Remodeler Awarded Scholarship, Sees Business Done Differently

Filed in Awards, Committees and Councils, Remodeling by on October 28, 2015 0 Comments
Marie Herrick, recipient of the Remodelers Leadership Scholarship, poses with 2015 NAHB Remodelers Chair Robert Criner.

Marie Herrick, recipient of the Remodelers Leadership Scholarship, poses with 2015 NAHB Remodelers Chair Robert Criner.

Ever since she became actively involved in her local HBA, Marie Herrick, co-owner of Modern Touches Home Remodeling, has sought out new and unique business perspectives from as many of her industry colleagues as possible.

As the vice chair of the local remodelers council of the HBA of Greater Des Moines, Herrick took advantage of the NAHB Remodelers Leadership Scholarship, which enabled her to attend the 2015 NAHB Spring Board meetings.

The scholarship not only provided her with $1,500 to help offset the costs of attending the meetings, but it also afforded her invaluable educational opportunities. Herrick was mentored by NAHB Remodelers national leadership, learning first-hand about remodeling industry issues and taking home several best practices for running a successful local council.

“I’ve had positions in the corporate world, and being in large meetings is something I’m well acquainted with,” Herrick said. “However, the NAHB meetings are unique because you have multiple perspectives from people involved in different parts of the industry.”

One of Herrick’s most significant observations is that many people don’t fully understand how NAHB helps advance government policy pertaining to the industry. She found it particularly insightful to learn more about NAHB’s approach to contend against progression-stalling government rulings, such as OSHA’s enforcement of the new confined spaces in construction rule.

Herrick was grateful for the opportunity to learn about the many remodeling leadership opportunities available to her, as well as to observe and participate in the behind-the-scene processes.

“The members were very welcoming, regardless of how long I’ve been in business,” Herrick said. “They were very proactive in learning about me and how I wanted to contribute to the industry.”

Those who are current, local NAHB Remodelers council chairs and vice chairs can still apply for the scholarship. Recipients will receive support to attend the NAHB Remodelers Board of Trustees and subcommittee meetings at the 2016 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

The application period for the 2016 NAHB Remodelers Leadership Scholarship is open until Nov. 16.

For more information, contact Gwyn Donohue, executive director, NAHB Remodelers.

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