If you missed it, this last Tuesday night we held our annual Associates Appreciation & Trade Show at the Bradenton Convention Center. In total, we had 70 booths that consisted of Suppliers, Trades and Builders. By all accounts there were over 500 people in attendance, many that are not members . . . yet. Prior to the show we held our Building Official Forum, where contractors and tradesman were able to ask specific questions about permitting and inspections, as well as hear updates on the respective building departments.
We were also blessed to have elected officials in attendance - Vanessa Baugh and Priscilla Whisenant Trace from the Manatee County Commission, and those seeking election – Betsy Benac and Stephen Jonsson for Manatee County Commission, and Ed Viltz for Manatee County School Board. What is important to note is the willingness of our public officials, both elected and appointed, to be engaged with our membership.
In addition to the fun of the Trade Show we were able to donate $2,000 to the Harvest House from proceeds from the Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament in August, many thanks to the hands that made that possible!
When we talk to people about becoming members in the BIA, use your experiences such as the Trade Show. There are many good reasons to be a member of the BIA, including government advocacy, business-to-business advantages, membership rebates with national suppliers and vendors, and the simplest of answer is . . .. friendship and belonging. Belonging to an association of those in the building industry should be the easiest “sales pitch” you can make about membership.
Next month on October 6, is B3: Beer, Brauts & Buddies, a social here at the BIA offices. Bring a non-member to introduce them to your association, show them the value of belonging.
Membership Committee Meeting
Developers Council Meeting
October 20, 2016 7:30am-8:30am at the MSBIA Office
Building & Design Council Meeting
October 20, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm at the MSBIA Office
Celebration of Excellence / Sales & Marketing Awards
October 20, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Sporting Clays Event
October 28, 2016 at Ancient Oaks, Bradenton
Installation of Officers & Membership Meeting
November 10, 2016 at the RiverHouse, Palmetto
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Jimmy Stewart, Stock Development
Bill Smock, Gator Plumbing
David Langhout, Kolter Land Partners
Joe Ernst, D & D Garage Doors
Immediate Past President
Michael Rahn, Regions Bank
Board of Directors
Mike Johns, John Cannon Homes
John Carlson, CORE Construction
Michael Greig, Legacy Builders on the West Coast
Michael Neal, Neal Communities
Ed Wilson, Heritage Builders of West Florida
Bill Waddill, Kimley-Horn & Associates
Chris Conley, Conley Buick GMC
Rob Close, Sherwin Williams
Ron Reagan, Dawson Companies
Building Industry Association
6983 Professional Parkway East
Sarasota, FL 34240
Chief Executive Officer
Jon Mast, Ext. 304
Deputy Executive Officer
Beverly Smock, Ext. 303
Event & Communications Director
Leslie Weed, Ext. 309