NARI NewsWatch
May. 6, 2015

Revaluing vocational education in American culture
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
There’s a revolution about to take place — a revolution to reintroduce vocational education as a viable, respectful choice for our nation’s up-and-coming workforce. Kayleen McCabe, former host of DIY Network’s Rescue Renovation, tells us why she’s an ardent advocate of trade careers and education, long seen as runners-up to traditional four-year college degrees and white-collar jobs.More

What are you doing to promote National Home Improvement Month?
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
May is National Home Improvement Month and we have several resources to help you spread the word about the advantages of remodeling with a qualified professional. More

Monitoring Customer Satisfaction by GuildQuality
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Third party assessments can confirm your excellence and provided areas that your team could do better. On May 26, GuildQuality will present a free Industry Trends webinar to help you understand how monitoring you customer’s satisfaction on a consistent and ongoing basis can be good for business.More

Spring Business Meeting photo gallery
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
We’ve created some photo galleries from the Spring Business Meeting for your viewing pleasure. See who was caught on camera.

It's FCA Commercial Truck Season
FCA North America — Formerly Chrysler Group LLC
During Commercial Truck Season, receive additional $500 On The Job (OTJ) bonus cash on select vehicles. NARI members are eligible for a $500 cash allowance and one of four OTJ program options: 2 years (8 changes) no-extra-charge oil changes, up to $1,000 upfit, or graphic allowance, or a Bosch® tool pack. With bonus cash available, that’s up to $2,000 in total incentives on select vehicles. Plus, this offer can be combined with most local or national offers for more savings.More

2015 Remodeling Design Awards
Today is the last day to enter the 2015 Remodeling Design Awards at the early bird rate. Earn the fame you deserve for outstanding work. More

NARI in the News
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
An announcement regarding Judy Mozen, CR, GCP, being named as NARI’s new President was mentioned in several publications, including the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Atlantacitybizlist.

NARI Idaho Chapter member Joe Levitch, CR, President of Levco Builders in Boise, was mentioned in the Idaho Statesman as becoming the first Treasure Valley contractor to join Idaho’s voluntary contractor license program. More

OSHA increases protections for workers in confined spaces
Remodeling Magazine
OSHA issued a final rule to increase protection for construction workers in confined spaces, the Department of Labor announced in a press release. Two workers died last year while making repairs in a manhole, prompting OSHA to review the current rules for confined spaces.More

Building industry betting on pent-up demand to boost activity
By Michael J. Berens
The beginning of 2015 was "deja vu all over again" for the building industry, as severe weather conditions in much of the country once more dampened activity for most of the first quarter. New construction, remodeling and design work all lost some momentum coming off a strong fourth quarter in 2014, although growth remained positive overall compared to a year ago. Nonetheless, building professionals express confidence that improving economic indicators will encourage homeowners to undertake projects they have been putting off for some time. More

Management: Can remodelers learn from psychopaths?
Professional Remodler
With the collection of saws and power tools remodelers have, psychopathic traits wouldn’t seem desirable in a remodeler. But among psychologists, being a psychopath is not synonymous with murder and mayhem. Instead, when talking about psychopaths, psychologists are referring to a specific set of individuals with a distinct subset of personality characteristics: ruthlessness, fearlessness, charm, charisma, coolness under pressure, focus and deficits in conscious empathy.More