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January 2017 Dinner Meeting Recap

Posted by on 10 February 2017 | 0 Comments

The evening began with the installation of the 2017 EM NARI President, Kathy DeMeyer, of Encore Construction, as well as the new chapter Board of Directors.  A special thanks to our dinner sponsor, Chris Zizza and 1st Quality Discount Flooring.

January dinner board

President’s Message: There is a shortage of skilled worked in the remodeling industry. One initiative of EM NARI is to evaluate ways we, as an organization, can attract new workers to our industry.  Our first initiative will be to start a new committee focused on being proactive; it will be called the Workforce Development Committee.  This committee will be charged with identifying target populations for outreach, making connections with chapter members, and creating pathways to grow future workers and businesses.

The Program: The evening featured a panel of four members discussing “How to Attract and Keep Quality Employees.”

Panelists:

  • Paul Eldrenkamp, Byggmeister
  • Allison Iantosca, F. H. Perry Builder
  • Tom Mitchell, Mitchell Construction Company
  • Halsey Platt, Platt Builders
  • Moderated by Shawn McCadden, Remodel My Business

January dinner 1 crowd

 

QUICK NOTES FROM THE DISCUSSION…

Ways to find new employees:     

  • Personal referrals
  • Current employee referrals
  • Network affiliations
  • Help wanted

Ways to attract employees:

  • Offer good benefits: Health insurance, paid vacation and holidays, 401K

 Look for:

  • Attitude, aptitude and experience.
  • Clean cut, well-spoken, good communicators to be leaders, PMs
  • Adopt the mentality that “We are never, not hiring.” You never know when a rock star will walk through the door.
  • Ask current employees to help vet new ones. Hire slowly and fire quickly. If someone isn’t a good fit, let them go quickly.

WANT TO KNOW MORE???  

Watch the event video, courtesy of Jay Groccia, OnSite Studios.

CLICK HERE TO REACH THE VIDEO.

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