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Volume 3: Issue 1.1 │ January 2019
FREDERICKSBURG - STAFFORD - SPOTSYLVANIA - CAROLINE - KING GEORGE - ORANGE
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The Fredericksburg Area Builders Association (FABA) held their annual Presidents Gala Award Ceremony and Installation of Officers & Directors on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the A. Smith Bowman Distillery.
The Roaring 20’s themed event was perfectly suited for the distillery venue. The evening began with cocktails and seated dinner for over 250 FABA members. This memorable event will not soon be forgotten.
Outgoing 2018 President, Gene Brown, Atlantic Builders thanked the membership, volunteers, and staff of FABA for their support during his term as president. He reflected on his accomplishments and pledged to support the incoming president and board of directors in continuing the association’s presence in the legislative forum. He will serve on the FABA Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President.
Sheriff Roger Harris, Spotsylvania County Sheriff, conducted the officer installation ceremony. FABA's 2019 Board of Directors are:
President, Marc Simes, WJ Vakos
1st Vice President – Stacey Lampman, Spaces Design Studio
2nd Vice President – Scott Hine Assurance Financial
Treasurer – Jeremiah Horstick, CORELOT
Secretary – Sara Cushing, Legacy Engineering
Associate Vice President – John Reid, Embrace Home Loans
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2019 Builder Directors: John Gasque, Cornerstone Homes; Tim Hall, Tricord Homes, Inc.; Sean Halsey, Halsey Homes Corporation; Dan Sandoval, Republic Home Builders; Brandon Serbay, Built Right Homes; and Teressa Taylor-Griffis, Foundation Homes, Inc.
2019 Associate Directors: Frank Sigmon, Builders FirstSource; Bruce Reese, Legacy Engineering; and Rusty Cowper, Embrace Home Loans.
After the Installation as the new 2019 FABA President, Marc Simes, W.J. Vakos, spoke about the continued need for FABA to forge strong healthy relationships with our local and state legislators and help promote mutually beneficial development in the FABA service area. He also stressed the importance of FABA’s commitment to workforce development in our region. “The foundation of our workforce program is our partnership with the Stafford and Spostylvania county school systems and Germanna Community College. We are committed to building the next generation of trades-people and positively impacting the lives of young men and women across the area.”
Honored for their commitment to FABA and the building industry were the following award winners:
30-Year Members: Columbia Gas of Virginia, Inc., Tricord Homes, Inc., Bishop, Farmer & Co., LLP, Quality Building Products, Jacks Seamless Gutters, Thompson Building Corporation, Mid South Building Supply, Inc., and Shacklefords Plumbing. These members have steadfastly supported the association through good times and bad for the past 30 years.
FABA’s 2018 Spike of the Year award honoring the top membership recruiter of the association was presented to Sean Halsey, Halsey Homes for the third consecutive year.
Atlantic Builders received the 2018 Community Service Award. This award is presented to a FABA Member who has given back to our community and freely and unselfishly given their time and energy to one or more good causes.
Tim Hall, Tricord Homes was awarded the 2018 Governmental Affairs Award. This recognition is presented to the FABA Member who has been most active in local governmental affairs in multiple localities, and has supported the interests of FABA and the building industry by contributing time, knowledge, and expertise to maintain a healthy legislative and regulatory climate for all builders, developers and associates in the Fredericksburg region.
Emily Hall, Spotsylvania Career & Technical Center received the 2018 Rookie of the Year Award. This award is presented to a new FABA Member who stands apart from the rest in their first full year of involvement with FABA.
The 2019 Volunteer of the Year award winner was presented to Jason Moore, Suburban Auto Sales. This award is given to the FABA member who devotes many hours of time and energy to the association.
The 2018 Committee Chairman of the Year Award was presented to Jobie Wright, Carter Lumber and Laura Gilchrist, NSWC Federal Credit Union. This award is presented to the FABA member whose leadership of an event or action committee during the previous calendar year resulted in extraordinary results, attendance, and member satisfaction.
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The FABA 2018 Associate of the Year Award was presented to Jeff Liller, CLARUS. The most prestigious award presented to a FABA Associate Member, the Associate of the Year is dedicated to their profession and recognized by their peers. This member must be extremely visible and active with the Association.
The FABA 2018 Builder of the Year Award was presented to Dan Sandoval, Republic Home Builders. The Builder of the Year is awarded to the FABA Builder Member who is recognized for their impeccable credentials as a builder or developer, and is well respected as an outstanding craftsman and businessman. The Builder of the Year also has a deep and abiding commitment to providing quality housing at an affordable cost, is active in the community, and plays an active role in the association.
The 2018 FABA President’s Award went to Scott Hine, Assurance Financial for the second year in a row. This award is given to the FABA member who has made very special contributions to the association throughout the year.
Honored as an inductee to the Fredericksburg Area Builders Association Hall of Fame was Eddie Payne, Mid South Building Supply, Inc.
With the highest attendance turnout in the past several years, this year's gala was an evening to remember. We would like to thank Evelyn Shea from Sodexo Catering, Memorable Moments Rentals, and Michelle Begin at the A. Smith Bowman Distillery for all of their help in making this evening perfect. Special thanks to Morgan Abbott of Morgan Lee Photography for capturing the memories. Thank you to Bill Carroll of Bill Carroll Entertainment, for keeping us, well, entertained and dancing the night away. And thanks to Tony Scott of Apple Music Pro Sound for setting up the AV Slideshow for us. Last but not least, a very special thank you to Sheli Schneider and all of the member volunteers for all of their hard work.
Dr. Elliot Eisenberg
The Bowtie Economist
FABA Installed 2019 Board of Directors and named Dan Sandoval of Republic Home Builders the 2018 Builder of the Year at annual Presidents Gala
FABA and FAAR Members ONLY Event
Wed. March 6, 2019
8:00 - 10:30 am
Breakfast will be served.
MUST BE A MEMBER TO ATTEND
The Economy and the
Housing affordability last quarter was at a 10-year low, and it appears that conditions at the start of 2019 aren’t likely to improve much.
The Federal Open Market Commit- tee recently raised its target for the federal funds rate (the interest rate at which banks lend money to each other) by 25 basis points. This was the fourth rate hike of 2018. However, experts predict interest rates will rise at a less aggressive pace next year.
NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz noted in a recent Eye on Housing blog post that the Fed’s “policy projections suggest two rate increases in 2019 and one additional rate increase in 2020.” Nevertheless, NAHB is forecasting no rate hikes in 2020, after what some, including Dietz, anticipate will be a noticeable slowdown in GDP growth in 2019.
Mortgage interest rates, however, are likely to stay the course for the time being, after a decline in December. The 10-year Treasury rate, which is the key variable for mortgage interest rates, declined recently to below 2.77%. A lower 10-year rate typically means lower mortgage interest rates.
How the Fed Rate Hike Affects Housing
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NAHB Recognized for Lobbying Clout
The Trump administration in December released its proposed new definition for “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) that will resolve years of uncertainty over where federal jurisdiction begins and ends. This represents an important victory for NAHB members.
Under the proposed rule, short-lived ponds, streams and tributaries that only flow in response to a rain event would be excluded from federal regulation. The rule would also exclude wetlands not directly connected to federally- regulated bodies of water.
The action honored a campaign promise President Trump made to the NAHB Board of Directors in 2016 when he was running for office.
The new rule announced today will be open to a public comment period for 60 days and it is expected to be finalized and instituted in all 50 states by the fall of 2019.
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President Trump on Dec. 12 signed an executive order to spur more investment in opportunity zones, a type of economic development incentive created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
Opportunity zones seek to incentivize investment and economic development in under-served communities. Developers may use a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund to help fund projects located within an oppor- tunity zone. This new source of investment dollars could prove to be a powerful economic tool if properly administered.
EPA Proposes New WOTUS Definition
Could Be a $2.5 Billion Tax
Could Be a $2.5 Billion Tax Court
“The Hill,” a prominent Capitol Hill publication, recently named NAHB CEO Jerry Howard to its list of elite Washington power players. Although “The Hill” highlighted one person from each organization listed, Howard noted that his inclusion represents the hard work of many individuals.
“The fact that NAHB is recognized as one of the most power- ful trade groups is a testament to the shared efforts of our members; the NAHB staff, most notably Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin and his government affairs team; EOs; councils and all those who work on behalf of the association to keep housing at the forefront of the national agenda,” Howard said.
Nissan North America and NAHB are excited to present members, their employees and HBA staff with the opportunity to purchase a new Nissan or Infiniti vehicle using exclusive incentives for members through the NAHB Savings Program.
Click here to learn how to take advantage of this great member savings benefit.
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) on Dec. 14 published a final rule that streamlines the home warranty require- ments for FHA single- family mortgage insurance.
The rule eliminates the regulations that require borrowers to purchase 10-year protection plans in order to qualify for certain mortgages on newly- constructed single-family homes.
This final rule becomes effective March 14, 2019.
FHA Publishes New Home Warranty Rule
Trump Advances Opportunity Zones
Key Forestry Provisions in Farm Bill
Survey Finds Most Americans See Affordability Crisis
Congress on Dec. 12 passed the 2018 farm bill that includes key NAHB-supported for- estry provisions from Rep. Bruce Wester- man’s (R-Ark.) forestry bill to implement critical forest management reforms that will help improve the health of the nation’s forest system and reduce America’s reliance on foreign sources of timber.
The bill would also increase funding for the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program to empower rural communities to restore effective forest management and improve forest health. It also contains several provisions in the Timber Innovation Act that will support the development of timber products for building construction.
NAHB fought hard to ensure the farm bill contains a forestry title in order to increase the supply of domestically produced timber from federal lands.
Nearly three out of four American households believe that the nation is suffering a housing affordability crisis, and a majority of respondents reported this is a problem at their local and state level as well, according to a recent nationwide survey conducted on behalf of NAHB.
More than 2,200 adults were surveyed Nov. 27 through Nov. 30 to assess the public’s attitude on whether a lack of affordable housing is a problem in their neighborhoods, cities, states and nationwide. The poll cuts across partisan, regional, demographic and socio-economic lines. Among its key findings:
73% of respondents believe that a lack of affordable housing is a problem in the U.S.
68% believe this is an issue in their state, and 54% cite housing affordability as a concern in their neighborhood.
58% said that if they decided to purchase a home in the near future, they would have trouble finding a home they could afford in their city or county.
Nearly a third of America’s 119 million house- holds are cost burdened and pay more than 30% of their income for housing, based on NAHB analysis of 2017 Census data.
Employers Must Use New I-9 Form
Make plans to attend NAHB’s annual Meeting of the Members, 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas during the International Builders’ Show.
This meeting provides NAHB members an insider’s view of the association's advocacy priorities and gives them a voice in setting those priorities. Attendees also learn about how to take advantage of NAHB’s many membership benefits and have the opportunity to network with other professionals in the housing industry.
NAHB Chief Economist Rob Dietz will update members on the industry outlook. Randi Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, will be the keynote speaker.
Already registered for the International Builders' Show? Click here to register for the Meeting of the Members.
NAHB's Meeting of the Members
Wednesday, Feb. 13 Associates Committee Meeting
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Wednesday, Feb. 13 Membership Committee Meeting
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday, Feb. 21 Legislative Committee Meeting
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Thursday, Feb. 21 Hard Hat!
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, Feb. 28 OSHA-10 Safety Training - Pt. 1
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday, March. 1 OSHA-10 Safety Training - Pt. 2
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, March. 6 Graphs & Laughs Economic Forecast
with Elliot Eisenberg
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Friday, March 29, 2019 2015 Building Code Training 8:00 am- 4:00 am
Spotsylvania County School Board Building
8020 River Stone Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
FABA will be CLOSED Feb. 18, 2019 to observe the federal holiday
Calendar at a Glance
Welcome... New Members
& Thank You Spikes !
Contractor Websites Plus (Stafford Technologies),
spike Sherrie Shaw
Mission Disposal, Inc.,
spike Michelle Hughes
Sheli Schneider, Realtor (Samson Properties),
spike Marc Simes
Esther Stanard, Realtor (United Real Estate Premier),
spike Christine Singhass
Mary Jordan, Realtor (United Real Estate Premier),
spike Christine Singhass
spike Gary Parker
Bob’s Pools & Spas*,
spike Jeff Liller
*Back as member after expiration.
Thank you... Renewed Members
Renewed Builder Members
Built Right Homes
Republic Home Builders
Walt’s Construction Inc
Coleman Homes, Inc.
Renewed Associate Members
Carter Lumber Company
Quarles Petroleum Inc.
Roofworks of Virginia, Inc.
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
C&O Home & Business Services, LLC
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Renewed Affiliate Members
John Hayden – Assurance Financial
Kent Schrader – Assurance Financial
Jen Gallagher – Reico
Michelle Stoots – Reico
Cameron Landeck – Reico
Susan Rotelli – Reico
Allen Parker - ECS
Thank you for your continued support!
FABA Members, we are about to begin the process of assembling our 2019 Membership Directory.
In order to start from the most current information, we will be contacting you to verify your company and contact information. The directory includes the following:
Primary Contact Person Name
Address (mailing address or physical address, whichever you want published in the book)
Primary Contact Email
Company Website address
Your Business Category
You can help us by confirming the information we have in our membership database by logging into your account on our FABA website.
If you don't have your log in information, to the members-only side of the www.fabava.com website, please contact us today at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will resend your log in details.
Part of being a great volunteer is loving what you're doing. Find something that you're passionate about or something that inspires you, and then find a need in your community. There are dozens of reasons why you should volunteer - you just need to find the one that feels right.
20 GREAT REASONS TO VOLUNTEER
- Help others
- Make a difference
- Find purpose
· Enjoy a meaningful conversation
· Connect with your community
· Feel involved
· Contribute to a cause you care about
· Use your skills in a productive way
· Develop new skills
· Meet new people
· Explore new areas of interest
· Meet good people
· Impress your mom
· Impress yourself
· Expand your horizons
· Get out of the house
· Make new friends
· Strengthen your resume
· Feel better about yourself
2019 FABA Board of Directors
1st Vice President
Spaces Design Studio
2nd Vice President
Assurance Financial Group
Immediate Past President
Atlantic Builders, Ltd.
Associate Vice President
Embrace Home Loans
Republic Home Builders
Built Right Homes
Legacy Engineering, PC
Embrace Home Loans
On Thursday, January 17th, the Legislative Committee and several members of FABA traveled to Richmond to "Storm Capitol Hill."
Our FABA representatives met with 9 of our local legislators to discuss issues and propsed legislations that may affect our industry this year.
Each year, FABA makes this trip to help solidify our relationships with our legislative representatives and work closely with them throughout the session to make our collective voices heard.
Join the legislataive committee each Friday from now until February 15th at noon in the FABA conference room for a weekly conference call to discuss the updated status of proposed building industry legislation.
Many of us in the building industry know that our workforce is drastically declining in the way of skilled workers. In order to keep our workforce strong and moving forward, we must bring the next generation into the fold. We also have a responsibility to cultivate future workers and train them to do quality work.
We not only have the resources right here the Fredericksburg region, but we also have an annual opportunity to watch the best of this next generation compete in a top level skills competition. On Friday February 15th at 3:00 p.m , the Skills USA District Competition will be held at the Spotsylvania Career and Tech Center.
We would like to invite everyone to attend the competition and show these local students our support. This is a great opportunity for anyone in our industry that may be in the market for workers and or apprentices, the chance to see what our local schools have to offer. And, it really is a lot of fun watching these students compete.
There are many other opportunities to get involved and see the future of our industry at work, in addition to this competition. Between the Spotsylvania CTC, Stafford Boots program and the Germana trade school we can provide assistance in many areas. Guest speaking, ride-alongs, apprenticeships, internships and even judging a skills competition.
Please consider getting involved and having a hand in helping to rebuild our workforce with the next generation of skilled laborers. If you have any questions please reach out to the FAB Foundaton Board, we will be happy to assist you. Contact: email@example.com
FAB Foundation - Skills USA & Gala
FAB Foundation thanks everyone who supported their Workforce mission by purchasing a chance to win Glitz in a Glass at the 2019 Presidents Gala. Click here to request a tax receipt.
The Stafford County Community Development Service Center’s operational hours will change beginning January 10, 2019 to 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Thursdays. We will be open during our regular hours, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on all other work days. For questions, please contact:
Brenda J. Schulte; Community Development Service Center Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org or (540)658-8650
Apply online at https://progress.stafford.va.us/DP84
New Office Hours on Thursdays
News from Stafford County
Department of Public Works
will be awarded!
NEWS AND HAPPENINGS
Send us your press releases, news, and event information! We can post it here in our newsletter and on the Member Happenings page of our website!
Contact email@example.com for more information.
Do you have job openings, apprenticeships, or internships to fill? Contact us today!
FAB Foundation is working with FABA's workforce partners to help you fill these positions with qualified and trained local students.
FABA also posts job openings on the FABA website.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or assistance.
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HBAV Rebate Report for FABA Members: Don't miss out on your share of the rebate cash!
In the State of Virginia, 298 Builder & Remodeler Members registered for the HBA Rebates program. Of the 298 registered, 176 participated in the program and sent in a rebate claim).
Of the 176 that participated, $960,976.00 has been cumulatively paid to them! Cumulative average per member = $5,460.09!
In 2018, through the first three quarters, FABA members submitted ONLY 24 claims for a total of $4,212 in rebates recevied. In Q1, only 6 FABA Members submitted for their rebates. In Q2 an Q3, 9 FABA Members submitted each quarter.
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