JULY 2017                                                                                        ISSUE NO. 07


It's that time of year again... you're making the magic happen and fulfilling backyard dreams for your clients. We can't wait to see some of your projects from this season. Speaking of which, have you been taking photos? It just so happens that NADRA's 2017 National Deck Competition is officially OPEN for entries. (scroll down for details and link) You have until September 26th, 2017 at 11:59pm to submit your projects. We'll be announcing the winners live on October 26th in Nashville, TN. 


Registration for the annual awards dinner will be open for registration later this week. We have a TERRIFIC location selected that you will not want to miss. Think salt, lime, a band, and of course an open bar with plenty of margaritas (did that give it away?). The first 50 tickets will be available at a discounted rate of $125.00 per ticket. You don’t want this opportunity to “waste away”, or it’ll be “all your fault”. Tickets will be sold for $150 (non-member pricing slightly higher) thereafter. Please be sure to check your inbox and NADRA.org for those details & to secure your tickets at the best possible rate - they won't last! 


So, back to the deck pictures: if you’re having trouble getting the shots you need from your carpenters, try setting up a time each day- either at a break time, or as the project is getting cleaned up at the end of the day, where “someone” is responsible to snap at least 5 images of the project. Most phones today include some free online storage with Google, Microsoft, or Apple- and other options like DropBox.com are available for a small fee. It’s pretty simple to upload jobsite photos to a single online folder- and then simply share that folder with either someone in the office, or whomever is going to enter projects for the National Deck Competition. Sometimes just getting the shots is the hardest part- and an online image folder is a simple way to try and collect them.


Stay safe, work hard, and drink lots of water!


Your home team here at NADRA and your Board of Directors

Call us Direct: 215-679-4884
Email: Info@NADRA.org
Have NADRA contact you! Fill out the form  here . 
NADRA Member Spotlight:
Member Name: Bill Zinnert
Company Name: Diamond Decks

Position: Owner

Member Category: Builder

Location: Severn, MD

When did you first get involved with this industry? 24 years ago

What inspired you to join NADRA?  Been a member for many years, and always look for marketing opportunities

What was the first thing you ever built? A fence at my first house

We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business: Diamond Decks has been operating as a deck builder for 24 years now. In 2008 we decided to make a change in the way the business is structured, and decided to narrow our focus to just Decks, Screened Porches, and some patios.

We are constantly refining our best practices to give our customers the best deck they can have.

In 2016, Diamond Decks was in the top 25 contractors in the nation, for sales of Fiberon Decking. We were actually #14 in the nation. We earned an all inclusive paid vacation to St Thomas along with the other top contractors, from Fiberon and the trip was awesome. It was nice feeling, to be recognized by a leading deck board manufacturer.

We were also one of the first deck builders to earn the “Master Deck Professional” certification through NADRA, and sent our field supervisor Dave Ross, through the class at the deck expo, to become certified.

New for 2017- Diamond decks is now a dealer for Equinox louvered roofs and we will be marketing them soon

How do you define success? Success does not necessarily have anything to do with your volume of sales, and the money you make. I believe it has more to do with being able to put together a solid team of people who work together to help other people out, and also being looked up to as someone they can count on to give them the honest truth.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career? You get more out of business, when you stop chasing that dollar, and do something that you are passionate about. The money will come.

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this? Probably a building inspector? or do some kind of deck design consulting, if there is a thing like that? or maybe a rock and roll star!

A little more about Bill:  Hobbies…….. If I am not working on something that has to do with business, which I actually like to do, I would be doing something with music. I play in a band, and if I am not playing somewhere, I am going to support my friends in a number of other bands, and sometimes sit in with them for a few songs.

Or visiting with friend somewhere, usually in Fenwick Del / Ocean City Md – Or having a live band and a party at my house. You can see the music theme……. My wife also goes to all my shows, and supports me in everything I do.

We have two kids 29 & 25. Our son, the oldest is an IT guy and is awesome at doing that, and our daughter is now a practicing Doctor of physical therapy. The good news is, they will both being moving out of the house in the next month. SWEET!!!!

We hope there is another NADRA cook out this year, we had a great time last year!

Connect with Diamond Decks online:

Facebook: DiamondDecksMD

 *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.

Read full article here
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.
NADRA's Nashville News: RIDIJ 2017

NADRA's Annual Awards Dinner: 

What: Awards, Dinner, Great Venue, Frozen Margaritas, FUN!
Where: Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville,  322 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
When: Thursday, October 26th, 2017, 6:00pm
Registration: Opens later this week! Stay tuned...

Sponsorship Opportunities Available: 

  • Platinum Sponsor: $5,000
  • Gold Sponsor: $3,000 
  • Silver Sponsor: $1,500 
  • Silver Sponsor: $750
  • Partner Sponsor: $350

Keep your eyes open for an email coming later this week with benefits and registration options to secure your sponsorship level. 
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: Fueled by a vigorous housing market, the lumber/building material industry is enjoying solid growth. Built on a foundation of healthy housing starts, residential remodeling and commercial development, the opportunity is there for the entire supply chain—everyone from manufacturers and distributors to dealers—to grow their business. The purpose and goal of the LBM Strategies 2017 is to connect companies who share a common mission: to outperform the market, to generate higher margins, and to build their share of market. View the Full Program

* Do you have or know of an upcoming event you'd like to share with NADRA members? Please email the details to: Info@NADRA.org for consideration.
Balance well and win every time! 

We've all seen the gymnast with perfect form, poise, preciseness and execution. They make it seem so easy and often this gives us a false sense that we could do exactly what they are doing without much effort.

However, we all quickly realize that in time our athletic ability is not what it used to be. Our discipline to be the best at our craft has slightly slipped. We are not as tenacious as we once were. Why? Because life happens around us. We get busy, we get distracted, our priorities change and this thing called balance comes into play in a huge way!

What do you mean KJ? I'm successful, my business is doing extremely well, so I must be in balance, right? Friends, you may be in balance while you're on the balance beam, but when it is time for you to successfully stick your landing (when all the eyes are on you) how will you do? To prepare for a successful landing, let's discuss some concepts that will change the way you think about personal development, leadership and business.

Let’s begin with the power of  connection. How many of us are self-taught, self-made and have never relied on anyone else for an idea? Let me answer that for you! NADA!! Hence the power of surrounding ourselves with people who care about what we do. Those who are smarter than us and have the ingenuity and the passion to light something within us that will make us better. Often our busy lives become an excuse for not investing properly in the threads that make up the fabric of our sustainable success. Just because we have one thread, or two threads, we think we are okay. But in reality, we give up the opportunity to become a better person, a better team, a better business. Connections have always mattered and they will always matter going forward.
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