For those who attended the International Builder Show (IBS) last week, I think you will agree the show was packed and, from my perspective, the governance meetings suggest this is a critical juncture for the construction industry at the national level. [Let me insert a selfish plug here: The Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) provides a great Expo Show and top-notch education at the luxurious venue, the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center – a more intimate setting; allowing exhibitors, builders and trade partners to network and actually find one another!]
Perhaps the most relevant news coming out of IBS is that Florida’s very own Chuck Fowke, a Custom Builder from Valrico, Florida and owner of Homes by John C. Fowke Inc., was announced as a certified Candidate for NAHB’s 3rd Vice Chairman seat. This election will occur at the 2018 IBS meeting in Orlando.
If you are an NAHB Board Member, you need to clear your calendar and plan to attend the 2018 IBS in Orlando to support Chuck.
Several locals have already adopted resolutions in support of Chuck’s candidacy and the FHBA Board Members will be noticed today of a special e-mail vote seeking the same. It is important that these resolutions be done as quickly as possible so that Chuck’s campaign starts strong.
In other NAHB news, the national dues increase has officially been delayed until January 1, 2018. Several of Florida’s local Home Builder Association Executive Officers attended a forum regarding a potential new business model that is early in the conceptual/discussion phase. NAHB is also looking at ways for a smaller, nimbler governing structure and exploring options for the acceptance of online membership applications and installment dues payments. It is encouraging to see NAHB taking the lead in exploring new business models and developing an application process friendly to the millennial way of thinking.
NAHB is working on a litany of governmental affair issues, including cluster mail box requirements, tax reform, and the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program. All of which have serious consequences here in Florida. Like our locals and FHBA, NAHB is working hard to remain relevant and to effectively advocate for the industry.