New 2020 Calendar Inside!
Associate Vice President
Immediate Past President
Immediate Past Associate VP
Laura R. Perkins
2020 Showcase Community
November 2019 2019
VBIA Takes 1st Place in Habitat for Humanity's
Annual Bubba's Building Block Party
The VBIA teamed up with Habitat for Humanity for the Bubba’s Building Block Party Saturday, November 2nd at the Daytona Bandshell. Local organizations picked a decade to create structures using children’s building blocks, all while helping local families and individuals out of substandard housing and into affordable home-ownership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Volusia County. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. generously provided all of the food, prizes, and other expenses, which meant that all the table sponsorships will directly support the construction of affordable housing in our community.
The VBIA chose to build a Florida home from the 1960’s. Due to the teams busy schedules, we were finally able to meet the Friday before the event to discuss our plan. In less than 24 hours, our team discussed, designed, and executed the winning entry!
A HUGE THANK YOU to; Nate Rechichar, Siobhan Brackett, Frank Severino, Jay Bryant, Ryan Kelly, Arva Ferguson, Laura Perkins & Mary Thomas!
Construction of the Roof
Our Famous Doc-Box
Building the Foundation
A 1960's Carport
Meeting of the Minds
Tuesday, November 19th 3:30 to 4:30
Executive & Board Meeting
Tuesday, November 19th
Friday, December 6th
Hilton Oceanfront Resort - Daytona Beach
VBIA Board Luncheon
Friday, January 10th
Executive & Board Meeting
Tuesday, January 14th
International Builders Show
January 17th - 24th
Las Vegas, NV
FHBA Legislative Conference
February 3rd - 5th
Executive & Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 18th
GMM Mix & Mingle
Wednesday, February 26th
Tomoka Brewing Company
Executive & Board Meeting
Tuesday, March 10th
Home Building Industry Represented in Legislative Committee Meetings
This past week, was the fourth of six interim committee meetings taking place before the 2020 Legislative Session convenes on January 14.
FHBA President, Michael Bourré and Volusia BIA President, Frank Severino, joined the lobbying team in Tallahassee to advocate on priority issues by meeting with key leaders, including; Senator Passidomo, Senator Simpson, Senator Wright, Representative Fetterhoff, Representative Gregory, and Representative Santiago.
The conversations focused on, but were not limited to:
HB 459, “Building Design Elements” by Representative Toby Overdorf (Senate Sponsor: Keith Perry of Gainesville, FL): The legislation seeks to prohibit local governments from adopting design and esthetic ordinances for one- and two-family dwellings, as well as prohibits local governments from bypassing the local building code process.
Right to cure legislation that will be filed by Senator Baxley (Lady Lake, FL) and Representative Tommy Gregory (Bradenton, FL): The legislation looks to return to the original intent of the construction defects law and eliminate frivolous suits by requiring a notice of claim be made under oath, the claimant cite the specific building code that was alleged to have been violated, the specific location of the defect, access to property records, and an inspection of the defect. Further, the bill defines “material violation” and creates a safe harbor from civil action if the party obtained all required permits and the project passed all required inspections.
Impact fee reform legislation that will be filed by Senator Gruters (Sarasota, FL) and Representative Nick DiCeglie (Largo, FL): The legislation defines capital expense to ensure local governments direct impact fees to true capital expenses, caps impact fee increases to bring predictability to the market, and limits school impact fees in order to counter local school districts from seeking funds in excess of the state allowed per square foot.
Stay tuned for progress updates on these and many more legislative issues that impact the building industry in Florida.
Paul Rechichar with Platinum Builders
Ryan Kelly with Sherwin Williams Paints
The VBIA participated in a Statewide Membership Drive for the month of October.
It was not only a friendly competition between Florida HBA’s, but also between our very competitive members who participated in the drive. NAHB and FHBA offered incentives to new joining members in the month of October, as well as triple SPIKES.
We held our Membership Drive Day at Houligan’s Restaurant on October 15th. VBIA members could arrive anytime from 11:00 to 3:00 to enjoy ribs & wings, and make calls to their prospective members. We featured a prize wheel with a variety of gifts cards attached. Each time a new member joined, the recruiter was able to spin the wheel and take a gift card. The VBIA obtained 20 new members in the month of October, and Paul Rechichar was our winning recruiter, by bringing in seven new members!
If you were not able to attend this Membership Drive, we will be hosting another in early 2020, so stay tuned!
Dale Roberts with Vanacore Homes
Frank Severino with Advanced Home Exteriors
Member: Chris MacDermant
Member: Kae Hovater
Member: Doug Parnell
Thank You New & Renewing Members!
Member: Pete Hansen
Member: Dennis Brooks
Member: Dana VonBrocken
Member: Sandra Forest
Member: Richard Cassidy
Member: Nate Rechichar
Member: Ben Overbeek
Member: Scott Hudson
Member: Shane Moore
Member: Allan Cumston
Member: Faith Adams
Member: Kelly O'Leary
Member: Brandon Thompson
Member: Melaine Edwards
Member: Anand Jobalia
What Members Are Saying...
Member: Adam King
Member: Scott Vanacore
Member: Echo Karras
Member: Wendy Messner
Member: Jay Bryant
-Dale Roberts, Vanacore Constructions Inc.
Membership and support for the industry which affords me the opportunity to make a living is not an option, it is a responsibility which I take very seriously. I encourage those I work with and for to also support the Home Building Industry. We must stand together as a unified voice...we can only do that through membership.
Member: Jerome Henin
Member: Steve Svopa
Member: Steve Thompson
Member: Karen Lane
Member: Bill Zachary
Member: Jeff Windholz
Half of payroll workers in construction earn more than $47,290 and the top 25% make at least $66,290, according to NAHB analysis of 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics Survey data. In comparison, the U.S. median wage is $38,640, while the top 25% make at least $62,510.
Year-over-year, median wages in construction outpaced the national median wages, 3.2% vs 2.5%. Wages of various construction trades and laborers rose even faster, ranging from about 7% for plasterers, stucco masons, roofers’ helpers, tapers and floor layers to 3.6% for construction laborers. Stonemasons saw their wages rise by more than 6% and terrazzo workers received wage hikes of more than 5%.
Among construction trades, elevator installers top the median wages list with half of them earning over $78,990 a year, and the top 25% making at least $100,720. The median wage for rotary drill operators is close to $70,000, with the top quartile of the pay scale earning over $77,610 annually. First-line supervisors of construction trades are next on the list, with half of them making over $64,600. Boilermakers are a close fourth-highest paid construction craft, with half of these craftsmen working in construction earning over $64,480, and the highest paid 25% bringing in over $78,250.
In general, construction trades that require more years of formal education, specialized training or licensing tend to enjoy higher annual wages.
Carpenters are one of the most prevalent construction trades in the industry. Though the trade requires less formal education, the median wages of carpenters exceed the national median. Half of carpenters working in construction earn over $46,810, and the highest paid 25% earn at least $61,810 annually.
Construction Trades Enjoy Competitive Wages