NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Recap

NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Recap                                                                                              February 2014

We opened up the New Year with our initial meeting held at the Ivy in Buckhead last Wednesday February 26th.  It was a great turnout; we had 39 attendees sign in and it was a very strong showing of our Deck Builder members. I want to thank Jon Bailey (Vice President) and Bill Nugent (Director) with Wahoo Decks (www.wahoodecks.com ) for sponsoring the meeting and for their presentation on wahoo’s offerings with a focus on the Dry Joist and Wahoo Rail, with a presentation that showed local jobs and various install applications.  Our Guest speakers for the evening were Debbie Fitzgerald; President of Fitzgerald PR Inc. (www.fitzgeraldpr.com), and Sandy Barth; President of High Profile Group LLC. (www.gohighprofile.com). They did a great job in presenting an overview of how public relations and marketing go hand in hand.  It was very good information and our members will benefit from what we learned as we move through the year.

We started off the evening calling the meeting to order and Mike Reasons read our anti-trust statement. Ginny Tibbets then read the previous meeting minutes and we had a vote. Then we officially announced the 2014 Atlanta Chapter Committee’s:

Membership includes Ginny Tibbets, Greg Mizerak, and Dave Raught

Deck for Solider includes Scott McCawley and Dave Tibbets

Deck Safety/Code includes Mike Reasons, Steve Matrangos, and Kent Fairchild

Marketing includes James Gunning, Bryan Miller, and John Gwaltney

We look forward to our committee’s input and involvement throughout the year.  I also had an opportunity to present the 2014 board members for the upcoming year;

Greg Mizerak -Treasurer

Ginny Tibbets- Secretary

Mike Reason- Vice President

James Gunning- President.

There is a lot of work to be done and I appreciate these members taking a lead role in our chapter for 2014.

Our next meeting will be held on April the 15th.  I will be sending more details on this in the coming weeks.  Thanks again for being a part of our Chapter and each and every one of you make us successful.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

James Gunning, Atlanta Chapter President

NADRA 2-Day Educational Event – Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Michael Beaudry, NADRA Executive VP

215.679.4884

Info@NADRA.org

 

The North American Deck and Railing Association Launches 2-Day Educational Event in Lawrenceville, GA February 26th & 27th – Training Opportunities for Outdoor Living Professionals!

 

Quakertown, PA –The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) will host key educational event highlighting core building code courses giving industry professionals the opportunity to earn their Master Deck Professional Certification (MDP). The 2-day event is taking place on February 26th & 27th in Lawrenceville, GA.

 

In addition to offering classes 2 & 3 of the MDP Series, NADRA will host a series of presentations & installation training by leaders in the outdoor living industry.  NADRA will also be offering their Outdoor Living, Design Sales class at no charge to all attendees. This is an overview class focused on designing & selling decks, and is part of NADRA’s Education program.

Additional presentations will take place throughout the 2-day event.  9 Training slots are available for industry vendors & benefit providers to participate in the event & are encouraged to attend.

What: 2014 NADRA educational event with vendor training, beer garden, networking & social events

Who can take the classes: Outdoor living professionals to include: business owners, contractors & their crew, inspectors, industry reps, remodelers & more

How to register to take a class? Online registration will be available at www.NADRA.org

Who teaches the classes: NADRA educators & NADRA vendor members

How to participate as a vendor?  Click HERE to download the form

Where: The Busbee Center, Gwinnett College – Lawrenceville, GA

When: Wednesday, February 26th & Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Contact: NADRA Headquarters – Direct: 215.679.4884 or Email: Info@NADRA.org

 

Class 2 and 3 of the 4-part Master Deck Professional Certification Series will be held during the 2-day event. Classes 2 & 3 are $99.00/each for NADRA and ASHI members. Non-members, $149 per class. The certification test will be offered to member-attendees on-site at no charge.

 

Class 2, Structural Design I, Ledgers & Lateral Loads will discusses the basics of structural design criteria for decks, such as loading, design methods and lumber properties, providing the foundational knowledge necessary for comprehension of the remainder of the course and the content in the Structural Design II course. The course continues with an in-depth review of ledger attachments, including how to handle various exterior cladding, flashing methods, and structural considerations. Lateral load resistance is also dissected in detail to provide a better understanding of what is required and how to provide it.

 

Class 3, Structural Design II – A Trip Down the Load Path compliments the Structural Design I class by completing the discussion of designing a deck structure. Class 3 will take place on Thursday, February 27th. It provides code requirements and guidance for designing the load path, from the decking where we stand to the earth below that supports it all. Decking, joists, beams, posts, foundations and even properties of the earth will be discussed so that a complete understanding of the entire structural system can be achieved.

 

ABOUT NADRA

NADRA is made up of deck builders, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers, lumberyards and service providers to the deck and railing industry. By working together, we can be one voice for the industry and deliver a clear message to the consumer and the code development bodies. NADRA serves as a trade association with emphasis on safe building practices, and deck safety.

 

The mission of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the Deck and Railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their consumer.

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NADRA Atlanta Chapter – October 2013 Meeting Re-Cap

NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap

Oct 2013

Thanks to all those who attended the meeting last night at the Ivy in Buckhead.  We had 41 in attendance with a good representation from builders, distributors and manufacturers.

We opened the meeting with a reminder of the anti-trust statement and then Mike Reasons read the minutes from the August meeting.  We then held our “official” vote for the upcoming board members.  Please join me in congratulating our board for 2014-2015:  James Gunning – President, Mike Reasons – Vice President, Ginny Tibbetts – Secretary, and Greg Mizerak – Treasurer. We reviewed Deck Expo and talked about NADRA’s new partnership with Principia (check the web site for more details), We talked about the great work from Glen Mathewson on code changes and the positive impact that has for our group and finally we shared the great turn out from our chapter and the fact that Atlanta Builders won 11 out of 25 National Deck competition Awards.  Award winners included; Tailor Decks, Mosaic Group, Peachtree Decks, Decks and More and we also have the Best Overall Project award that went to Rick Goldstein of the Mosaic Group.  Thanks to all who submitted – Atlanta Builders certainly make our chapter proud.

We mentioned the code meeting that PMC held in September and note that you can get copies of the code changes from Larry or Greg at PMC.   Steve Matrangos gave an update from the code committee, and Mike Reasons gave an update on financials.  Scott McCawley then spoke about Deck for A Solider.  We are having a One Day build on November the 8th so please sign up.  Scott will be sending a follow up email on what is left for materials that are needed and David Tibbetts will be coordinating the crews.  Scott told us about the Solider and his family and I encourage all of you to please consider being a part of this great event.  Special thanks to Bill Sullivan/ AZEK for sponsoring this month’s meeting.  Bill gave us an update on Azek and Timbertech and shared their new product offering and direction. Our guest speaker was Dennis Connelly, Kurlan & Associates.   Dennis gave a great talk on focusing our sales efforts from the perspective of the Deck and Railing business. Special thanks to Dennis for agreeing to be with us this month. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday –December the 10th at Rays on the River.  Our sponsor for the meeting is Universal Forest products and our guest speaker will be Dale Cardwell of Trust Dale.  This is a celebration event for the year so please plan on bringing your significant other, guests, etc. we want to pack the room!

Respectfully Submitted

Keith Compton

Chapter President

Did you know NADRA has a theme song?

For those of you unable to make the trip to chicago – NADRA’s party at Howl at The Moon was a huge success. Members and guests piled in to recognize and honor our award winners for the National Deck Competition and the national Terry Award and Recognition awards.

Congratulations to Keith Compton for being recognized for his many years of dedication to NADRA and the Atlanta Chapter! Glenn Mathewson was the recipient of our 2013 Terry Award for his ongoing efforts in code.

Without the support of our Gold and Bronze sponsors events like this would not be possible. A special thank you to all those recognized: MoistureShield, Fiberon, Nyloboard, Wolmanized Outdoor Wood, TimberTech Azek, Wolf & Screw Products.

Before the night was over, Howl at The Moon entertainers surprised NADRA guests with a custom song just for NADRA. Check it out: Na-na-na-na NADRA!

NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap

August 2013

It was another successful meeting for the Atlanta NADRA Chapter on Tuesday, August 20th held at the Ivy in Buckhead.  We had 55 in attendance which included several visitors.

We started the meeting with a review of last month’s minutes and also heard a very succinct and perfect report from our Treasurer – Mike Reasons.  Scott McCawley spoke about the upcoming Deck For  A Solider event and let us know that we will be picking a family very soon and he also asked that you contact him if you are interested in participating (smmmccawley@dixieply.com).  Steve Matrangos gave us an update on codes and we also mentioned that PMC is hosting a Code class on Thursday September 26th from 11;30 am to 4:30 pm.  Please contact PMC directly if you are interested.  They are holding up to 30 slots for NADRA members and they have already sold out the class.  We talked about our upcoming elections for the 2014 and 2015 year(s).  The election will be held during the October meeting and the current nominees are; James Gunning/President, Mike Reasons/Vice President, Ginny Tibbetts/Secretary and Greg Mizerak/Treasurer.  If you are interested in running for an office please contact myself or Ginny.

Deck Expo and the NADRA national meeting will take place in Chicago Oct 16th-19th.  Key dates as follows:  NADRA 2013 Awards party – Wed Oct 16th / NADRA 2013 Annual meeting Thursday Oct 17th immediately following exhibit hours / REGISTER for the national Deck Competition by submitting your pictures at NADRA.org / Deck Professional certification classes to be held at various times – check NADRA.org and you can also register at deckexpo.com.

Special thanks to Dixie Plywood for sponsoring this month’s meeting.  Dixie highlighted the Fortress Railing line and Craig Smith/Regional Sales Manager was on hand to go through the product line and what it has to offer.  Our guest speaker was Danny Bachman, President of Dixie Plywood.  Danny gave us an overview of the role of Distribution in our industry with a special emphasis on “service” to the channel.  He also updated us on positive economic news and trends for our market. Special thanks to Danny for agreeing to be with us this month. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday – October the 22nd at the Ivey  in Buckhead.  Our sponsor for the meeting is AZEK and our guest speaker will be Dennis Connelly – Kurlan & Associates.

Respectfully Submitted

Keith Compton / Chapter President

NADRA June Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap

NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap                                                                                              

June 2013

It was another successful meeting for the Atlanta NADRA Chapter on Tuesday, June 18th held at the Ivy in Buckhead.  Even with the busy season, summer vacations and our crazy weather we still had 35 in attendance with several visitors and one new member – Artistic Remodeling.

We caught up on the minutes from last month, heard from the treasurer that we are still in good standing and also discussed some updates from the code committee.  We will set aside time in the August meeting to thoroughly review the current proposed code changes for Georgia and we will give time for questions and follow up from Steve Matrangos, Craig Dickerson and Rick Goldstein on these issues.  If you would like a copy of the proposed prescriptive changes that are in place then please email Craig Dickerson at (craig@decksource.com)  and he will forward you a copy. We announced the kick off for Deck for this year’s Deck For A Solider build.  Scott McCawley of Dixie Plywood will be the lead for vendor participation and David Tibbetts of Atlanta Decking & Fence will be the lead for builder participation.  Scott has contacted Operation Homefront our partner in securing a deserving military family and we will be a initiating a write in contest with them in the coming weeks.  Please email Scott (smmccawley@dixieply.com) if you are interested in participating with materials and David (via Ginny)( ginny@atlantadecking.com) if you are interested in participating as a builder.  This is one of the highlight events that we participate in every year and it is a very rewarding event for all those that take part and for the chapter.

Special thanks to Joey Matthews and Mark Guthrie of FastenMaster for sponsoring this month’s meeting.  Mark gave an informative and interesting presentation centered on deck failure and examining proper deck building to avoid failure.  We also had a great presentation from David Ellis our featured speaker of the evening.  David is the Executive Vice President of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and he gave us an overview of the primary function of the Home Builders Association and also spoke on the current market conditions and future of the new construction market in Atlanta.  We hope to continue and to further our participation with the Atlanta HBA in the future and become the Deck resource for their members. Special thanks to David for agreeing to be with us this month. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday – August  the 20th at the Ivey  in Buckhead.  Our sponsor for the meeting is Dixie Plywood and our guest speaker will be the President of Dixie – Danny Bachman

Respectfully Submitted

Keith Compton / Chapter President

NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Recap

NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap                   

April 2013

We tried something different with our second meeting of the year by hosting the first “Speed Dating with Deck Builders” event at the Ivy in Buckhead.  We had over 51 attendees at the meeting which included several first time visitors.  I want to thank the following Deck Builder members that agreed to be at the host tables:  David Tibbetts, Atlanta Decking, John Harper and Joel Harper with Leisure Time Decks, O.C. & Mary Kirk with Just Decks, Rick Goldstein and Chapin LaChance with the Mosaic Group, Mike Reasons and John Lea with DeckSouth, Frank Pologruto with Decks & More, John Paulin with Tailor Decks, Bryan Miller with OutBack Decks, and Steve Matrangos  & Craig Dickerson with DeckSource.

 

Thanks you all so much for giving your time and giving this new idea a chance.  We only have six meetings a year and this format opened up the opportunity for more of our great Vendors to get in front of the deck builder members.  I would also like to thank the following Vendor members who bought “dates” for the event:  Weyerhauser/ Cox, Tamko, Homeland Vinyl, Trex, Azek, Dixie Plywood, NyloBoard, MoistureShield, Fiberon and Universal Forest Products.   We could not have a chapter without the ongoing support of so many members and I want to thank each of you for giving your resources to this meeting and to the chapter.

We had an opportunity to take care of normal business and to discuss forming a local code committee made up of Rick Goldstein, Steve Matrangos and Craig Dickerson.  Rick and Steve both spoke to the formation of the committee and invited all members to contact them with ideas and specific topics they may want to cover.  We also spoke about the National initiative for Code’s and to remind everyone to fill out the survey that is online and to contact Glenn Mathewson with any information prior to his going to the ICC meeting.  We were also able to give away a number of door prizes to the contractor members because of donations from Tamko, Weyerhauser, Cox , Fiberon, Universal Forest Products, and Fortress.

Our next meeting will be held on June the 18th at the Ivey  in Buckhead.  Our sponsor for the meeting is Fastenmaster and we are currently looking for a guest speaker so please let me know if you have any ideas.   Thanks again for being a part of our Chapter and for all that each of you do to make us successful.

 

Respectfully Submitted ,

Keith Compton / Chapter President

NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap

 

NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap

February 2013

We opened up the New Year with our initial meeting held at the Ivey in Buckhead last Tuesday February 19th.  It was a great turnout; we had 40 attendees and it was a very strong showing of our Deck Builder members. I want to thank Scott Sheppard and Dave Raught with Great Southern for sponsoring the meeting and for their presentation on Great Southern product offerings with a focus on the Timbertech line and a presentation by Chad Hall.  Our Guest speaker for the evening was Tommy Howard, The President of the North Atlanta Residential Division of the Norton Agency.  Tommy did a great job in presenting an overview of the Atlanta Housing Market and worked his presentation around 5 things that we need to know for the upcoming year.  It was very encouraging information and if all goes well it will benefit our members as we move through the year.

We started off the evening by holding an election for our new Board Position – The office of Treasurer.  Mike Reasons of DeckSouth was elected to the position and we look forward to his input and involvement throughout the year.  I also had an opportunity to present the Committee Chairs for the upcoming year; New Member – Greg Mizerak & Frank Pologruto / Marketing – Scott Sheppard and Bryan Miller / Deck for a Solider – David Tibbetts and Scott McCawley.  There is a lot of work to be done and I appreciate these members taking a lead role in our chapter for 2013.    We had “Five minutes with Frank” and then I had the chance to talk about the upcoming Home Show in March and NADRA Atlanta Chapter’s participation.  Please contact Scott or Bryan if you can help us out during the show.  We want to continue to put NADRA and its members in the public arena and do our best to educate the Atlanta buyer on why they should choose a NADRA member for their outdoor living projects.  This show is a great way for us to accomplish this goal so please help if you can. The show dates are March 22nd– 24th at the Cobb Galleria Center.

Our next meeting will be held on April the 16th at the Ivey  in Buckhead.  I am hoping to put together a unique event.  We are calling it “Speed Dating with Deck Builders”.   There will be an opportunity for Vendors and Dealers to buy time slots so they can present their new product offering s for 2013 to the key Deck Builder members of our chapter.  I have already received a commitment from ten of our Deck Builder members so it should be a very cost effective way to get your message out.  I will be sending more details on this in the coming weeks.  Thanks again for being a part of our Chapter and for all that each of you do to make us successful.  If our first meeting is any indication then we should all have a very successful 2013.

Respectfully Submitted,

Keith Compton / Chapter President

NADRA Atlanta Chapter – December 2012 Meeting

NADRA Atlanta Chapter – December 2012 Meeting Re-Cap

It was a great Year End event for our Chapter this past Wednesday evening at the Maggiano’s , Cumberland and thanks to all who attended. We had 70+ attendees and several guests including our “Deck For a Solider” recipients – Sergeant Michael Dickerson and his wife Jessica.  I want to thank Kirk Hammond with Lonza for sponsoring the meeting and for his comments pertaining to our chapter and his involvement with the National Board. .  Our guest speaker was John Gordon, The Director of Strategic  Accounts for the Home Depot.   John’s presentation was informative and eye opening as he related some principals of operating with Integrity and also gave insight into the current market conditions and an encouraging look toward future market direction.

We started off the evening by hearing from Jeffrey Johnson and David Elenbaum.  Jeff shared information on a nonprofit that he is working on and David shared some of the directives and happenings from the recent National Board meeting. I then had the opportunity to review the past year and highlighted many of the activities and events that our Chapter participated in.  We had a great year as a chapter and it was a pleasure to review all that we accomplished.  I want to thank all of our sponsors during the past year:  Azek (Bill Sullivan), Duradek (Norm Shafer), Fiberon (James Gunning), Trex (Larry Pease), and Lonza (Kirk Hammond).  We could not have executed our plan this past year without your help and we are all grateful for each of you stepping up and contributing.  We celebrated our third Deck For A Solider build and presented certificates to the 27 entities and individuals that participated.  We also introduced Sergeant Dickerson and his Wife Jessica and thanked them for their service and sacrifice.  I strongly believe that D4S is the best thing we do as a chapter and want to thank all of you for giving so much to this endeavor.  We held our first “Toys For Tots” drive this year and it was an overwhelming success.  I want to give special thanks to Frank Pologruto for putting this effort together and heading it up.  Frank and I delivered close to 200 toys to the center yesterday and I am hopeful that we can make this effort an annual event.

Our next meeting will be held in February of 2013 – time, place and date to be determined.  We are looking for speakers and sponsors for next year and our Leadership group will be meeting in January to put the plan together so if you are interested in sponsoring or if you have any ideas, speaker thoughts, or anything that you would like for us to focus on please contact me.  Thanks again for being a part of our Chapter and for all that each of you do to make us successful.

Hoping that each of you have a Blessed and Happy Holiday Season.

Respectfully Submitted,

Keith Compton / Atlanta Chapter President

NADRA Atlanta October 2012 Meeting Re-Cap

NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap                                                                                              October 2012

Thanks to all who attended the NADRA Atlanta Chapter meeting this past Monday evening at the Ivy in Buckhead.  We had 60+ attendees and many guests from the Principia Conference.  I want to thank Larry Pease with Trex for sponsoring the meeting and for a great presentation.  Our guest speaker was Ryan Magnon the Senior Manager, Hospitality and Service Design, Chick-Fil-A.   Ryan gave us a great presentation and left us with some new ideas on how to brand our companies and provide superior customer service.

I had the opportunity to review the recent Deck Expo Show and highlighted many of the things that went on at show this year including our recent National meeting.  Our own Bobby Parks is the new Vice president of the National Board so please congratulate him next time you see him and He can fill you in on any of the “happenings” with NADRA national.  We had four Atlanta members that attended the Master Deck Certification classes; David Tibbetts (Atlanta Decking & Fence), Frank Pologruto (Decks & More), John Lea (DeckSouth), and Craig Jacks (Nyloboard).  We also had several members that participated and won some of the National Deck Awards; John Paulin (Tailor Decks) won three awards, Rick Goldstein (Mosaic Group) won two awards, John Lea (DeckSouth) won two awards, and Frank Pologruto (Decks & More) won two awards.  Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks to all who participated

Rich Phillips (Decks By Design) spoke to the group about a HomeAid Atlanta project that we are undertaking in the coming weeks in South Atlanta.   HomeAid is nonprofit group that is affiliated with the Atlanta Home Builders association and they provide transitional housing for the homeless in Atlanta.  We are beginning to coordinate some of our efforts with the Atlanta HBA and this is the second project that we will be working with them on.  Please contact Rich or myself if you can help us with materials or labor.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday– December the 12th.  This is our Big Year End Event and we are holding at Maggiano’s – Cumberland Mall location.  Arch will be our sponsor and we are still working on our guest speaker.  This is our time to look at the year past and to plan for the coming year – we need a big attendance so please put it on your calendars and note that Spouses are encouraged to attend.  We will also be putting together a “Toys for Tots” drive at the meeting – details to follow. Thanks again to all the out of town guests that took their time to join us – we loved having you and hope you can join us again anytime you are able.

 

Respectfully Submitted                                                                                                            Keith Compton / Chapter President