EOs Load Up on Resources, Ideas

Filed in Membership by on April 28, 2016 0 Comments

EOs listen to a presentation at the National Housing Center in Washington, D.C.

More than 30 executive officers from home building associations all over the country spent two days in Washington this week for NAHB Orientation. These professionals are returning home with fresh ideas and a newly formed network of peers with whom to share successes and challenges. And they’re already talking about it.

After being welcomed by CEO Jerry Howard and receiving an inch-thick binder full of NAHB resources, tools and staff contacts, the EOs heard from an extensive group of staff experts. They shared detailed information about priorities on Capitol Hill, educational programs, member discounts, recruitment and retention tools and a host of other programs and services for state and local HBAs and their members.

“I think we could be doing a lot more to educate our members,” said Jamie Zastrow, EO of the Manitowoc County HBA in Wisconsin, after learning about the NAHB courses she can offer locally.

John Beckman, EO for the BIA of the Greater Valley in California, was especially interested in details regarding apprenticeship programs offered through HBI, the association’s workforce development partner, and local economic impact studies provided by NAHB Economics that might help his members fight new development fees.

Held twice a year, NAHB EO Orientation is designed to benefit EOs with less than five years of experience. However, all NAHB-affiliated full- and part-time EOs are eligible to register. A financial stipend is available to assist with travel expenses.

The next opportunity to attend will be Oct. 24-25. More information and the registration form are available at nahb.org/NAHBOrientation.



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