April 2012

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Indiana Builders Association (800) 377-6334

Energy Code Seminar Information

National Association of Home Builders (800) 368-5242

Board Members for 2012
Check Out Franks Corner!

From the President of the Board
Fred Kreigh, President K & F Construction Have you ever been pulled over to the side of the road by one of those jerks with the flashing lights, only to be told you are potentially overweight? Then, just as you are finishing your tirade about how this is America and you have the right to be as heavy as you want, you find out the poor slob was talking about your trailer full of play sand. I know, irritating, it happens to me all the time. Want to know the answers to some of those questions that keep you up at night? Like; Is my car a commercial vehicle if it’s registered to my company? Do I have to have DOT numbers and business lettering on the door of my truck even if I’m just pretending to be at work? What’s the best way to tie my lawn mover to the roof of my car? At what point is a donut considered day old? These and many more questions that will be answered by our guest speaker at the April meeting. Joe Hartman of the Indiana State Police-Motor Carrier Division will be our go to man for all kinds of good information. Joe has already checked our group for any outstanding warrants and promises a surprise cuffing and pat down for one lucky member—should be fun! Our member profile page in the newsletter is proving to be a great success!!!! One member is selected from the group that is present at the meeting and provided a free page to promote their business. You will never be the chosen one if you don’t attend our membership meetings. The beautiful spring weather has provided ample time for all young men’s eyes to turn to GOLF! Have you got your team lined up for the BANI Golf Outing??????? Don’t be the last one looking for that

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Jeff Deahl, Vice President Four Seasons Design & Remodeling Kevin Sibery, Treasurer Insurance & Financial Services Jeff Wilson, Past President Bob Buescher Homes Dennis Spidel Dennis Spidel Custom Homes Dan Study Chapel Homes



Chris Delagrange Pella Windows & Doors TonyRekeweg


ringer to help you shoot a 76 on the front nine. June is just around the corner. Please make it a point to see this year’s entries in our annual Remodeler’s tour, coming your way the first Saturday in May. Take a friend, or a stranger, see the projects in this year’s tour. Now that the legislative session has adjourned for the summer, those hard working folks in Indy—our own IBA—can let the dust settle on all those bills that we review and help amend. You know, the ones that have such a great impact on our industry. This is a vital service our associations provide to everyone connected to our industry. If you would like more information on upcoming legislation, want to be part of the process, or just want to be in the loop, contact Jan for ways to be involved. Keep thinking Spring!

Momper Insulation Mark Knisley Kuntry Lumber Alan Korte Home Lumber of New Haven Jack Musson Musson Builders

Fred Kreigh
BANI President

Executive Officer Announcements!
“Member of the Month”
We are spotlighting a BANI Member every month in our Newsletter. The Member chosen gets an entire page in our Newsletter to promote their company! In order to be eligible for “Member of the Month”, you must attend a Membership Meeting. SOOOOOOOO….. Plan to attend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You could have one whole month and one whole page of free advertising! Congratulations to Pella Windows and Doors. Chris was at the March Membership Meeting and got picked.

50/50 Raffle Returns
Another month and another 50/50!!!! March Meeting turned out $117 for the Drawing. Keep in mind, YOU CAN’T GIVE YOUR HALF BACK! Congratulations to Lou Salge from Four Season’s Design and Remodeling!!!! He went home with a whopping $58.00.

Remodeler’s Tour
The number of homeowners who have chosen to keep their homes and remodel them in lieu of selling and buying something else has skyrocketed!!!!!! The following Lucky Builders will be “front and center” showing off their projects to all those potential customers. The Remodeler’s Tour currently has the following entries for this year: Musson Builders, Four Seasons Design and Remodeling, Bob Buescher Homes, Yoder Construction, and Dennis Spidel Custom Homes!!!!! What better way to sell yourself and your talent!!!!! We can still add you to this list, but you have to hurry! Anyone interested in putting a Project in Tour, please give Chris, or Jan a call.

BANI Annual Golf Outing
Scheduled for June 12. Yes, it’s a Tuesday this year NOT a Thursday! We are looking for Chairs and Volunteers to head up our Golf Outing Committee. Anyone interested in helping out with this event, please call or email Chris or Jan.

Builders Parade 2012
Time to gear up for this year’s Builders Parade! Scheduled for the first two weekends in August. The 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th and the 9th, 10th,11thand 12th. We still need entries to make this an even better parade than last year! If you are a builder and you have a potential project, please let us know!

April Meeting

Indiana Department Of Transportation
Get all the updated information you need to stay legally traveling Indiana roadways.
Timbers Restaurant April 10th at 6:30

May’s Membership Meeting
This Guy...

Is from Purdue University and he is going to talk about this project!!!!!

It’s Fascinating Stuff DON’T MISS IT!

Get the Scoop on local inspections and Learn the “how to” on proper installation
The Builders Association of Northeast Indiana in offering

“Energy Codes”
Short and Sweet
Sponsored by

Where: Speaker: When: Cost: RSVP:

Project Help Building Mike Smith of Monsma & Mike Christoffersen of ADI April 25, 2012 4:00p –6:00p $10 Members $20 Non Members BANI Office 665-8921 or Email to

March Membership Meeting Highlights

Congratulations to: Fred Kreigh & Dan Study
They were both appointed to the

IBA Board of Directors
Pictured Below with Cindy Bussell, IBA Chief Operating Officer

Fred is upset because no one called to tell him to wear his khakis.

Pictured from left to right are: Kevin Sibery, Fred Kreigh, Will Wright, and Jeff Deahl.

I think we all know what Mark is thinking…… “Did I do a good job filling out my BANI Brackets?”

BANI Bracket Winner will be announced at the April Meeting!!!!!!!!!!

Someone in this photo has a camera that doesn’t auto focus…….. Takes GREAT photos though!!!! Thanks Cindy :)))))

Pictured are Dennis Spidel and Cindy Bussell

March Membership Meeting had a GREAT Turnout!


to all Members who showed up! April Membership Meeting needs to beat 28!!!!!!!!

The first member to email me at with all the names of the people in this photo will win a free meal for the April Membership Meeting!

Our Board of Directors for 2012

Pella is a leader in designing, testing and manufacturing quality windows and doors for single-family new construction, remodeling and replacement applications as well as light commercial applications. As a family-owned and professionally managed company, Pella is known for its 85year history of making innovative products, providing quality service and delivering on customer satisfaction. Headquartered in Pella, Iowa, the company is committed to incorporating new technologies, increasing productivity and practicing environmental stewardship to create satisfied customers. Locally, Pella Windows and Doors of Fort Wayne is committed to serving Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana region builders, remodelers and architects. We have dedicated sales representatives that are window and door experts. We have recently remodeled and reopened our window and door showroom which is located in the Glenbrook Commons shopping center. Our showroom showcases our wide product range that fits any project scope and budget. Pella products include vinyl and fiberglass windows and patio doors, but Pella is best known for our wood windows and patio doors, including our Triple-pane Designer Series windows with exclusive between the glass shades and blinds. We also have fiberglass, steel and wood entry doors. Pella has added several new products, services and sizes to our product offering in the past year with more on the way. Be sure to stop in the showroom to see all we have to offer. Service is handled through two dedicated, local service technicians who are Pella employees and a service department that is just a phone call away. Contact us today regarding your next project!

Annual Golf Outing
It’s that time of year again! And we’ve already started planning…… So, get your teams together and get excited!!!!!!!
Sponsorships & Donations Available:
Major Sponsor $1,000, Beverage Ticket Sponsor $400, Beverage Cart Sponsor $300, Prize Hole Sponsor $200, Tee Sponsor $150, Donations for Prizes

Team Entry $360 (Includes Everything you Need for a fun day) Individual Entry $90 Dinner Only $20 Games & Prizes Betting Holes, Closest to the Pin, Hole in One, Longest Drive, Longest Putt, and more! Volunteers are Needed too Contact Chris or Jan for more information!!!!!!!

Frank’s Corner
Planning and Building News: Updates and Information

From the Desk of Frank Charlton….
Due to being short staffed at the Planning/Building Office, Frank has nothing to report this month! Please check back next month for new information.

Planning News:

On the Building Side of things:

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We are updating our website Check your member info on the website! If there are any needed changes OR you would like to add your website, please email

Members: Are you Participating?

Indiana Quality Assurance Builder Standards What QABS means for you, the consumer: The Indiana Quality Assurance Standards provide new homebuyers and remodeling customers a way to measure their builder and the project against an industry approved set of standards. These Standards create a series of performance standards builders and customers can use to communicate and understand each other's expectations regarding building/remodeling projects. The Standards address the most prevalent issues that arise between the builder and the customer before the project, during the project, and most importantly, after the project is completed. All too often it is the unrealized or undiscovered expectations that create the majority of problems encountered in the building/remodeling process. The Standards will help eliminate these problems before the project even begins. What QABS means for you, the builder: One objective of the Association is to improve the community image of the industry. Towards that objective, the builders association offers you the Indiana Quality Assurance Builder Standards. The program includes a set of standards, recommended language for including the standards and mediation/binding arbitration of the standards into project contracts, and marketing information. The Standards create reasonable customer expectations regarding the building/remodeling process, and address the most prevalent issues that arise before the project, during the project, and, most importantly, after the projected is completed. The Standards eliminate the unrealized and undisclosed expectations of the customer by giving the builder/remodeler a tool to discuss, identify, and set the customer's expectations before problems arise. Yet, disputes will inevitably arise that cannot be settled between the two parties using the Standards. With that in mind, the Standards also includes a mediation/binding arbitration mechanism to provide another vehicle to dispute resolution outside the costly and time-consuming court process. Let the consumer know you are a part of the network of quality builders. Include the Indiana Quality Assurance Builder logo in print, television and radio advertising, and promote your membership with the association in press releases and brochures.

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