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A Message From Your President
June 2019

Dear Members,

We had a great turnout last month at our member meeting. Congratulations again to the award winners that evening. It is with their continued commitment, and dedication, that helps make this association continues to move forward and grow. That is in part why we’ve exceeded our goal of reaching 100 members, and are now at 101 strong.

I would like to see all of your support each other as well, by doing business, with fellow association member businesses. To learn more about one member, please plan to attend the Business after Hours meeting on the 19th, at All Pro Tile in Eagle River. These after hour events, give you a chance to showcase what you do for other members. We do not have that many of these available so please contact Tammy or me if you are interested in hosting this event at your place in 2019-2020.

Another event, at the state level is the annual Golf Outing at Sentry World in Stevens Point, on the 26th. This event is in conjunction with the quarterly WBA meeting. There is more on this later in this newsletter. Try to attend at least one part of this two day event.

Lastly, our board, executive committee, and sub-committees continue working on topics and items such as website updates and social media development, BOSS, connecting students to the workforce, along with NAHB and WBA topics as they pertain to us here at our local HBA. If anyone has questions, comments, or would like to share ideas about any of this, or would like to step up to help, please contact me or any board member to get involved.

Sincerely,

Robin Coffen, President

A Message From Your President
May 2019

Dear Members,

I think we can finally look back on the winter of 2018-19. I know I’m ready.

Building seems to still be very strong here in the Northwoods, and we all are still sitting with job opening signs in our windows. From the builder as- sociation stand point, we continue to work towards helping our area busi- nesses find experienced and trained employees. Not just for immediate employment, but our future workforce as well. The NAHB, WBA and HBA continue to pass on opportunities for seminars and education classes for our builders as well as associate business owners so that all members can take advantage of these opportunities. Really, right now, that has been our HBA main focus. Please take advantage of these, and provide us any feedback after attending a seminar, workshop, or webinar online.

In a recent NAHB report, there are over 7.4 million second homes nation- wide. Though we are not at the top of that list, it’s noted that our area, northern Wisconsin, has over 50% of existing housing stock on the market being secondary homes. Plus, there is still a demand in new home sales for second homes. This means our local economies are still fairing very high in relative to the nation as a whole. It is believed this trend is still moving upward.

It is still our biggest challenge, to keep our workforce growing at the rate of the housing market in order to meet that demand. But as a group working together towards that goal, this is possible.

I will see all of you at our general member meeting on the 30th.

Sincerely,

Robin Coffen, President