|I am thrilled to report that Membership at the MBCEA is at an all-time high due to a renewed emphasis on active Chapters, subsidized training and new programs such as the Accreditation Program for Assemblers. The Accreditation program is being called a game-changer for erectors. Five pilot programs are currently underway to bullet-proof and finalize the process. The MBCEA will use these pilots to develop a formal assistance program that will be available at no charge to interested members.The accreditation program raises the bar for Erectors and adds a valuable tool that can be used in marketing their business. The program will officially kick off at the MBCEA Annual Conference on April 30, 2015. Next year’s conference is at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego. Click here to see a video highlighting the resort.
I am proud that we offer subsidized training and sometimes worry that not everyone truly understands what a good deal this is. To purchase the library of videos and training courses on your own would easily run into the thousands. To send your men to a local school for OSHA 10 or other required training is equally pricey. BUT the MBCEA subsidizes the cost of these trainings with money raised from dues and sponsorships. Classes are offered typically for just the price of lunch.
Another important component of membership, something I often take for granted, is the power of the friends and colleagues you will meet; the network of the MBCEA is truly its greatest asset. This alone is well worth the price of membership. My business is stronger because of the mentors I have had, the business relationships I have forged, the information and training I access at the MBCEA conference, at chapter meetings, etc. Jackie has written a few articles in the October Newsletter on leadership and goal setting. Membership in the MBCEA is a powerful tool in your personal development and your business’s success.
I would like to thank Steve Olson and Tony Fuentes for their work to get the Texas Southeast Chapter started. My hat is off to Mike Reynolds, Harvey Freeman, Michael Cain, Randy Gates and Troy Clark for running with the Rocky Mountain Chapter. And I am looking forward to a successful Northwest kick-off hosted by Ben Ferguson. Gentlemen, you are doing the industry and this Association a great service. I applaud your efforts.
Gary T. Smith
P.S. Current membership promo expires December 15! Join now for $495 and receive the balance of 2014 and all of 2015 along with a free set of the Quality and Craftsmanship DVD Training Series.
Now in our 45th year, the MBCEA is dedicated to the support of the professional advancement of metal building contractors, erectors, and our industry.
There are three levels of membership available depending on the scope of your business.