Always Be Networking

“I’ve found it is more important than ever to keep my networking skills sharp so I can continually grow my personal and professional network.  While the networking tools have certainly changed, the rules of networking remain constant and it takes a purposeful effort to master the art of networking.”

Steps to successful networking:

  • Be friendly, yet professional.
  • Be genuine, you want to build trust.
  • Establish goals, why you are networking.  Looking for a job, enlarging your contact base, or looking for possible clients?
  • Follow up with the contacts you meet.  Handwritten notes are a thing of the past but are noticed and remembered!
  • Try to keep in touch periodically.
  • How can you provide value to the person you’re meeting?  Try to give before asking for something.
  • Don’t dismiss anyone as irrelevant.  It’s about who you know, not how many people you know.
See the full article in the January issue of Successful Meetings written by Brad Goodsell, president of Executive Travel Directors.


Do Business with AHBA Members… Check out the latest membership activity below over the last 30 days.  Find complete contact information in the online member directory.

New Members…Welcome to our newest members of the AHBA!  To educate and engage, new AHBA Members are required to attend a one hour New Member Orientation as a final step in becoming a member. The next New Member Orientation is on March 19, 2013 from 3:30 to 4:30pm at the AHBA Office.

Adam Edmonds Construction, LLC, Adam Edmonds

Franks Painting & Drywall, Inc., Billy Eugene Franks

J.K. Electric, LLC, Joseph Kokoska

J.K. Electric, LLC, Jason Kokoska/Affiliate

J.K. Electric, LLC, Shawn Kokoska/Affiliate

Navas Construction, Inc., Oswaldo Navas

Solid Surface Specialists, LLC, Renee Spicher/Affiliate

January 2013 orientation
Attendees at January’s New Member Orientation from left to right:
Adam Edmonds Construction, LLC; J.K. Electric, LLC; US Cellular; Leonard & Moore, PLLC; Garner Woodworks, LLC; Maggie Valley Resort Management, LLC

Renewing Members…Thank you for renewing your membership!

1-800-Water Damage, Kimberly Basham

1-800-Water Damage, Diane Holmes

Acanthus Interiors, LLC, Jared Allen

ACM Design, PA, Amy Conner-Murphy

Asheville Citizen-Times, Debbie McMannis

Asheville Savings Bank, Jennifer Duvall

Bass and Royster Builders, Inc., Steve Royster

Belco Electric Co., Milton Burris

Build It Naturally, Inc., Mike Benito

Builders FirstSource, Ray Glass

Builders FirstSource, W.C. Hare

Carolina Colortones, Clint Farish

Carolina Home + Garden, Rimas Zailskas

Carpet One Floor & Home, Lisa Foster-Eudy

ECS Carolinas, LLP, Scott Sawyer

Fairview Door Sales Co., Robert McBrayer

First Bank, Timothy Brown

Gardner Building Group, LLC, Scott Gardner

Grace Homes, Brad Hutchinson

Grammatico Signature Homes, LLC, Dan Grammatico

Haynes Heating & Cooling, Jeff Coats

J S Miller High Country Builders, Joe Miller

K-Wall Poured Walls, LLC, Al Kimbrough

K-Wall Poured Walls, LLC, Richard Kubica

K-Wall Poured Walls, LLC, Patty Kubica

MacPherson Construction, Inc., Thomas Smith

McElrath Roofing Co., Inc., Steve McElrath

Monyny Lath & Stucco, Ismael Ibarra

Moss Sign Co., Ronnie Moss

Mountain Housing Opportunity, Lloyd Freel

Mountain Showcase Group, Nick Dionne

Mountain Water Systems, Jim Roberts

Noble Carpentry, Inc., Daniel Friday

Preish Construction, Inc., Jim Preish

ProBuild, Josh McGee

Progress Energy, Renee Maxwell

Ricardo Leon-Macias dba Stucco Specialties, Ricardo Leon-Macias

Richland Homes, Thomas Linsley

Sears Commercial Service, Brenda Dunlap

Snow Creek Landscaping, Mindy Boone

Stafford Homebuilders, LLC, Jerry Stafford

Sulaski & Tinsley Homes, LLC, Michael Tinsley

Sun Mountain Door, Candace Childers

Tile Unlimited, Eddie Ratcliff

Tucker Materials, Inc., Rene Sutton

Tucker Materials, Inc., Matt Sutton

Willard Concepts, LLC, Paul Willard

Pending Members…In compliance with our Bylaws and the policies which have been put in place by our Board of Directors and the Membership Committee, Association procedure is to have new member applications approved by the Board of Directors and by the General Membership. If you know of any compelling reason that any applicant should not be considered for membership, please contact any AHBA staff member at 828-299-7001 or email your comments to the AHBA at All information given to the AHBA is held strictly confidential.

Brand Vaughn Lumber of Asheville, Steve Brunelle, Affiliate

Carolina Farm Credit, Bruce Newman, Associate

Carolina Heights Builders, Inc., Oleg Romashchuk, Builder

Colonial Life, Lynn McLeod, Associate

Daltile, Ronnie Downs, Associate

Daltile, Megan Noland, Affiliate

Daltile, Charity Miller, Affiliate

Deltec Homes, Larry Payne, Affiliate

ECS Carolina, LLP, Todd Tamasy, Affiliate

Elk Mountain Associates, Jed Durand, Associate

GBS Building Supply, Nick Campbell, Affiliate

R. S. Construction of Asheville, Inc., Raul Souza, Builder

R. S. Construction of Asheville, Inc., Karen Ann Wall, Associate

Waterworks Pool & Spa, LLC, Peter Phelps, Associate

Xtreme Drywall Systems, Inc., Kathy Cassada, Associate

Sorry to See You Go….The AHBA is sorry to see the companies listed below drop their AHBA Membership. If you know these past members or do business with them, please give them a call and invite them back to re-join the AHBA.

Blue Planet Plumbing, LLC

Chestnut Hill Construction Services

First Citizens Bank

Interested in more information about joining the AHBA? Click Here to find out more and to download an application.

Article posted by Christi Stokes, Director of Member Services & Special Events for the Asheville Home Builders Association.