January 24, 2011
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Professional Women in Building
BuilderLink Competition Aims at Putting More Women in Touch With Legislators

In a competition running now through April 30, The Professional Women in Building Council (PWB) is encouraging its members to participate in BuilderLink and recruit additional advocates for the housing industry.

PWB members are being asked to sign up as BuilderLink Advocates and then find others to do the same. The top recruiters can win up to $100.

As NAHB’s national grassroots network, BuilderLink enables builders and related professionals to communicate key industry issues to Congress through letters, e-mails and phone calls.

Increasing the council’s legislative efforts at the local, state and national level is the biggest goal of PWB 2011 Chair Kimmi Houston, owner of Houston Homes in Edmond, Okla.

“We speak from the heart and soul of our industry,” Houston said. “The council wanted to set itself apart and show we support NAHB’s advocacy efforts and understand that it takes a consistent and persistent voice to achieve legislative change.”

Participants in BuilderLink can also become Ambassadors, who develop a personal relationship with a member of Congress to heighten the effectiveness of their communication on housing issues of concern to their families, their businesses and NAHB.

Ambassadors meet locally with federal lawmakers and engage in a handful of other advocacy activities that are tied to the federal legislative goals of NAHB.

“As the home building industry recovers from the downturn, this is a critical moment to make sure our legislators not only know our concerns, but understand how new and pending legislation can affect our industry, which in turn shapes the overall economy,” Houston said.

How It Works

To participate in the PWB challenge, sign up as a BuilderLink Advocate at www.nahb.org/builderlink. Through this free service, NAHB members receive the latest updates on issues affecting the industry and can send personal messages to their members of Congress with the click of a mouse.

Recruit additional members by printing out the form at www.nahb.org/pwbbuilderlink and making sure they sign up too.  

Prospects for BuilderLink can be found at meetings and activities of state and local home builders associations However, BuilderLink members do not have to belong to NAHB; they just have to care about the future of housing.

The top recruiter in each of NAHB’s five regions will receive $100. The two runners-up in each region receive $50.

The competition runs through the end of April. All forms must be sent to Carmel Nayman by May 5 to be eligible.The winners will be announced at the PWB Legislative Luncheon during NAHB's spring board meeting May 18-21 in Washington, D.C. Winners do not need to be present.

For additional information, e-mail Carmel Nayman at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8410. 

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