NADRA Rocks Nashville, 2017 Recap

Acclaimed deck builders and industry enthusiasts from around the world traveled to Nashville, TN for the Remodeling show, DeckExpo and JLC Live (RDJ) at the end of last month. NADRA held several events while in Nashville. Below is a recap from each exciting event. 

Click the image to view a 5 minute video of photos from NADRA’s 2017 Awards Dinner at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Nashville, TN.

NADRA CPAC Meeting: 10/25/17

NADRA’s Consumer Product Awareness Charter Committee met on Wednesday morning prior to the golf tournament in Nashville. The CPAC Committee works to develop and implement consumer friendly labeling programs for outdoor living products. The committee presented details to a room full of NADRA Manufacturer members regarding its mission and accomplishments over the last 5 years.

The overall intent of this program is to provide the consumer with a simple, straightforward labeling program to assist in their product selection.
A recognized label will accompany easy to understand product performance measurements to educate consumers so they can make more knowledgeable product selections.

This meeting was a great opportunity to discuss CPAC with a large audience of mfrs. Many misconceptions about the CPAC program were addressed. I hope everyone heard how CPAC makes sense and helps everyone improve sales, reduces friction costs and elevates the entire industry. ” says Committee Chair, Andrew Clements

The committee continues to work diligently; taking input from a range of supportive sources to drive the program to completion. You can review the slides on the presentation below from the annual meeting. For more information about CPAC and how you can get involved, please contact NADRA.

Annual Golf Tournament: 10/25/17

Thank you, Golf Sponsors: 

The Winning Team:

  • Chris Brown- EscueWood Preserving
  • Matt Roughen- Lonza Wood Protection
  • Vikki Pingle- Lonza
  • Kirk Hammond- Lonza Wood Protection

Chris Brown took the win for both Longest Drive AND Closest to the Pin!

Rooftop on The Rocks – NADRA’s Welcome Party: 10/25/17

NADRA members and friends gathered for a casual get-together on the rooftop at The Westin hotel.

NADRA’s Booth at RIDIJ: 

If you came by the NADRA booth, you’ll know about our first-ever scavenger hunt. The first 50 builder members to complete the NADRA scavenger hunt received this fantastic grab bag from our amazing sponsors! This was a great way to introduce our builder members to NADRA’s exhibiting members at the show. We plan to expand on this idea even more next year.

Annual Awards Dinner: 10/26/17

NADRA members and industry friends filled up the second level of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in Nashville, TN… Everyone climbed the piano staircase to the second level to be greeted with custom lanyards and a cold Corona or frozen Margarita.

The night was made possible by NADRA member sponsors.

NADRA Platinum Sponsor, Bob Heidenreich – The Deck Store, spoke to the crowd for a moment. He chose a quote from Theodore Roosevelt.

Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.” Theodore Roosevelt

Thank you, Bob!

More Highlights from the Night:

NADRA Annual Meeting:

This image below will take you to our powerpoint presentation via SlideShare:

2017 Recognition Awards were presented to:

  • Rick Schumacher – for his dedication to the industry & association. thank you for your generous commitment of time and leadership!

  • Bob Lett – Teamwork can be summed up in five short words… “We believe in each other.” Thank you for being part of the team! 
  • Chuck Bajnai – For his work in leading the Code Coalition
  • Rick Vaughan – NADRA’s very first member to support our beloved Deck for a Soldier program (Est. 2007)

2017 Terry Award Winner: 

  • Kirk Hammond – For superior contributions to your industry association. Coming together is a beginning… keeping together is progress… working together is success. 

NADRA’s 2017 Board of Directors: 

  • President: Kirk Hammond, Lonza Wood Protection
  • Treasurer: Matt Breyer, Breyer Construction & Landscape
  • Secretary: Bob Lett, Wolf Home Products – Outgoing
  • Past-President: Bill Ross, Fiberon – Outgoing
  • Rick Schumacher, LMB Journal – Outgoing
  • Heath Bowman, Southeastern Underdeck Systems, LLC / Haven
  • John Burkhart, JECS Demand
  • Bruce Verblaauw, C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC •
  • Associate Director: Andrew Clements, Bright Claims WarrantyLink Solutions

NADRA’s 2018 Board of Directors: 

  • Matt Breyer, Breyer Construction & Landscape
  • Bruce Verblaauw, C. Verblaauw & Sons, LLC
  • Heath Bowman, Southeastern Underdeck Systems, LLC / Haven
  • John Burkhart, JECS Demand
  • John Keller, Sequoia Supply
  • Gary Converse, Koppers Performance Chemicals
  • Vincent Carruba, Admiral Spacemaker
  • Immediate Past-President, Kirk Hammond, Lonza Wood Protection
  • Associate Director: Andrew Clements, Bright Claims WarrantyLink Solutions

Code & Education: Chairman: Matt Breyer.

250 NEW certified Inspectors through NADRA education!

 

Deck for a Soldier®: Chairman: Bruce Verblaauw / Committee: Joey Matthews, Vincent Carrubba, Michael Ryan and Rick Wooton

THIS PROGRAM IS A SMALL WAY OUR INDUSTRY CAN GIVE BACK TO THOSE THAT HAVE GIVEN US SO MUCH … OUR FREEDOM!

  • Active projects:
    • Northeast – Active
    • Minnesota – Happening now!!!
    • Southeast – Actively looking for recipient
  • Call to Action: We are now starting to request sponsors and material / labor pledges for the program. Please consider meeting with Bruce during the show to select your sponsorship level and / or to confirm your pledge.

CPAC: Consumer Product Awareness Charter: Chairman: Andrew Clements / Committee: Special Thanks: Brad Wear – NTA, Robert Rottin

ghaus – UFP, Barry John Davis – DPDS International, Ltd. , Gary Hobbs – AERT ,Paul Beaulieu – Green Bay Decking, Stan Hathorn – Royal / Westech

NADRA was selected by the industry at large to be the ambassador of this non profit consumer label program. NTA is the appointed administer who certifies participants to the NADRA Consumer Awareness Program. Check out the presentation via SlideShare to learn more about CPAC.

Shout-Outs! Speaker: Heather A. Marchand

There were a few folks that deserved a little bit of recognition. Shout-outs went to:

C. Verblaauw and Sons, LLC & Witt’s Woods and Greens: Two builder members who supported the events in Nashville at the sponsorship level. It means the world to NADRA to have support from all levels of the value chain. Thank you for your un-ending support of the association.

Women in the Industry: Where would we be without you? You know, the people that really get all the work done. The remarkable women in the industry deserve some special recognition.

Family Businesses: It’s not easy working in a family business. At NADRA HQ, we know this first hand! We appreciate your struggles, triumphs and passion for your family and this industry.

Georgia and New Jersey Members! Two of our most active regions in NADRA. Our foot soldiers… hosting several events per year from networking meetings to holiday parties and clay pigeon shooting events. Each region participates in at least one Deck for  a Soldier® or Deck for a Hero® project each calendar year. NADRA wants you to know that we see your dedication and passion for NADRA and the industry we serve. Thank you!

International Focus for 2018: 

“For the market to grow the key element is increasing consumer awareness of quality” The International objective of NADRA is to extend to the world the simple message that… The Objective: By extending the reach of the CPAC program we can extend the market potential for North American businesses. NADRA leads the deck and railing industry with highest quality professionals in all of North America, and the world.” Barry John Davis

2017 National Deck CompetitION

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 National Deck Competition! Thank you to all of our members who entered. We invite you to scroll, tag, comment and share these beautiful, national, award-winning projects from some of the best in the industry. Congratulations to all of our members & a special thank you to our sponsors. *Please click on each image to enlarge.


See who took home awards & many of the smiling faces that attended this sold out industry event by clicking the image below.

NADRA Events Happening at DeckExpo

DeckExpo is just days away! Here is an easy-to-follow guide to all things NADRA happening during our time in Chicago.

If you want to make a difference while getting the most of your NADRA membership, GET INVOLVED! If you are interested in the work the Association is doing in the areas of growth, code and education, GET INVOLVED!  Please take a look and register/RSVP for the meetings below.

See you soon!

Sincerely, Your Home Team at NADRA Headquarters

  • Oct. 15 — 7:30 a.m.: Structural Design II — A Trip Down the Load Path /NADRA Master Deck Professional Codes and Standards / Register HERE
  • Oct. 16 — 7:30 a.m.: NonStructural Provisions/NADRA Master Deck Professional Codes and Standards / Register HERE
  • Oct. 17 — 8 a.m.: Outdoor Living Design and Sales/NADRA Master Deck Professional Codes and Standards / Register HERE
  • Wednesday, October 16th, 2013: 6:00pm NADRA Main Event at Howl at The Moon, 2013 National Deck Competition Winners Announced!  /Registration details can be found HERE
  • Thursday, October 17th, 2013: 11:00am NADRA Code Meeting, Glenn Mathewson – Code Summary of 2015 IRC Code Hearings/Location: NADRA Office, Room E256 /  Register via Facebook HERE
  • Thursday, October 17th, 2013: 12:30pm NADRA Education Committee Meeting / Location: NADRA Office, Room E256 / Register via Facebook HERE
  • Thursday, October 17th, 2013: 1:30pm NADRA Code Committee Meeting / Location: NADRA Office, Room E256 / Register via Facebook HERE
  • Thursday, October 17th, 2013: 2:30pm NADRA Membership / Growth Committee Meeting / Location: NADRA Office, Room E256 / Register via Facebook HERE
  • Thursday, October 17th, 2013: 5:00pm NADRA Annual Meeting / Location: NADRA Office, Room E256 / Register via Facebook HERE
  • Friday, October 18th, 2013: 10:00am NADRA / VisionScape, John Porco – Design and Sales Program Overview / Register via Facebook HERE
  • Friday, October 18th, 2013: 11:30am NADRA / Milford Enterprise, Jeff Atkins- Dealer Merchandising in the buildings and materials industry program / Register via Facebook HERE

 

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

 

 

 

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 www.NADRA.org.

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 www.NADRA.org 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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NADRA Annual Meeting In Chicago Is A Huge Success!

October 23, 2011 – Chicago, IL | NADRA hosted their Annual Meeting & Second Annual National Deck Awards Ceremony at The Museum of Science and Industry on Thursday, October 13th, 2011. Attendees included NADRA members & guests, NADRA’s National Board of Directors, local Chapter Directors, NADRA diamond level sponsors, Fiberon and Real Outdoor Living, Gold Sponsor, GAF, sliver level sponsors, Tamko, Wolf, Latitudes decking & railing, Deckorators, TimberTech, and Screw Products, bronze level sponsors, rdi, Phoenix Manufacturing, ecolife and Everflashing, along with many other industry professionals.

NADRA’s night at the Museum kicked off with a one-of- a- kind, cocktail hour that included a tour of Chicago’s “Greenest home” exhibit. Following the cocktail hour NADRA members and guests made their way into the 4-story high Omnimax theatre for the annual meeting and awards ceremony!

Shawn Miller, NADRA President opened the meeting and was master of ceremony for the evening. Michael Beaudry, NADRA’s Executive VP introduced the membership to Mark DeMarco, NADRA’s long-time Treasurer. After serving his full term on NADRA’s executive committee, DeMarco was asked to take over the presentation, covering NADRA‘s year-in-review.

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Call For NADRA Board Of Directors Nominations

Nominations must be postmarked or faxed by 09/03/11!

August 8, 2011 | Attention NADRA Members: Nominations are only accepted from the designated representative of a NADRA member in good standing. Nominees must also be a designated representative of a NADRA member. *Branch members (i.e. Industry Representatives or Employees) are eligible to nominate fellow NADRA members, however, are not eligible to accept a nomination or nominate themselves. Branch members are not permitted to vote on the national level, but are able to vote locally at the chapter level. All Nominations will be reviewed for compliance with NADRA Bylaws.

Click here to download the 2011 NADRA Board of Directors Nomination Form.

NADRA Annual Meeting – Huge Success!

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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