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  1. HomeFront April 2012 The Official Publication of the Home Builders Association Manatee-Sarasota at Executive Board Greetings HBA Members… President: Michael Rego, John Cannon Homes HBA – LWRBA – GCBX Legislative Wrap Up Luncheon Recap What a year it has been for the Florida Legislature! Members of the HBA Manatee-Sarasota, Gulfcoast Builders Exchange and Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance turned out to the Polo Grill on April 12th to hear Rep. Greg Steube, Rep. Jim Boyd, Rep. Ray Pilon, Sen. Mike Bennett and lobbyist David Ramba give their recap of what was accomplished during the recent legislative session and what they hope to accomplish next time. Rep. Ray Pilon, whose district includes much of Sarasota County, emphasized the need from input from the business community. “We really need your input in order to know your particular issues,” he said. 1st Vice President: David Hunihan, Neal Communities 2nd Vice President: Melissa Shapiro, Bradenton Herald Treasurer: Jaclyn Ohman, Baron Construction Secretary: Drew Smith, Two Trails During this last session, legislation to penalize unlicensed contractors was removed from a bill after House staff argued that it could be interpreted as a fee increase. However, Rep. Jim Boyd encouraged the HBA and building community to continue lobbying for the legislation, saying that he and our other local representatives would be willing to look at it again this year. Immediate Past President: Mike Kramer, John Neal Homes Immediate 2nd Vice President: Missy Weishaar, Waste Management Executive Vice President: Alan Anderson, HBAMS Upcoming Events 34th Annual SEBC Readies Builders To Speed Up Construction Rebound ~ July 26-28, 2012 4/18 Associate & Trades Council 4/19 Remodelers Council, Manatee GA Committee 4/20 BRAG Breakfast – Hosted by Vision Group & Arthur Rutenberg/Nelson Homes 4/26 Membership Committee 4/27 Networking Breakfast Hosted by Florida Builder Appliances 4/28 YBN at Sports Fest in St. Petersburg 5/4 Annual Spring Fling Golf Tournament The question that the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) is posing to its 2012 attendees is “Are You Ready?” That’s because this year’s SEBC -- presented by the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) – will prepare builders and allied professionals to take full advantage of the housing/construction industry recovery. “The housing rebound is well underway in the Southeast,” says West Palm Beach builder Ray Puzzitiello, who co-chairs the SEBC along with Orlando real estate specialist Tony Martin of Wells Fargo. “The SEBC is all about education, exhibits and networking that will empower builders and associates to build momentum in an improving market.” Now in its 34th year, the SEBC is the largest regional building industry trade show in the South, owing its success to world-class seminars presented by some of the industry’s top experts, knowledgeable exhibitors anxious to share news of products and services, and valuable business-to-business and peer-to-peer interaction. To reserve exhibit space at SEBC, contact Vice President of Exposition Management Lynne Edwards at 800-261-9447, ext. 109 or e-mail her at Or visit the show’s official website at to register to attend.

  2. Hot Topic: Curbing Unlicensed & Unpermitted Work Making progress with the help of local agencies. The HBA’s Remodelers Council met in February and brought together representatives of the local chapters of the HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical and Pool & Spa Associations and the GCBX, along with the directors of Planning and Development for Manatee and Sarasota counties, several building officials, code enforcement officers, the Sarasota Sheriffs Office, the State Attorney’s Office, and other industry professionals to discuss strategy on the unlicensed and unpermitted work going on in our two counties. Our Future Builders of America (FBA) at the International Builders Show in Orlando in February. This meeting was extremely successful and served as a catalyst in uniting “shareholders” of the industry to work together in curbing this dangerous activity. In the near future, we expect to be able to provide a single-source database listing all offenders in order to be more proactive in reporting suspected unlicensed activity to code enforcement. Purchase Magnetic Signs for Your Vehicles! 1 for $3 ~ 2 for $5 ~ 5 for $10 Support the campaign and help raise awareness. Call Elizabeth at 941.907.4133 ext. 309 to get your 6” HBA logo color magnets. Hurry, they are going FAST! Report Suspicious Activity: Sarasota County: 941-861-5000 Manatee County: 941-742-5800 DPBR in Tallahassee: 1-866-532-1440 Arbor Swing built by FBA students at Leadership Camp. Profits from the sale of the swing will be split with our local FBA chapters. “Cruise for Dues” Incentive Find event photos on The Membership Committee is working on a Cruise for Dues program that is retroactive to January 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012. All you need to do is recruit 6 “NEW” members to WIN A 5-DAY, 4-NIGHT CRUISE FOR TWO!Contact the HBA staff to get more details. Don’t wait – RECRUIT NOW! HBA Manatee-Sarasota Membership is the LIFE BLOOD of the association and we can only make this happen if you help with the people YOU know! Think membership and DO BUSINESS WITH A MEMBER! THANKS! Parade of Homes Sarasota Slam Welcome to our new members! Alliance Building Products, LLC Bee Ridge Lighting and Design JFC Construction, LLC First Eastern Mortgage Concrete on Call, Inc. Young Builders Network Warranties for new Homes, Remodels, Light Commercial, Systems & Appliances 2-10 HBW is Celebrating 30 Years in Business Contact Jenny Malone 239.248.0155 Be sure to “Like” each page!

  3. SponsorshipOpportunities Available! at Governor Scott and Google Partner to Help Small Businesses Get Online Free websites & Online Tools Continuing his efforts to make Florida the best place to start, grow or move a business, Gov. Rick Scott today announced a partnership with Google that will bring FREE websites to small businesses throughout Florida. “Florida Get Your Business Online” will help drive economic growth by giving Florida businesses the tools and resources to establish a website, find new customers, and grow. Visit the HBA website for more info. FridayMay 4th HBA’s Endorsed Candidates for 2012: The HBA Manatee-Sarasota’s commitment to be an active and integral organization in the community is one of our highest priorities. We have continued to increase our support of our elected officials and role in the political process and are proud to announce our endorsed candidates for the 2012 election cycle: Bill Galvano for State Senate, District 26 Greg Steube for Florida House, District 73 Jim Boyd for Florida House, District71 Larry Bustle for Manatee County Commission, District 1 John Chappie for Manatee County Commission, District 3 Vanessa Baugh for Manatee County Commission, District 5 Betsy Benac for Manatee County Commission, District 7 At Large Robert Moates for Manatee County School Board, District 2 Christine Robinson for Sarasota County Commission, District 4 Carolyn Mason for Sarasota County Commission, District 2 HBA Annual Spring Fling Golf Tournament at Rosedale Golf & Country Club Register ASAP! Education: 7 Free CEU’s Contact Us May 2ndClass in Venice, FL The class will feature the new advanced building code and mitigation techniques, inspections and DFS/OIR Form B1-1802. It is sponsored by FHBA and BOAF and open to all. Licensed contractors will receive 7 CEU’s upon completion. Home Builders Association Manatee-Sarasota 8131 Lakewood Main Street, Suite 207 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 Office: (941) 907-4133 Fax: (941) 907-4134 Executive Vice President Alan Anderson Ext. 304 Deputy Executive VP Beverly Smock Ext. 303 Membership & Events Director Elizabeth MacDonald Ext. 309 Register online: Networking Breakfast Friday, April 27, 2012 ~ 8:30 – 9:30 AM atFlorida Builder Appliances Network with other members, make new contacts, and enjoy complimentary breakfast on us! Download registration form online or e-mail For more information visit: Annual Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament August 7 - 11, 2012 at Marina Jack Mark your calendars! We are already gearing up for this year’s tournament! Sponsorship and registration information coming soon.