President’s Message
What Does The Future Hold For Our Industry?
by Gary Embler, 2017 NCHBA President
Gary Embler

Right now, most builders have confidence that the economic winds are favorable for a strong housing recovery. In fact, NAHB pegs builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes at 67 –a very solid number.

But there are still issues that frustrate builders, from the critical shortage of skilled labor to excessive government regulations that make housing less affordable.

Being a builder in this day and time can sometimes feel like being on a seesaw. One day you’re energized and invigorated and the next day you’re cynical and discouraged.

Personally, I believe there are many reasons to be very excited about where our industry is headed. My confidence comes in large part from speaking with many of you, builders across the state, as your 2017 president. I’ve had the privilege to spend time with you all in many different settings, from a distillery in the mountains, a golf course at North Carolina State University to the halls of the NC Legislative Building. Each time, we’ve strengthened our bond as a membership. And this bond is one of the chief reasons why we should face the future with confidence.

As the year progresses, I want us to continue to build our relationship. Like a family, we’re stronger individually when we’ve got each other’s backs. So I want to challenge you to get involved and stay connected in the coming months. How can you do this? I have a few ideas.

First, make sure to attend the 21st Century Building Expo & Conference October 11-13 in Charlotte. I can’t tell you enough what an outstanding opportunity this is to network with other builders, especially those from outside your market. You can get together with other builders in this non-competitive environment and freely share challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned. Moreover, the lineup of speakers this year is fantastic. I’m especially looking forward to hearing from Navy SEAL Brent Gleeson, who applied the lessons he learned in training and combat to help drive his success as an entrepreneur building high-powered teams of employees engaged in their work.

Second, while you’re at the 21st Century Building Expo & Conference make sure to attend the three-day Education Conference. Classes include NAHB and NC Builder Institute courses

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