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Your Weekly Report from the Tallahassee Builders Association
 Your Weekly Report from the Tallahassee Builders Association December 15, 2014 



TBA Showcase Home Huge Hit
In the Tallahassee Community

Tallahassee-area residents just enjoyed a beautiful weekend and many of them made their way to the community of Buckhead where Premier Fine Homes was displaying the Tallahassee Builders Association’s 2014 Showcase Home. Many of them brought donations for the Toys for Tots annual Christmas gift campaign, which was enhanced by the generosity of TBA’s Board of Directors who donated 33 boys and girls bicycles to the cause. TBA wishes to again thank these donors to the home:
Anderson Columbia Co. (concrete)
Acme Brick (stone, tile and brick)
AKA Insulation LLC (insulation)
Allied Doors of North Florida (garage doors)
Brigman & Brigman Cabinets (cabinets)
B&T Fencing, Inc. (fencing)
Bob McKiethen and Sons, Inc. (roofing)
Bobby Dollar Appliance Consultants (appliances)
Bonded Builders Warranty Group (warranty)
Capelouto (termite & pest control)
Capital City Design Center (lighting fixtures)
City of Tallahassee Natural Gas Utility (natural gas, gas lamps)
Conyers Hardwood Flooring (floors)
Donny’s HVAC (HVAC)
Integrity Interior Trim (interior trim)
ES Green & Company (green certification)
Ferguson Bath and Kitchen Gallery (plumbing fixtures)
Floorida Floors (carpet)
GutterHawk (gutters)
L&W Supply/USG (sheetrock)
Keith McNeil Plumbing (gas installation)
Moen (plumbing fixtures)
Nichiha Fiber Cement (siding)
Porter Paints (paint)
Prime Meridian Bank (construction financing)
Pro-Build (building materials)
Seminole Trusses (Trusses)
The Sights and Sounds Co. (home theatre)
Sunniland Corporation (shingles and underlaminate)
Superior Granite & Cabinetry, LLC (granite)
Terry West Plumbing, LLC (plumbing installation)
Trex Decking and Railing (deck and railing)
Velux Skylights (sky lights and sun tunnel)


TBA Remodelers Fish Fry Set
For Tuesday at Old Town Café

The TBA Remodelers Council, chaired by Past President Jerry McFarland, CIP, of James McFarland Builder, Inc., will hold its last meeting of 2014 on Tuesday (December 16) with a Fish Fry Social sponsored by Larry Wayne Strickland, CIP, CAPS, of Capital City Builders. The event will be held at 11:30 am at the Old Town Café on Timberlane Road. Council members and guests are welcome to attend. After the luncheon, the Council will look back on its successful programs of 2014 and ahead to potential seminar topics and speaker events.  

White’s Plumbing Team Wins
Big at TBA Golf Tournament

A fun time was had by all last week when TBA’s weather-postponed Don “Smokey” Young Memorial Golf Tournament was finally played at Golden Eagle. First Place Gross honors went to the White’s Plumbing team of Chris White, David Flury, Jamie Allday, and Daren Newlin, who collectively shot a 58. First Place Net went to Talquin Portables – Mike Dodson, Steve Dodson, Jeremy Smith, and Tim Potter – who shot 52. Second Place Gross went to the James Hardie Building Products team of Jason Coleman, Joey Charron, Vic Vickers, and Matt Hewitt, shooting a 63. And Second Place Net was Air Control with Morris Suber, Dallas Strickland Curt Starlow, and Duke Touchton shooting 64. Vickers had the closest to the pin shot and Jeff Knauff of Nichiha Fiber Cement (see his Member Profile below) had the longest drive. New TBA Senior Officer Matt Gilbert of James D A Holley & Company won the putting contest sponsored by Nichiha with Touchton finishing second and Kyle Phelps of Capital City Bank in third. TBA thanks these sponsors of the golf tournament: Thomas County Federal (lunch), Prime Meridian Bank (breakfast), and Nichiha Fiber Cement (putting contest) plus Hole Sponsors… Air Control Heating and Cooling, Capelouto Termite & Pest Control, Capital City Bank, Hi-Tech System, Inc., James D A Holley & Co., CPAs, James Hardie Building Products, Lifestyle Flooring, Perkins Electric, Pro-Build, Seminole Trusses, Sunshine Savings Bank, and Talquin Portable Restrooms.

Member Spotlight

Jeff Knauff Promotes the Benefits
Of Nichiha Fiber Cement Products

As strongly as Jeff Knauff believes in the quality and performance of the Nichiha Fiber Cement products he sells in the Tallahassee area, he’s even more resolute in his belief that sales success does not depend on the products alone. “I get the greatest satisfaction in developing relationships,” said Knauff. “I take a personal interest in the success of my customers – and the customers of my customers – and that’s made all the difference.”  Knauff, who worked for Georgia-Pacific/Bluelinx for eleven years prior to joining Nichiha in 2011, pursues those working partnerships with builders, remodelers, architects, installers, dealers, and distributors, and even though Nichiha is a Japanese company, he points with pride to the fact that the products he sells come from a 300,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Macon, Georgia. In addition, Knauff likes the way Nichiha stays ahead of the innovative and technology curves, constantly finding ways to improve quality and expand the uses of fiber cement in siding, gables, exterior trim, soffits, and panels. As a bonus, he touts Nichiha’s cost-competitiveness which resonates with builders who strive to bring their homes in at targeted price points. One such loyal client is Premier Fine Homes, who used fiber cement siding donated by Nichiha on the Tallahassee Builders Association’s 2014 Showcase Home.  “We’ve enjoyed a long and productive relationship with Nichiha,” says Thomas Asbury, Jr., Director of Operations for Premier. “As the builder, we have nothing but great things to say about their product and Nichiha as a company. They truly do provide a great product and if you ever need anything they are always a phone call away.” Knauff likes to sell clients on the products’ unique benefits, including its vast array of textures, its protective coatings (primer and sealant), and one of the strongest warranties in the business. Jeff Knauff can be reached at (904) 861-5150 or jknauff@nichiha.com. For more on Nichiha, visit www.nichiha.com.

2015 Parade of Homes™ Kicks Off
With Builders, Sponsors Welcomed

Planning for TBA’s 2015 Parade of Homes™ is well underway thanks to a hard-working Committee chaired by Larry Wayne Strickland, CIP, CAPS of Capital City Builders. The Committee’s current focus is encouraging builders to enter a home or homes in the Parade, which runs the weekends of May 9-10 and May 16-17, 2015. The other priority is lining up sponsors. Early sponsor commitments (in alphabetical order) are Bobby Dollar Appliance Consultants, Capital City Bank, Centennial Bank, City of Tallahassee Natural Gas Utility, Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), Hancock Bank, Perkins Electric, Prime Meridian Bank, Superlube Auto Service, and Tallahassee State Bank. The deadline for builders to earn the early-bird discount is January 15, 2015, which is also the date of TBA’s first general membership meeting of 2015 at the Holiday Inn & Suites at I-10 and North Monroe. The Parade is generally considered the most powerful marketing tool that a builder can use, consistently resulting in large numbers of buyers and prospects for new homes. Once again this year, Homes & Land Magazine of Tallahassee will be producing the official Parade of Homes publication. The Parade of Homes Award Banquet is Thursday evening, May 14, 2015. For information on entering or sponsoring, see the forms listed under News at www.tallyba.com or call Parade Sponsorship Chairman David Perkins, CIP, CAPS of Perkins Electric at 251-7600.

TBA Welcome These New Members
… And Encourage Support of Them

Mayfield Painting Services, Inc., Lonny Mayfield, mayfieldptgsvs@hotmail.com  850-591-7307 Fireproofing, painting Contractors, Pressure Washing, Soft Washing, Wallpaper Removal (Sponsor: Brian Will)
Mathers Electric, Mike Mathers, mike@matherselectric.com 850-576-2342 Electrical Contractors (Sponsor: Drexal Harris)
Lloyd Construction & Remodeling, Inc., Travis Lloyd, lloydconstruction.travis@gmail.com 850-251-3511 Roofing Contractors, Roofing Maintenance (Sponsor: Mark Worley)
Superlube, Tom Chambasian, tchambasian @superlube.com 850-222-5823 Automobile Sales/ Service (Sponsor: Mark Worley)
Fat Boy Drywall, Joe Pelletier, fatboydrywall@gmail.com 850-510-1674 Drywall Contractors, Flooring Contractors, Plastering, Pressure Washing, Removal/Repair Contractors, Residential /Commercial Site Work, Stucco and Stone Contractors (Sponsor: Mark Worley)
Roof-N-Ready, Tech Thomas tathomas0851@yahoo.com  850-933-2725 Pressure Washing,   Roofing Maintenance, Soft washing / Algae Remediation   (Sponsor: Mark Trudeau)
VA Flooring and Remodeling, Vaghan Atayants, vaghan80@yahoo.com 850-408-3008 Carpenters/ Trim, Flooring/ Floor Covering/ Wood, Framing Contractors (Sponsor: Mark Trudeau)
Hartsfield Roofing and Construction, Rhett Hartsfield rhetthartsfield@yahoo.com (850) 528-6327 Roofing Contractors, Roofing Maintenance, Roofing Supplies / Materials (Sponsor: Brain Will)
ABC Flooring, Johnny Johnson (850) 877-6600 Flooring / Floor Covering / Wood (Sponsor:  Tom Vieth)
J- Cushing Specialty, Jeffery Cushing, 850-562-2367 Closet Systems, Glass Installer/ Provider, Hotel, Shower Doors/ Bath Accessories (Sponsor: Karen Koelemij)
Sunniland Roofing, 850-631-0828 Roofing Supplies Materials (Sponsor Paul Walsh)
WCTV, 850- 907-2133 Advertising, Graphic Design, Media, Real-estate Services, Web Site Design (Sponsor: Heather Peeples)
Advanced Builders and Remodelers, Jim Bennett,   jim.bennett@jimbennetts.com 850-656-4752 General Contractors, Remodeling/Repair Contractors (Sponsor: Karen Koelemij)
Thomas County Federal, Nat Higdon, nat.higdon@tcfederal.com 229-229-3221 Financial Services (Sponsor: Matt Ryan)
The Sights and Sounds Company of North Florida, Jon Sheppard sightsandsoundsco@gmail.com  (850) 926-3474 Alarm & Security Systems, Audio/ Video, Business Communication Services, Cable Installation, Communication Wireless, Electrical Contractors, Lightning- Indoor/Outdoor, Network Integrators, Wireless Services
Santos Nunez Drywall, Santos Nunez, santosnunezdrywall@gmail.com 850-933-8575 (Sponsor:  Jerry Linder)
 M & L Plumbing Inc., Mark Zondervan, mandl@mandlplumbinginc.comcastbiz.net 850-575-9393 Plumbing Contractors (Sponsor: Brian Will)
Walsh Consulting & Electrical Services, Henry Walsh henrywces@gmail.com 850-562-6327 Electrical Contractors (Sponsor:  Drexal Harris)
Moore Bass Consulting, Inc. (adding associate member) Daniel Simone dsimone@moorebass.com 850-222-5678 Drafting, Engineers, Land Surveying, Land Use Consulting, Landscaping-Design/Install/Supply (Sponsor: Capital City Design Center)
Carpet Studio, Kirk Davis kirk@carpetstudio.net 850-656-2666 Brick, Stone & Marble, Builders- Commercial, Builders Residential, Flooring/ Floor Covering/ Wood, Interior Design/ Interior Decorator, Kitchen Design, Remodeling/ Repair Suppliers, Residential / Commercial Site Work, Tile Distributor (Sponsor: Alan Weekley)
Township Builders, Raney Oven raoven49@gmail.com (850) 668-3417 General Contractor (Sponsor: Karen Koelemij)
UFA Reverse Mortgages, Michael Weltman teachreverse@gmail.com 850-556-6694 Banks, Consulting Education, Mortgage Lenders, Real Estate Services (Sponsor: Mark Trudeau)
Brian Barnards Flooring America, Brian Barnard eunice77@comcast.net 850-273-4373, Accessible Design, Brick, Stone & Marble, Community Services, Flooring/ Floor Covering/ Wood, Interior Design/ Interior Decorator, Remodeling/ Repair Suppliers, Tile Distributors/ Suppliers, Window Treatment (Sponsor: Jerry McFarland)

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 -- Paul M. Thompson, Executive Officer  


View the 2014 TBA
Membership Directory

Upcoming Events

December 16, 2014
TBA Remodelers
Council Fish Fry
11:30 am
Old Town Café
December 17, 2014
TBA Board of Directors
11:30 am
Prime Meridian
Bank (Capital Circle)
January 15, 2015
Parade of Homes
Early-Bird Deadline
& General
Membership Meeting
Sponsored by
11:30 am
Holiday Inn/Suites
January 6, 2015
Parade of Homes Committee
11:30 am
Hancock Bank
(Mahan Drive)
January 29, 2015
Hard Hat Happy Hour
Sponsored by
Tallahassee State Bank


Barton Construction

Persica Homes

Roberts Sand Company

Premier Fine Homes

Appliance Consultants

James McFarland Builders

Tallahassee Builders Association Senior Officers
Alan Weekley, CIP, CAPS
Larry Wayne Strickland, CIP, CAPS
Bill Kimberl, CIP, CAPS
Thomas Asbury, Jr.
Vicki O'Neil
Matt Gilbert
Masoud Karimipour, CIP, CAPS
David Perkins, CIP, CAPS
Builder Directors: Doug Barton, CIP, CAPS; Jane Conn; H.R. "Sonny" Phillips, CAPS; Shane Lambert, CIP, CAPS;  Jerry McFarland, CIP
Ex-Officio Builder Directors: Ed Dion, CIP, CAPS; Pat Gridley; John Koelemij; Karen Koelemij, CAPS; Robert Parrish; Stan Derzypolski, CIP, CAPS; Mark Worley, CIP, CAPS, GMB; Mark Trudeau, CIP, CAPS
Associate Directors: Bobby Dollar (Appliance Consultants); Garth Easton (Pro-Build); Philip Pomeroy (Prime Meridian Bank); Deborah McClellan (Hancock Bank); Mike Roberts (Roberts Sand Company)
Ex-Officio Associate Directors: Doug Barkley, P.E. (Barkley Consulting Engineers); Drexal Harris (Baker-Harris Insurance); Lynn Wollschlager (Carpet One); Larisa Kuleshova (City Gas)
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