It’s hard to believe we are already in 2016! Hopefully everyone is enjoying this mild El Niño winter! I know it has helped keep my projects going this winter and I hope it has helped all of you as well. If I never see snow again, that would be alright… Sorry snow lovers!
As incoming President, I would like to thank Matt Dill for all his hard work and dedication this past year. I’m looking forward to working with the new Board this year and would like to thank the 2015 Board for leaving us a stronger organization. Hopefully this will make our job easier as we move into the new year.
2016 is the 70th anniversary of the beginnings of the SSHBA. We have many members who are second and third generation members making this an organization with rich history and tradition. I thank you for instilling your trust in me as your President.
2015 was a much better year for our industry. On a personal note, I had sales this year that are at levels not seen since 2005. Hopefully some of you are experiencing some of this pent up demand from the great housing depression. Most experts are predicting an even stronger 2016, despite our debt-ridden and over taxed state.
With that said, our industry continues to be battered by forces in Springfield or by our local municipalities. That is why Bill Ward, our state executive officer and lobbyist in Springfield, is constantly fighting for us against legislation that will harm our industry. We join Bill every April for Lobby Day in Springfield. If you’ve never been to Lobby Day, I strongly recommend that you go. Our state legislators do take notice when we show up in Springfield.
Even more reason why membership and retaining members is more important than ever! We have strength in numbers so please get involved and join one of our many committees. Whether it’s the Golf, Raffle, Governments Affairs, or any other committee, your help would be greatly appreciated. Not only are you helping your livelihood, but I guarantee you will have some fun and make a few friends along the way.
IT IS YOUR ORGANIZATION, GET INVOLVED!!
In closing, I would like to wish everyone a happy, prosperous, and healthy 2016!!
And ….go HAWKS!