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November 22nd, 2016

November 22nd, 2016 UPDATE:

Well, the Deck for a Hero®  project here in Atlanta is complete and it was by all measures a huge success. The homeowners, Andy and Martha Cook and children, are thrilled. Overall, this was a straightforward build, maximizing square footage for the family and offering a wide stair design with a mid-landing and 90-degree turn, something that was very important to the family.  Along with all the premium products donated for this deck build, we also were able to install an under deck system. Together, they now have almost 800 square feet of new outdoor living space!

I’m honored to have had the opportunity to lead this project and have to say thank you to everyone who was involved. Collectively, everyone who participated gave generously to make this project successful. You folks certainly made it easy and it was a lot more fun than work.

Craig Dickerson

DeckSource

November 22nd, 2016 UPDATE from Deck for a Soldier / Hero Chair:

Hi All,NADRA Southeast has certainly given a wonderful family every reason to be thankful this season.  They built an amazing deck for a family who had three children of their own and adopted seven more, totaling 10 children.  Wow, they must be some very busy parents just keeping up with day to day life with all of those kids!  A sincere thank you goes out to everyone involved for your generous labor and material pledges that allowed this build to happen.  Giving back to a person’s community is always rewarding and leaves you with a heartwarming feeling.  A special thank you must go out to Craig Dickerson of Decksource who took on the difficult task of leading this project.  Thank you to all of the manufacturers, distributors, lumberyards and deck builders who all pulled together to make this deck a reality.Following is a list of the builders and companies who were generous enough to make this happen:

Labor Donations:

  • Craig Dickerson- Decksource
  • Steve Matrangos- Decksource
  • Rachel Stevens- Decksource
  • David Felix – Decksource
  • Jose Rodriguez – Decksource
  • Abraham Paz – Decksource
  • Otoniel Campos – Decksource
  • Dave Tibbetts- Atlanta Fence and Deck
  • Aldo Bellagas – Atlanta Fence and Deck
  • Alfredo Lopez –Atlanta Fence and Deck
  • Keith Compton – Compton Sales
  • Dave Raught – Great Southern
  • Joel Mooneyhan – SE Underdeck
  • Kevin Waters- PMC
  • Chipper Cronia- Great Southern
  • Shane Moser- Decksouth
  • Alex Acevesamaya- Decksouth
  • John Rudick – Outback Decks
  • John Hula- Outback Decks
  • Glen Tebo – HidFast
  • Joey Matthews Fiberon
Company Donations:

  • Trex
  • Great Southern Wood Preservers
  • Higginbotham Steel & Engineering
  • HID Fast
  • Fortress
  • Compton Sales
  • PEP Construction services / USP
  • Metro Building Products
  • Southeast Underdeck
  • Dixie Plywood
  • Chick-Fil-a
  • Dumpsters Plus
  • Johnny On The Spot
What a great way to enter the Thanksgiving holiday, with a story like this one.  It gives a new hope in today’s world of people helping people just to do the right thing.  This is where the NADRA phrase fits right in “Doing things for all the right reasons and having fun doing them.”
NADRA ROCKS!!NADRA Deck for a Soldier/ Deck for a Hero Committee Chair

November 16th, 2016 UPDATE:

Day one was yesterday and we demolished the old deck and set the ledger and poured some footings in preparation for today’s (Wednesday) build. Hoping to wrap it up in one day for this deserving family. Things went well. Looking forward to a good day tomorrow with a good head start. I know the family is excited as the kids peered through the windows as we were working. Looking forward to them seeing the final result.

On another note, the city of Peachtree Corners is pretty excited and will have their PR person there and will be taking pictures and publishing something on their community news outlets. Good exposure for NADRA.

-Craig Dickerson, Deck Source

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November 8th, 2016 UPDATE:

NADRA Family,

NADRA Southeast Regions Deck For A Hero®  build is just one week away.  We wanted to take this time to invite all members to participate in this great cause.  We have a great family that needs and deserves a safe and fun outdoor living space. Feel free to contact Joey Matthews with any and all questions. The Cook family story is below.

We are still working on lunch for build day, if you would like to contribute please fill out the official pledge form found here.

Teardown Day:

Monday 11-14-16

Build Day:

Wednesday 11-16-16

Address: Peachtree Corners, Ga 30092

Contact Joey for complete address. Contact: Joey Matthews, 678-478-1637

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October 26th, 2016 UPDATE:

NADRA’s Deck for a Soldier® program is proud to announce its’ latest endeavor with an all new Deck for a Hero® build in Georgia! The recipients are a family who had three biological children and adopted two more children. They have just recently adopted five more children who lost their parents and their church was planning to send them to three separate homes. These kind people, who run a non-profit organization to help Orphan and Foster children, could not find it in their heart to allow this to happen. Please help NADRA build a fairly basic deck and stairway which will allow these ten children and parents some additional outdoor space.

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Meet the Cook Family

They are a family of ten – 7 adopted and 3 biological.  Andy and Martha are the parents and several years ago Andy left his job of teaching and coaching to head up a Non-Profit Ministry called Promise 686.  He has devoted his life to helping meet the needs of Orphans and Foster children. He and Martha have a God directed heart toward this ministry that they exhibit in their work and at home.  Late last year they adopted 5 beautiful children to add to the 5 they already had.  I’ll let Martha’s sentiments from her family Blog of November 2015 tell you what that was like for them:

 

Typically when a family like this crosses our path through Promise686, we share with many others and watch it unfold for various people, but this one in particular did not keep going. They are 17(girl), 14 (girl), 12 (boy), 10(boy), and 2(boy). When we learned of them, their mother was dying of cancer, and their community church had a plan in place for these children to go to three different homes. The mother wanted her children to stay together but after looking for a family for them, she knew as she passed away that there were a few families who were willing to take them, but there wasn’t one where it would work to keep them all together daily. As you can imagine, for us having five children already, the story resonated, especially imagining if I died, and then picturing all of our children being split into various homes. We also imagined what it would be like for them to be separated from the 2 year old that they have helped care for the last two years while their mother was so sick. Their mom passed away six weeks ago and the children are being cared for by two great families within their church as of today. The decision was made on Monday for them to all come to our home in two weeks and for the 2 year old to come on Sunday…….

Our next step is to get our home ready for these children. Also, we’ll be figuring out the short term legal details of guardianship along with the long term adoption process. There’s a lot that has to happen with time.

We invite you to partner with us in any way you feel led. We could not say yes to a life altering decision such as this, without knowing we have people like you, layer upon layer behind us. It feels like an army to us where we know that when we are need, you all are right behind us holding us up.

 

The Cook family has experienced a tremendous blessing throughout the last year and with God’s help they are all beginning a lifetime of becoming a family.  Their needs on a daily basis are many.  But one need that we can help them with is a new Deck.  Their old one is falling apart and needs extensive repair or replacing.  I am hopeful that we as NADRA can come alongside them and offer a Deck for A Hero.

September 7th, 2016

The Association’s work in bringing together industry professionals resulted in a very informative evening in Atlanta, GA on August 23rd, 2016. Over 50 members and guests from the deck building industry gathered to hear and question the three leading preservative manufacturers about the modifications to the AWPA treated wood standards, and answer questions about treated wood. The panel included NADRA Members: Steve Shields from Lonza, Todd Greer from Koppers Performance Chemicals (KPC), and Chris Kollwitz from Viance – Wood Treatment Solutions.

Like all NADRA meetings, we started things off with the reading of the anti trust statement, read by Kirk Hammond, NADRA’s President.

Mike Beaudry, NADRA’s Executive Vice President introduced NADRA’s Southeast regions advisory committee: Mike Reason, Kevin Waters, Joel Mooneyhan, Joey Matthews, James Gunning and Keith Compton.

All meeting attendees stood and introduced themselves.  It was a fun way to get to see who was in the room and how they were involved in the industry. We were particularly excited to introduce NADRA’s newest Bronze Level Member, Avery Chua of dassoXTR.

The meeting included a discussion of the recent AWPA standard modifications, the differences between AWPA standardized products vs. alternative acceptance criteria and paths to code compliance; like the ESR’s, the M4 standard requirement for coating cut ends, and a lively discussion on the dissemination of information and the liabilities the industry faces for the use of different treated wood materials over the past 10 years.

Todd Greer, Koppers Performance Chemicals, Director, North American Sales and Service says: “It was great to meet and speak directly with NADRA members at the Atlanta meeting. We look forward to working with the organization, and encouraging communication within our industry. Koppers believes it is important to provide a unified source of information for deck building professionals to learn more about the use of treated wood products and technologies.” To hear more from Todd, check out his write-up here.

Chris Kollwitz from Viance – Wood Treatment Solutions says: “As beautiful custom wood framed decks and outdoor projects are constructed by NADRA members, they should be guided by the latest, most accurate information available. Despite what some in the industry are communicating, there is NO requirement to use Ground Contact materials for ALL Above Ground decks.” To hear more from Chris Kollwitz from Viance, check out Chris’s write-up here.

Steve Shields stated: “I appreciated the opportunity to participate in the treated wood panel discussion at the recent NADRA meeting in Atlanta.  It provided an opportunity to discuss recent changes to standards that have impacted not only how treated wood is recommended to be used, but have also encouraged more retailers to stock ground contact treated wood so that users can be less concerned about potential misapplication.  Just as important was the opportunity for me to hear comments directly from builders on shortcomings of the treated wood that they have experienced.  I believe that increased involvement of NADRA and other organizations representing retailers and users of treated wood in AWPA can result in continued improvement of standards and better treated wood products for users.”  To hear from Steve, check out his write-up here.

If you have questions, comments or concerns regarding this topic, please contact NADRA by filling out the online form found HERE.

Please visit www.NADRA.org to learn more about your Association, it’s mission, education and services that it provides to industry professionals and consumers.

ABOUT NADRA

NADRA is made up of deck builders, inspectors, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers, lumberyards, outdoor living professionals 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.

Copyright 2016,  The North American Deck and Railing Association, NADRA.  This material may not be rewritten or redistributed without following these instructions: If you would like to use this information, please request permission first by emailing Info@NADRA.org. Thank you!

September 7th, 2016

It was great to meet and speak directly with NADRA members at the Atlanta meeting. We look forward to working with the organization, and encouraging communication within our industry. Koppers believes it is important to provide a unified source of information for deck building professionals to learn more about the use of treated wood products and technologies.

The main reason for the new Standard change is to address misuse of ABOVE GROUND treated wood products.  ABOVE GROUND treated products shall not be used in ground contact, or subjected to hazards comparable to ground contact. If components such as a deck joist, or support beam are critical to the performance and safety of the system and would be difficult to maintain, repair or replace, then those components shall be treated to GROUND CONTACT Standard. ABOVE GROUND treated wood products, regardless of the preservative system, will perform only in “above ground” end use applications. Applying a little bit of common sense and good judgment will in most cases, lead to the logical and safest conclusion; that joists and beams in the majority of decks and fresh water docks should be treated to the GROUND CONTACT Standard.

  • In February of this year, the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) passed a U1 Standard change affecting above ground and ground contact treated wood products.
  • This Standard change officially became effective in July 2016, when the AWPA Book of Standards was published.
  • The new Standard change is affecting treated wood purchasing practices of home centers and lumberyards throughout the U.S. Many retailers are now ordering ground contact treated 2” lumber and decking to meet the new requirements.
  • The new AWPA Standard change is not confusing or hard to apply.
  • The AWPA Book of Standards states, “AWPA Standard U1 is the primary standard for specifiers, such as architects and engineers, but also for end users and building code officials. This Standard contains the information needed by specifiers in order to select a product that best suits their needs.”
  • The AWPA Standard change establishes new guidelines for when wood shall be treated to the UC4A Ground Contact General Use category in situations that simulate ground contact, such as:
  • When there is a reasonable expectation that soil, vegetation, leaf litter or other debris may build up and remain in contact with the component.
  • When the construction itself, other structures or anticipated vegetation growth will not allow air flow to circulate underneath the construction and between decking boards.
  • When components are installed less than six inches above ground (final grade after landscaping) and supported on permeable building materials (e.g. treated wood or concrete).
  • When components are in direct contact with non-durable untreated wood, or any older construction with any evidence of decay.
  • When components are wetted on a frequent or reoccurring basis (e.g. on a freshwater floating dock or by a watering system)
  • When components are used in tropical climates.
  • In addition, the new AWPA Standard states that above ground wood components, including joists and beams for decks and fresh water docks, shall be treated to Ground Contact UC4A when they would be:
  • Difficult to maintain, repair, or replace; and
  • Critical to the performance and safety of the entire system.
  • Applying a little bit of common sense and good judgment will, in most cases, will lead to the logical — and safest — conclusion that joists and beams in the majority of decks and fresh water docks shall be treated to the Ground Contact Standard.
  • The bottom line is that if a deck joist and/or a support beam are critical to the performance and safety of the system and would be difficult to maintain, repair or replace, then wood treated to the Ground Contact Standard shall be used.
  • Above Ground treated wood products, regardless of the preservative system, will perform only in “above ground” end use applications.
  • The main reason for the new Standard change is to address misuse of above ground treated wood used in ground contact or in applications that are physically above ground but are subject to hazards comparable to ground contact exposures or are used in applications involving components that are critical to safety and performance and will be difficult to maintain, repair or replace.
  • The new Standard change will help address the misuse of above ground treated wood products.

To learn more, please visit: www.kopperspc.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Greer

Todd Greer is the Director of North American Sales and Service for Koppers Performance Chemicals. His experience in the treated lumber industry includes 21 years with Timber Products Inspection, both in the field and in management of several programs.  Todd joined the Koppers team to focus on Customer Development and Quality Control.

September 7th, 2016

We wanted to thank the entire NADRA organization for the opportunity to meet with some of the leading deck builders in the industry, at NADRA’s regional meeting in Atlanta.

As beautiful custom wood framed decks and outdoor projects are constructed by NADRA members, they should be guided by the latest, most accurate information available.

Recent updates to the 2016 American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) Use Category System for treated wood, which include modifications to the section that outlines proper applications of Above Ground (UC3B) and Ground Contact (UC4A) treated wood, are causing some confusion in the industry.

Unfortunately, some retailers and wood treatment companies have misinterpreted the language to mean that only ground contact lumber meets the updated AWPA Use Category System standard for deck framing applications. That is not the case.

When it comes to residential decks projects, here’s what you need to know.

  • Despite what some in the industry are communicating, the AWPA U1 Use Category System (UCS), and the IRC® and IBC® building codes continue to allow Above Ground (UC3B) treated wood for common deck applications.
  • There is NO requirement to use Ground Contact materials for ALL Above Ground decks.
  • Above Ground (UC3B) wood treated under the AWPA U1 standards remains Code Compliant for deck framing, joists, beams, decking surfaces and railing systems, while using the appropriate amount of preservatives required to protect the wood from decay and termite attack.
  • Look for the CheckMark® on treated wood end tags. Only wood treated to the AWPA standards is third-party inspected and bears the CheckMark® of quality on end tags. Be sure to use products endorsed with the CheckMark logo.
  • Viance has reaffirmed its warranty coverage on treated wood products, and will continue to extend the terms of its Lifetime Limited Warranty for Above Ground (UC3B) treated wood products when used properly.
  • The preservative levels required to meet the AWPA UC4A ground contact standard not only increases the likelihood of higher project expense through more expensive wood, it also increases the chemical needed to complete projects. Above ground treated wood remains code compliant for most common decking applications while using the appropriate amount of preservative to ensure performance. Why use more chemicals than necessary?

To learn more about the revisions to the AWPA-UCS standard and why Above Ground treatments are still the best choice in treated wood, visit www.treatedwood.com/options. Viance is an ICC Preferred Education Provider and offers an accredited Continuing Education Course (CEU) course: Code Compliant Treated Wood for Residential Deck Construction

We are happy to review any questions you may have, email them to codequestions@viance.net.

Thank you

Chris Kollwitz

Christopher Kollwitz

Viance – Treated Wood Solutions

Director of Marketing

NADRA member since 2009

Contact Info:

Email: ckollwitz@viance.net

Office: 800-421-8661

 Over 30 Years Building Products Sales and Marketing with a focus on process improvement, product training, merchandising, events and business development programs.

  • 8 Years with Hechinger Co. in Washington DC
  • 14 years with Georgia-Pacific Building Products
  • 8 years with Viance – Treated Wood Solutions.
  • Currently responsible for the development and management of Viance marketing initiatives and execution.
September 7th, 2016

It was nice to see everyone at the The Ivy in Atlanta for the most recent NADRA meeting. Several guests were in attendance, as well old friends, and it was great to spend some time catching up.  Thanks to everyone who made it out during this busy part of the year.

At the business session, representatives from the three major chemical suppliers for pressure treatment visited and held a Q&A panel for NADRA members to gather information about the current AWPA Standard changes. It also gave everyone a chance to voice concerns that have arisen over the past few years.

One issue that came up was the effect an underdeck might have on decking, particularly regarding how systems which close in the underside of here joists might create ground-level conditions for joists built with above-ground lumber. It is an interesting question to ask, but not all underdeck systems are the same, and many are designed to address these types of issues. To help clear away some of the misconceptions about underdecks, her are some things to remember.

Underdecks have come a long way from the days of screwing track systems and locking panels directly into the joists, causing debris buildup and restricting water flow. Many underdeck systems now hang below the joists, allowing for more accurate pitch to allow water flow through the system. The additional space taken by dropping below the joists also reduces the likelihood of debris accumulation and allows for more air flow to keep the system dry. Some systems even offer the option of ventilation to increase airflow.

Many systems also offer ways of cleaning the system out, whether it is from panels that pop up to allow access to the interior, or systems where entire panels can be removed independently. Most of these are designed with the consumer in mind so that people can maintain the systems themselves without being hostage to a repair tech’s schedule.

The important thing is helping people understand that when it comes to their homes, something that is out of sight should not be out of mind. Educating our customers on the various means and ways of drying in their patios to increase their useable living space also means stressing the importance of all aspects of home maintenance. Properly cared for, a good underdeck system should do nothing but enhance the living space and add enjoyment to the home.

Joel Mooneyhan

Southeast Underdeck Systems

August 24th, 2016

N E W S   R E L E A S E

DATE:                      August 24, 2016

CONTACT:             Avery Chua: averychua@dassoUSA.com

Dasso USA Announces Membership in NADRA

Atlanta, GA, August 24, 2016 – Dasso USA today announces the company is now a proud member of NADRA.  Joining NADRA, Dasso is connected to the pulse of the industry and enables the company to contribute to the growth of bamboo usage in the exterior living space.

Dasso with its Dasso.XTR products, which stands for Dasso Exterior – brings a new option to the decking industry.  Dasso.XTR is a sustainable alternative to the tropical hardwood like Ipe, Massaranduba and Mahogany.  The product is a natural fiber option that is green and durable.  Dasso.XTR is produced with a proprietary Fused Bamboo technology which enable it to withstand the North American environment just like any other natural wood fiber.

Come visit our site and get a free sample here

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Dasso USA is the marketing arm of Dasso Group for the North American Market.  Dasso Group – the global innovator of bamboo products – is the original producer of the famous and renowned architecture based on bamboo materials.  List of sample projects are: Bamboo Ceiling in the Spain Madrid Barajas International Airport, Budapest Rooftop Deck at the Racz Furdo Spa Hotel and Wuxi Grand Theater magnificent interior wall furniture as well as the exterior boardwalk along the Wuxi Lake.
The North American Deck and Railing Association, NADRA is the voice of the deck & railing industry promoting national Deck Safety Month, helping guide code writing and regulations with ICC and sponsoring DECK EXPO, the premiere trade event for the deck, dock, and railing industry. 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 customers.

May 18th, 2016

NADRA’s 2016 Southeast Regional Golf Tournament Brings Industry Pros Together

What a turnout! NADRA had a successful golf tournament on Monday, May 9th at the Brookfield Country Club in Roswell, Georgia. NADRA members showed their support despite the busy time of year. It was quite the competitive event!

The festivities began with handing out custom NADRA coolers to all attendees and a shot gun start at 11am.

Teams took to the greens to play their best and stopped to see what sponsors had put together at each hole.
NADRA National Board Member, Heath Bowman said, “This year’s NADRA golf tournament brought a lot of familiar faces together for a beautiful day to connect and have a good time together. Even more exciting was seeing a handful of new faces, which were a great reminder why we do this: building our community, sharing resources, and ultimately succeeding in business together.”
Thank You, Sponsors:
  • Compton Sales
  • Fiberon
  • Southeastern Underdeck Systems
  • BMC / Stock Building Supply
  • Atlanta Home Show- Cobb Galleria
  • Higginbotham Steel
  • TimberTown Atlanta
  • UltraLox
  • Trex
  • Ultra Aluminum

 

Thank you to all of our friends listed here,  we could not have pulled off such a fun and well-attended event without all of your support.

Thank you to NADRA members and the Southeast Regional team leaders, Mike Reasons, Kevin Waters, Joel Mooneyham and Joey Matthews.

Thank you Andy Clements for taking photos throughout the day!

A special shout out to Heath Bowman for taking care of beverages & all of your help setting up. You’re by far awarded MVP of the day!

We finished the day with a wonderful awards ceremony.

Two teams finished with a close score:

  • First place came in at 55: Team Outback Deck
  • Second place came in at 58: Team Stewart! 
The Closest to the Pin was awarded to Steve Hopson and Longest Drive was awarded by Chris Szemprich!
Another well attended, successful tournament in the books! We hope to add more sponsors next year and really raise some money for NADRA programs. We loved seeing new faces and hope to see the tournament continue to grow year after year! If you couldn’t make the event in GA, we hope you will join us in Baltimore on October 4th. You can learn all of the details, sponsor and register right HERE.
Until then, happy building season!

At your service,

Your team at NADRA Headquarters

Join us on October 4th in Baltimore! Register HERE.

April 29th, 2015

Decking season is finally underway for 2015 and The Atlanta NADRA Chapter is excited to announce our annual fund raising event will be a Golf tournament this year! The fun filled day will be in conjunction with other NADRA National meetings very close the tournaments very popular Brookfield Country Club, in Roswell Georgia.

When & Why:

The event will be in the afternoon of June 15, 2015 and we are looking forward to seeing our national members that are in town as well as our local members. We will be having all sorts of fun opportunities to network so please invite your fellow trade partners to attend the event as well.  This event is open to all business catering to our growing outdoor living industry.

Details & Sponsorship Info:

Follow the below link to see all the event details and sponsorship opportunities. Please take the time to fill out your attendee/sponsorship quickly. We are expecting the foursomes and sponsorships to fill up fast.

  • Single Player – $150.00/NADRA Member – $175.00/Non-Member
  • Foursomes - $500.00/NADRA Member – $600.00/Non-Member
  • Hole Sponsorships – $1,000 and $1,350 (with a Foursome)
  • Drink Cart Sponsorships – $1,500 (2 available)
  • Luncheon Sponsorship – $750.00 (2 available)
  • Awards Ceremony Sponsorship – $750.00 (1 available)
  • Closest to Pin Sponsorship - $350.00 (1 available)
  • Hole in One Sponsorship - $350.00 (1 available)
  • Practice Range Sponsorship – $250.00 (1 available)
  • Mulligans – $10/each

I want to thank you in advance for your participation is this important event for NADRA. It is a new, fresh, & exciting time to become a member of the nation’s only Decking and Railing Association. So invite your trade partners and let’s have the best attended outdoor living networking golf tournament ever planned!

See you on the course….

NADRA Atlanta Chapter President

James Gunning

 

Registration, webpage and email communications are managed by NADRA HQ on behalf of the Atlanta Chapter of NADRA. Call with any questions: 215.317.2018

June 17th, 2014

TimberTown Austin and Fortress Railing Products Host a Learning Luncheon with Builder Bobby Parks

TimberTown Austin is partnering up with Fortress Railing Products on their next learning luncheon. The event will feature speaker Bobby Parks, the owner of Peachtree Decks and Porches of Atlanta, Georgia.

Austin, TX  -June 13, 2014

TimberTown Austin is excited to announce that they’ll be hosting their next learning luncheon with partner Fortress Railing Products on Friday, June 20th. During the event local builders and contractors will get the opportunity to take part in a presentation lead by Bobby Parks, the owner of Peachtree Decks and Porches of Atlanta, Georgia.

The Creating Separation presentation will focus on how builders can differentiate themselves from their competition to become one of the top contractors in their market. Mr. Parks will share his thoughts and experience on how a company philosophy, marketing, messaging and imagery can be combined with an affective sales approach to increase market share.

The learning luncheon will take place at TimberTown Austin’s Pflugerville location from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 20th. Because they will be serving complimentary food and drinks during the event, TimberTown Austin is requesting that all attendees RSVP in advance. To RSVP for the event, please contact the team by June 18th at sales(at)timbertownusa(dot)com or by calling 512-528-8112.

About Bobby Parks
During his 25-year career in the decking, porch and remodeling industries, Bobby Parks has attained many accolades and recognitions. His work has been featured in national publications, he’s been invited to serve on numerous industry advisory committees and he has traveled all over the world to share his insights on construction and company operations.

In 2007, Mr. Parks founded his award winning company Peachtree Decks and Porches of Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Parks has gained a sizeable customer base by offering a 5-year structural warranty on all his work, utilizing top-of-the-line products like Fortress Railing Products as their standard option and designing unique outdoor structures that blend architecturally with the rest of the property.

To learn more about the rail systems offered by TimberTown Austin or any of their other products, please visit:http://www.timbertownaustin.com.

About TimberTown Austin
The experts behind TimberTown Austin have over 50 years of experience in supplying outdoor lumber for a wide variety of projects. Serving the Austin and the surrounding areas, TimberTown Austin has built a solid reputation as a reliable resource for softwood and hardwood lumber, composite decking, hardware deck accessories and more.

 

Original article found HERE

February 26th, 2013

 

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