Michigan Remodeler’s Voice is Strong
by Jeff Grantham, Chair, HBA Michigan Remodelers


NAHB Remodelers installed its 2017 Chairman, Dan Bawden of Houston, TX, at IBS in January. Our own JoAnn Theunissen is now Vice Chair and will oversee Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. Jeff Grantham finished his term as chair of NAHBR Remodelers Membership and Communications Committee for 2016 and received recognition at the NAHBR Board of Trustees meeting for his service to the Council and the Membership Committee. Michigan remains well integrated in NAHBR.

NAHBR staff and leadership continue to create and maintain vital relationships with national regulators and key decision-makers in DC. OSHA, EPA, OMB and HUD are just some of the departments that NAHBR has pressed for common-sense and cost-effective regulations, saving members and consumers thousands on each job. With the transition to a new administration, several initiatives and efforts are on hold but NAHBR is still the authority the transition team is involving in their strategies going forward.

Lead Renovator training and recertification is still required for most contractors. Silica Dust and Confined Space rules are new OSHA regulations that you need to educate yourself about as well. Don’t be a statistic and get fined for not using common sense and following the rules for workplace safety. Instead use it as a sales tool telling your customers you take their safety and that of your workers seriously.

Training opportunities are available at the Remodelers Workshop, co-locating with Pro-Build at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant May 5th. Daytime sessions are offered for builders, remodelers and trades and, in the evening, ProBuild will have their Spring Show featuring hundreds of exhibitors of products and tools. Lunch, dinner and cocktails are included so come get your continuing education credit, see the

show and have fun on a Friday night. Check out www.hbaofmichigan for the registration information.

Local associations seeking to form local councils and those with established local councils should obtain the Local Council Toolkit, a package of materials with best practices for improving participation, programming and retention. Special interest councils like PWB, Remodelers and Associates are proven ways for local associations to create additional value for their members. You may join the council even if your local does not yet have a local council. At-large membership, the toolkit and additional information are available at

HBA Michigan Remodelers Leadership 2017

• Chair Jeff Grantham, CGR CAPS GMB CGP, Grantham Building and Remodeling, LLC, Petoskey

• Vice-chair Mike Kozuch, KJP Sales, Midland

• SecretaryTreasurer, AnnGarvey, CAPSCSPCGA, A&J Construction, Charlotte l