February 23, 2012 | Thanks to all who attended the chapter meeting on Tuesday night. We had 52 attendees with a large number of first time visitors. We had an opportunity to review our platform for the year, look at the calendar of events, introduce the new committees and of course hear from our sponsor and guest speaker. I am excited about all that is in front of us and I am very thankful for so many of you that are helping move us forward.

Special thanks to Bill Sullivan and Azek for sponsoring the meeting and for introducing their new paver product line. Bill, Mike and Azek have always supported the chapter and have been a part of our group since its inception. I also want to give out a very special thank you to Paul Ivey our guest speaker. Paul is the only guest speaker that we have asked to come back to our meetings and once again he did a great job in relating his experience and expertise to our membership. I did want to mention that I thought it was unfortunate that we had some background disturbance during his speaking time. All of our guest speakers come to our meetings willingly giving their time to help us with informative and helpful information to better our individual business. I hope we will all be more respectful of that in the future and give 100% of our attention during their speaking time.

I learned a lot from my first meeting. First, we need more room and we have already begun looking at new spaces. Second, I will commit to a much tighter time frame for the meetings. The social time will start at 5:30 and I will do my best to start the meeting promptly at 6:00 and end no later than 7:30. I want to continue to give plenty of time to socialize before and after the meetings because that is one of the primary benefits of getting together.

I hope to see as many of you as possible at the upcoming Atlanta Home Show where NADRA will have a booth. If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for the booth time then please contact Scott, James or Bryan.

Don’t forget to go online and register for the Education Seminar in May. This will be a great opportunity for the membership to get their Master Deck Certification and also work on continuing education points for your GA contractor license (Ginny has applied to get the course approved with the state). We need sponsors for the education event – If you are a vendor to the industry this will be a great venue for you so please consider.

Thanks for being a part of one of the best NADRA chapters in the country and thanks for your patience with me in learning this new job. Hope to see you all at the upcoming events and at the next meeting on April 17th.

Respectfully Submitted

Keith Compton
Chapter President

Atlanta Chapter 2012 Calendar of Events
*Subject to Change & Locations to be determined

February 21st – Chapter Meeting – speaker; Paul Ivey / sponsor ; Azek
March 23rd -25th – Cobb Galleria Center – NADRA Booth
April 17th – Chapter Meeting – sponsor; Duradeck
May 3rd -4th – NADRA Master Deck Builder Education Series 1
June 19th – Chapter Meeting (Tabletop Show)
August 21st – Chapter Meeting – sponsor ; Fiberon
October 9th-12th – Deck Expo – Baltimore, MD
October 16th – Chapter Meeting – sponsor ; Trex
December 18th – Chapter Meeting – Year End Awards