Dear Fellow Member’s,
Happy New Year! I hope everyone was able to take a break from the hustle and bustle of our very busy industry and enjoy the wonderful Holiday Season with Family and Friends. I am incredibly honored to serve as your HBA President for 2019. As your President, I am happy to report that our industry continues to be strong, as does the HBA of Bucks and Montgomery Counties.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Past-President, Bill Creeger, our Executive Officer, Carla Zapotek, the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Committee Chairs we enjoyed another successful year in 2018. The Membership Committee grew our Association to one of the 5 largest in the State, the Professional Women in Building Council had another award-winning year and continued their outreach to local charities and our Political Action Committee (PAC) had one of the most successful fund raising campaigns in recent years, allowing us to strengthen our political relationships with local, county and state officials. Additionally, our Sales and Marketing Committee brought us a spectacular Synergy Awards Ceremony and our Associates Council delivered another successful Golf Outing. All of this could not have been done without the hard work of everyone involved. A huge thank you to everyone that helped make 2018 a success.
As we begin the New Year most of us challenge ourselves with a resolution to help us improve our lives in some way. As President, my resolution is more of a motto. “ASPIRE TO INSPIRE”. Our newly formed Workforce Development Committee has created an Alliance with the Upper Bucks Vocational Technical School, bridging the gap between education and the workforce. Currently, the average age of an individual in the construction industry is 58 years old. This does not bode well for the future of our industry. We must take an active role in getting more young people excited about the building industry and all of the opportunities it presents. I ask all members, Builders and Associates, to “Aspire to Inspire”. Most all of us have children, nieces, nephews or even grandchildren who we can talk to and get them excited about the possibility of joining us in a career in building. It is our duty to help end the negative connotation Technical Schools suffer from and educate the parents about the success of their programs and students. If you aren’t already, THIS IS THE YEAR to get involved. The more you are involved the more informed you will become. Your involvement not only helps the HBA to grow, but also helps you to grow professionally. Reach out to those you know in our industry that are not a part of our membership and invite them to join.
I look forward to a successful and prosperous 2019!!
Kim Petrei Gartner