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HBAMP endorsed candidates and measures Nov 2014

oregon-votesWith Election Day less than two weeks away, we wanted to take a moment and provide you with a list of HBAMP endorsed and recommended candidates for state and local office. Of particular importance on the ballot is Measure 90, Open Primaries. Endorsed by the Oregon Home Builders Association, Measure 90 will help ensure more moderate, pro-business candidates are elected to office in Oregon. Please note that the races highlighted below reflect only key races where HBAMP or OHBA decided to take a formal position. We hope that you will consider supporting the following candidates and measures.


Oregon City Mayor: Dan HolladaySherwood Mayor: Linda HendersonTualatin Mayor: Lou Ogden

Lake Oswego City Council (vote for 3):

Ed Brockman, Joe Buck, Jeff Gudman

Measure 3-447 Clackamas Community College: Vote YES

Measure 34-221 Washington County Vehicle Registration Fee: Vote YES

Measure 34-226 Beaverton Public Safety Center: Vote YES


Ballot Measure:Ballot Measure 90 - Open Primary: Vote YESClackamas County:

Senate District 20: Alan Olsen

Senate District 26: Chuck Thomsen

House District 26: John Davis

House District 37: Julie Parrish

House District 38: Ann Lininger

House District 40: Steve Newgard

House District 51: Jodi Bailey

House District 52: Mark Johnson

Washington County:

Senate District 15: Bruce Starr

Senate District 16: Betsy Johnson

House District 26: John Davis

House District 29: Mark Richman

House District 30: Dan Mason


The business boost that comes from membership in the HBAMP

This article appears courtesy of Jon Bell in the October edition of the Home Building News

opportunity-road-signJulie Nolta has officially been in the interior design business since 2005, and she opened her own firm, Julie Nolta Design, in 2008. While she’s always done a fair share of marketing and networking, Nolta decided to kick it up a notch earlier this year with one simple step: she joined the HBAMP.

“I just really wanted to get to know more people and learn about the industry and get more involved with the industry,” said Nolta, who as a member of a design team that decked out a home on the 2006 NW Natural Street of Dreams. “Networking is really important to my business, and getting referrals from people you know, people you trust, those are the best clients for me.”

Many HBAMP members have been with the organization for years; some even for decades. But at some point, they all were just starting out, and in a range of different ways, the HBAMP can be a big boost to new and growing businesses.

“Just looking over what all the HBAMP does, we saw a lot of potential benefits from signing up,” said Mark Nichols, owner of Nicholas Carpet Care, a full-service carpet and floor-cleaning company in Portland. Some contractors that Nicholas had been working with suggested he join the organization, which he did back in June.

Though he said it’s still a little too early to realize all the benefits that come with being a part of the HBAMP, Nicholas does see plenty of potential.

“We know that there’s a huge amount of benefit out there,” said Nicholas, who’s company has been around since 1992. “Just looking over all the things that the HBAMP does and offers, we see of lot that will be a big benefit to us.”

One of the many benefits of HBAMP membership, particularly for new businesses, is the ability to network extensively with other professionals across the entire homebuilding and remodeling industry. From regular lunches to special events and social functions, the HBAMP offers members all kinds of opportunities to meet, mingle and do business.

Nolta has been taking advantage of that aspect of her HBAMP membership since she joined in May. She said she’s gone to several different events, including the chili cook-off and a couple of social mixers. She’s also joined the PRO committee and talked to the Home Builders Foundation about possibly donating some of her services to their projects.

“I’ve met some really great people, and I love how active the organization is,” she said.

Photographer Paul Sivley has been an HBAMP member for years, and he’s made great connections for more than just his business through the association. This summer, he had some “pretty extensive work” done on his house. For that work, he only hired HBAMP members, including some who had referred business his way before.

“It’s a great way to develop business growth through two mutually beneficial directions,” he said, noting that he refers business exclusively to HBAMP members as often as he can.

For Brian Schmidt, owner of Brian Schmidt Builder and a current board member for the HBAMP, joining the association should be a no-brainer for anyone in the industry.

“I think it’s just a given that if you are going to be a builder that you ought to be a member,” he said. “They’re the ones working for the benefit of our industry, so we should all be a part of it.”

Though he started his own building company earlier this year, Schmidt’s history with the HBAMP goes back much farther than that. He used to work for Olsen Homes and saw how the HBAMP benefited that company. Case in point: the NW Natural Street of Dreams.

“When we did the Street of Dreams, we got a lot of business directly because of that,” he said.

Schmidt also noted that belonging to the HBAMP has other concrete benefits, as well. HBAMP members get fuel discounts from Supervised Fuels, up to 22 percent off Verizon cell phone packages, workers comp and insurance discounts from Montgomery and Graham Insurance and savings on credit card processing fees.

Another big benefit that HBAMP members can take advantage of — and save big money from — is the Oregon Home Builders Association Member Rebate Program. Through the free program, builders and remodelers who use products from a list of select manufacturers and then fill out a quick form are eligible for a quarterly rebate.

For any company, maximizing an HBAMP membership is not too challenging. Simply joining the association aligns industry professionals with a strong organization that provides valuable advocacy, representation and support for the homebuilding industry. But to really get the most out of the organization takes a little more effort.

“You’ve got to be willing to get involved and stick with it,” said Andrew Tull, a principal planner with 3J Consulting and the current chair of the HBAMP’s Government Affairs Committee and a member of the organization’s political action committee. “It’s not something that you can just fall right into. You have to be active.”

For Tull and 3J, who joined the HBAMP about three years ago, that’s meant being involved at the committee level and regularly attending HBAMP events and activities. He said doing so has also helped the firm focus its marketing efforts on areas that make the most sense.

“One of the mistakes that businesses make is by taking a shotgun approach to marketing and talking to anyone and everyone possible,” Tull said. “But getting into an organization like the HBAMP, you can narrow down your aim and focus your efforts on those most likely to use your services. It’s really helped us to establish the size of the market, who the players are and where we should be focusing our efforts.”

On top of the business benefits of belonging to the HBAMP, Tull also said the fun and camaraderie that come along with it are hard to be, as well.

“The HBAMP offers so many events and fun activities to do,” he said, noting that the association’s golf outings are among his favorites. “You really get the opportunity to talk to people and have fun with potential clients and develop friendships. That can take years if you don’t have a regular social setting like this. I’ve met a lot of really great people.”

Oregon Primary Measure 90 Fact Sheet

oregon-votesPrepared by the Every Voter Counts Committee

In November Oregonians will be asked to consider Measure 90, the Oregon Open Primary. Similar to initiatives passed by voters in California and Washington State, Measure 90 will provide Oregonians the opportunity to institute a top-two primary system in Oregon. Citing a strong desire to help elect more moderate, pro-business candidates to office in Oregon, the Oregon Home Builders Association has voted to endorse Measure 90. The Every Voter Counts Committee, the Yes on Measure 90 political action committee has prepared the following fact sheet on Measure 90. We hope that this information will help convince you to support Measure 90 on the November ballot.

What is the Oregon Open Primary? The Oregon Open Primary (also referred to as the “nonpartisan primary” or “top-two primary”) is an election reform that makes all voters equal in all elections. It replaces Democratic and Republican Party primaries with a unified primary election open to all voters, regardless of party affiliation, and including non-affiliated voters. All candidates for a particular office are listed on a single primary ballot. Every voter chooses one candidate. The top two candidates advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation or lack thereof.

Why is it so important to pass Measure 90? More than 650, 000 Oregon voters are not registered with a major party and therefore have no say in primary elections. Among voters under 40, 49 percent are not affiliated with a major party and are excluded from primary elections. It’s not just independents and minor party members who are shut out. According to a recent analysis by the Oregonian, 75 percent of Oregon’s legislative districts are no longer competitive in a general election, meaning that in urban Oregon elections are decided in the Democratic primary and in rural Oregon elections are decided in the Republicans primary. When you add together the independent and minor party voters with urban Republicans and rural Democrats, nearly one million Oregon voters (roughly 50 percent) have no meaningful say in who represents them in Salem.

What are the consequences of Oregon’s closed primary system? Because primary elections currently exclude so many voters, and because general elections are so often decided in the primary, candidates and politicians have little incentive to represent the views of their entire district or to work across the aisle to solve our biggest problems. Today, candidates and politicians aren’t accountable to all the voters in their district. They are only accountable to the narrow slice of the most ideological voters who turnout in partisan primaries.

What information will voters receive about a candidate’s party registration and en- dorsements? The party regis- tration (or lack thereof) of every candidate will be printed on the ballot. In addition, parties (both major and minor parties) can endorse candidates by conducting their own endorsement process that is approved by the Secretary of State. Therefore, voters will have more information about candidates under Measure 90 than they do under the current system. A candidate might be a registered Republican and also endorsed by the Republican Party and the Independent Party of Oregon. This helps voters determine “what flavor” the candidate is. Candidates may either accept or refuse the endorsements of political parties, preventing political gamesmanship by parties.

How is this different than the California and Washington System? Measure 90’s proposed system for Oregon is different – and better – in several key ways.

In Oregon “Party registration” status that would show on the ballot would be based on a candidate’s actual voter registration record – not on a candidate’s “expressed preference” for a party. Also, the cross-endorsement/fusion voting element described above is unique to the Oregon measure. California and Washington primaries don’t include endorsements. Thus, Measure 90 addresses a key gap in the California and Wash- ington system: helping voters distinguish between candidates.

Which races does the measure apply to? It will apply to all currently partisan local and state races. This includes all 90 Oregon legislative races; 4 state- wide offices (Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer and Secretary of State;) U.S. Senate and Con- gressional elections; and some county elections still held on a partisan basis. Because of federal law, this does not apply to the Presidential primary

Wouldn’t this be a gamble? How do you know it will work? An Open Primary that allows all voters an equal say in every election isn’t new or unproven. In fact, it’s closer to what we already do in Oregon with the vast majority of elected offices: most county commissions, mayors, city councils, and school boards. It’s only a few (although admittedly high profile) offices like Congress, the Governor, and state legislature that use the closed party primary model. So ask yourself: do we think these levels of government work better than the hundreds of local governments that work to provide important basic services?

Could you end up with two Democrats or two Republicans running against each other? Yes. That’s why this system is better. In rural districts where only Republicans can win the general election and in urban districts where only Democrats can win the general election, the real choice is which Republican or which Democrat to elect. Under the current system, members of the dominant party make this choice for everyone else in their district. Under Measure 90, all voters will get to choose, with the added information of cross-endorsements from major and minor political parties.

Will this make campaigns for expensive? Currently, most legislative races are effectively over after the low-turnout primary, when only a small fraction of one party’s voters have cast ballots. By giving voice to non-affiliated, minor party, and the other major party voters in the primary and general election, more races will be competitive. That may mean more money gets spent, but it also means that all voters will have a real choice and that politicians will be accountable to all voters. That’s how Democracy is supposed to work and is a good thing. In an open primary, it’s not a wise use of resources to dump big money into a candidate who won’t appeal to the general electorate. Perhaps most importantly, if we successfully pass this reform, we will have the organizational foundation and coalition (and confidence) to challenge other intractable problems like money in politics.

Employment Opportunity: Executive and Government Relations Assistant

Posted October 9, 2014

Position Title: Executive and Government Relations Assistant

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Summary of Position: This position’s primary responsibilities include providing administrative support to the CEO, the Board and related HBA leadership groups. Also supports the Government Relations staff team. Additional responsibilities include coordinating key volunteer leadership activities of the association, helping plan and implement a couple of key leadership events, and providing additional executive level support and general office administration oversight as needed.

Overview of Responsibilities:

  • -General administrative and executive support. Primarily responsible for ensuring the administrative needs of the CEO are well managed. Includes preparing reports, proposals, manuals, policies, correspondence and related items for presentation and distribution; coordinating travel arrangements; handling special recognition for staff and members; coordinating/scheduling weekly staff and senior management team meetings; some budget responsibilities. Also provides some support to the VP of Finance and Administration and the VP of Membership/Shows/Events.
  • -Leadership meetings coordination and support. Includes administrative support for the HBA Board, State Directors, National Directors, Finance Committee, Past Presidents Council, Production Builders Council, Professional Women in Building Council and other committees and task forces as assigned.
  • -Event and activity planning coordination. This position would be the lead for the two smaller fundraising events for the Government Affairs team. This includes the PAC Poker Tournament with an attendance of 50 people as well as the PAC Pitch & Putt Tournament with an attendance of 80 people. Also includes planning smaller hospitality and recognition functions and assisting the Event Staff with the Builders Ball with an attendance of 200 people.
  • -Government Relations administrative support. Our government and political relations team of two reports to and works in conjunction with the CEO on HBA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of our industry. This position provides administrative support for these efforts and can be more involved on assisting with reports, plans and other work.
  • -Records maintenance. Maintaining the permanent records and contracts of the association as well as the files related to leadership and executive activities and meetings.
  • -Additional responsibilities include: HR administrative support, front desk support, home show operations support.

Position Requirements:

  • -Ability to provide leadership/administrative support to senior level management positions.
  • -Event coordination experience.
  • -Proficient in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook. Publisher or InDesign skills desired.
  • -Excellent interpersonal talents.
  • -Ability to take actions and use sound judgment with minimal supervision.
  • -Advanced written, verbal and organizational skills
  • -Professionalism that shows in appearance, attitude and work performed.
  • -Occasional evening and weekend meetings/event attendance required. Is able to work required hours to get the job done.
  • -Knowledge of home building, development or related housing issues a plus.
  • -Background in a non-profit and/or trade association environment a plus.
  • -High school degree required, college course work or degree preferred. At least three years experience in executive level administrative support preferred.

Values Needed

  • -Commitment to HBA’s desire to create a work environment where employees act with integrity, pursue excellence in actions and attitudes, foster creativity, respect colleagues, build camaraderie and earn and exercise trust.
  • -The process of involvement and consensus building among members and organizational partners can achieve better outcomes worth the extra time and effort.
  • -Homeownership plays a vital role in successful communities.
  • -The home building and remodeling industry’s success is vital to our region and it can best adapt when market-driven or incentive-based approaches are the primary drivers.
  • -Government’s ability to provide a well planned, consistent and efficient regulatory, land use and building environment that provides stability to the development and building processes and balances the region’s economic and environmental needs will help the industry provide housing more effectively and affordably.

Compensation and Benefits: Full-time, salaried, exempt position. Base salary range commensurate with experience, $30,000 – $35,000 annually. Association offers a 401(k) safe harbor plan with employer match, medical/dental/vision insurance for employee, long and short-term disability, and other benefits to qualified employees.

Summary of HBAMP: local non-profit trade association representing the residential building and remodeling industries in the metropolitan Portland area. Association has approximately 1300 members, a staff of 17, and a $4 million annual budget. Major activities include consumer shows (e.g. Street of Dreams, Tour of Remodeled Homes, Home & Garden Shows and Ultimate Open House), political and government affairs work, educational and certification programs, networking activities and events, and public interest and relations efforts.   HBAMP is affiliated with state (OHBA) and national (NAHB) home builders associations.

People will do well in our work environment who: Have an interest in and are able to support the value of the home building and remodeling industries. Enjoy an active, event-oriented environment. Can work in an atmosphere where there is regular activity and member/staff interactions, even when it may be a little disruptive. Look for ways to be of help to others. Believe in the value of collectively working with staff and members to achieve goals, even when this may slow down the process. Able to work in an environment where priorities and responsibilities are laid out in general but need to be adapted to changes in needs or demands of the day/week.

Application Requirements: Please include a cover letter that addresses your interest in the position and that also addresses the position requirements listed above. Direct application, salary requirements or history, and resume submissions to:

Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland

Attn: Annie McIntosh

15555 SW Bangy Road, Suite 301

Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Members! Update your listing for the 2015 Member Directory

2015 HBAMP Member DirectoryIt’s that time! We are busy coordinating the printing of our 2015 HBAMP Membership Directory. Make sure your company name, contact and other information is correct by October 17!

How to update your Member Directory listing

Please review and correct your company name and contact information in addition to your two business “categories” through our member database to insure the correct information for the printed 2015 HBAMP Member Directory.

To view your current business categories for potential changes:

  1. Visit and find your company to view your “Related Categories.”
  2. To change your current categories, or add a second one, contact Sarah at or phone (503) 684-1880. If they look good – you’re done here!

To view your current company name and contact information and make necessary changes for yourself:

  1. Visit by choosing the “Member Login” from the home page and enter your username and password (check your email for a recent reminder of your username and password!)
  2. Select “Update Your Contact Information” from the sidebar menu. Make any changes here and click “Save Change Requests” located at the bottom of the page. The people listed under “Contacts” are your company’s members with the HBA. If there is someone listed here who should not be or we’re missing someone you expect, please contact Sarah at or phone (503) 684-1880.
  3. To change your organization or company information select “Employees Box” at the bottom of the page. Click “Edit” to make changes. Please ONLY make changes to the Organization Name, Display Name and contact info, and click “Save Change Requests.” If there are changes to the Relation Type, Title and any of the checkboxes at the top, please contact Sarah at or phone (503) 684-1880.

Is Metro ‘Stack and Pack’ housing plan going to work?

Asa_Apartments_Portland_300_cropDoes recent Residential Preference Study impact Metro’s growth plans?

Our regional government, Metro, is responsible for planning for job and housing growth in our region and managing our Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). Every five years, they are required to produce an Urban Growth Report and make necessary decisions to accommodate planned growth. This report looks ahead 20 years, plans on ways to efficiently use lands to accommodate jobs and housing growth, and ultimately gives the Metro Council guidance on whether or not any expansion of the UGB is necessary.

Below are some resources related to this work and HBA’s efforts to engage in the process.

Residential Preference Study: click here to access the press release from Metro, as well as the Executive Summary and full Study

Urban Growth Report: click here to link to the full report, including all of the appendices. See also our recent post “Metro’s draft Urban Growth Report sees things differently from builders

Various local newspaper stories run on Residential Housing Preference Study:









Residential preference presentation for the HBMP summarizing the Residential Preference Study and some highlights of the UGR as well as HBAMP’s work on these issues (given by HBAMP CEO Dave Nielsen at the HBAMP Lunch.Learn.Link on September 11, 2014)

How great leaders think with Dave Mitchell

Dave Mitchell 2A Sales, Marketing and Business Development Special Event presented by Pamplin Media Group on October 17

The majority of people perform in a range between adequate and good. A precious few consistently perform at levels that are exceptional. What characteristics do these people have that separate them from others? Is it possible to develop these traits in yourself and others? Is there a blueprint for performance excellence? Dave Mitchell has worked with organizations all over the world to help them achieve greater levels of human resources performance, authored two books and was named Best Speaker of the Year at the 2013 World Education Congress in Las Vegas. He will discuss the unique attributes of peak performers and provide attendees with a thought provoking look into the “mind of excellence.”

WHEN: Friday, October 17, 2014
Registration & breakfast at 8:30am
Presentation from 9:00am-11:30am

WHERE: The HBA JMG Conference Center
15555 SW Bangy Road, Lake Oswego OR 97035

HOW MUCH: $55 per person. Breakfast is included.
Space is limited to 200 people, and this event will sell out! REGISTER NOW

PRESENTED BY: The Pamplin Media Group

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About Dave Mitchell and The Leadership Difference

Since founding the Leadership Difference in 1995, over 250,000 people have attended Dave Mitchell’s “enter-TRAIN-ment” seminars on topics that include leadership, customer service, selling skills, and personal performance enhancement. His clients include Allstate Insurance, Bank of America, Universal Studios, Sub-Zero Wolf Appliances, Electrolux Appliances, Trek Bikes, Walt Disney World, and the CIA just to name a few.

Prior to starting his own organization development consulting firm, Dave was the Vice President of Human Resources and Quality for Buena Vista Hospitality Group, Corporate Director of Training and Development for Marshall Field’s and a television reporter and producer for CBS News. He has a B.A. in Mass-Communications with an emphasis in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Global Human Resources Development. Dave is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois and has been designated as a Certified Advanced Wine Sommelier (som-uh-yay) by the International Wine Guild.

Dave is the author of the book Live and Learn or Die Stupid! The book focuses on personal contentment and performance excellence. His next book, The Power of Understanding People, was released in December 2013 by Wiley Publishing and was immediately selected as Best Business Book of the Month by Amazon. Dave was named Best Speaker of 2013 by Meeting Professionals International at the World Education Congress in Las Vegas.

Dave lives in the mountains of Colorado with his wife of 28 years, Lori; his two children, Brooke and Slade; three horses and four dogs including two yellow labs: Martini and Rossi.

What our members are saying about Dave:

“I wanted to send you a quick note to thank you, Nancy and everyone else at the HBA who brought Dave Mitchell to us in Portland! His talk was absolutely amazing. I learned so many things about myself, about my family and about the people that we work with in the HBA. I can’t remember the last time I laughed as much as I did yesterday morning. The tools he gave us are going to be invaluable as we move forward with our business and will certainly shine light on some of those people we have a hard time connecting with. If ever there was a way to bring him back for another session, I would make sure I was among the first to sign up! I would also recommend it to everyone I know – his information is a great fit for anyone.”

– Abigail Adams, Classic Electric, LLC

“The speaker, Dave Mitchell was intelligent and probably one of the best speakers I’ve ever heard. I was actually disappointed when it ended because I think I could have listened to him all day.”

– Nancy Long, Sisu Painting, Inc.

HBAMP Fall 2014 Membership Drive

Fall-Membership-TimelineHelp us capture industry professionals who have eluded HBA members during the week of October 13 – 23. Super sleuthing skills not required – simply grab your phone gadget and make a call to some offenders you already know. Invite them to one of our groovy events and you could be the one to score big.

October 15 – 5:30pm
at Ferguson Gallery

October 23 – 5:30pm
at Standard TV & Appliance

Most Wanted.fwYour new capture gets these extras at booking during the month of October:

• Builder & Remodeler Member Dues Special Offer – Value $100
$100 off first-year membership Courtesy of NW Natural

• Associate Member Dues Special Offer – Value $50
$50 off first-year membership Courtesy of NW Natural

• FREE Continuing Education is always a benefit of membership at the HBA! Value of $189

• Our everyday HBA membership benefits of business savings, industry advocacy, career and business development! Value – Priceless!

Make a successful bust and score some of your own loot!

• Recruit 6 or more members and win a trip to Vegas to attend IBS in January 20-22!
Trip includes airfare, 3-night hotel stay, IBS registration and ticket to the exclusive SPIKE party and concert!*

• Recruit even 1 member and win:
An invite to the exclusive lunch and cocktails!
Gift cards valued at $100!

• Win an additional $50 value in gift cards for EVERY additional member your recruit!*


Fall membership flyer 2014
HBA benefits freebies and discounts
Tips for recruiting new members
2014 HBA membership info flyer
Overcoming objections to joining the HBA

*At 6 or more members recruited, prize winner may choose $100 gift card and Vegas trip OR the $450 in gift card prizes, not both.

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