RRP Classes Offered by Chapter
March 15, 2010 and APRIL 16, 2024

Sold Out 


Both classes have sold out.  If you are interested, let us know and we'll put on a wait list in case of cancellation.


The University of Cincinnati will conduct instruction at Miami Valley NARI's two Repair, Renovate and Painting (RRP) classes. The EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting Final Rule (40 CFR 745) requires that renovations conducted for compensation, must be performed by Certified Firms using Certified Renovators.

Renovation firms that wish to work in pre-1978 homes and child-occupied facilities must apply to  the EPA and pay a fee in order to become certified. Renovators seeking to become Certified Renovators must successfully complete an EPA-accredited renovator course or a course accredited by an EPA authorized State or Tribe. This course is the EPA model course for Certified Renovators and as such meets all requirements in 40 CFR 745.90. These classes will be conducted at the Ramada Plaza Dayton located at 2301 Wagner Ford Rd. The cost for this program is $179.00 for members and $229.00 for non-members. Note class size is limited to 24 students and will be done on a first come, first serve basis. Additional classes will be scheduled as needed to accommodate all members. Register today at
www.naridayton.org or call 1-800-498-NARI and RSVP Today!


Save the Date: March 23, 2024 Luncheon

Instructor: Paula Fry of the American Red Cross 


Paula Fry will be doing a presentation on Safety in Lifting. The purpose of the American Red Cross Workplace Training: Back Injury Prevention module is to give individuals in the workplace an introduction to the knowledge necessary to identify and reduce the risk of back injury.


Preventing a back injury is much easier than repairing one. Because your back is critically important to your ability to walk, sit, stand, and run, it's important to take care of it. Most back pain arises from using your back improperly, so learning a few basic rules about lifting, posture and proper exercise can help keep your back in good shape. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. Further, one-fourth of all compensation indemnity claims involve back injuries, costing industry billions of dollars on top of the pain and suffering borne by employees.

Join us as Paula shows us the importance of safety in lifting. We promise that you will learn something that you do not already know.


The luncheon will take place at the Ramada Plaza North on Wagner Ford Road.  Registration and Networking begin at 11:00 a.m.

Register today at www.naridayton.org or call 1-800-498-NARI and RSVP today!


Save the Date: April 15, 2010

Breakfast on the Level
Presented by John Hock of the Dayton Business Journal 


Are you upset because the phone's not ringing from the right people?  Do you feel under pressure because your marketing programs aren't moving?  Are you frustrated because you are looking for help and just not finding it?
In today's tough economy, many companies are turning to advertising. Quite often, this is the right decision - one longer overdue.  But it is not always so.
Join us as John Hock speaks about Marketing in a Down Market and helps you find out if advertising makes sense.
Learn about establishing objectives, developing plans, setting expectations, and the 4 different types of advertising campaigns. It is a no-risk chance to see if advertising is for you. 

John Hock is the advertising director of the Dayton Business Journal and has a solid background in sales, training and management.

The breakfast will take place at the Ramada Plaza North on Wagner Ford Road.  Registration and Networking begin at 7:00a.m.
Register today at
www.naridayton.org or call 1-800-498-NARI and RSVP today!


Wednesday March 24, 2024

"Happy Hour" 

Sponsored by Billy Brink of Ferguson Enterprises


Please join us for Miami Valley NARI's first "Happy Hour" social event. Ferguson Enterprises is hosting the get together at Tale Gators Italian Pub located in Centerville, OH. Dry snacks and drinks will be compliments of Ferguson. Come on in and unwind! Visit with some old friends you haven't seen in awhile and some new friends you haven't met yet. What better way to welcome in the spring than to hang out with your favorite NARI pals! (Don't forget to get with Billy and the gang to discuss your next project. They'd love to help you!) 

Register by contacting the Miami Valley NARI Office at (937) 222-NARI (6274) by fax 222.5794 or online at


Save the Date: April 27, 2010


Presented by Gail Jordan of Jordan Consulting

Our speaker for this luncheon will be Gail Jordan of Jordan Consulting. Gail is an award winning Sales Professional with a proven track record in building successful advertising programs for medium to small businsses for over 26 years. Her major strengths include handling multiple projects simultaneously, performing in a fast paced environment and meeting strict deadlines.  The title of her presentation will be "Managing Customer Personalities".  Come out and hear about different ways to cope with the many personalities  your customers may have!  The luncheon will take place at the Ramada Plaza North on Wagner Ford Road. Registration and Networking begin at 10:30 a.m.  Lunch and the program are from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Register today at
www.naridayton.org or call 1-800-498-NARI and RSVP today!


Spec Writer - Request for Proposals 

CountyCorp, a non-profit development corporation in Montgomery County is seeking to expand their capacity. They are looking for experienced Spec Writing professionals in the rehab business to contract with to develop line-item specifications for residential rehabilitation jobs. The work specifications are needed for single-family homes that entail substantial renovation.  The homes range from 1000 to 1800 square feet and were built in the late 1950's to early 1970's. The specifications will be used to obtain contractor bids for the work to be performed.
Prior to each request, CountyCorp's Construction Supervisor will walk the Spec Writer through each home to provide an overview of what they are trying to accomplish, along with the level and quality of treatments and finishes.  The Spec Writer will develop a set of specification with estimated costs in accordance with CountyCorp's prescribed format and proven best practices. 
Their goal is to select 3 or 4 persons to contract for professional Spec Writing services asdescribed above. Initially, the selected Spec Writers will each work on one home.  They anticipate eventually contracting for the work specifications in groups of three homes per request.  If you are a general or sub contractor and you are selected for this project you cannot bid on the work to be performed.  Anyone contracted to do this work will be screened and required to sign a Conflict of Interest statement prior to being contracted for any work.
Applicants should address their experience as listed in "desirable qualities for a contracted spec writer".
Also, please discuss the cost per set of specifications that you will invoice CountyCorp to provide the service or how you will bill for your services.
Listed are desirable qualities for a contracted spec writer:
(1)   Experience in writing proposals for residential construction projects
(2)   Knowledge of residential building codes, i.e. I.B.C./ O.B.B.C./ C.A.B.O./ Model Energy Code
(3)   Experience in dealing with government programs and funding requirements
(4)   State license to write lead paint removal specifications is preferred
(5)   Computer experience with spec writing programs, i.e. HDP/Respec/Specmaster
Please respond to Adam Blake, Housing Development Manager at CountyCorp at [email protected] or fax to 937-531-7049 by Friday, March 19, 2010.


NARI National Spring Business Meeting

NARI National is hosting their spring business meeting this year in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona at the Wyndham Phoenix Resort. The event kicks off with an Executive Committee Meeting Wednesday evening April 7th and concludes April 10th with The Evening of Excellence Reception and Dinner. Miami Valley NARI will be sending their three voting representatives to Phoenix for the Board of Directors meeting.
Congratulations to Miami Valley NARI's Regional CotY recipients Hurst Total Home, Inc. for capturing Residential Kitchen $40,000 to $80,000, A.E. Fickert,  for Residential Interior under $100,000 and Greater Dayton Building & Remodeling bagged an impressive three awards, Residential Addition under $100,000; Residential Addition Over $250,000 and Commercial Specialty. Please join us in congratulating all this year's worthy recipients. For those wishing to attend visit:
Spring 2010 Business Meeting Schedule; Spring 2010 Registration form; Evening of Excellence Registration form ; Hotel registration.


A Message from Frank Gates: BWC Proposes New Drug-Free Safety Program

At a BWC Board meeting on February 25, 2010, a new program was proposed to replace the current Drug-Free Workplace Program (DFWP).  The new DFSP is expected to be available for private employers beginning July 1, 2010, and for public employers January 1, 2011.

Following are proposed highlights:
The past DFWP (and Drug-Free EZ) have been combined into one program with two optional program levels
  - There is a Basic Level that provides a 4% premium discount
  - There is an Advance Level that provides a 7% premium discount
Combining of discounts with other programs is permitted:
  - Group Rated companies can enroll, but must be in the Advanced Level and only receive a 3% discount that can be stacked on top of their Group discount
 - Full stacking of discounts with Safety Council Program
 - Full stacking of discounts with Small Deductible Program
Companies can only enroll once per year
  - In 2010, for the July 1st private employer start date the application deadline is May 31, 2024
  - For the January 1, 2024 public employer start date the application deadline is October 29, 2010
Participation is unlimited and can be non-continuous
  - There is no limit on the number of years in the program regardless of past DFWP involvement
  - As long as requirements are met premium discounts can be obtained
Staff at Frank Gates/Avizent will be following these proposed DFSP program changes for you.  Final details from BWC's Board are expected in late March.  Once we have the approved information we will be communicating it to those companies eligible for the DFSP discount.


12 Home Show Tips Designed To Give You Results

Home shows are a great way to connect with clients and industry partners, but if not done right, could be a drain on your wallet. To make sure you are receiving the full benefit of a tradeshow, consider these 12 tips, courtesy of Skyline Exhibits.   Use this information to plan for next home show season, now - it's never to early!

 1. Test all AV equipment before the show starts. Make sure equipment will work together, that mounts for monitors fit the back of the monitor and that the cords are long enough. 

 2. Use pre-show mailers, e-mail and calls to invite past and prospective clients to see you and set up appointments. Eighty percent of exhibitors do not do pre-show promotions, and it could increase your qualified booth traffic by 33 percent. If you have free tickets to the show, it would create a lot of goodwill (and help you drive traffic to your booth) if you sent the tickets to your prospective clients or ran a contest for them prior to the show.

 3. Develop and market a giveaway or contest before the show and tie your promotions into an at-show experience. For example, if attendees bring a mailer to the show, you give them a T-shirt to wear around the show. 

 4. Have a pre-show meeting with staff to discuss key points of show such as presentations, staffing questions, appointment times and responsibilities. 

 5. Clarify goals with staffers and measure the actual results and publish the results to the company. This helps hold staffers accountable for following up on leads when estimates show that 79 to 81 percent of leads are not. For example, track which leads came from each staffer and measure how many leads turned into signed contracts. A prize or promotion may be a great motivator for employees. 

 6. Consider additional sponsorship opportunities. Most shows are looking for additional sponsors for special seminars or rooms, and it can give your company even more visibility for a fairly reasonable price. 
During/after the show

 7. Ask attendees open-ended questions that allow for a conversation. For example, "What brings you to the show today?" 

 8. Step back as you are talking-most people will follow you into the conversation and it creates a less threatening environment. 

 9. Use giveaways as rewards, appreciation, recognition and communication, but make sure they have your logo on it. It's best if they also have some connection to your company or your services. It should be able to trigger a memory in attendee's minds once they are home. 

 10. Regroup with staffers at the half-way point. Identify challenges and provide tools to overcome them. If they are having trouble gaining interest in the crowd, come up with a new way to attract customers to the booth. This will motivate them to keep their energy levels strong and give them more success. 

 11. Provide attendees with an exit interview. Pass out cards with a three to five questions asking them their opinion on how they view you and what is most important to them. Try to identify what type of remodel they want and their level of interest. This can help you with follow up after the show based on their individual needs. This is also a great way to gather e-mails to add to your e-newsletter lists. 

 12. Follow up with qualified leads should not take more than a week after the show. If there's interest, companies need to act on it quickly otherwise your competitor will.



Sashco Rolls Out Contractor-Customized Caulk


Sashco Sealants has introduced eXact Color Sealant, which allows contractors to create custom color caulk. The product is the latest by Sashco, manufacturer of high-performance caulks and sealants.
"Prior to eXact Color Sealant, there has never been an easy way to create custom color caulks," the company said in a release. "Other custom color caulks are complicated and require special mixing equipment.
The new product "is the first to offer users an easy and fast way to create custom color sealants to match any painting job or create beautiful contrasts," Sashco says.
With eXact Color comes a new professional accessory: paint shaker holder inserts for use in mixing larger batches of the sealant in paint departments and paint stores.
No special tools are needed to mix the sealant, Sashco says. "Custom colors are created by simply following eXact Color's mixing instructions using latex paint, water-based solid stain, or universal pigments," it says.
The water-based caulk is easy to apply and provides excellent adhesion and elasticity, the company says.
The cartridge holder insert allows professional paint departments or paint dealers to mix up to six cartridges of the sealant at once using a standard Gyroscopic, Oscillating, and Vortex style paint shaker machine. The inserts allow coloring of thousands of cartridges of caulk, the company says.
"These new holder inserts are effective, rugged and extremely easy to use," said Sashco vice president and technical director Wayne Summons. "They do not in any way interfere with the normal operation of the paint mixer or paint shaker."


March 10, 2010





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