June 2016
Greg Smith, President

President's Letter

June marks the Home Builders Association of Mississippi's 53rd annual convention. We are in full gear as we prepare for a great line-up of speakers and events. The attendance is up from last year and we want to thank everyone who is registered to date. If you are not registered, you still have a little time to come on board the three day tour! This year's convention promises to be both fun and educational.
Since January, we have been working on a new and exciting direction for the association and we will unveil some of those plans during the conference.  The HBAM staff and leadership has been working to form new partnerships that equal more opportunities for you. The convention will also be an opportunity to discuss the 2017 legislative session and potential agenda items.
We will also recognize our newest Hall of Fame inductees, and we have two very special recipients this year.  We will induct our first governor into the Hall of Fame, which will be Governor Phil Bryant. Our second distinguished recipient will be Terry Reeves, who is a great champion for our association and has a long history of support and involvement.  We are really happy to have such wonderful inductees this year.
Finally, we will have lots of fun and education incorporated into this year's event. Our key note speaker, Jeff McManus is going to coach us on team work and his experience in "Growing Weeders to Leaders" at the University of Mississippi. Marshall Ramsey is going to kick of Friday morning with his political satire and great story telling ability. Saturday, Stephanie Lee, with the MS State Board of Contractors, and Trey Copeland, with Jernigan, Copeland and Anderson, will lead a panel to keep us on track and legal on building industry standards.
On behalf of the Board, we sincerely appreciate your membership and look forward to seeing many of you soon. You are the key to our future and thanks for helping us to pave the way!
Greg Smith
Home Builders Association of Mississippi

"A Three Day Tour"
2016 HBAM State Convention & Educational Conference

You can still register to attend the annual state convention this month at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS.  

The dates for the convention are June 23-25, 2016. You don't want to miss a minute of the fun that's being planned for this year's event. Registration pricing will include most of the activities.

The Price is $375 Builder Member and $175 per additional guest.  Pricing covers all activities, except for the golf tournament.  Players are $80 each.  

We have a few sponsorship opportunities remaining...
Are you looking for a way to market your business with key home builder members from all over Mississippi?  Look no farther.  We still have great opportunities available to do just that at a minimum cost, but with lots of added value.  Click below to be a convention sponsor.  
State Convention - Key Connection Exhibitor Showcase
Be a "Key Connector" at the state convention and exhibit your products/programs and make key connections with builder attendees.  Thursday, June 23 (10am - 5pm) & Friday, June 24 (8am-Noon). To become a key connector, click the link below. 
Overtime Threshold: What's the New Rule?

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 have to 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.
View these FAQs  prepared by NAHB staff to get details on the DOL's updated annual income rules on paying overtime to you or your members' employees. You can also join a webinar on Thursday, June 2 at 2 p.m. ET , when NAHB staff will explain the rules and how they will effect  your members, as well as take questions. Mark your calendar and access the instructions for joining the webinar. 
Courtney Harris
Communication and Membership Director

T he Home Builders Association of Mississippi is proud to welcome Courtney Harris as the communication and membership director. She will be responsible for enhancing member communications and strengthening relationships between members as well as sponsors.
Harris previously was the Community Relations Coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Transportation in Jackson, Mississippi.
Harris received her Master of Public Administration degree from the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky. She also received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Mississippi State University. 
Kyle Hamlett
Kyle Hamlett Construction
Kyle Hamlett, owner of Kyle Hamlett Construction is a member of the Greater Hattiesburg Home Builders Association and is Immediate Past President on their association board. He is also a member of HBAM/NAHB. Kyle has an interesting path that led him to home building and business ownership!
Kyle is a Hattiesburg native who transplanted to  Louisiana for college to pursue a degree in in Religion. From there, he has had quite a transformation. He moved around a bit after graduating and ended up in New Orleans where he took a job as a bell hop and a waiter.  He wound up waiting tables on the riverboat cruise line Mississippi Queen that took him all over the United States.
Eventually, he came home and went back to school at USM, where he obtained a degree in Education. Realizing that teaching  just wasn't his calling, he began looking for another career path and landed a job in the building code department with the City of Hattiesburg. This is where he became interested in home remodeling and building.  
As a building inspector for City of Hattiesburg, he met Craig Flanagan. Kyle jokes that Craig offered him a job so he could help him pass inspections. For 10 years, he worked for Craig's company. Kyle joked that his last three bosses were Robert St. John, Mayor Johnny Dupree, and Craig Flanagan.
Last April, he decided to begin his construction business. As a mentor, Craig previously helped Kyle sustain his Home Builder Association dues every year, and took him to national and state conventions. He encouraged him to get involved. Kyle stated that he has always enjoyed being an association member, and particularly likes the lunches, dinners, education, seminars, and networking. He was invited to serve on the local board and worked his way up to President in 2015.  He was also featured as 2013 Home Builder of year. 
He credits Craig as being his biggest influence in his career and Home Builders Association activity.
Kyle is married to Susan Holland Hamlett, who was a native of Jackson. They have three daughters Madeline, Olivia, and Maggie Reese.   
APRIL 2016
Thanks to the following new members in the Home Builders Association of Mississippi!   
Magnolia State Bank
Anderson Retail Inc.
Le Jardin Custom Homes
Hughes Supply Inc
Carr Plumbing Supply, Inc.
First Bank
Matt B. Jensen Companies
Superior Post-Tension
Gulfeagle Supply
Blossman Gas
Marchetti, Robertson & Brickell Insurance & Bonding, Inc.
Acme Brick Company
North MS           
Waste Pro USA, Inc.
Tri State Ready Mix
North Central MS           
Little & Wilkinson Construction, LLC
Kettle Kreek Woodworks

MS Coast           
SST Construction
Redd Pest Solutions Company
RIS Insulation Supply
Cable One

City Paint and Glass, Inc.


Filling Construction Jobs Is Still Builders' Top Challenge
The cost and availability of labor remains a top supply-side headwind for home builders and remodelers as the residential construction industry expands. Over the past few years, the issue has increased in importance according to NAHB industry surveys. In 2013, 53% of builders rated the issue as a significant problem; that share increased in 2014 and 2015 to 61% and 68%, respectively. For 2016, 76% of builders indicated that they expected cost and availability of workers to be a significant problem, making it the top business concern of the industry. Click here to read more.

U.S. Housing Market Hitting Its Stride
The most recently published GDP numbers reveal that the U.S. is growing at a faster-than-first-reported 0.8% in the first quarter, with residential investment in things like home builidng and renovation rising at an annual pace greater than 17%. Quartz staffer Matt Phillips takes a look at this GDP increase which confirms other trends such the increase of new home sales and an increase in median home prices. Click here to see more. 

Competition about to be the next top homebuyer concern
Affordability, while the number one homebuyer concern, might soon be unseated by worrying about buyer competition, according to a new housing report from Redfin. Click here for more information.

Men are making more money off their homes than women
Buying a home is a better financial move for men than women, as the average market value of homes owned by single men is 10% higher than homes owned by single women, according to a new report from RealtyTrac .  Click here for the full story.
Rising housing market lifts builders, home good retailers. 
A new report from the U.S. that showed Americans are snapping up homes at a pace not seen since the housing bust-fueled recession pushed the trading of shares of all companies affiliated with the sector into overdrive. Click here for more. 

New Guide Helps Builders Navigate 2015 Residential Code
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announces the release of a new guide book designed to simplify and help builders understand the 2015 residential code. Click here for the story. 
Builder Groups Back Effort to Halt Overtime Rule
The U.S. Labor Department, at the direction of the White House, on Wednesday released details of new rules that double the threshold at which a private-sector employee becomes ineligible for overtime to $47,476 annually, or $913 per week, from roughly half that amount. The rule, which is slated to take effect Dec. 1, effectively adds 4.2 million workers to the pool that must be 1.5 times their hourly wage for each hour worked beyond 40 hours a week. Click here to see more.

Become a Certified Professional Builder

The purpose of the Certified Professional Builder Program is to establish criteria for home builders to assist in consumer awareness and professionalism through education, professional development and customer satisfaction.

Becoming a Mississippi Certified Professional Builder provides an opportunity for builders to pursue professional development through education and customer satisfaction. By agreeing to become a Certified Professional Builder, you will agree to meet standards beyond the licensing requirements of the Mississippi State Board of Contractors. Through the certification, builders will stay current on housing trends and the home buyer receives the benefits offered through the program.

June 7, 2016
HBA MS Coast
Board of Directors Mtg.
MS Coast Office

HBA of Hattiesburg
Membership Meeting 
11:00 AM

HBA of MS Coast
Membership Meeting
6:00 PM
Hancock Bank

HBA- Delta Chapter
Membership Meeting
6:30 PM
Crystal Grille

June 9, 2016
HBA - E Central
Membership Meeting
6:00 PM
Blue Crab Grill
Hwy 15 N - Laurel

June 13, 2016
HBA of Mid Mississippi
Membership Meeting
6:30 PM
Location - TBD

June 14, 2016
HBA of Corinth / Alcorn
Membership Meeting
6:00 PM
Russell's Beef House

June 16, 2016  
HBA - Pearl River County 
Membership Meeting   
11:30 AM  
Fatty's Restaurant     
June 21, 2016  
HBA - Jackson
After Hours
5:00 - 6:30 PM
Katheryn's  - Ridgeland

June 22, 2016  
OSHA Training Seminar 
HBA MS Coast  
Hancock Bank - Gulfport
June 23-25, 2016  
HBAM State Convention  
Beau Rivage - Biloxi, MS 
June 28, 2016  
HBA of Jackson  
Executive Committee Mtg.  
3:30 PM  
HBAJ Office

HBA - Southwest MS 
Membership Meeting  
6:30 PM  
The Caboose 

June 30, 2016 
HBA - Jackson
Board of Directors Meeting
HBAJ Office 

*Note: Due to the State Convention, several locals have decided not to meet in June.   
State Meetings:  
HBAM - State Convention  
Beau Rivage - Biloxi MS  
June 23 - 25, 2016

HBAM - Fall Meeting  
Embassy Suites 
Ridgeland, MS  
November 9 - 10, 2016
National Meetings: 
NAHB - Spring Board Mtg.  
NAHB - Mid Year Mtg. 
Fontainebleau Resort Miami Beach, FL 
August 8 - 11, 2016