Getting in the car at 3:10 am wasn’t exactly exciting, but I was afraid of traffic in New York on the way to Philadelphia from Providence. And how could I complain since Michelle, our chapter's executive director, left her house an hour earlier to meet me in Providence? We made it from to Philly in record time, attending the first meeting at 8:00 am. Bill Farnsworth, MCR, having come down the night before, met us at the opening presentation.
This was a chance for EM NARI chapter delegates to network and get to know NARI Chapter representatives from across the country. We were able to hear from other chapters about the needs of their membership, their biggest concerns in the industry, and the biggest chapter successes.
On the docket were presentations on:
The summit ended with a House of Delegates meeting where key decisions were voted on by our EM NARI representatives. One proposed key bylaws amendment (IBP 745) would have limited who can serve at a national level as an elected officer to contractor members only. Local chapters showed strong opposition to the proposed change. They were represented by many advocated who spoke out at the delegates meeting expressing their support for vendor members and recounting the huge importance of those members to the mission of the organization.
The final vote denied the proposed change, continuing to allow NARI vendor members the opportunity to serve as elected officers to National NARI Leadership -- serving on the national board of directors as President, Board Chair, President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary.
In the end, the lack of sleep and 12 hours of driving were well spent. Pushing the envelope of professionalism in our industry, and making an impact at a local and national level are what our membership in this organization are all about.
--Bill Farnsworth, MCR, Michelle Glassburn EM NARI ED, and Justin Zeller, CR were the EM NARI delegates in Philadelphia.Justin Zeller, Owner Red House Custom BuildingChapter VP & Chair Marketing Committee, EM NARI