In Case You Missed It....June 2017 Dinner Meeting

Recapping the June 7th EM NARI Membership Meeting

Posted by Melissa Bunis, Boston Stone Restoration at on 8 June 2017 | 0 Comments

Our June 7th EM NARI Membership Meeting closed out our spring program series. We welcomed a packed house of chapter members to hear updates about EM NARI, pay tribute to Jim Marcotte, and gain valuable information from Tim Faller - a well know industry expert in the field of remodeling!  

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Kathy DeMeyer welcomed guests and members and announced upcoming summer social events including a Kohler hosted event at the International in Bolton on Tuesday, July 25th and our annual summer networking event at California Closets on August 16th.  Our first event of September will be our annual Inspectors Panel on September 6th.

Bill Farnsworth announced our annual golf tournament for September 20th at Shaker Hills and encouraged members to play and sponsor this important EM NARI fundraiser!

Past-President Charlie Allen and architect Mike Collins shared a touching tribute to Jim Marcotte who passed away on May 19th.  Mike shared information on the Jim Marcotte Fund and the Celebration of Life scheduled for June 8th in Wellesley.

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Past-President Charlie Allen

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Architect Mike Collins on The Jim Marcotte Fund


In honor of Jim Marcotte’s contributions to the chapter, the EM NARI Trade Scholarship was renamed the James Marcotte Trade Scholarship.  This year’s award winner was a plumbing apprentice for Jim Lavallee named Craig Dwinell.  The EM NARI Member Scholarship featured a tie and went to two Westwood HS Seniors Anthony Fabiano and Samantha Griffin.  Congratulations to all the scholarship winners. All were well-deserved awards.

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James Marcotte Scholarship Fund Awardee: Craig Dwinell
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EM NARI Scholarship Winner Samatha Griffin

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Our keynote speaker was Tim Faller of Remodelers Advantage on the topic of Developing a Culture of Accountability in Your Organization.  This was a very informative evening.Tips included:

  1. Don’t reprimand employees. Encourage an attitude of ownership of problems. Teach them that accountability starts with “Me.” Everyone in the organization must take ownership of problems.
  2. TEACH: See it, on it, solve it. Do it.
  3. Don’t have a victim mentality, have a “what more can I do to fix this or make it better” perspective.
  4. There must always be joint accountability amongst departments.
  5. As an owner, don’t accept excuses and definitely don’t zone out and just say “don’t let it happen next time.”
  6. Be willing to accept input form others when problem solving. Think outside the box.

For the early birds to the meeting, Von Salmi presented an afternoon seminar entitled "The Devil is in The Details" detailing the prevention and addressing of water issues in older homes.

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Photographs by Jay Groccia, OnSite Studios.

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