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  Last Thursday the Sales & Marketing Council held its September Elections Program Meeting! Guests heard a presentation by Jill Wise of BDX on "discovering your digital DNA," and then SMC members elected their 2019 board members. The council would like to welcome the newly elected board: Mandy Holm of Denim Marketing, Ansley Brooks of Brock Built Homes, Brad Shilling of O’Kelley & Sorohan, Clara Carrasco Guerra of Ameris Bank, John Rymer of Southeast Mortgage, Katie Smith Hickey of Peachtree Residential, Melanie Mickie of Taylor Morrison, and Sherry Gasaway of KNOWAtlanta. 
    Last week the Cobb/Cherokee Chapter hosted its "Barrels Up" Social at the indoor skeet/trap range at the Governors Gun Club Kennesaw. Shooters competed for a $50 first-place prize, which went to Kevin Burris of The Erosion Company (TEC). Thank you to range sponsors BB&T Home Mortgage and TEC, as well as event sponsors Advantage Security Corp. - ADT and Cantsink of Atlanta.

The DeKalb/Rockdale Chapter held a breakfast meeting at the GAHBA office last week, which included a presentation on the process for submitting building permits in DeKalb County. If you missed this meeting and would like to learn more about the process, DeKalb County is offering an "E-Plans and E-Permitting" training on October 5. To sign up, send an email to Jason Conley at and provide your name, e-mail address, phone number, and the name of the training you would like to attend.

For more information, visit DeKalb County’s Office of Planning and Sustainability website.


Kennesaw State University's NAHB Student Chapter is currently seeking guest speakers and sponsors for the 2018-19 school year.

Speakers are needed for monthly chapter meetings, the Residential Emerging Trends class, and the chapter's upcoming Careers in Construction Month in October. Guests are generally asked to talk about their work and provide helpful information for students planning to enter the building industry. Getting involved with the student chapter also allows companies to connect with potential interns and future employees.

The chapter's next meeting will be Thursday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m.

For more information or if you are interested in being a guest speaker or sponsor, contact Dr. Charner Rodgers at or Mac Calhoun at


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 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Associate awards recognize Associate members, as well as builders, for their outstanding contributions to their associations and the housing industry. Applications are available online, and entries are due by September 30!

Associate of the Year: Recognizes one associate member who has made outstanding contributions to their local, state and national HBAs and to the home building industry. 

Bill Polley Advocate of BUILD-PAC: Recognizes an associate who has made diligent efforts for BUILD-PAC. 

Builders Engaging Associate Members (BEAM): Recognizes builders who make an outstanding effort to do business with Associate members. 

Associates One to Watch Award: Recognizes young building industry professionals (under 40) that propel their careers; advance in local, state and national NAHB associations; advocate for the home building industry; engage with peers; and embed themselves as exceptional members of their communities. 

Winners of all four awards will be announced at the Associates of Excellence Awards Lunch during the 2019 International Builders’ Show (IBS). You can purchase tickets for the luncheon while registering for IBS by adding it to your special events prior to check out. For more information, contact Topher McLarty at (202) 266-8246.

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Rachel Elzey is a Business Developer for Baytree Landscape Contractors, which operates out of Atlanta, Charleston, and Nashville.


How long have you been in the industry? 1 year, 1 month.


Tell us a little about your company and what you do. Baytree is a commercial landscape company that is capable of turn key packages including landscape, irrigation, hardscape, and maintenance. My role as a Business Developer is to connect with general contractors and home builders to find opportunities for our services. I am personally over Construction Sales in the Atlanta market, and with my amazing team of estimators, I take the process through the complete sale cycle before turning it over to operations. Here at Baytree, we work as a team to get the job done.


Tell us an interesting/fun tidbit about your business. Something that Baytree does that none of my prior employers did is having monthly birthday celebrations. Every month we have a cake and gather to sing happy birthday to everyone in that month. I thought this was a very thoughtful way to recognize the employees.


What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? The biggest accomplishment of my career in the construction industry at this point would have to be my first large turn key sale. It is a contract that I have been working on since my first month on the job. It finally closed, and we start the hardscape portion next week! It was so rewarding having the complete cycle turn over. Meet the client, build the trust, bid the plans, provide VE options, rebid the plans, scope out the proposal, negotiate the contract, and finally signing the line! I don't know about you but THAT puts the fire in me to do my job to the best of my abilities.


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

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 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


Date: Tuesday, October 23

Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Place: GAHBA Office

Cost: FREE

All members are encouraged to attend. It’s a great way to get more involved and find out how the GAHBA works! Lunch will be provided, courtesy of meeting sponsor Weissman PC. For more information or to sign up to sponsor this or other upcoming board meetings, contact Rachel Hodge at (678) 775-1420 or


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.

The HBAG Fall Membership Conference is now also available on the Attendify app. The app provides useful information, such as meeting and event details, a full conference agenda, area attractions and dining suggestions, and updates on Hurricane Florence. Attendees who download the app and join the HBAG Fall Conference event before September 23 will be entered for a special prize drawing!

Click here to download the Attendify app. 


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Membership Benefits

The 2019 NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS) will be held February 19-21 in Las Vegas.

IBS is the largest annual light construction show in the world, and it provides excellent opportunities for education and networking. Members are eligible for significant savings on show registration, including discounts for first-time attendees and special "early bird" deals available now through the end of September.

Click here to learn about special pricing available through September 30.

Click here to visit the IBS website for more information and to register.


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 to have your resume posted.


October 1-18 – GAHBA Membership Drive

October 25 – Sales & Marketing Council "Mix & Mingle" Networking Event

November 1 – DeKalb/Rockdale Chapter Social

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

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This Week at the GAHBA

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


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 or Khristine Hartman at (912) 713-9636 or


Date: Tuesday, October 9

Time: 8:00-10:00 a.m. (Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.)

Place: The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 

Cost: FREE 

Domonic Purviance, Senior Financial Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will give a presentation on housing affordability. Pre-registration is MANDATORY - must register by October 1. For more information, contact Valerie Braverman at (678) 775-1469 or


Date: Thursday, October 11

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Place: Kohler Signature Store by PDI (Alpharetta)

Cost: $15

Calling all young professionals to join YPG for an “educational speed dating” event, where four industry professionals will rotate to different groups and share their knowledge in their area of expertise. This year’s topics include “what to know before stepping on a job site” and “networking 101.” There will be an open bar and light hors d'oeuvres. For more information, contact Emily Raymond at (678) 775-1446 or

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Date: Thursday, September 27

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

Place: The Reserve at Celebration Village (Suwanee)

Cost: $15 GAHBA Members, $20 Non-Members

Attendees will hear a legislative update from Representatives Sheri Gilligan, Todd Jones, and Marc Morris. For more information, contact Ruth Ann Bailey at (678) 775-1448 or


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


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

Date: Thursday, November 1

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

Place: Crystal Lake Golf & Country Club (Hampton)

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

Come hear from Henry County Commissioner candidates at the next Metro South Chapter luncheon! 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 or other upcoming Metro South events, contact Stephen Davis at (678) 775-1428 or

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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

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

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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

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For more information, contact Valerie Braverman at (678) 775-1469 or

Homeaid Atlanta

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

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