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    Issue 4April 2013


    4 Upcoming Meeting Schedule

    5 Rep. Duffy Briefs MABA

    6 Rakowski, Deschane Address Committee

    7 Home Products Show Pre-Registration

    7 Hammer with a Heart

    9 Brews, Brats and the Builders Association

    10 Parade of Homes Update

    11 Member Advantage Program

    12 Membership Report

    13 Linkedin Seminar

    14 New Homes Month

    15 Federal Tax Credits

    16 April 2nd Election Info

    17 Board of Directors Report

    Page 5

    MABAs 33rd Annual Home Products Show This years three-day annual showcase of new home construction and remodeling was well attended with over 11,000 consumers trekking through the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center. Consumers took in a wide variety of home building and remodeling products and services as well as an assortment of educational seminars. Throughout the weekend, exhibitors reported developing high-quality leads and making excellent contacts. The potential for sales, networking opportunities and the great exposure from the participation added up to a successful weekend for exhibitors and visitors alike.

    We had a great Show, reports Home Products Show Committee Chair Virgil Waugh. Exhibitors were very optimistic about the quality of the attendees. Many came in carrying plans for projects that they want to do right now, not next year.

    The educational seminars continue to be a huge draw, some with standing room only, reported Home Products Show Committee Vice Chair Chris Foss.

    MABA extends a colossal thank you to the hundreds of members who exhibited and worked the Show this year!

    A big thank you also goes to the Home Products Show Committee members who invested long hours in planning and preparation to ensure a smooth-running event. Committee members included: Chair Virgil Waugh (Windsor Building Systems, LLC/Amwood Homes, Inc.), Vice Chair Chris Foss (Chris Foss Contractor, Inc.), Pat Schafer (Stagecoach Plumbing), Scott Engelberger (Fireplace Professionals, Inc.) and Tim Woollen (Tailored Living Featuring Premier Garage).

    Also, special thanks also go to: TheHomeProductsShowSeminarWorkGroup,chairedbyEricLegreid(AirQualitySystems), for the many hours invested preparing, organizing and presenting the consumer seminars

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    Seminars were packed with attendees looking for information on the latest home products and services.

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    2013 Leadership

    MABA Officers President Abe Degnan President-Elect Justin Temple First Vice President Harvey Kessel Treasurer Andy Inman Secretary Angie Kieta Immediate Past President Mike Vilstrup

    MABA Directors Dan Beal Chuck Elliott Mark Brehmer John Schwingle Harvey Kessel Don Tierney Ken Kurszewski Andy Voeltner Executive Director Vacant

    MABA Mission StatementThe Madison Area Builders Association is a non-profit trade organization comprised of members representing all aspects of the building industry. MABA promotes a positive business environ-

    ment by uniting its members and serving the community;

    MABAs services and activities foster the profes-sionalism of its members and provide a forum for education and information exchange for the benefit of the industry and the communities its members serve;

    MABA monitors and exerts influence upon issues and regulations affecting the housing industry, particularly those related to availability and affordability.

    The official newsletter of the Madison Area Builders Association

    5936 Seminole Centre Ct, Madison, WI 53711Phone: 608-288-1133 Fax: 608-288-1136


    STAFF WRITERAndrew Disch

    The Right Angle is published 11 times per year. Notice of local, state, and national programs/events is a service to MABA members. Such notices do not indicate MABA endorsement or sponsorship un-less specifically noted. The acceptance of advertising in The Right Angle does not indicate approval or endorsement of the advertiser or the advertisers product by MABA. MABA makes no warranties and assumes no responsibility or complete-ness of the information contained herein.

    The Right Angle Newsletter

    Presidents Message

    Abe DegnanDegnan Design Builders, Inc.

    April 2013

    As I write this, Im really ready for winter to be over. Theres a light at the end of the tunnel, though, with some good industry news, which includes:

    1. Reports of condo and home sales are up this month,

    2. Exhibitors at the Home Products Show have given me favorable feedback about the people who came to see them, the appointments they have scheduled and the favorable buying signals, and

    3. We have about 31 homes in the Parade of Homes, and a large number of them (including mine!) are under contract, including all four in the Conservancy Place site!

    But that doesnt make construction any easier for us. The weather is already challenging. Moreover, there are reports of aggressive OSHA inspections! Fall protection rules just went into effect with full enforcement rather than just warnings. Need help? Mark your calendar tentatively for The Most Common OSHA Violations during the week of July 22-26. These upcoming seminars are the work of a re-invigorated Education Committee chaired by Robin Pharo (Treysta Group, LLC).

    Going back to the good news, Id like to thank our Home Products Show groups and all the MABA volunteers, and especially our chairs: First Vice President Harvey Kessell (Wisconsin Building Supply) who organized the MABA booth, Home Products Show Chair Virgil Waugh (Windsor Building Systems/Amwood Homes, Inc.) and HPS SeminarCommitteeChairEricLegreid(AirQualitySystems,Inc.).Success!Thehardwork of the entire group, but especially these three leaders, make it possible.

    If you missed the seminar Making Sense of Appraisals and Comps that I mentioned last month, then our Evening Membership Meeting on April 1st will be a great way to get a brief overview. Kevin King of RASCW will be our featured speaker and will educate us on how we can better use the MLS and our Realtors to help document home values and create better, higher comps to help us. Remember, whether you are a builder or if you do business with builders, you should know about this!

    The Education Committee is planning their next education event, How to Find and Be Found on LinkedIn, Thursday, April 11 at 8 a.m. at the MABA conference room.

    The next volunteer event will be Hammer With A Heart on Saturday, May 4. Volunteers and donations are still needed. Thanks to Al Terry (Stealth Security) and Dave Mills (ProBuild) for running this event. Please contact Al at 608-333-6592 to volunteer or donate.

    Remember that this is the second year of our revised Brews, Brats and the Builders Association event. It will again be at Sprechers Brewery on Monday, May 6th. Each Member of Record is free but you must pre-register to get your free spot. Additional guests, or members at the door, are $20 each. Thanks to the Programs Committee and chair Angie Kieta (Alside Supply) for the arrangements.

    Come on out build each other up and keep MABA strong by participating in these events!

    The last news I need to share is that the MABA Board of Directors has ended our relationship with Laurie Kaiser who was serving as our Executive Director. If you are aware of a good candidate for the position, please have her or him get a resume to any member of the Executive Committee.

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    2013 SponsorsGold

    Capital Newspapers

    SilverThe Community of Bishops Bay

    Dave Jones, Inc.FireSide Hearth & Home

    Wisconsin Building Supply

    BronzeFirst Choice Drywall, Inc.

    GerhardsHottmann Construction, Inc.Pharo Heating & Cooling, Inc.

    Wisconsin Bank & Trust

    Upcoming Meeting ScheduleMeetings are held at the MABA office in the Ron Kneebone

    Conference Room, unless otherwise noted. Changes in date/time/location are noticed to members of the affected work group.

    Board of DirectorsNoon, April 17Noon, May 15

    Careers Advisory Group3:30 p.m., April 183:30 p.m., May 16

    Education CommitteeNoon, April 9Noon, May 14

    Evening Membership MeetingApril 1

    Social Hour: 5:00 p.m.Dinner/Program: 6:00 p.m.Fitzgeralds of Middleton

    Government Affairs Committee10:30 a.m., April 310:30 a.m., May 1

    Green Built Committee1:30 p.m., April 91:30 p.m., May 14

    Home Products Show CommitteeTBD

    Housing Discussion Group8:30 a.m., April 38:30 a.m., May 1

    Membership CommitteeNoon, April 24Noon, May 22

    Parade of Homes Executive CommitteeNoon, April 10Noon, May 8

    Programs Committee11:30 a.m., April 1111:30 a.m., May 9

    Public Relations CommitteeNoon, April 4Noon, May 2

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    Government Activity Calendar Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

    City of Madison Common Council City-County Building, Room 201

    210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Madison

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 7 p.m. Dane County Zoning & Land Regulation Committee

    City-County Building, Room 210 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., M