The E-Magazine of the Fairfield County HBRA DECEMBER 2017 Features UPCOMING JANUARY 18-19, 2018 OSHA10 Training JANUARY 26, 2018 The Twenty-Six Hour Day HBRA Holiday Party New HBRA Members Member News Builder News

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HBRA VIP CIRCLE 2016-17 OFFICERS President Chris Steiner Steiner, Inc. Sr. Vice-President Anthony DeRosa DeRosa Builders Vice-President Kim DiMatteo DiMatteo Group Secretary John Hertz Hertz Construction Immediate Past President Peter Gaboriault Bear Paw Builders 2016-17 DIRECTORS Peter Battaglio Hocon Gas Max Bender Bender Supply Steve Berko Four Square Build & Design Michael Church William Pitt Sotheby’s Ken DeLeo Doherty & DeLeo Brian Kurtz Interstate Lumber Rob Michaud The Michaud Group Steven Roth Elevator Service Company Alex Shook Pella Commercial Michael Wood Wood Builders Joanne Carroll JMC Resources Jerry Effren Gary Fanali City Carting LIFE DIRECTORS Peter Fusaro Preferred Builders The Greyrock Companies Maureen Hanley United Bank Michael Palumbo ERI Building & Design Thank you to the following VIP Associate Members for their support in 2017. Due to their generosity the Association greatly benefits - from developing new events and educational opportunities for the membership, to keeping our lights on! DECEMBER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 3 gas MEDIA SPONSOR

IN THIS ISSUE Letter From The CEO Upcoming Events 8 Holiday Party 22 OSHA10 15 Directory HBRA Holiday Party New Members Member Spotlight NAHB Chairman statement on ITC Lumber Ruling Impact of Canadian Lumber Duties OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations for 2017 2018 IBS Preview NAHB Launches Instagram Consumer Initiative Aging in Place Modifications Features in Display Congress Approves Short-Term Extension CAPS Training OSHA10 Training The Twenty Six Hour Day Member Benefits Advertisers: CTC&G Ridgefield Supply Marlin Electric Tooher Ferraris Hocon Gas Interstate Lumber Elevator Service Company East Haven Builders Supply Fairfield County Bank Ed’s Garage Doors United Bank DiMatteo Group County TV & Appliance Ring’s End p.6 p.7 p.8 p.12 p.14 p.16 p.16 p.17 p.17 p.18 p.19 p.19 p.20 p.22 p.23 p.24 p. 2 p. 5 p. 7 p. 10 p. 11 p. 12 p. 13 p. 17 p. 19 p. 20 p. 21 p. 24 p. 25 p. 28 Editorial Staff Gina Calabro Publisher/Editor Clare Michalak Designer Sarah Iannarone Executive Assistant Want to advertise? HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike, Suite 307 Fairfield, CT 06825 203-335-7008 hbra@buildfairfieldcounty.com www. buildfairfieldcounty.com Contact the office for more information and rates.

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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER Dear HBRA Members, We end 2017 with many wonderful events, numerous new members and some really great memories. It is especially the memories that I will carry with me as I move on to the next adventure in my career. It was a hard decision to leave the HBRA, but I know that the fine work we all started will carry on and the organization will continue to blossom. There are so many to thank for my time here, but most especially the following: • The Officers and the Board of Directors, without whose support I could not have done my job. • The VIP Circle Sponsors for your support and loyalty to the association and me. • All of the Committee Chairs and Members for your amazing ideas and willingness to take on new projects and events. • My staff, Sarah and Clare, without whom I wouldn’t have been able to pull off the sold out events and office duties. Gina Calabro But most of all, thank you to the HBRA members! You have made our events special and fun. You have helped elevate the organization in so many ways that when non-members attend they want join and be a part of this remarkable group. But most of all your support has been so valuable. I will miss you all! I bid you all a fond farewell but it’s not forever. I hope to have a joint venture with the AIA and HBRA and work together on future projects. Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year! All the Best, 6 HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2017

MARK YOUR CALENDARS UPCOMING EVENTS January 18 & 19, 2018 OSHA10 Ridgefield Supply Educational Facility 29 Prospect Street Ridgefield CT 06877 Click Here to register 1 January 26, 2018 The Twenty-Six Hour Day Ring’s End Educational Facility 160 Avon Ave Stratford, CT 06615 Click Here to register DECEMBER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 7

HBRA EVENTS HBRA 2nd Annual Holiday Cocktail Party O’Neill’s Irish Pub, South Norwalk W hat an amazing night to celebrate and share the holiday spirit! Close to 150 members and guests gathered at a private party at O’Neill’s Irish Pub for food and drink. The big winner of the evening was Aleighen Bunkers of DeRosa Builders. Aleighen won the Membership Raffle of $1,500. There were no other winners in 2017. Additional door prizes included 4 tickets to Bow Tie Cinemas and Builders Rock Glasses/ Dunkin Donut gift cards. Thanks to all who brought an unwrapped toy that were collected and given to Open Door Shelter in Norwalk. l-r: Chris Steiner, HBRA President, Gina Calabro, CEO and Aleighen Bunkers, DeRosa Builders 8 HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2017

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BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS THAT LAST “Propane Pete” Battaglio Over 35 years of experience With over 400,000 gallons of storage, Hocon Gas has a stellar reputation for delivering propane and industry expertise since 1952! Senior Regional Manager, New Business Development Hocon Gas, Inc. 6 Armstrong Rd. Shelton, CT 06484 Cell: 203.343.2199 Shelton: 203.925.0600 Fax: 203.944.0300 Email: pbattaglio@hocongas.com PROPANE SERVICES INCLUDE: RESIDENTIAL • Cooking • Fireplaces • Generators • Grills • Heat • Hot Water • Pools • Tanks CUSTOMER SERVICE • Appliances • Installation • Propane Delivery • Expert Services INDUSTRIAL DIVISION • Industrial Gases • Safety Products • Temporary Heat • Welding Supplies www.hocongas.com DANBURY NORWALK GUILFORD SUFFIELD 86 Payne Rd. 1242 South St. (203) 744-4000 33 Rockland Rd. (203) 853-1500 736 Boston Post Rd. (203) 458-2790 (860) 254-5862 TORRINGTON 2407 Winsted Rd. (860) 626-0900 WATERBURY 20 Railroad Hill St. (203) 754-7601 WE PLAN IT ■ WE INSTALL IT ■ WE FILL IT ■ WE SERVICE IT AD-BLDG-CONNECTIONS-MAG-NOV-2017 ©Hocon Gas • HOD 726-30 HIC 0616588 DECEMBER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 11

NEW MEMBERS Welcome to the newest members of HBRA of Fairfield County! Go to www.buildfairfieldcounty.com for their contact info. Lorenzo Wyatt Home Comfort Practice, Inc. Home Comfort Practice is a full-service, home performance contractor that diagnoses home inefficiencies and crafts comprehensive proposals to fix your home. Our company comprises four (4) divisions of service: Energy Audit, Insulation Upgrade, Carpentry: Window, Doors, and General Contracting, Exterior: Roofing & Siding. We offer the most competitive pricing for advanced air sealing, insulation upgrades, windows and doors replacement, roofing, siding, gutters, and any other solutions we propose. Lisa Moriello loanDepot Lisa Moriello is a 29 year veteran of the mortgage industry; she has found her niche when she joined loanDepot back in 2009. Besides being licensed to provide mortgages in 16 states, she is one of only 75 mortgage professionals in the entire country to hold the designation of Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional. 13/16" 3/4" ILINE 1902 ILINE 1901S ILINE 1903 ILINE 1903S The ILINE Collection is a comprehensive moulding program that offers a fresh pallet of new and vibrant profiles that will be an enhancement to any interior space. These profiles are divided into categories based upon their specific application. To ensure that the proper mouldings are specified in the project, simply write the corresponding ILINE moulding number in your specifications, or architectural plans. View and download profiles at interstatelumber.com 12 HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2017 7 1/4" 5 3/4"

Ross Clark Clark Construction of Ridgefield, Inc. Our mission is to deliver strong design solutions, and provide a smooth enjoyable remodeling journey with well executed projects that make a difference to the families in our local community. We are proud to build not only beautiful projects but lasting friendships and clients for life. We love what we do. We’ve been putting our hearts into it, and exceeding expectations since 1987. Lucas Martins LBM Contracting LLC With over 15 years of experience in remodeling, renovation and construction, Lucas Martins takes great pride in delivering only the highest quality of work. We service all of Fairfield County, Connecticut.We remain true to our values of quality, honesty and hard work. We are confident in our ability to find solutions for our clients to best achieve their goals. Welcome to our newest Affiliate Member TRL Laszlo Korbl TRL Development Group WE ARE NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN MOTION As the elevator and lift industry experts, Elevator Service Company is dedicated to finding the prefect product for your application. We offer the most reliable and efficient lift solutions in the industry. Our products come in every finish and option imaginable, so you can add your personal touch. 203-757-5000 www.ElevatorServiceCo.com CT Lic.# ELV. 400105 R1 ~ RI Lic. # 21 MA Lic.# EC-000093 Providing not one, but all Major Manufacturers Equipment DECEMBER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 13

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT T he Daigle & Travers Insurance Agency is located in Darien, CT. We offer 34 years of insurance expertise and extensive knowledge of commercial and personal insurance programs. Our guidance and recommendations will help you meet your financial goals, insurance protection and budget. We understand the demand of intricate details of workers compensation, sub contractor agreements, general liability, business auto policies, inland marine and umbrella protection. Daigle & Travers works with over 30 different carriers to provide the best protection for our clients. Some of the top insurance carriers we work with for contractors and tradesman are Acadia, Selective, and National Grange to name a few. Dana has been with Daigle & Travers since 2015. She is a commercial and personal lines producer, although she is knowledgeable in both lines of insurance, she prefers commercial because of the complexity and intricate detail of writing business policies. She specializes in general contractors, all types of artisan contractors; including but not limited to landscape, tree and site developers. Originally from Pittsburgh, Dana now lives in Rowayton with her husband Doug, 2 daughters (Claire and Abigail), and rescued dog and cat. She loves nutrition and going to the gym. Contact Dana for a complete review of your current policies 203655-6974 or Dana@dt-ins.com. 14 HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2017 Daigle & Travers Insurance Agency Dana Drugo dana@dt-ins.com 203-655-6974 www.daigletravers.com

RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW! 2018 Directory & Resource Guide Confirm your free listing and consider placing a paid directory ad! Your ad not only promotes your business but helps the HBRA of Fairfield County with annual operating expenses! Ad & Listing Deadline: Friday, January 12, 2018 The HBRA Member Directory & Consumer Resource Guide reaches hundreds of members and consumers each year through the printed and online flipbook directory. AD DIMENSIONS & PRICING size Full Page Half Page (Hor.) Quarter Page 5.75” x 3.75” 2.75” x 3.75” All full-size print pages include bleed. Please return forms via email, fax or mail. HBRA of Fairfield County 2228 Black Rock Turnpike, Suite 307 Fairfield CT 06825 T: (203) 335-7008 F: (203) 335-7141 clare@buildfairfieldcounty.com dimensions [WxH] PRiCe 6.75” x 8.75” $900 $600 $425 Listing Example Simple Listing: InSinkErator 4700 21st St Racine WI 53406 www.insinkerator.com Rhonda Burnim (203)522-9608 CLICK HERE FOR LISTING FORMS DECEMBER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 15

BUILDER NEWS Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on ITC Lumber Ruling G ranger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, issued the following statement on today’s ruling by the International Trade Commission (ITC) that lumber shipments from Canada pose a threat of injury to domestic lumber producers: “We are disappointed by the ITC ruling and believe this is a protectionist measure designed to safeguard the interests of major domestic lumber producers at the expense of American consumers. This decision means the tariffs imposed by the Commerce Department will remain in effect for Canadian lumber shipments into the U.S. These tariffs are acting as a tax on American home buyers and lumber consumers. “NAHB estimates that these tariffs will increase the price of an average singlefamily home built in 2018 by $1,360. Since the U.S. doesn’t’ produce enough lumber to meet the nation’s domestic needs, we need to take steps to boost domestic production. At the same time, the U.S. and Canada need to hammer out an equitable agreement to resolve this ongoing trade dispute that will provide American consumers a steady supply of lumber at a reasonable price.” Read More Impact of the Canadian Lumber Duties on the U.S. Economy in 2018 O n November 2, 2017, the Commerce Department announced its final decision to impose duties averaging 20.83 percent on Canadian softwood lumber shipments into the U.S. The impacts of these duties on the U.S. economy next year will include increased production by U.S. sawmills, reduced imports from Canada, and higher prices paid for lumber by consumers in the U.S., which in turn will lead to a reduced volume of new residential construction. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) estimates that the bottom line impact of these effects in 2018 will be a net loss of $576.9 million in wages and salaries for U.S. workers, $404.0 million in taxes and other revenue for governments in the U.S., and 9,370 full-time U.S. jobs. The jobs are measured in Full Time Equivalents (enough work to keep a worker employed full-time for a year, based on the average hours worked per week in each affected industry). NAHB’s estimates for calendar year 2018 require a baseline projection of the relevant economic activity and prices that would have prevailed in the absence of the duties. Because preliminary duties were announced and being anticipated throughout 2017, the baseline projections for the percentage breakdown of lumber produced in, imported into, and exported out of the U.S., as well as lumber prices, are based on 2016 data. The source of data on lumber production in 2016 is the Lumber Track newsletter issued on November 6, 2017 by the Western Wood Products Association. The source of data on lumber prices is a mid-2016 Lumber Market Report issued by Random Lengths, adjusted for inflation using the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index in 2017 and 2018 (from NAHB’s Economic and Housing Forecast dated 11/13/2017). NAHB’s forecast is also the source for housing starts and residential fixed investment in 2018. Read More 16 HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2017

OSHA’s Top 10 Most-Cited Violations For Fiscal Year 2017 A New Entry Emerged in the Top 10 list of OSHA’s most frequently cited violations for fiscal year 2017, joining the ranks of a rarely altered field. Assessing the addition of Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503) at No. 9, Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, treated the matter with the same urgency reserved for the list’s usual suspects. “Many of these violations were specifically related to training requirements and ensuring that a training program for each employee who may be exposed to fall hazards is established,” Kapust told Safety+Health. “Often, these violations occurred in the roofing, framing and residential modeling industries. “We are concerned about the recent uptick in this category and urge employers to take the necessary measures to train employees on this competency.” The top five violations mirrored those from FY 2016, as Fall Protection – General Requirements again ranked atop the list. Here, S+H presents the full list, the “penalty box” of the year’s largest fines and an exclusive interview with Kapust. Read More 2018 IBS Preview: Land Strategies For Small Builders F or small- and medium-sized builders, finding the land on which to build can be a major concern. Large private and public companies have access to resources and capital that’s impossible for “the little guys” to match. But just because a small or medium builder doesn’t have the same financial backing as larger competitors doesn’t mean these firms can’t find land deals that work for them. A session at the Builders’ Show next month, called Competing with Big Builders by Developing Your Own Lots, to be held Jan. 9 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., will provide these types of builders with ways to get creative in finding and obtaining land. Read More ANNOUNCING the arrival of our new 8-story BOOMTRUCK CONNECTICUT - East Haven - Manchester - Newtown SANDY HOOK - 2 Turnberry Lane - 203-426-0030 NEW YORK - Millwood • Mold / Mildew Resistant Board • Fire Rated Board • ½” Light Weight Board • Exterior Sheathing • Metal Studs • Acoustical Ceiling Tile DECEMBER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 17

BUILDER NEWS How Construction Costs, Lot Prices Impacted Sales in 2017 A NAHB Launches Instagram Consumer Initiative T he NAHB is proud to announce a new consumer awareness initiative – and a great promotional opportunity for your projects – on the photo-sharing app Instagram. “This initiative is designed to build awareness among the home buying audience of the craftsmanship and innovation of NAHB members,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “We want Instagram’s 700 million monthly users to see how our members are building homes, enriching communities and changing lives.” Getting your company involved is simple: If you already have an Instagram account, just follow us @homebuilders and tag us in the pictures that you would like us to share. If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can submit your photos, along with a short description of the home or a story about the home owners for whom you built or remodeled the home, at nahb.org/photos. Either way, make sure to include the Instagram handle for other key people or companies that were involved in the project, along with photo credits. There are lots of possibilities: • Completed homes • Entire communities – including homes and amenities like trails and clubhouses • Furnished and/or staged rooms such as kitchens, baths, living rooms, master bathrooms, wine rooms and bars, outdoor areas • Before-and-after images Photo quality is key. Please submit professional photographs, or at least ones that are lighted appropriately. Photos that are dark, blurry or aren’t using a flattering angle cannot be used – and don’t make your product look good, anyway. Please note, if you’re submitting before-and-after photos, it’s okay if the “before” images aren’t taken by pros.Questions? We have answers. Please contact Camilo Cuba, NAHB senior brand marketing manager. Read More 18 HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2017 ccording to a recent NAHB survey of home builders, construction costs account for 55.6% of the final sales price of the average new home, and 21.5% of the total sales price is attributed to the cost of the lot. Rising materials prices and limited labor have been primary concerns for builders throughout 2017, and those issues are expected to continue into next year as well. However, as NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz noted recently in Eye on Housing, recent figures for starts and sales are indicating continued growth is ahead. “Single-family starts (877,000) are at a post-recession high, and sales of new single-family homes sales rose 6% [in October], recording its strongest reading in a decade,” Dietz said. “Moreover, a rising share of new home sales is coming from homes that have not yet begun construction, pointing to additional gains for construction in the near term.” For more details about the survey and a breakdown of the average sales price, go to housingeconomics.com. Read More

Aging-in-Place Modifications Featured in Museum Display A new exhibit at Washington’s National Building Museum celebrates the flexibility of modern home design and features the role of the Certified Agingin-Place Specialist (CAPS) in demonstrating how thoughtful, adjustable and beautiful design solutions can help home owners live safely in their own homes. Making Room: Housing for a Changing America centers on The Open House — a flexible, 1,000-square-foot home designed for the exhibition by architect Pierluigi Colombo. The movable walls and multi-functional furniture allow the space to encompass a variety of today’s diverse households. Until next February, the exhibition space will be displayed as a home shared by three roommates. Next, the walls will be reconfigured to showcase a multigenerational home and how the space can accommodate that family’s different needs and uses. In spring 2018, the space will change again to reflect the home of empty nesters, and design for fluctuating ages and capabilities will be illustrated though home modifications that are part of the NAHB CAPS curriculum. Bridget McMullin, principal of New Jersey-based The McMullin Design Group and a CAPS designation holder, served on the American Society of Interior Designers Consulting Design Committee for the exhibit. Read More Congress Approves Short-Term Extension to Keep Government Running T o avert a government shutdown on Dec. 8, Congress last night approved a short-term continuing resolution to keep the government running for two more weeks until Dec. 22. Republican and Democratic lawmakers hope to use this additional time to hammer out an agreement on spending issues that could lead to a second continuing resolution that will keep the government’s doors open into January of 2018. Read More Financing some of the top builders in Fairfield County. People you trust, service you expect, and products to fit your financial needs. • Construction Financing • Commercial Mortgages • Term Loans • Revolving Lines of Credit 877.431.7431 • www.fairfieldcountybank.com NMLS ID #516624 EQUAL HOUSING L E ND E R MEMBER FDIC DECEMBER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 19

TRAINING & SEMINARS CAPS TRAINING T he HBRA of Fairfield County sponsored the 3-day Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) designation courses on December 6-8 at the Rings End Educational Facility in Stratford. Millions of Americans are living longer and more active lives. Because they are embracing newly found and changing lifestyles, they need to revitalize their home environment. Identifying this burgeoning opportunity and then developing the skills to interact with this market can help you grow your business dramatically. The CAPS designation training program equips graduates with the technical, customer service and marketing skills required to effectively service the burgeoning market for aging in place home modifications. Each course is designed to equip course participants with the knowledge and tools to effectively market and sell services to the aging in place (AIP) market. To identify common challenges within the home and understand attractive design concepts that create a safe and comfortable environment for clients who want to age in place as well as identify with one or more of these groups: Individuals who are not experiencing health issues related to aging, individuals who have a progressive or other condition that requires home modifications or equipment, and individuals who are dealing with an abrupt or traumatic health-related change. And introduces design solutions and techniques for professionals whose clients require specialized design and equipment to live and thrive comfortably in their homes. Whole house product specification and installation techniques will be covered accompanied by practical, hands-on activities. Thanks to Alan Hanbury, CGR, CAPS, CGP, GMR, MBA from the House of Hanbury, Inc. and a licensed NAHB instructor who lead the course. BEAUTY. ELEGANCE. STRENGTH. Our Aluminum Doors Will Surprise You. Ed’s Garage Doors offers a broad selection of aluminum doors that are the perfect complement to your home. Visit our showroom to see many exclusive aluminum doors on display, and talk with a design expert about our countless in-stock and custom options. Showroom Hours: Mon. – Fri.: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Evenings: By appointment Sunday: Closed 136 Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 203-847-1284 edsgaragedoors.com ® 20 HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2017

MEMBER OPPORTUNITY ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT The HBRA of Fairfield County is offering a VALUEADDED membership opportunity to promote your business in our digital monthly magazine Building Connections! Interstate+Lakeland Lumber Corp. Since 1922 Interstate + Lakeland Lumber has been dedicated to servicing the needs of the area’s finest builders throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties. Committed to providing the highest quality of service and materials in the area with competitive pricing, Interstate + Lakeland Lumber has established itself as one of the leaders in product knowledge and representation. From framing lumber, both dimensional and engineered, to windows, siding, and trim, Interstate + Lakeland Lumber can supply the full array of building materials to suit any type of project. We are most proud of our molding program with over 300 molding profiles in stock that make up the IL Greenwich Collection. Interstate + Lakeland Lumber just recently launched 40 additional profiles to make up their new “ILINE Collection”. With our 100,000 sq ft millwork manufacturing and distribution center located in Bethel CT, we are leading the industry on the custom mill work side of the business for both interior and exterior production. Interstate + Lakeland Lumber is proud to be one of Brian Kurtz the few and remaining successful family owned and operated businesses that has entered into its fourth 26 HBRA of Fairfield County | JUNE 2017 generation with the addition of Brian. This rich and vibrant tradition continues to grow as the company enters its 96th year in business. Brian joined the company in 2008 eager to continue its great success, and has played key role in helping chart the future course of Interstate + Lakeland Lumber. As an outside salesman for the past five years he has managed to grow existing customer relationships as well as develop new ones with some of the top builders in the area. He brings passion and enthusiasm every day to his work and is constantly looking for ways to improve customer satisfaction. Over the next five years Brian plans to continue his growth in all aspects of the company and focus on bringing in the next generation of dedicated IL employees to help Interstate flourish. Please stop into Interstate + Lakeland Lumber’s award winning Window and Door showroom in Greenwich CT, or any one of the 5 locations to speak with our knowledgeable and friendly staff that represent the Interstate and Lakeland Lumber family. We look forward to supplying your next job.” Interstate+Lakeland Lumber Corp. 184 South Water Street Greenwich CT 06830 www.interstatelumber.com The Monthly Spotlight includes: • 1 FREE Full Page in the Building Connections Magazine • Space for company contact information and logos, linked to your website • Opportunity to display homes for sale, listing information, and notable homes • Opportunity to display awards and recognitions • See Pages 24 and 26 for examples. CONTACT clare@buildfairfieldcounty.com to reserve your space today! MEET THE MOST POWERFUL BUSINESS PARTNERS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY. Kathryn A. Eren, VP, Cash Management Officer; Lisa Stuard, AVP Commercial Loan Administrator; Maureen Hanley-Bellitto, SVP, Commercial Team Leader; Gregory Pastor, Jr. VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Kim Karl, VP, Commercial Banking Officer; Deep community roots. Unrivaled market knowledge. Unmatched customer service. When a bank builds its commercial banking team around the values that truly make a difference in helping your business and community grow and prosper, that’s more than banking. That’s changing the way you bank. Talk to us today. Visit bankatunited.com/commercial Member FDIC Equal Housing Lender DECEMBER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 21

OSHA 10 HOUR CONSTRUCTION Thursday, January 18 & Friday, January 19, 2017 8:00am-2:00pm Registration starts at 7:30AM Ridgefield Supply Educational Facility 29 Prospect Street Ridgefield CT 06877 HBRA Members: $35.00 Non-Members: $75.00 (Fees include registration, continental breakfast, lunch, and OSHA card) REGISTER HERE OSHA is coming to FINE you! Get ahead of them & learn what you need to know for your business and your employees. The OSHA10-hour construction training course is designed for anyone in the construction industry. Upon completion, participants will receive an OSHA construction safety and health 10-hour course completion card from the Department of Labor. OSHA 10 cards are good for 5 years. *Must attend both dates in order to receive OSHA card-per federal regulation. Continental Breakfast & Lunch included both days. Payment must be received by January 12th to reserve your spot. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this course due to limited seating. Sponsored by: 22 HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2017

THE TWENTY-SIX HOUR DAY Friday, January 26, 2018 8:00am-2:00pm Registration starts at 7:30AM Ring’s End Educational Facility 160 Avon Street Stratford, CT 06615 HBRA Members: $20.00 Non-Members: $40.00 (Fees include continental breakfast) REGISTER HERE How Contractors Can Get Two More Hours in Your Day! Contractors know the value of their time and the need to leverage every hour for increased results. One additional hour each day of productive time can yield significant increases to their bottom lines. Don Wetmore grew up in the construction industry and has had a career as a Realtor, a real estate attorney, a real estate developer and management consultant and one of the leading experts on Time Management. Don has made over 2,000 Time Management presentations worldwide and has conducted dozens of Time Management programs exclusively for contractors throughout the United States and Canada. He is the author of seven books, including “Beat the Clock”. In his dynamic, motivating, and content rich Time Management Seminar for Contractors, you will learn practical ways to: • Manage multiple priorities • Organize “have to’s” and “want to’s” • Manage appointments and scheduled events • Invest time v. expense time • Get two more productive hours in every work day • Leverage your time for greater productivity • Gain better control over the entire 24-hour day • Overcome procrastination • Avoid “crisis management” • Identify and eliminate time wasters • Say “no” positively • Reduce telephone tag • And much, much more! Sponsored By Instructor: Dr. Donald Wetmore Productivity Institute 127 Jefferson Street Stratford, CT 06615 DECEMBER 2017 | HBRA of Fairfield County 23

MEMBER BENEFITS Verizon Wireless 22% OFF monthly access fees and more NPP offers members exclusive savings on a variety of Verizon Wireless services for business. Plus, you can also share Verizon discounts with your employees. Sign up today so your business can start saving with the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network. NPP members receive • 22% OFF monthly access fees for eligible members* • 25% discount on select accessories • Special promotions on equipment Look no further for an insurance agent who can work with you to design an insurance portfolio just right for your business. If you engage in construction or remodeling of one or two family residences in CT then I want to talk to you. Our construction insurance program includes: • General Liability • • • Property Business Auto Inland Marine • Workers Compensation • Umbrella • Builders Risk Kim Marie DiMatteo, CIC, MWCA I have been in the construction insurance business since 1992. I know the markets, the products, and what’s right for you. Call me today to schedule a convenient appointment. 79 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT 06484 | 203.924.5429 | www.dimatteogrp.com 24 HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2017

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WE’RE HERE FOR THE LONG HAUL. 2016 RAM 3500 TRADESMAN® LOAD-LEVELING REAR AIR SUSPENSION1 MAXIMUM 31,210 LB TOWING2 IMPRESSIVE 7,390 LB PAYLOAD3 Home builders face a demanding work site—and they demand the most from their work vehicles. That’s why we build Ram trucks to always be ready for the big job and never buckle under pressure. To help your business go the distance, FCA US LLC offers NAHB members, employees and family members a $500 cash allowance on select FCA US vehicles. Stack this offer with our On The Job program to get game-changing cash allowances on vehicle upfi t and service. Use your NAHB membership to get the dependable power of Ram trucks and give it everything you need to get your job done. Whether your big job is next month or years away, trust the longestlasting pickup trucks4 GET A $500 CASH ALLOWANCE ON MANY FCA US LLC VEHICLES.5 UP TO $1,000 ADDITIONAL VEHICLE BENEFITS6 No-Extra-Charge 2-Year Gas/Diesel Lube-Oil-Filter Allowance Up to $1,000 Commercial Graphics Program Allowance to fi nish strong. Up to $1,000 Commercial Equipment/Upfi t Allowance $300–$1,000 Allowance on Select Mopar® Service Contracts MOST NATIONAL AND LOCAL INCENTIVES Visit NAHB.ORG/FCA for more details. FCA US LLC IS A PROUD AFFINITY PROGRAM PROVIDER FOR THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS. 1 Available feature. 2 Available Cummins® Diesel when properly equipped. 3 Payload based on available 6.4L gas V8. 4 Based on IHS Automotive VIO registration data for all brands of GVW 1-3 pickup trucks continuously sold in the U.S. since 1988, Dodge and Ram have the highest overall percentage still on the road. 5 Family members must reside in member’s same household. See dealer for allowance and eligibility requirements. 6 Upfi t bonus must be used in conjunction with On The Job program. See dealer for On The Job eligibility requirements and offers. ©2017 FCA US LLC. All Rights Reserved. Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram are registered trademarks of FCA US LLC. FIAT is a registered trademark of FCA Group Marketing S.p.A., used under license by FCA US LLC. Cummins is a registered trademark of Cummins Inc. 26 HBRA of Fairfield County | DECEMBER 2017

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