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Christian Ross is a closing attorney with Campbell & Brannon, LLC, which has offices in six locations throughout metro Atlanta, including Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, East and West Cobb and Woodstock. Christian's personal practice is located primarily in Cobb County.

How long have you been in the industry? Seven years, though my dad is a real estate attorney, so I feel like I’ve been in it my whole life. Prior to Campbell & Brannon I was a tax attorney with a major consulting firm before becoming a commercial and residential developer here in Atlanta.

Tell us a little about your company and what you do. Campbell & Brannon is an Atlanta real estate law firm concentrating in residential and commercial purchases and sales, refinances, construction loan closings, acquisition and development, foreclosures and evictions. We have represented buyers, sellers, lenders and developers in the metro Atlanta area since 1972.

Tell us an interesting/fun tidbit about your business. This month we are holding a firm-wide dodgeball tournament, and enemies will certainly be made! We also focus on little victories whenever possible and have developed an incredible family within the firm. Our clients may challenge us with deadlines and tough deals, but we all have great pride in what we do and who we do it with.

What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? My biggest victory to date has been the number of new clients we’ve been lucky to work with over the past two years. I transitioned from a role primarily servicing hedge funds and being mostly behind the scenes, to a very visible role as a closing attorney. This has allowed me to be more active in the community and provide an important function to buyers and sellers who need our guidance. The individual deals that I am proud of pale in comparison.

 
  

Next Meeting

Date: Wednesday, September 19

Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Place: GAHBA Office

Are you looking for an easy way to plug in to the GAHBA? Whether you are new or have been a member for several years, the Membership Committee would love to have you join and help recruit and encourage members to get involved. The committee meets on the third Wednesday of every month. For more information, contact Ruth Ann Bailey at (678) 775-1448 or rabailey@atlantahba.com.

The GAHBA is getting ready for its annual Membership Drive – all members are encouraged to get involved and help the association reach its goal to add 100 new members between October 1-18!

Dates to Remember

October 4 – Membership Drive Kick Off Call-A-Thon: Come to the GAHBA office from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and call your contacts. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Northwest Exterminating. If you have a list of potential members ready, send it to Membership Manager Ruth Ann Bailey at rabailey@atlantahba.com to review who may already be a GAHBA member.

October 18 – Membership Appreciation Event: At the close of the Membership Drive the GAHBA will be hosting a celebration for all members from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Carolina Lumber & Supply Co. More details to come.

For more information, contact Ruth Ann Bailey at (678) 775-1448 or rabailey@atlantahba.com.

  

The Home Builders Association of Georgia will be hosting the 2018 HBAG Fall Membership Conference September 25-26 at the Mills House Wyndham Grand in Charleston, SC. 

Click here for more details and to register.

 

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In collaboration with ConstructionJobs.com, the NAHB Career Center is available to all GAHBA members searching for new jobs or employees. Members get 20% off standard rates for job postings!

 

Job seekers can post resumes, search the database of jobs around the country, and get access to helpful job preparation resources. Employers can post open jobs and search the candidate database for potential employees.

 

Click here for more information and to register with the NAHB Career Center today!

Click here to find out about discounts and benefits available to HBA members through NAHB!

 

Take advantage of the Job and Resume Postings section of our website.

Looking for employees? Download the Job Board order form on the website and submit your company’s job openings.

Looking for a new position? Send your resume to bookstore@atlantahomebuilders.com to have your resume posted.

SAVE THE DATE!

September 19 – North Fulton Chapter Lunch Meeting

September 25 – New Member Orientation

September 27 – Forsyth Chapter Lunch Meeting

October 1-18 – GAHBA Membership Drive

October 9 – Builder/Developer/Lender Council Meeting at The Federal Reserve Bank

October 11 – Young Professionals Group "Speed-U-Cate" Event

October 17 – Sales & Marketing Council "Mix & Mingle" Networking Event

October 23 – GAHBA Board of Directors Meeting

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  It was a hot, but fun, day out on the course at the GAHBA Summer Golf Tournament last week at Atlanta National Golf Club. Thank you to all the sponsors, players, volunteers and everyone who came out and participated!
   

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Forsyth Chapter Social last week - a great time was had by all! And thank you to event sponsors FBC Mortgage, Acopia Home Loans, and Southern Construction and Consulting Services. The Forsyth Chapter's next event will be a lunch meeting on September 27.

  

Date: Saturday, November 3

Time: 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Place: OMNI Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center

Cost: $135 Individual, $1,350 Table of Ten

The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and the Atlanta Sales & Marketing Council present the 38th Annual OBIE Awards Gala. Join your colleagues on November 3 for the announcement of the winners of these prestigious awards. Pre-registration is required – tickets must be purchased by October 8. Table assignments will be emailed to you by October 19. Dress is black-tie optional.

If you missed out on sponsoring this year's OBIE Awards, there is still time to place an ad in the 2018 Winners Book! The deadline to submit ads is September 30.

Click here for more information and to access the form. 

  

The time has come to update our member records for the GAHBA's 2019 Membership Directory and Builder Resource Guide!

Please click here to log-in and verify your company contact information, and make corrections if needed. In addition to updating your contact information, you will also be able to update your list of employees and your business category. While editing your online listing, you also have the option to add a more detailed description for your business, which will allow consumers and other members to find you more easily on the website.

All changes must be made online at www.atlantahomebuilders.com by September 10.

Please note the directory will be printed in November, so your membership must be active as of November 1 to be included in the 2019 directory. For more information, contact Rachel Hodge at (678) 775-1420 or rhodge@atlantahba.com.

Government Affairs

Next Meeting

Date: Tuesday, September 18

Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Place: GAHBA Office 

The Government Affairs Committee meets on the third Tuesday of every month. All GAHBA members are encouraged to get involved with the committee and their respective chapters. For more information, contact Stephen Davis at (678) 775-1428 or sdavis@atlantahba.com

   
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Date: Wednesday, September 12

Time: 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Place: GAHBA Office 

Cost: FREE for BDL Council Members, $25 GAHBA Members, $35 Non-Members

Dr. Roger Tutterow of Kennesaw State University will present an overall economic snapshot as well as the results of the latest Consumer Confidence Survey. For more information, contact Valerie Braverman at (678) 775-1469 or vbraverman@atlantahba.com.

  

Date: Thursday, September 13

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Place: Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina

Cost: $45 SMC Members, $55 GAHBA Members, $65 Non-Members

Join the Sales & Marketing Council to hear from Melissa Morman, Chief Experience Officer of BDX, who will be discussing:

• A Closer Look at Today’s Buyer

• What We Can Learn from Other Industries

• Leverage the Latest Technology to Refine Your Customer’s Journey

• Tools to Involve Your Customers & Get Them Emotionally Committed

• A Seamless Journey & Sales Experience that Speaks to Where Your Customer is in the Sales Cycle

For more information or to sponsor, contact Emily Raymond at (678) 775-1446 or eraymond@atlantahba.com.

  

Date: Thursday, September 20

Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Place: The Reserve at Celebration Village (Suwanee)

Cost: FREE for 55+ Council Members, $20 GAHBA Members, $30 Non-Members

The Reserve at Celebration Village is leading the industry in allowing 55+ homebuyers to truly "Age in Place." Join the 55+ Housing Council to meet and hear from the developers and builders of the Active Senior Concepts Group! Lunch will be provided, followed by a tour of the clubhouse and two unique, fully furnished models. Registration is FREE for 55+ Housing Council members! For more information, contact Emily Raymond at (678) 775-1446 or eraymond@atlantahba.com.

  

Date: Friday, September 21

Time: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Place: Gilgal

The Professional Women in Building Council is seeking volunteers for a HomeAid Care Day at Gilgal, a recovery residence for women experiencing homelessness due to drug and alcohol addiction. Tasks will include painting, landscaping, cleaning, and repairs. Coffee, snacks, lunch, water, bug spray, and sunscreen will be provided. For more information, contact Lattice Hardwick at (770) 885-9168 or latticehardwick@atlanticbay.com or Khristine Hartman at (912) 713-9636 or khartman@fairwaymc.com.

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Date: Tuesday, September 4

Time: 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Place: Jailhouse Brewing Company (Hampton)

Cost: $10 GAHBA Members, $15 Non-Members

Come network with your South Side colleagues at the Metro South Chapter Social! The Metro South Chapter includes Clayton, Henry, and South Fulton Counties - all builders and trade partners who live, work, or do business in these areas are encouraged to get involved! For more information or if you are interested in sponsoring this event, contact Stephen Davis at (678) 775-1428 or sdavis@atlantahba.com.

  

Date: Wednesday, September 5

Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Place: The Gwinnett Chamber at the 1818 Club (Duluth)

Cost: $15 GAHBA Members, $25 Non-Members

All are invited to the next Gwinnett Chapter lunch meeting, which will feature County Commissioners John Heard and Lynette Howard. For more information, contact Valerie Braverman at (678) 775-1469 or vbraverman@atlantahba.com.

  

Date: Friday, September 7

Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Place: Sheltering Grace Ministries (Marietta)

Calling all volunteers! The Cobb/Cherokee Chapter is partnering with HomeAid Atlanta for a Care Day at Sheltering Grace Ministries, a shelter that provides housing and support for homeless pregnant women. The home is in need of interior and exterior painting, landscaping clean-up, interior cleaning, and a small remodeling project. All tools, equipment, and lunch for volunteers will be provided. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a financial contribution to the project, click on the registration link below to donate. For more information, contact Emily Raymond at (678) 775-1446 or eraymond@atlantahba.com.

  

Date: Tuesday, September 11

Time: 8:30-11:00 a.m.

Place: GAHBA Office

Cost: FREE for GAHBA Builder Members, $15 Associate Members, $20 Non-Members

Join the DeKalb/Rockdale Chapter for a presentation on the new builder permit application process in DeKalb County. Thank you to meeting sponsor Commercial Truck and Van Equipment! For more information, contact Ruth Ann Bailey at (678) 775-1448 or rabailey@atlantahba.com

  

Date: Wednesday, September 12

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Place: Governors Gun Club (Kennesaw)

Cost: $45 Shooter, $25 Non-Shooter

Join the Cobb/Cherokee Chapter at the Governors Gun Club to compete in a friendly 25-round per person game of indoor skeet shooting! There will be a prize for the first place winner! Guests have the option to attend as a non-shooter spectator and watch from the viewing deck. Shooter slots will be limited to the first 55 to register. Thank you to sponsors ADT-Advantage Security, BB&T Home Mortgage, and TEC! For more information or if you're interested in sponsoring this event, contact Emily Raymond at (678) 775-1446 or eraymond@atlantahba.com.

  

Date: Thursday, October 4

Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Place: Monday Night Brewing - Garage Location 

Cost: $20 GAHBA Members, $25 Non-Members

Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Monica Saunders at (678) 775-1465 or msaunders@atlantahba.com.

  

Date: Tuesday, October 30

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Place: Slow Pour Brewing Company (Lawrenceville)

Cost: $15 GAHBA Members, $25 Non-Members

The Gwinnett Chapter is celebrating the fall season with a Gwinnettoberfest social at Gwinnett County’s newest brewery, Slow Pour Brewing Company. Guests will enjoy beers and Bavarian-themed snacks from Local Republic. For more information, contact Valerie Braverman at (678) 775-1469 or vbraverman@atlantahba.com.

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Date: Wednesday, September 26

Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Place: GAHBA Office

Cost: $5 GAHBA or Other HBA Members

The GAHBA's Education and Government Affairs departments are excited to announce the first-ever Government Affairs 101 Class! This "lunch & learn" course will be taught by GAHBA Government Affairs Director Stephen Davis and will focus on local government advocacy, engaging with elected officials, and getting involved with political campaigns. For more information, contact Valerie Braverman at (678) 775-1469 or vbraverman@atlantahba.com.

The association is excited to announce the revision of the GAHBA contracts! Frank Brown of Weissman Attorneys at Law has rewritten the contracts, and the 2018 version is now available for purchase through the online bookstore. When you purchase the 2018 GAHBA contracts online, you will receive a link to download the contract files.

The contracts are $12 for GAHBA members and $22 for non-members.

We are asking that you stop using any old versions of the contracts and only use the 2018 contracts.

Click here to go to the GAHBA online bookstore.

 
 
   
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Building a Focus Driven Organization – Lunch & Learn with The CEO Alliance (2 credit hours)

Date: Tuesday, September 18

Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Place: GAHBA Office

Register here...

 

Government Affairs 101 – Lunch & Learn with Stephen Davis (2 credit hours)

Date: Wednesday, September 26

Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Place: GAHBA Office

Register here...

 

For more information, contact Valerie Braverman at (678) 775-1469 or vbraverman@atlantahba.com.

Homeaid Atlanta
  

Would you like to use your skills and talents to give back and help provide dignified housing for Atlanta's homeless families and individuals? Volunteer as a HomeAid Builder Captain and help Build New Lives! HomeAid is currently seeking volunteer Builder Captains to lead projects of all sizes.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Mandy Crater at (678) 775-1401 or mandy@homeaidatlanta.org.

On August 24, volunteers from the GAHBA’s North Fulton Chapter and Brand Vaughan Lumber Co. joined HomeAid Atlanta for a Care Day at HomeStretch in Roswell. HomeStretch's mission is to guide homeless families toward permanent housing and lasting stability. The hard-working volunteers focused on making much-needed improvements in and around several of the facility's apartments.

 
  

Date: Tuesday, November 6

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Place: Capital City Club - Crabapple (Milton)

Cost: $2,500 per foursome

Reserve your foursome or sponsorship now for the 2018 Housing the Homeless Golf Tournament benefitting HomeAid Atlanta. For more information, contact Cecily Stevens at (678) 775-1451 or cecily@homeaidatlanta.org.

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