I am delighted to have the chance to serve again this year as President at EM NARI. We have already enjoyed a great start to our programs with an informative and incredibly entertaining remodeling industry forecast by Craig Webb of Remodeling and ProSales in January. February kicked off with a new event at the chapter – The Remodelers Conference. The event paired our traditional tabletop tradeshow with a full day educational conference designed for remodeling professionals. Thank you to everyone who presented, participated in the vendor event, and attended the conference.
As we kicked off 2018, I mentioned that this year we will continue to focus on workforce development efforts. Our youth career day was featured on This Old House in January. This event is a launching pad for us to grow our connections with vocational school partners and explore ways we can support their efforts, and reach even more young people with the positive messages about great careers in the trades. Our mentorship program is underway and industry leaders are working with emerging businesses to help them navigate business growth. As always, we have a great series of programs planned for this year.
For those of you who have been members for a while, you can see the amazing growth our chapter has experienced. We have focused on creating the programs that remodelers want and value. Our board and our committees are focused on this effort and I thank them for their continued efforts. This year I have challenged our committees to think about how we can also engage more sub-contractors. A remodeler’s work relies on a team of great subs and EM NARI is the place where those relationships are forged. I encourage each of you to bring a sub-contractor to a NARI event this year. Times are busy and work is plentiful now, but subs who build relationships today will benefit. Let us know if you have a sub that would make a great NARI member.
Finally, let me take a moment to thank our 2018 sponsors. Chapter dues only covers about ¼ of the revenue we need to operate each year. We rely on the generous support of our sponsors – especially our annual corporate sponsors – to help us provide our programs and services. So, please join me in thanking the following companies:
GOLD SPONSORSCPS HVACNew in 2018! – Divine StoneworksThe Granite Group / The Ultimate Bath Store
SILVER SPONSORSNew in 2018! – Alpine EnvironmentalF. D. Sterritt LumberNew in 2018! – Lavallee SystemsMason & Mason InsurancePella Windows & Doors
BRONZE SPONSORSDesigner BathNational LumberResource Options Inc.Splash
I hope to see you at next month’s event on March 7th, hosted by our Gold Sponsor – The Ultimate Bath Store. Just a few weeks later we host our annual chapter CotY Awards. I’m excited to see all the amazing projects and celebrate our winners at the Clarke Showroom in Milford on March 28th.Kathy DeMeyer508.firstname.lastname@example.org