3 Big Benefits of Young Professional Groups

Filed in Committees and Councils, Leadership by on October 17, 2016 0 Comments

Last year, NAHB launched the Young Professionals (YP) Committee to help younger builders, remodelers, and their trade and professional partners get a leg up in the association world. Since the committee was formed, its members have worked to develop a toolkit, marketing materials, an awards program and other resources to help HBAs form local YP groups.

How’s it working out?  Let’s hear from a builder, an Associate member and an EO.

Forging ‘A Shared Sense of Pride’

People want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. We crave experience, community and adventure. When we are a part of something big, we have a heightened awareness of our personal impact to be an unwavering and unifying force.

What I derive most from the YP committee is how the shared experience draws on this sense of adventure. This level of magnitude is far bigger than any of us could create on our own. We have a shared sense of pride in our work, and this is enhanced by going about it in a cooperative way. We support each other during the challenging moments and celebrate the exhilarating ones. This camaraderie gives me a sense of pride, value and substance.

The YP committee connects and unites all of us in the pursuit of our highest accomplishments.

Christopher Amato, CMM Construction Inc., Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J.

 Membership ‘To Make Me Indispensable to my Firm’

A first-year real-estate and land-use associate at a large law firm has few opportunities to interact with prospective clients, engineers, architects, consultants and land acquisition managers. Most of our time is spent researching, performing due diligence and preparing partners for their hearings.

But my annual bonus is calculated partly based on profits from new business that I brought to the firm. And business I created while an associate will be a factor in determining whether I become a partner.

Networking groups like the Maryland BIA Future Industry Leaders (FIL) Committee are critical in building the relationships necessary to sustain a decades-long legal career. The group has not only enabled me to meet real estate professionals, but also to hold discussions with members who have given me a better understanding of those members’ businesses—knowledge that will allow me to be a more effective collaborator when we inevitably work together in the future.

In turn, I can explain the value of a land-use lawyer so that my colleagues know when to ask for legal advice before jeopardizing their clients’ projects.

This time spent networking has generated multiple business lunches and forged valuable relationships. I am confident that the time I spend with the FIL group will help to make me indispensable to my firm.

Peter Z. Goldsmith, Linowes and Blocher LLP, Bethesda, Md.

‘An Association Must Change and Evolve’

I have been with Shore Builders for over 20 years and I have found that to appeal to all of our members, the only constant can be change.

Shore first started a YP committee to learn what our next generation of membership wants and needs from our organization. Millennials have a definite idea of what they are willing to invest their time and energy in.

This has quickly become one of our largest and most active committees, which has in turn increased participation at events and inspired new ones.

I have learned so much from the time I spend with this smart, energetic and outside-the-box-thinking group—our future association leaders.

 Gina McNamara, EO, Shore Builders Association of Central N.J.

Interested in forming a committee or want to know more? Contact Sahrah Zarei at 202-266-8431.


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