Our meeting, on July 23, will be located at Pinnacle Bank with two presentations. The first will be with K. C. Belitz who is the President of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce. He’s speaking about the Columbus Area Future Fund along with the campaign for matching funds CAFF is working on. Our 2nd speaker will be Michael Shonka who is with Solar Heat and Electric, Inc located in Omaha.

The evening will begin at 6:30 with dinner. Wunderlich's is catering fried chicken, mashed potatos w/gravy, corn, and a roll. Beverages will also be served. Be sure to thank Pinnacle Bank who is sponsoring the meal!

You do not want to miss this meeting!

Will we see you at Pinnacle Bank?
210 East 23rd Street (Use the south entrance)

07/23/18 6:30pm - 07/23/18 8:30pm

Bringing a guest? Email Diane the total number attending. Please let us know either way if you plan on attending or not.
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President - Steve Long
Treasurer - Hollie Olk
Past President - Joe Kuehler

Rick Cheloha
Dave Ebner
Levi Abbott

State Directors
Steve Long (Executive Committee)
Rick Cheloha
Levi Abbott (alternate)
July 23
General Membership Meeting
Solar Heat and Electric, Inc.
6:30 pm

August 3
CHBA Golf Outing
Elks Country Club

September 14
NSHBA Golf Outing
Lake Maloney Golf Club
North Platte

September 24
Mead Lumber
6:30 pm

February 19-21, 2019
International Builders Show
Las Vegas

March 26, 2019
NSHBA Legislative Banquet


Beard Warren Heating & A/C
-Tim Warren bwhtg@frontiernet.net

Black Hills Energy

Century 21 Realty Team
-Kim Hoefer kim@callkim.com

Columbus Bank & Trust
-Michelle McMillan mmcmillan@colbank.com

Columbus Plumbing
-Terry Douglas colplumb@frontiernet.net

Columbus Telegram
-Vincent LaBoy vincent.laboy@lee.net

Columbus United Federal Credit Union
-Brian Christensen brian@bankingwithyou.com

Copper Care Wood Preservatives, Inc.
-Levi Abbott sales@coppercare.com

Dubas Refrigeration, Inc

Ernst Auto Center/Ernst Toyota
-Abbi Hellbusch abbih@ernstauto.com

Gehring Construction & Ready Mix
-Merlin Gehring merling@gehringconcrete.com

Gerhold Concrete

Great Plains Building Supply Co.
-Tony Bahr tony@gpbsco.com

Home Real Estate

Loup Power District
-Rick Cheloha rjchelo@loup.com

Mead Lumber Co.
-Curtis Loosvelt cloosve@meadlumber.com

Mueller & Schoepf Drywall
-Wayne Mueller msdrywall@gpcom.net

Nebraska Investment Finance Authority
-Tim Kenny tim.kenny@nifa.org

NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska
-Rena Beran renab@nwnen.org

Obrist Construction

Pella Windows

Pinnacle Bank

Platte Valley Precast, Inc

Preferred Plumbing

Preister Well & Backhoe
-Gary Preister preisterwell@hotmail.com

Schumacher,Smejkal,Brockhaus,&Herley P.C.
-Scott Smejkal scott.s@gotcpas.com


Window World

member pic

A & A Builders
-Ken Armstrong aabuilders615@gmail.com

B-D Construction

Ebner Siding & Construction
-Dave Ebner debner@neb.rr.com

Granville Custom Homes Inc.
-Steven Ramaekers sheila@granville-homes.com

Korte Construction, Inc
-Wendall Korte klkorte@megavision.com

Kuehler Construction
-Joe Kuehler kuehler@megavision.com

Steve Long Construction

Woerth Construction Co.
-Mike Woerth mwoerth72@gmail.com
*If you don't see your name on the member list or the listed email is wrong, please contact Diane at
Builder Members:   Builders  are the heart and soul of the home builders associations.  Builder members  are directly involved in building homes. They include small-volume  builders , production builders , light commercial  builders  and remodelers.

Associate Members:   Associate members  provide products or services to home builders. They sell lumber, windows, appliances, etc. or offer services such as mortgage finance. 

Affiliate Members: Affiliates enable the employees of builder and associate members to reap the rewards of NAHB/NSHBA/CHBA membership at a fraction of the cost.

NAHB Member Statistics
  • Number of NAHB members - 140,000
  • Builder members - 32%
  • Associate members - 68%
  • New homes constructed in the U.S. each year that are built by NAHB members - 80%
  • NAHB celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2017
  • NAHB members will save an estimated $7,500 per housing start in 2018 due to NAHB's advocacy efforts in 2017 and other select member benefits.
JUNE General Membership Meeting
A huge THANK YOU to Steve Long (Sears) who hosted and sponsored the meal at our June meeting.

Members listened to two speakers in June. Raul Arcos spoke about Centro de Hispano and what this organization does in our community. Our 2nd speaker was Stan Poff (Kearney Concrete Co.) who is the current President of the Nebraska State Home Builders Association. Stan updated our members about State (NSHBA) and National (NAHB).
Membership Drive
Our Annual Membership Drive began May 1 and will continue through August with a big push during the annual CHBA Golf Tournament which is Friday, August 3. Please ask your business acquintances, subs, etc to join the Columbus Home Builders Association and support the industry that supports them.
Annual CHBA Golf Tournament
The golf tournament will be August 3 at the Elks Country Club. When putting together your team, be sure to invite a nonmember of CHBA to play with you! We will have membership materials available for everyone to take at the tournament. Deadline to sign up is July 28!

Husker Watch Holiday Party
Our 2nd Annual Husker Watch Holiday Party will be Saturday November 3. We will be getting together to celebrate the upcoming holidays while cheering on the Huskers in their win against Ohio St. Game time is yet to be determined so keep checking the upcoming newsletters for updates.
NAHB Discounts
MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE DISCOUNTS! Click on the Pocket of Savings to learn more about the discounts all members of CHBA can receive. (You must be able to access the NAHB website and know your PIN number in order to take advantage of the GM discount). Call or email Diane if you have any questions. buildcolumbus@gmail.com.
FCA US LLC is pleased to announce a special $500 cash allowance toward the purchase or lease of many of the most popular vehicles in our lineup.
Save 10% every time you shop online with Omaha Steaks! 
As a member of your local Home Builder’s Association, you can gain access to Amazon Business’ vast selection, competitive pricing and shipping options to meet your needs.
Home Builders Association
Join CHBA Today!- Feel free to forward CHBA's Newsletters to friends and business contacts who are interested in joining our association. Bring those interested to a General Membership Meeting and let them see first hand what our association is all about. 

They can also click on the above "Join CHBA Today" link which should take them to the membership application they can print off and return with the application fee. Be sure to add your name at the bottom of the application next to "Sponsor" so that you can begin earning Spike credits through NAHB.

City of Columbus - Building Department Report
Nebraska State
Home Builders Association

OSHA Training and Updates - Your state and local HBA's are partnering together to bring you the OSHA training that your business and your employees need.

NSHBA Rebate Program - Free Member Benefit to Builder & Remodeler members of the Nebraska State HBA. There are currently over 50 of the country's leading Manufacturer Brands participating in the Member Rebate Program offering the same rebates as the "Top-5 Builders" receive regardless of your volume.
National Association of
Home Builders
E-Learning: Webinars and Online Courses - Building professionals are busy people. NAHB knows how difficult it is to make time for even the most compelling courses, seminars and workshops. It's easy to miss the learning opportunities that help you to stay abreast of the latest technologies, newly passed regulations and cost-effective ways of doing business.
NAHB offers virtual learning opportunities that are priced right and fit easily into your busy schedule. From online courses to Webinar Wednesdays, NAHB learning opportunities will help you.
Seven Ways to Grow Your Business This Summer
  • Live Online Courses
  • Webinars
  • On-Demand Courses
  • One-Day Speaker Training Course
  • Designee/Educator of the Year Nominations Now Open
  • Save the Date: NAHB Awards Season
  • NAHB BuilderBooks
  • Live Online Courses
Designee/Educator of the Year Nominations Now Open
Has a colleague (or yourself!) used their NAHB designation to exceed client expectations? Did you take a course with an inspired, informed NAHB Instructor? Nominate them for the annual Designee or Educator of the Year Awards. The awards honor industry professionals who actively hold designations and promote the value of NAHB education to clients and the industry. Learn more
On-Demand Courses
NAHB offers on-demand education through online courses that are priced right and fit easily into your busy schedule. Or grow your skill set with highly-targeted online courses from Learning Resources Network (LERN). New sessions like Google analytics, YouTube for business and web design start the first week of each month. Check out all course options and dates.
Marketing & Sales for Building Professionals 
September 11, 18, 25
Learn the many types of marketing and sales tools to help you build your unique brand and a positive reputation so you can motivate customers, clients and referral partners to choose your product or services. The course takes place over three consecutive Tuesdays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25 from 1–3 p.m. Register today.
One-Day Speaker Training Course
Spokesperson Training
Saturday, Aug. 11, Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Long Beach, California
Would you like to be better prepared for your next media interview or public speaking engagement? Spokesperson Training includes instruction, skill-building exercises and on-camera practice to teach proper messaging, audience understanding and how to handle tough questions. Register today.
NAHB BuilderBooks
What better time than now to discover how to make your home green. Green expert and BuilderBooks author, Marla Esser Cloos in her book, Living Green Effortlessly: Simple Choices for a Better Home provides simple steps that can you save money, increase your home's value and make your home healthier for you, your family and the environment. Get a copy today at BuilderBooks.com.
Get Noticed! Enter NAHB Awards Programs
Submit your outstanding accomplishments in building, marketing, design, green and more to the top awards programs in the industry! Our new awards platform allows you to copy your entry from one program to another, making it easier for you to enter multiple competitions. NAHB has over 20 different awards programs. Visit nahb.org/awards to learn more.
CHBA is here for the people of Columbus. Between sponsorships, donations, and physical labor we work hard to complete the vision and purpose that the leaders of our great city of Columbus have. Below are images of just a few of CHBA's recent projects and events that we've been involved with. 
Columbus Ice Sponsor
Annual Habitat for Humanity Build
Columbus Inclusive Playground
Columbus Days
Can you imagine a world without the automobile, the telephone or the computer? Innovation is impossible without the ability to dream and discover. The inventors of tomorrow are today's dreamers. Columbus Public Schools STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Academy wants to help them branch out and grow roots in their career. STEM fosters creativity and innovative thinking and teaches students to become problem-solvers.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. We provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms.
Diane Jorgenson | Columbus Home Builders Association |