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Early voting for the March 6 primaries begins Feb. 20 — just seven days from now. Check out who's on the ballot for upcoming statewide, congressional and legislative races. Make sure to take the TAB's Voter Guide with you to the polls and support pro-housing candidates. Make a difference for your industry and your community. Visit TAB's Action & Advocacy Center to learn more and to access the 2018 March Primary TAB Voter Guide! Go VOTE!
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Don't let your project get delayed because of outdated contracts. Purchase the Texas Association of Builders 2017-2019 Contracts Package subscription to keep you on track! TAB is committed to ensuring that its contracts are comprehensive, up-to-date and the best product available to Texas builders and remodelers.
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The Texas Association of Builders encourages all members to be engaged and participate in committees and Board of Directors meetings. TAB’s next committee meetings will be held on March 21-23 at the Driskill Hotel in Austin. To attend, you must register online.

Winter Board of Directors Meeting Sponsors (as of Feb. 12)

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Another way for members to be engaged in the state association is to participate in Texas Association of Builders HOMEPAC fundraisers. These events help support pro-housing candidates and incumbents for both statewide office and the Texas Legislature. The next fundraiser will be held at TopGolf on March 22. This event was a huge success in 2016, and no golfing experience required! Tickets can be purchased online while registering for TAB's Winter Board of Directors meetings (see above).

Thanks to the Topgolf Sponsors (as of Feb. 12)

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For the third time in Sunbelt Builders Show™ history, Roy Spence will serve as the Show's keynote speaker. Spence has been wildly popular with the Texas Association of Builders membership. He will highlight his plan for the "Promiseland Project" on Aug. 8, at the Hilton Anatole Dallas.

"We have to stop this elitist idea that if you don't go to college you're a loser. It's the opposite. If you work hard, you can go out there and develop a skill that you love to do. And in the process of becoming great at what you are already good at, you get to make a good living and a great life doing what you love to do. That's at the heart of the Promiseland Project." Roy Spence

Roy Spence is Co-Founder and Chairman of GSD&M, a leading marketing communications and advertising company. He is also Co-Founder and CEO of The Purpose Institute, a consulting firm that helps people and organizations discover and live their purpose. Under Roy's leadership, his agency has helped grow some of the world's most successful brands like "Don't Mess with Texas," Southwest Airlines, Wal-Mart, DreamWorks, the PGA TOUR, BMW, the U.S. Air Force, L.L.Bean and the Clinton Foundation. Roy has been a trusted advisor to legendary leaders including Sam Walton and Southwest Airlines founder, Herb Kelleher. His counsel has also been sought by U.S. presidents and leaders in the State Department.

Roy's passion is entrepreneurship. He deeply believes that entrepreneurship is the miracle of America. His mantra is "Don't Do Mild" in work or life; follow your dreams, follow your passion and follow your purpose.

Roy is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin. Roy and his wife Mary have three children, Courtney, Ashley and Shay.

Sunbelt Builders Show™ Keynote Sponsor:

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Membership is the life-blood of the Texas Association of Builders and its 27 local home builders associations across the state. A strong, vibrant membership has a powerful impact on the association's goals. These include advocating for or against legislation, raising awareness and educating the public on the residential construction and land development industry, and promoting the value of a strong housing industry and its economic impact to the Texas economy, to name a few!

For several years, Texas has lead the nation in housing starts — we have the strongest housing market in the nation — but those numbers are not reflected in TAB's membership numbers. Last year, the Texas Association of Builders was awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Association of Home Builders to hold a membership drive facilitated by an outside membership marketing group. In order to receive the grant, TAB committed another $25,000 to this initiative. This $75,000 will be used to help off-set the costs associated with hiring Rob and Kate Oliver (The Oliver Group) to train our members on the DIRECTDrive approach to membership recruitment and retention.

We need every one of you to commit to participating in the training workshop in your area and, more importantly, to showing up at your local home builders association May 23 and/or 24 to give at least two hours of your time to recruit new members. The trainings will provide you with all the tools you need to have a successful drive. And, although it is not realistic that every member will attend a training workshop, your HBA staff and leadership will help you use the DIRECTDrive method to assist your HBA in growing its membership.

Thanks to The Oliver Group Sponsorship (as of Feb. 12):

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Members of the Texas Association of Builders are entitled to receive the benefits of programs and services that are not available to the general public. Your membership provides you with great tools to help you do business and save money. Click here to see what a TAB membership can do for you!
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For four years, the Texas Association of Builders has SOLD OUT the Sunbelt Builders Show™. This year looks to be no different as more than 180 of the trade show floor's 285 booths have already been sold. The 2017 Show ended up with a 40 company waitlist; don't be one of those left out of this year's Show. Study the 2018 trade show floor plan, and pick your booth today. The two-day trade show will be hosted on Aug. 8-9 at the Hilton Anatole Dallas.

Sunbelt Builders Show™ Sponsors (as of Feb. 5):

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The Texas Association of Builders is proud to announce the 25th anniversary of the Star Awards. The Star Awards is an opportunity for members to be recognized for their hard work throughout the year. This year, the Star Awards will be transitioning to a new, more substantial trophy to honor 25 years of the program. It's important to remember that projects/promotions/individuals can only be judged on and recognized if they are submitted. You must enter to win!

Why is it important to be recognized within the home building industry?
When you are trying to differentiate yourself from the competition to win business, whether it be a custom home client, a remodel client or a sale of supplies or business services that support the industry, awards and accolades speak volumes to your credibility.

How to market your participation? There are several phases of the Star Awards process that can be advertised through social media. Post on Facebook the projects you are entering. You can also blog about being selected as a finalist. Tweet about attending the Awards presentation held during the Sunbelt Builders Show™. Post the press release on your website when you are a winner. All finalists and winners receive the Star Awards logo to use everywhere you advertise your company.

Enter by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6 to enjoy the early bird fee of $125 per entry. The final entry deadline is Tuesday, March 20 at 5 p.m. Visit to enter the 2018 Star Awards.

Thank you to the following Presenting Sponsors (as of Jan. 12):
Expressions Home Gallery — A Morrison Supply Company | StrucSure Home Warranty | Texas Home Builders Safety Group | TopBuild Home Service

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The state of Texas and the nation owes a debt of gratitude to Granger MacDonald. He's a Kerrville native who has been a builder and developer in the home building industry for more than 40 years. MacDonald was the 2017 Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), but he has been active in the leadership structure at the local, state and national levels throughout his career. Having served on the NAHB Board of Directors for more than 30 years and being elected president of the Texas Association of Builders in 2010, he has been a major part of the building industry for many years. His efforts to preserve and promote the American Dream will be his legacy and leave a lasting effect on future home buyers and the building industry nationwide. TAB presented him with a mounted Longhorn. He was given a stuffed and poster-sized Longhorn in Orlando, Florida, but will receive the actual mounted Longhorn upon his return to Texas.

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UTSA Wins NAHB Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year
The University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) Student Chapter was named 2017 Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year at the International Builders' Show® (IBS) in Orlando, Florida, last week! In its first year of existence, UTSA was recognized as the best among 142 Chapters nation-wide, representing 4,230 students in construction-related degree programs at two- and four-year programs. The UTSA Student Chapter is supported by the Greater San Antonio Builders Association (GSABA).

GSABA launched a campaign to completely re-think student chapters in 2017. In March, the association held its first career fair, which drew 75 students from UTSA and St. Philip's College. A month later, GSABA partnered with 84 Lumber, Builders FirstSource and McCoy's Building Supply to hold a playhouse design/build competition that gave UTSA construction students hands-on experience. One of the three student-built playhouses was donated to the Battered Women's and Children's Shelter in San Antonio. The competition also served as a kick-off event for a NAHB Student Chapter, where 40 student members were recruited. In May, the Student Chapter volunteered more than 100 hours at the 2017 GSABA Parade of Homes. In October, UTSA NAHB Student Chapter spearheaded a Hurricane Harvey relief effort by replacing a roof for a family in need in Aransas Pass using 100 percent donated materials from GSABA, TAMKO, Southern Shingles and Bondoc Roofing. In the Fall, GSABA members mentored the young professionals for the IBS Residential Construction Management Competition in Orlando. In its first competition, the UTSA team placed 25th out of 35 competing four-year programs.

Executive Officers' Years of Service

30 Years
Marcy Alamia, Rio Grande Valley HBA

25 Years
Kay Vinzant, Heart of Texas BA

10 Years
Scott Norman, Texas Association of Builders

2017 Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year
University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) Student Chapter

National Sales and Marketing Council "Ones to Watch"
Chris Hartley, Greater Fort Worth Builders Association

Region D NAHB's Young Professional of the Year
Amy Marie Lopez, Greater San Antonio Builders Association

Other Texas Region D Finalists
Henry Hantz, Permian Basin Builders Association
Edgar Montiel, El Paso Association of Builders

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TAB SPONSORSHIP CORNER — Build and Strengthen Your Brand
Strengthen Your Company's Brand! Get your company name in front of thousands of home builders across the state of Texas. Check out the sponsorship opportunities for upcoming Texas Association of Builders events and programs and get well deserved recognition and marketing benefits all while supporting an incredible industry.

2018 Upcoming Events (fast approaching deadlines to get maximum exposure)
March 21-23: TAB Winter Board Meetings & Leadership Conference (Driskill Hotel, Austin)
March 22: HOMEPAC Fundraiser Event at Topgolf (Austin)
Aug. 7-10: TAB Summer Committee & Board Meetings (Anatole Hotel, Dallas)
Aug. 8-9: Sunbelt Builders Show™ (Anatole Hotel, Dallas)

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