When you meet someone new, how do you introduce yourself?

Do you prop yourself up with fancy titles and accomplishments?  Bad idea, says Inc.com columnist Jeff Haden.  Here are a few tips for starting a relationship on the right foot.

  1. Keep it short.  Brief is always best. Provide the bar minimum the other person needs to know, and let the ensuing conversation reveal more details about yourself in a natural, unforced and much more memorable way.
  2. Focus on the other person.  The person you’re meeting is the only one who matters.  Ask questions – and actually listen to the answers.  The best connections never come from speaking; they come from listening.
  3. Context is key. Unless you’re in a business setting, your job title is irrelevant.  Meeting other parents at your daughter’s school is not the time to mention that you are, in fact, the CEO of WeKickSeriousButt Enterprises.

Who is new, who is pending, who has renewed and who is no longer a member?  Always remember to Do Business with Members! Check out the latest membership activity below.

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 January 15, 2013 from 3:30 to 4:30pm at the AHBA Office.

Acopia Home Loans, Cameron Lewis

Bartlett Construction & Landscaping Co., Russell Bartlett

Innospace of North Carolina dba Office Environments, Henry Ball

Leonard & Moore, PLLC, Stephen Moore

Lifestyles By Design, LLC, Jim Andrews

Seco Electric, LLC, Scott Slechter

Town and Mountain Realty, Robbie McLucas

US Cellular, Terri Wells


Renewing Members

Thank you for renewing your membership with the AHBA!

84 Lumber, Rich Green

Acanthus Interiors, LLC, Heather Allen

Allard & Roberts Interior Design, Sharon Allard

Angel’s Stucco DBA, Jose Rodriguez

Bald Mountain Homes, John Senechal

Brand Vaughan Lumber of Asheville, Jason Hendrix

Brand Vaughan Lumber of Asheville, Derrick Meeks

Build It Naturally, Inc., Chase Thomas

Carlton DesignBuild, Inc., Rob Carlton

Carolina Blinds, Wayne Patterson

Carolina Colortones, Guy Campbell

Carolina Colortones, Clint Farish

Carolina Concrete Designs Inc, Pam Banks

Carolina Cornerstone Construction, Inc., Scott MacAlister

Carolina Creative Builders, Tim Penley

Carpet One Floor & Home, Hunter Ward

Champion Comfort Experts, LLC, Ritch Holt

Coldwell Banker, King-McKinney, Derek Weekley

Cox Industries, Jonathan Whitehead

D&H Construction, Albert Sullivan

David Burnette, Inc., David Burnette

Demos Builders, Inc., Jim Demos

DRA Living, Inc., David Rand

Final Touch Cleaning LLC, Tracy Rouch

First Restoration Services of Asheville, Chris Silliman

First Restoration Services of Asheville, Shawn Silliman

Flooring America of Asheville, Carla Meadows

GBS Building Supply, James Whiteside

Henson Building Materials, Tamara Stilwell

HomeTrust Bank, Christine Dozier

HomeTrust Bank, John Myers

JDC Roofing, Jim Dalton

K2 Irrigation Services, Inc., Kevin McRae

Keystone Kitchen & Bath, Christy Bradham

Kilby Builders, Inc., Daniel Kilby

K-Wall Poured Walls, LLC, Richard Kubica

Landmark Builders of WNC, LLC, John Frock

Leading Edge Builders, Inc, Ralph Gundrum

Lewis & Fish Construction, Inc., David Lewis

M & M Construction Co., Arthur McElrath

Mountain Steel Company, LLC, Phil Sorrells

Overhead Door of The High Country, Sam Arrowood

Patricia Tipton of Tipton Home Builders of Asheville, LLC, Patricia Tipton

Plaxico Architectural Illustrations, Lorraine Plaxico

ProBuild, David Avila

ProBuild, Scott Lewis

PSNC Energy, Tami Maybin

RCJ Building, Inc., Robert Jacobelly

Red Tree Builders, Inc., Brandon Bryant

Reuben Caldwell Drilling, Inc., Reuben Caldwell

Rob Robinson Builder, Rob Robinson

Roger Ezell Plumbing, Roger Ezell

Roger Lunsford Drywall, Roger Lunsford

Rub-R-Wall of the Carolinas, David Hyder

Rymers Ground Control Inc, Paige Morris

Salon Blue Ridge, Melissa DeLong

Stickels Service Co., Inc., Bradley Stickels

Sun Construction, William Maccurdy

SunDog Development, LLC, Joel Sowers

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 office@ashevillehba.com. All information given to the AHBA is held strictly confidential.

Frank’s 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

Solid Surface Specialists, LLC, Renee Spicher/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.

AWD Services, Inc.

Beverly-Grant, Inc.

Building Environmental Solutions, Inc.

David Cooper Electric

Evaristo Garcia dba Custom Drywall

First Citizens Bank

Horizon Heating & Air Conditioning

Sankey Construction Co., Inc.

Wayside Landscape Services

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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *