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.
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
June 7, 2014
To the NARI House of Delegates and Chapter Leaders:
The Executive Search Committee is proud to share that the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has named a successor to outgoing Executive Vice President, Mary Harris. Following an exhaustive national search which commenced in January, our Executive Search Committee engaged in a very thorough and methodical process to review scores of resumes and interview many highly qualified candidates for the position.
Fred Ulreich, former NARI National Director of Business Development and National Membership since September 2013, has been named the new CEO and has begun transitioning into this position. Fred's work experience and background are uniquely suited to the criteria sought for the position. With executive experience at the United States Chamber of Commerce, Wells Fargo and Affinity Center International, Fred is a strong team leader bringing a strategic perspective and collaborative work approach to the diversity of stakeholders within NARI.
Fred is the right person at the right time to partner with elected leaders and staff leading NARI toward NARI 2020 and its next phase of development.
Art Donnelly, MCR, CKBR
Chairman of Search Committee
The Executive Search Committee:
- Past President Dean Herriges, MCR, CKBR
- President Kevin Anundson, MCR, CKBR
- President-Elect Judy Mozen, CR, GCP
- Treasurer H. Dale Contant, MCR, UDCP
- Secretary Robert Didier
- Past President Michael S. Hydeck, MCR, CKBR
- Bylaws Ethics Committee Chairman Don Van Cura, Sr., MCR, CKBR, GCP,UDCP, CLC
- National Member Representative Amy Mosley
- General Counsel Paula Goedert (in advisory capacity)