as well as general session seminars. If you’ve had the chance to hear testimonies from some of our builder members like Dave Stormont of Storm Coast Homes or Cody Byrd of Vision Design Build Remodel, you know what kind of positive impact these classes, and especially earning a designation through NC Builder Institute, can have on your bottom line. To put it simply, you’ll learn a lot and get healthy returns from attending. That’s a win-win in my book.
Finally, I hope you’ll take some time to consider how you can help close the skilled labor gap in our industry. We all understand how critical it is to solve this issue, but change won’t happen unless we continue to make our voices heard! I was encouraged when I met Mark Johnson, the new NC Superintendent for Public Instruction, at the Caldwell County Home Builders Association’s Masonry Tournament in May. Mark had some great words to share with our members. “There are many different ways to reach the American Dream,” he said, “and they don’t all require a four-year degree. I am so grateful to the North Carolina Home Builders Association for their work helping students find the path that is right for them.”
What I also remember from that event: the high level of skill, talent, and professionalism the masonry students displayed. Our future is indeed bright.