NARI NewsWatch
Apr. 15, 2015

Time management — managing the unmanageable
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
The solution to time management is not supposed to make you feel worse; otherwise you will just waste even more time beating yourself up. Our guest blogger, Lorraine Hart, suggests that we focus on the positive when trying to conquer time management issues. More

The national CotY awards countdown has begun
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
The 2015 Evening of Excellence webcast is just a few days away. See who took home a national CotY award in 36 categories. The broadcast begins at 5:30 p.m. ET.More

EPA extends deadline for contractors to renew RRP certification
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Last week, EPA’s Administrator signed a final rule to extend certifications for certain individual renovators (those who received initial certification prior to March 31, 2011) under the RRP Program. More

Last chance to register for the NARI U webinar
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
There is still time to register for tomorrow’s webinar, Fall Protection: Part II, presented at noon CT by Mark Paskell. Contact for registration assistance. More

Open call for QR Master Design Awards entries
Qualified Remodeler
Qualified Remodeler is accepting submissions for its 37th annual Master Design Awards program, a nationally recognized program that gives accolades to outstanding design and construction. There are 23 categories in which to enter your most outstanding remodeling projects completed between Jan. 1, 2012, and May 24, 2015.More

Thank you to our 2015 Evening of Excellence sponsors
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI would like to recognize and thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2015 Evening of Excellence:


Thank you to our 2015 Spring Business Meeting event sponsors
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI would like to recognize and thank the following sponsors for their generous support of events at the 2015 Spring Business Meeting:


NARI in the news
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
NARI members Michael Anschel, Joshua Baker, Bruce Case, CLC, Doug Cornwell, Tom Kelly, Christopher Landis, Bill Owens, Bill Simone, Carl Seville, along with NARI National Member GuildQuality and NARI CEO Fred Ulreich, provided their ideas for Qualified Remodeler’s March issue, featuring the Special Report: Perspectives on the Next 40 Years.

NARI President Kevin Anundson, MCR, CKBR, served as spokesperson for Remodeling Trends Contractors Can Look for in 2015 in the March issue of PHC (plumbing & hydronic contractor) News. He was also quoted in Renovation vs. Relocation in Retirement, which appeared in the New York Times on April 10.

Tom Dwyer, CR, wrote a guest article, Lunch and Learns ... and More, that was published in the April issue of LBM Journal.More

Steamed up: Bathrooms get romantic
By Michael J. Berens
Candlelight, soft music, a bottle of wine, roses. A romantic dinner for two? These days it could just as likely be a romantic bath for two. For some time now homeowners have been transforming their bathrooms into refuges — a place for privacy, relaxation and reflection. Now there is a growing trend toward turning the bathroom into a romantic hideaway where couples can spend some quality time in luxurious surroundings.More

Forget campaigns: Build your marketing stack
By Randall Craig
Most marketers think of themselves as builders. Their work grows the organization, grows market share, grows the portfolio of products and services. A bit more tactically, the marketer builds page views, conversions and social engagement. Underlying all of these activities, the marketer builds relationships. But is there merit in growing marketing itself? Not the ad spend or departmental head count, but the number of simultaneous marketing initiatives that the organization can successfully run?More

Homeowners are getting ready for outdoor entertaining
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Spring is in the air, and summer is knocking on the door. As one season blends into another, Americans are motivated to give their outdoor spaces a good bit of spring cleaning and maybe a makeover. With plans being made for outdoor entertaining, stores like Lowe's and Home Depot are witnessing a healthy rise in sales. Along with intensive cleaning, tidying and decluttering to make the outdoor space an attractive one, there is also a surge in demand for garden furniture and other garden-design items. All in all, a busy season ahead for homeowners and outdoor retailers alike.More