Southwest Ohio brings home two National CotY awards from the recently concluded annual Evening of Excellence program! Please join us in extending a "job well done" to: Greater Dayton Building & Remodeling, Commercial Specialty, Miami Valley NARI and Neal's Design and Remodel, Residential Interior $100,000 and Over, Ohio Valley NARI.
These folks have recognized the value and prestige of these Awards for several years and their track record certainly contests to these achievements. What better way to showcase your projects than to be able to boast the recognition of local, regional and national accolades for the workmanship and professionalism from your organization.
The time is NOW for planning your entries for this year's CotY Awards. Like anything else, if you don't participate, you can't win! Once this becomes part of your basic project planning then the rest is academic. Start today with the thought of which projects you would like to submit and "get the ball rolling".
Next year we can add your remodeling project to the prestigious list of WINNERS!


CEO Breakfast: April 15, 2024

Marketing in a Down Market

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 four different types of advertising campaigns. It is a no-risk chance to see if advertising is for you. John 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 7:30 a.m. with the program from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. The cost is $10 for NARI Certified Professionals, $20 for NARI members and $30 for non-members. Register today at or call 222-NARI and RSVP today!


RRP Certification

May 11, 2010 and June 11, 2010


Miami Valley NARI has added two additional classes for the RRP Certification as the April 16, 2024 course is sold out.  The dates for these newly scheduled classes are May 11, 2024 and June 11, 2010.  These classes will be instructed by William Mentrath, MS.  If your firm is not yet certified, here are two more opportunities.  Each class will take place from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza North on Wagner Ford Road.  The cost of the class is $179.00 for members and $229.00 for non-members.
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. This course will teach attendees how to comply with the EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule and the HUD Lead Safe Housing Rule, and how to perform lead safe work practices safely and effectively. Once you have successfully completed this Certified Renovator Initial Course, delivered by an EPA-accredited training provider, you will be an EPA Certified Renovator. EPA Certified Renovator status will allow you to do lead safe renovation, repair, and painting work in pre 1978 housing and in child occupied facilities where work will disturb lead-based paint.

The classes are limited to 24 students each and fill up quickly. Please call (937) 222-6274 to register or go to


Managing Customer Personalities Luncheon: 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. Registration fees are $25.00 for members and $30.00 for non-members.  Register today at or call (937) 222-6274 and RSVP today!


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!


Breakfast on the Level: May 13, 2024

The EPA RRP Rule, What it Means to the Contractor

Presented by Don Ebding and Mark Fleming

Of great concern to members of NARI are the legal and insurance ramifications of the EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting Final Rule.  As we learned from asbestos, being Certified by the EPA may not be enough to protect yourself and your business.
Mr. Don Ebding of Kinker-Eveleigh Insurance Agency graduated from the University of Cincinnati and specializes in contract review, establishing and maintaining large fleet safety programs, OCIP/Construction Wrap Programs, Worker's Comp Programs, and more. Don will bring us up-to-date with the insurance needs and concerns of this new Lead Ruling including what you should be looking for in your policy.


Speaking from the legal issues perspective, Mr. Mark Fleming has over 30 years experience in the construction business.  He has been a residential and commercial general contractor and construction manager.  He has extensive experience as a litigation consultant, working with his clients to analyze individual dispute situations and provide the objective and technical assessment needed to reach resolution in settlement negotiations, mediation or arbitration.  In the event a case proceeds to trial, Fleming has served as an expert witness and is able to support his clients in every phase of the legal process. Mark will educate us in how to protect ourselves concerning the RRP Initiative. 

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! Registration fees are $10 for NARI Certified Professionals, $20 for NARI members or $30 for non-members.


Membership Meeting: May 25, 2024

Gas Safety and Efficiency

Presented by Mike Wilson

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. Registration fees are $25.00 for members and $30.00 for non-members. Register today at or call (937) 222-6274 and RSVP today! 


Miami Valley NARI's First "Happy Hour"

Miami Valley NARI held our first "Happy Hour" event March 24th at the Tale Gators Italian Pub in Centerville. Ferguson's Enterprises hosted the event and a good time was had by all! Approximately 40 people were able to attend the evening and a whole lot of "catching up" was certainly achieved. This venture proved to be a success and will continue throughout this year on a quarterly basis. Our objective is to switch geographic locations to accommodate as many of our members as possible. We have had numerous requests from members who wish to sponsor the evening so keep an eye out in The Remodeler, Nuts & Bolts and our website for more information.
Thanks to you all who made this, an enjoyable and worthwhile event!


Welcome New Members

Miami Valley NARI is pleased to welcome three new members into our family:
Universal 1 Credit Union, Inc., Sponsored by Tim Garrison, CR, CKD, Home Towne Construction
Life of Riley Landscape Service, Sponsored by John Puslat, Window & Door Designs
and DMI Restoration, Inc.
Please join us in congratulating our newest members in the decision to becoming a part of the association dedicated to our Core Purpose to advance and promote the remodeling industry's professionalism, product and vital public purpose.


125K Certified on Eve of EPA Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects more than 125,000 contractors to be trained in lead-safe work practices by the mandated deadline of April 22, the agency says.
Despite last-minute challenges by some trade associations and retailers, the agency is on target to implement its "Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule," which will protect millions of children from lead poisoning, an EPA official said Thursday, two weeks before the rule takes effect.
"There has been tremendous progress by people working in the construction and remodeling trades to become trained in lead-safe work practices," said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances.
"EPA has been working hard to get the word out far and wide to contractors working in older homes, schools and day-care centers that this training is available to help stop lead poisoning in children. All a contractor needs to do to be certified is take a simple one-day course."
Despite nearly 30 years of effort to reduce childhood lead exposures, a million American children are still poisoned by lead paint each year, putting them at risk for a wide range of health impacts, including lowered IQ and behavioral disorders. Some of that poisoning is a result of dust contaminated by old lead paint that is stirred up during remodeling activities. There are simple steps contractors can take during renovations to minimize exposures to lead paint.
To ensure contractors were following such procedures, the EPA finalized the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP) rule in 2008. The rule requires contractors to become trained and certified as lead-safe by EPA. Individuals take an eight-hour training course offered by private training providers to become a certified renovator. The certification is valid for five years.
To date, EPA has certified 190 training providers who have conducted more than 4,900 courses. An estimated 100,000 people in the construction and remodeling industries have been trained in lead-safe work practices. Based on current estimates, EPA expects more than 125,000 contractors to be certified by the April 22 deadline.
EPA is running a number of efforts to expedite the training and certification process. These include print and radio campaigns to highlight the benefits of hiring lead-safe certified firms. As a result, it is expected that training capacity will continue to increase significantly as the April 22 deadline approaches.
EPA also expects many more contractors and renovators to seek training after the deadline.


Shift from Canned Monologue to Constructive Dialogue

By Michael H. Felberbaum


Networking events are jammed these days with Walking Billboards: hard-selling, attention-grabbing, in-your-face, walking, talking advertisements. No one in their right mind wants to be talked at and sold to while sipping a cocktail and schmoozing with new contacts, so why are there so many walking billboards?
Fact is, in our enthusiasm to pitch our businesses, many of us have unwittingly been walking billboards at one time or another. Maybe we're not as aggressive as used car sellers, but we are giving a canned monologue when a constructive dialogue would serve our purpose much better. We are talking at, rather than with. Here are four tips to dial down your presentation and create a genuine conversation in your networking:
1. Set the stage. Most people like to have a little conversation before listening to a promotion of any kind. Michael Port, in Book Yourself Solid, recommends avoiding "So, what do you do?" as the first question you ask a new contact. Instead, he suggests discussing a valuable book or conference that might be relevant. By getting to know the person and making a connection, you may not even need to use canned self-promotions.
2. Ask first. No matter how excited you are about your idea and your business, rushing to speak and get your message across is likely to create a barrier, no matter how great your offering. To reduce this barrier, you can simply ask: "Can I pitch you on my business and services?" This sets the stage for the person you've met to engage in a conversation with you, even if you simply can't wait to rattle off your 30-second advertisement.
3. Allow personal space. I'm amazed by how often people pitching ideas move closer and ignore the fact that I'm moving away. If I need to endure a 30-second commercial, I like to have a little distance so I can actually process what the person is saying and not get distracted by their spittle and breath. I think everyone appreciates some breathing room when listening to a promotion.
4. Read body language.  Most people, in a rush to get their message out, ignore the body language of the person they're speaking with. Ask yourself: Are they listening? Are they engaged in the promotion? Do they share my enthusiasm? Then you will see where you're connecting and where you're missing the mark. Reading the person's body language indicates if your message is being heard or if you've become a walking billboard-seen and ultimately ignored.
At one time or another all of us get lost in our enthusiasm to pitch our businesses. This enthusiasm can get in the way of a genuine dialogue. By setting the ground, asking before promoting, giving some space, and watching the body language, we can create real conversations and memorable new connections. Let the billboards stay on the highways.


April 14, 2010





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