President's Message - April 2018

Posted by Kathy DeMeyer, EM NARI Chapter President, Encore Construction Company on 16 April 2018 | 0 Comments

kdemeyerJust a couple of weeks ago we gathered to celebrate the work of our members at our annual Contractor of the Year awards. The CotY Awards give us an opportunity to pause each year to connect and take stock of the creativity and craftsmanship that NARI members bring to their work. We had a record number of attendees at the event again this year. There is so much that goes into the CotY Awards and we are grateful for everyone who invests in making the event a success each year. As always, thank you to Clarke for hosting us. Thank you to our CotY committee – Tiffani Tartaglia who served as co-chair, Robin Shor, Jodi Swartz, Terry Steen, and Michelle Coelho. Thank you to our 10 judges who spent so much time thoughtfully considering all the projects. And, thank you to all our sponsors – particularly our Platinum Sponsors The Granite Group / Ultimate Bath Store, Divine Stoneworks, and Ferguson Kitchen, Bath, and Lighting Gallery. Without the support of sponsors, this event would not be possible. In September our chapter CotY Awards program will open again for submissions – I hope you will consider entering a project.

As I looked across the crowd at the CotY Awards I am reminded that these are very good times for our industry. There is ample work and for many of us, our greatest challenge is finding good people to bring our clients’ visions, and our plans, to life. We must remember that this labor shortage was, in part, created during the last recession. We hadn’t done enough to identify, train, and retain the workers we need now. As an organization we are continuing to grow our outreach and connections with vocational programs in the area to see how we can better support them and their students. We are also working to find ways to support the efforts of our members who take co-op students and apprentices on the jobsite. If you work with students in your remodeling business, we want to hear from you.  Please contact Michelle at

We also want to support the growth and development of your existing employees. NARI offers several certification programs including the Certified Lead Carpenter, Certified Remodeling Project Manager, and Certified Remodeler. These programs can make a significant impact on the productivity of your workforce. During our May 2nd dinner meeting, we will be engaging is a brief dialogue about NARI certifications. We are looking to understand what we can do to improve our certification program delivery to ensure that your employees have the opportunity to participate. I hope you will join us on May 2nd for that conversation and share your ideas for ways we can better connect our members, and their employees, with the NARI certification programs.

With that, I do hope to see you on May 2nd at the Crowne Plaza in Natick. We have David Lupberger speaking about How to Identify and Qualify Your Best Customers. It should be another terrific NARI night.

Kathy DeMeyer
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