NAHB Student Chapters Lead to Success for Idaho Builder

JonJon Tresidio is ready to pay it forward. As CEO of Tresidio Homes, a five-year-old custom building company in Meridian, Idaho, Tresidio built more than 50 homes last year.

He’s also on the leadership ladder at his HBA, the Building Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho, where he’ll serve as president in 2015. But it’s Tresidio’s experience when he was a member of the NAHB Student Chapter at Brigham Young University of Idaho – he’s a 2009 graduate – that’s inspiring him now.

“I owe a lot of success to my involvement with the student chapter, NAHB and the competition teams,” he said. “Nothing I did in school mirrored what I actually do on the job and in business as closely as the Residential Construction Management Competition. Winning the competition gave one of my teammates and I the confidence to open our own business.”

The Residential Construction Management Competition is held every year during the NAHB International Builders’ Show for NAHB Student Chapter teams representing high schools and 2-year and 4-year colleges. The competition lets students apply classroom skills to a real construction company by completing a management project or proposal.

Proposals are submitted to a group of construction company executives who act as judges. At IBS, students defend their proposals to the judges in front of an audience. In 2008, Tresidio’s BYU team took second place in its division and first place the next year – when he was the chapter president. It was an eventful year.

“Every student in the construction management program was recruited and became members of the student chapter. As students, we networked with the Utah Valley HBA, volunteered at the Parade of Homes and participated in the industry golf tournament,” he said.

Bringing it Full Circle

Ultimately, that NAHB student chapter connection was key when it came time to launch his business: It made his new company eligible to enter a project in the BCA of Southwestern Idaho’s annual Parade of Homes.

“Student chapter membership with an NAHB pin number qualified our new business for immediate entry, which was make-or-break for our company to take off,” he said. “The association requires membership for two years before entering the parade.”

Now, Tresidio wants to relaunch the NAHB student chapter program at his own association. A partnership like that, he said, will mean a lot.

“We’ll provide networking opportunities with builders and help them make connections. We can host a career fair. We can mentor them for the Residential Construction Management Competition,” he said.

It’s what NAHB Student Chapters are supposed to do, too: Enrich the educational experience of students by offering first-hand exposure to the home building industry and lay the foundation for successful careers. Jon and his business partner are mentors for younger duo of entrepreneurs who were competition winners.

NAHB Student Chapters began in 1971 and were administered by HBI, formerly the Home Builders Institute, for more than 30 years before being brought back under the NAHB umbrella earlier this year. The goals are to bridge a stronger connection between the Student Chapters and HBAs, expand the program nationally and make it more part of NAHB’s culture. That’s what Tresidio wants to do in Idaho.

Ultimately, he believes the NAHB Student Chapter will grow association membership, because these students will get a first-hand look at the value of belonging. Tresidio is a huge cheerleader when it comes to his HBA and NAHB membership.

“It helps give me legitimacy in the community. I’m branded as a professional. That’s excellent public relations for my company. I have opportunities for networking with successful business owners and sharing resources and best practices. And I finally discovered that NAHB’s government and regulatory affairs work helps my profit margin, something I did not understand this my first two years as a member,” he said.

Ready to form a student chapter? Contact Greg Zick at 800-368-5242 x8493.

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