FROM THE PRESIDENT
By Matt Anderson
On October 2nd of this past year, I had the honor of
being installed as the President of the Home Builders and
Remodelers Association of Massachusetts for the fiscal
year 2020. I have found myself wondering how and why
did a framing contractor from Cape Cod find himself in
The “How” is surprisingly simple, I made a decision to
show up, participate and volunteer my time. The “Why”
is a bit more involved, but very simple all the same. In
our fall issue of Bay State Builder, our Executive Officer,
Joe Landers, penned an article titled “Volunteerism”. This
furthered my curiosity as to “Why” I offered my time to the
home builders of our commonwealth.
The reasons behind my choice to volunteer had not
been clear to me. As I reflect, what I have concluded is
that there is no one single reason but rather multiple
reasons that drive me to the decision of the importance
to participate in the capacity I do. I hope that in outlining
my reasons I will be able to motivate others to rise to the
calling as we need people like you!!
My initial reason is to give back to the industry that has
given so much to me. As a subcontractor, I am fortunate
to work with many of my communities’ most talented
builders. One of the common denominators I have
recognized in many of these men and women is that most
seem to participate in their community by giving their
time to serve in non-profit and municipal board positions.
My local home builders association was as good of a place
as any to volunteer my time. I quickly learned that not only
did our associations help to advance our industry’s agenda,
but they also advocate to make housing more affordable
for all. This realization helped to bolster my commitment
to our group as I was impressed
that so many individuals could
rally around a common goal for
the greater good.
My second reason for
participating is a bit more selfserving.
I looked around at
all the builders and associate
reason is a
members that were in leadership roles at both the State
and Local levels and recognized many of the people who
participated were those I looked up to. I never expected
that these professionals would mentor me in the way they
did and continue to, to this day. Our associations provide
us with a broad network of industry professionals eager to
mentor the next generation. To take part in this invaluable
benefit all one is required to do is show interest and many
will quickly respond in-kind.
Lastly comes my most personal reason for continuing to
volunteer. I am often tasked with recruiting new members
to our associations as well as working to develop the future
leaders of the organizations. The most common response
I get after approaching someone to discuss whether they
would be willing to serve in a leadership role is; “Thanks for
thinking of me but how much time does this involve?”. I
find this funny as it is the same response I gave ten years
ago when approached to take on a leadership role at my
local association. It is then inevitably followed up with “I
don’t know if I can make the commitment as I have small
children”. This is also a sentiment I can appreciate having
eleven and eight-year-old daughters. I, as much as anyone,
value my time with my family and wish I had more of it.
BUT, with that said, I also feel a heavy responsibility to my
daughters to model the importance of being involved in
all aspects of life that are important and impactful; and for
me that includes my professional life. I believe the most
valuable legacy I can leave for my daughters is to teach the
importance of being part of a solution rather than being
complacent with the paths laid for us by others. I hope
that one day I will be able to watch Addison and Audrey
get involved in their chosen community and support
their efforts as they have seen every time Dad put on his
I acknowledge that we all have personal reasons for
choosing how we spend our time. I hope that by sharing
my reasons for participating at a higher level in our home
builders associations that I have struck a chord with you,
and that you will consider taking up a role on a committee,
board or even moving up the leadership ladder of your
local, state or national association.
In closing, I would like to acknowledge the tremendous
amount of time and effort expended on behalf of you and
your state association by my predecessor Hunter Marosits.
He, as I, has family commitments but that didn’t stop him
in choosing to work for and fight for the industry that
allows him to provide for his family. Thank you, Hunter!
President, Matt Anderson is a framing contractor from Sandwich, MA and has served in all leadership positions with the Cape
Cod Association and has been an integral part of the state leadership team for five years.