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Ohio Valley NARI Viewings Supplier Showcase was a Hit!


Viewings annual Supplier Showcase at the Green Diamond Gallery this past November 4th was yet again a sweeping success. A good time was had by all.


Congratulations to the "Split the Pot" winner Sean Fausto of Alside Supply.


BIG prizes were awarded:

Paul Bauscher- Control 4 universal remote and installation

Steve McCord- Definitive Technology all weather speakers

Jon O'Conner- Free Consultation with 3 hours of labor for update and possible revamp of equipment based off consultation


Can you think of a better way to support NARI and mingle with potential suppliers and clients than to participate in this coveted event?


Keep an eye on our website www.naricincinnati.org for more upcoming Ohio Valley NARI gatherings!


Save the Date: Thursday, December 9, 2010

Evening of Excellence@ the Newport Syndicate


Ohio Valley NARI will be hosting our Annual Evening of Excellence at the Newport Syndicate located at 18 East 5th Street, Newport, KY.
It will be a night of celebrations, so be sure to join us as we recognize our CotY Award Winners, thank our past year's Board of Directors and induct the new Board for 2011.
The cost for this year's event is $55.00 a person or $100.00 a couple.  It takes just a moment and you're all set for the party, please
RSVP here or call 1.800.498.NARI to register today!


Ohio Valley NARI's Website Photo Gallery

Don't forget we have added a Photo Gallery to our website. We are reaching out to all of our members to showcase some of their favorite projects. We will use the same general categories as we do for our CotY entries without a monetary reference. The categories are: Residential Kitchen; Residential Bath; Residential Interior; Residential Addition; Residential Exterior; Entire House; Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration; Residential Universal Design; Commercial Interior; Commercial Exterior; Commercial Specialty and Home Theater & Media Rooms.
Please send .jpeg or .tiff electronic file formats to
info@naricincinnati.org. Also note that these are for the website only. Any project that has been submitted for an upcoming CotY consideration may not be posted.


OSHA Cites Employer in Painter's Electrocution


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a $57,900 fine against a Pennsylvania painting contractor alleging workplace safety violations that led to the electrocution of one of its painters.

Paul Thompson, 48, of Pittsburgh, was using a metal extension pole to paint the side of an office building on April 7 when the extension pole came in contact with a 12,500-volt power line. It was Thompson's second day on the job with Modern Painting & Decorating of Springdale, PA.  "The employer was aware of the existence and proximity of the overhead power lines, as well as the danger they posed to employees, yet took no action to ensure worker safety," said Robert Szymanski, area director of OSHA's office in Pittsburgh, PA.


OSHA initiated its investigation the day of the incident. Modern Painting & Decorating has declined to comment.


3 Violations

The company was cited with one willful violation for permitting employees to work in proximity to energized electric power circuits. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with plain indifference to, or intentional disregard for, employees' safety and health.


OSHA inspectors also issued two serious violations, saying the company had not provided adequate fall protection or trained employees in the recognition and avoidance of fall hazards. An OSHA violation is serious if death or serious physical harm can result from a hazard that an employer knew or should have known exists.


The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference, or contest the citations and proposed penalties.


Contractor Clouds PA Town with Lead Paint Dust

As you might conclude from the following news
story, you need to be educated about the EPA's Lead Paint Rules in order to make the right choices. The poor contractor in Pennsylvania didn't have the information he needed. Unfortunately for him and many others, ignorance is not the route to safety in this issue. If you don't know the rules, you may break them without knowing them. However, if you know the rules you might find opportunities that others miss.

Perhaps the right choice for you will be to abstain from homes built before 1978. Before you make that choice you might want to know that next year "all commercial buildings" will perhaps be added to the list. If so, can you survive when your pool of your potential clients just keeps shrinking?

The fine for breaking the rule is $37,500 per incident. You might be as surprised to find out the definition of 'incident.'


What other information do you need in order to make the right decision? Find out what you don't know by taking the training. If you would like to have another RRP certification class scheduled please respond to info@naricincinnati.org. If there is enough interest we will arrange a date for an additional class.


'One-Coat' Insulating Coating Hits Market


Nationwide Chemical Coating Manufacturers (Sarasota, Fla.) introduced SUPER CERAMIC ONE KOTE™ exterior-interior paint, described as a single-coat, high-hiding, acrylic insulating wall and trim house paint.


The company says the product is a ceramic, waterproofing coating that offers insulating and soundproofing characteristics in a low-luster, low-VOC formulation (less than 150 grams per liter VOC). The coating also is reported to offer a high degree of durability, scrub resistance, and resistance to mold, mildew and algae.


Recommended uses are exterior walls and trim, with use as a one-coat interior paint also an option. The paint can be applied to a variety of substrates in residential, commercial, and institutional settings, including primed wood, concrete, brick, masonry, stucco, wallboard, primed plaster, primed metal, and primed synthetic or aluminum siding, the company says.


Unexpected Gift Shows Clients You Care

By Morgan Zenner


Kevin Anundson, CR, CKBR, president of The OAR Group of Elk Grove, Wisconsin, has found some interesting mementos inside the wall cavities of homes he's remodeled. Photos, advertisements and trinkets-items placed in that very spot decades earlier, with the hope of sharing a moment in time with someone from the future.


It's an interesting thought-what represents this particular moment in time? How does the present compare with the past or the future? As homes take on new owners throughout the years, having a connection with someone who either built or remodeled the home gives it a personal touch.


Please click here for entire article.


Video Increases Marketing Reach of CotY Award

By Morgan Zenner

Clayton Nelson, MCR, CKBR, president of Clayton Nelson & Associates in Los Gatos, Calif., has been a NARI member for 19 years, and is a longtime participant in the CotY Awards program, in which he has won both regional and national awards.

Nelson holds the award in high-esteem, but he isn't convinced his prospective clients view his CotY awards the same. He felt that this year was an important year for a more aggressive promotion of the awards themselves and the project that earned him a national award in the Residential Kitchen over $120,000 category.


Please click here for entire article.


Designer's Showcase Shows off Skills and Raises Money

By Morgan Zenner

Mansion in May is a bi-annual designer showcase in the Morristown, N.J., area organized by the Women's Association of Morristown Memorial Hospital. The event raises money for the hospital. "The charity is basically run by the wives of doctors-these women can rule the world if they wanted to," says Robin Bruen, president of Bruen Custom Building LLC.


The event is all about style, design and sophistication, and Bruen was ecstatic to be invited to submit a proposal to design one of the 35 rooms in the mansion.


"Our previous clients were heavily involved in the charity, and they invited us to submit a proposal," Bruen says. One hundred and eighty other companies and designers were invited to submit proposals, but there are only 35 interior spaces and 18 exterior spaces (for landscaping) available for the month-long event.


Please click here for entire article.


20 Point Test

Factors IRS Looks to When Defining a Worker as, "Employee"

The "20 Factor Test" is used to evaluate workers to determine whether they were independent contractors or employees. These factors have been compressed into three general categories: Behavioral Control, Financial Control, and Relationship of the Parties. As you look at the factors below, you should be aware that the IRS does not look specifically at any one factor, but one factor can be enough to cause the IRS to determine that a worker is an employee. There is no "magic number" of factors which determines status. It is important to note that the IRS assumes that a worker is an employee.


Please click here for the entire article.



November 11, 2010




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Ohio Valley NARI

800.498.NARI (6274) | Fax: 937.222.5794 | info@naricincinnati.org