5 Star Sponsor :       

2015 Sponsors:



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:
Caliber Home Loans - Lynda Gayl Bunker
Century Builders, LLC - Al Heathcock
Fortis Interactive - Al Alverson
GreenHouse Integration - Caroline Kostak
Home Improvement Resource Guide and Real Estate Magazine - Jim Wheeler
NARI Houston Chapter - Sherrie Laird

 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

   Event Sponsor:   

Educational Sponsor:  

September 30, 2014 NARI Houston Networking Luncheon:
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's Windstorm Regulations!  We DO NOT WANT TO VOID YOUR CLIENT's WIND STORM DAMAGE INSURANCE!  We will Welcome Mike back in April 2015 to share any new Regulations.

Thank you to our Event Sponsor:  ABC Supply Co., Inc and to our 
Food Sponsor: James Hardie!  
We appreciate the participation and support from our Wonderful Vendor Members and 
Partners!  We could not continue to improve the Houston Remodeling and Building Industry
 without their Support!  Let them know how much you appreciate their support!
What:  "TDI-Windstorm Regulations for Remodelers and Contractors"
Who:    Presented by Mike Babin                                      

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



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)




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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.








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