Judie Docs, Executive Officer, North Coast Building Industry Association (NCBIA), CSP, MCSP, CGP, CMP, MIRM

Since 1981, September has been designated as Associate Member Appreciation Mont , an annual celebration of Associate member contributions to the home building industry.  Designating September as Associate Appreciation month is just one way of providing the much-deserved visibility and recognition to our invaluable Associate members.

When you think about the North Coast Building Industry Association (NCBIA) you probably think that we are made up of builders.  One quarter of our membership are builders, the remaining are associate members. They are essential to the home building process and help enable our industry to provide Americans with an unrivaled selection of quality homes. Among the ranks of associate members are subcontractors, sales and marketing specialists, architects, interior designers, title and settlement experts, lawyers, people in the financial services industry, product suppliers and manufacturers, and many more who are essential to the challenging task of providing housing for a growing population.

Associate members are also essential to local associations and to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) federation, offering sponsorships, devoting countless hours at committee meetings and volunteering at special events, and strengthening our industry in the process. Most importantly, our associate members help broaden our perspective so that we can assess issues more objectively in the context of our entire industry.

In recognition of the thousands of associates who volunteer their time and services to NAHB and its state and local affiliates, NAHB has designated September as Associate Member Appreciation Month. NAHB as well as the North Coast Building Industry Association has always appreciated the dedication and enthusiasm of its associate members, but in today’s unsettled – and unsettling – housing market environment, we appreciate that dedication and commitment more than ever.

The North Coast Building Industry Association is strong when individual members are strong, and doing business with other members is a great way to strengthen the association while ensuring that the people you work with understand the issues and concerns that affect your day-to-day operations. Members doing business other members also helps the consumer with their needs and wants by working side by side on consumer projects, or as a great referral source.  Associate members are invaluable to our businesses and an essential part of our proud history, tradition, and spirit

The North Coast Building Industry Association is your local not-for-profit trade association representing member companies involved in all aspects of home building, remodeling, and other aspects of services available to help you in the future or possibly one of the items mentioned in this article.  For a list of members visit www.ncbia.com or call 440-934-1090.  Like us or better yet share us on Facebook!