Qualified Remodeler Magazine

FEB 2019

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12 February 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com QR: A few months ago, you were a full-time remodeler in Milwaukee serving as the vol- unteer president for NARI on a one-year term. Then your predecessor, Fred Ulreich, resigned and you took over the day-to- day management of NARI in the interim. Recently, you took on the job of CEO full- time. That's a big change. Pekel: It is. We did a serious assessment and evaluation of the current state of NARI and the direction that the association needed to be headed in order to sustain its exis- tence. I was involved in working with the volunteer leadership and the staff directors to ascertain our situation. At the time, I was the interim, and we looked into the various executive recruitment services that would be available to us (to hire a full-time CEO) and came to the realization that try- ing to find someone from outside of the association was going to take an extended amount of time. It was a timeframe that NARI wasn't comfortable living through. I guess the simplest way to say how this overhauling the housing finance system is clearly growing, as the administration is also looking to move forward on this issue. While a legislative solution will ultimately be required to accomplish comprehensive housing finance reform, NAHB looks forward to working with all interested stakeholders to move this pro- cess forward. A stable and reliable housing finance system is vital to a vibrant housing market and a strong economy." Industry Associations New NARI CEO David Pekel, MCR, offers a course correction Qualified Remodeler magazine interviewed NARI's new CEO, David Pekel, MCR, to learn what's ahead for the association. Pekel, who is a remodeler from Milwaukee, says the focus is pri- marily on member recruitment by highlighting the quality of NARI's training and education. Panels focused on industry efforts to ad- vance housing finance reform, critical lessons learned from the housing crisis and innovative solutions for the future role of the GSEs. In the forum's final session, Dr. Susan Wachter, of the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Richard Cooperstein, of Andrew Davison and Company, Inc., unveiled a vision for GSE reform. It prioritizes and protects a liquid mortgage market for Middle America and underserved borrowers alike. Unlike a recapi- talization and release plan, the plan offers pol- icymakers a proposal that protects taxpayers, minimizes costs to consumers, and promotes housing accessibility and affordability. NAHB Supports Senate Proposal Randy Noel, chairman of the NAHB, issued a statement in support of a bill coming out of the Senate Banking Committee. "Sen. Crapo's plan would maintain a limit- ed federal backstop to the nation's housing fi- nance system, a critical element recommend- ed by NAHB to achieve meaningful housing finance reform," Noel says. "Momentum on IN BRIEF "Beautiful fi nish, incredible fi t and absolutely overjoyed customers" Receive rave reviews when you fi nish with a MirrorMate frame. Press pre-taped, custom-cut frame to existing mirror. Covers over clips, easier than making your own and 5-year guarantee. 65 frame styles. Finished and fabulous! mirrormate.com/dealer mirrormate.com/dealer by Russ Builders Unfi nished For more info circle 54

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