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From the MBA Centennial Video: Helping launch the big dig. The team that knows how to shovel it!

I just received a glossy, full color 44-page “President’s Report” from the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties.  I wonder if these guys have gotten the memo.  Their members are hurting.  The New Home Industry is under siege!  I’m more optimistic than the next guy about good things lying ahead, but right now, I have to wonder why I’m paying these guys big dues so the “President” can report in the most old-skool of ways.  Here’s a suggestion:  try the Internet for Sam’s sake!  Email your report.  Post on the Association website.  Put it on Sam’s Facebook page.  Anything but print and mail a 44-page slick report that actually does little to address the core issues that face our industry.  And  if any MBA’ers are thinking I’m being a little harsh?  Be damn glad I didn’t choose to pick on the wretched, self-serving excess of that thick hard cover you published this year for the 100th Anniversary.  Can I find anything GOOD to say about the Pres’s report? The orange on the back cover is pretty nifty!

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9 Comments so far

  1. Deborah Gohrke April 23rd, 2010 9:21 am

    I love it when you go on a tear! If people are thinking it, but no says anything, it perpetuates dysfunction. The housing industry needs truth-tellers, people who do not collude with those in denial, and who have the courage to tell the emperor when he or she is naked.

  2. Al Doyle April 23rd, 2010 9:30 am

    I;m also prepared for those who would “shoot the messenger”.

  3. Kelly Borgen April 23rd, 2010 11:11 am

    You go Al! Well said and you are so right. Time for ALL of our various Associations to get up to speed. Best to you, Kelly

  4. Steve Thomas April 23rd, 2010 12:01 pm

    Big Al! Love the post and the intensity. You gotta turn it up a notch every now and then.
    Good thinking. Maybe, just maybe, someone out there is listening.

  5. Al Doyle April 24th, 2010 11:39 am

    Steve— Listing would be such a good thing!

    @Steve Thomas -

  6. Diana Robertson April 24th, 2010 6:01 pm

    Hi Al. I can’t believe it. Thanks for commenting on this issue. What are/were they thinking? It is disgraceful to waste MBA members funds like that when everyone in the industry is trying to just make ends meet everyday.

  7. Al Doyle April 26th, 2010 9:14 am

    Diana– that’s for the affirmation! This is why we can be glad there is the New Home Council to drive a business-positive agenda. –Al
    @Diana Robertson -

  8. Murray D Dick April 28th, 2010 8:55 am

    Though I thought you showed too much restraint!
    How do we replace the whole lot of them is what I want to know???

  9. Al Doyle April 28th, 2010 8:59 am

    Thanks, Murray. You know “restraint” is my middle name. NOT! Another well known builder asked a very pertinent question: ‘If this is an annual report, where the heck are the financials?” Good question. It seem only appropriate that a NPO member organization would share financials with members.

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