CEO Breakfast: 

April 15, 2010

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 long 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 four different types of advertising campaigns. It is a no-risk chance to see if advertising is for you.  John is the senior account executive 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 7:30 a.m. with the program from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Register today at or call 222-NARI and RSVP today!


RRP Classes Offered by Chapter

April 16, 2010

Sold Out


This class has sold out but, Miami Valley NARI will be hosting an RRP Certification course on May 11 and one on June 11 for those still needing to become Certified.


The University of Cincinnati will conduct instruction at Miami Valley NARI's two Repair, Renovate and Painting (RRP) classes. 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 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 North, 2301 Wagner Ford Road in Dayton. 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. Register today at or call (937) 222-NARI and RSVP Today!


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 businesses 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, 2301 Wagner Ford Road. Registration and Networking begin at 11:00 a.m.  Lunch and the program are from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Register today at or call (937) 222-6274 and RSVP today!


Business on the Level Breakfast: May 13, 2024

Miami Valley NARI is researching the possibility of securing information to discuss the upcoming RRP Lead Rule administered by the EPA. We will obtain a legal point of view as well as the potential impact from an insurance aspect. More information to come.

The breakfast will take place at the Ramada Plaza North, 2301 Wagner Ford Road. Registration and Networking begin at 7:30a.m. Breakfast and the program are from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Register today at or call (937) 222-6274 and RSVP today! 


Luncheon Meeting: May 25, 2024

Join us as Mike Wilson of Vectren talks about "Gas Safety and Efficiency" including new marking standards that will be implemented in April.  We can all afford to learn ways to be safe as well as ways to help conserve energy to cut costs and to protect our beautiful planet.

The luncheon will take place at the Ramada Plaza North on Wagner Ford Road. Registration and Networking begin at 11:00 a.m.  Lunch and the program are from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Register today at or call (937) 222-6274 and RSVP today! 


NARI National Board Meeting - April 2010

Miami Valley NARI will be officially represented in Phoenix for the Spring 2010 NARI National Board meeting by Chairman of the Board, John Bordenkircher, CKBR and Past Presidents Ray Bell, CR and Bill Bilbrey, CR, CKBR.  If you have topics or feedback you would like to see brought before the National Board of Directors or a National Committee, contact the Miami Valley NARI office no later than April 5, 2010.


2010 PRO Expo: Presented by Pella 

On Tuesday, April 27, 2010, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., the all-star event of the season, the PRO Expo, will take place at Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds.  At the PRO Expo, there are many opportunities to learn from dynamic, content rich education sessions with opportunities to earn CEU's. You may improve your business with new products and business tools. Best of all, there are plenty of chances to network with other professionals. Enjoy food, refreshments, and $10,000 worth of fabulous prizes.
Doors open at 3:00 p.m. for check-in. The Expo Floor includes Pella product displays, local vendor displays, food, beverages, entertainment and a keynote address. At 3:15 p.m., educational breakout sessions begin, and they continue until 8:00 p.m. Some of these sessions include:
     �Why Pella? - presented by Pella
     �Residential & Commercial Construction Trends - presented by Hanley Wood
     �Universal Design - presented by Kohler (AIA Accredited Course)
     �The Future of Remodeling - presented by Mark Richardson of Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.
     �Window Replacement Solutions for Commercial Buildings - presented by Pella (AIA Accredited Course)
    �Top Remodelers Speak Out: Best Practices to Strengthen Your Business - presented by Remodelers Advantage Inc.
    �Greening the Bottom Line - presented by Reed Business Information (AIA Accredited Course)
    �Integrating Siding Into Your Business - presented by James Hardie
    �Transform Your Market - presented by Cygnus Business Media
    �Challenges & Solutions for Today's Ceramic Tile & Stone Installations - presented by Schluter (AIA Accredited Course)

To register, go to We hope that you can attend, and turn the knowledge that you and your company gain at the event into a home run!


11th-Hour Appeal Seeks to Delay Lead Rule

Just weeks before the two-year clock runs out, a dozen associations and retailers have joined forces to delay sweeping new federal lead-safe work rules set to take effect April 22, 2010.

In a joint letter dated March 8, the group appealed to four U.S. senators involved in developing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule." The rule, approved April 22, 2008, would affect up to 250,000 contractors from a variety of trades.

The rule mandates training and certification in lead-safe work practices for construction contractors, property managers and others who work in homes and child-occupied facilities built before 1978.
Opponents of the rule say the industry is still not nearly prepared for it-even after two years' notice.

"Currently,  the EPA has only 135 accredited trainers and 13,669 certified renovators nationwide, although its own compliance-needs estimates indicate that it needs at least 200,000 or more certified renovators," said the letter submitted to Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and James Inhofe (R-OK).
The letter was signed by these organizations and companies:
� Lowe's Companies Inc.
� The Home Depot
� National Association of the Remodeling Industry
� National Association of Home Builders
� National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association
� Window and Door Manufacturers Association
� Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association
� Window and Door Dealers Alliance
� National Glass Association
� Manufactured Housing Institute
� Vinyl Siding Institute
� Independent Electrical Contractors

Critics of the rule never liked its cost, its reach or its many requirements. Still, with the clock running on a previously approved time line, there seemed no room for appeal.
That changed with President Obama's "State of the Union" call for a multibillion-dollar stimulus plan to incentivize energy efficiency upgrades in older homes and buildings. The resulting legislation produced the HOME STAR Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program, informally known as "Cash for Caulkers."
Past precedent, although not law, has given such presidential programs preference over agency regulations when it comes to resources and implementation.
LRRP critics contend that HOME STAR and LRRP make similar demands on many of the same contractors and affect the same housing stock, so contractors cannot comply with both at once.
While calling HOME STAR "an effective approach" toward improving energy efficiency, the additional requirements risk "derailing compliance with the LRRP" or complying with LRRP at the expense of HOMESTAR.
"As manufacturers, distributors, retailers and installers of new construction materials, we support efforts to ensure that home renovations in pre-1978 homes are conducted in accordance with EPA's LRRP requirements," the group's letter said.
"Unfortunately, based on EPA compliance-needs estimates, we do not believe EPA is prepared to adequately implement the LRRP. Further, if implemented now, the LRRP will negatively affect economic stimulus funding designated for housing weatherization and planned efforts for a national residential retrofit program."
LRRP would require that any renovation work that disturbs more than six square feet inside a pre-1978 home follow new Lead Safe Work Practices (LSWP) supervised by an EPA-certified renovator and performed by an EPA certified renovation firm, as outlined in 40 CFR � 745.85.
The rule's opponents noted that fewer than 10 percent of contractors had been certified, adding: "Obviously, these numbers are far too insufficient for the millions of renovations carried out annually, even without a substantial retrofit incentive program like HOME STAR.
"With the April 22, 2024 deadline nearing, it is clear that EPA cannot ensure enough certified renovators will be available for compliance with the LRRP. Meanwhile, there is going to be an additional influx of new residential contractors and renovators generated by the HOME STAR proposal."
Furthermore, the group noted, HOME STAR is certain to draw more contractors and renovators into the residential sector, which is sure to compound the competition and confusion.
"We believe renovation incentives and HOME STAR, if passed as proposed ...  will only magnify LRRP compliance issues."
The critics cited a similar case in September 2000, when the Housing and Urban Development's "Lead Safe Housing Regulation" was deferred until more personnel and firms could be trained.
Certification programs for the LRRP have grown slowly. Seven states still do not have even one, according to NARI.
"In light of the high priority given by both Congress and the Administration to improving energy efficiency in older homes and creating a robust residential retrofit industry..., contractors and industry professionals must have a resolution to the LRRP compliance issue before April 22, 2010," the letter said.
Neither the EPA nor the senators had an immediate response to the appeal.


What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You...And Cost You Money!

Avoiding FMLA Compliance Mistakes: What's My Obligation?

Many employers remain unclear about what their responsibilities are underneath the Family Medical Leave Act.   Does an employee have to 'request' FMLA and what is considered 'being put on notice?'   Unfortunately, many employers turn a blind eye to FMLA and only provide it when an employee specifically requests leave under FMLA.   Mistakes surrounding 'notice' are all too common and can place employers into litigious situations.  Here are some points to remember . . .  (click
here for the entire article.)


Tell Moms All About Your Home Improvement Business!


With its sunshine and warm weather, Spring is the perfect time for home improvement projects. Talk to a large number of home-owning moms at Dayton Mall's "Momtopia Monday" event. Over the past three years, each popular event has been attended by hundreds of moms with young children from all around the Dayton/Northern Cincinnati area. The success of these events has proven to be a great promotional opportunity for companies such as Evenflo, Kettering Medical Center, National College, Paintbrush Pottery, and Premier Fitness.
If you would like to talk to them on "Momtopia Monday" and promote your business, the cost is only $150 per event. The Dayton Mall will supply your display table and chairs. For more information please
call Dave or Dana at (937) 433-0957. Upcoming "Momtopia Monday" events include April 12 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and May 10 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


March 31, 2010





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