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International Builder’s Show Recap

Prepared by N. Claiborne Porter, Jr.

Left Anchorage on January 5, 2018


Arrived in Orlando on January 6, 2018


January 7th, 2018

  • Registration

  • Began Meeting Attendance

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Attended the NAHB Remodelers’ Regulatory and Green Sub-Committee Meeting

  • Items of interest are attached concerning lead paint, formaldehyde, and OSHA Reports

  • Concerning ICC and I-ATMO Codes which may concern Alaska and the adoption of the IRC

  • Tax Counsel for NAHB reports there may be an upcoming decision from the IRS allowing the mortgage interest deduction to be used for substantial and value improvements to existing single family dwellings

  • Handouts were handed to the group concerning ‘Race to Zero’ in which Anchorage has a University involved

  • We need to obtain the 2018 Code Handout from Mr. Don Miller

  • Discussion with Mr. MacDonald concerning the recent trips to Washington, D.C.

  • Specific mention at the meeting was made concerning Alaska’s involvement in meetings with their Legislators in D.C. and the success he felt was achieved

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Attended the NAHB Remodeler’s Chair Leadership Committee

  • Went through the minutes, approved the financial agenda

  • Discussed issuance of Scholarships for Remodelers, concluded that three would be issued this year – those scholarships average $1,500.00 each

  • Discussed letter attached: Regarding Scholarships

  • Discussion concerning Remodeler of the Year – several items need to be cleaned up in the process, including the number of people who vote on the selection

  • Executive Session discussed the upcoming candidates for the next 1-5 years

4:05 pm Attended the 2018 Chairman’s Strategic Planning Session

  • Each individual discussed what benefits were provided and what recommendations they make for changes

  • Then the group was broken into smaller groups, discussions were had to develop a SWOT Analysis

  • Those Analysis’ are being collated and discussed further within the group, but include:

  • Increasing at-large membership levels

  • Defining a set of benefits for at-large members as well as the councils

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm Attended the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Reception and Dinner


January 8, 2018


7:30 am – 10:00 am Federal Government Affairs Committee NAHBR Liaison

  • Chief Lobbyist Mr. Tobin gave the political outlook – it’s really a crapshoot, no one knows which way it is going to go. There are 45 seats up for grabs, 30 Republicans, 15 Democrats

  • It is way too early to tell who is going to win, too many challenges on both sides, our lobbying needs to be really to the point

  • Build PAC Report was given – the goal was $3.3 million, we have raised $1.5 million to date

  • Reports were given concerning taxation – there are a few good points, NAHB played a strong part in getting our interests protected

  • That work includes those things we know – the IRS is in the process of defining the rules, and we are in the process of working with them, a more detailed report will be finalized and attached

10:30 am – 1:00 pm Attended the National Remodelers Board of Trustees

  • Reports were given by various Committee Chairs

  • Total Membership is down by 6%, New Plan Wishes to Increase Membership by 10%

  • Magazine Publications – all three are very upbeat about their publications

  • New American Home Remodel is deemed to be a success, I will report once we have visited the site

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Attended Build-PAC Trustee Meeting

  • Nominations for Trustees were approved

  • Financial update: Have raised $1.5 million, have dispersed $733 thousand

  • Club Updates:

  • Capitol Club: 138

  • Platinum Club: 58

  • Gold Key: 761

  • Dollar-A-Day: 199

  • Century: 540

  • State Split Back Funds: Alaska will receive $ 1,813.25

  • Discussions were held concerning State fundraising and goals various locals have set for themselves regarding fundraising

  • Talked about the number of seats available for election, Build PAC was successful in 85% of their selections and endorsements last cycle

  • This next year we will continue endorsing our candidates and re-institute the Defender of Housing Awards

  • The Leg-con Conference this year will be between April 30th and May 5th, in State

  • Alaska is number 1, percentage-wise, of Area 15 for fundraising to-date

  • Our goal is $10,003.50, and to-date we have raised $13,630.00

  • We are approved to raise Congressman Young’s bucket up to $5,000 for the Primary Race

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm Attended the Resolutions Committee Meeting

  • Resolution #1: Concerning retention of tax incentives for housing – was approved at the Executive Committee and Re-confirmed at this meeting

  • Recommendation #2: Approved – to re-institute a third Board of Directors meeting at an abbreviated function starting in 2019

  • Meeting adjourned at 4:45 pm

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Attended the Gold Key Function at Planet Hollywood

  • Food and drinks were good

  • Music was good

  • One of the better venues for this event

January 9, 2018


9:30 am Alaska Delegation Met Outside Area Caucus Room

  • Decided to raise questions on governance issues

  • There is a great lack of understanding

9:30 am Attended the Area 15 Caucus

  • State Reports were given

  • Governance Models and other programs were discussed

  • The Candidates made their presentations

  • Announcements were made as to upcoming classes

  • Dean Mon made a presentation concerning Governance and asked everyone to vote for the change

  • There was a great deal of discussion regarding the problems of Area 15 and their commonality

  • Meeting Adjourned at 12:30 pm

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Stopped by the Joint Executive Committee and Resolutions Committee Meeting – Reports were made


Afternoon Visited the Floor including the booth that each director was assigned – thanked those vendors for their participation


January 10, 2018


7:00 am – 8:00 am Attended the Credential Committee Meeting

  • To organize for the meeting of the members and count attendance

9:00 am – 10:30 am Attended the Meeting of the Members

  • Chairman gave his report

  • Mr. Howard gave his report

  • Economic Update was general and occasionally vague

  • Certain Awards were given

  • State Representatives / National Directors were elected and sworn in

  • Guest Speaker: Damian John from Shark Tank – Provided insights into communications levels, he stated that Facebook isn’t a big deal, it’s just a different platform of previous methods of networking

6:30 pm – 10:00 pm New American Remodeled Home Site Visit: North Orlando, Florida

  • The house was pleasant

  • Food was good

  • Company was lovely

  • Networking was excellent

January 11, 2018


6:00 am – 8:00 am Credentials Committee Meeting

  • Purpose of that was: Organize for the Contested Election / Sort out the Board Floor / Counting of Ballots

8:00 am - 1:30 pm Board of Directors Meeting

  • Preliminary Reports were made

  • 9:00 am the Elections were held for the Third Vice-Chairman, Ballots were counted by the elections committee – Mr. Chuck Fawke was elected Third Vice-Chairman

  • Discussion was held on the Governance Committee, Bylaws, and Governance Proposals – the Bylaw change was passed

  • The Elections of the Officers for Second, First Vice-Chairman and the Chairman were held and the officers were installed

  • New membership model was discussed by Mr. Chaban, and was put forth to twenty associations who volunteer for this new program

  • The financial report was made by Mr. Ugalde

  • That report shows we are almost 100% back in the black

  • The Resolutions Committee report was made, in which the Resolution concerning tax reform as confirmed and the Recommendation was presented and passed concerning re-establishing a third meeting in 2019

  • The report from Mr. Howard was made – he said we got approximately $12 million in TV coverage over the tax code change issues and it was invaluable in asserting our position and NAHB’s position and our rapport with Congress and the President

  • It was reported by the EO’s and Alaska’s Cindy Rombach was honored with having over 300 hours of training with NAHB

  • We adjourned at 1:30 – proceeded to return to Anchorage.

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