Associate Vice President
Immediate Past President
Immediate Past Associate VP
Laura R. Perkins
September 2019 2019
Inaugural Associate Trades Show
The looming Hurricane Dorian failed to dampen the enthusiasm generated by the Inaugural Associates Trade Show on August 28th, hosted by the Daytona Beach Hilton. Coordinated by the VBIA Associates Trades Committee, the football-themed show featured 24 vendor tables which were promoted by energetic associate, affiliate and builder members.
Each vendor table gave away a valuable door prize (which included a generator, YETI coolers, gift baskets, restaurant certificates, a table top copier, Beats wireless headphones, and so much more). The grand prize, which required a completed game card signifying the winner visited each vendor table, was an Adirondack Chair built by the DeLand High School Future Builders of America, a margarita machine compliments of Alfy’s Roofing, and a basket filled with tequila and other Margarita supplies! ABC Supply and HomeBridge Financial Services sponsored the bar, which offered one free drink to each attendee, and Old Republic National Title provided the tote bags.
Echo Karras of Sturdevant-Beach & Associates served as the event chair, and Lisa Blythe of Southern Title was the Associates Trades Committee chair. Associates interested in being part of this new committee are invited to join the next meeting at the VBIA office Friday September 20th at 3:30 pm.
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September is Associate Members Month!
VBIA Associate Members are a vital component of the Association. Associates consist of manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and more.
Associate Members not only support their local associations but represent members at state and national levels as well. They are strong supporters of their local and state PACS and BUILD PAC.
They volunteer on committees, attend meetings, sponsor and participate in events. They forge new business relationships through networking and work hard to encourage others to become members. That not only increases our membership but also our non-dues revenue.
While Associate Members businesses may vary, the one thing they have in common, is that they – like you, support the building industry.
By supporting the building industry, Associate Members are strengthening the VBIA by increasing the value of not only their membership but yours.
Stats as of July 31st…
VBIA has 229 members of which 128 are Associate members. THAT MEANS 55% OF VBIA ARE ASSOCIATE MEMBERS!
60% of VBIA Capital Club Members are Associate members .
FHBA has 8,246 members of whicih 5,349 are Associate members. THAT MEANS 65% OF FHBA ARE ASSOCIATE MEMBERS!
On the National level, 30% of NAHB Build Pac donations are from Associate members .
NAHB has 135,775 members of which 82,445 are Associate members. THAT MEANS 61% OF NAHB ARE ASSOCIATE MEMBERS!
These stats show that Associate members matter to the VBIA.
We encourage you to do business with our Associate Members!
Member: Nancy Willis
Member: Vicki Farrell
Member: John Zust
Members: Richard Daniels and Dale Roberts
-Echo Karras, Sturdevant-Beach & Associates
Member: Richard Poremba
-Wendell Bradford, JAS Construction Group
Member: Ben Semchuck
Thank You New and Renewing Members!
Member: Elliot Meadows
Member: Thomas Mosco
Member: Chris Butera
This Organization works extremely hard to obtain the information they need.
Member: Holly Culp
What Members Are Saying..
Professionalism, education, and inclusion - the speakers present informative, relevant, and timely topics.
2019 Harper Award Recipient Rick Hervey
Rick Hervey from DeLand High School is the recipient of the distinguished 2019 Harper Award.
The Robert and Amy Harper Award recognizes an individual who gives unselfishly of their time and talent to the Future Builders of America Program, exemplifying the generosity of Robert and Amy Harper. The award recipient is selected by previous award winners.
Rick has been a true advocate for the Future Builders of America programs, and has had one of the most active chapters in the state since 2011.
He has worked with his students to promote FBA throughout their community, participated in the Annual Leadership Summit since 2012 as an instructor and has been instrumental in creating summer intern jobs for his students.
Rick is truly an inspiration to his students as evidenced by alumni that return each year to serve at the FBA Annual Leadership Summit, and those who have continued on in careers in the construction industry.
Rick will be presented the Harper Award at the Fall Leadership Conference in St. Augustine at the Awards & Presidential Installation Luncheon Friday, October 4th. Please show your appreciation and give Rick your support by attending the lunch.
We have included a flyer of projects the DeLand High School Bulldog Carpentry Class built and are for sale. The proceeds will help Rick continue his incredible work in supporting our industry.
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Executive & Board Meeting
Tuesday September 17th
Parade of Homes
Wednesday September 18th 4:00 pm
Friday September 20th 3:30 pm
GMM/CEU Course with
Sponsored by Florida Public Utilities
Wednesday September 25th
Daytona Hotel at One Daytona
FHBA Fall Leadership Conference
October 1st - 5th
Casa Monica Resort & Spa
St. Augustine, FL
Tuesday October 15th 11-3 pm
Board Strategic Planning Session
Tuesday October 15th 3:30 to 5:30 pm
NAHB Fall Leadership Conference
October 22nd - 24th
New Orleans, LA
Sunday November 10th
Daytona Beach Racing and Card Club
Postponed Until 2020
Final ESA Rules Will Streamline The Permitting Process
In a victory for NAHB, the Trump administration today released final rules updating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 Consultation requirements and new regulations governing the designation of critical habitat that will improve the overall efficiency of the ESA’s permitting process and make compliance less onerous for home builders and developers.
“These regulatory changes will streamline the cumbersome and bureaucratic permitting process and allow federal regulators to spend more time on species preservation rather than creating red tape,” said NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde.
Builders and developers whose projects may affect endangered species or designated critical habitat for those species and that also require a federal permit (typically for working in wetlands) trigger the ESA’s Section 7 consultation process, which means they must first consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) or the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) before they start construction. This process usually results in permitting delays, project reconfiguration, and possibly the loss of buildable lots.
The final rules announced today will streamline the consultation process by encouraging FWS and NOAA to agree upon a set of general requirements that permittees must meet when the impacts on species will be minimal rather than requiring the federal agencies to perform an individual analysis for each proposed activity, thus shortening the wait for approvals.
The rule also requires FWS and NOAA to clearly specify what information the developer or builder must supply so the agencies can complete their review.
These regulatory changes should help eliminate some of the uncertainties and time-consuming and often unnecessary permitting delays that have plagued the Section 7 consultation process since its inception.
The other significant rule change concerns the regulatory definition of “destruction or adverse modification” of critical habitat. Here, the administration removed the controversial language that held developers and builders responsible if federal regulators determined their construction activities could delay the development of habitat features that species need — even if those habitat features were not found on their property. This change will better ensure that any habitat that is protected is actually of use to the species.
For additional information, contact Michael Mittelholzer at 800-368-5242, x 8660.