President's Message

NIHBA, HBAI, NAHB, and U

You probably didn’t expect to see a crossword puzzle in this newsletter! The truth is the letters above mean so much more to your business and our industry than you probably realized.

Hopefully, all of you are familiar enough with NIHBA. You pay your annual dues and are aware of and attend some or all of committee, General Membership, or educational meetings to network or learn more about our industry.

When you pay your annual dues to NIHBA $165 of that goes to the Home Builders Association of Illinois (HBAI). Statewide there are approximately 1,900 members in HBAI and their primary responsibility is to promote legislation that is positive for our industry and fend off legislation that is harmful to our industry in Springfield. HBAI’s Executive Director is Bill Ward and he is essentially a full time lobbyist. HBAI also offers several affinity programs. On April 14th fifteen to twenty of NIHBA”s members (in addition to other members from around the state) will be traveling to Springfield (at their own expense) to participate in HBAI’s Lobby Day. This is a great opportunity for us to tell legislators our concerns and how they could help us.

Further, when you pay your annual dues to NIHBA $182 of that goes to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Nationally there are approximately 145,000 members in NAHB. Much like HBAI, one of NAHB’s main goals is to promote legislation that is positive for our industry but in Washington. NAHB has a staff of 11 full time lobbyists to carry that mission out. NAHB also offers great educational courses, designation classes, informative publications and is probably best known for hosting The International Builders Show/Design and Construction Week.

I sincerely hope that each one of you finds value in what you receive from NIHBA all by itself, but when you factor in what HBAI and NAHB also does for your business, it becomes an incredible value for “U”.

Pete Stefani - King's Court Builders - 2015 NIHBA President