NARI NewsWatch
Feb. 5, 2014

Executive Vice President Mary Busey Harris, CAE announces resignation
National Association of the Remodeling Industry

President Art Donnelly, MCR, CKBR (right) and Chairman Dean Herriges, MCR, CKBR, recognize Mary Busey Harris, CAE, NARI’s executive director, during the 2013 Spring Business Meeting in Kanas City.
At its meeting on Jan. 29, the NARI National Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Mary Busey Harris, CAE, who has served as NARI National Executive Vice President during the past 11 years. The decision was prompted by the desire and need to be in closer physical proximity to Mary’s mother who will shortly celebrate her 87th birthday. Mary, with her husband, are planning a relocation from Chicago to South Carolina. Mary will work with the national staff and elected leaders through April 30, to ensure a smooth transition. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve our members, the best remodeling professionals in the country,” she says. “NARI is blessed to have such competent and committed elected leaders and national staff of the highest integrity and professional caliber. I will sorely miss this NARI family.”More

Regional CotY award winners announced
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI congratulates the 126 Regional CotY Award winners, including 34 team members, as well as the Green Project and Universal Design Project Recognition recipients. Winners were chosen in 25 different categories, ranging from Kitchens Under $40,000, Baths Under $60,000 to Whole House Over $1,000,000. There are Interior and Exterior Specialty categories in addition to Home Theater and Commercial categories.

National CotY Award winners will be announced at the Evening of Excellence March 28, at the New Orleans Marriott, or via Webcast from the comfort of your home. Visit the NARI website for details on registering for this year’s Evening of Excellence program. Improvements for this year’s Evening of Excellence event include more recognition for the Regional winners, as well as descriptions of the National award winners.

This year was the first year that NARI provided an online entry system for the CotYs, making it easier to upload project descriptions and images. NARI plans on using the same system next year, with some refinements to the program.More

Book provides expertise, marketing mileage
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI member, Randal Winter wrote a book to help consumers successfully choose a remodeling contractor as an out-of-the-box marketing idea. The cost? Under $1,000. Find out how he created this book, and how he’s using it as a marketing tool. More

How I built my business column: Bluestem Construction
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Having robust systems and incorporating technology early on helps Bluestem Construction balance the needs of 15 projects at one time in the Minneapolis area. More

New member benefits through BizUnite
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI has partnered with BizUnite to provide you access to 25+ discounted business service programs. Visit the NARI Marketplace to save with Grainger, Sprint, UniFirst, ADP, OfficeMax, Staples and more. Contact your Savings Consultant Veronica Pratt at (603) 628-2337 or Veronica will answer any questions and make sure you are seamlessly setup with the vendors. Contact Veronica today.More

Order 'Renovate Right' brochures at NARI Store
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
If you’re working in pre-1978 homes under the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule, you must provide the homeowners the “Renovate Right” brochure and have them sign it. You can purchase these at the NARI Store. They come in packs of 50 and cost $39.95 for members; $45 for non-members.More

Bucks-Mont celebrates chapter CotY winners
National Association of the Remodeling Industry

Chapter President, Laura Hawley of Ambiance Design with Chapter Chairman, Tom Walko of Hamilton Building Supply.
On Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, the Bucks-Mont chapter of NARI joined together to recognize the best remodeling projects in the area at their annual CotY (Contractor of the Year) Gala celebration. 170 attendees packed into the Warrington Country Club to celebrate. One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award. This year’s honoree was Paul Landes of High Aim Resources. Paul was awarded this presentation by current president, Laura Hawley of Ambiance Design and former presidents, Mark Glidden of Stone-Glidden and John Gemmi of Gemmi Construction.

Each of the COTY winners had worked on remodeling projects, which were completed by the fall of 2013. Their work was then scored by an impartial panel of regional judges, who awarded the following COTYs for excellence in specific remodeling categories.


Greater Phoenix awards chapter CotYs
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
These outstanding projects are judged on problem solving, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and presentation. Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards are given to those projects that demonstrate these attributes as well as those that excel in service to the client and display a high caliber of design and functional awareness. Categories include bath and kitchen remodeling, residential interiors, exteriors and additions in several price ranges as well as home theater and media rooms and entire home remodeling.

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Custom Creative Marble & Granite HomeWork Remodels You can see award-winning project images on the chapter’s website. More

Greater Dallas chapter meeting Feb. 11
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI Greater Dallas will meet Tues., Feb. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., discussing the benefits of NARI membership. Although this orientation is geared for new members, long-time members might learn about a benefit they haven’t been using. Get more out of your membership and network with other NARI members. For more information and to register, visit the chapter’s website.More

Round-up from last month's events
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NYC/LI NARI held a well-attended Contractor Trade Show last month at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, and NARI of Central Virginia hosted a lively January meeting featuring attorney Rob Moorman.More

6 social media tips that will improve your marketing
Fast Company
When it comes to helping out with social media, it's often better to categorize things. For example, writing about the optimal timing of your posts, or how to come up with the best headlines, and the like. What happened over the last few weeks, though, is that Fast Company collected a number of awesome tips to post on social media.More

Content marketing trends for 2014
Business 2 Community
Content marketing has been one of the most important tools used by website owners and companies for online marketing over the past several years. In 2014, it will become even more important than ever, with many powerful options available to the savvy marketer. Harnessing the power of words, images and video will be essential for building long term success for any business with an online presence.More

Eastman Chemical Co. pulls the plug on perennial wood
Housing Zone
The company from Kingsport, Tenn., announced that it is discontinuing the Perennial Wood product line. “A lot of talented Eastman employees and external partners worked very hard on this project, and this outcome is not a reflection of their dedication or hard work,” Tim Dell, the parent company’s vice president of innovation, marketing, and pricing said in a statement. “Additionally this decision was not made based on product performance, but rather the challenging economics of the product market.”More

Author shares secrets of successful remodeling
Knoxville News Sentinel
Julie Carlson had just completed a second remodeling project in three years and was exhausted from perusing infinite websites for products and resources. Her friends felt the same way. “We knew there had to be a better way than going to a plumbing website and looking at 1,000 faucets,” she said. “There’s more than 2,000 decisions to make in even the simplest kitchen remodel.”More

What's in, what's out in kitchen and bath remodels
The Wichita Eagle
Kitchen and bathroom remodels remain among the most popular home projects in the Wichita, Kan., area, Wess Galyon of the Wichita Area Builders Association says. Here are some of the trends that are being seen nationwide in those two rooms as Wichita approaches its Home Show at Century II.More

Post-recession, less bling, more thought in remodeling
Before the recession hit, siphoning income from 60 percent of U.S. households, some equity-rich homeowners had a financially flawed perspective: "status and bling," Realtor Laura Stukel calls it. When these folks remodeled, they wanted amazing features that neighbors would notice. For example: an $84,000 home theater, replete with fiber optics creating a "starry sky" on the ceiling. More

Home remodeling boom points to this ETF
Investing Daily
Data out from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development showed that sales of newly built single family homes declined by 7 percent in December, signaling a slowdown in the once resurgent U.S. housing market. But the news wasn’t all bad: U.S. homes sales were 16 percent higher in 2013 than in 2012. More

The four secrets to employee engagement
Harvard Business Review
It seems obvious: direct supervisors who set their teams up for success, observe them in action, ask for feedback, identify the root causes of employee concerns, and then follow through with meaningful improvements have happier, more engaged employees. Why, then, do senior executives who tout the value of employee engagement so often delegate it to the HR department? HR serves an important function, but not even the best HR staff is in a position to take the actions required to affect the attitudes of individual employees or teams. More

How to make your ad go viral and save $4 million
Small Business Trends
It seems like every year at least one controversy erupts over an advertisement that is rejected for the Super Bowl. But businesses have learned that you don’t have to even air your ad during the big game in order to get publicity. The Web — with social media, shared videos and blogs — has become a channel in its own right to be leveraged, just in different ways. More

Top 10 workplace trends for 2014
U.S. News
With the new year underway, it's the perfect time to assess the current work environment for themes, tips and trends. To this end, who better to ask than China Gorman, U.S. and Global CEO of Great Place to Work Institute? Gorman provides an exclusive interview that offers a sneak peek into the 2014 FORTUNE 100 Best Places to Work list, which launched Jan. 16. More

Female remodeling execs on the rise
Remodeling Magazine
Susan Lindeman, a partner in Lally Construction, Richmond, Va., is well acquainted with being a female exec in largely a male world. “Honestly, it took two years or so before some of the subcontractors would take me seriously,” she says. “The subcontractor world is, by far, male-dominated. So it’s not very often that the men are working with a woman who’s in charge,” adds Lindeman, who does estimating, marketing, design, and project management.More

Business website mistakes
Gaebler Ventures
Your website is the anchor of your company's online presence. In today's digital marketplace, customers rely on business websites to connect with the products, services and brands that are important to them. But according to a recent infographic created by MyCase, a provider of Web-based practice management software for lawyers, nearly one-third of small business owners manage their own websites and ultimately neglect features that are essential to their customers.More

3 critical communication tools for your business
Fox Business
When it comes to business today, there are a number of growing trends. There is the ever-mobile workforce, the increase in remote employees, and flexible workweeks offered as a perk to attract top workers. It’s important for employers to embrace the trends that make the most sense for their business without getting swept up in needless workplace fads. More

The problems with heading into the cloud
The Wall Street Journal
Ah, the simplicity of the cloud. For small businesses, it means not having to manage big IT setups in their office, turning instead to remote services that let them do everything from storing data to running software online. Well, maybe not as simple as many entrepreneurs expect. Experts warn that shifting big jobs to the cloud still means business owners need to oversee a host of everyday IT operations around their own office. More