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Coming Soon: The NAHB 75th Anniversary Gala

Posted on April 28, 2017 by Jorie Helms

In celebration of 75 years of building communities, NAHB will host a 75th Anniversary Gala. In just a matter of weeks, the event will take place amidst a swirl of black and silver décor at the Washington Hilton Hotel on Thursday, June 15, in downtown Washington, D.C.

75th ann. logoInvited guests include key legislators, agency officials and other housing stakeholders. Other invitees include past and present NAHB leaders, and other friends of the home building industry.

“Home building has changed dramatically throughout the last 75 years in so many ways as we’ve made advances in building science, technology and manufacturing,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “But one thing that’s never changed – and never will – is our members’ commitment to building families homes of their own. It’s why I am so proud to be part of this industry, and this association.”

Supporters of BUILD-PAC, NAHB’s federal political action committee, and high-donor club members (Capitol, Platinum, and Gold Key) and their guests will also be invited to celebrate this historic milestone. Individual tickets are not for sale at this time. However, some of the few remaining tables (with seating for 10) are available for purchase, as well as various sponsorship packages that include entry to the Gala.

Go to the 75th Anniversary Gala website to learn more. Contact Lynn Margiotta for sponsorship opportunities, or Meghan Everngam for more information about BUILD-PAC.

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How to Get on the Road to Profitability

Posted on April 27, 2017 by Jorie Helms

Managing your building or remodeling business’ finances is much more than financial tracking. You must answer questions like:

  • Are you collecting enough of the right data to drive increased profits?
  • Have you optimized what this information means?
  • Do you have a path to company improvement?

The “Live Online” course Business Accounting and Job Costing: A Road Map to Profitability can help you find the answers.

Held over three consecutive Tuesdays, May 9, 16 and 23 from 1-3 p.m. ET, this course is full of the latest strategies for today’s housing market. It includes topics such as financial planning, budgeting, construction business accounting, job cost systems and financing options.

“The content has been revamped to include fresh graphics and a full change in ‘presentation thinking’ from simple information transfer to usable behavior-changing insights,” said Bill Asdal, CGP, CGR, GMB, who earned the 2013 NAHB Instructor of the Year award. “Join us and ride the wave of new thinking about how you can work your company to greater profitability.”

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NBC’s Jim Cramer on Tax Reform: Home Builders are Powerful

Posted on April 26, 2017 by Jorie Helms



The tax reform conversation kicked off with a bang this morning as President Trump prepares to unveil proposals that could have a significant effect on the way that American families and businesses file their taxes.

At issue: a big hike for the standard deduction. What does that do to the mortgage interest deduction – and more importantly, would it take away an important incentive to home ownership?

On The Today Show this morning, anchor Savannah Guthrie posed that question to Jim Cramer. “Would that fly?” she asked the host of the popular “Mad Money” host.

He shook his head. “The home builders are not gonna let that happen. They are a very powerful lobby,” Cramer said.

Indeed, NAHB is ramping up its discussions with federal policymakers and elected officials to protect this important tool. Read more about the importance of the mortgage interest deduction, and stay tuned as the debate continues.

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April Remodelers Meeting Speak- Peter Grant

Posted on April 18, 2017 by Jorie Helms

Our Remodelers meeting is April 27th at the OSHBA office. Don't miss out! Our speaker will be Tulsa HBA President Peter Grant

Peter Grant, CGR, CAPS

2017 Tulsa HBA President, Peter Grant, is a life-long Tulsan with a family history in the city’s real estate community.  A childhood penchant of disassembling and reassembling anything he could get his hands on evolved into his career in the residential construction industry, specializing in restoration and renovation projects.   

Founded in 1989, Grant Homes Remodel & Restoration, LLC is regarded as one of the city’s premier remodeling companies, offering turn-key services and specializing in the renovation of homes in Tulsa’s historic districts.  Recognized for his historic preservation expertise and achievements, Peter serves as a mayoral appointee to the Tulsa Preservation Commission. 

As 2013 HBA Remodelers Council President, Peter raised the professional standards of the Council by promoting educational programming and encouraging the exchange of industry trends among members.  As HBA President, Peter champions the Ambassador Program developed to cultivate member retention, and he promotes the value of professional educational at every level.  A leader by example, Peter has earned NAHB’s Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designations, and he is a NAHB designation instructor.  He is also an OSHBA Certified Professional Builder and a licensed City of Tulsa Professional Residential Builder contractor.    

Recently named to the NAHB Remodelers Council Board of Trustees, Peter strives to find new ways to elevate HBA members and the profession.  He regards his association/federation membership as one of the smartest decisions he ever made, resulting in an enhanced professional stature and increased business opportunities.  Most importantly, his HBA membership provides him with the unique opportunity to associate with the best builders, associates, and affiliates in the business.


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Acme Brick Company Celebrates 126th Birthday

Posted on April 18, 2017 by Jorie Helms

Acme Brick Company is celebrating the company’s 126th year in business.  Acme was founded on April 17, 1891, just 26 years after the end of the civil war and the same year that James Naismith invented the game of basketball.  In 1891 Benjamin Harrison was President of the U.S. and Thomas Edison patented the “transmission of signals electrically” otherwise known as radio!

     Acme had its humble beginnings on the banks of Rock Creek, near the town of Millsap, about 30 miles west of Fort Worth, Texas.  

The company has grown to become the largest U.S. brick company in the world. Acme residential and commercial masonry products are available throughout the U.S., and southern Canada.  Acme’s core market is Texas and the surrounding states of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, and portions of Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Colorado and Mississippi. The company has produced brick for well over two million homes during its history and many thousands of commercial, civic and educational buildings.    

     Acme currently has nearly 2,400 employees and owns brick plants in seven south-central states. Acme has 69 sales offices in 14 states and a nationwide network of independent distributors. 

     Acme has consistently ranked at the top in opinion surveys of the nation’s largest homebuilders concerning product quality and product awareness and is the only brick manufacturer that stamps its logo into residential brick products.  All residential brick products are supported by Acme’s Homebuyer’s 100 Year Limited Guarantee.

Each Acme plant and sales office will celebrate the company birthday on Monday, April 17th with a large birthday cake, and commemorative gifts for employees. 

     Commenting on the 126th birthday, Acme President and CEO Dennis Knautz said, “Once again we are happy to be celebrating another milestone in the amazing 126 year history of Acme Brick Company.  We owe our continued success to the many millions of Acme customers whose confidence in us and in our products built and sustains Acme Brick Company.”


Acme Brick Company, founded in 1891, is the nation’s largest brickmaker. Acme owns 25 brick plants and has 69 company-owned sales offices across 14 states, plus a nationwide network of independent distributors. Other Acme operations include American Tile & Stone; Featherlite Building Products; Innovative Building Products; and Texas Quarries. Acme Brick Company has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. since 2000.  For more information visit www.brick.com.

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Hundreds of Students Flock to Interactive Construction Expo

Posted on April 17, 2017 by Jorie Helms



The HBA of Greater Springfield (Missouri) went with the hands-on approach to spark the interests of area high schoolers and inspire them to explore career opportunities in construction.

By partnering with more than two dozen construction industry and workforce development organizations, the local HBA helped plan “Build My Future.” The interactive, a one-day event was held earlier this week and drew the attendance of more than 900 high school students from throughout southern Missouri.

The students didn’t just listen to and watch demonstrations from  residential and commercial contractors. They also got to roll up their sleeves and lay brick, trowel concrete, build bridges, operate heavy equipment, and take part in more than 40 other interactive exhibits set up inside and outside the expansive Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E*Plex.

According to Charlyce Ruth, the HBA’s EO, having displays that featured interactive elements was the key to the event’s success. Bridge building, brick laying, marshmallow gun making (using PEX tubing), simulated truck driving, virtual welding and backhoe operating were all among the most popular exhibits, she said.

To publicize the event, the HBA and its event partners worked directly with the leaders of schools throughout the region. Ruth said that the initial outreach efforts to school counselors were somewhat ineffective. But when they began contacting the schools’ principals and superintendents to promote registration, they started to see the results they were after.

The HBA put together this short video of the event highlights.

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