A year-end message
Darrick Guthmiller, Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc.
HBA of F-M President
Serving as HBA of F-M president in 2020 was a bit like being on a train barreling 100 mph down the rails. As business owners, managers and salespeople, we are dealing with high demand (good news) and high lumber prices with limited supplies (bad news), all on top of COVID-related stresses related to health, family and school adjustments.
Here at the HBA, some plans for 2020 were derailed when COVID-19 overtook our lives, but most of them have stayed on the tracks. Reflecting on it all, these are the high points I see from the engineer’s seat:
Thank you to everyone involved for supporting those efforts and helping us put them on safely. We heard repeatedly how grateful people were to have events to attend in June and September, and how excited buyers are about the housing market!
You told us that you appreciated the free lunch and a sense of normalcy, thanks to the help and sponsorship of Wood Specialists and Cass County Electric Cooperative.
HBA kept you working in March and April by
We offered a virtual building officials roundtable, your direct link to the most critical issues being seen in our inspections departments.
Staff and member volunteers met with over 40 candidates running for local and legislative offices. They carried your
issues forward and made decisions to support 20 candidates in their races. HBA provided information and support to help you make an informed decision for the candidates that advocate for housing.
Workforce efforts win through
HBA was your voice as issues surfaced regarding the
I miss seeing you face-to-face, shaking hands and sitting shoulder-to-shoulder! I hope that we can get back to it in
some form next year. I’m looking forward to pulling this train into the station and handing it off to Kim Hochhalter, Building Concepts, Inc., who will be your president for 2021.
My parting words: Always remember that the Association is here for you as a resource and industry partner. You have a professional staff at your fingertips at the HBA. Call them if you need anything. Chances are, they can help or point you in the right direction as we face the future unknowns together.