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TBA Weekly Report
Your Weekly Report from the Tallahassee Builders Association
 Your Weekly Report from the Tallahassee Builders Association August 25, 2014 



Member Spotlight

Independent Green Technologies
On Cutting Edge of Solar Energy

In the TBA Member Spotlight this week is Independent Green Technologies (IGT) which is on the cutting edge of solar energy for residential and commercial applications. IGT believes that conventional sources of energy will become more costly in the future, making solar a cost-effective investment for consumers. In a recent article for the Homefinder.com section of the Tallahassee Democrat, IGT offered consumers five reasons that solar makes sense: leveling energy costs, return on investment, tax credits and rebates, economic development (through job creation), and minimizing environmental impact. For more on IGT and the energy solutions it offers to builders, call 576-7657 or visit www.igtsolar.com.

Visit Terry Dove and Our Friends
At Acme Brick for Thursday’s Event

Thursday, August 28, 2014
5:30 pm to 7 pm
660 Capital Circle N.E.

Drinks and Snacks

Founded in 1891, Acme Brick Company has a proud history of quality brickmaking. Acme Brick quality is backed not only by a proven track record but also by two specific documents: the innovative Homebuyers' 100 Year Limited Guarantee and the famous Good Housekeeping Seal.

Quality and service have made Acme Brick the nation's largest American-owned brickmaker. Today Acme is part of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., the publicly traded firm headed by Warren Buffett.

Acme builds more than homes. We help build strong communities by contributing to a wide variety of local and national charities.

Announcer Keith Jones Optimistic
That Seminoles Can Win Title Again

It was hard for Sunshine Sports announcer and former Florida State University football player Keith Jones to mask his optimism at last week’s TBA general membership meeting when discussing the Seminoles’ 2014 season which opens Saturday in Dallas against Oklahoma State. “This year, it’s not physical, it’s mental… can the players have what Coach Jimbo Fisher calls ‘an attitude of dominance’ to go out and play to their tremendous ability,” said Jones. FSU went 14-0 last year and beat Auburn for their third national championship (the previous two under legendary coach Bobby Bowden). Jones, introduced by his friend and TBA Hall of Famer Drexal Harris of Baker-Harris Insurance, mixed in some down-home humor with his predictions for the coming year. He said the Clemson game was a key ACC match-up and that Notre Dame could present a challenge but the game he feared most was a Thursday night contest in Louisville where the weather could be brutal. But he fully expects the Seminoles to be in the four-team Bowl Championship Series playoffs and make a serious run at a repeat title. Many thanks to Prime Meridian Bank for sponsoring the lunch for the new members who attended the event.

Be Sure to Vote on Tuesday…
For TBA-Endorsed Candidates

With primary elections set for Tuesday (August 26, 2014), the Political Action Committee of the Tallahassee Builders Association encourages members to vote for its endorsed eight candidates for local offices in Leon and Wakulla counties. Winning endorsements in Leon County and City of Tallahassee races were Weser Ra Ka Khufu (County Commission District 1), Nick Maddox (County Commission (At Large, Group 2), Andrew Gillum (City Mayor), Diana Oropallo (City Commission, Seat 2), and Nancy Miller and Steve Stewart (co-endorsements in City Commissioner, Seat 3). In Wakulla County, the Committee endorsed County Commissioner candidates Randy Merritt (an engineer and TBA member) and Jerry Moore.

TBA to Select a Builder Member
To Build Parade Showcase Home

The Tallahassee Builders Association is soliciting proposals from builder members in order to select the builder of the TBA Showcase Home in conjunction with the 2015 Parade of Homes. The Parade is scheduled for the weekends of May 9-10 and May 16-17, 2015. The selected builder will enjoy a wealth of publicity and promotional benefits, including having the home prominently featured in the local media and on the cover of the official Parade of Homes magazine. In addition, the builder will have their home entered in the Parade of Homes at no fee. The builder will assume all responsibility and legal liability for the construction of the home and guarantee its availability during the Parade weekends. Because the Showcase Home is projected as a major source of non-dues revenue for TBA, the builder must be willing to coordinate and document donations and discounts of materials, products, and services to the home. The total sum of donations and discounts will be required to be paid by the builder to TBA immediately after the home sells. If you are interested in building the Parade Showcase Home, e-mail TBA Executive Officer Paul Thompson at pthompson@fhba.com.  

Fiber Cement Installation Seminar
Set for September 9 at the Democrat

TBA members… mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 9, 2014 when James Hardie Building Products presents a seminar on Fiber Cement Installation. The seminar will be held at 11:30 am at the Tallahassee Democrat education room at 277 Magnolia Drive (Tallahassee). The course is approved for one (general) hour of continuing education by the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board (Florida Home Builders Association Provider #0000916 and Course #0610761).  The course will cover four aspects of fiber cement siding. First, the selection of the correct siding for your project will be discussed by determining the needs of the building such as water drainage, fire resistance and other physical properties that will be important. Then the class with go into detail around the makeup, performance and key features of fiber cement siding. Next, the class will learn how to determine the proper fastener to use depending on the local wind code. Last, the discussion will go into the best practices for safely cutting and installing fiber cement siding and trim. The instructor is Joshua Bondele of James Hardie.  

Remodelers Showcase Awards
Deadline Is Tuesday September 2

Members of TBA Remodelers Council can now enter their best work in the 2014 Remodelers Showcase Awards, which are sponsored by the City of Tallahassee Natural Gas Utility. Last year’s winners received a ton of positive publicity from their success. Categories for entries include Kitchen, Bath, Home Rehabilitation, Creative Repair, Commercial, Detached Structures, Historic Restoration, Room Addition, Outdoor Spaces, and Green Home Renovation. Each category has three price breakdowns. The deadline for entries is now Tuesday, September 2, 2014 and the winners will be announced at the October 16, 2014 general membership meeting. The application will is also available on the TBA web site under News.  

Mark Your Calendar For These
TBA Hard Hat Happy Hours

Thursday, August 28Acme Brick Tile & Stone (hosted by Terry Dove)
September 25: Centennial Bank (hosted by Matt Brown and Will Davis at Betton Place branch)
October 23: Barkley Consulting Engineers, Inc. (hosted by Doug Barkley)
November 20: Floorida Floors (hosted by Warren Weeks)
Hard Hat Happy Hours are held from 5:30 pm to 7 pm and are open to TBA members, their associates and guests. 

Welcome These New TBA Members

Concept Construction Group (Robert Smith and Stacy Harnett) 850-212-7840 conceptconstructiongroup@gmail.com web site: www.ccgcontractor.com

(Sponsor: Drexal Harris)

On Q Financial – Mortgages Simplifed (Kerry Gaby) 850-807-0018 web site: www.onqfinancial.com (Sponsor: Jane Conn)

The Sights and Sounds of North Florida (Jon Sheppard) 850-926-3474 sightsandsoundsco@gmail.com web site: www.thesightsandsoundscompany.com

Sponsor: Mark Trudeau)

WCTV (Heather Peeples) 850-907-2133 (Sponsor: Bobby Dollar)

Sunniland Roofing (Paul Walsh) 850-631-0828 pwalsh@sunnilandroofing.com

(Sponsor: Alan Weekley)  
 Remember to friend and follow TBA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TallahasseeBuildersAssociation
 -- Paul M. Thompson, Executive Officer




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Upcoming Events

August 28, 2014
Hard Hat Happy Hour
Sponsored by
Acme Brick Tile & Stone
5:30 pm – 7 pm
September 3-6, 2014
NAHB Fall Board of Directors Meeting
September 25, 2014
Hard Hat Happy Hour
Sponsored by
Centennial Bank
(Betton Place branch)
5:30 pm – 7 pm
October 23, 2014
Hard Hat Happy Hour
Sponsored by
Barkley Consulting
Engineers, Inc.
October 23-25, 2014
FHBA Fall Conference
Daytona Beach
November 3, 2014
TBA Golf Tournament
Golden Eagle
November 20, 2014
Hard Hat Happy Hour
Sponsored by
Floorida Floors

5:30 pm – 7 pm
December 4, 2014
TBA Installation/
Awards Banquet
Hotel Duval


Tallahassee Builders Association Senior Officers
Masoud Karimipour, CIP, CAPS
Persica Homes
Alan Weekley, CIP, CAPS
Alan Weekley Homes
Larry Wayne Strickland, CIP, CAPS
Capital City Builders
Bill Kimberl, IV, CIP, CAPS
Kimberl Construction
David Perkins, CIP, CAPS
Perkins Electric
Vicki O'Neil
Tallahassee City Gas
Shane Lambert, CIP, CAPS
Shane Y. Lambert Construction
Doug Barkley, P.E.
Barkley Consulting Engineers
Builder Directors: Mark Trudeau, CIP, CAPS; H.R. “Sonny” Phillips, CAPS; Jane Conn, Thomas Asbury, Jr., and Doug Barton, CIP, CAPS.
Associate Directors: Mike Roberts (Roberts Sand), Larisa Kuleshova (City of Tallahassee Natural Gas Utility), Matt Gilbert, (James D A Holley & Company, CPAs), Deborah McClellan (Hancock Bank), and Bobby Dollar (Appliance Consultants).

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