August 24, 2010 Membership Luncheon

"Kill Two Birds with One Luncheon Meeting!" 


We know you're busy and it's hard to get away for a breakfast and luncheon meeting each month.  Beginning next month MVNARI will be combining the two meetings and having two speakers at the August 24th membership luncheon meeting.  It's a great way to hear important information that is relevant to your business at a fraction of the cost!
Our first speaker is Brian Schlosser, CPA is the founder and President of Schlosser Financial Planning (SFP), a private wealth management firm located in Cincinnati.  Brian's business experience spans 21 years in the areas of commercial banking, public accounting, insurance, private wealth management, and entrepreneurial wealth management.  In 2004, Brian opened Schlosser Financial Planning, a private wealth management firm focused on serving the unique needs of entrepreneurs and their extended families.  SFP provides comprehensive wealth management services in the areas of business and personal financial planning, risk management, retirement planning, business succession and estate planning. 
Brian's talk is on Leading Your Business into Retirement.  Sales lead times are long.  Competitors are bidding jobs with no margin.  Overall demand for your service is down.  Customers are paying late.  Suppliers are not extending credit.  We could go on all day.  Times are tough.  Retirement?  Are you kidding?
Now is the time to rebuild your business from the ground up.  This session will discuss practical steps on how to lead your business and your people to your goal of financial security and success.  
Our second speaker is Bill Bankes, who graduated from UC as an Industrial Engineer and later received his MBA from The University of Dayton in 1999.
Bill has worked as an Industrial Engineer at Monsanto Research and Co-Op at Corporate Kroger's. Bill has consulted as a process improvement expert when starting Global Manufacturing, aka Global Foam Company in 1996.  Bill will be presenting a talk on Global Foam Company's polystyrene products, the traditional and creative uses for EPS (expanded bead polystyrene) in construction and display applications. These uses include exterior insulation and finishing systems (EIFS/Stucco), interior and exterior products, amusement park and trade show displays, concrete forms, monument signs, events, insulation and packaging.
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 online at or call (937) 222-6274 and RSVP today!


Miami Valley NARI Annual Golf Outing

September 21, 2010

COME SWING WITH US - with your golf club that is!  Yes, we want you to be a part of the golf outing this year.  For only $85 per person you can join other NARI members for a fun day on the golf course.  The Miami Valley NARI golf outing is one of the least expensive golf outings in the area.  It is being held at the Beavercreek Country Club beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21.  Contact us today at (937) 222-6274 and let us know of your interest in playing.  We will put all individual registrations in groups of four----a great way to network, too.  See you on the links!
This year's outing is presented by Modlich Stoneworks, a complete custom fabricator of natural stone products like granite, marble and quartz countertops.  Modlich is a family owned business, working in the Greater Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus markets.  For more information visit Modlich at
PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS by putting your name in front of Miami Valley NARI's biggest remodeling companies at the annual golf outing!
YOU have a great opportunity to be a part of this fun day by becoming a sponsor at this year's event.  Target your market by sponsoring Miami Valley NARI's golf outing where you have the perfect chance to market yourself and YOUR business.  With over 70 decision makers from the Dayton and Cincinnati area participating, how can you go wrong?  
As a sponsor, YOU are encouraged to put your personal touch on whatever area you are sponsoring. Bring whatever you want to make your hole the most exciting, interesting and memorable stop on the entire golf course!  And you are welcome to staff (if necessary) your own hole, registration tables, etc.
Call the Miami Valley NARI office at (937) 222-6274 today to let us know what you would like to sponsor or visit and submit your reservation TODAY!


Mark Your Calendars for September 28th

CASINO NIGHT with Ferguson

On Tuesday, September 28, 2010, Ferguson will host our Member Open House with a Casino Night for NARI members. This is a great opportunity for you to network with your Dayton and Cincinnati area colleagues, and a perfect event to bring prospective NARI members to. In addition to live casino games (blackjack, roulette, and craps) with dealers and giveaways, there will be vendor displays. If you've never been to Ferguson, they sell plumbing, lighting, appliances and cabinets - all of which you can check out while there. Besides networking and education, this event will be used to promote NARI membership so bring a friend!


WHAT:  Miami Valley NARI Member Open House: Casino Night
WHERE: Ferguson - 11860 Mosteller Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241
WHEN: Tuesday, September 28, 2023 - 6 to 10 p.m.
COST:  Compliments of Ferguson Enterprises
RSVP: By September 20 - Call Miami Valley NARI at (937) 222-6274 or
[email protected]


NARI Certifications

The time is growing near to determine which NARI Certification class to offer to our Chapter members. Stay current, hone your skills, and accelerate your career with remodeling training from NARI. This is your gateway to unparalleled year-round learning experiences that keep you current, help sharpen your skills, and provide opportunities for achieving professional success in the remodeling industry.
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here for more information concerning NARI Certification programs.
If you are interested, please contact the Chapter office at 222-6274 or email request to [email protected]. ALL requests must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Friday August 20, 2010.


Recovery in Spending on Remodeling Forecast to Start this Fall

By Craig Webb

Spending on major home improvement projects will decline through the middle of this year from 2009 levels before recovering in the fourth quarter, the Remodeling Futures Program at Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies forecast today.

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Real Estate Events Can Increase Exposure

By Morgan Zenner

John Foley and his wife Linda Case are trying to sell their Minneapolis-area home. After 30 days on the market, Foley realized he had to find a way to make his house stand out from the crowd of similar homes listed in a struggling market.
Utilizing his background in marketing, Foley organized an open house event at the home that was a little different from your traditional walk-through. The event was to showcase his property, and at the same time, provide an array of experts in a related field to promote their services to buyers.

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EPA OKs 2 Lead Test Kits; RRP Training Tops 400K 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved two lead testing kits and trained 421,000 people as enforcement looms for the new federal lead-safe work rules.
The EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) has posted preliminary results of the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) assessment of lead test kits on its website at

The ETV testing was conducted pursuant to the 2008 "Renovation, Repair, and Painting" (RRP) regulation, to determine if any manufacturer-submitted lead test kits meet both a false negative and a false positive response criterion, as required in the rule. OPPT said it was reporting preliminary results, because of "the status and implications of the  renovators, lead test kit manufacturers, and training providers."
"Based on the preliminary ETV results, no new kits meet both the false negative and false positive criteria," the agency said in a statement. "Therefore, pursuant to the RRP regulation, EPA will continue to recognize the LeadCheck test kit and the State of Massachusetts lead test kit."
One more test kit may be recognized before Sept. 1, EPA said. For more information on the kits or testing, contact Sam Brown at 202-566-0490 ([email protected])  or Erik Winchester at 202-564-645 ([email protected]).

Full enforcement of the RRP rules is coming soon. The deadline for certification of firms, originally set for April 22, has been extended to Oct. 1 and appears unlikely to be extended further. Individual renovators have until Sept. 30 to enroll in an EPA-accredited certification class. Certification must be completed by Dec. 31.
As of July 22, EPA had accredited 286 training providers who have conducted more than 18,300 courses, training an estimated 421,000 people, the agency says. The increasing demand for training before the deadline has slowed traffic on EPA's site, where contractors can search for an EPA-accredited training provider. EPA says it is working to improve the system.


Use Virtual Tours as a Sales Tool
By Morgan Zenner

Remodelers know that image draws in new clients. In the end, honesty, quality and dependability are just some of the traits by which a homeowners will eventually evaluate the company they choose, but initially, what catches their eye will be project pictures.
You may only have a moment to capture a new client with a photograph of your work on your Web site or in a magazine. Here lies the importance of having a good quality photo representing your company. If they like what they see, they will call you to get it.
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SBA Chief Discusses Plans to Revive Small Businesses

For glass-half-full types, President Barack Obama's proclamation this spring that his administration "is committed to helping small businesses drive our economy toward recovery and long-term growth" was another indication that small business has a true ally in the White House.
For others, however, those words provided another stinging reminder of how policymakers in Washington have failed to back their statements with action. Despite repeated assurances from the administration, accompanied by a flurry of new pro-entrepreneur initiatives, small-business supporters such as Todd McCracken, president of the National Small Business Association in Washington, D.C., are concerned that policymakers remain largely beholden to big business, just as they were when George W. Bush ran the White House.
Just consider Uncle Sam's recent spending habits: $358 billion spent by the feds on small-business initiatives, compared with $2.8 trillion for non-small-business initiatives such as the Wall Street bailout. Even with a vocal supporter in the White House, McCracken contends, Washington's small-business track record of late is full of "bills that just didn't go far enough, proposals that took a wrong turn altogether and initiatives that left us scratching our heads wondering 'What were they thinking?"


Labor Gap

From: Remodeling magazine

Temporary labor agencies that specialize in construction can help remodelers meet staffing needs during the recession.

Frank Troppe, president of CLP Resources, a skilled trades staffing firm, says that in the past 12 weeks the agency has seen a reversal of the 2009 decline in the residential sector. "As the pipeline fills up for some of our residential customers, remodelers are thinking, 'I'm getting more work, but can I keep an additional worker busy?'" he says, noting that the remodelers are turning to CLP for labor solutions to bridge this gap. CLP Resources is based in Reno, Nev., but has 55 offices in 22 states. CLP San Francisco account manager Dustin Liebman says that his contractor clients are bidding more than they have before. "They realize that if they want to stay in the game, they need to be as creative and as flexible as possible," he says.
Fueling the resurgence for CLP, on the residential side, is the fact that remodelers have cut margins but still need to manage the volume of bids and maintain the quality of their workers. Todd Wiseman, director of national accounts for Able Body Labor, a nationwide agency with 176 offices in 27 states, says that although many remodelers have their own network of skilled labor, a company can run more efficiently if it uses the agency's skilled workers who come with their own tools, transportation, and insurance. "It frees them up to work on other jobs. This benefits them financially," he says. Another advantage: Able Body Labor's risk department handles any injuries or workers' comp claims. "Our No. 1 goal is to make sure our worker does not get hurt or hurt someone else," Wiseman says.

CLP's stringent hiring process includes an in-person interview, skills and safety tests, behavioral tests, and a legal work status check. "We're like a human resources department for the contractor," Troppe says. CLP's automated system matches workers with the skills required, duration of job, and location. The company can adjust if the job ends early or takes longer. Liebman gets to know his customers, to provide solutions based on their needs. "The smartest and most progressive companies really understand that risk - that having employees does not make you stronger. A bigger company is not [necessarily] better," he says.


July 29, 2010





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