Economic Forecast Luncheon presented by Robert Dietz, Ph.D - Tuesday, December 4th 

Robert Dietz, Ph.D., is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing Policy for NAHB, where his responsibilities include housing market analysis, economic forecasting and industry surveys, and housing policy research. Dr. Dietz has published academic research on the private and social benefits of homeownership, federal tax expenditure estimation, and other housing and tax issues in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Housing Research, the National Tax Journal and the NBER Working Paper series. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Economic Policy on housing and economic issues. Prior to joining NAHB in 2005, Robert worked as an economist for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, specializing in revenue estimation of legislative proposals involving housing, urban development, and other business tax issues. He is a native of Dayton, Ohio and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the Ohio State University in 2003.

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One FREE Ticket to the Economic Forecast Luncheon with purchase of a Certification / Designation or Workshop class.


OSHA – presented by Paula Burleson

This is a 10hr class, over both days from 10A - 4P.  You MUST attend both days.  Lunch on your own – list of local eateries will be available.

NAHB CAPS I – Aging in Place – presented by Laura Mineff - ONLY Tuesday, December 4th

This is being offered as a one-day class.  Industry professionals perform a needs assessment to identify and prioritize the needs, wants and wishes of the Aging-In-Place client. Professionals learn to recommend specific design solutions for the Aging-In-Place client and estimate and schedule the project while regarding special considerations.

Note: CAPS II and CAPS III will be offered thru HBA, date TBD.

NAHB Business Marketing - presented by Bill Owens - Monday, December 3rd

Customers today are both demanding and selective and, thanks to technology, they are very well educated.  How do you stand out from the crowd and make your brand relevant?  This course gives you an overview of the many types of marketing and sales tools to help you build your unique brand and a positive reputation so you can engage and motivate potential customers, clients and referral partners to choose your product or remodeling services.  The course includes exclusive resources for learning more about the sales and marketing techniques described.

This course is required for NAHB designations:  CGB, CGR.

NAHB Business Management - presented by Bill Owens - Tuesday, December 4th

Learn the management skills that give industry leaders the edge.  This course gives you a solid foundation for managing small to medium size building/remodeling and service companies.  This course explains critical elements from planning to evaluating progress and presents practical tips and tools for managing a business successfully.  You’ll get a solid grasp of business best practices and practical tools of value whether you are a new or experienced business owner. 

This course is required for NAHB designations:  CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, Master CGP.



One FREE Ticket to the Economic Forecast Luncheon with purchase of a Certification / Designation or Workshop class.

 Hal Becker–“What Makes a Top Salesperson”–Dynamic Common Sense Selling AND “How to Manage People Not Paper”–Sales Management/Coaching

Monday, December 3rd ONLY

Hal Becker is a nationally known Author and expert on Sales, Customer Service, and Negotiating. He conducts seminars or consults to more than 140 organizations a year. His client list includes IBM, Disney, New York Life, United Airlines, Verizon, Terminix, AT&T, Pearle Vision, Cintas, and hundreds of other companies and associations.

Hal at age 22, was Xerox's #1 salesperson among a national sales force of 11,000, and then founded and became CEO of Direct Opinions, one of America's first customer service telemarketing firms that administers more than two million calls per year. He now spends his time consulting and presenting lectures around the world.

Jason French - Best Practices for Purchasing and Estimating - Senior Consultant, SMA Consulting

Tuesday, December 4th ONLY

Jason is a graduate of Kent State University with a degree in Computer Technology and Software Development. That coupled with the 15 years he spent working in a variety of the trades, for suppliers, small volume homebuilders and even owning his own business has given him a unique perspective on purchasing and estimating and the software that builders use in those systems. Jason joined SMA in 2010 and has been involved with the purchasing and estimating for many homebuilders during his time here.


  • Warranty & Contracts – Russell O’Rourke, Esq. & Jonathan Hyman, Partner, Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis, LLP
  • Ohio Supreme Court Ruling CGL Policy Coverage Elimination for Defective Workmanship – Russell O’Rourke, Esq. & Jonathan Hyman, Partner, Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis, LLP
  • The Appraisal Report – Dave Harmon, National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers
  • Not In My Back Yard – Christopher Mykytiak, Hahn Loeser
  • Flooring:  Understanding Ceramic and Stone Tile Installations & Issues – Andrew Fronczek, FloorWorks Inspection Services
  • Luxury Vinyl Floors:  Features, Installations & Pitfalls – Andrew Fronczek, FloorWorks Inspection Services
  • Avoiding Hardwood Flooring Issues – Andrew Fronczek, FloorWorks Inspection Services
  • Energy & Moisture Movement in Homes – Brian Lieburn, DOW
  • Construction Moisture – Brian Lieburn, DOW
  • Building Control Layers – Brian Lieburn, DOW
  • QuickBooks: Best Practices – Dennis Dlugosz, Corrigan Krause and Maria Angotti, DMS Management Solutions
  • Rebates: Found Money or Impediment to Best Price? - Ryan Lipchek, CBusa – Cleveland & Akron
  • Understanding Today’s Home Technology & Infrastructure Options – Shane Horner, Horner Networks
  • Scams and Your Small Business – Sue McConnell, Better Business Bureau
  • Cybersecurity - Robert Najjar, Digital Integrated Systems
  • Marketing to the Generations - The BDX Group
  • Buildertrend:  Top 10 Features You Should Be Using - Paul Wurth, Buildertrend
  • Porcelain:  Installation & Best Practices - Brian Miller & Julie Ball, Mont Surfaces
  • and much, much more!