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TBA Weekly Report
Your Weekly Report from the Tallahassee Builders Association
 Your Weekly Report from the Tallahassee Builders Association September 2, 2014 



Member Spotlight

Capital City Design Center Wins
High Praise from Builder Clients

Drawing on the skills of the mother-daughter team of Ann DeVeer and Carrie Swain Simone, longtime TBA member Capital City Design Center earns high praise from the many builders and remodelers they serve.  “I consider Ann and Carrie an important part of our team,” says TBA President Masoud Karimipour, CIP, CAPS, the owner of Persica Homes. “After we sign a contract but before we start the home, Ann and Carrie work with our clients to achieve the look they want in the exterior and interior of the home.  We are a small-volume builder so having a resource like Capital City Design Center allows us to give our customers a very high level of service.” Parade of Homes Award-winning builder H.R. “Sonny” Phillips, CIP, CAPS, said one of his recent custom-home clients used Capital City Design Center to coordinate the entire look of the house and they could not have been happier.  Deveer is a graduate of the Savannah School of Design and started Capital City Design Center in 1996. Simone has a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities and a Master’s Degree in interior design from Florida State University. Both DeVeer (ID-4230) and Simone (ID-5038) are Florida-licensed interior designers and Capital City Design Center is licensed (IB26000744) as an interior design business.

Associate Members Loom Large
In Association, Industry Impact

Thanks to research by National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chief Economist David Crowe, we know now more than ever that associates are major players in local, state and national builders associations. Roughly two-thirds of NAHB members are classified as associates. The largest single category of associates is subcontractors/trades professionals (plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical, masonry and carpentry are subsets of this group) which makes up 39 percent of the associates and more than 25 percent of the total membership (single-family builders, by the way, comprise 15 percent of the total membership). Subcontractor companies are larger than home building companies in terms of the number of employees but smaller in dollar volume. Professional specialists make up the next larger segment of the membership, comprising 13 percent of associates, and 9 percent of the total membership. Retailers (mostly building supply companies) make up 11 percent of the membership. Financial service members employ the most people among associates (1.4 million) and have the largest annual median gross revenue ($8.8 million). In all, associate members employ 5.7 million workers, up 26 percent over last year. In fact, NAHB associate members accounted for nearly half of the total employment growth in the U.S. in 2013.

Workers Comp Rates May Head Down
But Legal Challenges Cloud the Outlook

Builders and their allied professionals in the Florida construction industry may see a reduction in their workers’ compensation rates in January, 2015, if the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) accepts the nearly three percent decrease in rates being proposed by the National Council of Compensation Insurance (NCCI). On August 22, 2014, NCCI delivered its rate filing to OIR and proposal and overall average rate decrease of 2.5 percent and a construction industry drop of 2.9 percent. The caveat is that rates could increase, perhaps dramatically, depending on decisions in a number of workers’ comp-related legal cases challenging the constitutionality of the current system. Key observations in the rate filing include the fact that loss experience for the two most recently available years (2011 and 2012) have shown improvement for the first time since 2010 and claim frequency has declined (5.2 percent) for the first time since 2008. Indemnity and medical loss ratios have declined, driven in part by the decrease in claim frequency. Florida’s workers’ comp average cost ($1.09 per $100 in payroll) is slightly higher than only Tennessee and South Carolina and slightly lower than Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina.

International Builders Show in Vegas
Offers Free Show Pass in September

Attention all TBA members… the month of September is your only chance to register for a FREE expo pass to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders Show (IBS) set for January 20-22, 2015 in Las Vegas. It’s the building industry’s biggest event… and as an added bonus, spouse registration is also free in September. To reserve your show pass or register, go to www.buildershow.com/september. The Florida delegation has been assigned to the Venetian Palazzo Hotel but a number of rooming options should be available to you. IBS is part of Design and Construction Week™ in Vegas featuring the co-location of the Builders Show and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Your IBS expo pass also gives you access to the exhibit floors of IBS, KBIS, the International Window Coverings Expo, The International Surface Event, and the Las Vegas Market. Remember, this offer ends after September.

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 instructors are John Mancini and Jason Coleman.  

Mark Your Calendar For These
TBA Hard Hat Happy Hours

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
And Support Them with Your Business

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)  
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 -- Paul M. Thompson, Executive Officer




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Upcoming Events

September 3-6, 2014
NAHB Fall Board of Directors Meeting
September 9, 2014
TBA Seminar on Fiber Cement Installation
11:30 am, Tallahassee Democrat
September 10, 2014
TBA Government
Affairs Committee
11:30 am, TBA Office
September 11, 2014
TBA Green
Council Meeting
11:30 am, Myers Park Community Room
September 17, 2014
TBA Board of
Directors Meeting
11:30 am, Location to be announced
September 18, 2014
TBA General Membership Meeting
Housing and
Economic Forum
Time and Location to be announced
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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