Improve Your Life & Business With Steve’s 4 Weekly Tips [MondayMINUTE]


August 31, 2020 edition of the AIBD’s MondayMINUTE weekly newsletter.
4 weekly tips to improve your life & business
Would you enjoy getting a short email from me (Steve Mickley) every Friday, that provides a little morsel of fun before the weekend?

4x Friday is a very short email I send out with four of the coolest things I’ve found, learned, or experienced that week.

It could include new products, ideas, tips, articles, hacks, and tricks.
Mostly building design and construction-related things, but maybe some weird stuff I dig up along the way, too.

It’s very short. A tiny bite of goodness before you head off for the weekend.

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2020 ARDA Winners
The Annual American Residential Design Awards winners are here!

Click here to view images and information on the 2020 ARDA Winners.

Congrats! $100 VISA gift card winners!
Thanks! Goes out to the over 400 members and engaged followers who replied to a survey launched in August.

Three lucky respondents were chosen randomly to receive a $100 VISA gift card.

  1. Hugh Sprague (OK)
  2. Steve Ritchie (OH)
  3. Carol E Hicks (MI)
The survey, administered by Trifecta, is designed to help AIBD understand more about you and your organization as a whole.

This information will be used to better serve you and your peers in the industry by providing you with targeted and relevant information.

Featuring the 2020 ARDA winners, the 2020 Summer issue of the AIBD magazine is on the shelf, read it now.

“When I was elected in 2018, I had a long list of goals.” Writes our Immediate Past President. Read what Karen Kassik-Michelsohn is proud of accomplishing.

“Building a better residential design profession, one designer at a time.” Writes AIBD President, Bernie Kern. Read about his objectives for 2020/2021.

Read the next issue of AIBD magazine…

  • Kenny Crocker, Professional Member from GA
  • Douglas W. Moore, Professional Member from VA
  • Christian Navarez, Professional Member from CO
  • Miguel Uribe, Professional Member from TX
  • Roberto Villanueva, Professional Member from FL
  • David K. West, Professional Member from OH
Not a member? Join now!
  • Dominic Luppino, CPBD, from Columbus, OH (August 17)
  • Larry Stephenson, CPBD, from Austin, TX (August 17)
  • John Prietto, CPBD, from Colville, WA (August 11)
  • Wilbert-Michael Lawrence, CPBD, from East Hartford, CT (August 10)
  • Fenelon Diaz, CPBD, from Dearborn, MI (August 7)
Not certified? Check out the Candidate Handbook and apply online,
Welcome new Compass Club members
  • Winford Jones (Utah), 2 points
  • Robert Akins (Colorado), 2 points
  • Bonnie Kern (Colorado), 6 points
This month’s movers & shakers
  • Marc Wilson (Oklahoma) earned 2 points and moved from Bronze to Silver level
  • Bonnie Kern (Colorado) earned 6 points and entered into the Bronze level, and she is a 20/21 recipient of the “Bill Ding Membership Award”
  • Karl Koning earned 2 points and is now just 1 point from moving from Bronze into Silver
  • Bernie Kern (Colorado) earned 6 points and has earned his “Bill Ding Membership Award”
Other Compass Club point earners in July
  • Marcel Goneau (North Carolina) earned 2 points
  • Jerome Rugen (Texas) earned 2 points
Save the Date!
November 12 & 13, 2020 – Design & Build Fall Conference, Orlando, FL

AIBD continues to improve its proceedures during these challenging times.

As of today, the D&B Fall Conference is planned to be offered as a “Hybrid Event.” Meaning, you will have the opportunity to attend virtually, or in-person AND virtually.

Among the ongoing planning, according to the Conference Committee:

  • Local regulations are being monitored.
  • Continuous bi-weekly planning talks with our A-Team and the Orlando Science Center (the intended location of the in-person event).
  • Industry partners and our trainers are actively involved.
  • The local AIBD Chapter and local HBA are actively involved.
  • WHO small meeting recommendations are being followed.
  • Full refunds for pre-registration or transfer to full virtual attendance.
Coffee With Bernie
Never Forget!
This month’s Coffee Chat is on September 11th. Let’s start off the morning with a commencement of that horrible day, September 11, 2001. What were you doing on that day?

Our coffee chat is always open to any topic but I would like to hear if AIBD designers are suggesting any alternatives to clients in regards to rising construction costs, particularly in lumber prices.

Is the spike in construction costs affecting any of your projects or project start dates?

To help your clients look at alternatives have you considered metal studs?

Or advanced framing?

Let’s discuss and share ideas.

Register me now!
The Out of This World membership drive.
On Tuesday, September 22, there is going to be an Equinox.

This only happens twice a year and in other words, it is the moment at which the center of the visible Sun is directly above the equator.

In even simpler terms, this means that the day is almost literally “divided in half” with the same amount of time of daylight as there is night time.

For that one day, join AIBD And get an “Out of this World!” deal – half-off of your first year of membership.

Let’s Talk Certification
Tuesday, September 15, at 3:00 pm EDT

Join Steve Mickley, a long-time CPBD and chief staff officer at AIBD, as he interviews James Wright, FAIBD, the Chancellor of the AIBD College of Fellows, accomplished design professional, and industry leader.

If you’re interested in becoming a building designer, want to earn your CPBD designation, or wish to hear some excellent career advice, this is the podcast for you (click to register).

Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 12:00 to 1:30 pm EDT

Our meeting sponsor and the guest speaker is Wes Robbins of QuickTie Systems.

Rescheduled from last month, Wes was in a terrible accident and was unable to present in August.

QuickTie is a patented cable tie-down system that is easy to install and cost-effective. QuickTie Systems is a full catalog of connection and tie-down solutions.

The goal of this meeting is to set up what could potentially become the AIBD, Jacksonville Chapter.

Although AIBD chapters are regional in nature, anyone and everyone are welcome to attend this event. Come on in, click “Join Event.” 

Friday, September 4, 12:00 to 1:30 pm CDT

This is an introductory meeting to what could potentially become the AIBD, Houston Chapter. Although AIBD chapters are regional in nature, anyone and everyone are welcome to attend this event. Simply click “Join Event.”
Chapter coordinator, William Burton is working on enlisting a guest speaker from Up.Codes. William Burton, the chapter coordinator, uses Up.Codes and thought you might be interested in learning about them, especially if you work all over Texas and nationally. Find the local and relevant codes, determine the code requirements, and then manage code compliance from project to project.
Training and Education
PROVA Digital Product Knowledge Series – September 2020
Are you an industry professional interested in expanding your knowledge of the ceramic business and the products available to you? Looking to gain a new perspective on tile installation accessories?
Sign up to attend one of our FREE interactive product knowledge sessions to see how PROVA can help you save time and money! This program is sectioned into quick and easy to follow modules that can be completed on your lunch or coffee break!
During each session you’ll:
  • Learn the benefits and installation requirements for all PROVA products
  • Be able to ask our PROVA product specialist all your questions
  • Be entered for a chance to some win PROVA swag!
Register me now!
Introducing the NFPA Learning Path for the Certified Fire Plan Examiner (CFPE) Exam
It’s completely flexible online training—you can choose individual learning modules to fit your unique needs or a full learning path for the most comprehensive exam preparation.

The CFPE Learning Path provides the content you need to know—from the source—with options to fit your schedule.

Register me now!

The AIBD has partnered with Ron Blank & Associates to offer educational content relating to the knowledge areas and skills identified by AIBD’s building design practice analysis, which forms the foundation for AIBD’s Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) Exam.
The courses have been sorted according to the four domains of the exam:
  1. Business Administration,
  2. Business Practice,
  3. Design Process, and
  4. Building Design.
You don’t need more content, you need more clarity.
This paper separates the signal from the noise.

All narrowed down to 12 articles,  1 pic, and 1 video, chosen by a human with your interests in mind.

If you’re looking for a trustworthy source to scour the internet and compile what’s worth your time and attention, subscribe to the #HomeDESIGN Professional Daily.

Find AIBD on iHeartRADIO.
Listen to the AIBD podcast, Let’s Talk Certification, on iHeartRADIO, a free broadcast, podcast and streaming radio platform founded in 2008.

Thanks, to the work of AIBD Communications Director, Garrett Mickley, ten episodes are currently available featuring Sam Morgan, Jeremy Farner, Brendan Smythe, Miguel Villalobos Sandoval, Casey Thompson, Kristen Kaiser, Pamela Macior, Dan Turner, Larry Stephenson, Past AIBD President, David Pillsbury, and AIBD Certification Director, Rusty Hudnet.

If you’re interested in becoming a building designer, want to earn your CPBD designation, or just want to hear some great career advice, join in the second Tuesday of each month to meet guests who have successfully completed, or are currently on, their journeys to becoming a CPBD.

Find new job opportunities with AIBD using robust search filters.
Set up a Job Alert to have relevant newly posted jobs sent directly to your inbox and be the first to see and apply to those open opportunities.

An uploaded resume in your job seeker account makes applying quick and easy.

  1. Search for jobs and apply filters to just view jobs relevant to you.
  2. When the jobs populate, enter your email address on the pop-up window.
  3. Once completed, you will receive an email asking you to activate the job alert.
  4. Click the link to receive emails containing only jobs that match your criteria.
Have a triumphant week!

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