This is our wish for you: May you be blessed with friends and family near and dear, with peace of mind, and plentiful hugs & smiles. May this year bring you contentment in all things; in business and in your family life. May your heart be filled with the simple joys you find in childhood memories and family traditions. We hope you find warmth, love and happiness this Holiday season.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Winter Solstice (today!) Kwanzaa & New Year!

Michael Beaudry, EVP
& Your NADRA Board of Directors
NADRA Member Spotlight:
Member Name:    Jason Varney
Company Name:  DOCK & DECK
Position:   President / Owner
Member Category:    * Not just a deck builder. Dock builder and outdoor living contractor.
Location:   Knoxville, TN
What inspired you to join NADRA?    Such a great group of people and the ability to help support the only group that promotes growth and expansion to our trade!

When did you first get involved with this industry?  Summer 2008

What was the first thing you ever built?   I started building log homes and timber construction professionally. The first build project I ever took on was a deck build on my own home.

We want to get to know you, please tell us a little about your business:  My business is DOCK & DECK. We specialize in marine construction, decks, and outdoor living spaces. I started my company in 2008. We currently do about 20 Decks a year and about 16-24 docks a year. It is a family business that I started and now have both my sons working with me one full time and one part time.

How do you define success?   I define success as happiness. If I enjoy what I have and what I do I am very successful. Success is not about how much money you have. It is all about how happy you are day to day.

What advice would you like to share with fellow members that you have learned in your career?   Each and everyone of the members bring a unique quality to the table. Share your knowledge and experiences and help the industry continue to grow. The biggest thing we can do as members is help showcase what we do and continue to bring youth into the field. Good quality construction is hard to find so share with others how you made it to this point.

If you could ask your fellow industry professionals one question, what might it be?   What would you do differently or what was your biggest mistake in business? How did you overcome that?

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this?   I would run a charter fishing boat at a beach/ocean somewhere warm year round.
A little more about Jason:  I am a very outdoors kind of guy. I enjoy spending my time outside with my family and friends. I have a pilots license, a motorcycle licenses, a captains (large boats) license, and enjoy all types of car and trucks. If it moves I like to operate it. My family is a huge part of my life and I get to work with them daily. Over the past two years besides running my business I have been the star in a TV show DOCKED OUT on DIY with Scripps Network and continue to work on new shows to share currently. Wife and kids are a part of the show as it focuses on what we do and how we run the business throughout the build process. I reside in Knoxville, TN.

Connect with DOCK & DECK:

Instagram: JasonVarney

   * A Member Spotlight winner will be chosen each month. For a chance to win, please fill out the questionnaire found    here  
NADRA Updates:
Merriment & Marketing
Making NADRA top of mind as we head into 2018

As I sit here typing this, I’m looking out my window. Palm trees and Christmas lights. Gosh, I love Florida this time of year. Our short winter consists of a 68 degree high and 48 degree low cold front. My son is on the back deck screaming “GO AWAY COLD FRONT, GO AWAY! Mom, when will it be summer again?” Kid, you wouldn’t last a day up North. (shaking my head.)

For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Heather. My role with NADRA is everything marketing, communications, programs and events. We are a tight-knit group at NADRA Headquarters.... read full article here.

Deck for a Soldier ® program gets a new look!

It’s been 10 years since the first D4S build. Time sure does fly by. One of the goals on NADRA’s strategic plan set for 2018, was to create a new logo for the beloved Deck for a Soldier® program.

The new logo was completed ahead of schedule & we couldn’t wait to share it with you. The logo is available in white, black and colored. The best part? Read the full article on the NADRA blog .
More good news! The MN D4S project is set to be completed in time for Christmas!

NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® build in MN is moving along nicely. Our friends up North could use some cheering on. You can send encouragement by posting comments on the NADRA blog here

The crews in MN are wrapping up the build today! Below are some pictures (more on the blog). Final photos will be taken tonight when the build is complete.

A serious shout out to Bob Lett and Mark Fisher from Wolf Home Products! They FROZE and went the distance on this build, on top of almost $7K in materials. A very special thank you to Pat Noonan from Deck and Basement Co. who has tirelessly taken the lead role in putting this entire project together & kept it on track to finish before Christmas.
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Have you ever wondered why some leaders go down in history as one of the greats? Better yet, wouldn't it be amazing to be added to the list? As life-learners, we all yearn to be better than we were yesterday. We recognize that the world around us is rapidly transforming, so it's a no-brainer that vigilance, flexibility and relevance is paramount.

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Welcome New & Renewing NADRA Members:
NY Metro ASHI and Indiana ASHI hosted NADRA's Deck Evaluation Class recently. We would like to take this time to we lcome the many new Inspectors that are now certified in NADRA's Deck Evaluation/Inspection. Check out the list of new Certified inspector members on NADRA's blog here.
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