HBA Iowa News Oct 17th 2013

IBS Show – Iowa Information

We have a 30 room block at the Golden Nugget for the International Builders Show in Las Vegas next February.  Rooms are priced at $69 for the Carson Tower and $99 for the Rush Tower King.  We are planning an Iowa night party on Wednesday, February 5 at the Golden Nugget.  Details on the block code will be in next week’s newsletter.


Sponsors Needed for Iowa Night Party at IBS

Traditionally we have asked for sponsorships to subsidize the Iowa Night Party.  If your company would like to be one of those sponsors, please contact HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson.  We would like to raise at least $2k and the more we raise, the more we can party.  Thank you in advance!


Facebook – Okay, Five of you “Liked” it – let’s get a few more…

Like us on Facebook

Okay, so we’re only a few years behind on this, but our Facebook page is up and running.  As soon as we get more people liking and following it we’ll start posting good stuff on there. We’re sure more of you use Facebook than that.  You may receive an email invitation, if we can figure it out.

HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson met with Iowa First District candidate Rod Blum last week to discuss our organization’s priorities and goals.  Blum is heavily involved in the building industry.

Eastern Iowa – Pay Attention to Rod Blum

Are you ready for a political candidate who is ready to get things done and totally understands and supports our industry?  Then pay attention to Rod Blum and try to meet him as he’s out and about.  Here is a bit of information provided to us by his campaign staff:


Rod Blum is a Republican candidate for United States Congress in Iowa’s 1st District. A Dubuque native, he is a real estate developer and owns Digital Canal Corporation, which develops software for the home building industry. In 1998, Rod was named Iowa Entrepreneur of the year by Ernst & Young in 1998. 

As a longtime member of the home building industry, Rod is in a unique position to understand the issues important to the Iowa homebuilding community. A staunch proponent of the free enterprise system, Rod will fight for less regulation and less government intervention that negatively affects the homebuilding market.

Rod is a lifelong business leader who has never held elected office, and will be a voice for common sense solutions to the many fiscal problems facing our country. You can find out more about Rod’s campaign for US Congress by visiting www.RodBlum.com.


Member Discounts – Pay for Your Dues With 10 Minutes Worth of Work

A reminder to capitalize on your member discounts – you dues can be paid for with ten minutes worth of work.  If you need to know how it all works, send an email to HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson. Clickhere for the NAHB discounts and here for the HBAI Rebate Program.


NAHB Fall Board Recap

Here’s an abbreviated version of what happened last week in Colorado at the NAHB Fall Board Meeting:

  • The code hearings for the 2015 code were wrapping up during the NAHB Fall Board meetings. We were successful on 40% of what we had asked for, including all of the large expenditure items.
  • The bylaws were changed to address new leadership roles for associate members, both nationally and locally (with appropriate local bylaw changes).
  • The new legal counsel is working on new procedures for A, D, and C loans being able to be sold in the secondary market.
  • The 2014 NAHB budget was passed with a negative eight million deficit. Plans are for the organization to be in the black in 2016, thanks in part to the lease of the top floor of the housing center.
  • The Remodeler’s Council will be increasing dues $10 in 2014.
  • There was a net gain of 500 new members nationally for September, but 75% of the HBA’s participating in the membership drive are concentrating on October.


Statewide Membership Campaign Update

Reports are coming in that we’re not exactly pulling in vast numbers of new members.  Hopefully some of you are sandbagging until the very end to secure some excellent prizes.  Let’s get after it.  Nothing sells a membership better than ensuring that your suppliers, subs, and reps are supporting the industry through their support of the federation.  We have $2,500 worth of prizes for those of you who bring in new members, that’s not a bad incentive.

Weekly Update: June 20, 2013

Letter Sent to Speaker Boehner This Week From Jim Tobin at NAHB

Dear Speaker Boehner:

On behalf of over 140,000 members of the National Association of Home Builders, I want to share with you some encouraging news on the health of the home building industry. Three recent metrics of the housing industry all point to an increase in builder confidence and home construction activity. However, while many headlines and television pundits claim that “housing is back,” it is important to reiterate that home builders still face challenges that could derail the fledgling recovery in housing.

Earlier this month, the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) rose to a total of 263 markets. In order to be listed, a metropolitan area must see an improvement for a minimum of six months in three critical areas: housing permits, home prices and employment. The most recent IMI, which began in 2011 with only 12 markets, represents over 70 percent of U.S. metropolitan statistical areas and includes metros in 49 states and the District of Columbia. This week, the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), a measure of builder confidence in the market for newly-built, single-family homes, moved past 50 for the first time since April 2006. At its lowest point in January 2009, the HMI registered a meager 8 points. And just yesterday, data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau showed housing starts rose 6.8 percent, as well as an increase in the issuance of single-family building permits.

Despite the spate of good news, the majority of the nation’s home builders are merely maneuvering through the headwinds that are stifling a more robust recovery. I regularly hear from builders about the continuing lack of construction credit and consumers’ access to mortgage credit; how appraisals fail to keep pace with the cost of construction; the rapidly rising price and limited availability of building materials; the construction delays caused by labor shortages; and the crushing weight of regulatory hurdles.

The annual, demographic demand for housing production is 1.7 million units. This year, the industry may build one million units. When home building is firing on all cylinders, the

industry, as a whole, represents 17 percent of the U.S Gross Domestic Product. Although the industry is beginning to show signs of recovery, as evidenced by the recent data above, there is still a lot of work to be done if the home building industry is to achieve that level of

economic strength once again.

As Congress seeks to jumpstart the economy I urge you to adopt policies that clear a path for real gains in home construction that can create millions of meaningful jobs across America. NAHB has common-sense proposals to overcome these obstacles and realize the economy’s true potential. I look forward to discussing our proposals with you.


Left to Right – Kirk Geist, Jay Iverson, and Keith Butz were guests of Glenn Siders and the Southgate Companies at the Greater Iowa City HBA golf outing Tuesday at Finkbine.

NAHB Designations Mean More Income

Information from the most recent NAHB Builder Member Census reveals that members who earned the Certified Graduate Builder (CGB), Graduate Master Builder (GMB) and Certified Green Professional™ (CGP) designations make more money than their non-designation-earning counterparts in the business.

According to the survey:

  • NAHB members who hold the CGB designation made an average of $990,189 more last  year than those without a builder designation.
  • NAHB members who hold the GMB designation made an average of $1,610,529 more last year than those without a builder designation.
  • NAHB members who hold the CGP designation made an average of $824,124 more last year than those without a builder designation.

Survey findings demonstrate that designation holders, known for their commitment to education and for staying on top of industry trends, tend to find more financial success.


Race for Relevance

There have been many radical changes in association management since a book called “Race for Relevance” by Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers came out a few years ago.  There is a second edition out now with case examples.  There are many solid ideas provided and we will begin a multi-week process of chapter synopsis outlines that will make sense.  Here is the fourth installment:
Chapter 4:  Empower the CEO and Enhance Staff

Trends driving the transition to empowered staff:

  • Time pressures of volunteers
  • Associations are complex organizations
  • Volunteers have a wide range of skills, abilities, and experiences, but they are not professional association executives
  • Both volunteer board members and hired staff need to remember the goal to optimize the association’s resources

Benefit of the new governance model;

  • Encourages honest communication and straightforwardness between staff and volunteers.
  • The smaller circle of leadership requires a new level of teamwork; there’s no room for lack of commitment or avoidance of accountability.
  • Encourages candor between staff and volunteers have a clearer picture of what each should be doing.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Board

  • Governing by setting broad policies and procedures
  • Retaining the CEO
  • Ensuring that the association has adequate resources
  • Guiding the association in the best interests of its members

CEO/Staff Responsibilities

  • Running the association in a way that meets the objectives established by the board.
  • Decisions about what is to be done, how it is to be done, and who is to do it
  • Volunteer leaders continue to interject themselves inappropriately into management decisions and operations in all but the most disciplined organizations because it is easier to manage than it is to govern
  • Smaller boards may not eliminate this board “micro-management” but it is a step toward maximizing the time and resources of all
  • The mindset of board/staff relationships is a function of three things: association culture, personalities of staff and volunteers, and history. “The association is ours and we must run it”, but are volunteers really qualified to run a complex tax-exempt membership organization
  • Avoid a culture of staff servitude with volunteer leaders as masters and staff as vassals
  • The executive from inductor or profession will have to quickly acquire association management competencies, and the association professional will have to quickly gain industry or professional knowledge
  • A competency-based board will attract better CEO candidates who desire to work in an empowered organization


Next week:  Chapter 5:  Rationalize the Member Market