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December 21st, 2010

Excerpt taken from the weekly NADRA Industry Brief

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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December 15th, 2010

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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December 8th, 2010

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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November 12th, 2010

Lacey, WA – November 11, 2010 | North American Deck and Railing Association announced today the recipient of its 2010 Deck for a Soldier® project. Marshall Diaz, of Fort Lewis, Washington will be the proud owner of a new, custom deck designed and built by Western Washington Chapter of NADRA members and constructed of donated materials.

NADRA launched its Deck For a Soldier® program in 2007; this is a community effort that expresses our appreciation for the service and dedication of the men and women of our armed forces.

Infantry Man Marshall Diaz has been honorably serving his country for 13 years and is currently in Active Duty. During his last deployment to Afghanistan, he was wounded and medically evacuated back to the U.S. From May of 2008 until April of 2010, Diaz was in the Wounded Warrior Battalion Pavilion located at Fort Lewis, WA. Marshall is honored by a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart; as well as, many other prestigious awards during his career. Diaz also takes time to serve his local community by volunteering with the local Boy Scout Troops and still sets time to volunteer at a local Veteran’s home.

On his application Diaz noted “When I was given the option to get out of the Army, I chose the only option for me, and that is to continue to serve my country. Although my rehabilitation is an ongoing process, I hold my head up with pride for there is no other country in this world that I would rather live in, then the United States of America.”

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November 2nd, 2010

Dallas, TX – November 2, 2010 | The 2010 Remodeling Show and DeckExpo, held September 15 – 17 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD, exemplified the growing optimism in the residential remodeling and deck building industries. The Remodeling Show is officially sponsored by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), NAHB Remodelers and Remodeling Magazine. DeckExpo is officially sponsored by the North American Deck & Railing Association (NADRA) and Professional Deck Builder Magazine.

The 2010 events had 318 total exhibitors, 35% of which were new this year. The show covered 86,700 net square feet with a total attendance of 5871, a 12% increase over 2009. Attendees traveled from 45 states and 14 countries to the shows representing a mix of residential and commercial remodelers, deck builders, custom home builders, specialty and replacement contractors, architects and designers.

“The shows represent what is taking place in the remodeling and deck building industries. Contractors and manufacturers who demonstrate resiliency and innovation are seeing measured growth in a quickly evolving marketplace,” stated Amy Allen, Director of the Remodeling Show, DeckExpo and JLC LIVE. Along with an increase in attendance, there was a shift in attendee demographics. “I have attended every show since 1991,” stated Bob Hanbury from House of Hanbury Builders in Connecticut. “I noticed a younger crowd that had more questions and showed interest in understanding the issues. The show is definitely evolving.”

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October 17th, 2010

Best Alternative Decks Feature Fiberon® Decking

New London, NC – October 14, 2010 | At the North American Decking and Railing Association’s (NADRA) Annual Meeting and National Industry Awards banquet held in Baltimore, MD, on September 15, 2010, six prestigious deck builders were recognized in nine categories of the 2010 NADRA Deck Competition. Barry Streett, of Rolling Ridge Deck Co., Inc., and Jamie Turrentine, of Southwest Fence & Deck, Inc., won Best Alternative Deck Over 500 SF and Best Alternative Deck Under 500 SF, respectively; both of which were built with Fiberon® decking products. A diverse panel of media and industry representatives honored the deck competition winners for skill, craftsmanship, and creativity.

“Fiberon is proud of each deck competition winner, but especially of FiberPROs Mr. Streett and Mr. Turrentine who were recognized for their deck construction and design that features our Horizon and Tropics decking products,” said Chris Beyer, vice president of marketing for Fiberon. “We believe the enduring beauty and durability of these products parallels the talent and originality these Fiberon deck builders put forth to win in their respective categories.”

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October 12th, 2010

NADRA Announces National Deck Competition Winners at The National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD.

Quakertown, PA – October 12, 2010 | NADRA hosted their Annual Meeting & First Annual National Deck Awards Ceremony at The National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. 250 guests were in attendance, consisting of NADRA National Board of Directors, NADRA diamond level sponsors, Fiberon and Real Outdoor Living, silver level sponsors, TimberTech and bronze level sponsor, FastenMaster. Other guests included NADRA builder contestants, manufacturers, distributors, Industry representatives, and many other industry professionals.

The evening started at 6:00 with a cocktail reception open to all industry professionals, 250 guests packed the reception area.



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October 12th, 2010

Article courtesy of Fiberon®. For more information, please visit www.fiberondecking.com.

October 12, 2010 | This week, we bring you highlights from our trip to Baltimore, Maryland for NADRA’s annual meeting and National Industry Awards banquet. We were pleased to see our FiberPROs and Fiberon decks take home many awards for an overall great evening.

Check out videos from the NADRA Awards on Fiberon’s blog.

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October 12th, 2010

Atlanta, GA – October 12, 2010 | The weather was perfect and the atmosphere festive for the 2010 “Deck for a Soldier®” ribbon cutting ceremony this past Saturday. Members from Atlanta NADRA Chapter, Operation Home Front, and The Associated General Contractors (Georgia Group) were in attendance. Food and drink were plentiful as were the balloons, banners, and American Flags.

Atlanta NADRA Chapter, Operation Home Front, & the Associated General Contractors Members pose with Captain Don Thompson & family in front of their new deck. October 9, 2010

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August 2nd, 2010

August 2, 2010 | Learn about NADRA’s big events happening at DeckExpo 2010 in our eNewsletter, The BUZZ ~ Special DeckExpo Edition