You are Our Eyes and Ears (Help us Help You in 2020)

Dear MI Builder Readers—

As your incoming 2020 HBA of Michigan President, I want to make sure you understand that your state association is here to help you and/or your local association on any issue that may be impacting you or the residential building community in your region. We have a great team at the HBA of Michigan. Maybe you’ve had a visit from MIOSHA or other regulatory agency. Maybe you’re having a challenge getting a wetland permit or you are faced with a

local zoning ordinance or permit fee that you believe is unfair. Maybe you can’t get prompt utility service to your worksite. Maybe you need an expert legal opinion. Our staff has more than 100 years of combined experience dealing with local, state, federal government and other residential building issues. They can’t solve every problem, but they usually know how to assess your options and provide expert advice. So in 2020 and beyond, please know your team in Lansing is here to help. Let them know if you or someone in your region is having a problem.

With more than 5,000 members and 22 local associations here in Michigan, leadership from my perspective as your state association president is about influencing and engaging people to move together toward common goals. And one such goal that is clear to me is our common interest in growing our ranks and building a better culture of member recruitment around the state. Let’s remind our colleagues who aren’t members that When they join a local home builder association, they get a three-in-one membership enrolling them in the local HBA, the Home Builders Association of Michigan and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This federation represents more than 140,000 builders and other businesspeople working in the residential building industry across the country. Whether a builder, a plumber, a banker, a parts manufacturer or anyone else selling products and services in the home building sector, this federation is ideally suited to benefit them. If you haven’t joined and are a reader of this publication, what are you waiting for? Membership will save you money on numerous products and services and it will keep you better connected to growth opportunities for your business.

The benefits of membership center around five key values: networking, continuing education, product discounts, legal/regulatory assistance, and legislative representation at the local, state and national government levels. I boil this down into a couple of words: membership makes you a better business person! Let’s all become better business people in 2020 and leverage our membership to its fullest.

Thank you for entrusting me and giving me the privilege of serving as your president this coming year.


Michael Flory

2020 HBAM President l