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NIHBA Updates


2017 NIHBA President, Court Airhart/Airhart Construction

NIHBA thanks our IL House Republican Leader, Jim Durkin, State Senator Michael Connelly, State Rep. Mike Fortner and HBAI Executive Vice President and our State Lobbyist, Bill Ward, for an outstanding evening of discussion on pertinent housing industry topics!  Our Meet Your Legislators' Dinner was a sold out success and NIHBA was proud to present a $1,000 check to Bill Ward for our IHBPEC (IL Home Bldrs. Political Education Committee).  NIHBA strives to be politically heard and encourages our members to forge relationships with your State Reps and learn about important legislative issues that impact our industry.

 Have you seen our 60th anniversary NIHBA film?  Check it out and share with others!  Find it at

NIHBA and the Cavalcade Tour of Homes Steering Committee are excited to announce our 2017 Cavalcade Tour of Homes coming September 7th-17th!  If you have a home or project and are interested in participating as a Builder or Remodeler please join us on Wednesday, February 22nd at 4:00 p.m. for Builder/Remodeler only meeting to learn all about the incredible marketing opportunities that will be provided for your homes and businesses!  Many more details will be discussed - don't miss this meeting!  

We want to thank our 2017 Foundation Sponsors for their dedication and support of NIHBA!  We are able to bring our members the high quality programs and events that we do because of their sponsorships.  Thank you to Esser Hayes Insurance Group; Parksite Tyvek; Chicago Title & Trust; Hines Supply; Remote Audio/Video; Brakur Custom Cabinets; Crown Community Development; Nicor Gas; and Engineering Resource Associates!  Our next sit-down dinner provided by our Sponsors will be on Thursday, April 13th and will feature FBI Profiler and former Aurora Police Commissioner, Wayne Hoover, who will share insights on how to identify personality traits that can help you with sales and with employees!  

March brings our Chili Cook Off!  Heritage Home Decor & Design will be hosting this popular annual event at their showroom in Yorkville.  Look for our registration flyers in your email!  Chili Cooks sign up now and you don't have to pay to attend!  Join your fellow industry colleagues for this great networking opportunity.  

2017 Membership Directories should be arriving soon!  Look for them in your mail boxes in mid-to late February!  

Builders have you signed up for our Member Rebate Program?  This is money in your pocket for products that you use!  No receipt submission just an easy online form to fill out!  This will only take a few minutes of your time! Why aren't you taking advantage of this incredible member offer?  If you haven't received your material call us now and look forward to those quarterly checks! 

Visit our website to see all of the Affinity programs that we participate in!  Esser Hayes Insurance Group offers our members incredible value and discounts with their insurance offerings - see how they can save you hundreds - even thousands of dollars for your business insurance needs. We also have partnerships with Dell, GEICO, Jeep, and more!  

NIHBA is thriving because of the dedication of our committee members!  The heart of any Association lies in the commitment of its members to participate in its growth and development. We have experienced an outstanding year of Events and that is due to our Programs, Membership and PR/Marketing committees united efforts to drive attendance, welcome members, and bring awareness to the top notch programs we offer every month!  NIHBA Committees are the foundation of our success and one of the reasons we are the largest HBA in Illinois!   We look forward to expanding and developing our fantastic committees even more in 2016 and would love to see more NIHBA members join us, share their vision, and participate in planning our future.  Join an NIHBA Committee today! 

We invite all members of the Public to visit our site and review our Member Directory.  NIHBA is the largest HBA in Illinois and we represent the highest quality Custom Home Builders, Remodelers, subcontractors, and Associate businesses in the home building industry!  Make sure that your Builder is an NIHBA member!  Call us at NIHBA to confirm that you are working with one of our members!

Please feel free to contact our staff with questions or concerns!  Shela Lahey, Executive Vice President, Megan Johnson, Marie George, and Holly Walsh, at 630-978-9000.  Fax us at 630-978-9100 or email Shela at:; Megan Johnson at; and for billing/invoicing questions Marie George at; and social media contact Holly at Don't forget to Like Us on facebook or follow us on Twitter!

NIHBA Mission

Our mission is to serve you!  You can join, through the Northern Illinois Home Builders Association, a non-profit organization, a group of the highest quality professional builders, remodelers, contractors, and suppliers who are dedicated to the promotion, growth and protection of the home building industry.  

You will find a wide range of exciting opportunities to promote and grow your business, including government advocacy and outstanding networking events where members meet and discuss their role in the home building industry.  Join NIHBA to make valuable connections and foster life-long business relationships.

You are offered a diverse menu of programs including our Arbitration coverage; excellent Education seminars, and top notch monthly meetings and social events which welcome such reputable speakers as Jarrett Payton, former NFL running back, son of legendary Football legend Walter Payton, radio host and motivational speaker; Eric Stromer, television host of Clean Sweep, Top Gear, and Home Improvement with Eric Stromer; John McDonough, President/CEO of the Blackhawks Hockey team; George McCaskey, Chairman of the Chicago Bears, Alison Victoria, television host of the popular HGTV show Kitchen Crashers, and many more business leaders who share their expertise and advice with our members.  

Join today and become a part of this dynamic association and start...

Building Your Business By Association!