In December of 2016, I renewed my membership in the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association). This fun group mostly consists of certified kitchen and bath designers, but also vendors and tradespeople who support kitchen and bath remodeling and construction.

     At one of their monthly meetings, I may meet cabinet folks, counter top fabricators, but always those with appliances and plumbing fixtures to market. The meetings are social and sociable ... and educational. Our local chapter of NKBA hosts

a guest speaker every month. I haven't gone to one (1) meeting where I haven't learned something new and valuable in the sense that it helped me work on my business, not just in my business. Good outfit. Intelligent, caring people.

     In February of 2017, I rejoined the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) by rejoining the HBA (Home Builders Association) of Metro Denver. You join one, you're in the other.

     I've served as a Director in both groups, and I was very glad to see many familiar faces in the remodeling industry from around the country from my days as NAHB Director - from Connecticut to Louisiana to Texas to Washington - when I was attending the KBIS/IBS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show/International Builders Show) in Orlando this past January. These people are my brothers & sisters, and there's not one that I couldn't call on for a bit of advice and counsel.

     I'm now content to let others do the heavy lifting as far as the governance of either group.

     I'm happy to have regained my remodeler's certifications - CGR (Certified Graduate Remodeler) and CAPS (Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist). I have to maintain these certifications through continuing education, as any professional should be required to do. To that end, I took a day-long course, Customer Service, last month from an old friend, Carol Smith. NAHB asked Carol to write the course 31 years ago. Think she has it down? I know I do. And I look forward to learning each and every day.

     I am and have been for some years now, a proud member of the Home Builders Foundation. This is our mission statement:

"The mission of the Home Builders Foundation is to provide accessibility solutions and home modifications for individuals with disabilities and financial need through the collaborated efforts of the building industry."