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September Is Associate Member Appreciation Month!

Since 1981, September has been designated as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Associate Member Appreciation Month — an annual celebration of our Associates’ contributions to Delaware, the NAHB federation and our nation’s building industry.

The Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE) really appreciates its Associate Members! Associate members provide support to HBA/DE at the local, state and national levels, they volunteer time, talent and treasure to help the association, and they serve on committees and councils, conveying valuable insight and business management tips. Therefore, designating September as Associate Appreciation Month is just one way of providing the much-deserved visibility and recognition to our invaluable Associate members.

As you know, each month the Builder Members of our Board of Directors nominates an Associate Member for the coveted, annual Associate of the Year Award, awarded annually each December. You can see a list of all the previous year recipients of the Associate of the Year Award, as well as this year’s nominees by clicking here.

In order to honor, and thank our Associates, HBA/DE will be highlighting a different Associate Member each week for this month. This week we have Debra Young, M.Ed., OTR/L, SCEM, ATP, CAPS, Owner of EmpowerAbility.

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Debra was elected Director to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Board of Directors (2015-2018). In 2014 she received he AOTA Recognition of Achievement Award for notable contributions to the profession and its consumers in the environmental modifications specialty area of practice. Locally, she serves on the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE) Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and serves as the Chair of the HBA/DE Associates Council. She is also scheduled to present, “Think your buyers are too young for Universal Design? Think again!” at the upcoming 2016 International Builders Show.

We reached out to Debra to ask her a few questions about her experience with HBA/DE:

Q: When did you first join HBA/DE and what made you join?

A: I first joined HBA/DE in 2011, shortly after I obtained the NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) designation.  It was within the CAPS courses that I was introduced to the building industry perspective on the creation of spaces for older adults.  Joining HBA/DE seemed like the natural next step .  Occupational therapists are uniquely qualified to address the needs of older adults who wish to continue to live at home.  Our knowledge of the person-environment fit lends well to consulting on planning and layout of built and natural environments. Inter-professional collaboration provides a marriage of the medical and building industries for best client outcomes.

Q: Why do you stay a member of HBA/DE?

A: Interprofessional collaboration is integral to my business model.  I am a believer in ‘seek first to understand, then to be understood.’ Having an understanding of the issues facing the building industry on both a local and national level is critical to the collaborative team process.  I remain active with HBA/DE to be a resource for inclusive housing and communities, but to also continue to strengthen partnerships between occupational therapy practice and the building industry for the benefit of my clients.

Q: What is your favorite HBA/DE Event and why?

A: I have enjoyed and found benefit in every HBA/DE event that I have attended.  Networking and getting to know the other members on not just a professional, but also a personal level, has been tremendous.   As a foodie I am partial to the Celebrity Chef event.  As a former bowler, I also enjoy the challenge of bowling nearly 30 years later.  Although, shooting a shotgun for the first time at the Clay shoot and getting a chance to try some new brands of Scotch, at the Cigars & Scotch event, certainly top the list as well.

Q: What have you accomplished as a result of HBA/DE Membership?

A: My membership has helped to not only provide project leads for my business, it has fostered local and national friendships that would otherwise not have occurred.  Active involvement within HBA/DE led to active involvement with NAHB. Getting involved and staying involved allowed me the opportunity to participate as a content expert on what I am most passionate about; universally designed products and spaces and the concept of aging in place.  Invitations to present and be a part of special projects and subcommittees followed, providing further networking opportunities and added exposure for my business.  A direct result of my membership has been the ability to provide continuing education to building industry professionals on a local and national level on universal design and aging in place.  This, along with many other notable contributions I made in an effort to support and promote the NAHB CAPS designation, paved the way to my being the recipient of the 2013 NAHB CAPS of the Year Award.

Q: What do you feel is the greatest benefit of HBA/DE Membership?

A: Keeping up to date on building industry trends and how it may impact business.  Having a seat at the table when it comes to government affairs, legislation and state/local policy decision-making.  Most of all:  Being a part of a group of professionals that come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, but sharing converging visions of successful housing and community design.

From all of us here at HBA/DE, we would like to graciously thank Debra, as well as all of our Associate Members. Thank you for your continued support!

Geoff Grosso selected honoree of 40 under 40 of 2015!

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Tarabicos Grosso, LLP is pleased to announce that one of our founding partners, Geoff Grosso, was recently selected as an honoree for the Delaware Business Times 40 Under 40 of 2015!  The selected group represents some of Delaware’s greatest achievers and innovators under the age of 40 in the business world.  Geoff’s strong work ethic, commitment to providing our clients with excellent service, and leadership within the office, all factor significantly in the success of the firm.  As a result of his enthusiasm, vision, and dedication, Geoff has already reached a number of major milestones and accomplishments in his career, and the Tarabicos Grosso team is thankful to have him.  Congratulations, Geoff!

Read the full listing here.

IBS Savings End October 1st!

Registration is now open for the NAHB International Builders’ Show’® (IBS), the building industry’s premier event!

The best registration deals are happening now! Don’t miss your only chance to take advantage of these great offers!

Full Registration

NAHB Member: $275 | Non-Member: $400

Learn from new speakers to strengthen your knowledge and improve your business as you choose from 120+ education sessions covering 8 tracks, PLUS get access to 1,300+ top suppliers on the industry’s largest exhibit floor.

Expo Pass

NAHB Member: Free | Non-Member: $50

Explore the industry’s largest exhibit floor to meet one-on-one with more than 1,300 top suppliers – approximately 25% new to IBS, see the latest products and services and get your questions answered.

Free Spouse Registration

Bring your better half for free! You do not have to be an NAHB Member to take advantage this offer. Beginning October 1, this fee will jump to $25.

Offers end September 30. Prices increase October 1.

Register Today!

Benefits Connection Newsletter September-October 2014

View the Benefits Connection Newsletter
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Don’t Miss Out On This Member Benefit!

It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that we would like to formally invite you to take advantage of this important member benefit. We would like to introduce to you an exclusive look at the Benefits Connection Exchange, a private health insurance exchange for businesses and individuals throughout the state of Delaware. The Benefits Connection Exchange is exclusively endorsed by over 9 different Chamber of Commerce and Trade Associations throughout the state. We are the healthcare and employee benefit solution!

The Benefits Connection has been providing coverage to Delaware employers for over 35 years. The key aspects of our program include:

– Billing from one source as opposed to multiple carriers. We would bill for your medical, dental, vision, life, etc. on one invoice.
– Online, real-time, comparative quoting for multiple carriers and plans
– Provide options from both the public (Healthcare.gov) and private marketplace
– HR administrative assistance
– Provide, at no cost to you, an on-line, customized HR and employee benefit portal for your company
– Expert ACA consulting and reporting to ensure compliance
– Large Group discounted pricing for all ancillary products (i.e. dental, vision, disability, life, life lock, etc.)
– Unique Workers Compensation program which is comprised of a national pool of employers that can provide up to 20-40% discounts exclusive for Benefits Connection

It is vital for every employer to review and consider all options available in the new Affordable Care Act landscape of health insurance. We will provide expert consultation to ensure your benefit program is compliant under the new law.

Please feel free to contact us, Allen Insurance Group, brokers for the Benefits Connection since 1980, for a free review and consultation:
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September Is Associate Member Appreciation Month!

Since 1981, September has been designated as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Associate Member Appreciation Month — an annual celebration of our Associates’ contributions to Delaware, the NAHB federation and our nation’s building industry.

The Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE) really appreciates its Associate Members! Associate members provide support to HBA/DE at the local, state and national levels, they volunteer time, talent and treasure to help the association, and they serve on committees and councils, conveying valuable insight and business management tips. Therefore, designating September as Associate Appreciation Month is just one way of providing the much-deserved visibility and recognition to our invaluable Associate members.

As you know, each month the Builder Members of our Board of Directors nominates an Associate Member for the coveted, annual Associate of the Year Award, awarded annually each December. You can see a list of all the previous year recipients of the Associate of the Year Award, as well as this year’s nominees by clicking here.

In order to honor, and thank our Associates, HBA/DE will be highlighting a different Associate Member each week for this month. This week we have Joe Gordon Jr., Owner of GreenJoeGreen.

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Joe Gordon Jr., GreenJoeGreen

Joe serves as the Chair of the HBA/DE Green Building Council, and has contributed time assisting with the recent 2012 Energy Code Training Workshops, and helps annually to bring together the Sporting Clay Event. A Hers Rater, he continues to be the top rated Verifier in Delaware under the National Green Building Standard (NGBS). This year he was recognized by Home Innovation Research Labs as a Green Partner of Excellence.

We reached out to Joe to ask him a few questions about his experience with HBA/DE:

Q: When did you first join HBA/DE and what made you join?

A: I first joined the HBA/DE when I formed my own company in 2012.  I had been involved with the HBA before that under Jim McCulley and had been to many events as well as participated in the GBC.

Q: Why do you stay a member of HBA/DE?

A: I stay a member of the HBA/DE because I recognize the fact that it is incumbent upon those in our industry to protect our industry.  As a part of the HBA/DE I get to participate in the legislative process and help shape the future of our industry.

Q: What is your favorite HBA/DE Event and why?

A: I am partial to the HBA/DE Sporting Clay Shoot hosted at Owens Station yearly; though the Crab Feast along with Cigars & Scotch are tied for a close second.  As far as the “why” goes, it’s like asking a Golfer why the Golf Tournament is their favorite event; I’m a gun guy and especially love shotgunning.  To be able to promote the industry and have a little fun at my favorite sport makes the Clay Shoot Number 1 in my book.

Q: What have you accomplished as a result of HBA/DE Membership?

A: I feel that my business model is based on HBA/DE participation, so the success of my business can be attributed to HBA/DE membership.  Staying at the forefront of the industry and positively affecting outcomes in the Builders’ interests has given me the reputation of a knowledgeable person with the well-being of our industry at heart.

Q: What do you feel is the greatest benefit of HBA/DE Membership?

A: People have ideas.  Some are good and some are bad.  Standing guard to deter the bad ideas and promote the good ones has to be the greatest benefit of HBA/DE membership.  Nothing is ever promised tomorrow today, but keeping a close eye on what could be coming next is what keeps our industry alive.

From all of us here at HBA/DE, we would like to graciously thank Joe, as well as all of our Associate Members. Thank you for your continued support!

Fifth Annual Build-PAC Raises Over $17,000

The Fifth Annual Perfect Pair: Cigars & Single Malt Scotch, hosted by Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE) in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Build-PAC was held Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 at the University & Whist Club in Wilmington, Delaware.

Each year HBA/DE holds this fundraiser to support its national Build-PAC efforts. With the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election, now is more important than ever to help support the efforts to keep housing as an important and integral piece of the national economy. Lake Coulson, NAHB Vice President of Government Affairs, and Fred Hoppe, 2015 BUILD-PAC Chair, spoke on the importance of national support. This year, the event  exceeded its goal once again, raising over $17,000.00 in supportive funds.

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Fred Hoppe, 2015 BUILD-PAC Chair (Left) speaks on the importance of national support with Steve Bomberger (Right)

Aside from smoking cigars and drinking scotch, the event is a lot of fun, even for those who don’t smoke cigars or drink scotch. It’s a night of unwinding through networking, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and, of course, the auction run by Dave Curtis, Leon Weiner & Associates.

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Dave Curtis, Leon Weiner & Associates, auctioning off assorted wine

Thanks to Doug Hershman, Bayard, who secured the University and Whist Club. Thanks to our Title Sponsor Harry Miller, Regal Builders and Noble’s Pond, and thanks to our Cigar Sponsor Roger Wollaston, Creative Floors. We certainly owe thanks to our Delaware BUILD-PAC Trustee Steve Bomberger for all his guidance and support. And, of course thanks to all that attended, participated at the auction and those that were unable to attend but still contributed.

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From Left to Right: Kevin Kelly, Fred Hoppe, Kevin Whittaker, Meghan Everngam, Steve Bomberger, Lake Coulson

Special Thanks to all that donated goods for our auction:
George Beers, Delaware Valley Development Co.
Steve Bomberger
Steve Burnett, IFS Insurance
Capano Homes
Tom Curley, TC Electric
Dave Curtis
Fred Hoppe & NAHB Build-PAC
Bruce Jones & Jeff Bierlein, PNC Bank
Kevin Kelly
Leon Weiner & Associates
Michael Simeone, Unity Construction

To view all the pictures from the event, check out our Facebook Page.

Register For IBS 2016

Registration is now open for the NAHB International Builders’ Show’® (IBS), the building industry’s premier event!

The best registration deals are happening now! Don’t miss your only chance to take advantage of these great offers!

Full Registration

NAHB Member: $275 | Non-Member: $400

Learn from new speakers to strengthen your knowledge and improve your business as you choose from 120+ education sessions covering 8 tracks, PLUS get access to 1,300+ top suppliers on the industry’s largest exhibit floor.

Expo Pass

NAHB Member: Free | Non-Member: $50

Explore the industry’s largest exhibit floor to meet one-on-one with more than 1,300 top suppliers – approximately 25% new to IBS, see the latest products and services and get your questions answered.

Free Spouse Registration

Bring your better half for free! You do not have to be an NAHB Member to take advantage this offer. Beginning October 1, this fee will jump to $25.

Offers end September 30. Prices increase October 1.

Register Today!

State Workshops Next Week of SRA Maps of Lands to be Protected from Development

Announced this week, public input is sought by Delaware Open Space Council for the Standards and Criteria for State Resource Areas – public workshops have been set for September 21, 22 and 29 in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties.

The Delaware Open Space Council (OSC) has been reviewing the provisions of the Land Protection Act (7 Del. C. Ch 75) and assessing the State’s compliance with the provisions of the Act. The OSC was created in 1990 to advise the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) on all matters related to the administration, implementation and financing of Delaware’s land protection program. After careful review, the OSC determined that the maps of State Resource Areas (SRAs) need to be updated. The first step in creating updated SRA maps is for the OSC to determine the standards and criteria for SRAs (7 Del. C. §7507).

A special subcommittee of the OSC was created to draft updated standards and criteria which were shared with select staff and conservation groups prior to sharing them with the full OSC on August 5th. Now, public input is being sought on these revisions through having a public workshop in each county. These workshops will give the public a chance to meet some members of the OSC and staff, ask questions and provide their input prior to a having a formal public hearing on the standards and criteria.

The workshops will be held at 5 p.m. on the following dates at the locations listed below:

  • Sussex County: Monday, September 21 – Georgetown Public Library, 123 West Pine Street, Georgetown 
  • Kent County: Tuesday, September 22 – Dover Public Library, 45 S. State Street, Dover 
  • New Castle County: Tuesday, September 29 – Brandywine Hundred Library, Meeting Room B, 1300 Foulk Rd, WilmingtonAfter these workshops and a public hearing date, the OSC will take into consideration all public comments before deciding on the final standards and criteria in its December 2, 2015 meeting. To review the draft standards and criteria prior to the workshops, please visit the DNREC webpage http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/OpenSpaces. Copies of the draft standards and criteria will also be available at the workshops.

 

September Is Associate Member Appreciation Month!

Since 1981, September has been designated as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Associate Member Appreciation Month — an annual celebration of our Associates’ contributions to Delaware, the NAHB federation and our nation’s building industry.

The Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE) really appreciates its Associate Members! Associate members provide support to HBA/DE at the local, state and national levels, they volunteer time, talent and treasure to help the association, and they serve on committees and councils, conveying valuable insight and business management tips. Therefore, designating September as Associate Appreciation Month is just one way of providing the much-deserved visibility and recognition to our invaluable Associate members.

As you know, each month the Builder Members of our Board of Directors nominates an Associate Member for the coveted, annual Associate of the Year Award, awarded annually each December. You can see a list of all the previous year recipients of the Associate of the Year Award, as well as this year’s nominees by clicking here.

In order to honor, and thank our Associates, HBA/DE will be highlighting a different Associate Member each week for this month. This week, we have John Johnson, PLS/Principal, Karins and Associates. As a Principal of Karins and Associates, he is responsible for many daily operations including project management, bidding, client relations, business development, marketing and staff development. Mr. Johnson currently serves as Vice President of Karins and Associates. He is an Associate Director of HBA/DE, having been active on our Board for several years. In addition, he is active in our Associates Council and this year specifically helped to bring together the 2015 Ramp Build.

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We reached out to John to ask him a few questions about his experience with HBA/DE:

Q: When did you first join HBA/DE and what made you join?

A: Karins and Associates has been a member of HBA/DE for 20+ years. We joined because we needed to support an Association that supports our industry. Since that industry is our bread and butter, it’s what we do, we have to look out for it our else we’ll all be out of jobs.

Q: What is your favorite HBA/DE Event and why?

A: My favorite event is the Annual Sporting Clay Event. It’s something I really enjoy and I feel I can relate to it and all the people involved.

Q: What have you accomplished as a result of HBA/DE Membership?

A: HBA/DE has allowed me to maintain good networking connections through it’s various events, as well as get involved more deeply within our industry at both the local and national level through such councils as the Nuts & Bolts Committees.

Q: What do you feel is the greatest benefit of HBA/DE Membership?

A: The connection to the national level is the greatest benefit. Being able to collaborate between the local and national levels is what gets things accomplished. It’s how we keep our industry going.

From all of us here at HBA/DE, we would like to graciously thank John, as well as all of our Associate Members. Thank you for your continued support!

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