To start the new year, NAHB recently kicked off its Young Professionals Recruitment Program to offer discounted membership prices for new Young Professionals (YPs) at 12 participating HBAs across the country.
So far, the program has seen tremendous success. Brittany Ryzenga, chief executive officer for the Lakeshore Home Builders Association, said her HBA has already received 20 new members through organic recruitment efforts, with many more expected to join.
The Lakeshore HBA has numerous events planned for the rest of the year including a happy hour at a local distillery in February to officially kick off its YP Recruitment Program.
"While we all know the early years of business ownership are financially tough," Ryzenga said, "NAHB’s recruitment program is an exciting way to offer a more inviting rate for young professional business owners to realize the value and many benefits of HBA membership."
Residential construction professionals who are eligible to join one of these 12 participating HBAs (see below) and are under the age of 45 can reap the benefits of this new program. New members will pay just $75 in their first year, and that includes all of the benefits of membership at the local HBA, state HBA and NAHB. They’ll also save $300 in each of the next three years of membership.
The Building Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho held its YP recruitment kickoff and networking event at a local brewery, where more than 50 people showed.
Jamie Daniels, the HBA’s executive officer, said their message to persuade prospect YPs was simple: "Joining will help you get involved, network, meet other people in the industry, and find a group that you belong to."
Learn more about the YP Recruitment Program, including how to apply.
Participating HBAs include:
- Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston
- Building Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho
- Fredericksburg Area Home Builders Association
- Home Builders Association of Northern Michigan
- Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire
- Home Builders Association of the Upper Peninsula
- Home Builders Association of Marion & Polk Counties
- Lakeshore Home Builders Association
- Metropolitan Builders Association of Greater Milwaukee
- North Idaho Building Contractors Association
- Salt Lake Builders Association
- Topeka Area Building Association