June 25, 2012 – Atlanta, GA | I wanted to express my sincere thanks to all of those that came out this past Tuesday evening to the Atlanta Chapter meeting.  It was a great success!  We had 60 attendees, 21 vendor tables and 19 contractors representing a dozen different contracting companies.  I want to especially thank the contractor members for coming out in full support.  The vendors that participated were well pleased with the turn out and it would not have been a successful meeting without you.   I would also like to report that the meeting was a success in terms of building a financial base.  We were able to set aside enough money to ensure the chapter of some working capital as we move forward.

I also wanted to thank Michael Beaudry and Glen Mathewson for their work on the education seminar that took place in Atlanta on May 17th and May 18th.  We had several contractor members attend and they all gave strong reviews of the content and the benefit of the course.  We will soon have several Master Contractor members as they complete the remaining courses.

As I mentioned during the early part of the meeting we are beginning the process of our “Deck for A Solider” build this year.  Scott McCawley  (Dixie Plywood) has agreed to head up this effort and will be working with Frank Pologruto to coordinate the build.  Please contact Scott or Frank if you are interested in participating.  We are looking at the calendar and will initiate the project in late August or early September.

Our next meeting is scheduled for August 21st – time and place to be announced.  Fiberon is sponsoring and we are working on a guest speaker.  Also note that Deck Expo will take place in Baltimore from Oct 9 – Oct 12. We usually have a great turnout from the Atlanta Chapter and I hope this year will be the same. Here is the link for those interested:  http://www.deckexpo.com/

When you get a chance please thank the following vendor associates for their participation in our Table top event:  Weyerhauser , Versatex(Mark Barbour), Cox (Jonathan Whitehead), Nyloboard (Craig Jacks), Via Virdis (Nick Hobbs), Anthony Forest Products (Tom Diem), Huttig (William Herbert), Wahoo Decks (Ben Ivey), EZ Stairs (Gordon Walker), FastenMaster (Chris Brown), Fiberon (James Gunning), Trex (Larry Pease), Azek (Bill Sullivan), Suredrive (Hope Leatherwood), Hidfast & Fortress Iron (Keith Compton), DuraDek (Norm Shafer), SE Underdeck (Heath Bowman), Universal Forest Products (Ty Nowell), Timbertech & Great Southern Wood (Scott Sheppard).  Hope I didn’t leave anyone out and I can’t thank you enough for taking the time and effort to invest in our chapter.

Respectfully Submitted,

Keith Compton / Chapter President