The home under construction in The Range at Wildhorse Meadows is among a few luxury homes being built in Steamboat this summer. Gary and Teri Wall, founders of a local Home Builders Association chapter, say the group will help people in the industry work together.

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The home under construction in The Range at Wildhorse Meadows is among a few luxury homes being built in Steamboat this summer. Gary and Teri Wall, founders of a local Home Builders Association chapter, say the group will help people in the industry work together.

Contractors plan Home Builders Association chapter

Couple says membership is good for business, networking

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What: Inaugural meeting of the Home Builders Association of Steamboat Springs and Routt County

When: 6 p.m. July 15

Where: Bear River Bar & Grill

Call: RSVP to Debbie Rich at 970-245-0253. More information is at www.hbanwco.com.

— Gary and Teri Wall hope to elevate the reputation of Routt County builders.

Construction companies sometimes get a bad rap, Gary Wall said, and the two think the formation of a home builders group could help. Along with the Home Builders Association of Northwest Colorado, they've scheduled the first meeting of the Home Builders Association of Steamboat Springs and Routt County.

Gary Wall, who shares a name with Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall, was an HBA member in Grand Junction.

"It was a great benefit to the company," he said. "It let us network with contractors in town that we wouldn't have met otherwise."

Gary Wall has been in Steamboat since 1998 and runs Associated Building and Remodeling. He and Teri Wall are making the rounds, soliciting members and sponsors for the new HBA.

The group meeting is scheduled for July 15 and will include representatives from the Colorado Association of Home Builders and the National Association of Home Builders, said Debbie Rich, executive officer of the Northwest Colorado chapter. The first meeting is free, though the group charges membership dues.

Members of Steamboat's chapter will be members of the state and national groups also.

"They promote professionalism, higher standards of quality, advocacy," Teri Wall said. "You get a voice on a local, state and national level."

According to a flyer from the Walls, the group is "a professional organization committed to the advancement of our membership and the home building industry through political representation, community service and education."

The HBA has about 225,000 members nationally, Rich said. The Northwest Colorado segment has members in towns including Aspen and Glenwood Springs. Telluride just started a chapter, she said.

The Walls still are looking for sponsors and have raised all but $350 of the $2,000 meeting costs, Teri Wall said. The Home Builders Association is open to anyone connected to building. That includes developers, contractors, architects, subcontractors, real-estate agents, designers, home-theater specialists, plumbers, surveyors and others.

"If you're involved with the building trade whatsoever, you're as important as anybody," Gary Wall said.

The first meeting is open to all, but the group requires people to apply for membership, the Walls said.

Members are required to settle disputes with customers reasonably and without litigation, Gary Wall said. Those who don't could be kicked out. By requiring members to meet standards, the group tells customers that their builder is reputable, the Walls said.

"Steamboat's going to know if you're hiring HBA members, you're hiring the best," Teri Wall said.

The group needs only 15 people to start a chapter. The Walls said they've garnered a great deal of interest and thanks from builders who want an association chapter in the area. Once it gets going, the HBA of Steamboat and Routt probably would meet monthly.

The networking the group provides is good for anyone, Teri Wall said.

"I talked to a gentleman who said, 'I've been in the valley an X number of years, I know everybody,'" she said. "But you don't know the new people."

Gary Wall said membership in the group would be good for business. His wife said it would help people in the industry work together.

"It's going to bring a unity to builders, contractors, suppliers," Teri Wall said. "It's going to bring a unity to everybody who's involved in building in this town."

Comments

greenwash 5 years, 5 months ago

And how is this different than the Yampa Valley Trades Association?

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garywallabr 5 years, 5 months ago

We do not want to give any impression whatsoever that we are an authority, nor are we trying to regulate the trades.

Working together as an organization, we will promote professionalism, craftsmanship, high standards and quality.

The question we are most asked is, "What is the HBA going to do for me?"

The NAHB, CAHB & HBA are dedicated to the following:

Advocacy: One voice speaking on behalf of your business and the industry that supports you.

Accountability: A fellowship of professionals promoting high ethical and business practices among its members.

Community: A strong commitment to giving back to the community in which we live.

The questions we challenge you to, are:

WHAT WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO DO FOR THE HBA?

HOW FAR WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR INVOLVEMENT TO GO IN THE HBA?

Any chapter of any organization is only as good as those involved and those willing to go that extra mile to make changes happen!

The HBA NW CO, CAHB & NAHB Representatives will be present at our inaugural meeting to answer any and all of your questions.

The Inaugural Meeting is Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at Bear River Grill - 6:00 p.m. (Bear River Grill is located across from the base of the Gondola.) We will have food, drinks & door prizes!

RSVP by July 13th, 2009

You can RSVP to Debbie Rich Exectutive Officer 970-245-0253 or Debbie@jghba.org Gary L. Wall ABR/Associated Building & Remodeling 970-879-6184 or garywallabr@yahoo.com

For more information regarding the HBA of NW CO please visit www.gjhba.org, The Colorado Association of Home Builders at www.cahb.org , and the National Association of Home Builders at www.nahb.org

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garywallabr 5 years, 5 months ago

The HBA NW CO, CAHB & NAHB gives a voice not just on a local level, but also on a state & national level. There are 235,000 members nationwide.
We would like to have YVTA join us as individuals and as a whole and we would like the HBA Steamboat Springs & Routt County to join them as a whole. I believe that we should all work together.

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garywallabr 5 years, 4 months ago

HEY STEAMBOAT, I'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU REGARDING THIS! WHAT'S YOUR OPINION?

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