Dear HBA Members,
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you into 2018 as your new President of the HBA of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. To be a part of an industry in which I believe to be the greatest in the country and the backbone of our economy, I am truly humbled and honored to be handed the reins of this organization filled with talented and passionate members.
This past year showed signs of how strong our HBA and PBA leadership and organizations are. The dedication of our past PBA President Andrew Kaye and the passion of our past Regional Vice President Jon Sukonik advocated for all of us to help get HB 409 (RAC fix Bill) through the house, the senate and signed by the Governor. This win would not have occurred without all of your support, the drive of staff and the leadership at both the local and state level. Last year, Dottie Fawcett, retired as HBA Executive Officer and handed over the reins to our new Executive Officer Carla Zapotek, who stepped up to the plate and has shown much greatness over her first 9 months. Our membership has never been stronger, with key focuses on millennials, thanks to our past President Rich Carroll. Our retention is seeing record numbers thanks to the efforts of our Membership committee, chaired by Ted West. Our revived Charitable Committee, quarterbacked by Sam Carlo cannot go unrecognized with numerous donations to schools, shelters and scholarships in 2017.
As I look further into 2018, I have no doubts that we can continue the success of my predecessors. They are big shoes to fill, yet I believe with your help, the core values of our organization will be the key to that success.
Legislative issues that affect housing: It was evident over the last few years that our legislators do listen to us. However, it takes a team, one made of all our members. With elections later this year, there are some great opportunities to ensure continued political support by our legislators. So please join me at our upcoming Legislative Breakfast as well as our Political Action Committee event later this year.
Promoting relationships: Some of our upcoming events such as Meet the Builder, New Member Orientation, Synergy, Joint Happy Hour, Golf Outing and of course the Holiday Party are designed to promote networking, recognize our outstanding performers as well as continue to sustain a strong membership. If you want to go beyond just attending an event, get involved in a committee. It is another way to connect with possible clients or gain insight and education on how others operate.
Fostering a positive Image: Our Charitable Committee has raised the bar this year. In addition to the Annual Fishing trip, I hear the Cow might make a return appearance. Stay tuned for a possible third event yet I am sure Sam Carlo will not disappoint us with his committee’s ideas.
Education: There are numerous planned educational seminars this year with understanding and learning more about our industry. Specifically, with the passing of HB 409, now Act 36, we are offered the opportunity to comment on the codes that impact our customers. Understanding the codes, before they are enacted and become reality is critical to our success. Learning more about the benefits of IBS or how to win an award at Synergy are also opportunities planned this year.
I look forward to an exciting and productive year ahead.