The Tool Box   HBA
A Publication for Members & Friends
February 3, 2015

HBA Logo Think First
Upcoming Events/Meetings
February 10
Monthly Membership Meeting
Azzi Jewelers
5:30 p.m.

February 10
How to Claim Your Rebate Webinar

February 19
How to Claim Your Rebate Webinar

February 24
LCC Job Fair

February 26
Contractors Corner

March 3
Ask A Lawyer
HBA Office

March 4-6
Great Lakes Builders Show
Ford Field

March 10
Monthly Membership Meeting

March 19-22
Lansing Home & Garden Show
MSU Pavillion

In This Issue
Upcoming Events/Meetings
2015 Lansing Home & Garden Show
Member Benefits...
Membership Renewal
Great Lakes Builders Show
Presidents Message
Welcome New Members
We Hate to See you GO!
New MI Foreclosure Law
Quick Links


For details and tickets go to  

Exhibitors be sure to check your online accounts and get those details taken care of!

Showspan, Inc




Member Benefits
NAHB Pocket Savings
Allows members an easy way to reduce expenses, maximize profits & increase efficiency.  Visit
for a listing of benefit partners.


Thank you for renewing your Membership!

American Stone Masons, Inc.
Eddie Alex

Barber's Floors & More
Ken Barber

Big L Lumberland
Chris Feazel

Custom Built Inc.
Mike Flory

First American Title Company
Lisa Haun

G. Allen
Lindsey Garrett

Hedlund Plumbing Co.
Thomas Hedlund

Home Acres Building Supply Company
John Schiffeneder

K. Fedewa Builders, Inc.
Kurt Fedewa

McQueen Landscaping
Jerry McQueen

Michigan Woodwork LLC
Matt Gustafson

MSU Federal Credit Union
Scott Davis

Rycus Flooring, Inc.
BJ Rycus

Sunrise Cleaning & Construction Services
Scott McCorvie

Thermo-Tech Windows
Doug Cook

Great Lakes Builders Show at Ford Field
Mark your calendars for March 4-6, 2015 for the Great Lakes Builders Show.  This event will take place at Ford Field.  There will be exhibits, education sessions, guest speakers and so much more!  Look for further details in the coming months!
Register your Team!
Registration is open for the Great Lakes Builders Show! The first ever Michigan based show will take place at Ford Field from March 4-6, 2015. The Great Lakes Builders Show is dedicated to providing exclusive educational and networking opportunities to builders and exhibitors alike while sharing effective products and building supplies and more efficient tools to our participants. Get the early registration fee at

New Year, New Look

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Ultimate Builder for the website.  The website will have a new, sleek look with industry updates, online registration and many more features.  Look for this coming your way in the next month!



FREE Website for HBA Members
With our new partnership with Ultimate Builder, HBA members can receive a 1-4 page website and hosting for free.  If you need an update to your site or need to create one, this is the benefit for you! Take advantage of your HBA membership.  Average hosting costs ranges from $15 -  $40 per month depending on who hosts your site and creating a website is well over the price you pay for annual dues.  Call Ultimate Builder for more details at 866-948-2266.  


Last Chance for 2014!
Member Rebate Program
Members can claim for all completed homes, remodeling projects, or multi-family units from July - December 2014 (October - December if they claimed in Q3'14).


The deadline to submit is the end of February. 
This report contains all registered Builder & Remodeler members in the Member Rebate Program. The first currency column is the 3rd Quarter 2014 rebate amount if they claimed. The second currency column is the 2014 Year to Date (Q1-Q3) amount per Builder. The last currency column is the cumulative amount paid to the given Builder since this free member benefit began.

The average rebate per Builder/Remodeler company who participated in 2013:  



Can the Students Have a Field Trip at Your Jobsite?

Eaton Regional Education Service Agency and the Career Preparation Center have been in partnership with Lansing Community College and offer career preparation programs to high school students from over 25 area high schools. Students learn a transferable skill, earn high school credit, and have the opportunity to earn actual college credit upon completion of the program.


As a part of the career preparation process, students are required to do a job shadow. Students contact a company of interest which pertains to construction and set up a job shadow. The job shadows are set up for Thursday, April 2 2015. Before, during and after completion of these job shadows the student's complete assignments based on this experience.


The program is always in search of field trip opportunities. During these visits the students observe progress, as well as have the opportunity to speak with multiple trades personnel on the site to learn more about their professions. This exposure for the students is a great asset to them and one that can lead to potential careers. The Construction Technologies course is always looking for assistance to visit other jobsites in various stages of construction and opportunities to talk with different trades people and business professionals either at a worksite, place of business or in the classroom.


If you are interested in more information about providing a student with a job shadow opportunity or fieldtrip to a business or jobsite, please contact; Scott DeRuischer, Instructor at or MaryEllen Brocklehurst at or by phone 517-483-1323.  


Presidents Message:
James Magnotta, President

For this month's Tool Box newsletter, I have asked Tim Banfield of Outdoor Living Inc. to share his experience and give us his point of view on the value of being a member of the HBA of Greater Lansing. Tim is a great example of one who fully participates in all of the opportunities that are available when you join the HBA and he has been richly rewarded for his efforts.  


After you finish reading Tim's story, call or email Lacey to RSVP for the Monthly Membership Meeting at Azzi Jewelers next Tuesday.  Don't miss out on one of the main benefits of being a member.

Thank you Mr. President! President Jim Magnotta, that is. You are serving as president of our association again and we, the members, are grateful for your sacrifice of time and effort. Not many step up to be the leader and spokes person for the Home Builders Association of Greater Lansing a second time. We appreciate your volunteerism.  


You asked me to be a guest writer in this space normally reserved for the president's message. I am honored and promise not to ramble (much). I am beginning my 30th year as a business owner and I continue to be inspired by the simple act of volunteerism witnessed by the actions of the many members of our association...including you.


 I attended my first of many association functions in 1976. I had just graduated from MSU and was beginning a career in Landscape Architecture. Two of the first people I met at those early functions had a large influence on my career. One became an employer. The other my partner. When business owners ask me why I have been a member of the association and a former board member for 30+ years, I usually begin the explanation with that fact.

There are many reasons why membership pays back far more than it costs. In my business and personal life, the return on investment has proven that fact. It's not difficult to determine, at this point in my career, that personal relationships developed through membership in the Home Builder's Association were essential in the growth and success of my company. I am grateful to have met and been mentored by many of those successful business owners. There have been too many to list, so I will just take this opportunity to say thanks to all of you.


This is beginning to sound like a retirement acceptance speech. It is not. I am so fortunate and blessed to have chosen a profession that allows me to continue practicing something I love. Call me if you wake up some morning wondering how you are going to get through another day of the same old thing. I love to share my positive attitude as well as encouragement. After all, that has been what I received from the many friends I've met along the way through membership in the HBA and it's my turn to give it back. See you on the job site!  



Tim Banfield, owner of Outdoor Living, Inc.



February Monthly Membership Meeting

This is your chance to pick up something special just before Valentine's Day! Or, bring your spouse/significant other along for a night at Azzi Jewelers. Shop in their beautiful showroom for that someone special and network with HBA Members.

February 10
Azzi Jewelers
3007 E. Saginaw St., Lansing
FREE for members

RSVP Today!
Applicants for HBA Membership: The following individuals have applied for membership in the HBA.  Please forward any comments to the HBA office at 323-3254 prior to their approval.
Amerifirst Home Mortgage
Michelle Starr
Amerifirst Home Mortgage
Nick Starr
General Materials, Inc.
Mike Butts
Cory Dennie
McNamara Builders, LLC
Mike McNamara
Greg Pawelski
Sunrise Cleaning & Construction Service
Scott Powers
We Hate to See you GO!
sad The following companies are no longer members of the HBA.  If you work with them, please call and encourage them to rejoin.
Capital Imaging Inc.
Bo Noles
(517) 482-2292
McCardel Restoration, LLC
Kelli McCardel
(517) 339-3473

Michigan Builders Trust Fund Act; Avoid Civil and Criminal Penalties  

Attorney Zacharia S. Bonham of JKY Legal Group, P.C.
The Michigan Builders Trust Fund Act ("MBTFA"), was enacted to ensure that subcontractors and suppliers were compensated for their labor and materials provided to a specific construction project. In general, the MBTFA secures payment for those lower tiered subcontractors and suppliers. The MBTFA is also used to prevent the commingling of funds between unrelated construction projects. Enforcement of the MBTFA could result in the imposition of civil and/or criminal penalties. Specifically, a felony criminal conviction under the MBTFA could result in a fine between $100.00 and $5,000.00 and/or imprisonment between six (6) months and three (3) years in state prison; MCL 570.152. Read full article.


Ask a Lawyer:
Do you have questions for an attorney but don't want to get a bill in the mail the next week?  Well, here's your opportunity to discuss those concerns with an attorney for free! Zac Bonham of JKY Legal Group, P.C. will be available from 9:00am to 10:30am on the first Tuesday of every month here at the HBA office.  The first FREE session is scheduled on Tuesday, March 3.  Everyone who signs up will receive 15 minutes to privately discuss whatever legal concerns they have.  RSVP today!
Contractors Legal Guide

This is a crash course for all contractors looking for ways to improve their existing contracts, protect their personal assets, and properly draft and file notices and liens.  This course is Thursday, February 25 from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.  by Zac Bonham of JKY Legal Group. RSVP Today! 

Consumers Energy received Award!
Consumers Energy receives the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader Award. This award, recognizes energy efficient construction and helping homebuyers to experience the peace of mind, quality, comfort, and value that come with every ENERGY STAR certified home. You are also providing families with homes that use less energy and have lower maintenance costs while helping to protect the environment.

Consumers Energy issued rebates for 415 homes built in 2013 through their New Construction program - about half of all Energy Star homes built in Michigan that year.
SaveOn Introduction

SaveOn and the HBA have partnered to bring you a direct mail program that reaches over 155,000 households each month. This monthly publication, SaveOn for your Home offers HBA members discounted pricing on advertising along with producing your advertisement. HBA members Great Pawelski and Mike Norton will be contacting you with this opportunity. The HBA will have a permanent space in the publication to help bring awareness to using members of the HBA and promoting the Association. Check out the links for further information about rates or about ad schedule    

Confidence in Housing Market

This is an excellent article about the rebounding housing market. Check out 10 reasons why housing will remain buoyant in 2015. Consumer confidence is strong, permits are up and there is optimism.

HBA Needs Your HELP!
HBA is the Official Event Sponsor for the Lansing Home & Garden Show.  We need help from Volunteers to work the booth.  Please email Lacey if you have time to come help on one of the dates and times listed below.

Thursday, March 19

Friday, March 20

Saturday, March 21

Sunday, March 22


12th Annual Associates Showcase
Our Annual Associates Showcase is just around the corner on April 23 from 4:00pm-6:00pm at Eagle Eye.  This event is for Associates to purchase a tabletop and display your products/company to Builders & Remodelers ONLY.

Rates are reasonably priced and we only have 30 booths available for Associate Members.  If you would like to have the opportunity to talk to over 100 Builders/Remodelers all under the same roof, this is the event for YOU!  This event is ONLY 2 HOURS so it will be action packed!

Sign up today!
Skilled Trades... One Way to Find Workers

This Skilled Trades Job Report covers several curriculum areas and is sent to all instructors and department heads in the skilled trades fields at LCC.  Students and completers look to for postings when they are researching employment possibilities.  Post your job at, which is a free service!

Start Here. Work there. Job & Internship Fair 2015

This event gives you, the employer, the opportunity to meet over 500 prospective employees. This is open to all LCC Students, alumni and the general public. Set up a table top for FREE and use this to recruit workers! Register at The Job Fair is Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at LCC West Campus located at 5708 Cornerstone Drive Lansing.

Gov. Snyder to deliver keynote at Great Lakes Builders Show

DETROIT - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will emphasize the importance of training more skilled workers to strengthen and grow the economy, when he addresses thousands of home builders and contractors at the Great Lakes Builders show at Ford Field on March 5.


Snyder has made work force development, particularly in the skilled trades, a focus of his second term. Michigan lost more than 60,000 home construction jobs in the Great Recession. While the industry is making a comeback, growth has been hampered by the lack of skilled workers. Read full article. 


NAHB Contract Documents 



Visit to access a variety of residential construction contract forms and documents specifically designed for home builders and remodelers at a reduced price through your HBA membership.