What/who prompted you to become a member?
The membership was one belonging to our company and when the prior sales person left, I took it over and participated in events. After leaving my last company, I immediately rejoined with my new employers to take part in the value of the membership and the people.
How long have you been a member?
How/who first got you involved and what did you do?
Before I was promoted at my last job, I did attend some of the mixers with my manager; this is when there was a Southern Chapter. After my promotion, I found activities (mixers, events) and duties to just get involved and network. Really it was self-inflicted!
What were your expectations when you joined? Have they changed?
When I first joined with my prior employer, it was hard. I worked for a distributor that did not have New Castle County. Being that Delaware is so small, it was hard to see the complete value when everything appeared geared towards the Northern county. But I found a few things to do and participate and to stay active. Today, I cover the entire peninsula and it’s the friendships, business potential (I realize sales are still my responsibility) and networking.
How has HBADE membership impacted your business?
Relationship building for sure and recognition to our brands as well as for myself. Also, being asked to present at BREC is unnerving to me as I do small presentations like Architect lunch and learns but never anything so formal! Growth Experience personally for me and another step forward for business growth as well.
Fun fact about yourself?
Well, I guess that I was born for this business. Growing up in PA, my dad owned a roofing and siding business. I would help him break metal in his shop and I would joyfully go out on a sales call and hold the end of the tape. Back then, I was probably bored out of my mind (we had no neighbors my age to play with) and was happy to tag along, to him I was his sales tool and I hope my presence helped him sell those jobs!
What wisdom/advice do you have for future members?
Participate in something. If you are an associate, there is no better way to connect with the builders if you just sit on the side lines. There is always something that needs to be done!