May 2014
May 2014 Calendar of Events
All Events held at HBA office unless otherwise noted 

1) Remodelers Council Meeting @ 12pm
   Norandex, 733 Distributors Row, Harahan
1-2) Education: OSHA 10
6) LHBA Legislative Day & Crawfish Boil
   Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge
8) Multifamily Council Board of Directors Meeting @ 12pm
12) Fishing Rodeo Committee Meeting @ 8:30am
14) Education Committee Meeting @ 3pm
14) Executive Committee Meeting  @ 4pm
15) Advanced Building Council Meeting @ 12pm 
15) Parade of Homes Committee Meeting @ 1:30pm 
15) NOEL Board of Directors Meeting @ 3pm
19) Home & Garden Show Board Meeting @ 4pm
20) HBA Board of Directors @ 4om
23) Associates Council & Membership Task Force Meeting, 8:30am
26) Office Closed, Memorial Day
27) New Member Reception & General Membership Meeting @ 11am
   Holiday Inn, 2261 N. Causeway Blvd, Metairie
Calendar Details
1-2) Education: OSHA 10
Thursday, May 1st 8:30am - 4pm
Friday, May 2nd 8:30am - Noon
Location: HBA Office, 2424 N. Arnoult Rd.
Cost: $80 for Members / $100 for Guests
10 CEs (Must complete full class)
The OSHA Outreach Training Program provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces. The program also provides information regarding workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.
RSVP or Questions? Contact Philip at 504-837-2700 or [email protected]
6) LHBA Legislative Day & Crawfish Boil
   Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge
15) Advanced Building Practices Council Meeting 
    Earn 1 CE : Search Engine Optimization - Get your company on the    
      front page!
    Location: HBA Office, 2424 N. Arnoult Road
27) New Member Reception & General Membership Meeting 
   11am - New Member Reception
   11:30am - 1pm - Networking & Program
   Location: Holiday Inn, 2261 N. Causeway Blvd, Metairie
   Cost: $25 per person, No charge for new members attending reception!
   Topic: Jon Luther, State of the HBA
Jon Luther
Jon Luther Leadership Spotlight

HBAGNO EO Jon Luther was recently featured by the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. See Jon's Spotlight here.
Membership Drive - Sail away with the HBA!
HBA will book 50 rooms on the Carnival Elation Cruise sailing April 23-26, 2015. Current members can earn Cruise Bucks for every Builder or Associate member recruited May 2014 - February 2015. 

Contact Lauren if you're interested in joining fellow members on the cruise! 
[email protected] or 504.837.2700
Networking & Social Activities

THANK YOU to our sponsors who helped make our Crawfish Boil such a success!

Kryptonite Sponsors 
84 Lumber 
Kraft & Company
Platinum Sponsors 
2-10 Home Buyers Warranty 
CleaResult Consulting
Jefferson Door
Morse Homes
Nu Worx
RSG New Orleans
Dyke Industries
Gold Sponsors 
Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights 
NOLA Metal Design 
Crimetek Integrated Security Systems 
Landis Residential Builders 
RB Laws Builders
Quality Home Repair of LA, LLC
Silver Sponsors
Terrebonne Insurance
Builders Risk Insurance
FIdelity Homestead
Merrill Lynch - The Lovell Group
Maia Lightfoot Communications
Lumber Products
Klumb Forest Products
Person Huff CPA Group
Healthcare & Retirement Solutions
Mass Mutual
HomeBuilders SIF
Mr. Green Jeans
Thigpen Construction Company
Pemar Properties
Gabriel Development
Oscar Pastrana Framing Contractor
LaPorte CPSa & Business Advisors
Next... Mark your calendars for the 23rd Annual Wess Wyman Memorial Fishing Rodeo!

June 27 - 28 in Venice, LA
From Last Month...
Bringing Housing Home

As part of a nationwide effort to "Bring Housing Home," members of HBAGNO have teamed up with LHBA members around the state to meet with members of congress while they're home for district visits. 
L to R: Floyd Simeon, Randy Noel, David Koster (Tangi), Wes Wyman, Phil Hoffman 
with US Representative Steve Scalise
(Nick Castjohn and Frank Morse not facing camera)
L to R: Peter Young, Frank Morse, US Representative Cedric Richmond, Floyd Simeon, Jon Luther, Roy Olsen, Wes Wyman
Members from multiple HBAs
with US Representative Steve Scalise

Congressional Passage of Flood Insurance Bill a Boost for Housing

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) applauded the Senate for approving flood insurance legislation that will provide much-needed certainty to home owners and financial stability for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, was approved by the House earlier this month and is expected to be signed into law shortly by President Obama.

Mark your Calendars for Red Shirt Day & LHBA Crawfish Boil

Tuesday, May 6th 
1:30 - Legislative Briefing @ Hilton Capitol Center, Baton Rouge
2:30 Lobbying at the Capitol
5:30 - LHBA PAC Crawfish Boil - Hilton Capital Center 
$10 per person if you do not attend Legislative Briefing at the Hilton

LHBA Board of Directors Committee & Council Meetings:

Wednesday, May 7th
7:30 - Sr. Officer Breakfast
7:30 - Past Assoc. VP Breakfast
7:30 - Past President Breakfast
8:30 - Legislative
9:00 - Associates Council 
10:00 - Membership Committee
11:00 - Legal Housing 
1:00- Energy & Codes
1:00 - Education
2:00 - Public Relations Committee
2:00- Remodelers Council 
2:30- PAC 
3:30 - Local Presidents
5:00 - 9:00 - 2nd Annual Bar Golf Tournament
BUILD PAC Fundraiser - $30 entry fee

Thursday, May 8th
8:30 Board of Directors Meeting 
Builders Digital Experience (BDX) has partnered with HBAGNO to help builders list their homes for free online. And now this member benefit has gotten even better and includes more exposure. Now when you list your communities on, your communities and homes will also display for FREE on the two leading new home websites, and These heavily trafficked sites see over 1 million unique visitors each month and is a great advantage to your company.

What do you need to do if you are already listing on the new home site? Nothing! Congratulations, your homes are now included as basic listings on and

If you are not already listing your new home communities on the HBA's site, now is the time to do so! Are you a custom or Build on Your Lot builder? No problem. BDX has tailored listings options for you. Signing up is simple and the time commitment on your end is minimal -- BDX will help you upload your initial community data and train you on how to keep it updated going forward. This benefit is part of your membership, so make sure you are taking advantage of this free exposure.

Having a presence in the online marketplace increases your visibility, traffic and sales. Set yourself apart from the competition and improve your exposure among new home buyers by signing up for the free listing program by visiting

Questions about listings? Contact Ashlei Valles at [email protected].

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In This Issue:
Calendar of Events
Jon Luther: Leadership Spotlight
NAHB Legislative Meetings
NAHB Legislative Meetings
From Last Month

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2014 Senior Officers of the Board

President, Brian Mills
Vice President, Roy Olsen
Treasurer, Floyd Simeon
Secretary, Mike LeCorgne
Immediate Past President, Scott Morse

2014 Board of Directors

Steve Albert
John Arms
Fernando Arriola
Stacy Blair
Nick Castjohn
Ric Darling
Charlie Fontenelle
Phil Hoffman
Jo Ann Kostik
Michael Kraft
Pierre "Peter" Lanaux
Ben Laws
Bruce Layburn
Frank Morse
Helmut Mundt
Lynda Nugent Smith
Rolf Parelius
Kimberly Rooney
Zach Tyson
Kirk Williamson
Steve Wobbema
Wes Wyman
Peter Young
HBA Staff Contacts

Jon Luther, Executive Vice President
Lauren Galliano, Director of Membership & Industry Relations   [email protected]g
Shane Gray, Accountant  [email protected]
Philip Thomas, Education Director & NOEL Program Director  [email protected]   

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