September 2016 | Issue 9
Letter from the President
HBAM President Greg Smith
Our HBAs are the one and only voice for the housing industry. We work hard to protect and promote the job that supports you and your family. This association is here to represent you. As you know, it is important to have strength in numbers to be effective advocates for our industry. Politicians are more likely to listen to larger organizations, which tend to have more capitol and resources. Simply put, if we are not all working together, then we are going to be ineffective. It takes a team effort.

Speaking of teamwork, we will be working on the annual membership drives in September and October to help increase our numbers. We are encouraging local associations to participate in the initiative to help us grow. The theme for this year is HBAM Builder Blitz in honor of football season. Let's use a little team work and creativity to help push us over the goal line and increase membership 10% for each local.

On another note, we had a great representation for the recent NAHB mid-year meeting in Miami, Florida. During the meeting, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addressed the attendees, which was a very interesting opportunity. He discussed his personal knowledge of the home building industry and explained what he would offer to help build the economy as the next president. In addition, Gene Sperling, the chief economic advisor to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton outlined Clinton's economic development agenda. The mid-year meeting also featured a number of seminars, including an election forecast from political pundit Charlie Cook. The week ended with the NAHB board meeting.

We are working hard to make our association bigger and better. This organization exist for- and because of you- our members. Our job is to continually add new benefits to make this association work for your interests. Thanks for your support!


Greg Smith
Home Builders Association of Mississippi

2016 Best in Mississippi Awards
The 2016 Best in Mississippi Housing & Remodeling Award entry application  deadline has been EXTENDED to September 9th.

This year, our submission process has moved online for your convenience.  CLICK HERE  for more information and how to enter.
Upcoming Events
Natchez Meeting
5 HBAM office closed
6 Delta Chapter Meeting

Vicksburg Meeting
7 HBAJ Dove Hunt
8 East Central Meeting
9 Best in MS Application Closes
13 Corinth/Alcorn Meeting

Coast Meeting
Stone Co.Meeting

Hattiesburg Meeting
15 Pearl River Co. Meeting
20 HB&RA NEMS Meeting

HBAJ After Hours
21 Coast Wind Down Wednesday
22 HBAJ Board Meeting

Hattiesburg Fishing Tournament Begins
27 North MS Golf Tournament

Southeast Meeting

Southwest Meeting

HBAM 2016 Builders & Brews
28 North Central Meeting
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS: 2016 Builders & Brews

This month, the Home Builders Association of Mississippi will host the 2016 Builders & Brews ! The event will feature the culinary expertise of our members, beer tasting provided by the Southern Beverage Company and local government officials will be judging those who enter.

Tickets will be $40 in advance, $50 at the door. CLICK HERE to visit our website and buy a ticket or call (601) 969-3446 ex 302.

Great on the grill? Culinary arts expert? WE WANT YOU! To enter as a food vendor, please CLICK HERE to complete the interest form.
HBAM Kicks Off 2016 Builder Blitz
In the months of September and October, HBAM's 
2016 Builder Blitz Membership Drive is encouraging local associations to build membership and recruit new members.

The football themed membership drives is challenging associations to increase their membership by 10% by the end of October. This initiative coincides with the NAHB Fall Membership Drive. Both drives are rewarding top recruiters.

Ready to help new members score with HBA? Contact your local association President or Executive Officer to see how you can get involved! HBAM will be providing fun ways to track recruitment efforts of our members.

For more information about the Builder Blitz, prizes and more, CLICK HERE to visit our website.

If you have any questions or need additional assistance, contact Courtney Harris at (601) 969-3446 or

OSHA New Silica Standard Effects Construction
Two major Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revisions are taking affect in the next five months that can affect the way you run your company.

The rule sets new exposure limits on crystalline silica, a dust found in many materials used in industries such as construction, hydraulic fracking of oil and gas wells, glassmaking, and foundry work.

Here are the basics of the new regulation:
  • The new limit for all industries affected by the rule will be 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an eight-hour shift.
  • That is half the current exposure limit for general industry and maritime
  • Five times more stringent than the current level for the construction industry.
  • The Labor Department estimates the rule will result in an annualized costs of $1,500 for the average workplace or less for smaller employers.
  • Employers covered by the construction standard will have until late June of 2017 to meet most of the requirements, while those in the general industry will have until late June of 2018.
According to the U.S. Labor Department, the rule will improve workers' lives by cutting in half the existing ineffective exposure limits many workers are allowed to have to silica.

Through a partnership with Safety Plus, Inc., valuable tools to protect member companies from OSHA penalties are immediately available. In addition, staff are available to guide members through the maze pf compliance in an easy and understandable format. These services are provided at no cost.

Don Druse, Construction Compliance Specialist at Safety Plus, Inc., is eager to meet with local associations and provide the benefit of instruction and training.

"My goal is to help you be prepared should OSHA shows-up at your residential construction site, warehouse or manufacturing facility," said Druse.

Stay tuned for more information about Safety Plus, Inc. and the services provided to members .
November Board Meeting Will Include New Educational Opportunities
This year, HBAM will be coupling their November Board Meeting with new educational opportunities provided to members. These events will occur November 8-11th, including the  Best in Mississippi Housing & Remodeling Awards Banquet on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at the Embassy.

The week's agenda also includes various continued educational opportunities. Hosted by the Mississippi Housing Institute, these seminars will provide insight outside the typical realm of opportunities. Proposed courses include topics of marketing, social media and other business strategies.

"We want to help our members build their business in all aspects," said Matt Hopkins, Director of the Mississippi Housing Institute.

As the meeting approaches, more information will be distributed pertaining to the course schedule and registration information.