HBAG News - September 2016
Building a Better Georgia 
Register for the 2016 HBAG Fall Board Meeting
Register for the 2016 HBAG Fall Meeting before it is too late! 
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 .

Location Information

*Alternative Hotels:  Holiday Inn Resort- 912-635-2211
Days Inn - 912-635-9800
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 hereQuestions 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.
The New Overtime Rule
Courtesy of NAHB
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule regarding overtime eligibility and specifically, the exemption for employees serving in executive, administrative and professional capacities, also known as the "white collar" exemption. Employers must comply with the new rule by Dec. 1, 2016.

The rule will have significant ramifications for many employers, including home building firms and not-for-profits, such as HBAs.  According to NAHB analysis, nearly 100,000 construction supervisors will now be eligible for overtime under the new rules. NAHB has produced a  webinar with helpful compliance information and additional resources.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires overtime to be paid to employees when time worked exceeds 40 hours per week. There are some exceptions: Executive, administrative and professional employees can be exempt from overtime as long as they meet certain criteria including salary basis, salary level and standard duties. The new rules did not change the salary basis or standard duties provisions, but did increase the salary level criteria.

Under the new rules, the Administration doubled the annual salary level used in determining whether an employee qualifies for the exemption from $23,660 to $47,476. If an employee previously met the exemption, their salary must be at least $47,476 to continue to meet it. The salary threshold will be adjusted every three years under the new rules.

Some  states  have also enacted overtime laws. Where an employee is subject to both the state and federal overtime laws, the employee is entitled to overtime according to the higher standard (that which will provide the higher rate of pay).

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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!

Voting for JAMES Magazine's Top Lobbyist Issue Closes TOMORROW, September 9th

Balloting for the Top Lobbyists edition of James Magazine ends on September 9th. Show your support and vote HBAG for top association.  You can vote for more than one person or firm per category.
HBAG will be supporting:
Top Large Law Firm:   Troutman Sanders LLP
Small Unaffiliated Firm: Fiveash-Stanley
Top Association: HBAG
Top Male Lobbyist: Pete Robinson, Austin Hackney
Top Female Lobbyist: Sam Hill
Rising Star: Lawrence Bell, Matthew Ralston
Click  HERE to vote now! Thank you for your continued support. 

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!

Check out the NEW Member Rebate Program HBAG Website!  Stay tuned for future deadlines!   http://www.hbarebates.com/claimform.html


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.
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.
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