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2015 Ohio Valley Chapter
CotY Awards Deadline is Near!


NARI invites its contractor members across the nation to compete for the prestigious Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards in recognition of their achievements throughout the year. Companies from one-person shops to the largest remodeling firms report that winning a CotY Award is a major factor in enhancing their image within the industry as well as with the buying public.  Good news for those in the Greater Cincinnati area, Ohio Valley NARI has a Local CotY Awards Program!


The deadline for this year's Local CotY Awards is on November 10th at 5 p.m. If you are thinking about entering, please take a look at these steps:


Start gathering photos: Before and after photos are required for each entry. Make it a point to take before photos at the start of every project. Take your after photos from the same angle to show judges the same perspective. Take lots of good quality photos of your work.


Plan your entry: Winner's entries are always well thought out. Arrange your photos, drawings, project descriptions, etc., in a way that's easy to follow, from the beginning to the end of the project.


Follow the rules: Choose your category carefully, fill out the forms completely, and submit your entry by the deadline. Ohio Valley NARI will have a recognition ceremony on December 9th, 2014. The recognition ceremony for regional and national awards will take place at NARI's Evening of Excellence in the spring of 2015.


 Welcome New Members

JDH Remodeling


Justin Doyle and Ryan Kuenkel head up JDH Remodeling. Justin Doyle Homes Remodeling is a full-service design-build firm and the residential remodeling division of Justin Doyle Homes. Owned and managed by a custom home designer and an engineer, they specialize in turning visions into reality. They will transform your current home into the luxurious sanctuary you've always dreamed of.


JDH Remodeling is founded on strong morals and integrity. They strive for complete customer satisfaction and a pleasant remodeling experience. JDH employs a staff of highly skilled craftsman with years of experience to ensure the highest quality of work. With JDH Remodeling, your home makeover is in good hands. Contact JDH Remodeling at (513) 445-8487.



The Team at JDH Remodeling

L to R - Jamison Kuenkel, Aaron Hoober, Thad Edmonds, Justin Doyle, Ryan Kuenkel, Jeff Janszen and Matt Terrell




MP Builders LLC



MP Builders LLC is a construction and remodeling contractor located in Cincinnati.  As a general contractor they provide all that is required to successfully complete your project with superb craftsmanship and in a professional manner. All projects are properly managed and all work is completed by their employed craftsman and licensed specialists. 

MP builders believes that behind all successful projects is a team that communicates and works together to fulfill our customers' dreams. With MP Builders you can expect professionalism and quality every time and nothing less.

Mike Parkinson founded the company in 2008 and is a third generation carpenter with over 13 years experience. His vision was to provide a dependable and positive construction experience where clients are appreciated and employees are respected. Mike's Construction Superintendent/Lead Carpenter is Dave Parkinson, a second generation master carpenter and custom home builder prior to joining MP Builders, with over 35 years experience in the industry. MP Builders can be reached at (513) 678-5181.



Troy Hinkston is the owner of Top Notch Construction and has been providing general remodeling services since 2007. 

Troy has 16 years of experience in construction and remodeling.  His prides itself on reliability, honesty, integrity, and quality work.  They firmly believe in providing their customers unparalleled service and satisfaction on all projects.  Top Notch Construction can be reached at (513) 266-8421.


Ron Chambers is an independent agent with LegalShield, which offers three levels of legal protection for different sizes of small businesses. The company is located in Cincinnati and in Dayton and covers the entire state.  It can also help members nationwide and is an affiliate of NARI's national organization. Chambers has been with LegalShield for over 13 years and has 15 years of experience in the construction industry. He joined Ohio Valley NARI in August 2014 because he knew LegalShield could help protect and grow small businesses. He himself enrolled for the services while the owner of a small construction company. Chambers hopes to serve the membership as a volunteer at functions and possibly serve on committees.


The way LegalShield works is that only pay for what you need-for help with any legal matter, from legal consultation and contract review to debt collection and more. They also offer a family legal plan and identity theft protection plans. LegalShield takes the stress and strain of legal and identity theft issues off of the employee's shoulders so the employee can put their focus back at work, where it belongs. As an Independent Agent for LegalShield, Chambers has two employees and the assistance of a national pool of other agents to assist when needed. Visit him online at www.ronchambersls.com.





Portland Oregon was the setting for the Fall Leadership Summit, titled NARI 2020, The Journey Continues.   Eric Hoyer, Director, from Hamilton Parker, and Ric Kirchner, the Association Executive for Ohio Valley NARI attended the summit this year. The historic Benson Hotel was the host location for the summit, which was packed from start to finish with great information about where NARI is today and what we are trying to reach by 2020.

Led off by a truly motivating speech, Roger Crawford shared with us the power of "I Can!" Roger is the first and only person in American history to be a United States Professional Tennis Association athlete and play a Division I college sport with a severe disability.  Today, he is a public speaker, author, and is still a certified tennis professional. Several famous individuals and incorporations, such as Marriott Hotels, Nike, Chris Evert, and Ronald Reagan have acknowledged Crawford for overcoming handicaps. He was also featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul and in the NBC Emmy Award winning movie In a New Light.

Soon to follow was the Membership Idea Fair, where 8 different chapters who have had success in attracting and maintaining membership each manned a table. The rest of the attendees were assigned to groups of 1 to 8 and moved from table to table for 7 minutes each to capture ideas on how our chapter can grow and do the same as they did. Lots of terrific information came from this session.   The rest of the day featured updates on chapter programs, economic updates from the remodeling industry, and a chance to review some of our legal responsibilities in each of the chapters. The day ended with a President's reception and lots of great networking with several different chapter members. This was truly a jammed packed day.

After a little sightseeing in downtown Portland and enjoying the truly delightful September weather it was time for rest before beginning day two. First up on Friday was a breakfast session with Deepa Mungara, from Houzz, who shared with us information about their Social Media application and how to use it to our chapter's advantage.

Next up was the Observations from the High Wire, led by NARI National Chairman Art Donnelly, MCR, CKBR, with perspectives, lessons and the mindset it takes to drive your chapter to new heights. Shortly thereafter, the House of Delegates meeting commenced, where NARI business is reviewed and voted upon. Most notably during the review were two provisions that rename the Past Presidents Council to the National Presidents Council, more accurately describing their participation and continuing engagement on the national and local levels. Of even more significance, a new category of membership has been established and ratified. The Retired Member is any individual that has been a NARI member for 10 or more consecutive years, and is now fully retired from the remodeling industry. This membership carries with it a no dues policy and the opportunity to retain their active certifications at no charge for life.

Insights from Senator Tim Hutchison and his lobbying efforts followed giving us a bit of a peek into the inner workings of Washington. Soon after we had an enjoyable luncheon meeting, that gave us insights on the Strategic Renewal plan for NARI, part of the 2020 Vision, with Dean West from Association Laboratory. There were some interesting statistics in this session that will help guide the chapter during the coming year.

The remainder of the day featured updates on all the great programs and discounts available to NARI members. We will be updating all members with this information soon to insure you take full advantage of your membership. The day concluded with a fast paced program of various chapters telling us what is going on at the local level around the country and then we capped it off with a closing dinner hosted by the Oregon Chapters of NARI. More networking followed further building relationships and many in the group set sights on downtown Portland for one more enjoyable evening before the trip home.



Annual Golf Outing

The last few months have been busy ones for Ohio Valley NARI, with several events for the membership. In August, our annual Golf Outing was held at the Glenview Golf Course on August 14th.   Fifty golfers teed off to a delightful day on the course, with temperatures in the low 80's. The Low Gross winners were Steve Wethington, Matt King, Joe Loudon and Jeremy Ghent with a blazing 57. Winners of the Peoria Handicap system were Andy Donnelly, Jim Francis, Mike Knipp, and Jerry Cannon with a 69. The Long Drives were captured by Matt King and Scott Bray, while the Closest to the Pin winners were Manny Craver and Byron Watts. Mike Knipp had the longest putt of the day.


We want to give a big thank-you to our sponsors who without their support this day would not be possible. Our Hole Sponsors were Hyde Park Lumber, Schluter Systems, Hamilton Parker, Pease Warehouse, KBR, Custom Distributors, Properties Plus Home Remodeling, Mueller Roofing, Kemper Design/Louisville Tile, RSVP Ohio, and Building Value, LLC.

Our dinner sponsor was Cincy Magazine, the beverage carts were sponsored by Mont Granite and Perfect Solutions A/V. Pella and Cincinnati Floor and Window Coverings sponsored the lunch and KBR was our Platinum Sponsor of the event. Finally, we offer many thanks to Andrew Glasgow, CR, of H. Glasgow Construction and Jerry Beerman from Alluring Glass for their help in coordinating the details of the event.


September Membership Meeting

September 11th was the date and the Designed Exterior Showroom by Ply Gem at Marsh Building Products in Loveland was the setting for the September Membership meeting. The meeting featured an interactive discussion centered around finding the time to invest in yourself and your team. Too often in the day to day hustle of life, we fail to take that step back and insure that a balance exists in our lives. Our two speakers were from outside the industry and gave us insights on how getting lost in our work can have significant impact on our lives and how we should seek the balance to make it all work together. Participation was optional for the follow-up and homework was given to prepare for the October morning session. Getting out of your comfort zone sometimes is difficult but can be very rewarding with just that leap of faith.   All in all, it was another great session for members to take advantage of.


Feature Vendor Night


Mad Tree Brewing was again the site of this year's Feature Vendor Night. This location for this event proved to be popular for the second year, with nearly 120 members and guests of Ohio Valley NARI in attendance. October 6th was this year's date and a mild evening greeting guests to the event.   A Mexican Fiesta dinner was featured along with complimentary beer, soda and door prizes.   Once the attendees had a chance to eat, drink and enjoy the overall atmosphere and networking opportunities, everyone had a chance to gather around the vendor tables and hear a little bit about the products on display at the event. Our beer sponsor was Cincinnati Floor and Window Coverings. Our Vendors in attendance were The V Collective, Suntouch Flooring Systems, Speed Pro Imaging, Schluter Systems, RSVP Ohio, Marsh Building Products, LP Building Products, Hamilton Parker, FISH Window Cleaning, Dal-Tile International, Flooring America, Custom Distributors, DJB Enterprises, Building Value, LLC, Fin Pan Inc., Pella Windows, Ferguson Enterprises, and Cincinnati Floor and Window Coverings. Susana Ibarra from Susana's Catering in Loveland provided a wonderful meal for all to enjoy.   This event would not be possible without the extra special efforts of Matt Bliemeister, Jen Sizemore and Josh Hansman, from Cincinnati Floor and Window Coverings, who spent countless hours putting this great event together.  It looks like this event and the venue is going to be around for years to come.




October 2014





Construction Workers



Ohio Valley NARI

136 S. Keowee Street

Dayton, OH 45402

800.498.NARI (6274)

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