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Craig Henschel is the Sales and Business Development Manager for Bespoke Interiors, a custom cabinetry company located in Marietta. Bespoke Interiors specializes in true custom cabinetry, including kitchens, vanities, built-ins, and architectural mill work.

 

How long have you been in the industry? 30 years myself. Our company is just a couple years old, but collectively we represent many, many decades of experience in building and installing fine cabinetry.

 

Tell us a little about your company and what you do. We build custom cabinetry. Totally custom. We start out with sheets of veneer plywood and pieces of wood. Most of what we do today is painted and shaker style, but we can do nearly anything including laminate and stain grade. I am the Sales and Business Development Manager. So I am calling on members and working with builders to make their life easier and their projects more complete. We do it right the first time.

 

Tell us an interesting/fun tidbit about your business. We have fun where we work. We believe in our product and strive to be the best at what we do. That is one way we have fun. We are passionate about our cabinetry.

 

What has been the biggest accomplishment of your career? Landing this position. It is the largest challenge to date in my professional life and the one that has the largest potential.

 

If you would like to see your company featured in an upcoming Member Spotlight, contact Rachel Hodge at (678) 775-1420 or rhodge@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.

  

Next Meeting

Date: Wednesday, October 17

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 to help recruit and encourage other 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.

  

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 rhodge@atlantahba.com.

 

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  Last Thursday the Atlanta 55+ Housing Council hosted their final event of 2018. The council finished the year off with a program meeting and site tour at The Reserve at Celebration Village. An expert panel from the Active Senior Concepts Group shared their active adult industry knowledge and insight ranging from current data and market research to the construction side. Thank you to all the 55+ Council's 2018 sponsors and everyone who attended this great event!

Last week the CEO Alliance taught a Lunch & Learn session at the GAHBA office on "Building a Focus Driven Organization." Attendees learned how to maximize competitive advantages and achieve their goals for their businesses. Thanks to all who attended and to the CEO Alliance for hosting this informative program!

 
  

Date: Thursday, October 18

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

Place: Carolina Lumber & Supply Co.

Cost: FREE

All members are encouraged to attend the GAHBA's annual Membership Appreciation Event! This is the association's opportunity to show appreciation to all members for their support and involvement throughout the year. Guests will enjoy food, drinks, and live music. For more information, contact Ruth Ann Bailey at (678) 775-1448 or rabailey@atlantahba.com

 

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 charner14@kennesaw.edu or Mac Calhoun at mcalhou8@students.kennesaw.edu.

 
  

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.

Government Affairs

Members and staff from the GAHBA and the Home Builders Association of Georgia (HBAG) had the opportunity to meet U.S. Senator David Perdue last week. Perdue has been representing Georgia in the Senate since 2014 as a champion for economic growth in our region. Pictured are, from the left, GAHBA Board Member Ken Warlick of Harrison Development & Construction, GAHBA Executive Officer Corey Deal, HBAG President Bobby Cleveland, Perdue, GAHBA Vice President Vince Longo of Longo Homes, GAHBA Board Member Jim Brown of JWB Properties, and HBAG Government Affairs Director Austin Hackney.

 

Next Meeting

Date: Tuesday, October 16

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: 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 vbraverman@atlantahba.com.

  

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 eraymond@atlantahba.com.

  

Date: Wednesday, October 24

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

Place: Punch Bowl Social Atlanta 

Cost: $25 

Come enjoy food, drinks, and networking at the Battery with the SMC! For more information, contact Emily Raymond at (678) 775- 1446 or eraymond@atlantahba.com.

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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 rabailey@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.

Date: Wednesday, October 31

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

Place: Marietta Country Club (Kennesaw)

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

The Cobb/Cherokee Chapter's last meeting of 2018 will feature Cobb County Commissioners JoAnn Birrell (District 3) and Keli Gambrill (District 1). For more information or to sponsor, contact Emily Raymond at (678) 775-1446 or eraymond@atlantahba.com.

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 sdavis@atlantahba.com.

Date: Wednesday, November 14

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

Place: TBD

Join the North Fulton Chapter for its last meeting of the year! The guest speaker will be Fulton County Commissioner Bob Ellis. For more information or to sponsor, contact Emily Raymond at (678) 775-1446 or eraymond@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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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...

 

Community Solar – Lunch & Learn with HB Next (2 credit hours)

Date: Wednesday, October 10

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

HomeAid Atlanta’s signature event is back! One custom-built playhouse will be raffled off this holiday season, and funds raised will support HomeAid’s mission. HomeAid, in partnership Paran Homes, recently began construction on the 2018 playhouse, The Saltbox of the Earth, designed by architect Mike Hart of The Hartwin Group.

 

Last week HomeAid held a Care Day at Gilgal, Inc. with volunteers from the Professional Women in Building Council, CBRE, and Kennesaw State University’s NAHB Student Chapter. Gilgal is a faith-based recovery residence for women experiencing homelessness due to drug and alcohol addiction. More details coming soon.

 
  

Put your business in the spotlight while supporting HomeAid Atlanta’s mission to build new lives for Atlanta’s homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach! HomeAid’s 16th Annual Housing the Homeless Golf Tournament has several great sponsorship opportunities available including:

• Presenting Sponsor

• 19th Hole Reception Sponsor

• Lunch Sponsor

• Beverage Sponsor

• Golf Ball Sponsor

• Hole Sponsor

For more information, visit www.homeaidatlanta.org or contact Cecily Stevens at (678) 775-1451 or cecily@homeaidatlanta.org.

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