AUGUST 2017                                           

While the stresses of business and day-to-day work can take a toll on all of us, it’s important to step back every so often and reflect on the “why” we do what we do, the communities we strive to make better, and the friends and families our profession allows us to support.

We'd like to take a moment to relish in just that. Family. A very special congratulations to our very own, Heather Marchand & her husband Ben, on the birth of their son, Benjamin Maximus Marchand.

If you haven't received a reply back from Heather, she sends her apologies. She will be back in the office soon & is looking forward to seeing everyone in Nashville. She says "Hurry up and register! If we chatted about sponsorship, you should sign up ASAP - NADRA will be rocking Nashville, and you'll want to be part of the celebration. Baby Benjamin will be there to make his debut.... and if he can make it, so should you. ;)

I can't wait to see all of you in October! NADRA ROCKS!" - Heather

Your home team here at NADRA and your Board of Directors

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NADRA's Nashville News: RIDIJ 2017
NADRA Happenings:

  • Awards, Dinner at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. Great Venue, Frozen Margaritas, FUN! Thursday, October 26th, 2017, 6:00pm
  • Annual Golf Tournament, Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
  • National Deck Competition
  • Official Hotel
  • Exhibits
  • Sponsors Needed! Opportunities Available
NADRA Member Spotlight:
Member Name:   Tom Jacques
Company Name: Hickory Dickory Decks
Position:  CEO
Member Category:  Builder
Location:   Dundas, Ontario, Canada
When did you first get involved with this industry?  1987

What was the first thing you ever built?  A tree fort.

We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business:  Hickory Dickory Decks started in 1987 in Hamilton Ontario. Today we operate in over 65 cities with franchises and corporate operated local deck companies. We have specialized in low maintenance decking since it was first made. We build over 90 percent low maintenance decks and have since 1995. In 2017 our company will build over 1,000 custom decks.

How do you define success?  Success is spending quality time with family and friends and doing something you love that makes the world a better place.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career?  Build your business and your life living by the Golden rule of treating all people the way you would like to be treated. Pretty simple.

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this?  Write or teach.

A little more about Tom:   I am blessed with a loving wife Sue, and 7 great kids. We love spending time together traveling and at the family cottage.

A note from Tom:  Hello fellow deck builders and deck company owners. Hickory Dickory Decks has been a long standing member of NADRA from it’s very beginning. I think the founding of NADRA has helped get deck builders around the world to start looking at their job as a career and a profession. We create outdoor dining and living rooms where our customers can relax after a hard day, and spend some quality time with family and friends. Just think about all the happiness we have helped spread in each and every backyard. We also provide good, honest, well paying jobs to thousands upon thousands of men and women not only building and designing and selling our beautiful backyard environments but also supplying and transporting all the material to jobs around the world.

I think this October in Nashville, all professional deck builders should come to the 2017 Deck Expo. Enjoy a few days away from construction sites and challenging work situations. To relax with our peers, share some great stories and a cold beverage or two, and congratulate each of us for helping all of our customers to Enjoy Life…Outdoors! See you there.

~ Tom Jacques, President, CEO and Founder of Hickory Dickory Decks.
Connect with Hickory Dickory Decks online:

  *A Member Spotlight winner will be chosen each month. For a chance to win, please fill out the questionnaire found  here
Each year, in coordination with the International Builders Show (IBS), The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) sponsors The New American Home (TNAH). TNAH is a collection of ideas for the industry to take away demonstrating construction technology, design concepts, sustainable materials, energy efficiency, healthy home features and  “housing performance”  that can be replicated — in whole or in part — in housing built any place and in any price range. 

AGS Stainless was proud to have been selected to participate in this amazing project.
NADRA's National Deck Competition: 
NADRA's 2017 National Deck Competition is OPEN for entries. 

From the $10,000 functional, cost-effective project, to the $50,000 + outdoor oasis with all the bells and whistles, we want to see what you're made of! What defines YOU as a professional in the outdoor living industry? What inspires your craftsmanship and years of blood and sweat on the job-site? What sets you apart in your building technique? How does this show in your finished work? Show us what you've got and let's share it with the industry! 

The  National Deck Competition is open. (you'll want to view from a desktop) Click this link to find everything you need to learn about the competition, categories, rules, terms & conditions and more. The  deadline to enter is Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 at 11:59pm EST

Cost: Builder Price per entry: $40 / Manufacturer Price per entry: $100
Enter: To learn more and to enter the deck competition, click  HERE.
Upcoming Events:
What: LBM Strategies Conference
When: September 7-8
Where:  Omni Hotel - Frisco, TX
Who:  Registration is open to LBM Dealers and Distributors
Details:    View the Full Program
What: NADRA NY Deck Evaluation Class 
When: September 8th, 2017, 6:00pm
What:  Join the NY Metro ASHI Chapter on September 8th to earn credits and gain the Deck Evaluation Certification. Testing will take place directly after class.  Click here to learn more & register. 
What: NADRA NE Meeting
When: September 12th, 2017, 6:00pm
Where:  The Chimney Rock
Who:  Registration is open to NADRA members and non-members alike
What: NADRA GA Meeting
When: September 19th, 2017, 6:00pm
Where:  The Ivy Buckhead
Who:  Registration is open to NADRA members and non-members alike
* Do you have or know of an upcoming event you'd like to share with NADRA members? Please email the details to: for consideration.
I was ready to do business with you, but...
Regardless of your culture, upbringing, economic status or stage of life, we can all agree on one thing. If we are going to spend our hard-earned money with you or your company, you must first listen to us, meet us where we are, provide value to our lives, care about what we need, use the communication methods that are easy for us, do a really good job and stand by your product and workmanship. If we are super-lucky, you'll also say thank you and follow up with us in a few months after the sale just to see how we're doing!

Easy peasy, right? Sounds good, but all too often that's not the customer experience journey that most of us encounter. Let's talk about a few pitfalls that happen in today's world before the customer's pen even hits the contract.

Business owners, relax... watch your blood pressure... and please don't shoot the messenger. I get it! I know you're busy with what's in front of you right now. However, you must always ask yourself, "Am I ever too busy to hear from my potential customer, as this could drastically affect my sustainable success?" Here's a quick five reminders from my own (good and bad) personal experiences:

  1. Make customers feel good about what you are offering. Yes, they are buying your product or service, but they are also investing in you.
  2. Communicate properly (before, during and after the sale) regardless of how busy you are. C'mon people!! Follow up! Stay engaged! Customers want to know what's going on!
Welcome New & Renewing Members: