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Following is a message from Kevin Kelly, who is a candidate for NAHB third vice chairman.
On Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, the NAHB Board of Directors will elect the NAHB Senior Officer team for 2011 and I will stand before you asking for your support and vote to be your Third Vice Chairman.
Over the past year, I have traveled around the country attending builders association meetings and events and I appreciate the many opportunities that I have had to talk with so many members — builders and associates — and to hear first-hand their concerns and issues.
With little exception, our conversations have focused on our industry, the economy, our businesses, the association and the challenges confronting us in these areas as we slowly emerge from the worst housing recession in decades.
Many of our local affiliates are struggling to keep their doors open as they try to deliver services to their members. State associations are finding the volume and level of legislative and regulatory initiatives unchanged, or even increasing, despite the downturn in the economy. NAHB is confronting multiple issues that go to the core of our business and ability to provide housing and shelter.
Experience in leadership and advocacy is essential to properly address these challenges in the coming critical years. I believe that my many years of membership and leadership with both my local association and NAHB, and my unabashed and unapologetic advocacy for America’s home builders and housing, have given me the necessary preparation and ability to effectively represent and serve you.
Working together we can enhance our prospects to survive this housing depression and emerge stronger and more resilient than ever. I will bring my commitment to the industry, my commitment to NAHB, my commitment to the federation and, above all, my commitment to you, the members, to work productively with the NAHB leadership to find solutions that will put us back on the road to recovery and prosperity.
Thank you for your encouragement, your support and your friendship.