FROM THE PRESIDENT
Welcome to our Fall edition
of the Baystate Builder! I hope
you all enjoyed some time off
over the summer. Last month,
I had a wonderful opportunity
to visit NAHB headquarters in
Washington D.C. Our Executive
Officer, Joe Landers, and I made
a trip to the National Housing
Center. Joe is a seasoned veteran
when it comes to NAHB, but this
would be my first visit to our headquarters in D.C. I have
been to D.C. a couple of times for the NAHB Legislative
Conference, but never had the opportunity to visit our
headquarters first hand.
Upon reaching NAHB headquarters, I was immediately
impressed with our 9-story state-of-the-art building
located right in the heart of D.C. Our Association has
owned this building for quite some time and apparently
did an extensive expansion and remodel in the 1990s.
The building went from 4-stories to 9-stories as part of the
expansion and it remained occupied the entire time!
The entrance to the building is through a glass atrium.
Upon entering, you’re greeted by a huge light filled
space which includes the prominent National Housing
Hall of Fame display. It showcases important builders
and associates who have made a lasting impact on our
association and our home building industry. The display
includes hundreds of metal etched portraits of the Hall of
Fame members and it is arranged according to the decade
they were active. It’s an amazing example of the history and
dedication our association has enjoyed since the 1940s.
After heading through the atrium, Joe and I went
upstairs to visit Mark Pursell, President & CEO of the
National Housing Endowment (NHE). Mark’s passion
for NAHB and the NHE is evident by the stories he
shared with us. Previously, he was also in charge of the
International Builders Show (IBS) for well over a decade.
I learned a lot about NHE and how it helps educate new
workers interested in the home building industry. Please
read Joe’s interview on page 20 to learn more about our
conversation with Mark.
Our next stop was the Executive Conference Room to
meet with the President & CEO of NAHB, Jerry Howard and
his senior staff including Brett Diggs and Melissa Vorhees.
Everyone was very welcoming and they shared many
stories about their time at NAHB. We are blessed to have
senior leadership that has been committed to stay with
the association for the long haul. We also spoke about
some of the bigger issues facing our industry nationally
and how those issues relate to us here in Massachusetts.
As we finished our meeting, Jerry and his staff wanted
me to take home the message that the people and
resources of NAHB are always willing and ready to help
us in Massachusetts. This message became a reoccurring
theme throughout the rest of our day as we met with the
rest of the senior staff at NAHB. I also met with Jim Tobin,
our Chief Lobbyist; Robert Dietz, our Chief Economist; and
David Ledford from Housing Finance & Regulatory Affairs.
Again, they wanted me to send back the message about
their commitment to our state and local issues.
We typically join our local Associations because of the
people we meet and what the association offers us in our
own backyard. It’s can sometimes be difficult to explain
to members the value and benefits of being members
of the State and National federation. My visit to NAHB
headquarters gave me a better understanding of how
National is improving our industry nationwide and how
they are here for us when we need help protecting our
industry here in Massachusetts. Most members never get
the chance to meet our staff in D.C or go to Beacon Hill to
discuss issues facing us at home. I look forward to getting
more involved at the National level once my term as State
President concludes this year. We are very fortunate to be
partners with such a dedicated and powerful group in D.C.
I strongly urge you to consider volunteering your time at
the State or National level so you can become part of this
amazing group of people and spread the word to others.