Welcome to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, MN Chapter
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is a nonprofit trade association representing the largest network of professional remodelers in the United States, with over 6000 members nationwide and 51 local chapters.
Strength in the Face of Change
“The only thing constant in life is change.” The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said this 2,500 years ago, and it has never been as true as it is today. Yet it’s important to remember: Change doesn’t have to mean a change in course.
In thinking of this, I’m reminded of my days growing up in a small town. Our church was very much a feeder system for the larger churches in the area. Priests would often come in and leave after a few years to move on to large parishes. After every change we wondered what it would mean for us going forward. However, the direction of our church was never really in the hands of the priests. The parishioners were the pillars of the church. And whenever things seemed to be going a little sideways, they would stand up and get us back on course.
I see many of these same dynamics at NARI. Over the last three years we have seen significant changes in our chapter’s committee structure and staff. While at times it may appear as if these changes will cause us to lose our direction, our members are always there to push the organization forward. And our members are very, very strong.
A shining example of this was our April IMS firm night. The event was a success because of our members: the pillars of our organization stepped up and agreed to host the event and showcase their businesses. Everything from the food to the live bands went off without a hitch. The generosity of our members—and how they routinely go past what is asked of them for the benefit of the community—is simply amazing.
I’m also inspired by the strength of our chapter in relation to the other 58 chapters that make up NARI. We often don’t realize just how strong we are. A good indicator of our rank can be summed up in the achievements of our members at the NARI National COTY award ceremony held in April. Awards were given out, based on 36 categories, recognizing the top projects and remodelers in the country. Our members took home eight of these national awards, and were identified by independent judges from around the country as the best in their respective fields. It was truly a proud moment for our chapter. Congratulations to AMEK Custom Builders, Knight Construction Design, McDonald Remodeling, MackMiller Design + Build, Pure Design Environments, and Southview Design.
Going forward, we can be sure that change will continue to affect our organization. My challenge to you is to be a pillar—one that the organization can look to for leadership in the years to come. Consider getting involved in a committee, serving on the board, and being a regular at monthly meetings. Act as an ambassador for the organization when meeting with potential members. Raise the bar for the future of our remodeling industry. Regardless of the changes that come our way, your leadership is what will keep us on course.
So let’s take a moment to recognize, once again, that our organization is strong because of YOU. And if we all pitch in, I’m convinced our future will be even stronger.
Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP
Meet our Leadership Team
2015 NARI of MN Board of Directors