The weather has been hot this summer – and for most of us the pace of business has been hot as well. But, last week I had the pleasure of taking a break and spending the day with EM NARI colleagues as we begin planning for 2019 and beyond. The session gave us the chance to take stock of where we are as an organization. It’s rewarding to take a moment to reflect on all our successes. We launched our new mentorship program, held our annual CotY Awards with a record number of attendees, welcomed new and returning corporate partners, and hosted meetings that featured nationally known speakers including Craig Webb (Remodeling/ProSales Magazines), David Lupberger (Remodel Force), and Erik Thorkilsen (This Old House Ventures). We also created The Remodelers Conference that featured a full day of education and a vendor expo event last February.
This fall we are looking forward to our Inspectors’ Panel, our 20th Annual Golf Tournament, our 3rd Youth Remodeling Career Day, events at Divine Stoneworks and F. D. Sterritt Lumber, and our December meeting featuring Shawn McCadden as our speaker. Also new this fall, we are hosting our first Women in Remodeling Event – with a luncheon at Wellesley College on November 13th.
Our planning session revealed a desire to keep offering this wealth of programs and services – and work to build on our programs that serve youth, our community, young remodelers, and the employees in our businesses. As we took a moment to think about the future, it was clear that we need to continue to build on ways to expand our reach to professionals in the remodeling industry. It is going to be critical that we continually evaluate our programs – and consider new, innovative ways to deliver them. Now our committees will take up the challenge of incorporating the information we gathered as they begin planning for 2019 and beyond. Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their time and input with us in this session.
The strength of our association lies in its members. Together we have created an organization that values learning, sharing, and giving back. This culture is built on member engagement. With that, I hope that you enjoy the remainder of the summer, and I hope that you consider participating in our fall events.