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

NADRA 2012 Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner Announced

NADRA Announces Biggest Industry Event of The Year to be Held at the American Visionary Art Museum, October 10th, 2012 in Baltimore, MD 

August 8, 2012  – Quakertown, PA| Today, The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) launched registration for the 2012 main event being held in conjunction with DeckExpo. The big night includes a cocktail reception, annual meeting, industry awards, silent auction, dinner, deck competition & the well-known after-party with a live performance at the Hard Rock Café. Registration for this ticketed event is now open at

What might seem like a party to some is the most significant fundraiser of the year for NADRA. Much weighs on the outcome of this leading industry event.  Participation from industry professionals is essential to the growth of the association.

NADRA’s main event will take place at Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum at 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230 at 5:30pm on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012.

NADRA Builder Member, Sean McAleer from Deck Remodelers tells NADRA “My entire team looks forward to this event, especially my lead guys that have some skin in the game. There will be six of us in Baltimore to attend the Awards.  We wait all year for it! Everyone wants bragging rights to having built an award winner!”

During the annual meeting, current members will vote in new directors. You can see and hear the “Year in Review” to learn about the state of your industry and your association’s involvement. Gain important insight into leading industry programs like Deck Safety Month, Deck for a Soldier and NADRA’s Master Deck Professional Certification program.  NADRA will also announce the 2012 recipient of the Terry Award, which recognizes industry leaders for their outstanding contributions to the decking industry and the association.

Following the meeting, guests are invited to tour the exhibits at the museum. Dinner will be served on the 3rd floor of the museum. Before the night ends, NADRA will announce the winners of the 2012 National Deck Competition.

Following the event at the American Visionary Art Museum, and while the night is still young; guests are invited across the water to celebrate like rock stars at The Hard Rock Café with a live performance by The New Romance.

“It’s not often we have the opportunity to get together as an industry” said Michael Beaudry, Executive V.P of NADRA. “The annual meeting is a chance for the industry to come together, meet, greet and motivate each other and to make the spirit surrounding the night last throughout the year.”

Early bird pricing is now available. Go to to get in on the action before it’s sold out.  This is an event you don’t want to miss! 

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Attention New Jersey NADRA Members!

January 10. 2012 | Simpson Strong-Tie is holding a workshop in Cherry Hill, NJ on Thursday, January 19th.

What: Simpson Strong-Tie 2012 Deck and Porch Workshop
Registration: 8:30am

By Phone: Call 800.999.5099 and ask for ext 4016
By Fax: Fax the info found HERE to 614.876.1631

Workshop: 9:00am – 3:30pm Lunch Provided
About: (For a full description and registration form, click HERE.) The free workshop is designed for Architects, Engineers, Specifiers, Distributors, Sealers, Building Inspectors, Home Inspectors, Contractors & deck Builders. Meet with fellow NADRA members on Jan 19th in Cherry Hill for a chance to network with other industry professionals.

Registration Form

NADRA NJ Chapter – D4S Volunteers Needed!

August 1, 2011 | Hello everyone!

I hope you are all beating the heat and having a wonderful summer!

I know a bunch of us had an overwhelming response to helping out a soldier whom lost both legs to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan when we first heard about it at a previous NADRA meeting. Yes, I do know this is our busy time of the year and believe me, I could use an extra few hours, let alone a few days. However, I plan to help out no matter what. This soldier sacrificed his life for OUR freedom. One or two days out of my life fails to compare to what Lt. Colin Pascik (23 years old) gave up to keep America safe.

This time, the build will not be as labor intensive. Homes for our Troops has already poured the footings and framed the 11′ x 32′ deck (not to mention getting all of the inspections, etc). We just need to do the ramp, decking, and railings. Also, this time the ramp is much easier as it is a 30′ straight ramp. We are working on getting the rest of the the material donated. I believe Azek was already at this job site for the decking. We certainly have a lot of railing companies involved with NADRA also (I know Phoenix would love to donate railings and volunteers to install too), so railings will not be a problem. We just need some volunteers!!! Everything is ready to go. The home is in Monroe Township and the official ribbon cutting is in September, so we need to get this completed at the latest by mid August. I would like to schedule our part of the build to start Aug 8th if we can get all of our materials in time.

Here is a tentative list of what we need:
   • Volunteers!
   • Roughly 450 sq ft of decking
   • Fasteners for decking
   • Roughly 110 lf of railing
   • 80 lf of 1-1/2″ round handrail with hardware
   • Possibly some more footings
   • Concrete
   • Possibly some 4×4’s and other pt wood

Please respond to me and let me know if you are still interested in volunteering or donating. This WILL happen but I would love it if the NADRA NJ Chapter can get it done! Remember, this is the first year our chapter has not done a Deck for a Soldier!!!!

It has been one of the most fulfilling and inspirational programs that I have personally ever been involved with. I know those that have already been involved feel the same way. We hope to have some new volunteers this year. This really should be a very quick build. So we are only talking a few days for the build. Will you help? Please spread the word on this. Forward this e-mail to as many people as you can. I have a new hosting service and have not had the chance to update my e-mails to include all of my old NADRA contacts.


Jennifer Sheridan
Eatontown, NJ 07724
Cell: 732-567-5555
Ph: 732-380-1666

Driving Decking Demand in the R&R Market

Hot Topic Session #1 — Monday morning, October 3, 2011

August 1, 2011 | Number of Decks Built or Replaced in 2010 Drops 37% From 2006

The decking and railing industry is hurting. Homeowners are not currently building or replacing decks at levels seen in the mid 2000s. Principia’s most recent report shows the total number of decks built on residential homes decreased from 4.3 million in 2006 to 2.7 million in 2010, a 37% drop. As a consequence, the total demand for decking and railing materials has fallen similarly.

Such a drop in demand affects all companies in the value chain, including:
   • Builders and contractors
   • Dealers and retailers
   • Wholesale distributors
   • Manufacturers of decking, railing, fastener and accessories
   • Raw material suppliers

The decking and railing industry can sit back and wait for some type of economic recovery to occur or the industry can take an aggressive, proactive role in helping to create more decking demand.


One proven way is through consumer awareness of deck safety and aggressive marketing to home owner associations. According to the North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA), there are 40 million existing decks and the age of over half of these decks is 20 years or more. Many of these are unsafe and need to be replaced.

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NADRA New England Chapter Meeting

June 20, 2011 – Waltham, MA | Last week’s meeting was truly an exciting occasion for the New England Chapter of NADRA, with a number of firsts for our young Chapter. We kicked off the meeting with the introduction of the chapter’s inaugural Deck for a Soldier® recipient and his family. It was a very special moment and the soldier was truly surprised when he was presented with the announcement and the design options for his new deck.

Soldier and family with Ed Lenzi, Deck for a Soldier® Chair

Many thanks to the Chair of the D4S Committee – Ed Lenzi, and the committee members Otto Kinzel, Pete Ciaraldi, Seth Aronson, Scott Clifford, and Marc Merusi. Ed and his team will be reaching out to the members of the chapter to bring this project to a special completion over the next several weeks. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony once the project is complete – all members are invited – details to follow.
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Register Now! | NADRA Dinner & Day Of Education

February 23, 2011 | NADRA is hitting the deck running with a brand new education series launching March 2011. Join us March 23-24 for a NADRA dinner reception followed by a day of deck-specific education. Are you a NADRA member? This course is one of a four-part series designed to help contractors prepare for their NADRA MDP Certification exams (NADRA Master Deck Professional Certification*). Flaunt your certification in your proposals, website, marketing and be recognized on All NADRA Members who complete this course will be mentioned in NADRA’s blog and weekly news brief!

Wednesday, March 23 – NADRA Networking Dinner:

* 6 p.m.: Networking Dinner

Thursday, March 24 – NADRA Education:

* 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Understanding the Existing Structure, by Glenn Mathewson
* 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch provided
* 1:30 – 3 p.m.: Manufacturer installation class by TimberTech
* 3 – 3:30 p.m.: Break – Light snack provided
* 3:30 – 5 p.m.: Manufacturer installation class by Fiberon

Class Description:

Understanding the Existing Structure by Glenn Mathewson will describe the various and unexpected ways a new deck can affect the structure it serves. Mechanical and electrical systems, egress windows and exterior wall coverings, for example, must all be understood and evaluated before construction begins. Understanding the Existing Structure will get you thinking outside of the box, and understanding how a deck is about much more than just the deck.

The opportunities presented in Providence, R.I., through the efforts of your association are not to be missed, as the courses outlined above will be the building blocks on which all NADRA certifications are based. Don’t be left the odd guy out when homeowners are measuring you up against the rest. In the coming months, your association will be rolling out more education and credentialing opportunties involving more manufacturers in more cities. And these courses are sure to sell out. So get on board today, and get a leg up on the competition.

Online registration opens this week! Learn more by visiting!

NADRA Education Series Launching 3/24 In Rhode Island

February 15, 2011 | We have some exceptionally awesome news! NADRA is hitting the deck running with a brand new education series launching in March. Join us during JLC Live for a NADRA dinner reception followed by a day of deck-specific education. Are you a NADRA member? This course is one of a four-part series designed to help contractors prepare for their NADRA MDP Certification exams (NADRA Master Deck Professional Certification*). Flaunt your certification in your proposals, website, marketing and be recognized on We will even give you a shout out in NADRA’s blog and in our weekly news brief!

    • NADRA Cocktail and Dinner reception will be held on March 23 at 6 p.m. EST
    • NADRA Deck-specific education will be held on March 24 starting at 8:30 a.m. EST, running all day. Lunch will be provided. See below for course descriptions.
    • All happening at The Biltmore in Providence, R.I. – more details to follow!

* This event is open to members and non-members alike. Certification is only offered to current NADRA members.

Online registration begins Feb. 22 for: NADRA Dinner and Full Day of NADRA Education — More details and pricing to follow.

To learn more about this event, please click here.

DeckTools® Offering Free Webinar on 5/7/10

Seeing is buying…

April 30, 2010 | Imagine showing a prospective customer a picture of their dream deck — and not just a drawing or sketch, but a realistic, full-color, 3D image they can look at from any angle. DeckTools®, a sales, design and estimating software program for decks, makes it easy for deck builders and suppliers to create one-of-kind deck designs right from their laptops.

Customize nearly every detail, from the deck shape and railings to materials, connectors and fasteners, while quickly generating plans, proposals and material lists. DeckTools® users are seeing 30% increases in their closing rates and 40% increases in the overall sale price of deck packages with DeckTools®.

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