Archive for Luncheons
On January 8, we held the first Membership Luncheon of 2013. Like our other Luncheons, this one was packed with lots of great information. Sidney Fontenot of St. Tammany Parish Department of Development brought good news that Impact Fees have been lowered in almost all cases and completely eliminated in some areas. This can save $1,000′s on building project. Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere was also there to discuss the proposed ordinance for Historic Districting of Old Mandeville. He also gave an update ongoing projects in the City of Mandeville.
Our January Luncheon sponsor was the Bono Law Firm. John and Michael Bono discussed how most of our member businesses can benefit from filing a claim for lost income due to the BP Oil Spill. Your company does not have to have loss directly related to the spill and most area businesses qualify. If you would like to know if you business qualifies, contact the Bono Law Firm and they will be happy to explain your options.
We had quite a few new members join us as we welcomed them to their first luncheon as STHBA members. Pictured are Row 1: Jason Segreti of Norandex Building Materials Distribution, Stephanie Landry of Landry’s Mobile Concrete, LLC, Sidney Landry of Landry’s Mobile Concrete, LLC, David Aymond of Aymond Contractors, Inc. , Jon Henderson of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Row 2: Victor Kissinger of Norandex Building Materials Distribution, Blake Stewart of Bell Mechanical Services, LLC , Chris Whitecotton of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Jason Westbrook of Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. Not Pictured: Ronald Caillouet of Ronald J. Caillouet Contractor, Miles Coate of Buddy Coate Homes, Inc., Gary Hebert of Abear Metal Specialties, Randy Kline of RGB Construction Services, LLC, Scott Lassere of Lassere Construction, Inc., Alvin Ross of Ross Residential Properties, Charmaine Seymour of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Henry Smith of H&J Builders, LLC.
We also celebrated some Milestone Anniversaries. Pictured: Michael LeCorgne of 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty celebrating 25 year, David Champagne of David Champagne Construction celebrating 20 years and Mike Harper of Campbell Cabinet Co., Inc. celebrating 25 years. Not Pictured: 5 Year Anniversaries: Scott Harrison of Goodbee Plumbing, Inc., Joshua Camper of Stronghold Construction, Silvia Muller of Support Our War Heroes, Brian Byers of Byers Sheetmetal, LLC, Bryan Hickey of Hickey Construction, LLC and John Cognevich of Stone Interiors New Orleans. 10 Year Anniversaries: Jimmy Bankston of Coburn Supply Co., Holly Kennedy of HR Builders Co., Inc., Nancy Ellington of Resource Bank, Brian Intravia of BMI Construction, Edward Van Hoven of Van Hoven Contracting, Inc., Edward Mentel of Livewire Electric, Inc., and Ron Cittadino of Dino’s Masonry. 20 Year Anniversaries: Don McMath of McMath Construction, John Arce of John Arce Painting, Ross Guastella of Guastella Properties, Inc., Harley Nethken of Acadian Structural Solutions, Inc./Engineering Services, Inc. 25 Year Anniversaries: Gary Intravia of Point Development Corp., Tim Henning of Lonesome Development, LLC, and Brandy D’Angelo of Tammany Supply/Div of LCR. 30 Year Annivesary: Rick Caballero of D A Exterminating Co., Inc.
The August Membership Luncheon was packed with lots of exciting things. First, our guest speaker Rick Roberts, President of the Louisiana Realtors Association spoke on the 3.8% medicare tax that is in the Healthcare Law. There are a lot of myths going around about the tax and Rick explained how the program really works. The National Association of Realtors has also produced a booklet to help explain the tax.
At the luncheon we also gave away a lot of money! The 2012 “Raising the Roof for Charity” recipient organizations were presented with an amount totaling $145,000. All of this money came from the 2012 “Raising the Roof for Charity” Raffle House, which was constructed in Maison du Lac by Integrity Builders. This is a great annual event that has realized over $4.3 million for local charities since 1994. This year’s participating charities were The Good Samaritan Ministry, Habitat for Humanity-St. Tammany West, Support Our War Heroes, Tammany Trace Foundation and St. Tammany HBA Charitable Trust. Each organization will use the funds to improve the quality of life in St. Tammany Parish and for its citizens. This project is made possible through the hard work and dedication of our members. Each year our members join together to donate money and time to make this project a success.
We also gave out almost $8,000 to 15 deserving St. Tammany and Washington Parish students who will be attending school in Louisiana. In May, our members came together to play and sponsor the Spring Scholarship Golf Tournament. Since 2003, this event has generated over $101,000 that has been awarded to local students. In order to be eligable for a scholarship, students must live in St. Tammany and Washington Parish and attend school in Louisiana (in addition to other criteria).
As with every Luncheon, we also welcomed new members to the Association. Three new members were able to join us, (pictured L to R) Kelly Keller of LA Pavers, LLC, Ken Ross of Mahony Title and Steele McDaniel of Steele-R Development. Other members who joined the HBA in June and July were Christine Aparicio (Aparicio Enterprise, LLC), Kevin Barnes (Precision Elevator Company, LLC), Sean Black (Southern Construction of Louisiana, LLC), Jason Loe (Jason’s Gutters, LLC), Candy Luckado (Northshore Siding Co., LLC), Warren Peyton (Amazing Window Solutions, LLC), Clyde St. Amant (St. Amant Home Builders Inc.), Benjamin Seymour (Trezevant Builders, LLC), Doyle Thomas (Doyle Thomas Construction), William Watton, and Kevin Williams (KRW Construction, LLC).
Finally, every other month we celebrate our members who have reach milestone anniversaries. We had 2 members join us this month, both celebrating 10 years of membership, Billie and Bob Comeaux of American Factory Direct Furniture (pictured on the left) and Laurie Martin of Doors of Elegance (pictured on the right) both with our Membership Committee Chairman Nicholas Cavalier. Other milestone anniversaries are as follows: 5 Year Anniversaries: Jerry Zulli (ARC), Dwayne Kyle (Dwayne’s Drywall), and Ken Geeting (KCE Construction). 10 Year Anniversaries: Stephen Evans, Sr. (Evans Designer Homes) and Francisco Solorzano (FXS Construction, Inc.). 25 Year Anniversary: Jay Morrison (Slidell Refrigeration & Metal Fabrication). 30 Year Anniversary: Michael Moore (Mike’s Hardware & Building Supply).
Our next Monthly Membership Luncheon will be on Tuesday, September 11th, 11:45am at Benedict’s Plantation in Mandeville. We hope that you will join us.
We had a very busy June Membership Luncheon. Thank you to our sponsor, Charter Business. They discussed the great products that are available to our members. Pictured are Don Rees, Major Accounts Executive, Steven Gorman, Marketing Manager, Shelly King, Sales Manager, John Boyd, Regional Sales Manager, Stuart Booth, Tech Ops Supervisor, and Kevin David, Construction Coordinator. Don’t hesitate to call them to find out how they can help improve your office’s communication system or how they can help you with new construction projects.
The Sales and Marketing Council also presented the 2012 Parade of Homes Realtors’ Choice Awards. Each year a select group of top Realtors in the parish tour Parade Homes and rate them in a variety of categories. Ron Lee Homes won Realtors’ Choice Award (best overall score) and Best Floor Plan for their house in TerraBella Village. Welbilt Custom Homes won Best Kitchen for their Abita Springs Parade Home and Best Master Bath for their Masters Point Parade Home. Highland Homes won Best Curb Appeal for their TerraBella Parade Home. Pictured are Sharon Ripoll, SMC Vice-Chair, Jeff Lassere of Welbilt Custom Homes, Ron Lee of Ron Lee Homes, Jules Guidry of Highland Homes and Anne Sarphie, SMC Chair.
In March, the Sales and Marketing Council held a series of classes where STHBA members could earn the Certified Aging in Place Specialists Designation. Dodie Adams,CSP, CGP, CAPS, CGB of Integrity Builders (pictured center) is our newest CAPS designation holder. Also pictured are SMC Vice-Chair Sharon Ripoll (left) and SMC Chair Anne Sarphie (right).
We also welcomed a new member. Chris Boudreaux of Eagle Eye Renovations & Construction was able to join us. We had a number of other new members join the Association in May, but they were unable to make the luncheon: Keith Barnes (Precision Elevator Company, LLC), Allen Dugas, Sr. (Haaswood Homes, Inc.), Gerard Junot (R&J Construction, LLC), Peggy Labara (Dave’s Construction, LLC), Kenny Lauber (Kenny Lauber Construction, LLC), Josh Mayeaux (Bayou Custom Painting), and Kim Roberts, Jr. (Roberts Construction, LLC).
This month we also celebrated our members that had milestone anniversaries. A few of those were able to join us to celebrate. Pictured: Joanne Crespo of Gotcha Covered Window Fashions celebrating 5 years; Cheryl Murphy of Floor To Ceiling, LLC celebrating 10 years; Chad Hamilton of Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights celebrating 5 years; Jackie Raffray of Perque Flooring celebrating 10 years, A. J. Cushing of Tony Herring & Associates celebrating 15 years; and Doug Hendry of Miltenberger & Co. celebrating 30 years. Not Pictured: 5 Year Anniversaries: Deryl Boudreau (Pan American Power, Inc.), Brian Ellison, Sr. (Ellison Electrical, LLC), Cheryl Ellison (Ellison Electrical, LLC), Marc Jones (Marc Jones Construction, LLC), Terry Maddox (St. Tammany News), Donna McManus (Home Bank), Reggie Ougel (BPT Gulf Coast), Adam Sambola (Sambola Painting), Allen Tingle (Allen Tingle, LLC), and Michael Vickers (Vickers Construction); 10 Year Anniversary: Ronald Duhe (R J Duhe & Assoc., Inc.); 15 Year Anniversaries: Michael Piazza (Piazza Architecture Planning), Robert Roussell (Northshore Design), and Jason Yancey (Yar Construction); 20 Year Anniversary: Greg Gordon (Gordon Construction); 30 Year Anniversary: Billy Owen, Jr. (Owen’s Plumbing, Heating & A/C, Inc.)
At our March 6th Membership Luncheon, guest speaker Helmut Mundt of Hartwig Moss Insurance Agency discussed LHBA’s new Builders Risk Program. He talked about the program details and how some builders have saved as much as 40% on their policies. To find out how you can start saving, contact one of our member agents.
Thank you to our new members who were able to join us at the Luncheon, Joseph Holzhalb of Noah’s Restoration, LLC, and Mark Albrecht of Deltone Electric & A/C. Other new members who joined the STHBA in February are James Chustz, and Cesar Encinia (Encinia’s Construction Services).
At our February Membership Luncheon on, February 7th, we welcomed District Attorney Walter Reed, 22nd Judicial District as the guest speaker. He discussed his long and distinguished career in law enforcement.
At the luncheon we also celebrated some milestone HBA Anniversaries. Due to technical difficulties, we don’t have a photo, but thank you to the following members for celebrating their anniversary with us: Nancy Lee, CSP of Hearthstone Homes by Ron Lee celebrating 10 years, David Gaspard, GGA, CGP of Floorco, Inc. celebrating 10 years and Frank Bergeron of Custom Outdoor Concepts celebrating 5 years. Other Anniversaries not in attendance: 5 Year Anniversaries: Denny Perschall of Coliseum Construction Corp., Michael Neal of Neal’s Plumbing Plus, Inc. 10 Year Anniversary: David Lamulle of Lamulle Construction, LLC, 15 Year Anniversary: Mitch Richard of Calmar Construction Co. 25 Year Anniversary: Tim Henning of Lonesome Development, LLC 30 Year Anniversary: Ken Levy of Latter & Blum, Inc./Realtors.
At the luncheon we also welcome a new member, Sarada LeBourgeois of Stone Title. Other new members not present were TJ Waguespack of ABC Supply Co., Inc., Craig Weston of BuilderFusion, Inc., Joseph Holzhalb of Noah’s Restoration, LLC, Brandt Gibert of Premier Pools and Spas, and Mike Williams of Wilco Concrete Pumping, LLC.
Our next Membership Luncheon will be on March 6th, 11:45am at Benedict’s Plantation in Mandeville. There Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights and Sears Commercial will be presenting special offers for Parade of Homes Builders and STHBA Members.