the WCBA's Electronic Newsletter
March 2014
Please take a few moments to review our monthly newsletter which includes information about association events, board meetings and other local industry information.

Next WCBA Board of Director's Meeting
* Board Meeting, April 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM at MJ Stevens.


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In This Issue
Updates & Dates to Remember
Expo Committee Update
Education Committee Update
Membership Committee Update
Tour of Homes Committee Update
A Message from the WCBA President
Quick Update & Dates To Remember
by Becky Miller, Newsletter Editor


Dates to Remember
Dates have been set for several upcoming events.  Please mark your calendars and watch your email for registration information.  Also, if you are interested in volunteering to help or in being an event sponsor, please contact the chairperson for that event.


April 10th, 2014

April Dinner Meeting, MJ Stevens, 5 PM. Click here for more info or to register online.


July of 2014

Tour of Homes - Event dates coming soon!

WCBA Expo 2014
 Committee Chair


After months of planning, the 2014 WCBA Building & Remodeling Expo is in the books. This year's event was a huge success, despite having a conflict with the NARI show in West Allis being the same weekend.  Next year's Expo will be held February 6-8, 2015. The NARI show will be the following weekend which I have confirmed with them, so we will not have the same problem next year.  Despite the conflict, our attendance was up from a total of 1105 in 2013, to 1682 in 2014.  That's an increase of 577 people in attendance! This year we stepped up our advertising with 43 ads on Fox 6 in addition to the local newspapers and local radio.


One of the keys to this year's Expo's success was sharing the people attending the Hunting and Fishing show in the Ziegler building next door. The people attending the show next door could enter our Expo at a discounted rate with the purchase of their show. I am currently trying to build on this success and am in the process of working with the Fair Park to coordinate another show next door, next year, to complement our show. Keep in touch as the details will be announced when they are worked out.


Again this year our guest speaker was a huge success. Gus Gnorski, formerly from Fox 6 and WTMJ radio's "Ask Gus", spoke on Saturday and Sunday with an attendance of about 40 people each day to benefit from Gus' vast knowledge.


We would like to thank our presenting sponsor: Uptown Motorcars; our Gold sponsor: Weather-Tek Design Center and our Gus Gnorski sponsor: JT Feyrer Exteriors LLC.


I would also like to take this moment to thank all the people that helped make this year's Expo a huge success and look forward to working with all of you again next year! If anyone would like to help with next year's Expo, please contact me, Jeff Feyrer at (262) 305-1673 or send me an e-mail [email protected] . A little bit of your time would be much appreciated! 



Congrats to the Certified Lead Safe Renovators!
Education Committee Chair
Wednesday, March 26th marked the first WCBA Education Event of 2014. Twenty-seven remodeling contractors completed their continuing education credits required to maintain their certification as Lead Safe Renovators. The four-hour refresher course, sponsored by the WCBA and presented by The Milwaukee Lead and Asbestos Information Center, was held at Cabela's in Richfield. After the class, the attendees received their updated photo-IDs and certificates, and then enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Great lakes Café in Cabela's. If you missed this opportunity and need to complete your required course work, visit www.mlaic.com for a full training class schedule or call Heather Tillman at (414)747-0700 for further information.



NOTE: If you require the services of a Lead Safe Renovator, please call Matt McCabe at (262)794-1655 for information on how to contact a lead-safe certified WCBA member!




Next Up... It's "iPad Expert Dave!"


Stay tuned for more information on the next major WCBA Education Event in 2014. In the upcoming months, the WCBA committee will announce the date and location for an exciting seminar on the uses of the iPad in your business. Dave Rebro, a leading technology authority in Southeastern WI, has helped professionals from all fields better their understanding, comfort level, and usage of technology for over 20 years. Dave specializes in helping clients to better leverage existing technologies, find new innovative solutions, relieve technology frustrations, build more confidence, save time, work smarter, and make more money with the help of technology. Dave works primarily with construction trade-related businesses. Attend this seminar and help improve your company's visibility and efficiency in our ever-more mobile environment. 


Call Matt McCabe at (262)794-1655 for more information or watch for future announcements in the WCBA newsletters and emails.

Membership Update!
by  Dave Spooner
Membership Committee Chair


Thank you to all the members who participated in a successful 2014 Expo. I would like to welcome 2 new members to the WCBA:  BK Framing - who specializes in Custom framing, matting, as well as sports related items; contact Bob Kopydlowski at (262) 968-5915. First National Bank of Hartford - Hubertus Branch - offers checking, savings, and mortgages; contact Branch Manager Wendy Christenson at (262) 628-5500.


This past week we had our monthly board meeting as well as a dinner meeting at the Fox & Hounds with another good response from our members. A question came out of the meeting that I would like to ask all members to participate in. The question: As a member, what do you like about the WCBA and what improvements would you like to see?  The WCBA is always striving to make membership more beneficial for all the members and your input is always important and welcomed. Please take a moment to send your comments to the WCBA at [email protected] or myself at [email protected]


Thank you. 

2014 Tour of Homes
by  Matt McCabe
 Tour of Homes
 Committee Chair

It's not too early to start planning for this year's Tour of Homes!  Last year showed a major increase in both home-builder participation and walk-through attendance over 2012 and this year should prove to be even better event! Information on this year's event will be posted in up-coming newsletters and in promotional emails sent out to all WCBA members.


Contact event coordinator, Matt McCabe at (262)794-1655 to get started on your 2014 campaign now, or STAY TUNED to future WCBA newsletters and emails for further details!

Presidential_Message A Message from the WCBA
President, Dirk Wildt



The calendar says spring is here, but is it really, I'm not sure.  One thing I do know is that there is a revived interest in new homes and remodeling.  Increased customer traffic and favorable projections from the experts are good indicators that this will be a good year in the construction field and related businesses.  We are at a pivotal point in our industry and turning the corner towards increased activity in the building trades which we would all agree is good news and long, long overdue.  

Please join us for next month's general membership meeting at MJ Stevens restaurant on April 10th starting at 5 PM.  These meetings offer you a chance to get out and self-promote your business during the networking hour followed by a great dinner and then a speaker with topics related to our industry or ideas to improve your business.  Come join us, all are invited from member owners, employees or guests.  

See you at the meeting!

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A Message from
the WCBA
President, Dirk Wildt
Dirk Wildt Photo
"...there is a revived interest in new homes and remodeling."

WBCA Board of Directors
Cobblestone Builders
Vice President
Weather Tek
West Bend Fence /
A-1 Pools, Inc.
Wilkes Plumbing 
Director at Large
Cherry Creek Mortgage
Director at Large
JTFeyer Exteriors
Director at Large 
Uptown Motors
Advisor / Historian
T. Bohn Builders
Office Manager
2014 Event Sponsors
Platinum ($2,000+)

Gold ($1,000+)
Uptown Motorcars

Silver ($500+)
Weather-Tek Design Center

Bronze ($100+)
A-1 Pools

Cobblestone Builders

JT Feyrer Exteriors

Thompson Painting

Wisconsin Building Supply
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