TimberTown Austin & Fortress Host Luncheon with Bobby

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.


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Peace of Mind & Labor Warranties

September 17th, 2013

How can peace of mind help sell homeowners? Find out about labor warranties and more at the 10th Annual Composite Decking & Railing Conference – October 28-29 in Baltimore!

Hear from Bobby Parks – Contributing Editor to Professional Deck Builder magazine and President of Peachtree Decks and Porches – as he takes a look at labor warranty and third party insurance programs for contractors.

Discover how these programs can enable contractors to provide peace of mind with a more comprehensive warranty for homeowners – especially those who may be reluctant to invest in the premium composite product. Find out more about manufacturers’ and suppliers’ labor replacement warranties and how they can be incorporated into the sales pitch.

Join us for “Labor Warranty Programs: Options for Contractors” at the Composite Decking & Railing Conference.

Register by October 27, 2013 with discount code ADSAVE13 and save $100. Visit www.deckrailconference.com

NADRA Announces New President & Board of Directors



Michael Beaudry

Phone: 215.679.4884

Email: Info@NADRA.org

            NADRA Announces New President and Board of Directors

North American Decking and Railing Association Announces New Leadership Team

QUAKERTOWN, PA (November 7th, 2012) The North American Decking and Railing Association extends a sincere thank you to Shawn Miller, Classic Designs, Inc. for his leadership role with NADRA as President. Shawn will now serve as the Association’s Immediate Past President. NADRA welcomes Bill Ross, Fiberon, as President of the North American Decking and Railing Association. Bill has served on the board for the past two years and will serve as President for a two-year term. Bobby Parks, Peachtree Decks & Porches will serve as NADRA’s Vice President.

“We are excited that Bill will be leading this industry organization for the next two years. His entire career spans all aspects of the decking industry,” said Michael Beaudry, Executive VP for NADRA. “Bill will be a strong asset in promoting and advancing the mission of NADRA.”

Newly elected Board of Directors include: Brent Gwatney, MoistureShield, Laura Kueny, DecksDirect .com, Lainie Sleppin, Mid-State Lumber, Matt Breyer, Breyer Construction, Gus de la Cruz, Barrett Contracting.

Remaining Board of Directors include: Kirk Hammond, Arch Chemical – Secretary & Treasurer, Bobby Parks, Peachtree Decks & Porches, Vice President, Jennifer Sheridan, Phoenix Manufacturing, Kevin Guthard, K Trafalgar, David Elenbaum, DeckMasters of Greenville, Kevin Brennan, TimberTech & Shawn Miller, Classic Designs – Immediate Past President.

Elections for the board of directors were held at the NADRA Annual Meeting during DeckExpo at The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore on October 10, 2012.  “Earning a seat on the NADRA Board is not a right to be earned, but a privilege bestowed upon a NADRA member by their colleagues to allow you to serve them and the mission of NADRA,” states Michael Beaudry, Executive Vice President of NADRA.


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. NADRA is made up of deck builders, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, wholesalers, retailers, 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. www.NADRA.org


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Atlanta Chapter December 2011 Meeting Re-Cap

and a Thank You from an out-going president…

December 11, 2011 – Atlanta, GA | I sincerely hope all of you enjoyed our event at Maggianos on 12/8/11 as much as I did. We had a total of 85 industry pros in attendance! I thought the food and atmosphere were great and the guest and company that shared the room even better.

Thanks so much to Great Southern Wood Preserving, Timbertech, and Fortress Railing, for their generosity in sponsoring this event. They all stepped up to the plate in a big way for this one to make it possible to celebrate our year -end event as we did. Thanks to Maggianos for providing us Five Star service as well.

I hope all involved realize how fortunate we were to have Mr. Jimmy Rane, the founder and CEO of Great Southern Wood Preserving take the time to attend our event and serve as our keynote speaker.

The story of his and Great Southern’s history are not only extremely interesting but also very inspiring. Success stories of this magnitude are rare and to be in the presence of someone who has started from scratch and taken a business and industry to such a level was a true privilege. His manner of speaking and the humbleness he demonstrates is impressive, admirable, and refreshing. I hope Mr. Rane knows just how much we appreciate him spending the evening with us.

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Atlanta Chapter October 2011 Meeting Re-Cap

October 25, 2011 | Thanks to everyone that attended last Thursdays Atlanta NADRA Chapter meeting.

Special thanks to Greg Mizerack and PMC Building Supply for sponsoring this event. PMC has been a good supporter of our chapter and this was their second sponsorship in the past two years. Greg gave a nice presentation regarding PMC Building Supply’s services and brought along an associate who made a presentation on Feeney Cable Rail.

Special thanks go to Officer Hudson from the Georgia Public Safety Department who served as our guest speaker. His discussion and insight regarding legalities involved in operating commercial vehicles and the requirements pertaining to such was very interesting and helpful. Officer Hudson handled quite the influx of questions from our members and always had the answers. We really appreciate him taking the time to be with us. Thanks to Ginny Tibbetts for making the arrangements for Officer Hudson to attend.

Chapter business included the final discussions regarding our upcoming Deck for a Soldier effort. Keith Compton led the discussion on this and has since met with the homeowner and finalized our efforts with Operation Homefront.

Several of our chapter members who placed in the National Deck Design Awards were mentioned and recognized.

One of the most important events of the night included our BOD offices elections. Both president and vice president seats were in play. This chapter is fortunate to have two members with such ability, commitment, enthusiasm, and class as James Gunning and Keith Compton who were the two names submitted as nominees. Both took the floor for a few minutes each to partake in our version of the Presidential Debates. Each shared their thoughts and reasons for wanting to be involved in the leadership of this chapter.

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Atlanta NADRA Chapter August Meeting Re-cap

September 14, 2011 | Thanks to everyone that attended [our last] meeting and helped with making it a success.

The turn out was great with 52 signing the registry. The McCormick & Schmick facility was a definite step in the right direction although it’s obvious we still need more space. Our chapter apparently made an impression on the staff there as well as the manager has offered to set up a private bar for us at our next meeting since our members just about ran the legs off the servers… lol.

Special thanks go out to Larry Pease and Kevin Magers of Trex for sponsoring our gathering. Larry gave an update on many of Trex’s new products including the porch boards and steel structure components. The presentation and the support and sponsoring of our chapter are much appreciated and it should be pointed out that Trex has strongly supported this chapter since our inception.

Very special thanks to our State Representative Mark Hamilton who was generous enough to spend an evening with us and serve as our key note speaker. He touched on a number of interesting topics including issues that affect our state economically and on the immigrations legislation that is being passed in Georgia. Thanks to Ms. Ginny Tibbett’s for arranging for Mr. Hamilton’s appearance.

Thanks to one of our founding members Frank Palogruto for giving a presentation on “Synergies”. This type of member participation is both appreciated and encouraged. I hope this is the first of many that will volunteer to share thoughts and ideas with our chapter members.

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Atlanta NADRA Chapter August Meeting

August 5, 2011 | Hello Atlanta NADRA Chapter Members

Our next Atlanta NADRA Chapter meeting is just around the corner. It will be held at the McCormick & Schmicks at Perimeter Mall on Tuesday the 16th at 5:30. This facility adds a touch of class and provides us more space, privacy, and other amenities. The food line up will be great as well.
This session is being sponsored by Trex. We have quite an agenda headlined by our Georgia State Representative Mark Hamilton who will be our key note speaker. I believe we’ll all find what he has to share interesting.

We’ll have several in- house business items to cover this time around and we’ll also hear from one of our own contributing members giving a short speak on “Synergies”.
I’d like to ask committee members to share any updates on progress or plans regarding their specific efforts. We’re at a point in the year that hopefully some progress has been made in all areas.
Our Deck for a Soldier effort is coming up soon so I’d like to specifically ask that those members who wish to volunteer to assist with this years Deck for a Soldier Program come prepared to commit to whatever aspects they can lend help with.

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NADRA Atlanta Chapter – Meeting Recap


July 5, 2011 – Atlanta, GA | Thanks to everyone that attended the Atlanta NADRA Chapter meeting in June. The turnout was great with close to 50 in attendance including several visitors. I hope that each of you enjoyed yourself and that the guest will consider joining our association and becoming active members.

A special thanks to June’s sponsor, Guardian Building Products www.guardianbp.com and their team which included David Elenbaum (seen below) and Trey Cawthon. David gave an informative presentation regarding Guardian products. Guardian has some great looking products available with numerous decking options. The highlight for me personally was Guardians willingness to introduce a “Labor Warranty” for their decking products. This is a huge deal in my eyes and Guardian along with only a couple of other manufactures appears to be offering this at this point. Guardians program sounds strong and would provide protective insurance for our consumers and our reputations as contractors. The benefits of this program are obvious and it’s my hope that others will follow Guardian and others who are making these programs available.

Special thanks go to Lindsay Ranly and Stefanie Kane from Timbertech who gave a great presentation on “Social Media”. They shared a lot of good information regarding the social media trends and benefits. Like most successful marketing campaigns it involves a multi speared effort. Social Media is an important and inexpensive element that we all need to utilize to provide company exposure, name brand recognition, and LEADS.
Huck DeVenzio of Arch Chemicals announced that they are accepting entries for those of us that use Womanized lumber for a drawing that will result in a FREE NADRA Membership along and a paid trip to Chicago to attend the Deck Expo.

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NADRA Atlanta Chapter Meeting

June 13, 2011 | Hello Everyone,
I hope everyone is doing well and that the spring season has breathed new life into your activity levels.
I’d like to remind you of our upcoming Atlanta NADRA Chapter meeting next Tuesday, June 21st at 5:30 at the Prado Taco Mac. It will be inside complete with AC and sound system.
David Elenbaum and Guardian will be sponsoring this event. Guardian has incorporated a policy that along with a couple of manufacturers is leading the decking industry in a direction that is long overdue. You will find what he has to say interesting and encouraging.
Lindsay Ranly and Stephanie Kane will be our guest speakers addressing “multi media”. This is a topic that all in attendance will find interesting and is “the” marketing avenue of today’s contractor. The more we learn and understand the better our businesses will prosper.
Hopefully our committees have had a chance to make some progress and I’ll ask that one person from the Recruitment and Deck Safety groups take a moment to update us on their activities and progress.

Please make an effort to attend and bring a guest.

Bobby Parks
Atlanta NADRA Chapter President

Atlanta NADRA Chapter February Meeting

February 17, 2011 | Thanks to everyone that attended the Atlanta NADRA Chapter meeting. Special thanks goes out to Bill Sullivan and AZEK for sponsoring this month’s event. Bill gave an informative presentation featuring AZEK’s recent product releases. This included AZEK’s hideaway built in storage compartment and planter options.

Tommy Howard, our guest speaker from the Norton Group, gave a very interesting presentation on the housing market and forecasted trends that can be expected over the next two years. I thought this topic was timely, informative, and something that all members gained some insight from. Tommy Howard and the Norton Group have a very successful track record in, gathering and analyzing statistics, and forecasting major economic trends. Thanks Mr. Howard for taking the time to attend our meeting and sharing this information with us.

As you may have noticed you could actually hear everything said this time around as we gave our new sound system its first test. Mr. Dave Tibbetts gets credit for not only providing the equipment but his willingness to help with various set ups at each meeting.

Overall we had a turnout with many guests present. This included deck builders, deck restoration contractors, marketing, and vendor associates from various decking manufacturers.

James Gunning, OC Kirk, and Larry Pease volunteered to research the NADRA National website and focus on an efficient and effective way to bring the spotlight onto our May “Deck Safety Month” program.
Several vendor members voiced interest in sponsoring future chapter meetings. Please continue to email your official request and we’ll schedule accordingly. Once this is established I’ll post each upcoming meetings sponsor.

I hope everyone enjoyed themselves and that you will continue to attend, bring guests, and encourage new members.


Bobby Parks
Atlanta NADRA Chapter President