President's Pen by Barclay Allen, HBA President
Barclay Allen

Hello HBA!

Can you believe it’s already February? Things are looking good for 2018. I hope this time of year is panning out well for your businesses. 

February is a busy month for your HBA: Check out some events that might interest you:

  1. Tabletop and Networking Event: Please make it a “mandatory” must to be a part of the annual Tabletop and Networking event on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Ceruti’s from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it! At the time of writing this article, we have 45 of the 50 booths spoken for!
  2. Spring Town & Country New Home & Specialty Retail Tour: As always, the show is the last weekend of April and 1st weekend of May. Builder’s, make sure you enter your homes in the show. Look for details in this edition of the Impact. Remember, the deadline is February 9th.
  3. Skills USA Competition: In keeping with your HBA’s desire to encourage our “future” builders, subcontractors, vendors & suppliers, there is a competition being held on February 10, 2018 from 9:00am to Noon at 125 Murray Street. Note: There is NO fee to get into the event and it is something that ALL OF US will benefit from being involved for the sake of the future of our local industry. We are still looking for tool and gift prizes to be donated. Call the HBA Office to help. Thanks in advance for your contributions!

Other points of interest:

Junior Achievement: Your HBA and some of the members have been directly involved in JA over the past few years and it has been extremely rewarding! I can personally attest to this as I have taught a few classes for my son Harrison at Blackhawk Christian School. The kids absolutely love it and I have to admit I got a kick out of some of the kids (not all of them! JK). There are different programs that are offered that you or others in your organization might be interested in being involved in. If you could contact Sarah Garrison at JA, she could help coordinate with your schedule and also work with you if there is a particular school(s) you would be interested in working through. See pages 36 & 37 for lists of schools.

Your leadership of the HBA is going to be in Indianapolis at the beginning of the month, on your behalf attending the IBA legislative conference and Board of Directors Meeting. If there is a topic that is important to you that needs to be addressed, please let Maurine or myself know.

Now is not the time to sit back and be reactive with your planning for your business, but be proactive!  


Best regards,

Barclay Allen HBA President

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