HBAG News - October 2016
Building a Better Georgia 
2016 HBAG Fall Board Meeting

The 2016 HBAG Fall Meeting, held at the Westin Jekyll Island, was well-attended and said by many to be the best meeting in several years. Thank you to all who were there and helped make the event a huge success!
Several members from throughout the state were able to come to Jekyll Island on Tuesday and participate in the B-PAC golf tournament at the Jekyll Island Golf Club. It was a beautiful day to raise money on the golf course for B-PAC.
Carol Morgan with mRelevance kicked things off on Wednesday with a very informative marketing seminar. Throughout the rest of the day, members attended important committee meetings and a luncheon featuring Ed Brady, NAHB's 2016 Chairman of the Board. Also getting high praise from meeting attendees was Amy Eakin and her presentation on useful, time-saving apps. Patty Rietkovich, EO for the HBA of Greater Savannah, got members excited and pumped up for the 2017 HBAG Membership Drive at her membership seminar, "Be Prepared".
Georgia Power Company sponsored a special Welcome Reception & Awards Banquet on Wednesday evening. HBAG Executive Vice President Kelly Lass was recognized at the reception for 30 years of dedication and service to HBAG. 
The 2016/2017 HBAG Senior Officers were installed into office and awards were distributed at a special dinner on Thursday evening. After dinner, a fun evening of dancing and entertainment was had by all. The party band, Flashback, kept everyone dancing and enjoying themselves well into the evening. 
After a terrific 2016 Fall Meeting, HBAG members are eagerly awaiting the 2017 Spring Meeting, taking place May 4-6 in conjunction with the East Coast Builders Show at the Cobb Galleria. 
View more highlights by clicking on the links below: 
Phil Forest Recognized for Service to the Industry
Congratulations to Phil Forest from the Georgia High Country Builders Association! HBAG Executive VP Kelly Lass presented an award recognizing Mr. Forest for his life-long commitment to the building industry at the October Georgia High Country BA general membership meeting.

We're ple ased to an nounce that the Home Builders Association of Georgia will be sponso ring 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!
HBAG President Lamar Smith on ECBC 2017
HBAG President Lamar Smith on ECBC 2017

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 introd
uced 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!
October is "Careers in Construction Month"
From the Georgia Department of Economic Development

Governor  Nathan Deal  recently declared October 2016 "Careers in Construction Month" in Georgia. During this month, workforce development practitioners are encouraged to focus their efforts on building a reliable workforce to meet the demands of Georgia's growing skilled trade industries. Learn more about Georgia's skilled trade initiative at Go Build Georgia
NAHB Young Professional Award
Application Deadline - October 21, 2016

The NAHB Young Professional Award recognizes Associate and Builder Members under the age of 45 who have committed their time, efforts and careers to the home building industry. Learn more about the award and apply today! Click here for a printable flyer. The deadline is October 21st.
NAHB 2016 Membership Drive
Register before it is too late!

Participate in the NAHB Fall Membership Drive! Members will earn Double or Triple Spike Points and locals will compete against other locals of a similar size for a chance to win up to $2500! 
Upcoming HBAG events

The U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 28 voted to delay the Department of Labor's (DOL) controversial overtime rule by six months. The Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits Act (H.R. 6094) would push the effective date of the overtime rule from Dec. 1, 2016, to June 1, 2017. Continue reading...
Ed Brady, NAHB's 2016 Chairman of the Board, announced at the HBAG Fall Meeting that NAHB, along with a coalition of more than 55 national business groups, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor seeking to halt its federal overtime rule set to take effect Dec. 1. The rule will double the current overtime salary limit of $23,660 to $47,476. It also allows the minimum salary requirements to be raised every three years. This is just another example of your membership at work for you.
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!

Q2'16 rebate claims have been processed and your Remittance Statements will be emailed within the next week. The deadline to file your Q3'16 rebate is Wednesday, November 23rd. http://www.hbarebates.com/claimform.html

Check out the NEW Member Rebate Program HBAG Website! 

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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