January 6, 2021 What’s Up Wednesday

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Upcoming CDBIA meetings


01/08: CDBIA Building Industry Hour on 1580am and 100.9fm. Guest: Karl Lorenz (Parrot Head Contracting) 

01/10: Last day for builders to submit entry for the SWFL Parade of Homes

01/15: CDBIA Building Industry Hours on 150am and 100.9fm. Guest: OPEN

01/20: CDBIA Executive Committee and Board of Directors Meeting

01/22: Early bird pricing ends for the CDBIA Sporting Clays Classic

02/02: CDBIA February General Membership Meeting sponsored by Harbor Home Builders, LLC

02/07: CDBIA Sporting Clays Classic

02/09-02/12: NAHB’s International Builders Show: IBSX- International Builders Show Virtual Experience Click here for your free expo pass

02/17: CDBIA Executive Committee and Board of Directors Meeting

03/02: CDBIA March General Membership Meeting

News for you

Webinars on Payroll Protection Program

Learn how the latest relief package provides relief for small businesses from burdensome loan forgiveness requirements, additional funding available and favorable tax provisions. The member webinars will take place at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET on Jan. 8. The webinars will cover the same topics, so you only need to attend one session.

Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. ET
Meeting Link:
Passcode: 216726

Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. ET
Meeting Link:
Passcode: 216726



NAHB Safety Stand Down

NAHB encourages members and all other residential construction companies to halt work for at least 10 minutes the week of January 11-15, 2021, for a COVID-19 Jobsite Safety Stand Down to remind workers what they should do to keep themselves safe from coronavirus and to help reduce its spread.

After the success of the first COVID-19 stand down in April 2020, NAHB and its construction industry partners are facilitating a second round of pandemic-specific safety training in the wake of the national surge in infections.

As part of the safety stand down, members are being asked to relay coronavirus safety precautions, such as wearing face coverings, maintaining a distance of six feet between workers at all times, cleaning and sanitizing frequently used tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis, ensuring the proper sanitation of common surfaces and equipment, and providing safe, clean, and accessible restrooms and adequate hand washing stations.

What is a Safety Stand Down?

This safety stand down is a voluntary event for employers to reinforce the need to follow all COVID-19 safe work practices and protocols with workers and encourage them not let their guard down in preventing the spread of the virus.

Who Should Participate?

Construction of single family and multifamily housing has been deemed an “Essential Infrastructure Business” allowing construction to continue. Small and large construction companies, residential construction contractors, and sub- and independent contractors should all participate in the stand-down.

Three Steps to Hold Your Own Stand Down:

  1. Prepare. Compile the information you will need for the stand down. NAHB has developed detailed blueprints — in English and Spanish — for builders and trade contractors to conduct their COVID-19 safety stand downs.
  2. Cover the basics. As COVID-19 cases surge, stress the importance of preventing the virus spread by encouraging workers to following basic infection prevention measures.
  3. Hold your stand-down. Present the information to the workers, keeping it short and simple. The safety information can be distributed digitally (through email and/or text).

NAHB and other construction industry partners have also developed a comprehensive Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan for Construction that outlines the steps every employer and employee should take to reduce the risk of exposure to and transmission of COVID-19. It describes how to prevent worker exposure to coronavirus, protective measures to be taken on the job site, personal protective equipment and work practice controls to be used, cleaning and disinfecting procedures and what to do if a worker becomes sick.

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The Firm 360° PhotographySeeing is believing. Click on the link and see the in-progress build of a SIPS Home in 3D that we did for DK Consultants of Florida. Their details are also listed in the tour.  We can do this for your business too. Contact us today for details at 941-347-8198, or visit our website The Firm 360 


Consult Engineering’s new YouTube channel is called Building Integrity. Founder and Principal Engineer, Josh Porter, conceived of the channel as an educational (and entertaining) outreach of our company, as well as a digital brochure for our company, staff and services. While the inspiration was to find an alternative to traditional marketing during the Covid-19 era, the purpose is literally to build integrity within the construction industry through education and accountability. The target audience is the homeowning public, property managers, contractors, tradesmen, students and anyone interested in construction. We launched the channel just before Christmas with a good amount of content for subscribers to digest. Going forward we will build our video library with episodes featuring interviews with industry leaders from our office studio, on-the-job videos shot in the field during our inspections, in depth lessons with Josh at his desk and various fun, informational or visually appealing short videos.

We invite you to please subscribe to the channel and recommend it to your friends, employees and customers who may enjoy it. The direct link is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9xpl8LyFRsKXASGHBBj_xQ

Once we reach 100 subscribers, we’ll be able to get a URL that is something like YouTube/channel/BuildingIntegrity, instead of that alphabet soup. And YOU can help us get there! If any of your companies have channels you’d like to promote, please let your CDBIA family know about them.





Last night, January 5th we held our first general membership meeting of the month.

We continue to plan  our monthly meetings outdoors, so we can socially distance and still come together as a family. 

This month there were around 90 members in attendance. For the first meeting of the year, many conversations were chatting about the holidays, what projects are being built, and what’s going on with the world.

President Caryn (Wharton-Smith) opened the evening with a beautiful prayer and pledge as we welcomed the special guests with us this evening: Punta Gorda City Councilman Jaha Cummings (ARI Production) and Chair of the Charlotte County School Board Wendy Atkinson (Nolan Family Insurance).

President Caryn also shared the exciting news that her Wharton-Smith family has grown! She introduced us all to her her new Project Manager, John Carlson. John has a new name now at the CDBIA. He is Mason’s dad.  We are so excited for you John, and Caryn and look forward to seeing the many great projects you will be working on together! 


After a medley of Twisted Fork’s favorite delights, we welcomed Director of Charlotte Technical College Deelynn Bennett. Mrs. Bennett gave an update on the Tech College and explained how she has been working hard to build classes for construction. After the long standing instructor retired, there were a few opportunities filling the position. She was looking everywhere, when she was contacted by a local contractor who is ready to help grow the taskforce and love for construction in his students. Steve Uebelacker graduated from Port Charlotte High School in 1988. He is a general contractor who has worked as a builder and in law enforcement and now he will be working with middle schoolers, high schoolers and adults.

Opening up classes in middle school was provided by a grant. With the grant, a 25% match (or $20,000) is still needed to help fund this program. We are looking into resources, grants and other opportunities to be able to assist. Growing the construction courses will build our workforce. If you would like to make a contribution to help fund this program, please contact the CDBIA. 

We welcomed 3 new members last night:

  1. Brooks Beisner (Hessler Floor Covering)
  2. Jordyn Law (LTD Contracting)
  3. Kris Proudfoot (Centennial Bank)

Colleen Ferrara (Conserva Irrigation of SWFL) also announced ALL the fun prizes that were won during the fall membership drive:

October Membership Drive winners

** Stars indicate prizes have been picked up. If you would like to make arrangements to get your prize, please contact Colleen Ferrara or the CDBIA.

Saint Pete Beach getaway- Robert Johnson (Charlotte Harbor Homes)

***$200 cash (donated by Jim Weisberg, Quality Homes of Port Charlotte) to Wendy Atkinson (Nolan Family Insurance) for bringing in a new member

***Mexican box of fun (donated by Carlene Zeches, Z Interior Decorations) to Travis Perdue (Charlotte County Facilities)

Wine basket (donated by Caryn Huff Sufferling (Wharton-Smith Inc.) and Italian basket (donated by Carlene Zeches, Z Interior Decorations) to Dave Tressmer (Advantage Waste Industries)

**Italian basket (donated by Carlene Zeches, Z Interior Decorations) to Sarah Norris (The Springman Team, MVP Realty) for bringing in a member

DHY Media FREE Video for your business (donated by Christian Young, DHY Media) to Dr. Pat Dower (New Hope Chiropractic & Massage) and their sponsor Caryn Huff-Sufferling (Wharton-Smith, Inc) won a DHY Media Free Consultation & Training

***New Hope Chiropractic & Massage (Dr. Pat Dower) donated a one-hour massage, and the lucky winner is Ricki Markle (Lending Hand FL Mortgage) for attending the new member luncheon on Tuesday

***Scott Dufour (Re/Max Palm Realty) won a $50 Lowe’s gift card, donated by Melanie Markel (Array of Cabinets) and Robert Markel (Royalty Construction) just for showing up to the Wednesday new member breakfast

Gibran Khan (Happy Home Services) won a gift basket of sugar and spices (donated by Kathy Kemeny, Just Counters & Other Stuff) as well as a photo shoot from Betsy Williams, ABC gift card (donated by Rich Lancette (Hessler Floor Covering) and a $50 gift card donated by Karl Lorenz (LCM Engineering).

The TravelQ 285 Tailgaiter Grills (Value $700) donated by Rod Luke (Luke Brothers Custom Homes) for recruiting and joining were won by: Bill Ginn (Presto Air) and his sponsor Blair McVety (Charlotte County Seawalls)

Second year of membership free: AC Quality  & Electric

Winner of $125 gift card for joining during the drive: Kate Oliver (Monach DIRECT) and her sponsor Blair McVety (Charlotte County Seawalls)

A general membership meeting voucher good for the whole year: Kate Oliver Monarch DIRECT

An inshore fishing charter with a gift card to Bass Pro Shop (thank you, LTD Contracting) was won by Pat Hand (Dancing Moon Travel)

A trip to Virginia with dinner leaders from the State Home Builders Association of Virginia (value $1500) and the winner is….. Bill Truex (Truex Preferred Construction).


On to fun- Hector Munoz (Coastal Quality Services) won the monthly drawing (and Hannah got to collect the money!)

And sadly Holly Burnette (Tri County Air Conditioning) lost out on winning $150 in the Progressive Pot. Her name was drawn and she was not in attendance.

That means on February 2nd, the Progressive Pot will be at $200! Join us at the Four Points by Sheraton Tiki sponsored by Harbor Home Builders. This month’s speaker will be Kelly Pommerville from Charlotte Behavioral Health Center. Kelly will be sharing information about the services CHBC offer, as well as provide some valueable information for those who are, or know someone who may be struggling with sadness, being burnt out, or even depression. Link to register is list on the top of this e-newsletter.


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