NADRA December Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap

Our favorite time of the year is upon us which means that the Atlanta Chapter of NADRA gets to have our annual Christmas party.  It is always the highlight of the year which brings our biggest group, with many guest and spouses also in attendance.

This years meeting was held at Maggianos at the Cumberland Mall.  With almost 80 registered guests, the evening started with some socializing and catching up on the events since our last meeting.  A motion was made and passed to postpone the reading of the minutes and chapter business until our next meeting.

After a delicious three course family style Italian dinner our guest speaker entertained for the evening.  Scott Mawdelsy with 12Stone church delivered a very moving talk on living your life from the Inside Out.  It was the perfect topic with a new year around the corner.  Each person in attendance was able to think about how they can improve in their leadership and life as they set goals for next year.

To close the meeting we gave out a few awards and recognition.  Three of our four past presidents were in attendance and were thanked for their leadership and service.  Also chapter leadership awards were given to our outgoing board to Greg Mizerak, Ginny Tibbets, Mike Reasons and James Gunning.  Two new awards were given out as well this year.  The first ever Ginny Tibbets Award was given to Ginny for her many years of selfless service to the chapter along with a Founders Award to John Lea for his behind the scenes leadership and service.

Those who dared closed the evening on the dance floor thanks to our DJ who was playing great music all night to set the mood for the event.  The annual Christmas party is always one of the best ways socialize and spend time with vendors, competitors and friends.

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday – March 8th at the BRExpo show at the Cobb Gallerian Centre, Atlanta, GA where our main focus will be on education.

Respectfully Submitted

Mike Reasons

Atlanta Chapter President

 

NADRA August 2015 Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap

NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap           

August 2015

Our guest speaker from Constant Contact showcased the third meeting of 2015 taking place at the Ivy in Buckhead, GA.  There were 27 members and guests in attendance.  The meeting was held on August 18, 2015.

During the meeting the previous minutes were read and approved along with the anit-trust statement.  Nominations were made for the new board to include Mike Reasons as President, Joey Matthews for Vice-President, Joel Mooneyhan for Secretary and Kevin Waters for treasurer.  Voting for the new board will take place in the October meeting.

James Gunning spoke about the DeckExpo show and provided class, education and social information.  He also discussed NADRA’s main event and the National Deck Competition.  Several members of the Atlanta Chapter plan to attend.

Joey Matthews gave an update on the Deck for A Soldier project and all material and labor donations were finalized during the meeting.  The build, which is set to happen on Oct 1st, should be another great opportunity for us all to serve.

Main sponsors for the meeting was Southeastern Underdecking and iLighting.  Sean Ryan discussed a very detailed presentation on the new products from iLighting and benefits of their system.  Joey Mooneyhan discussed the benefits of using Southeastern Underdecking to keep a space below the deck dry.  They have many products that can help to finish out the normally unused area under the deck.

Demming Bass from Constant Contact gave us a very informative presentations and discussion on how to use Constant Contact to change the way we do our marketing.  His ideas on how to specifically use the service in the decking industry will prove to be helpful for many of our members.  Demming also discussed the partnership with NADRA and how we can save money.

The next meeting will be held at the Ivy Buckhead on Tuesday Oct 20th.

Respectfully Submitted,

James Gunning, Atlanta Chapter President

 

Atlanta Golf Outing Brings Over 60 Industry Pros Together

NADRA’s 2015 Atlanta Golf Outing Brings Over 60 Industry Pros Together

From James Gunning, NADRA Atlanta Chapter President:

I am trilled to recap on Atlanta’s first NADRA golf outing that we had on Monday, June 15th at the Brookfield Country Club in Roswell Georgia. NADRA members showed their support despite the brutal 95-degree temperatures with 100% humidity, on a Monday during the busiest time of year…we still Had 60+ golfers attend what turned out to be a pretty competitive golfing journey.

Festivities began with a shot gun start at 1:00 in the afternoon (peak heat) – so what is the solution to proper hydration supply for the finest NADRA golfers?  20 cases of water and Powerade backed up with plenty of beer and booze of course! I want to give thanks our beverage cart sponsors PMC and Wolmanized Outdoor Wood, as well as all of our official golf outing sponsors:

  • Wolmanized Outdoor Wood
  • PMC Building Supply
  • Boise Cascade
  • Stock Building Supply
  • Screw Products, Inc.
  • Rainaway
  • FastenMaster
  • Trex
  • Fiberon
  • CoolScreens
  • ProWood
  • Metro Building Products
  • Compton Sales
  • MultiView
  • Southeastern Underdeck Systems
  • Decksouth
  • Simpson Strong Tie
  • YellaWood
  • Guardian Building Products
  • UltraLox

Without the support of all our sponsors, local chapter members and the help from NADRA HQ – the Beaudry’s, we could not have pulled off such a fun and well-attended event.

NADRA National Board Member, and active Atlanta member, Heath Bowman said, “The golf outing was great. A lot of us don’t get to see each other outside of chapter meetings. It’s fun to catch up in a different setting and have a good time with friends in the industry. It also helps create awareness. NADRA does a lot for the industry, and many of the guests who played, got a chance to see the benefits of being involved with a group like ours. Obviously, networking is a huge part of it, and all of us work hard to stand out in a very competitive industry. But even more important are the friendships beyond the word. At the end of the day, the work we do is to add enjoyment in the lives of the people we work for. Events like the golf outings are a great reminder that we can have fun while we work hard.”

We finished the evening with a wonderful southern style buffet and awards ceremony.

The blistering weather apparently helped the golf scores heat up. Two teams finished with a score of 55:

  • Team Trex
  • Team Outback 

After a scorecard playoff, Team Outback was given the winners trophy with Team Trex as runners up.

  • On Hole # 3 the closest to the pin award was given to Lamar Lea of Decksouth – 20” from the hole
  • On Hole #15 the closest to the pin award was given to Blake Buckler of PMC – 42” from the hole
  • On Hole #18 the long drive award was given to Ty Nowell of Universal Forest Products   – 348 yds ( ouch! )

Several attendees told me that this golf outing was one of the best they have ever participated in; others (even the country club) could not believe that this was our first tournament.  I was so pleased to hear that the common opinion was that the event was ran extremely well and I’ve got to say, we could not have done that without the help of John Lea and Mike reasons of Decksouth. John, thanks for letting us attend your club. It was fun and I am looking forward to the next one!

See you all August 18th at the Ivy in Bulkhead meeting start at 6:00!

James Gunning and the NADRA Atlanta Chapter Board

Register Now for NADRA’s June 15th Atlanta Golf Outing

Join us on the greens, June 15th!

The Golf Outing will be in the afternoon of June 15, 2015 and we are looking forward to seeing all of you! We will be having all sorts of fun opportunities to network so please invite your fellow trade partners to attend the event as well.  This event is open to all business catering to our growing outdoor living industry.

When: Monday, June 15

Where: Brookfield Country Club
100 Willow Run
Roswell, GA 30075

Pricing & Sponsorship Info:

Follow the below link to see all the event details and sponsorship opportunities. Please take the time to fill out your attendee/sponsorship quickly. We are expecting the foursomes and sponsorships to fill up fast.

  • Single Player – $150.00/NADRA Member – $175.00/Non-Member
  • Foursomes – $500.00/NADRA Member – $600.00/Non-Member
  • Hole Sponsorships – $1,000 and $1,350 (with a Foursome)
  • Drink Cart Sponsorships – $1,500 (SOLD OUT)
  • Luncheon Sponsorship – $750.00 (2 available)
  • Awards Ceremony Sponsorship – $750.00 (1 available)
  • Closest to Pin Sponsorship – $350.00 (1 available)
  • Longest Drive Sponsorship – $350.00 (SOLD OUT)
  • Hole in One Sponsorship – $350.00 (SOLD OUT)
  • Practice Range Sponsorship – $250.00 (1 available)
  • Mulligans – $10/each

I want to thank you in advance for your participation is this important event for NADRA. It is a new, fresh, & exciting time to become a member of the nation’s only Decking and Railing Association. So invite your trade partners and let’s have the best attended outdoor living networking golf tournament ever planned!

See you on the course….

NADRA Atlanta Chapter President

James Gunning

Thank you, sponsors: 

  • Beverage Cart Sponsors:
      • Wolmanized Outdoor Wood
      • PMC Building Materials
  • Hole Sponsors:
      • Compton Sales
      • Fiberon
      • Trex
      • Boise Cascade Supply
      • Stock Building Supply
      • MultiView
  • Longest Drive Sponsor:
      • UltraLox
  • Closest to Pin Sponsor:
      • Screw Products, Inc.

 

Registration, webpage and email communications are managed by NADRA HQ on behalf of the Atlanta Chapter of NADRA. Call with any questions: 215.679.4884

NADRA Atlanta Golf Outing June 15th

Decking season is finally underway for 2015 and The Atlanta NADRA Chapter is excited to announce our annual fund raising event will be a Golf tournament this year! The fun filled day will be in conjunction with other NADRA National meetings very close the tournaments very popular Brookfield Country Club, in Roswell Georgia.

When & Why:

The event will be in the afternoon of June 15, 2015 and we are looking forward to seeing our national members that are in town as well as our local members. We will be having all sorts of fun opportunities to network so please invite your fellow trade partners to attend the event as well.  This event is open to all business catering to our growing outdoor living industry.

Details & Sponsorship Info:

Follow the below link to see all the event details and sponsorship opportunities. Please take the time to fill out your attendee/sponsorship quickly. We are expecting the foursomes and sponsorships to fill up fast.

  • Single Player – $150.00/NADRA Member – $175.00/Non-Member
  • Foursomes – $500.00/NADRA Member – $600.00/Non-Member
  • Hole Sponsorships – $1,000 and $1,350 (with a Foursome)
  • Drink Cart Sponsorships – $1,500 (2 available)
  • Luncheon Sponsorship – $750.00 (2 available)
  • Awards Ceremony Sponsorship – $750.00 (1 available)
  • Closest to Pin Sponsorship – $350.00 (1 available)
  • Hole in One Sponsorship – $350.00 (1 available)
  • Practice Range Sponsorship – $250.00 (1 available)
  • Mulligans – $10/each

I want to thank you in advance for your participation is this important event for NADRA. It is a new, fresh, & exciting time to become a member of the nation’s only Decking and Railing Association. So invite your trade partners and let’s have the best attended outdoor living networking golf tournament ever planned!

See you on the course….

NADRA Atlanta Chapter President

James Gunning

 

Registration, webpage and email communications are managed by NADRA HQ on behalf of the Atlanta Chapter of NADRA. Call with any questions: 215.317.2018

Spring Home Shows and Motivated Buyers

Last weekend was a beautiful one in Atlanta, Georgia for the Spring Home Show at Cobb Galleria. By all accounts, it was the most successful Spring Home Show ever, with record attendance and more vendors present than ever before. It certainly did not hurt that the weather was perfect. Sunny, warm, and inviting, when the weather is great, people start thinking about being outside. When they do, they turn their attention to those projects they have been dreaming about all Winter.

Ask any member of NADRA, and there is a growing sense of excitement about what the rest of the year holds as a result of the turnout this past weekend. NADRA Atlanta members agree that the turnout was encouraging, with more motivated buyers and more successful follow-ups than ever.

Bryan Miller of Outback Decks has said that feedback from appointments booked at the show has been positive. “It certainly appeared that buyers were more serious,” he said, “we will have to see the outcome, but we view the show as a success.”


There also seems to be more confidence in the economy. People are spending more money, investing in their homes, and starting to dream. Frank Pologruto, President of Decks and More, observed that many people feel more comfortable spending their corporate bonuses than have in a while.

What this means for NADRA members and the industry in general is that more and more opportunities are arising to do what we love, helping people turn their outdoor spaces into new, exciting extensions of their homes.

And as members of NADRA, we have a unique opportunity to help and be helped by each other. Bryan Miller noted that he received at least two direct referrals from other members of NADRA. At Southeastern Underdeck, we also received several referrals from our friends at NADRA. Even more than the prospect of making money, the knowledge that we are all working together to move forward is the most encouraging takeaway from the Spring Atlanta Home Show.

Where the next year taskes us will be exciting to see. If this past weekend is any indication, we are all in for a great year.

See y’all outside!

Joel Mooneyhan
Sales Representative for
Southeastern Underdeck Systems
Buford, Georgia

Register to attend NADRA’s Atlanta Meeting, April 21st

At last…spring should be in the air for our next NADRA meeting. I am excited for the line-up we have for the entire year and this event is no exception. As we all know choosing the right products to use on an outdoor project is criterial, John Paulin with Tailored Wood will be talking about how to choose some of those products: from wood -to- connectors and fasteners and everything in between. Thank you, Tailored Wood for your sponsorship- we look forward to learning about your company!

We are also excited about April’s Keynote speaker, Elyse Jordan from Houzz. As we all know, Houzz is a huge influencer on design and techniques in our industry. Join us to learn how Houzz can help you and your business by attending our 2nd meeting of the year We look forward to seeing everyone!

When:

Tuesday April 21, 2015 from 6:30 PM
Add to Calendar 

Where:

The Ivy Buckhead
3717 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 3034

 

 

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
NADRA Atlanta board and President, James Gunning

 

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February NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap

NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap      

February 2015

The year started off with a successful meeting this February despite power outages and ice storms in the area with the first Atlanta NADRA chapter meeting of 2015 on February 17th held at the Ivy in Buckhead.  There were 36 members and guests in attendance. Thank you Nyloboard and Joey Matthews for sponsoring this meeting!

During the meeting we caught up on the minutes from the last two meetings due to postponing minutes in December at our Christmas Dinner.  We were able to get an update from some exciting things going on at our National level from national board member Bobby Parks.  Time was spent discussing our upcoming chapter meeting schedule for the year and planning for our Deck for a Soldier project as well as our first annual Golf Tournament.  Joey Matthews will be chairing the build for Deck for a Soldier and is currently looking for an optimal candidate that we can serve.  Mike Reasons gave a brief overview of the details for the golf tournament on June 15th at Brookfield Country Club.  Currently we are looking for hole sponsors from vendors and companies who want to participate.  This will be our main fundraising effort for 2015.

Financial Progress as of 1/31/15:

  • Income: $0
  • Expenses: $600.20
  • Balance: $3104.79

A special thanks to Joey Matthews of Nyloboard for sponsoring this month’s meeting.  Joey gave an interesting presentation on the history of the company as well as what makes Nyloboard unique in the market of alternative decking.  He also reviewed the product line and its features and benefits.

Brian Pierce of Catalyst Wealth management gave a very practical presentation of some helpful financial tools.  He was able to speak to some key action items that each of us should be doing with our financial plans and ways to set our business and family up for success.  He also provided leave behind material and some takeaways to follow up on.

Our next meeting will be held on:

  • Tuesday – April the 21st at the Ivey  in Buckhead.
  • Our sponsor for the meeting is Tailorwood and our guest speaker will be from Houzz.

Respectfully Submitted,

James Gunning

Chapter President

 

NADRA Atlanta Chapter – August Meeting Recap

We had a great turn out last night at The Ivy in Buckhead Georgia.  As the crowd of 40 plus people shuffled in we had some time for to socialize and gather our food and beverages. The meeting started at 6:15 and it was so nice to see our members as well and a few new faces!

We started by going over the Anti-trust Statement. Ginny Tibbets then went over the minutes and we got down to business with the evening sponsor Weyerhaeuser. Mark Barbour talked briefly about his company and then talked about a new product Resysta that they have had some great success with. Jan Spittleburg from JSphotoFX was our guest speaker; Jan gave our members a great schooling on photography.

We quickly went over chapter business, and then the night took a different turn form our usual meeting. Mike Reasons our Atlanta Vice President and I participated in NADRA’s first Deck for a Soldier Ice Bucket Challenge. I challenged Kirk Hammond, Mike Beaudry, and Bill Ross from the National Board. Mike Reasons Challenged: Kevin Waters, Heath Bowman, and David Elenbaum from our local chapter.  The time is ticking and I look forward to seeing how viral this Challenge gets!

 

Goal of the Challenge:

Click the image to watch video

Rules / Details:

  • Donate $100 to NADRA, to help raise awareness for our Deck for a Soldier Program
  • Video yourself participating in the D4S Ice Bucket Challenge
  • Send Check to:
    • NADRA Headquarters (please make check payable to “NADRA”)
    • P.O. Box 829 Quakertown, PA 18951
  • Online portal will be open soon to accept credit cards – stay tuned.
  • You have 48 hours to complete
  • Nominate (3) other people to participate in the challenge
  • Use Hashtag #D4SIceBucketChallenge
  • Have fun!

“NADRA, doing things for the right reason,

and having fun doing them!”

 

 

Challenge Accepted:

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What a great night!

Sincerely,

James Gunning, Atlanta Chapter President and Your NADRA Atlanta Board of Directors

NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Aug.19.2014 / 5:30pm

Our next Chapter meeting will be held next Tuesday, August 19th at 5:30pm. Please register for the meeting by clicking HERE. A special thank you to Mark Barbour from Weyerhaeuser for sponsoring this meeting!

I am looking forward to our next chapter meeting. This summer has been a very busy one for all of our members. I appreciate everyone taking the time out of their busy schedules so we can unite as an industry and learn about new products that Weyerhaeuser has to offer, some great photo and staging tips from Jan Stittleburg @ JSPhotoFX.com, and we will quickly go over chapter business. As you all recall we did not do any chapter business at our very well attended Table Top Event . I look forward to sharing the evening with my fellow NADRA members and thank you each of for focusing on bringing guests.

 

* Please bring cash or check to pay at the door. ($10 / NADRA Members – $15 / Non-Members – First-time guests! get in at no charge) 

Cheers,

James Gunning

Atlanta Chapter President

PS: Here is a photo of all of our past presidents taken at our last chapter meeting!

We hope to have a great attendance! Looking forward to seeing everyone!!!

Please click HERE to register

Sincerely,

James Gunning, Atlanta Chapter President
& Your NADRA Atlanta Board of Directors