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OCTOBER 2018

INSIDE

KEEP YOUR FAMILY

AND HOME SAFE

OUTDOOR HOME

MAINTENANCE CHORES

ASSESS YOUR HOME’S

EFFICIENCY

PARADE OF HOMES


THRESHOLD IS A MONTHLY MAGAZINE PRESENTED BY

THE GREATER CEDAR RAPIDS HOUSING & BUILDING ASSOCIATION

FEATURES

TABLE OF CONTENTS

11

KEEP YOUR FAMILY

AND HOME SAFE WITH

SMOKE DETECTORS

6

14

ASSESS YOUR

HOME’S EFFICIENCY

WITH AN

ENERGY AUDIT

OUTDOOR HOME

MAINTENANCE CHORES

DEPARTMENTS

9 SAVE THE DATE

22 NEW MEMBERS

A publication of the Greater Cedar Rapids

Housing and Building Association

25 GCRHBA BOARD

26 THE SPIKE CLUB

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EXECUTIVE OFFICER'S MESSAGE

MELISSA

OLSON

October is our Fall 2018 Membership Drive!

As a local association, we support and strongly encourage

all of our members and the public to use our members

who are building our community and leading the

way in our building industry. If you know of someone

in the building industry that would like to be a part of

our family, now is the time to recruit them!

Members will earn triple spike points for each new

member recruited during the month of October.* As a

member, recruiting new members to your local association

is actively recognized and rewarded through the

Spike Club. Those who participate are called Spikes,

and they are the membership leaders of our association,

building the voice, power and influence on every

level, in every state. To become an official NAHB Spike

Member you need six spike credits in a two year period.

Spike credits are earned by recruiting and retaining

NAHB and Council members. By recruiting two

new members during the month of October, you can

instantly become a Spike Member and enjoy the benefits!

The benefits of becoming a spike are intangible:

you are recognized for your contributions to the association

and regarded as an accomplished and connected

member. In addition, you will receive a coveted invitation

to the biggest party of the year, the Spike Party at

the International Builders’ Show®, increased visibility,

recognition and networking opportunities at industry

events, unique and valuable lapel pins for each level of

achievement, and additional VIP treatment throughout

the year. Members will also have a chance to win a trip

to the 2019 NAHB IBS in Las Vegas and Napa Valley.

Membership is one of the best decisions builders

and associated industries can make. We all benefit from

growing our premier network of building industry professionals.

Time and again, members point to the 5 pillars

of membership benefits – networking, knowledge,

expertise, advocacy and savings – as pivotal points in

the growth of their businesses. In 2017, builders saved

an average of $7,500 per housing start as a result of

NAHB’s advocacy victories and services. That figure

demonstrates just how much value we deliver for our

members and not only covers membership, but represents

potential savings to homebuyers.

I encourage you to look beyond your usual sources

of leads to recruit new members. Take a close look at

your lead list and see if there are additional opportunities

to reach new prospects. Let your prospects know

how membership truly benefits them both professionally

and personally.

Sincerely,

Melissa Olson, Executive Officer

Greater Cedar Rapids Housing & Building Association

*Completed member application and payment must be received by the GCRHBA office by October 31, 2018.

MEMBERSHIP VALUE

A strong voice in Washington, Des Moines and

in our local communities where you do business

to help you defeat excessive regulations, defend

affordable housing initiatives, and to protect your

business. We fight for our members and that

puts money and time back in your pocket! Our

advocacy efforts include educating policymakers

and the Administration, building successful

coalitions, and mobilizing our grassroots on a

range of issues.

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

October 2018 Presidents Message

MIKE FARR

Thank you for your membership and participation!

Are you looking for workers? Kirkwood has

students that are looking for internships and jobs

as they graduate. Contact the HBA office or Kirkwood

about finding a student!

Look through this issue and see our 2nd honorary

member! Please reach out and congratulate

them for their time and service to our association!

Our annual meeting in November will not only

honor the 2 honorary members, but also our normal

awards, plus 2 additional new awards! We are

also going to acknowledge our Spike members.

So Spikes, we will have a special gift for you, if

you attend this meeting! We are also kicking off a

new membership drive. Look for the details in an

upcoming email from Melissa!

On Wednesday, October 31st, we are going to

have a “burn the mortgage luncheon.” It will be

at the HBA office and we will be serving hamburgers

and brats. Costumes are optional! Hope to see

you there to help us celebrate this big event!

We are in the middle of our Parade of Homes!

If you haven’t already done so, I hope that you

have a chance to get out and see the spectacular

work done by our members!

Please get us feedback on our new THRESH-

OLD and website! We have an afterhours meeting

a Suburban Lumber this month. I hope to see

many of you there!

Take Care,

Mike Farr, President, Greater Cedar Rapids

Housing & Building Association

NETWORKING AFTER HOURS

MEMBER EVENTS

Suburban Lumber

Oktoberfest

Thursday, October 18

5-7 PM

Suburban Lumber

2630 Wiley Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids

See page 13 for more information.

Mortgage Burning

Luncheon

Wednesday, October 31

11:30 AM-1:30 PM

GCRHBA Office

350 Miller Road, Hiawatha

See page 22 for more information.

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Greater Cedar Rapids Housing & Building Association members are invited

to a breakfast and private showing of the Fall 2018 Parade of Homes!

Wednesday, October 3 rd

8:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Breakfast

Join us for a made-to-order omelet bar, coffee,

and networking at the Members Only breakfast.

Hills Bank and Trust Company

3905 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

Lower level - please park in the River of Life parking lot

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Tour

Members Only Tour tickets are required to enter the homes.

Stop by Hills Bank during breakfast to pick up your tickets.

Cost: $20/member

A FREE lunch coupon at any local Subway sponsored by

The Gazette will be provided with your Members Only Tour ticket.

Email your reservation by October 2 nd to eo@crhba.org.

Members Only Breakfast Sponsored by:

Member FDIC

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THIS FALL

Don’t Ignore

Outdoor Home

Maintenance

Chores

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The crisp weather of fall is upon us and football season is well under way. While the

prospect of relaxing into a lazy Sunday schedule calls to many home owners weary

from the routine of weekend lawn mowing, don’t sleep on essential lawn care and

home maintenance tasks that will see you through the winter.

AUTUMN LAWN CARE BASICS

Fall is a great time for new grass seed to take root, so

consider reseeding in selected areas. Reseeding also

eliminates areas for weeds to grow in the spring. Fertilize

your lawn one more time with a high nitrogen fertilizer

to encourage root growth. Look for a lawn fertilizer labeled

“winterizing.”

It’s also a good idea to rake leaves and debris off your

lawn in the fall. Put some muscle into it and rake out any

areas where heavy thatch has built up.

Cut your lawn one last time after it has stopped growing,

but before the first snow. Adjust your mower setting

to cut your lawn to about one inch. Lawn care experts suggest

doing the final mowing with a bagger to pick up cut

grass, stray leaves and other debris. It also leaves fewer

places for Snowmold to develop.

FIGHT SNOWMOLD

Snowmold is one of the most common lawn diseases and

typically it shows up in the spring. As the snow melts, it

uncovers a lawn that has spent several months hidden

under a cold blanket of white, with little air and no sun.

In its cold, wet, and dark environment, Snowmold slowly

forms, leaving blades of grass dead and brown. New

grasses will sprout up behind it, but unless you vigorously

rake it away, the new growth will be slow and thin — so

it’s a good idea to overseed.

CONSIDER AERATING

It also may be wise to aerate your lawn. Aerating your

lawn is a great way to reduce thatch, loosen up compacted

soils and pave the way for water and nutrients to reach

the roots of your grass.

Even with meticulous care, lawns can thin out and lose

color due to excessive thatch buildup, hard or compacted

soils, or periods of high temperature, high humidity, or

drought. According to The Lawn Institute, more than twothirds

of American lawns are growing on compacted soils.

These soils slowly reduce the amount of oxygen contained

in the soil, thus retarding the penetration of both water

and nutrients. Aerating and overseeding is recognized by

experts as the best treatment to control thatch, reduce

compaction, fill-in bare spots and revitalize growth.

Here are a few tips from lawnboy.com to help you

determine if you should aerate annually:

• If your lawn is more than seven years old, and rests

on mostly clay soil.

• If your lawn is moderately to heavily used (walked

or played on).

• If water collects on your lawn.

While lawn care is a hot maintenance item for home

owners who value “curb appeal” or just want to escape

the ire of neighborhood community associations, don’t

forget there are plenty of other maintenance chores.

Here’s a checklist of items you should address before the

winter holiday season.

EXTERIOR TASKS

1. Maintain your gutters.

Remove all debris from your gutters so water can properly

drain. This minimizes standing water and slows the

freeze/thaw expansion process that occurs in cold weather.

Clogged gutters can cause landscaping, lawn and

shrubbery, walls, foundation, basement, crawl spaces and

existing gutter system damage. Consider installing “gutter

guards,” which will prevent debris from entering the gutter

and direct the flow of water away from the house and

into the ground.

2. Trim your trees and remove dead branches.

Inclement weather can cause weak trees or branches to

break and damage your home, car, utility lines or someone

walking on your property. Keep an eye out for large

dead branches in trees; detached branches hanging in

trees; cavities or rotten wood along trunks or major

branches; mushrooms at the base of trees; cracks or splits

in trunks; leaves that prematurely develop unusual color

or size; and trees that were previously topped or heavily

pruned. If you see any signs of hazards, call a professional

tree service.

3. Maintain your steps and handrails.

Repair broken stairs and banisters to prevent falls and injury.

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2. Maintain your pipes.

Wrap your pipes with heating tape every winter and insulate

unfinished rooms such as garages, if they contain

exposed pipes. Check pipes for cracks and leaks and have

any damage repaired immediately to prevent costlier repairs

later. Keep your house warm — at least 65 degrees.

4. Inspect your roof.

Be proactive and prevent emergency and expensive repairs.

Things to look for include damaged or loose shingles; gaps

in the flashing where the roofing and siding meet vents

and flues; and damaged mortar around the chimney (especially

at the joints, caps and washes). If you see any signs

of damage, call a professional to repair the damage.

5. Inspect your home’s exterior walls.

Look for possible weather-related damage, like cracks and

loose or crumbling mortar. Wood trim and siding can suffer

from deteriorating paint or become loose. Windowsills

may be cracked, split or decayed.

INDOOR CHORES

1. Check your home’s insulation.

Your attic should be five to 10 degrees warmer than the

outside air, otherwise too much heat escapes and causes

frozen water to melt and refreeze which can result in

a collapsed roof. Don’t neglect your basement and crawl

spaces, and well insulate pipes in those spaces to protect

against freezing.

3. Check your heating systems.

Be sure to maintain your furnace, fireplace, boiler, water

heater, space heater and wood-burning stove and have

your heating system serviced every year. Check smoke and

fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and change

your heating and air conditioning filters regularly.

4. Know your plumbing.

Learn the location of your pipes and how to shut the water

off. If your pipes freeze, the quicker you shut off the water,

the better chance you have of preventing pipe bursts.

Check weather stripping and caulking around windows

and doors and replace or repair as needed. Caulking helps

keep your house weather-tight, lowers your heating and

cooling bills, and can also help keep insects and rodents

out of your house. Also look for chipped or peeling paint

around window frames and trim. Repair broken glass and

loose or missing putty. When needed, use a modern glazing

compound instead of putty for a waterproof seal.

5. Clean and vacuum dust from vents, baseboard heaters and

cold-air returns.

Dust build-up in ducts is a major cause of indoor pollutants

and can increase incidences of cold-weather illnesses.

Check all your faucets for leaks and repair any you find.

Replace washers if necessary.

By setting aside a few weekend days now, you’ll save

yourself from a lot of hassle later. Once your home passes

your fall inspection, you and your family can relax and enjoy

the coming holidays free from worry about potential

home maintenance catastrophes. T

Article provided by National Association of Home Builders

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SAVE THE DATE

The Greater Cedar Rapids Housing & Building Association

is the main sponsor of several events throughout the

year, that allow consumers direct access to the latest in

building products, actual building contractors of new

homes, and remodelers of existing homes.

OCTOBER 3

Members Only Parade of Homes Breakfast & Tour

OCTOBER 4, 6 & 7

Fall Parade of Homes

OCTOBER 18

Suburban Lumber Mixer

OCTOBER 31

Mortgage Burning Luncheon

NOVEMBER 8

Annual Awards Banquet

A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU

to our Nail Drivers’ Open Committee:

Ontario Caudill Susan Forinash John Guidinger

Brent Nichols

Robert Riley

Ryan Sullivan Justin Zimmerman Sarah Zimmerman

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new homes:

HOME 1 • Legacy GreenBuilders & Developers

334 RIDGE VIEW DR., FAIRFAX

HOME 2 • Schrage Construction, Inc.

2768 CREEKVIEW TRAIL, PALO

HOME 3 • Scallon Custom Homes, LLC

6710 COTTAGE HILL LANE NE, CEDAR RAPIDS

HOME 4 • Sattler Homes & Remodeling

314 WORTHINGTON CT., HIAWATHA

HOME 5 • Platten Construction LLC

6107 MICHAEL DR. NE, CEDAR RAPIDS

HOME 6 • JP Homes

9300 FEATHER RIDGE WAY, CEDAR RAPIDS

HOME 7 • B. Hancock Construction, Inc.

3062 DELL RIDGE LANE, HIAWATHA

VISIT THIS YEAR’S HOMES!

HOME 8 • Frey Homes LLC

3088 WINDSOR DR., ROBINS

HOME 9 • Donohoe Custom Homes

3104 BRIMLEY PASS, ROBINS

HOME 10 • Skogman Homes

8726 GRAND OAKS DR. NE, CEDAR RAPIDS

HOME 11 • Skogman Homes

1482 CRESCENT OAK LANE, MARION

HOME 12 • Premier Plus Custom Homes

1159 KETTERING RD., MARION

HOME 13 • B. Hancock Construction, Inc.

1184 FOXBOROUGH DR., MARION

HOME 14 • Garman Built

345 LINDEN ST., ALBURNETT

The Greater Cedar Rapids Housing

& Building Association presents

the Fall 2018 Parade of Homes.

Tour new and remodeled homes

in the greater Cedar Rapids

area to see the

latest advances

in home

construction

and design.

HOME 15 • Flynn Homes, Inc.

1622 38TH ST. SE, CEDAR RAPIDS

HOME 16 • H&H Home Builders

4396 PIONEER TRAIL SE, CEDAR RAPIDS

remodeled homes:

ONLY OPEN OCT. 6-7

HOME A • Jim Buresh Construction Co.

4771 DOE RUN DR., CEDAR RAPIDS

HOME B • Sunderman Construction

2987 COUNTY HOME RD., MARION

HOME C • Home Town Restyling

2410 HILLVIEW DR., MARION

Tickets are $10 each and are available at each parade home, Hills Bank & Trust locations and Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

Or you can purchase discounted tickets at any local Casey’s General Store for $9. Children 12 & under are FREE!

$

1 00

*

OFF

Fall 2018 Parade Ticket

NEW HOMES

Thursday, October 4 • 5-8 p.m.

NEW & REMODELED HOMES

Saturday, October 6 • 12-5 p.m.

Sunday, October 7 • 12-5 p.m.

*Valid on one ticket. Not valid at Casey’s General Store.

Sponsored by

R

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Keep Your

Family and

Home Safe

with Smoke

Detectors

It is important to know

how to best protect

your family in the event

of a fire in your home.

Article provided by National Association of Home Builders

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Thanks to smoke

alarms, Americans

are safer than

they’ve ever been.

It only takes a few simple steps to ensure your family stays safe:

Make sure that your smoke alarm system is

in working order.

You should test all of your smoke alarms every

month by simply pressing the test button.

Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10

years. The National Fire Protection Association

(NFPA) recommends putting a smoke alarm inside

each bedroom and outside each sleeping

area, as well as installing alarms on every floor

of your home, including the basement.

Devise an escape plan and practice it.

Every family needs to have a fire safety action

plan. The plan should include multiple ways for

family members to escape the home and a designated

meeting place. Make sure that every

family member knows the plan by practicing it

during the day and at night.

Never go back into a burning building.

Once you have escaped, do not return to your

home for other people or pets. Call the fire department

after you have safely left the house.

Thanks to smoke alarms, Americans are safer

than they’ve ever been. According to NFPA,

deaths from home fires dropped to a new low in

2012, when the estimated home fire death toll

of 2,380 was 54% lower than 5,200 in 1980.

And the design of smoke alarms continues to

improve, with new innovations including wireless

technology and alternate signal noises that

are easier for children and seniors to hear.

Fire Sprinklers in Homes

Many state and local governments have decided

to remove mandatory requirements for residential

sprinklers in all new homes and to leave

them as a choice for the home owner. Still, residential

sprinkler advocates and other coalition

groups continue to pressure officials to create

mandatory fire sprinkler requirements.

If you’re building a new home, your builder

can arrange for the installation of sprinkler systems.

But it’s important to note that installing

these systems cannot guarantee anyone’s safety.

And maintaining these systems, especially

for home owners in cold climates, can be costly

and time-consuming.

It’s important for every household to have a

fire safety action plan, and to have the right to

choose for themselves which type of preventative

device they want to use. T

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MEMBER EVENT

OKTOBERFEST

AROMA

ARTISAN PIZZA

will provide

appetizers and be

cooking pizzas

on site

Thursday, October 18

5-7 p.m.

Suburban Lumber

2630 Wiley Blvd SW, CR

BEVERAGES

including

Oktoberfest Beer,

Wine, Water and

Soft Drinks

Please email reservations to eo@crhba.org by

October 16

Courtesy of Suburban Lumber

Entertainment

provided by

Bryce Janey

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Assess Your Home’s

Efficiency with an

AIR LEAKS

INSULATION

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ENERGY AUDIT

LIGHTING

HEATING AND

COOLING

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You may be wondering how to save money on your

energy bills this year. Conducting a do-it-yourself

home energy audit is a fast, relatively simple way

to assess how much energy your home consumes

and determine what you can do to make your home

more energy efficient.

A home energy audit will show you where your home is losing

energy, how efficient your heating and cooling systems

are, and ways to conserve electricity. All it takes is a thorough

inspection of the areas listed here and keeping a checklist of

the problems you found.

AIR LEAKS

Stopping or minimizing drafts can

save on annual energy costs. Some

places to inspect where air commonly

seeps from homes include

gaps around baseboards, wall and

ceiling junctures, electrical outlets,

switch plates, window frames,

weather stripping, fireplace dampers,

attic doors, window-mounted

air conditioners and foundation

seals.

On your home’s exterior, look at

the areas where two different building

materials meet, such as corners

and areas where siding or brick

come together with chimneys or the

foundation. If you can rattle windows

or see daylight around door or window frames, you

likely are losing air.

Once you’ve identified the leaks, seal them with caulk,

weather stripping or the same material as the original seal.

You can also attach plastic sheets around your windows.

Contact your local HBA for help with

improving your homes efficiency.

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INSULATION

In older homes especially, you may have insufficient insulation

in the ceiling and walls. Your attic door should

be insulated and close tightly. Openings around pipes,

ductwork and chimneys should be sealed. Look for a

vapor barrier — tarpaper or a plastic sheet — under the

attic insulation. To check your walls, make a small hole

in a closet or other out-of-the-way place and probe into

the wall with a long stick or screwdriver. If it’s an outside

wall, the area should be completely filled with an insulating material.

Fill the gaps in any openings with expanding foam. Flexible caulk should be

used to seal any electrical boxes in the ceiling. If your home lacks a vapor barrier,

consider painting interior ceilings with vapor barrier paint. This reduces the

amount of water vapor that can pass through the ceiling, which reduces your

insulation’s effectiveness.

HEATING AND COOLING

EQUIPMENT

Inspect your heating and cooling equipment.

See if ducts and pipes located in unheated

spaces and your water heater and hot water

pipes are insulated. Dirt streaks around your

ductwork, especially near the seams, are evidence

of leaks.

Have your equipment checked and

cleaned by a professional

annually.

If you have a

forced-air furnace,

replace your filters

as soon as they

are dirty. Even if

they aren’t, replace

them every 30 to

60 days.

LIGHTING

Look at the bulbs in your home and determine

if a lower-watt bulb would work

just as well for your needs. For lights that

will be used more than two hours each

day, replace your incandescent bulbs with

compact fluorescent bulbs and you can

save up to 75% of the energy used for

lighting.

A home audit is a great way to find

out your home’s energy deficiencies and

make simple improvements that will save

you time and money in the long run. T

Article provided by National Association of Home Builders

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HONORARY MEMBER

Al Sattler

Al Sattler was born in Protivin, IA, a

small northeast Iowa Czech town. At

three years old, he moved to the Fort

Atkinson/Calmar, IA area. In 1943, Julius,

his father, a meat butcher, moved

his family to Cedar Rapids for a double

increase in pay; which was during World

War II. Al began the seventh grade at St.

Wenceslaus Catholic School and graduated

in 1949 in a class of 11 students.

During high school, Al was named to the

All City Basketball Team.

After high school, Al took a job with

Baxter Motors and Wilson & Co. Packing

House until he went into the Air Force

during the Korean War from 1950 to

1953. While in the Air Force, Al attended

electronic school and was a radar repair

man while he was stationed in Louisville.

He then went on to Advanced Electronics

School in Maryland where he thought he

would leave to become an electrical engineer;

however, he made the decision to

follow his fathers’ footsteps and go into

carpentry. Julius was working for Ted

Manning and became very good at the

trade, so Al decided while on leave for a

couple weeks to help his father out and

fell in love with the trade as well.

After his service in the U.S. Air Force,

Al worked as an apprentice for Ted Manning

alongside his father to build houses

for a short period of

time. Ted had decided

to subcontract the work

and allowed the Sattler

men to bid on the jobs;

however, they were out

bid. So, Julius and Al

started their own business,

J.G. Sattler & Son,

and started with contracting

framing and finishing

houses and repair

work. As time went on,

the Sattler’s went into

the contracting business

to start building houses.

The first home they built

was for Mel Schulte, who is 95 years old

and still lives in the home. The second

home they built was purchased by Cecil

Perkins; who until his recent passing still

lived in the same home. And the third

home was built for Wesley Drahozal and

his son lives there today.

As they continued to grow, J.G. Sattler

& Son bought lots

and started developing to

slowly get into the building

business in the Cedar

Rapids and Marion area.

In the beginning, the two

did everything on their

own – built their own

cabinets, siding, wired

the houses, all the details

from drawing the plans

and all parts of the new

home. In the mid 1960’s,

Julius retired, and Al

bought his father out and

eventually changed the

business name to Sattler

Construction.

One day while buying lumber, Al was

invited to a Home Builders Association

stag. Al never heard of the HBA so he

asked what it was and was told it is where

all the home builders come together and

have a good time and talk about the issues

they were facing in the industry.

Al thought that was a great idea to get

along with others that were experiencing

the same problems, so he joined the

local HBA in the early 1950’s. Al really

liked the camaraderie with builders as

he knew about them but never had the

chance to meet and chat with them.

Al became Secretary as soon as he

joined the HBA but joked that he really

only joined to have fun. He was President

in 1963 and 1974 and was inducted

into the Hall of Fame in 1989. During his

first presidency, AL started a dance in the

Spring to include wives at the HBA events

as well as our annual Trap Shoot. Al was

also active with the Home Builders Association

of Iowa as Secretary and Vice Pres-

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STORY CONTINUES ON PAGE 20


HONORARY MEMBER

FUN FACT

Al designed

the home he

currently lives in.

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HONORARY MEMBER

ident, however never took the Presidency role due to his busy

work schedule.

On June 25, 1955, Al married Sally, who grew up in Cedar

Rapids. Sally stayed home and raised five kids, Mike,

Jim, Tom, Julie, and Joe, very religiously and was known

as a spiritual guide and called “Sister Sally.” All five of their

children continue to work in the home building industry.

Mike, Julie and Joe work together at Sattler Homes & Remodeling.

Jim owns his own company, Jim Sattler Custom

Homes. And Tom owns his own building business in Colorado.

As of today, Al and Sally have 16 grandchildren and

4 great-grandchildren. T

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HONORARY MEMBER

Q&A WITH AL SATTLER

Was it the best decision choosing carpentry

over electronics?

YES! I liked electronics, but electronics is

old theory and not really building anything.

Building houses is there, you can see what

you’ve done.

What is your most memorable moment of

being an HBA member?

When I first joined, the NAHB Convention

was in Chicago at the Hilton Hotel and Palmer

House and we would take a train into Chicago

which was a lot of fun. Then the McCormick

Place Convention Center was built, and

the convention was moved there because

there was more room for booths. Later the

convention was moved to Houston.

Are you happy your children followed your

footsteps into the building industry?

YES! I didn’t push any of them to become a

builder.

His son Joe responded, “he did push by

having us do the hard work by cleaning houses

and all the grunt work; which taught us kids

how to work.”

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MORTGAGE BURNING

LUNCHEON

Wednesday, October 31

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

GCRHBA Office, 350 Miller Road, Hiawatha

We are excited to

announce we have paid

off our mortgage!

Please join us for lunch and tour

the GCRHBA office.

SERVING

Hamburgers and Brats

grilled on site

Beverages, Chips, Cole Slaw

and Cookies

It is Halloween, so come

in your costumes! (optional)

Please email your

reservation by October 29

eo@crhba.org

NEW MEMBERS

Brook Adkins

Coldwell Banker Hedges

Renee Corkery

Coldwell Banker Hedges

Ashley Danielson

Forever Cabinets

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SUPPORT SMALL

BUSINESSES

Small businesses are the backbone of

America. They build a strong economy and

strong communities.

Many builders, remodelers and related

businesses in the housing industry are small

businesses making vital contributions to our

economy. In fact, 15% of the U.S. economy

relies on housing.

A healthy housing industry means more

jobs and a stronger economy. Constructing

100 new single-family homes creates 297

full-time jobs, $28 million in wage and business

income and $11.1 million in federal,

state and local tax revenue.

Housing, like no other business sector, is

“Made in America.” Most of

the products used in home

construction and remodeling

are manufactured here in the

United States.

That’s why it’s important to

support small businesses.

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The Greater Cedar Rapids Housing & Building Association

cordially invites you to attend the

2018 Annual

Awards Banquet

November 8, 2018

Social Hour 5-6 p.m. Dinner 6-7 p.m. Presentation 7-8 p.m.

The Event Center

2987 County Home Road, Marion

Free to one member from a member company.

Additional guests $20/person.

Please email reservations by November 6

eo@crhba.org

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on the agenda

Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity

Home Builders Blitz 2018 Presentation by Jeff Capps

Guest Speakers:

Ralph Palmer and Al Sattler, Honorary Members

Induction of the 2019 Board of Directors

Membership Awards

Fall 2018 Parade of Homes Awards


Connect with Us

President

Mike Farr

Cascade Manufacturing Co.

Office: 563.852.3231

mgfarr@cascade-mfg-co.com

Vice-President

Rob Hajek

Home Repair Team

Office: 319.626.4663

robh@homerepairteam.com

Board Member

Jeff Capps

Cedar Valley Habitat for

Humanity/ReStore

Office: 319.366.4485

jeffcapps@cvhabitat.org

Board Member

Randy Dostal

Thomas Dostal Developers

Office: 319.431.3881

allamericanlc@hotmail.com

Board Member

Andrea Rhoades

Corridor Business Journal

Office: 319.665.6397

Andrea@corridorbusiness.com

Board Member

Robert Riley

Windows by Pella, Inc.

Office: 319.363.5768

robert.pellawindows@gmail.com

Second Vice-President

Dustin Kern

DK Land Services, Inc.

Office: 319.654.6706

dustin@dklandservices.com

Board Member

Mike Flynn

Flynn Homes, Inc.

Office: 319.366.6826

mike@flynnhomes.com

Board Member

Hunter Skogman

Skogman Homes

Office: 319.363.8285

hskogman@skogman.com

Treasurer

Justin Zimmerman

CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP

Office: 319.363.2697

justin.zimmerman@claconnect.com

Board Member

Benton Frey

Frey Homes, LLC

Office: 319.640.2300

benton@freyhomes.com

Board Member

Dean A. Spina

Bradley & Riley PC

Office: 319.861.8725

dspina@bradleyriley.com

Secretary

Jim Sattler

Jim Sattler Custom Homes

Office: 319.395.9157

jsattler@sattlerinc.com

Board Member

Joe Greathouse

Kirkwood Community College

Office: 319.398.5411

joe.greathouse@kirkwood.edu

Board Member

Ryan Sullivan

Amerhart, Ltd.

Office: 608.825.3322

ryan.sullivan@amerhart.com

Immediate Past President

Chad Pelley

Ahmann Design

Office: 319.395.7900

cpelley@ahmanncompanies.com

Board Member

Jim McGrew

Suburban Lumber Company

Office: 319.362.3115

jmcgrew@suburbanlumber.com

Board Member

Bryan Thumma

Affordable Heating & Cooling

Office: 319.462.3638

bryan.thumma@affordable-hvac.com

Remodelers Council First

Vice-Chair

Joe Sattler

Sattler Homes & Remodeling

Office: 319.395.9475

joe@sattlerhomes.com

Board Member

Amy Miller

Hills Bank and Trust Company

Office: 319.654.8007

amy_miller@hillsbank.com

Executive Officer

Melissa Olson

Greater Cedar Rapids Housing &

Building Association

Office: 319.395.0778

eo@crhba.org

Board Member

JR Blok

Blok Construction

Office: 319.533.4394

jrblok2@mchsi.com

Board Member

Drew Retz

Jerry’s Homes, Inc.

Office: 319.294.2290

drewr@jerryshomes.com

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THE SPIKE CLUB

Growing our

Strength

through Member

Recruitment,

Retention and

Involvement

Recruiting new members to your

local association is an activity recognized

and rewarded through

the Spike Club. Those who

participate are called Spikes, and

they are among the most valued

members of the association.

Fall 2018

Membership Drive

If you know of someone in the building

industry…NOW IS THE TIME to recruit them.

Earn TRIPLE spike credits!

Win a trip to Napa Valley!

Member-to-member recruitment

and retention efforts are the

largest source of growth for the

federation. Spikes bring grassroots

growth and stability. These

efforts lend to the development

of the general membership and

our leadership pipeline, keeping

the face of the federation true

to that of our industry and the

scope of interests we represent.

Spikes are the membership leaders

of our federation, building

the voice, power and influence

on every level, in every state.

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SPIKE MEMBERS

SUPER SPIKE

James Sattler 466.00

Mike Farr 346.25

ROYAL SPIKE

Michael Flynn 267.00

Mike Sattler 224.50

Wayne Winn 207.00

Randy Dostal 181.00

Rob Hajek 173.00

Tom Takes 171.00

Doug Kohoutek 167.25

Jim Buresh 157.75

RED SPIKE

Mark Wood 126.00

Drew Retz 117.25

Tari Dailey 110.75

Alvin Frey 102.25

GREEN SPIKE

Joseph Ahmann 75.00

Robert Meyer 74.50

Paul Brundell 70.50

Jim McGrew 69.00

YELLOW SPIKE

Joe Sattler 43.50

JR Blok 43.00

Steve Erusha 41.75

Ron Valenta 34.00

BLUE SPIKE

Todd Frazier 24.00

Kyle Skogman 23.00

Bryan Thumma 21.00

Chad Pelley 20.50

Benton Frey 13.50

Brian Ophoff 12.50

Ray Vasser 11.00

Chris Mottinger 9.50

Dustin Lee 7.50

K Flynn 7.75

Dustin Kern 6.00

SPIKE

CANDIDATES

Six (6) credits needed to

become a SPIKE MEMBER

Bob Rathje 6.00

Jeff Platten 5.50

Tom Kurtz 5.00

Mark Ralston 5.00

Chuck Rhode 5.00

Todd Richardson 5.00

Pat Sauter 5.00

Mark Sillman 5.00

Jeff Melcher 5.00

Al Sattler 4.50

Paul Scallon 4.50

Jerry Sunderman 4.50

Timothy Vaske 4.00

Todd Wood 4.00

Ben Dahl 3.50

Kirk Sadilek 3.50

Jamie Buresh 3.00

Chad Kelly 3.00

TJ Heefner 2.50

Terry Bjornsen 2.00

Matt Burger 2.00

Rex Hamilton 2.00

Jennifer Hughes 2.00

Brad Joens 2.00

Dave Vanous 2.00

Mark Bertelli 1.50

Marc Daubitz 1.50

Mike Delaney 1.00

Brian Hancock 1.00

Casey Johannes 1.00

Hanna Kustes 1.00

Brad Nielson 1.00

Justin Wright 1.00

2018 SPIKE

CHAMPIONS

Dustin Kern 5.5

Mike Farr 3.0

Jim McGrew 2.0

Ben Dahl 1.5

Randy Dostal 1.0

Rob Hajek 1.0

TJ Heefner 1.0

Tyler Janssen 1.0

Mike Ludvicek 1.0

Jeff Melcher 1.0

Drew Retz 1.0

Justin Wright 1.0

Gary Doerrfeld 0.5

Doug Kohoutek 0.5

Chad Pelley 0.5

This month’s

SPIKE LEADER!

DUSTIN KERN

5.5 CREDITS

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