Weekly Update: August 21, 2014

Plan to Attend Our Big Party Tonight!  No Cost!  There will be Plenty of Food and Drink!

hba-event   You’ve been hearing about it for several weeks now and tonight is finally the night – from 6-8 p.m..  Plan to stop over at our office parking lot located at 400 East Court Avenue in Des Moines.  It’s set up as a fundraiser for our BUILD PAC, but it’s more important that we have members here.

   Joni Ernst will be with us at 6:00 p.m. and we will present her with a $5k Check.  That is the start time of the event and officially we will go to 8, but if we have plenty of food, drinks, and cars to talk about we’ll just keep going.  If you have a car or motorcycle to bring, we’ll have a friendly people’s choice award.  Jay Iverson is hoping to bring this Karl Kustom Corvette in the photo.  We sent out an invitation to our show and shine car show next week, Thursday, August 21.  Just show up or ideally RSVP to Jay Iverson (515-278-0255) if you plan to attend, mainly for food preparation purposes.

Here Are Your Industry Leaders Who Contribute to BUILD PAC Annually

Here you are, one more time – it’s really important.  We should have over 100 out of our 1,900 members in the Gold Key category.  Here is the NAHB webpage for it – if you have troubles logging in, just call Jay Iverson at 515-278-0255.

 

Capitol Club – $5,000 or more annually

Don Beal, Adel

 

Platinum Club – $2,500 or more annually

Keith Butz, Des Moines

Richard Fitch, Ames

 

Gold Key – $1,000 or more annually

Jerry Cable, Ames

Creighton Cox, Johnston

Tari Dailey, Cedar Rapids

Randy Dostal, Cedar Rapids

Mike Farr, Swisher

Mary Fitch, Ames

Zac Fleming, Des Moines

LaDonna Gratias, Clive

Jay Iverson, Ankeny

Drew Retz, Cedar Rapids

Jim Sattler, Cedar Rapids

Rick Tollakson, West Des Moines

(Editors note: with 1,900 members, this list should be in the triple figures, just saying…)

 

Dollar-a-day – $365 or more annually

Rob Hajek, North Liberty

Terry Knutsen, Long Grove

Glenn Siders, Iowa City

 

2014 Membership Drive

Our local HBA’s will be working hard in either September or October to participate in the 2014 Membership Drive. It’s your chance to help out the industry in so many different ways – plus you could help your local HBA win up to $2,500. You can also earn double or triple Spike points, if you’re in to those. Watch for the details from your local association.

 

Meet and Greet with Iowa House Speaker Paulsen

   Prior to the HBAI Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday, September 16, we will have a meeting with Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen at 8:00 a.m. He’s in a powerful position and we’ve always had his ear – this would be a great opportunity to have some dialogue with him. If you’re interested in participating, email HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson.

 

Forbes Ranks Des Moines #1 for Young Professionals

Whether or notyou live near Des Moines, this is still good for the State of Iowa. Forbes magazine ranked Des Moines the number one city for young professionals in an article releasedMonday. The criteria is in depth, but basically professionals aged 24-34 with a bachelor’s degree or higher and thenseven equally weighted factors. Nice!

Heard of Fiverr Yet?

This is so cool, and it was a super hot topic of conversation in several of the NAHB ALI and ASAE Annual Meeting sessions. You can basically get someone to do whatever you need for five dollars. Design a new logo, have a professional business jingle, voiceovers, write website content – just check out the site here. We have no personal experience with it – YET. There were rave reviews all around and it will be something that we will utilize very soon.

 

 

Weekly Update: August 14, 2014

No Need to Pay $365 to Attend next Thursday

   We sent out an invitation to our show and shine car show next week, Thursday, August 21. There has been some confusion and other members were turned off on paying a minimum of $365 to attend – you don’t need to. That is the “Dollar a Day” BUILD PAC category – which in fact you should be a part of. But plan to show up with or without a BUILD PAC investment – we need participants. We are planning to present a check to Joni Ernst that night too and it would be nice to have a crowd. RSVP to Jay Iverson (515-278-0255) if you plan to attend, mainly for food preparation purposes.

   While we are in the BUILD PAC mode, here is a good example of how it works.  A group presented a check to Representative Steve King in Rich and Mary Fitch’s office last week.  Yesterday, this crew presented a check to Representative Dave Loebsack in the Iowa City HBA office.  We have their ear – this is how the game is played and you need to be a part of it.  Shown in the photo (left to right) are Tim Ruth, Glenn Siders, Chad Keune, Representative Dave Loebsack, Drew Retz, Joan Tiemeyer, and Jay Iverson.

Here Are Your Industry Leaders Who Contribute to BUILD PAC Annually

Capitol Club – $5,000 or more annually

Don Beal, Adel

Platinum Club – $2,500 or more annually

Keith Butz, Des Moines

Richard Fitch, Ames 

Gold Key – $1,000 or more annually

Jerry Cable, Ames

Creighton Cox, Johnston

Tari Dailey, Cedar Rapids

Randy Dostal, Cedar Rapids

Mike Farr, Swisher

Mary Fitch, Ames

Zac Fleming, Des Moines

LaDonna Gratias, Clive

Jay Iverson, Ankeny

Drew Retz, Cedar Rapids

Jim Sattler, Cedar Rapids

Rick Tollakson, West Des Moines

(Editors note: with 1,900 members, this list should be in the triple figures, just saying…)

 

Dollar-a-day – $365 or more annually

Rob Hajek, North Liberty

Terry Knutsen, Long Grove

Glenn Siders, Iowa City

 

   There is a long list of contributors who are good about giving throughout the year and we thank you for that. This is meant to call attention to the true industry leaders who want to make a difference. We may run this list again following next week’s fundraiser. Contact Jay Iverson, 515-278-0255 if you would like to be a part of this elite group. Don’t forget about the opportunity to play at the Talon’s of Tuscany golf course – sign up at the Gold Key level or above and you’re in.

 

Asbestos & Lead Awareness Class

Tuesday, August 19; 8 a.m. – Noon; $150; 4 CEU’s

HBA of Greater Siouxland Office; 3900 Stadium Drive; Sioux City
Training offered by SIOUXLAND SAFETY SERVICES

Course Description: Exposure to Asbestos can cause mesothelioma and many other health issues.  Once the asbestos fibers enter your respiratory system, they lodge in your lungs.  Since there is no medical or physical way of removing the fibers, it causes scar tissue to form and when enough scar tissue has formed, the lung ceases to function.  Lead exposure is different in the fact that our body can naturally filter out the heavy metal particles that have been ingested.  However, consistent exposure without proper protection can cause the lead to settle into the bones in which it takes our bodies up to 40 years to remove.

In this course we describe in detail the health effects as well as the preventive measures that we can take to eliminate the hazardous conditions that can damage our health.  The regulations established by OSHA will be discussed for each subject and how to comply with them will be address. Pre-registration required – 712-255-3852.

 

Wage Growth Needed According to Eisenberg

   A major reason why new home building has not substantially recovered is because outside of the upper classes real wages have been stagnant since the end of Great Recession. Worse, despite a rising stock market, a majority of Americans own no stock. Lastly, among households headed by individuals under 40, net worth is still, on average, lower than it was before the housing bust. We desperately need wage growth.   

   – Elliot F. Eisenberg, Ph.D.

 

The Next Generation of HBA Leaders

NAHB is focused on working with its members to help build the next generation of NAHB leaders.  NAHB’s blog, NAHBNow, recently began profiling members who are part of Professional Builder’s “40 Under 40” list of “young superstars in home building.” These profiles highlight the value of local, state and national membership for younger builders.

Two builders recently profiled on NAHBNow include Eric Render, a member of the Home Builders Association of Northern Michigan, and Jake Jorgenson, with the Park City Area HBA.  Check it out, we’re planning to ramp up our efforts on building the next generation of leaders.

 

   The attendance for both the NAHB Association Leadership Institute (350 attendees) in St. Louis and the ASAE Annual Meeting (6,500 attendees) in Nashville were back to 2007 numbers – that is a great read on the economy.  There were positive vibes all around, with growing memberships and revenues.

Notes from the ASAE Annual Meeting

   Jay Iverson attended the American Society of Association Executives annual meeting this week in Nashville. There were many sessions that were outstanding and the overall mood was super positive.  Here are some interesting bits of information from speaker Noreena Hertz, associate director of the Centre for International Business at the University of Cambridge and author of Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World.

   With so many environmental changes, the key for companies is to build the capacity to make good decisions in this environment, Hertz said. Here are several insights for how leaders can emulate the world’s best decision makers.

Become a smarter information hunter-gatherer.

   “The old world of information in which there were elites who were the custodians of truth who handed their wisdom to [others] is no longer the model,” Hertz said. “Today information has been democratized, and anyone can become an information hunter-gatherer.”

   And while companies can be included among the old-model “elites,” the new model offers “a huge opportunity for you to be the trusted curator, for you to be the chief intelligence officer for your customers,” she said.  To do that, you need to cast a wider net beyond traditional “experts” and find nontraditional sources of information, especially among their own peers. “You can aggregate this information, capture it, make sense of it,” Hertz said.

Accept that times are changing. 

   “Success can sometimes be the thing that stops you going forward,” Hertz said, citing examples of successful technology and auto companies that stumbled when they failed to adapt to transformative changes in their industries. “Don’t be so committed to plan A that you don’t have plans B, C, and D in your pocket. Managing a fast-moving environment means making decisions as late in the day as possible.”  Seek out different points of view.

Get into decision-making shape. Becoming a high-performing decision maker “is like training for the Olympics. There are a whole host of factors that we may not be aware of that affect our decision making,” Hertz said. Chief among those are a person’s emotional and physical state at the moment when a decision must be made. A leader’s drive to work long, hard hours can be his or her worst enemy, she noted: “Research shows if you go a week on just four or five hours of sleep a night or pull an all-nighter, it’s as if you’re making decisions drunk.”

Carve out time to think. This simple advice appeared to pose the biggest hurdle for Hertz’s audience, many of whom balked at her challenge to carve out 10 minutes a day for the rest of the week to devote to nothing but thinking. “The danger is that, in this state, we only are in responsive mode, and what is truly important gets crowded out by what’s immediate, what’s right before us,” she said.

Tactics used by the best decision makers in her research included blocking out time on their schedule for thinking, unplugging completely from technology one day a week, and reading email in batches a few times a day rather than allowing it to be a continuous interruption. “Every time we check an email, it takes 22 minutes to get back to the same level of focus we were at before,” Hertz said. “We need time and space to think, to imagine, to dream,” she said. “Dream well.”

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