WFBA golf outing a success

The Wisconsin Frame Builders Association held its 21st annual Golf Outing at Lake Arrowhead Golf Course in Nekoosa, Wis., in August.

The four-person scramble format attracted a good turnout and great weather. Members of the winning team were Pat Woodford and Jim Dobryzynski of West Central Buildings, Tom Niska of Timber Technologies and Karl Haase of Bay Insulation.

The 2011 WFBA Conference Tour is scheduled for January 18-19 at the Stoney Creek in Rothschild, Wis. The conference will highlight a variety of training and educational topics, including the popular session with Carnegie Training topic, “Create Strong Business Relationships. Gary Auman will be on hand to address issues to post-frame construction businesses in minimizing risks related to safety in the workplace. Auman will present two sessions, “The importance of effective training and enforcement in safety” and “Managing subcontractors and leased employees in safety.”

For more chapter information, please visit the recently updated WFBA website at www.wisconsinframebuilders.org.

Heartland Chapter
NFBA’s newest regional affiliate is the Heartland Chapter, which covers Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. The Heartland Chapter held its inaugural Heartland Conference, October 7-8 at the StoneBridge Resort near Branson, Mo. 

More than 60 builders, suppliers, material dealers, architects, engineers and other post-frame industry professionals attended the Heartland Conference, while 25 suppliers set up product displays. 
Four educational seminars on post-frame construction and business management topics were presented. Rob Pearce of Quality Structures Inc., formerly Esh Quality Structures, presented a business management seminar titled “The Success Triangle.” Amber Tallmadge of Central States Manufacturing presented “Collecting A/R” to help people better deal with delinquent payment issues.  John Fullerton of Heartland Perma-Column led seminars on “Framing and Wall Finish Options for Post-Frame” and “Foundation Options for Post-Frame.”

Attendees received four NFBA Accreditation Units in recognition of the continuing education sessions they attended. Contractors may become an NFBA Accredited Builder if they earn at least 12 NAUs. Design professionals and other industry professionals may use NAU certificates to self-report continuing education learning units.

NFBA seeks to empower all members to grow their own businesses and is conducting national marketing efforts to educate customers, design professionals, developers, specifiers and project managers. The Heartland Conference included industry-specific presentations unavailable elsewhere, the latest post-frame product information direct from industry suppliers and fun events. Builders, design professionals and suppliers who attended gained valuable information to take back with them, so they may engage customers more efficiently and target new and emerging markets.

The Heartland Chapter will have a board of directors meeting at the Frame Building Expo on March 3. The Chapter will hold a Spring Meeting on May 12 in Kansas City, also featuring educational and Supplier Showcase sessions, and a plant tour. 

For more information about the Heartland Conference, call Bryan Chatham at 918-640-5396 or visit www.nfba.org/Heartland. FBN

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