5 Star Sponsor :       

2015 Sponsors:



Event Sponsor:   

Thank you, Mike Babin, for Educating our Members and Guests on the latest
 Windstorm Regulations! 
 It is important that Remodelers 
understand and
 follow ALL County 
 Windstorm Regulations!  WE DO NOT WANT 
 the latest changes and answered all of our questions.

Thank you, also, to our multiple year "Vendor of the Year" and 5 Star Sponsor,
 ABC Supply!  Mike Thomas and Jeremy W
illetts are fantastic Vendor Members
and we 
appreciate their incredible support of our NARI Houston Remodelers!

Thank you to the following Members and Guests for their participation:

All Star Construction - Dennis Haws

Best Investments Siding & Windows - Jerry Gerald

Best Investments Siding & Windows - Terry Vaughan

Don Young Co. - Scott Grover

Don Young Co. - Roland Gaytan

Grand Openings Windows & Doors - Roger Massey

GreenHouse Integration - Caroline Kostak

Home Craftsman - Eric Isaacson

Home Improvement Resource Guide - Jim Wheeler

Honey-Do-List-Services - Brian Garlock

Katy Kitchen & Bath - Mary Roberts

Katy Kitchen & Bath - Serena Berkes

Quality Home Improvements - Fred Spaulding

Renewal by Andersen - John Spurny

RL Nelson Construction - Ann Nelson

Wonderful Windows & Siding - Mike Miller

Wonderful Windows & Siding - Robert Randles

Wonderful Windows & Siding - Gene Yeargin

We hope to see YOU at the July 21, 2015 Networking Luncheon!
Thank you!
Jim Wheeler, Past President

on behalf of the NARI Houston Chapter Board of Directors



CANCELLED!!!!!  EPA Lead Renovator, Removal and
 Painting Certification Renewal Training!

 I spoke with the Texas office of EPA, at this phone number!

States:  TX
Regional Contact: Mikeal Adams
U.S EPA Region 6
1445 Ross Ave., 12th Floor
Dallas, TX 75202-2733
(214) 665-6711

They confirmed that a One (1) year extension has been given for Individual RRP Certification.

Future "Refresher Training" will be Online Computer Based Training.

COMPANY RENEWALS, however, MUST be completed immediately and cost approx $300.

Following is the EPA announcement for NARI National for your review.

Renew your firm certification on line at the link provided.


For your Individual Renovator renewal... 

Yesterday, EPA Administer signed a final rule to extend certification for 

certifications for certain individual renovators (those who received initial certification

 prior to March 31, 2011) under the RRP Program. Please be aware that the extensions

 only apply to individual renovators who must get recertification training within the

 timeframes explained below.

They do not apply to firm certifications or individual renovators that need their initial


 In January 2015, the Agency had proposed a rule that would, among other things,

 change the requirements for the refresher training course that individual renovators

 must take to become recertified. EPA is extending the certifications of thousands

 of individual renovators (read below for which renovators) that would otherwise 

expire before that rule can be finalized. EPA is taking this action so that, if and when

 the changes in the proposed rule are finalized, those renovators can take advantage

 of the changes. Certifications were extended only for individual renovators whose

 certifications expire before changes to the refresher training can be finalized.

 The extension rule has not yet been published in the Federal Register, but you can find links to a prepublication copy of the notice on our website at


 Under the final rule:

1.  Individual renovators who received certification on or before March 31, 2010,
     now have until March 31, 2016, to get recertified.
2. Individual renovators who received certification between April 1, 2010 and
    March 31, 2011, will have one year added to their 5-year certification.
    Subsequent certifications for renovators receiving the extension will be five years.

Again, these extensions apply only to individual renovator certification, not to firm certification.  


Dan Taddei  MS Ed. BCA
Director of Education

Contact Sherrie at 713-882-8895 or sherrie@narihouston.com with

any questions!

34th Annual George R Brown Spring Home & Garden Show

THANK YOU, once again, to Terry Vaughan and Jim Wheeler for
 arranging and working with me at the the March 27 - 29, 2015
 George R. Brown Home & Garden Show representing ALL NARI 
Houston Members!

34th Annual Spring Texas Home and Garden Show!
George R Brown Convention Center (Downtown Houston) 
March 27 - 29, 2015

February 17, 2015 Networking Luncheon

  Steve Carasso
NARI National Director of Marketing and Communications
"Marketing Strategies for 2015 and Beyond"

NARI Houston wants to thank NARI National Director of Marketing 
and Communications, Steve Carasso,  for taking time to visit us from Chicago 
and share the new direction of NARI National and how to Market our companies
better in 2015!
Steve Carasso was named NARI National's Director of Marketing
and Communications in November 2014.  He has more than 18 years
of Association Management experience, including marketing roles
with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of Legal
Administrators, the North American Wholesale Lumber Association,
and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Thank you, Steve, for your time encouraging our Houston Members!


January 20, 2015 Networking Luncheon

Day West  

"Bridging the Generation Gap -
Four Generations in the Workplace"

NARI Houston would like to express our appreciation to Moritza Day
for reminding us that, as individuals in the workplace, we all bring a 
complex mix of Genetics, Culture, and Life Experiences which can 
determine how we see and interpret our interactions with Management,
Co-workers, and Clients.  These different points of view must be managed
if our businesses are to be more successful in 2015 than in the past.

Moritza Day is the managing partner of Day West & Associates, a training 
and consulting firm who has helped companies hire top talent and
helped individuals find fulfilling careers for more than 25 years.  She is the 
author of the internationally recognized 1000 Best Job Hunting Secrets
and Networking to Build Your Success. Her early career included financial
and operational positions with PwC, Arthur Andersen and Source
Services.  She holds a BBA from the University of Houston and
is a CPA in the State of Texas. 

Day West & Associates is available to offer these types of business consulting
 services to all categories of the NARI Houston Membership businesses, so if
 you need assistance with these disciplines, please contact her at 
713-529-3399 or mday@daywestinc.com

Moritza Day, CPA
Day West & Associates, Inc.
3730 Kirby Drive, Suite 1200
Houston, TX 77098
NARI Houston would also like to thank the following Companies for their Participation:
All Star Construction - Dennis Haws
All Star Construction - Russell Haws
Best Investments Siding & Windows - Jerry Gerald
Betty Korman Consulting - Betty Korman
Day West & Associates, Inc. - Moritza Day
Don Young Co.  - Roland Gaytan 
Home Improvement Resource Guide - Jim Wheeler
Honey-Do-List-Services - Brian Garlock
Ideal Consulting - Lorraine Hart
Lone Star Contracting - Steve Schlosser
Masonry Glass Systems, Inc - Ken Bowman
Quality Home Improvements - Fred Spaulding
R.L. Nelson Construction & Foundation Repair - Ann Nelson
The Detering Co. - Roger Massey
The Sherwin-Williams Paint Company - Luis Gandara

We hope to see YOU at the February 17, 2015 Networking Luncheon!
November 18, 2014 Networking Luncheon
EL Craine REU  "Growth Through Marketing Collaboration" 
NARI Houston Chapter Members and Guests wish to say "Thank You" to 
E'Delano Craine for sharing his insights on how we can grow our business 
by working together with experts from other industry disciplines to 
collaborate on maximizing marketing budgets.  2015 is almost  here and
this is a great  time to evaluate more profitable strategies for the new year!  

E'Delano is the Host of KPRC 950 AM "Real Estate U" and Business
 Development Manager for Metropolitan Title, LLC..  E.L. also shared a new
 opportunity for NARI Members to win an opportunity to be showcased on his
 Radio Show as a "2015 Remodeler, Builder, Contractor, or Realtor of
 the Week"!  Please contact sherrie@narihouston.com for more information.

Thank you to all of our Members and Guests who joined us for this event!

 E'Delano Craine - Special Speaker
Metropolitan Escrow & Title – Business Development Manager and Host Real Estate U 
Show  AM 950 KPRC  Sundays 10 AM

  Presents:  Business Expert:  Jeff Jones
October 21, 2014 NARI Houston Networking Luncheon:  
Thank you to Jeff Jones, President of Certified Appraisers, Inc and
SCORE Houston Expert Volunteer, for taking time to share his Business expertise with NARI Houston!  Jeff is the co-editor of two books published
 by John Wiley & Sons: "Handbook of Business Valuation" and "Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook for Small and Midsize Companies" and presented 
"Business Plans and Exit Strategies" to NARI Houston Members and Guests.
NARI Houston Chapter was pleased to welcome Jeff Jones to the October 21st Networking Luncheon!                   
What:  "Business Plans and Exit Strategies"                        
Who:    Presented by Jeff Jones
When:  October 21, 2014 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where:  Cavatore's Italian Restaurant
             2120 Ella Blvd
             Houston, TX 77056


September 20 -21, 2014:

19th Annual Fall Texas Home and Garden Show!
NRG Center (previously Reliant Center) 
Largest Home Show of the Fall!  Don't miss your opportunity to get leads!
September 20 - 21, 2014
What:   19th Annual Texas Fall Home and Garden Show
When:   Saturday, September 20, 2014;  10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
When:   Sunday, September 21, 2014;     11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where:  NRG Center (Reliant Center)  Hall "A"


Terry Vaughan, VP of NARI Trade Shows is Calling ALL NARI Houston Members...Do Not Miss the BEST SHOW OF FALL!  Call Sherrie at 713-621-6274 to RSVP!
This is a great opportunity for all NARI Houston Members to get your next LEAD!
NARI Houston will have our "People Helping People" Tent at the Reliant Center Show and NARI Members work scheduled hours representing NARI and YOUR COMPANY.


The Official Site of the Sugar Land Skeeters  vs.  Camden RiversharksCamden River Sharks

Great Big, "THANK YOU!" to Paula and Phillip LaGrappe for Sponsoring and Hosting the NARI Houston August 19, 2014 Sugar Land Skeeters Suite Night at Constellation Field!  Suite Guests were treated to delicious food, drink, and great networking while enjoying the Skeeters vs. River Sharks Baseball Game!  We appreciate the fantastic hospitality and support of the Wonderful Windows & Siding Team!  Check them out at Wonderful Windows & Siding .

Hope to see you next time!

Sherrie Laird on behalf of the  NARI Houston Chapter Board of Directors

sherrie@narihouston.com or 713-882-8895.



July 22, 2014 

Market and Industry Report:  RBPWave10June14final (1) (1).pdf

As part of our ongoing research project facilitated by Fred Miller, NARI National has recently concluded the Q2 Remodeling Business Pulse report.  

An Executive Summary of the report shows that on a scale of 1 (most negative) to 9 (most positive), overall business conditions showed an increase in the 2nd quarter to 6.29 from 6.07 in March. Number of inquiries increased to 6.38 (from 6.24 last quarter), and requests for bids rose to 6.29 (from 6.16 last quarter). Sales value of jobs bounced back, to 6.20 (up from 5.84 last quarter) while conversion of bids increased 5.83 (from 5.71 last quarter, remaining at the weakest of the measures.

The three-month for outlook for business, though, declined for the first time since September 2013, dropping in June to 6.32 from the previous high posted in March of 6.51. However, market activity remains positively weighted, with only 8 percent of remodelers reporting any level of decline versus the 70 percent who are seeing some level of growth. In addition, because the industry is recovering and comparisons are being made to healthier year-ago periods, these ratings might soften some.

Many of the comments attribute the negative outlook to two common themes: pricing and lack of skilled labor. Pricing continues to be an issue, with an underground economy of contractors cutting corners and under-pricing those who are following the rules. In addition, the difficulty in finding skilled labor seems to be holding companies back from taking on more work.

Once again, information was broken out by region (starting on page 22). The

Midwest has the strongest rating for current business conditions followed by the Northeast (page 26).

The next Remodeling Business Pulse survey will take place in September.

We welcome your comments and feedback.

Best regards,



Susan Swartz

Marketing and communications coordinator



  July 15, 2014 Networking Luncheon /CEU Training Course:  "Therapeutic Baths" 

Welcome, Special Speakers Jeff Sherrill and Joe Long!

Thank you to our visiting NARI Atlanta Member, Jeff Sherrill of MTI Baths, for presenting all attending NARI Houston Members with our 1st CEU Certificate of 2014!  Jeff Sherrill presented the ADA coursework for "Therapeutic Baths" and his Houston Representative, Joe Long, showed us the latest in "Multi-generational" remodeling products!


Thank you to all of our attending Members for your support and participation!


All Star Construction - Russell Haws

All Star Construction - Dennis Haws

Angel Builders Construction - Tracy Porter

Best Investments Siding & Windows - Jerry Gerald

Best Investments Siding & Windows - John Haskins

Best Investments Siding & Windows - Terry Vaughan

Best Investments Siding & Windows - Stan Knickerbocker

Century Builders, LLC - Al Heathcock

Culnat and Universal Design Products - Debbie Eldridge

Home Improvement Resource Guide - Jim Wheeler

Honey-Do-List-Services  - Fred Merchant

Joe Long and Associates - Joe Long

Katy Kitchen & Bath - Bob Batho

Lone Star Contracting - Steve Schlosser

MTI Baths - Jeff Sherrill

Quality Home Improvements - Fred Spaulding

Sherrie Laird Consulting - Sherrie Laird

The Bath & Kitchen Showplace - Anita Fuehrer

The Bath & Kitchen Showplace - Kim Cavanaugh


Thank you to all Members who attended and we hope to see YOU on August 19, 2014 at 

The Tasting Room at Uptown Park Drive for the next Networking Luncheon!
NARI Houston Chapter Board of Directors




NARI - National Association of The Remodeling Industry 

NARI Houston is a not-for-profit trade association committed to the professional

remodeling industry;  representing professional remodeling contractors, product

manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, trade and consumer publications, utilities

 and lending institutions. NARI is the voice of the remodeling  industry and an ally

to the nation's homeowners.  NARI Houston promotes: ethics, education, leadership

 and innovation so that both industry and community can  benefit.








January 20, 2015 Luncheon Meeting

Come join us as we network and learn new ways to make our Businesses more productive in 2015! 

Meeting Location:  Cavatore's Italian Restaurant-

2120 Ella Blvd. Houston, TX 77008 - (713) 869-6622

BY RESERVATION ONLY! sherrie@narihouston.com

Make your Reservations online at www.narihouston.com,contact Sherrie at sherrie@narihouston.com or 713-621-6274.

Cost:  $30.00 pp by Deadline: January16, 2014

January 20, 2015 Luncheon Meeting

Come join us as we network and learn new ways to make our Businesses more productive in 2015! 

Meeting Location:  Cavatore's Italian Restaurant-

2120 Ella Blvd. Houston, TX 77008 - (713) 869-6622

BY RESERVATION ONLY! sherrie@narihouston.com

Make your Reservations online at www.narihouston.com,contact Sherrie at sherrie@narihouston.com or 713-621-6274.

Cost:  $30.00 pp by Deadline: January16, 2014

Upcoming events

December 15, 2015 11:30 AM • Cavatore's Italian Restaurant - 2120 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77008 -(713) 869-6622

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