EO Message

NIHBA, the largest HBA in Illinois,  has started off 2015 with great success!   Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to be a part of our growing Association!  We welcomed John McDonough, the President and CEO of the Blackhawks Hockey team, to our February Membership Dinner and enjoyed learning from his experience ways to manage an ever changing and challenging business!  Our Educational seminars have featured  Dick Greenwood, Marketing Hall of Famer, who shared a wealth of information on the 2015 IBS recap; Jason Richmond, website designer, whose wisdom guided us on vital business development for website marketing; and of course our 2015 NIHBA Mega Conference facilitated by Rich Guerard brought our members crucial new information on local market forecasts, design trends, surveying news, legal updates, and building developments in our industry!    Our Leadership and Government Affairs Chairman travelled in April with several of our members to Springfield to participate in important legislative discussions with our State Representatives.  These meetings greatly impact the direction that our legislators take when it comes to considering our home building issues and needs.  Our presence gives our tireless State lobbyist, Bill Ward, the support he needs to advocate on our behalf.   These are just a few of the things we’ve covered in the first few months of 2015!

Wait until you hear what’s next!   We start off May with our Cubs/Sox Crosstown Member Drive!  Bring in a new member and choose your team alliance!  We welcome Brooks Boyer, Marketing Director for the Chicago White Sox to our General Membership dinner at the Hilton Lisle on May 14th!  Brooks is going to give us valuable advice on making the most of your marketing dollars and elevating your business to the next level!   We offer Builders and Remodelers an invaluable opportunity to meet in person with our representatives from ComEd, Nicor, and Comcast!  Don’t miss that lunch on May 28th!   Time to tee off with us on June 18th at our annual summer golf outing at the beautiful Orchard Valley Golf Course!  NIHBA offers more!  We’re here to serve you – let us know how we can help! 

Shela Lahey, Executive Vice President/NIHBA