President’s Message
The Ties That Bind
by Gary Embler, 2017 NCHBA President
Gary Embler

Families are one of the bedrocks of the home building industry. Many of our businesses are family-owned and operated. And even the ones that aren’t are often times small enough to feel like a tightly connected unit. Most all of the homes we build are for families. I think “family” also aptly describes our NCHBA.

We are a family bound together not just as peers in the same industry but as friends and colleagues dedicated to the belief that the work we do is both important and essential. We celebrate the good times together and we also dig in when times are tough.

As you all know by now, one of the pillars of the NCHBA family, Jerry Cowan, passed away in late July. Jerry (and his wife Elaine) certainly felt like family and his loss is tough. In the time since he passed, I’ve thought a lot about Jerry’s legacy and his example. He was not only a tireless advocate for the home building industry, Jerry was also a prolific fundraiser. It was rare to run-in to Jerry and leave with the same amount of money in your pocket. He could sell raffle tickets better than anyone I know.

Jerry was also among the best at recruiting new members to join their local HBA. And he served on committees and boards at the local, state and national HBA levels.

Jerry was not only an industry legend, but a friend. No matter the event or the occasion, you could count on Jerry showing up. His spirit of service is something we should all strive to emulate.

As I mentioned in my previous column in the Summer issue, I challenged you to get involved and stay connected in the coming months. The time is drawing near for our 21st Century Building Expo & Conference, October 11-13 in Charlotte. I hope you see this event as a prime opportunity to get involved with NCHBA, grow your professional network and discover new products and services that will help you grow your business.

Sign up for classes as part of the three-day Educational Conference. Nearly 50 classes are being offered, including NAHB and NC Builder Institute courses as well as general session seminars.

Moreover, I hope you’ll join us on Thursday, October 12 for The STARS Awards Gala beginning at 6:30 pm. This event is always one of the highlights of the year, when hardworking builders, marketing and advertising professionals, and salespeople are recognized for the work that makes North Carolina’s home building industry one of the best in the nation.

See you in Charlotte in October!