NADRA December Atlanta Chapter Meeting Re-Cap

Our favorite time of the year is upon us which means that the Atlanta Chapter of NADRA gets to have our annual Christmas party.  It is always the highlight of the year which brings our biggest group, with many guest and spouses also in attendance.

This years meeting was held at Maggianos at the Cumberland Mall.  With almost 80 registered guests, the evening started with some socializing and catching up on the events since our last meeting.  A motion was made and passed to postpone the reading of the minutes and chapter business until our next meeting.

After a delicious three course family style Italian dinner our guest speaker entertained for the evening.  Scott Mawdelsy with 12Stone church delivered a very moving talk on living your life from the Inside Out.  It was the perfect topic with a new year around the corner.  Each person in attendance was able to think about how they can improve in their leadership and life as they set goals for next year.

To close the meeting we gave out a few awards and recognition.  Three of our four past presidents were in attendance and were thanked for their leadership and service.  Also chapter leadership awards were given to our outgoing board to Greg Mizerak, Ginny Tibbets, Mike Reasons and James Gunning.  Two new awards were given out as well this year.  The first ever Ginny Tibbets Award was given to Ginny for her many years of selfless service to the chapter along with a Founders Award to John Lea for his behind the scenes leadership and service.

Those who dared closed the evening on the dance floor thanks to our DJ who was playing great music all night to set the mood for the event.  The annual Christmas party is always one of the best ways socialize and spend time with vendors, competitors and friends.

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday – March 8th at the BRExpo show at the Cobb Gallerian Centre, Atlanta, GA where our main focus will be on education.

Respectfully Submitted

Mike Reasons

Atlanta Chapter President

 

Spring Home Shows and Motivated Buyers

Last weekend was a beautiful one in Atlanta, Georgia for the Spring Home Show at Cobb Galleria. By all accounts, it was the most successful Spring Home Show ever, with record attendance and more vendors present than ever before. It certainly did not hurt that the weather was perfect. Sunny, warm, and inviting, when the weather is great, people start thinking about being outside. When they do, they turn their attention to those projects they have been dreaming about all Winter.

Ask any member of NADRA, and there is a growing sense of excitement about what the rest of the year holds as a result of the turnout this past weekend. NADRA Atlanta members agree that the turnout was encouraging, with more motivated buyers and more successful follow-ups than ever.

Bryan Miller of Outback Decks has said that feedback from appointments booked at the show has been positive. “It certainly appeared that buyers were more serious,” he said, “we will have to see the outcome, but we view the show as a success.”


There also seems to be more confidence in the economy. People are spending more money, investing in their homes, and starting to dream. Frank Pologruto, President of Decks and More, observed that many people feel more comfortable spending their corporate bonuses than have in a while.

What this means for NADRA members and the industry in general is that more and more opportunities are arising to do what we love, helping people turn their outdoor spaces into new, exciting extensions of their homes.

And as members of NADRA, we have a unique opportunity to help and be helped by each other. Bryan Miller noted that he received at least two direct referrals from other members of NADRA. At Southeastern Underdeck, we also received several referrals from our friends at NADRA. Even more than the prospect of making money, the knowledge that we are all working together to move forward is the most encouraging takeaway from the Spring Atlanta Home Show.

Where the next year taskes us will be exciting to see. If this past weekend is any indication, we are all in for a great year.

See y’all outside!

Joel Mooneyhan
Sales Representative for
Southeastern Underdeck Systems
Buford, Georgia