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November 2014 Newsletter
November 2014

The Andorra II by Olsen Custom Homes
Holiday Celebration & Installation

When: Friday, December 5th @ 5:30 PM

Where: LPGA Clubhouse 
~1000 Champions Drive Daytona Beach

*Please Bring an Unwrapped Christmas gift or $25 that will be used towards the purchase of a gift

*Don't forget to tell us your favorite song and the DJ will play it!

*Online RSVP for this event coming soon
Information Session: 
Changes to the Residential Florida Energy Codes

When: Thursday, November 6th, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM *LIMITED SEATING LEFT*


Where: Advanced Technology Center (Daytona Beach) 

*Registration is required

Spike Roster
It's Here! The updated Spike Roster (as of September 30, 2014) is now available! 
Click the link below to view: 

Click Here for Spike Report 

What is a Spike?
Recruiting new members to your local association is an activity recognized and rewarded through the Spike Club. Those who participate are called Spikes. 

For more information on Spikes visit: 
Housing for Tomorrow Committee

Capital Club Members

Jamie Adley

Ronnie Bledsoe

Lisa Blythe

Steve Courteaux

Michelle Delaney

Bob Fitzsimmons

Richard Friedman

Alfred Fyock

Mori Hosseini

Chris Koontz

Jim Mather

Denver Miller

Eric Olsen

Jim Paytas

Cyndi Parker

Frank Severino

Shelley Stewart

JoAnne Sturdevant

Richard VonBrocken


Capital Club is membership in the HFT Committee, attained through investment of $250, with the interest in promoting affordable housing and improvement of local government. 

ACT in Action
VBIA held an information session for companies interested in the Academy of Construction Technologies' (ACT) youth/pre-apprentice program. 

Let's get our youth back in the trades!
*More program information 
coming soon!

VBIA's Powerful Women
Six VBIA Members were selected in the 9th annual Volusia/Flagler Report  for "Influential Women in Business" awards. 

Sandy Bishop:VBIA's Executive Director

Lisa Blythe: Director of Marketing at Southern Title

Susie Bruner: Regional Manager at Access National Mortgage

Cynthia DeLuca: President at Total Realty Corp. 

Judy Reiker: Business Development Manager at Fidelity National Title 

Shelley Stewart: President at Southern Title 

To view online edition: 

2nd Annual VBIA Texas Hold'Em Tournament
Thank you to all who participated in our 2nd Annual Texas Hold'Em Tournament at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room. This event helps to support the wonderful charitable efforts of Food Brings Hope, who strives to help Volusia County's homeless and hungry student achieve success.

Our 50/50 winner

(Left) Tournament Winner Brad Thomas of Auburn Homes with our Poker Committee Salesman Extraordinaire Richard Gailey 

Membership Renewals

Atlas Homes

Randy Stallard


Dickinson Custom Homes

Scott Dickinson


Florida Public Utilities Company

Pat Spalding

KB Home

Jim Carraway

Old Florida Bank 

Mary Thomas


Realty Pro Title

Billie Jo Kaler

Shoreline Kitchens, Baths & More

Lawrence Pallante

Tom's Tropic Air Conditioning

Tom Mose


Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Abigail Moore


Nationwide Housing Starts Top 1 Million for Third Time this Year

October 17, 2014 - For the third time this year, nationwide housing starts surpassed the million-mark, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Total housing production in September rose 6.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.017 million units.


"These numbers show starts returning to levels we saw earlier this summer, where they hovered around one million units," said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly, a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del. "We are hopeful this pattern of modest growth will continue as we close out the year."


"September's uptick reveals that last month's dip in production was more of an anomaly than a market reversal," said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. "I expect we will see a continued recovery as job creation grows and consumers gain more confidence in the housing market."


Single-family housing starts were up 1.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 646,000 units in August, while multifamily production climbed 16.7 percent to 371,000 units.

Combined housing starts increased in all regions of the country. The Northeast, Midwest, South and West posted respective gains of 5.3 percent, 3.5 percent, 4.2 percent and 13.9 percent.


Issuance of building permits registered a 1.5 percent gain to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.018 million units in September. Multifamily permits rose 4.8 percent to 394,000 units while single-family permits decreased 0.5 percent to 624,000 units. Regionally, the Northeast, Midwest and West registered overall permit increases of 12.3 percent, 8.2 percent and 5.9 percent, respectively. The South posted a 4.7 percent loss.

NAHB Member Benefit
NAHB Members can save up to 36% on shipping

As part of the National Association's member advantage program, UPS is pleased to help members save time and money through special services and shipping discounts. We put the power of logistics to work for you every day by providing speed, outstanding reliability and technology tools so you can focus on your business - not your shipping.


FHBA Member Benefit



Attention Builders and Remodelers: Get money for products you already use! The FHBA's Member Rebate Program is a free member benefit available to all active Builder and Remodeling Members.


VBIA's Past President Wins Pinnacle Builder Award!
At the 2014 FHBA Fall Leadership Conference, Jamie Adley of Winston-James Development was awarded the Paul Joyal FHBA Pinnacle Builder of the Year Award! This award is presented to the builder who exemplifies doing business with association members. Congratulations Jamie!
VBIA Welcomes NAHB's Dr. David Crowe!

VBIA President Bob Fitzsimmons & Dr. David Crowe

NAHB's Chief Economist Dr. David Crowe spent part of his Halloween with the VBIA! Dr. Crowe gave an enlightening report on housing's potential and most likely path for the rest of 2014 and into 2015. 

To download Dr. David Crowe's Presentation from the event, click the link below:

VBIA Wants You to Vote!

Share this with employees, family and friends! And their family & friends...

Our Ballot Selections are the candidates at the County, State and National levels who have demonstrated a commitment to the free enterprise system and specifically to the construction industry, workforce development and education. 

October GMM: 
Builders & Realtors Can 
Get Along
Thank you to everyone for attending our October GMM, where Kimberly Mackey made a shocking claim: builders and realtors 
can get along!
Nationally renowned sales speaker Kimberly Mackey
To learn more about Kimberly visit: 

Kimberly presented to a full house
Congratulations to Our Build University Graduate!
Shelley Stewart (far right) of Southern Title became a graduate of FHBA's Build University this past weekend at the FHBA Fall Leadership Conference. Congratulations Shelley!

VBIA Members Out & About
Chris Koontz (Koontz Heating & Air) and wife Ashley at Food Brings Hope Gala

Look who Bob Fitzsimmons' son found in
the Bahamas' on Scotland Cay in the Abacos: 
VBIA Past-President Stan Shirah!
New Members
Arthur Kowitz Realty

Arthur Kowitz Realty is a community grounded, award winning real estate company
Phone: 386-677-7678

New Member: Melanie Whyte
Allphases Fence & Pavers
Allphases Fence and Pavers is a local experienced company at the forefront of the Outdoor Construction Industry. 
Phone: (386) 423-9898

New Member: Michele Miller
Aloha Carpet & Floor Coverings

Aloha Carpets & Floor Coverings is a leading floor covering outlet in the Daytona Beach area.
Phone: 386-323-7833

New Member: Vickie Smith
Cobb Cole

Cobb Cole is market leader in Central Florida for Civil Attorneys. Partner Michael Woods practice areas include Administrative, Environmental, Governmental and Land Development Law.

Phone: (386) 255-8171
Visit us at:

New Member: Michael Woods
Fairwinds Credit Union

Fairwinds is a member-owned credit union that is headquartered in Orlando, Florida and serves the Central Florida area.
Phone: 407-715-9633
Visit us at:
New Member: Andre Rattray
Kuhar Surveying & Mapping

Kuhar Surveying & Mapping, LLC, is a full service Land Surveying firm located in Ormond Beach and Holly Hill.
Phone: 386-672-0002

New Member: Celeste Kuhar
LRA Insurance

LRA Insurance is a full-service insurance agency located in Orlando, Florida. 

Phone: 407-838-3445
New Member: Michelle Delaney

At Simplêfy, we are Commercial Payment Processing Experts dedicated to helping you with all of your Credit Card Processing and Merchant Payment Processing Needs!

Phone: 805-529-7100
Visit us at:

New Members: Anthony Bowman & Bonnie Collins
Southern Title

Whether you want to buy or sell real estate, or are representing someone who wants to buy, sell, or refinance, Southern Title's mission is simple: to make it easy for you!

Phone: 386.760.9010
Visit us at:

New Member: Heather Benge
Vanacore Homes
It is an honor for us to build a home for you and your family that you will cherish for many years to come. The satisfaction of our home buyers is what drives us to build the absolute best homes that money can buy.

Phone: 800-369-1293

New Member: Richard Daniels


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