Real People, Real Conversation…Your Membership Minute

In last month’s Membership Minute, I talked about how to Supercharge Your Elevator Pitch.  Do you remember the four key words?…Hook, Stop, Reel and Serve.  Have you had a chance to put your new elevator pitch in to play?  In this age of technology and digital connectivity, it can be a challenge to find time to test it out through some good ol’ face to face interaction.

A simple yet bold statement I read in a blog post recently: “…there’s no substitute for the magic of a face-to-face interaction with someone else who cares. Even the most ingenious machine-based attempts to mimic human conversation (hello, Siri) can’t match the emotional richness of a real conversation with a real person” quoted by George Anders, contributing editor for Forbes magazine.  A good reminder for everyone regardless of the situation.

Make time to strike up a conversation with your clients, customers and other AHBA members through an in person interaction.  In any conversation, emphasize the Serve portion of your elevator pitch – focusing not on your needs but on the needs of who you are talking to.  In this efficient world we live in, don’t lose the art of conversation.

A great time to do so is right around the corner…I hope to see you in person at the next AHBA After Hours member event on Thursday, June 20 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. The perfect setting to put your new elevator pitch into practice… real people engaging in real conversation.

Check out the latest AHBA membership activity below over the last 30 days.  Utilize the AHBA online member directory for more contact information.

New Members – Welcome to our newest members of the AHBA!

Christie’s Lighting Gallery, Kristie Spino, Associate

Controlit, Inc., Ed Craft, Associate

Controlit, Inc., Adriel McIntyre, Affiliate

Lowe’s of East Asheville, Grant Kidd, Associate

Lowe’s of South Asheville, Chris Cali, Affiliate

Lowe’s of Weaverville, Zane English, Affiliate

Lowe’s of West Asheville, Billy Griffith, Affiliate

MB Haynes, Kimberly Basham, Affiliate

Quality Home Consultants, Jim Rauland, Builder

Signature Technologies of Asheville, Inc., Jamie Bradley, Associate

Signature Technologies of Asheville, Inc., John Pope, Affiliate

S.L.C. Inc., Stan Canton, Builder

Renewing Members – Thank you for renewing your membership with the AHBA!

2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, Meredith Johnson, Associate

A Rooter King, Inc., Max Parton, Associate

Accurate Accounting, Kevin Jackson, Associate

Adam’s of Old Castle, Eric Gilliam, Associate

Affordable Comfort, Inc., Tracy Ponder, Associate

Alltek Systems Design, David Winchester, Associate

Asheville Contracting Co., DBA Asheville Fence, Carla Maddux, Associate

Bella Hardware & Bath, Kevin Kennelly, Affiliate

Bellwether Design-Build, Brad Rice, Builder

Blue Ridge Energy Systems, Jamie Shelton, Builder

Clevenger & Son, LLC, Clayton Clevenger, Builder

Copperwood Builders, Ryan McLellan, Builder

Custom Homes of Asheville, Inc., W. Steve Wallin, Builder

Daphne W. Urquhart, CPA, PA, Daphne Urquhart, Associate

Eric Schenk Carpentry, Eric Schenk, Associate

Fenco Inc. DBA Monarch Builders, Dean Fender, Builder

Goldsmith Custom Drywall Services, Mike Goldsmith, Associate

Greencraft, Inc., LeAnn Bound, Affiliate

Greencraft, Inc., James Bound, Builder

Horizon Tile & Stone Gallery, Inc., Timothy Allmond, Affiliate

J S Ray & Associates, Stuart Ray, Builder

Rafferty Construction Corp., Rodney Hawkins, Builder

Richard Killian Contractor, Richard Killian, Builder

Salon Blue Ridge, Rebecca Ward, Affiliate

Sealing Agents, Richard Messer, Associate

South Core LLC, Pat Hunt, Associate

Tint/Solar Works, James Wachob, Associate

United Federal Credit Union, Linda Norton, Associate

WNC DesignBuild, Inc., Marc Propst, Builder

Pending Members –In compliance with our Bylaws and the policies which have been put in place by our Board of Directors, Association procedure is to have new member applications approved by the Board of Directors and by the General Membership. Please look at the lists of all Members. 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.

Appalachian Ironworks, LLC, Brian Leonard, Associate

Blue Planet Plumbing, Georg Efird, Associate

Buncombe County Schools-CTE Department, Christy Cheek, Associate

ControlIt, Inc., Jessie Craft, Affiliate

Grand Highlands Construction Corp., Dean Anderson, Builder

MB Haynes, Russell Blevins, Associate

Medlock & Associates Engineering, PA, Frank Ungert, Associate

PrimeLending, Donna Reeves, Associate

Sellers & Scroggs Construction, LLC, Joshua Sellers, Builder

Sellers & Scroggs Construction, LLC, Matt Scroggs, Affiliate

Solid Rock Builders, LLC, Travis Meinch, Associate

Stewart Title Guaranty Company, Melissa Ward, Associate

Terri Long Landscape Design, Inc., Terri Long, Associate

TW Plumbing, Thomas White, Associate

Tyner Construction, Harrison Tyner, Builder

Willow Creek Hearth & Leisure, Nate Aucreman, Affiliate

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. Always strive to Do Business with Members!

Asheville Tile, Inc.,  Associate

Best Built, Inc., Builder

Dolph Silvers or SW Silvers,  Builder

Gary Dunn,  Associate

Heathwood Constructors, Inc., Builder

High Mountain Solution, LLC.,  Associate

Inform Systems Data Documents, Inc.,  Associate

McCarson’s Building, Inc.,  Builder

Solar Energy Savers,  Assoicate

Sun Mountain Door,  Associate


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