Nicole Goolsby: A Passion for Advocacy

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The first time Nicole Goolsby met her state legislators on a trip to Raleigh, capital of her adopted state of North Carolina, “my eyes were opened to the importance of connecting with elected officials and sharing with them my thoughts on upcoming legislation, regulations and rules,” she said.

That was more than 20 years ago, when Goolsby had her own building and remodeling company in Cormelius, N.C. Now, she’s vice president of the Triangle office for Andrew Roby, a general contracting company with three locations in the state. But she’s never wavered from her commitment to state and local political activism, she explained this month in an interview with Building Women, the magazine of the NAHB Professional Women in Building Council. Now, she serves as chair of the NAHB State and Local Government Affairs Committee.

“The challenge to keep housing affordable has always been a key awareness for me, beginning in high school when I worked construction on church mission trips to the Appalachian region and then as my career moved toward providing housing and volunteer involvement with Habitat for Humanity,” she said.

“I realized that having a small home building company would not give me much opportunity to affect affordability, but by engaging with my state and national associations on critical legislative initiatives, I had a voice and could affect the changes needed by being a part of a bigger, stronger team. The opportunities to visit legislators and grow relationships with them, stay current on the issues, and support officials who work with us on the issues through BUILD-PAC are such a great benefit of being involved.”

Goolsby will head to Washington in two weeks to attend the NAHB Midyear Meeting and the Legislative Conference, where she will join her fellow North Carolina home builders, remodelers and their trade partners to talk to federal elected officials on Capitol Hill.

For additional information about Professional Women in Building and Building Women magazine, contact executive director Sheronda Carr at 800-368-5242 x8410. To learn more about the Legislative Conference, contact Michael Blake Bezruki at x8542.

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