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NAHB has renamed the council representing the 89 key companies that provide goods and services to builders the NAHB Leading Suppliers Council to better reflect the strong ties and active and engaged support the companies have with the association.
Formerly known at the National Council of the Housing Industry (NCHI), the name change required an amendment to NAHB’s bylaws that was approved by the NAHB Board of Directors at its meeting during the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando earlier this year.
The new name raises the visibility and reinforces the importance and support manufacturers and vendors give to NAHB members and the association. Leading Suppliers members not only have a voice in association policy decisions through their operating committees, they also are encouraged to participate on NAHB committees as liaisons — making their specific expertise available to the members in areas of shared interest.
The Leading Suppliers also equip The New American Home, the show home created annually and on display at IBS, with their most cutting-edge building products.
Each year, the council is co-chaired by a builder and a supplier. This year, they are Buddy Hughes, of Hughes Construction in Lexington, N.C., and Joseph Mareci, Jr., of Phantom Manufacturing, Ltd., in Orlando.
Hughes said council members decided to change the name to coincide with and complement the NAHB branding initiative and new logo.
He also said a name change was warranted to increase NAHB member awareness of the council.
“As I spoke to people about NCHI, I was surprised to find that so few of them actually knew what the group was, or what it did,” Hughes said. “Suppliers are important to NAHB members, and now that group is much more visible.”
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