February • EXPERT INSTALLATION

9AM to 6PM

Wichita Falls Home & Garden Show................................................February 26,Talavera 2012 11AM to 5PM Come see our Mexican Sinks and Matching Toilets!

Long Name. Big On Service.

1300 Tenth Street • 723-0771

Ralph Dunkelberg III 2801 Midwestern Parkway, Vice SuitePresident 200 Wichita Falls, Texas Mortgage 76308 Services 940-696-0000 phone • 940-687-1725 fax www.fstbnk.com 1401 Holliday • Wichita Falls, TX 76301 940-720-8054 • Cell 940-704-1789 Inc.

Fax 940-720-8071 Email ralph.dunkelberg@usfcu.us

Serving Wichita, Archer and Clay Counties

1920 Elmwood North Ave. • Wichita Falls, Texas 76308 (940) 720-5200 • (940) 691-3199 Fax Jean Taylor, CESA

Vice President / Escrow Officer

jeant@archertitle.com

Maggie Johnson

Operations Mgr. / Escrow Officer

maggiej@archertitle.com


Happy Valentine’s Day This month’s contest words are Be My Valentine. All you have to do is email these words to nthba.teri@gmail.com to be entered in this month’s contest to have the chance to win 2 free meals to March’s General Membership Meeting. 2801 Midwestern Parkway, Suite 200 Wichita Falls, Texas 76308 940-696-0000 phone • 940-687-1725 fax www.fstbnk.com

GOOD LUCK!


“We are from the government and we are here to help.” By chuck vergauwen

The EPA has regulations that impact every member of the NTHBA. A quick search for news articles on the website windowanddoor.com, the leading fenestration magazine, will result in five of the top ten articles involving the EPA. Most of us may be aware of the lead paint renovation regulation by the EPA that went into effect last year involving remodels on houses built prior to 1978. Just about any regulation imposed on the new construction or remodel industry has a negative impact. These regulations are generally referred to as the “hidden tax” because they generate revenue from the private sector and transfer it to the public sector through permits, inspections, etc, in effect, raising the cost to the end user, negatively affecting an already poor performing market. The regulators have done a great job in positioning themselves as those who are looking to protect the general public, while portraying anyone opposing regulation as greedy businesses wanting to offer a poor product in favor of higher profits. For this reason, the regulators have been able to pass regulations almost unchecked. Everyone is probably familiar with the move to eliminate the incandescent light bulb and replace it with the compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFL’s. It has been reported by some news sources that the implementation of this law has been defeated. This is not entirely true. The law is still on the books, and only the funding for implementing this law suspended until October 2012. However, the manufacturers have already retooled the manufacturing process, so this seemingly victory for the free market turns out to be more of a novelty. In the event the law does take effect, (outlawing the 100 watt incandescent bulb in Oct. 2012 and the 60 watt in Oct. 2014), here is the ABBREVIATED clean up instructions from the EPA’s website should you happen to break a “new and improved” CFL bulb. (The non-abbreviated version downloads in PDF form and is three pages.) Before Cleanup • Have people and pets leave the room. • Air out the room for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door to the outdoor environment. • Shut off the central forced air heating/air-conditioning system, if you have one. • Collect materials needed to clean up broken bulb: o stiff paper or cardboard; o sticky tape; o damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes (for hard surfaces); and o a glass jar with a metal lid or a sealable plastic bag. During Cleanup • DO NOT VACUUM. Vacuuming is not recommended unless broken glass remains after all other cleanup steps have been taken. Vacuuming could spread mercury-containing powder or mercury vapor. • Be thorough in collecting broken glass and visible powder. • Place cleanup materials in a sealable container. After Cleanup • Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of properly. Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors. • If practical, continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the heating/air conditioning system shut off for several hours. Why is it important to clean up a broken CFL properly? CFLs and other fluorescent light bulbs contain a small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing. When a fluorescent bulb breaks in your home, some of this mercury is released as mercury vapor. To minimize exposure to mercury vapor, EPA recommends that residents follow the cleanup and disposal steps described on this page. What if I can’t follow all the recommended steps? or I cleaned up a CFL but didn’t do it properly? Don’t be alarmed; these steps are only precautions that reflect best practices for cleaning up a broken CFL. Keep in mind that CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury -- less than 1/100th of the amount in a mercury thermometer. However, if you are concerned about the risk to your health from a potential exposure to mercury, consult your physician. If you have had enough of this type of regulation in your personal life or business, take the time during the Q&A as our local, state, and federal politicians run around stumping this political season, and ask them about how serious they really are about neutering the EPA.


February Birthdays

Mike Nieto.............................................. 05 Bobby Diltz............................................. 08 Doug McCulloch............................... 08 John Thompson................................... 11 Dave Rhone ............................................ 02 Gary Birkenfeld................................... 11 Luz Lerma ............................................. 06 NTHBA REPORTER MONTHLY Dennis Probst....................................... 15 Dutch Watson ........................................ 12 ADVERTISING RATES Gordon Drake............................................ .................................... 1613 Steve Smith Harold Newton................................... 2015 Ed Mawson Sr ........................................ Jim Henderson ...................................... Barney Brock....................................... 2217 George Medlen ...................................... Steven Klasse. ........................................ 2323 O.W. Ayers .............................................. 26 Larry Park.............................................. 26 Kenneth Armstrong ............................. 30 Jerry Fillmon........................................ 27

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Phone (940) 692-5734

Wichita Falls

Fax (940) 692-0391

Texas 76308

tco@wf.net

Lane Landes, Owner

CHRIS•DOCKMAN•COMPANY 2071 FM 171 Wichita Falls, Texas 76305 Phone & Fax (940) 767-9710 Cell (940) 704-3471 Jerry Fillmon, Owner/Manager

Builder Pricing • Net/30 Terms • Free Builder Delivery

Contact steve@hamiltonbryan.com • 940-691-1112

WINDOWS, DOORS

RWP ANDSERVICES MORE! ´

OCE of Texas 522 Beverly Drive Certified Construction Elevation Survey Wichita Falls, Texas 76309

723-1436

Fencing

Custom Gates Randy Pebworth 940-692-6117 O&F • 940-733-5339 • rwpeb10@gmail.com Landscaping

Debra Clements Mortgage Consultant Mortgage

Always Remember to do Business with Association Members! We always have room for more ads! Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Please contact NTHBA2301 692-2211 to set up your ad. KELL BLVD. WICHITA FALLS, TX 76308 MAC T9904-010 940-766-8520 Office Debra.K.Clements@wellsfargo.com

THE We’re Here When You Wood NeedBurning Us. & Gas

Ember Shop

Cast Stone Mantels Serving Wichita, Archer andWood Clay &Counties Outdoor Kitchens

1920 Elmwood North Ave. • Wichita Falls, Texas 76308 Fireplaces by JOHNNY (940) 720-5200 • (940) 691-3199 Fax McCLANE Xtrordinair

Stone Age Vanguard

BRYAN WAGGONER 3907 Kell Boulevard • Wichita Falls • Texas 76308 (940) 691-3641 Fax (940) 691-3643 • (800) 466-3642 E-Mail bryanl@waggonercarpetone.com TEXAS

ASSOCIATION OF

BUILDERS

4101 McNiel Avenue

& Country Mendota Town Jean Taylor, CESA

Falls, TX 76308 Maggie Wichita Johnson

Monessen

Golden Blount Majestic IsokernPresident Vice / Escrow Officer Operations Mgr. / Escrow Officer Serving Texas & Oklahoma (940) 720-5202JUSTIN BAILEY (940) 720-5203 Service and Installation since 1971

jeant@archertitle.com maggiej@archertitle.com Vice President/Lending

www.TheEmberShop.com

(940) 692-6300 • Fax (940) 692-6302

WINDOWS, DOORS

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940-723-0944 522 Beverly Drive

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Serving This Area Since 1946

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2801 Kell East

AND MORE!

Wichita Falls, Texas 76309

723-1436

s! BRYAN WAGGONER 3907 Kell Boulevard • Wichita Falls • Texas 76308 (940) 691-3641

justinb@snbt.net


NTHBA REPORTER MONTHLY ADVERTISING RATES

Luz Lerma ............................................. 06 Dutch Watson ........................................ 12 Steve Smith ........................................... 13 Ed Mawson Sr ........................................ 15 Jim Henderson ...................................... 17 We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy toGeorge the family of Dave Rhone Sr. for their loss. 23 Our Medlen ...................................... thoughts and prayers are with you. O.W. Ayers .............................................. 26 Kenneth ArmstrongDOORS ............................. 30 WINDOWS, AND MORE!

Condolences

522 Beverly Drive Wichita Falls, Texas 76309

723-1436

Always Remember to do Business with Association Members! We always have room for more ads! Please contact NTHBA 692-2211 to set up your ad.

5828 Ashleyanne Circle, Suite B

(940) 691-4212 We’re Here When 8am You to 5pm Need Us.

by JAM

Serving Wichita, Archer and mon -FriClay Counties

1920 Elmwood Northa “One Ave. Stop • Wichita We provide Shop” forFalls, Texas 76308 • DOORS • •WINDOWS (940) 720-5200 (940) 691-3199 Fax • MILLWORK

EXPERT INSTALLATION Maggie Johnson Jean Taylor,• CESA

BRYAN WAGGONER 3907 Kell Boulevard • Wichita Falls •Wood TexasBurning 76308& Gas THE (940) 691-3641 Wood & Cast Stone Mantels Outdoor Kitchens Fax (940) 691-3643 • (800) 466-3642 E-Mail bryanl@waggonercarpetone.com Fireplaces by JOHNNY McCLANE

Ember Shop

Xtrordinair

Stone Age Vanguard

Monessen

Mendota

Town & Country

Isokern

Majestic

Golden Blount

4101 McNiel Avenue Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Serving Texas & Oklahoma since 1971

Service and Installation

www.TheEmberShop.com

(940) 692-6300 • Fax (940) 692-6302

Vice PresidentCome / Escrow Officer Operations Mgr. / Escrow Officer see our Mexican Talavera (940) 720-5202 Sinks and Matching Toilets! (940) 720-5203

jeant@archertitle.com

maggiej@archertitle.com

General Membership Meeting February 2, 2012 • 11:30 A.M.

Kemp Center for the Arts • 1300 Lamar Street Guest Speaker:

Mary Tondu,Ralph Representative for Coronado Products Dunkelberg III Vice President a Manufacturer of Stones, Thin Brick and Tile Mortgage Services

Topic: “Moisture Penetration of Exterior Veneers”

1401 Holliday • Wichita Falls, TX 76301 940-720-8054 • Cell 940-704-1789 Fax 940-720-8071 Email ralph.dunkelberg@usfcu.us