October 2019 NEWSLETTER

Please join us October 28 at Pinnacle Bank for our monthly General Membership Meeting.

Presenters:  Bob Irby, Pathfinder Wealth Advisors and Lori A. Peters, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Columbus
Will you be attending our dinner meeting?
Pinnacle Bank (210 23rd St E)

10/28/19 6:30pm - 10/28/19 8:30pm

FREE to our members! Let me know either way if you are planning on attending or not.
Just me!
I'm bringing a guest!
Sorry, I can't make it!
Thank You Mead Lumber!
Thank you Mead Lumber for hosting and sponsoring dinner at the September meeting! Dana Rasmussen, DuPont™ Tyvek® Residential Specialist with Hallmark Building Supplies spoke on the new DuPont™ Tyvek® Solutions for Managing Moisture, Air, and Thermal.

The food was excellent. The presentation and demonstrations were a learning experience. Many questions were asked by our members and Dana was able to answer each and every one.
2019 Board of Directors

President - Levi Abbott
Vice President - Jerry Nauenburg
Treasurer - Hollie Olk
Past President - Steve Long

State Directors
Steve Long (Executive Committee)
Levi Abbott
Jerry Nauenburg
Calendar of Events

October 28
General Membership Meeting
Program: Lori with Habitat for Humanity as well as Bob Irby from Pathfinder Wealth Advisor
Location: Pinnacle Bank
6:30 pm

November 9
Special Event: CHBA Holiday Party
Entertainment - Comedian Kris Covi
Location: VFW
Time: 6:00 pm

January 21 - 23
International Builders Show
Las Vegas
NAHB Members:

February 21-23
Contact Steve Long at 402-562-7068
Columbus Home Builder's 2019 Holiday Party 

Put it on your calendar! The Annual Holiday Party is Saturday, November 9 with Comedian Kris Covi performing! The evening will begin at 6:00 pm at the VFW in Columbus. Bring your significant other, friends, employees! With Prime Rib and Shrimp on the menu and Kris Covi in the house you are assured a great time!

Kris is the winner of several comedy competitions including the 2014 Great American Comedy Festival (amateur) and was a finalist out of 450 comics in the World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas. He is a regular at the Omaha Funny Bone and can be seen at comedy clubs and corporate events around the country. He is married and has two adorable daughters. He also has a son. A toddler son. A #!*%! toddler son who spends his days devising ways to break all the stuff. 

When he is not in comedy clubs he is performing for corporate parties, private events, and the club he made in his basement full of stuffed animals the dog hasn't destroyed yet. It's a tough room but they are always good for a hug.

In addition to stand up comedy Kris is available as an emcee and charity auctioneer. He has helped raise over $1,000,000 as an auctioneer for some of Omaha's most wonderful charities. 

View Kris in action by following his Youtube link.

OSHA Class
November 7, 2019
7:00 - 11:00 A.M.
Black Hills Energy
3132 E 18th Street
(Just west of Camaco)
It is advised not to use Google Maps to find your way. It does not recognize E 18th Street and will send you to the west end of town! 

CHB Members: $90 Non-Members: $120

How to reduce your Risk and Liablility
How to document your safety program
What OSHA forms and written programs are required?
What OSHA regulations do I need to follow?
How to handle an OSHA inspection

Training requirements
OSHA rules and responsibilities
Hazard Communication (GHS)
Emergency Action Plans
Fire Prevention & Protection
Bloodborne Pathogens
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Concrete & Masonry
Silica (Awareness Level)
Fall Protection
Electrical Safety (Awareness Level-Subpart K)
Portable Hand & Power Tools
Trenching and excavating (requirements)
Mobile scaffolding
Coffee and donuts will be provided
by Black Hills Energy.

International Builders Show
January 21 - 23
Las Vegas, NV

Columbus Home Builder's Show
February 21-23
The Columbus Home Builders Association is excited to announce that the 2020 Columbus Home Builders Show will be February 21-23 at the Agricultural Park Exhibition Hall in Columbus.

Our Show will feature the latest in building and remodeling, as well as a wide variety of related services and products. Our Show is a great opportunity to showcase your business.
Free Member Yard Signs
CHB has member yard signs to give to anyone that might have a place to put them. Designed to promote the CHB logo around the community of Columbus, the member yard signs are free to place at jobsites, in front of member businesses, or in our member's yards.

Please let Levi know if you are interested in helping to promote your association and he will hand deliver you a sign.
Fourth Quarter Target Businesses
Home 360
Renovate with Brooke Wegener
Style Builders Inc
Sharp Home Solutions
Heartland Builders Co
Double Our Membership

If every member recruited just one new member we'd double our size! It's easy math but much harder to ask a sub-contractor or friend to pay money to join an association they may not be familiar with. Solve the problem by inviting them to a monthly meeting. Bring them with you to an upcoming event like the CHBA Steak Fry in August or the Holiday Party in November. Invite them to help roof the Habitat house when we partner up with Columbus Habitat for Humanity. Help them to get to know us!

Please refer to the list to the left. If you know anyone on a personal level or you work with them, please invite them to join CHBA.
The larger the Federation, the louder its voice will be.
Attention Members! Our logo is at Columbus Custom Embroidery. Next time you are ordering shirts with your company logo on them, consider placing our logo on the shirts as well.
Member Benefits
Driveway permit policy
Greetings! Platte County has had some issues recently regarding the construction of driveways in the county, particularly that all drives must receive a permit from the county and approval prior to construction. This applies to all county roads, including public dedicated roads within subdivisions.  

To view the policy click HERE.
NSHBA Legislative Report
Part of the benefit of your membership into the Columbus Home Builders Association includes membership into the Nebraska State Home Builders Association (NSHBA) as well as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

During the most recent Legislative session, NSHBA was at work watching what bills were being introduced. The first session ended on May 31st, 2019. 739 bills were introduced and 294 bills were passed into Nebraska law.  Nebraska State Home Builders Association monitored over 40 bills as they narrowed the intent of the bills which were closely associated with the home building industry.

CLICK HERE to read NSHBA's Legislative Report in full.
NAHB Member Savings program
As a benefit of being a member, you have access to discounts and savings opportunities offered by many top companies. All programs, rates and prices are subject to change without notice.

NAHB members can access each program using the co-branded links below, or download an overview of all discounts including phone numbers and program codes.
NAHB Members Save more with Dell

Dell's Small Business Technology Advisors are available and ready to help NAHB members with your tech questions so you can focus on running your business. From selecting the right systems to incorporating servers or creating networks for employees and clients near and far, they can make managing your technology easy.
visit dell.com/NAHB and save up to 40% off of the everyday price on select Dell products or call an Advisor today at 800-757-8442.
$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.
New Rates, Same Exceptional Service

We took the guesswork out, and put the easy in. It's now easier than ever for you and your members to save on domestic and international shipments with your new and improved UPS flat rate pricing
Savings include:
45% on Domestic Next Day/Deferred
25% on Ground Commercial / Residential
Up to 50% on additional services.

Whether it's air, ground or an international delivery, you want shipping services you don't have to think twice about. Rely on your NAHB UPS Savings Program to find solutions that help fit your needs and receive the same convenient and reliable service at an even lower price. 
Ready to ship? Go to www.savewithups.com/nahb
Need marketing material to promote to members? Click here
Have questions? Call 1-800-MEMBERS (636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET or email enroll@1800members.com.
3-in-1 Membership
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.Register, submit your rebate claim and receive a rebate check. Log on to NSHBArebates.com to register.
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.

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. 
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.

The Nebraska Association of Skilled and Technical Educators has presented its Program of Excellence Award to CHS. The honor is meant to recognize educational programs within the state that exceed in providing students with learning experiences and knowledge of industry work, careers and applications of basic skills.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization. It is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA serves middle school, high school and college students in programs preparing them for technical, skilled and service careers. In addition to technical skills training, SkillsUSA provides educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).
Mike Rowe Uses Celebrity Influence
To Grease The Wheel For Skilled Labor
CHBA Membership

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 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

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

Berkshire Hathaway/Premier Real Estate

Loup Power District
-Rick Cheloha rjchelo@loup.com

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

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

NeighborWorks Northeast Nebraska
-Rena Beran renab@nwnen.org

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


Tri County Title & Escrow
-Patty Beckner tri@megavision.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

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.
Diane Jorgenson | Columbus Home Builders Association |