HBAG News - August 2016
Building a Better Georgia 
REGISTER for the 2016 HBAG Fall Board Meeting  September 20 - 22

HBAG has lots of great things in the works for the 2016 Fall Meeting at the Westin Jekyll Island!  T his will be a meeting you will not want to miss! 
Click here for a Tentative Schedule of Events Curious or confused about the different committees or what meetings you should attend?  Read all about the various HBAG committees .

Hotel Information
110 Ocean Way
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
*Book directly online or call 888-627-8316 and ask for the Home Builders of GA Group Rate of $169 (+fees) Island View or $199 (+fees) Ocean View. Directions

Installation & Awards Banquet - followed by the party band, Flashback!
The 2016/2017 HBAG Senior Officers will be installed into office at a special awards dinner. Be sure to stick around after dinner for a fun evening of dancing and entertainment featuring the party band Flashback!
Flashback Party Band

Golf Tournament for B-PAC
B-PAC Chairman Mark King invites all HBAG members to participate in a golf tournament fundraiser at the Jekyll Island Golf Club on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The tournament will begin at 1:00 pm and will be played at Jekyll Island's Pine Lakes Course. Sponsorships are still available for individual holes and other opportunities. Golfers can sign up individually or as a foursome at a rate of $100 per golfer.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Read all about available options here.

All monies raised will go to support the statewide efforts of the Builders Political Action Committee (B-PAC) which provides campaign contributions to state and local elected officials who support the pro-housing mission of the Home Builders Association of Georgia. Questions about the golf tournament or about B-PAC can be directed to HBAG's Government Affairs Director Austin Hackney,  ahackney@hbag.org.
Big Picture Marketing Class
Carol Morgan, mRelevance managing partner, will be putting on a presentation, "Big Picture Marketing: Building a Solid Foundation for Your Business". Get ideas for improving your marketing program with dozens of real-world examples of successful and innovative marketing tactics.  Click here to register for "Big Picture Marketing"  or contact  kmurphy@hbag.org , 404-763-2453. Members should enter code HBAGMember at checkout to get the $75 reduced rate.

We're ple ased to an nounce that the Home Builders Association of Georgia will be sponsoring the East Coast Builders Conference (formerly BRExpo) scheduled for May 4-5, 2017 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.  On behalf of our members, we're working closely with the ECBC managem ent team to bring you a first-class conference and expo and giving builders the opport unity to gain valuable knowledge, earn continuing education, network with peers, source new products and have a little fun!
An Event for Builders!
The East Coast Builders Conference (ECBC) will bring the residential building industry together.   The conference will feature several tracks including: Building, Design, Marketing/Finance, Kitchen & Bath, Outdoor Living and Technology.  You can earn your required CU's all at one time and in one place - right before the June cutoff date!
The expo portion of ECBC will feature over 400 booths of products and services for the residential building industry.  There are thousands of new products introduced into our market every year.  Many of these products will save you time and money and will set you a part from your competition.
With the industry back in full swing, we know how busy you are - which is why an event of this caliber, in your back yard, is so important. 
For more information:
If you're interested in attending ECBC, we encourage you to go to   www.ECBCShow.com and sign up to receive updates about the conference. 
If you're a manufacturer interested in exhibiting, applications are now being accepted for ECBC.  For more information go to www.ECBCShow.com 

Be sure to mark your calendar and join HBAG at this ideal meeting place for the East Coast building and remodeling community!

Builders Engaging Associate Members (BEAM) Award - Applications due AUGUST 12

The HBAG Builders Engaging Associate Members (BEAM) Award has been simplified and is now available online!
The BEAM Award is bestowed on one builder or one local entity that best exemplifies the motto, "It's good business to do business with a member." This award serves to encourage builder members to use the goods and services offered by member companies and to recognize the builder or local entity that exemplifies this vitally important teamwork. 

Nominations are due to HBAG by August 12, 2016. The HBAG winner will be announced at the HBAG Fall Board Meeting in Jekyll Island on September 22nd. The state winner will then be submitted by HBAG to compete at NAHB. The winner of the NAHB BEAM award will be announced at the Associates' Awards Breakfast during the International Builders' Show (IBS).
Please pass this along to any builder members that qualify. More details and instructions are available online. Email kmurphy@hbag.org or call 404-763-2453 with any questions or concerns.

Past recipients of the HBAG BEAM Award - Wilson Design & Construction of the HBA of South GA


On Aug. 1, monetary penalties issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for regulation infractions will dramatically increase depending on the type of violation. 

This marks the first time in 25 years that OSHA fines have gone up. Previously, OSHA was one of few federal agencies with civil penalties that do not increase with inflation.

Type of Violation  Current Maximum Penalty New Maximum Penalty
Posting Requirements
$7,000 per violation $12,471 per violation
Failure to Abate $7,000 per day beyond the abatement date $12,471 per day beyond the abatement date
Willful or Repeated $70,000 per violation $124,709 per violation

OSHA intends to provide guidance on the implementation of the new penalties. Additionally, to address the impact they may have on small businesses, the agency plans to continue providing penalty reductions based on employer size and other factors. Click here for more information from OSHA about penalty adjustments.

States that operate their own   Occupational Safety and Health Plans are required to adopt maximum penalty levels that are at least as effective as federal OSHA's.

For more information about the budget deal or OSHA provision, please contact  Alex Strong or  Rob Matuga.

Deadline for submissions - August 22
The NAHB 55+ Housing Industry Council Best of 55+ Housing Awards are the industry's most prestigious and only  national awards program honoring excellence in building, design, marketing and lifestyles in housing for boomers and beyond. The industry and the media view the awards as a showcase for innovation, emerging trends and quality housing for the mature demographic.

The  NAHB 55+ Housing Industry Council provides a unique platform for finalists and winners throughout the year, offering year-long exposure on NAHB's website, national press releases and public relations and media placement support in trade magazines and industry news outlets.

Enter the competition and receive national recognition for your active-adult or service-enriched community.
Get money for products you already use!

HBAG's Member Rebate Program lets builders and remodelers receive cash rebates for using certain manufacturers' products in the building and remodeling of homes. There are currently 54 participating manufacturers covering 35+ different product categories.
It's as simple as 1-2-3!
1.) Register
2.) Submit a Rebate Claim
3.) Receive a Rebate Check!

Builder & Remodeler members can claim for any completed residential addresses from April 1 - June 30, 2016 that used any of the 50+ Manufacturer brands.  The deadline to submit will be August 26thhttp://www.hbarebates.com/claimform.html

As an added convenience, for builder/remodeler members who did not submit their claim for Q1'16, the opportunity has been extended to claim for ALL their residential jobs completed between January 1 and June 30, 2016 during the Q2'16 claim period!

Check out the NEW Member Rebate Program HBAG Website! www.HBAGrebates.com


HBAG has a vacancy for the Vice President Secretary position for the Home Builders Association of Georgia. It is the duty of the nominating committee to qualify candidates seeking this position. The nominating committee shall oversee the election and may set such rules as it deems necessary to have an orderly election and fulfill the requirements of the bylaws.

In accordance with the HBAG bylaws, a candidate for office must make known to the nominating committee, in writing, his or her intentions to seek that office, by a specified time. Below is a list of offices and the required written notice period.

Notice Period
Vice President/Secretary
30 days prior to the annual meeting of the membership

Letters of intent should be mailed to Ted Noe, chairman, Nominating Committee, Home Builders Association of Georgia, 3015 Camp Creek Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30344.
Deadline is August 22, 2016.
HBAG Senior Officers with the founder of Serenbe at the 2016/2017 HBAG Planning Meeting
Nominations for JAMES Magazine's Top Lobbyist Issue now open!

Nominations for the Top Lobbyists edition of James Magazine are now officially open! Show your support and nominate HBAG for top association! HBAG will be supporting:

Large Law Firm : Troutman Sanders
Small Unaffiliated Firm: Stanley-Fiveash
Top Association:  HBAG
Top Association Lobbyist: Austin Hackney
Top Female: Samantha Hill
Rising Star: Lawrence Bell

Make sure they are represented on the ballot to see who makes the cut for the September/October issue of James.  Nominations will be open through   August 19th , followed by a voting period lasting until September 9th.

Click  HERE to nominate your top picks now!

Special Second Lewis Cenker Scholarship Opportunity
Scholarship Deadline - October 1, 2016

There is another opportunity for qualified students seeking a career directly related to the home building industry to apply for the Lewis Cenker Scholarship! Applications are due to HBAG by October 1st, 2016 and recipients will be notified by letter before November 14th, 2016. 

The Lewis Cenker Scholarship Fund is a non-profit organization created in 1977 by the Home Builders Association of Georgia (HBAG) in honor of the late Lewis B. Cenker, an outstanding Georgian and a national industry leader. Scholarships are awarded to qualified students seeking a career directly related to the home building industry. There are eight trustees/directors of the Lewis Cenker Scholarship Fund Committee who comprise the recipient selection committee. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, career goals, letters of recommendation, financial need, and other activities related to their studies. Scholarship awards will be made in an amount established by the Trustees of the Fund. 

For more information about the Lewis Cenker Scholarship Fund, please contact HBAG at 404-763-2453, kmurphy@hbag.org. Visit the  HBAG website  to view criteria, eligibility, and to download a copy of the application.

HBAG members may now register for the 2017 IBS (January 10-12) and reserve a hotel room in the selected HBAG hotel block. Visit www.buildersshow.com  for more information regarding the show and to register. Georgia delegation will be staying at the Point Orlando Resort.
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