Change Your Words, Change Your World

Change Your Words, Change Your World – A note from Shawn Miller, NADRA’s Immediate Past President:

 

 Click The Photo to Play a Brief Video 

 Be sure to come back to read Shawn’s Letter

 

At DeckExpo Memphis in 2006 I accepted the responsibility to become a member of the board of directors. Looking back now, I realize that I had no idea what was involved but I was honored to represent you and give back to this industry that has done so much for me and my family. There were times for me early in this business where people would question the idea of a company that specialized in decks. I saw NADRA as a way to show that our industry was truly professional and a good career choice. As I look back over the past 7 years I can see that NADRA has come along way and accomplished what many thought was not possible. There has been some ups and downs with learning along the way but NADRA has truly stood on the shoulders of those before us and without the work of previous board members and the efforts of Michael and his family, NADRA would not be where it is today.

I leave you with a challenge… to say the same thing only different. Our businesses, our industry, and this association are in a position to take ourselves to a whole new level but it is up to each of you to make that happen. We need new words to reach consumers and show them the value of NADRA. Can you imagine the power we could have if the homeowner sitting across the table starts asking if you are a NADRA member or if you are selling NADRA approved products? This has always been my view of how NADRA can best help the industry and you can really see the pieces coming together…the work NADRA is doing in codes, accreditation classes, material testing, Check Your Deck, Deck for a Soldier…these are all tools that are in place and give us the words to say the same thing only different to better reach the home owner. Just think of the difference for us all if we make that happen. If you noticed in the video it really wasn’t a beautiful day…street was wet, they were wearing jackets but the message was right. It is time for NADRA to become more – not only for ourselves but for the industry as a whole and for the consumers who want more out of a contractor. The consumer who deserves to get what they paid for and are willing to pay more when they see the value. Now that you are home from Baltimore back to your families and your work I want you to answer the call like I did 7 years ago to go out and say the same thing only different…it is time to make a difference

 Thank you so much for allowing me to represent you. The people I have met and the things that I have learned along the way would not have been possible without this opportunity and it has been my pleasure.

 

Shawn Miller

NADRA Immediate Past President

 

 

 

Duradek – A Practical Product in Colors That Comfort

January 9, 2012 | In late 2011, Duradek, the original Walkable Roofing Membrane introduced two new colors in its Ultra Cork line of 60 mil Vinyl that caught on faster than any other color in the company’s 37 year history.

Joining the initial, organic-looking Ultra Cork Natural that launched this popular pattern, the Ultra Cork Macchiato and Ultra Cork Espresso offer deeper, richer color options to the earthy texture of the Ultra Cork line.

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Remodeling Projects Are Back!

Excerpt taken from the weekly NADRA Industry Brief

February 2, 2011 | After years of shelving projects and doing only improvements deemed absolutely necessary, more homeowners are dusting off their remodeling plans this year as they grow more hopeful about the economy.

And given that many contractors are still willing to slash their prices to get new business, it could be a good time to get projects done for a low price.

For remodeling, it’s a buyer’s market, says Paul Zuch, president of Capital Improvements, a remodeling firm in Dallas, and president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

During the downturn, Mr. Zuch’s company lowered profit margins in order to stay competitive with not only other established remodelers but also home builders who began to dabble in remodeling when demand almost completely dried up for new homes.

In fact, 80% of the 554 home-improvement contractors who participated in a recent Angie’s List survey said they would slash prices to win a bid — with some saying they’d drop their price by as much as 20%.

To read more, check out this week’s NADRA Industry Brief.

IBS Report: Plastic Continues To Edge Out Slate & Wood

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January 27, 2011 | Roofing shingles, siding, decking and railing molded from virgin plastics, a combination of virgin and recycled plastics, and plastics and natural fillers are all popular options in the building and construction world. For example, InSpire Roofing Products, a Tapco Group company, introduced its next-generation premium roofing products that combine the natural beauty found in slate along with what it calls the most technologically advanced methods and materials.

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NADRA New England Chapter | First Meeting!

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January 20, 2011 | Mark your calendar for the first NADRA New England Chapter meeting!

When: Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.

Where: Harvey Corporate Office located at 1400 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Waltham, Mass., 02451

RSVP: Fred Aldrich at 781-398-7722 or fred.aldrich@harveybp.com

Builders, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers who want to get involved are welcome!

Hosted by NADRA Member:
HARVEY Building Products

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Dec. Meeting Recap From Atlanta Chapter President

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December 21, 2010 | Thanks to everyone that attended Tuesday night’s Atlanta NADRA Chapter meeting at the Soho.

Special thanks go out to Timbertech for their generous sponsorship of what I believe to be one of our best meetings to date. Bill Georgelis and James Gunning teamed up to make a very informative presentation of their decking products and market forecast.

We had a full house which included several very special guests. Terry and Diann Dempsey, the founders of Deck Expo and Professional Deck Builder Magazine were in attendance. John Mortimer, the first President of NADRA was present along with our 2010 “Deck for a Soldier” customers, Captain Don Thompson and his wife Dana.

Michael Beaudry, NADRA’s Executive Vice President of NADRA was our keynote speaker and gave a great presentation and really helped strengthen the local and national membership connection.

Ginny Tibbetts, of Atlanta Decking and Fence Company, who has been the secretary and treasurer for our chapter since it’s inception, received a recognition award for her valuable contributions to the Atlanta Chapter. Ginny has devoted countless hours to our cause and has provided a lot of behind the scenes leadership. Her enthusiasm, willingness to help, and general wisdom have served this chapter beyond what any can realize. Keith Compton, who headed up our 2010 Deck for a Soldier campaign, was recognized for his contributions as well. Keith has been a valuable asset for our chapter and has put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to complete our first DFS effort.

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NADRA Georgia Chapter Christmas Party a success!

Excerpt taken from the weekly NADRA Industry Brief

Decmeber 15, 2010 | In total, close to 65 NADRA members, wives and family were in attendance at the Soho Atlanta Restaurant in Vinings for the Georgia Chapter’s Christmas Party. Among the guests were Michael Beaudry, NADRA’s Executive Vice President. Mr. Beaudry passionately introduced several very special guests of the night, including our very own Terry and Diann Dempsey – founders of DeckExpo and PDB Magazine, along with NADRA’s very first President, Mr. John Mortimer. As if the guests couldn’t get any better, the Georgia Chapter Board of Directors arranged for Srgt. Thomas and his wife, recipients of this years Deck for a Soldier project to attend the event so that the local members could thank them just one more time!

The event wouldn’t have happened without the support from NADRA member, TimberTech – thank you for sponsoring a great night!

The local chapter took this time to award two very special NADRA members.The first, Ginny Tibbetts for her time, passion and effort with the local chapter. The second was Keith Compton, who was thanked for the time and energy he put in to spearhead the Chapters 2010 Deck for a Soldier project.

A special thanks goes out to Bobby Smith, NADRA Georgia Chapter’s first president – for without his extraordinary efforts in developing one of NADRA’s most successful chapters, the evening would not have been possible. Thank you, Bobby for getting us to where we are today!

In the end, the entire room was filled with the spirit of Christmas, thanks for what we can all accomplish together, and roughly 4-5 brand new distributor members of NADRA! Wow!

We feel very blessed to have so many great people involved with our industry association!

Please look forward to a full recap and photos in the weeks ahead!

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Dear Georgia NADRA Members and Prospects…

Excerpt taken from the weekly NADRA Industry Brief

December 8, 2010 | Hope all of you are doing well. You should have received the “evite” for our upcoming chapter meeting that will be held at Sohos in Vinings, Ga., on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Click here to view the invitation.

I encourage each of you to bring your spouses, significant other or a friend. Michael Beaudry (Executive Vice President of NADRA), Heather Beaudry (National Chapter Committee Chair) and Margie Beaudry (Executive Administrator) will attend this meeting. Michael will be our keynote speaker. This will be an opportunity for local members to meet some of the key people in NADRA.

We plan to have our Deck For A Soldier recipients, Captain Don Thompson and his wife Dana, present as well.

Please make every effort to attend and support our local chapter and make this a success.

Respectfully,

Bobby Parks
Atlanta Chapter President
Peachtree Decks and Porches

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New NADRA Chapter Now Forming In Minnesota!

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November 24, 2010 | WOW! Twenty-four individuals from the Deck and Rail Community came together for the Minnesota NADRA formation meeting held at Stork Twin City Testing in St. Paul, Minn., on Nov. 17. The “kick-off” meeting brought deck builders, manufacturers, distributors and industry experts together to discuss the launch of this exciting new Chapter. Sixteen of those attendees are now NADRA members!

Join us in December when Mr. Roger Axel, New Hope Building Official, explains the right and wrong ways of working with local building officials. Mr. Axel will also share his experience with NADRA professionals vs. Chuck in the Truck! Email info@NADRA.org to get involved.

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