April 2019 Newsletter
Berkshire Hathaway Media Group
Sydney Pickle
BH Media Midwest Digital Lead
Kearney Hub Digital
Zach Brown
Kearney Hub Digital Sales Supervisor
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As this email is sent out, I have no idea what our Nebraska weather will be delivering to us but I hope that if it is another doozy, you all will remain safe and warm.

Join your fellow members Tuesday April 16 for an evening that includes great food, awesome friends and a great presentation by:
  • Sydney Pickle (BH Media Midwest Digital Lead)
  • Zach Brown (Kearney Hub Digital Sales Supervisor)

Sydney and Zach will be talking about the use of the internet and the importance of being found easily online along with a high level overview of digital marketing. In recent years, digital ads have become more advanced in targeting internet users. Ads based on intent, rather than demographic, are now the most effective way to advertise.

Kearney Hub will be our Beverage Sponsor for the evening as well as Kearney Concrete Co. Be sure to thank both Lori Guthard and Stan Poff for sponsoring!

Hope to see you there!

*Berkshire Hathaway Media Group provides indispensable news coverage and advertising solutions in the communities it serves. BH Media owns and operates 119 newspapers, including 32 daily publications, in 10 states. BH Digital Media Services group helps small business owners understand all the digital and marketing options available to them. They will consult and create internet solutions, including websites, mobile, display, SEO, social media, Google Adwords, search engine marketing (PPC), e-mail marketing to programmatic, geo-targeting and retargeting options.
General Membership Meeting
Kearney Concrete Co. (315 S Railroad St.)

04/16/19 6:30pm - 04/16/19 8:30pm

$15 per person. If you are RSVP'ing for more than yourself, please email the exact count to Diane at buildkearney@gmail.com.
I'll be there!
I can't make it
Please RSVP Monday BY NOON.


Kearney Concrete Co
Babl Kitchen and Bath

March General Membership Meeting: A night of VIP's!

Thank you Mike Gray and Barbie Byrd for explaining more about the Principal Insurance Program. The insurance program is an exclusive benefit to members of our association. It will include Dental, Vision, Company Paid Life and Voluntary Life Plans. If you are interested, please fill out the census form and email it back to Mike Gray .

Mike and Barbie was followed by Don Wisnieski and Robert Kelberlau. As the NAHB National Area Chairman for Area 11 for the next two years, Don will be traveling the states of Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma working with its members on NAHB issues and goals. Robert Kelberlau is the NSHBA President as well as the State Representative of NAHB. During Bob's term, he will be traveling the state of Nebraska visiting our five locals working on growing Nebraska and addressing Housing Affordability for all. 

Thank you to all 4 of these individuals for taking time out of their very busy schedule to introduce themselves and update our members on the activities and benefits associated with NSHBA and NAHB.
2018/2019 KABA Board of Directors
Austin Gardine
Midwest Elite Contracting 

Greg Ruiz

Peggy Mak
University of NE Federal Credit Union

Kyle Flaherty
Exchange Bank

Tami Moore
T James Enterprises

Jake Greder
Gene Knaggs, Knaggs Construction
Andy Spracklen, Spracklen Built
Crystal Winkler

Lori Guthard, Kearney Hub
Terri Holtzen, Kearney Crete & Block
Christy Fitzgerald, Kearney Crete & Block
Mark Your Calendar
Calendar of Events
April 16, 2019
General Membership Meeting
Sydney Pickle
BH Media Midwest Digital Lead
Zach Brown
Kearney Hub Digital Sales Supervisor
Kearney Concrete Co.

May 21
General Membership Meeting
Presentation: TBA

June 18
General Membership Meeting
Kearney Crete & Block

October 12-13, 2019
Parade of Homes
Builders Get Your Homes Ready!
2019 NSHBA Board of Directors:
Stan Poff, Austin Gardine, Gene Knaggs, Tami Moore (alternate), Not picture: Greg Ruiz (alternate)
The Call for Nominations for the KABA Board of Directors is open. The 2 year term for Director Positions filled in this upcoming election will begin July 1, 2019.

According to nonprofit corporation law, a board member should meet certain standards of conduct and attention to his/her responsibilities to the organization. These are referred to as the Duty of Care, the Duty of Loyalty, and the Duty of Obedience.

  • Duty of Care
  • Careful oversight of financial matters and reading of minutes
  • Attention to the issues of concern to the organization
  • Raising questions whenever something is unclear or questionable
  • Duty of Loyalty
  • Conflicts of interest are avoided
  • Duty of Obedience
  • Obedience to the organization’s central purpose
  • Ensure compliance with the “law of the land” and its own bylaws and policies
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A Home Of Your Own
Jacobi's Carpet One
Kearney Concrete Co
Kearney Crete & Block
Mac's Home Builders LLC
Mid-Nebraska Garage Doors
T. James Enterprises, Inc.
Yellow Van Cleaning
Visit our complete membership directory on our website .
I f a vendor, supplier or subcontractor wishes to do business with you, have you ever considered that they should become a member and support your local, state and national associations? After all, our industry provides them not only a means of prosperity, it also represents them and their respective companies at each of the respective membership levels, as well as protects their industry interest and well-being every day.

Please be sure to inquire if they are KABA members, give a little plug if they are not, and extend an invitation to our next General Membership Meeting or event.
Legislative Banquet
The Annual Legislative Banquet was March 26 in Lincoln at Wilderness Ridge. WHAT AN EVENING! KABA Members had the chance to meet a record number of State Senators.

The evening started off with a Meet and Greet with the Senators from 6:00 - 7:00. This was an important time for our members as they could move around the room meeting any of the 40 Senators in attendance that evening. From 7:00-8:00 Kearney members sat down for dinner with Senator John Lowe, Senator Dan Hughes and Senator Tom Brandt.

Also attending the banquet was the NAHB 2nd Vice Chairman Chuck Fowke.
Front L to R: Chuck Fowke, John and Kim Lowe, Jeri Ruiz, Crystal Werner.
Middle L to R: Alice Buser, Peggy Mak, Julie Knaggs, Terri Holtzen.
Back L to R: Dan Buser, Doug Deterding, Gene Knaggs, Stan Poff.

Your voices are IMPORTANT and must be heard. If you have never attended this fabulous event before, consider attending next March. Ask anyone attending that evening for more information regarding the banquet. It is a fun and relaxing evening spent with friends.
Parade of Homes
October 12-13 2019
The date for the 2019 Parade of Homes has been set. Plan to build for the Parade!
NAHB Member Savings  gives members an easy way to reduce expenses, maximize profits and increase efficiency. Through agreements with leading national companies, NAHB offers exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services that can benefit your business, employees and family. In the past year, members have saved over $20M through Member Savings. For the most up-to-date information about which companies are offering discounts as well as detailed information on how to access the savings, please visit  www.nahb.org/savings .
Start you Easter weekend of with Great Savings from Lowe's. 2-Days of savings. On 4/19/2019 and 4/20/2019 Get 10% off your all your purchases when you use your new or existing Lowe's Accounts Receivable or Lowe's Business Account. Click  HERE  for more details.
If you don't have a Lowe's Business Account or need to register your existing LAR or LBA account click  HERE  .
$ave with the GM Fleet Private Offer for NAHB Members
Private offer of up to $1,000 towards the purchase or lease of an eligible new Chevrolet, Buick or GMC vehicle (excluded vehicles include Chevrolet Blazer, Bolt EV, Corvette, Sonic, Spark, Spark EV, SS, Trax, Volt; Buick Lacrosse, Regal, Verano, Cascada; all Cadillac models).
For private offer details, visit  www.nahb.org/gm.
Find your local Chevrolet Business Elite dealer, visit  www.gmfleet.com/locatedealer .


You will receive your membership activation voucher by email, along with:

$5 Sam's Club gift card 
Over $120 in Instant Savings on Sam's Club Products 
A second complimentary Sam's Club membership card

State HBA
NAHB 2nd Vice Chairman

John “Chuck” Fowke, a Tampa, Fla.-based custom home builder with 40 years of experience in the home building industry, was elected as the 2019 second vice chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

As founder and president of Homes by John C. Fowke, Inc., he has built hundreds of luxury homes throughout the Tampa Bay area.

“Our focus in 2019 is to address mounting housing affordability concerns and ensure that homeownership remain a national priority,” said Fowke. “We will work with policymakers to reduce and remove regulations that harm small businesses and raise housing costs. We will also urge Congress to enact meaningful housing finance reform that maintains an appropriate level of federal support to ensure sufficient mortgage liquidity for homeownership and rental housing opportunities.”

Fowke has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels throughout his career. A senior life director, he has served on the NAHB Board of Directors for more than 20 years and is a long-time member of the association’s Executive Board. He has also served as the NAHB National Area Chairman for Area 5, NAHB State Representative for Florida, moderator of the National Area Chairmen and chairman of the NAHB Audit Committee.

Fowke was named Builder of the Year by the Tampa Bay Builders Association (TBBA) in 2006 and 2009 and is a past president and life director of the TBBA. He also was president of the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) and continues to serve as a life director. In 2014, the FHBA awarded Fowke the prestigious Dick Baker Award and he was a recipient of the Florida Home Builders Eagle Award in 2012.

Actively involved in his community, he has served as chairman of the Charity Women’s Crisis Center’s Addition & Renovation Committee. As builder of the TBBA Showcase Home, Fowke contributed to the efforts of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Joshua House. He recently completed a project for the Gary Sinise Foundation for a military widow and her children. Fowke also held a successful fundraising event for Dick Vitale and the V Foundation in support of cancer research. In addition, he served on the city of Tampa and State of Florida Hurricane Codes Committee and the Workers’ Compensation Task Force.

He and his wife, Annalisa, have a blended family of seven children.

NAHB’s newly elected senior officers serve on a multi-year leadership ladder. Fowke will become chairman of NAHB’s Board of Directors in 2021 .
In the spring of 2017, graduating high school seniors, Dakota Franks of Kearney and Pedro Nunez of Gibbon were selected to receive an educational grant from KABA. 

In return for their employment by a KABA member for the duration of their education and for one full year after completing an Associates Degree in construction from a Nebraska State Community College (both of which are attending Central Community College), all tuition unpaid by other grants and scholarships will be paid through the National Home Builders of America's grant secured by KABA.

In the spring of 2018, two additional students were awarded scholarships. Austin Bamsberger and Lucas Falk both from Kearney High received 1 year Full Tuition Scholarship.
Kearney High School
KABA’s Educational Committee is working to create a High School Junior “Internship” experience for Kearney students and our KABA members. The committee will be working with both CCC and KHS to get this experience available to the students.
Leadership and Skills Conference
April 11-13, 2019
Heartland Events Center & Fonner Park
Grand Island

The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs. The state championships showcase the best career and technical students in Nebraska. First-place winners compete in the SkillsUSA national championships in Louisville, Kentucky. More than 2000 people - including students, teachers, and business partners- are expected to participate in the 2.5 day event. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in over 100 contests in areas of: Architecture & Construction, Arts, Audio/Video Technology, Business Management & Administration, Education, Health Science, Public Safety, Hospitality & Tourism, Leadership, Manufacturing, Science, Technology, Engineering & Math, Information Technology, Transportation & more! 

KABA encourages everyone to come out to the event and walk around to see the competitions taking place. It is an experience like no other! Come out and show your support for the students!
2018 Anita Nickman/Kearney Area Builders Association Scholarship
Representatives: Stan Poff & Tami Moore
Faculty: Jim Vaux
Student Recipient: David Almanza
Dakota Franks
Kearney High
2 year Full Tuition Scholarship- CCC
KABA Mentor - Jeff Heiden
Pedro Nunez Jr.
Gibbon High
2 year Full Tuition Scholarship - CCC
KABA Mentor - Andy Spracklen
Austin Bamsberger
Kearney High
1 year Full Tuition Scholarship - CCC
KABA Mentor - Paul Jackson
Lucas Falk
Kearney High
1 year Full Tuition Scholarship - CCC
KABA Mentor - Andy Spracklen
PO BOX 247
Kearney, NE 68848