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Ohio House Bill 140 again introduced for consideration.


After sitting idle for a year in the Ohio House, H.B 140 has again been reintroduced for consideration by the 130th General Assembly.   The core focus of this bill centers around licensing for residential builders, residential maintenance and alternation contractors and salespeople of these firms to include examinations prescribed by a newly created Residential Builders' and Maintenance and Alteration Contractors' board.
For a complete detailed summary and analysis of the bill please follow the link here.

Look what you missed in April and May


Custom Distributors in Fairfield welcomed us to their beautiful showroom location in April for our membership meeting with John Dallman of Dallman and Bohl General Contractors. John gave us his perspective on the ultimate goal that makes your business flourish, Customer Satisfaction. Developing that sincere relationship with your clients, not to be their friend, but to be their partner in their project and make them confident in their choice of a contractor is the key. John talked about sincere honesty, with both your clients and sub contractors. Becoming and maintaining your company's image as a trusted professional is what it's all about and everyone took away something that can either help their business or confirm that they do things the right way.   Thanks to John for sharing and thanks to the great folks at Custom Distributors for the wonderful meal and setting for the April meeting.


In May, Ohio Valley NARI turned to marketing, and brought the folks from Houzz.com in to help us maximize the use of their system. We had Michael Stein, a member of the Community Team at Houzz. For those who don't know who or what Houzz is. Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish, online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality.


In short, Houzz is a great tool that you can use to better build your brand and get your projects in front of countless potential clients.


During the first hour, Michael shared with attendees the history of Houzz and how they got started. He then showed attendees how to fill out a profile to ensure that you get the most out of it from uploading project photos and including keywords so that they will be searchable by users. He also shared the importance of giving your projects titles that allow them to be searched as well.


After stopping for a short break to eat, the second hour consisted of Michael sharing even more tips on how to make the most of your Houzz profile. You can link your Houzz profile to your business Facebook page, allowing you to simply click a button within the Houzz site and your update, whether it be new photos or a new project, will be sent to your Facebook page, eliminating the need to update more than one. He also shared how to engage with the Houzz community by responding to user questions or participating in the forums. It was a VERY useful presentation and if you haven't taken a look at the Houzz website, you should consider doing so.


A big shout out to our host of this meeting - The V-Collective! Thank you so much to the staff as they were great. Greeting guests upon arrival and giving tours to anyone who wanted to take a behind the scenes look at the facility were wonderful touches. The food and spirits were awesome too!

MARSH Building Products Event

Leading exterior building products manufacturer, Ply Gem, has partnered with Marsh Building Products to bring the first Ply Gem brick and mortar Designed Exterior Showroom to Cincinnati area builders, remodelers, architects and homeowners. Opening to the public on June 16th, the Designed Exterior Showroom offers home exterior design ideas, product demonstrations and tools to simplify the decision-making process. The showroom is located at Marsh Building Products, 715 E. Kemper Avenue in Loveland.


The Designed Exterior by Ply Gem is a complete exterior solution, offering nearly every product needed to finish the home, including windows, siding, stone veneer, fence and railing, trim, accents and more - all from a single manufacturer.  The new showroom brings the Designed Exterior concept to life, helping builders, remodelers, contractors and homeowners generate ideas, find inspiration and make informed exterior design decisions.


Ply Gem and Marsh Building Products will host an open house on Tuesday, June 17th with a mid-day lunch session from 11:00 am-2:00 pm and a late-day session from 4:00-6:30 pm with light refreshments. To attend, RSVP at whatsnew@marshbuild.com or (859) 442-6848. If unable to attend the open house, builders and contractors can stop by any time during regular business hours for a tour. Call (513) 697-7600 for more information. 

2014 Ohio Valley NARI Golf Outing 

The annual golf outing for Ohio Valley NARI will again be held at Glenview Golf Course, on Thursday, August 14th.  Registration runs through June and into July, so start sharpening up on those wedge shots and putts for this great event.  Just $95 provides you with golf, cart, grab bag, light lunch, drinks and a buffet dinner.  Those non golfers who wish to join us for dinner are welcome at just $20 per person.  Visit the events page here for the application.
As always our events cannot be successful without the support of members and companies like you who sponsor the event.  Again this year we have a number of various sponsorship opportunities that you can take advantage of to show your support for this event and for Ohio Valley NARI.  Please visit the events page here for more information.

NARI Names New Chief Executive Officer


The Executive Search Committee is proud to share that the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has named a successor to outgoing Executive Vice President, Mary Harris. Following an exhaustive national search which commenced in January, our Executive Search Committee engaged in a very thorough and methodical process to review scores of resumes and interview many highly qualified candidates for the position.


Fred Ulreich, former NARI National Director of Business Development and National Membership since September 2013, has been named the new CEO and has begun transitioning into this position. Fred's work experience and background are uniquely suited to the criteria sought for the position. With executive experience at the United States Chamber of Commerce, Wells Fargo and Affinity Center International, Fred is a strong team leader bringing a strategic perspective and collaborative work approach to the diversity of stakeholders within NARI.


According to Search Committee Chairman, Art Donnelly, MCR, CKBR, "Fred is the right person at the right time to partner with elected leaders and staff leading NARI toward NARI 2020 and its next phase of development."

The next 120 seconds will improve your life...if you DO something.

Excuses Not to Network

One of the courses that Guy Gage is preparing to teach in the next round of the Partner Pipeline is the art of networking. It is an important skill to develop to be an effective partner. But if you're like many, you have a skewed idea of what it is and how to do it, which is why you so easily discount it or avoid it. Networking done well is a very effective way to grow your business.

In spite of its importance, you give excuses not to. Which one(s) do you use the most?

"I'll let my expertise and experience do the selling."  And how's that working for you? If that's your strategy to grow your business, I'll bet your phone doesn't ring very much. That's because your expertise and experience aren't enough to consistently prompt prospects to call. When you get an occasional inquiry, you feel justified in the method, totally unaware of all the calls that didn't come in.

"People should want to engage us because we're the best."  That's YOUR logic, not that of your prospects. They want more than the best; they want human beings they can relate to. You're living in la-la land if you think being the best is enough. It's important; just not sufficient.

"I'm not an extravert, so networking doesn't work for me."  Some of the best networkers are "interested introverts," not interesting extraverts. In fact, once you know how to network, you will discover that introversion is actually an asset. You just haven't learned how to use your style to your advantage.

"I don't have the time to network."  Unless you want to be left behind, you have to network. You just have to do so in smart ways that take minimal time for maximum gain. You already have a full time job, so networking should be integrated into your work, not an add-on when you have time (which is never).

Your networking efforts will position you with the right people in the right places to grow your business. Don't be left behind.

Courtesy of the Partners Coach www.Partnerscoach.com

2015 CotY Awards


It's time to start thinking about the 2015 CotY awards and getting those "before" photographs and documentation about the before status of your projects in order.  Before you know it the time will come for entries to be submitted.  Don't be left behind this year.  You all have great projects to showcase.  The only question is will you take the time to try and win one (or more) of the CotY awards?

2015 Board of Directors


The board of directors has begun their succession search for new members of the Ohio Valley Board. Now is the time to get in touch with a board member and submit yourself or recommend a great candidate for the board of directors. Contact Larry Kessler at larry@kessler-construction.com or Andrew Glasgow at andrew@hglasgowconstruction.com

 for more information.


May 28, 2014


Construction Workers

Ohio Valley NARI

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