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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, May 15, 201803:30 PM EST

From golf to giving, May is a busy month

A favorable forecast for the housing industry nationwide is largely due to the dedicated men and women involved in building homes and creating neighborhoods.
Northeast Florida Builders Association

By Chris Dostie, NEFBA president

Dear Members,

As an association, we are enjoying a season of growth and success. We see opportunity and challenges ahead with a favorable forecast for the housing industry nationwide. There are many reasons for this good news, and I believe it is largely due to the dedicated men and women involved in building homes and creating neighborhoods.

NEFBA is a prime example of why I believe that.

Look at our calendar and you will agree it is a busy season at NEFBA. We have just completed the Parade of Homes that displayed the creativity and expertise of our builders, designers and other associate members. We will celebrate that successful event with the annual Parade awards banquet May 17 at the Marriott Southpoint.

On May 24, we will welcome the new members who were recruited during our membership drive. Teams of members are making phone calls and contacting business partners and others who would benefit from involvement in our association. The battle for the inaugural Membership Team Champions Cup is in full swing with just a few days remaining. Leave no stone unturned.

While these two major events captured our time and attention, we pressed on with the ALL-IN! campaign, continuing to raise funds for our new headquarters at Southpoint. Drive by the construction site and see the advantages the new building offers. If you haven’t contributed to the ALL-IN! effort, I sincerely hope you will, and forever be a part of the contributors who made our association’s new home possible.

Many of you also give back to the community through Builders Care, which heavily relies on volunteer efforts and contributions. In this issue of Builder News, you can read about how a recent grant from Wells Fargo allowed Builders Care to expand its ability to restore homes in need of repair for some of our most vulnerable neighbors. Volunteer labor is always critical to stretching the limited resources of this outreach program.

The Remodeler’s Council Golf Tournament May 18 is a great way to take a break from this busy time of year. I look forward to seeing many of you out there and hopefully we stay dry for all 18 holes.

Finally, in early June, the Young Professionals Group will host its annual Leadership Breakfast. Several of our distinguished past NEFBA presidents will inspire you as they share why they chose to join, serve and lead this association. It’s one of the best events of the year, so look forward to that next month.

To members and staff, thank you for your energy, your generosity and your contribution to this association. I am honored to serve with you, and I will do my best to keep up with you.


Chris Dostie

Dostie Homes

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