As we head into the end of 2016, we just started the beginning of a beautiful tradition for EM NARI. The Youth Remodeling Career Day event was nothing less than spectacular.
Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors and members that kicked off this event in fantastic fashion. With a target of 200 students in attendance, we more than doubled that goal - with nearly 500 there. Big kudos go to Karl Ivester for initiating and bringing the vision for this event to life. As always, our staff Michelle Glassburn and Joanne Roy, made organizing the event look much easier than it was. We are so fortunate to have them, and this event will do nothing but get better as a yearly happening.
For those not privileged to have experienced it, I can only say do not miss it next year, as you will be amazed. I do not know that someone could have accurately communicated what this event would be like - it required being there in person to experience it. The event opened my eyes to the potential impact our chapter can make. By making connections between our members and future industry professionals, we can make an impact on the labor shortage that our industry is experiencing.
Many of these schools have co-op programs where a student works in the field one week, and then attends school classes the next week. I know Jim Lavallee, who performed mock interviews at the event, already takes advantage of this by employing 2 trade school students at a time so they can alternate weeks working in his business. What a brilliant way to get willing help while also contributing to the growth of one's trade by training the next generation. This is something I have already started to pursue because it is a true win-win, which is the derivation of the word co-op: "Worked Together".
Looking forward to seeing you all at our next dinner event this week! Industry guru Dave Lupberger of Remodel Force will help us look at how we can work more on our business than in it. See you there!Dave SuppleEM NARI Chapter PresidentNew England Design & Construction