North Dakota Association of Builders News

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Monthly Newsletter

March 2021

Volunteering at the National Level,
Work must go on! As we continue to navigate through COVID-19 times, we are all learning to embrace virtual meetings, virtual conferences, and finding ways to connect with peers from across the nation. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) continues to work hard on many levels, including advocacy as well as committee work. Recently, NAHB hosted their winter meetings virtually where several of our North Dakota members along with all the Executive Officers participated in committee meetings, trainings, and a Board of Delegates meeting. 
While attending NAHB Board of Delegates meeting, committees made up of Builders and Associates meet to discuss what is happening in the building industry, discuss membership numbers and how to increase them. We discuss issues across the nation, BUILD-PAC fundraising opportunities and fund disbursements to candidates. We can recognize our peers with various National awards for the work they do and most importantly, we have an opportunity to network. If interested in learning more about NAHB meetings and events, please connect with your local association’s Executive Officer or connect with our office.  
During these winter meetings, the following accolades were announced:

  • Congratulations to our newest inductees of NAHB Senior life delegates:  John Gunkelman and Don Dabbert! That is 20 years of volunteer work, dedication, and commitment to NAHB meeting attendance. 
  • Congratulations to Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc, a Fargo based home building company and HBA of Fargo-Moorhead member for being awarded NAHB’s BEAM recipient! This award is Builders Engaging Associate Members (BEAM) is nominated and awarded by Associate members. 
  • Congratulations to Eric Miller, HBA of Fargo-Moorhead member as he was recognized as one of the Associate of the Year nominees during the NAHB Associates Committee Award presentation!
  • Congratulations to NDAB CEO Kim Schneider for achieving the EOC 50 hours of CE level and for being appointed to hold the position of BUILD-PAC EO Liaison. 

March also brings us cross over for the legislature and this means that all bills that passed in one chamber moves over to the other chamber (House to Senate or Senate to House) and are heard in their assigned committees. NDAB Government Affairs committee continues to meet weekly to discuss active bills and daily our tracking sheet is updated. Kim and Sara continue to work hard attending hearings and floor sessions, connecting with Legislators, and collaborating with fellow lobbyists. Should you ever have any questions about what is happening at the Capitol, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Take care,

Phil Risbrudt,                             Kim Schneider,
NDAB President                         NDAB Chief Executive Officer

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If you would like to get started right away, and be one of the 50 members to take advantage of this eye-opening 2021 planning process for you and your business, simply follow these 3 steps:

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Here are the highlights:

  • NDABGA and Staff are currently tracking 71 Bills.
  • 46 Bills have passed and will crossover into the opposite chamber. 
  • 20 Bills have been defeated and will not make crossover.
  • 4 Bills have been withdrawn so these bills will no longer be considered. 

Next Week's Schedule at a glance:

  • March 1st & 2nd Recess
  • Wednesday March 3rd
    • HB 1258 @ 9:45 am  Relating to real estate commission administration and real estate licensing; to repeal chapter 43-23.4 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to real estate broker trust accounts; and to provide a penalty.
    • Second Readings of other Chamber Bills
      • HB 1040 @ 1:00 pm  Relating to appealing a workforce safety and insurance decision; and to provide for application.
      • HB 1085 @ 1:00 pm  Relating to the definition of broker-dealer, registration by coordination, federal covered securities, and qualifications of registered agents.
      • HB 1038 @ 1:00 pm  A BILL for an Act to provide for a legislative management legacy fund earnings committee.
    • SB 2051 @ 2:00 pm Relating to employees of the state board of plumbing and fees for applications, examinations, renewals, and late renewals for plumbers.
  • Thursday March 4th
    • HB 1406 @ 9:30 pm Application for an operator's license 
  • Friday March 5th
    • SB 2081 @ 9:00 am relating to permissible uses in the floodway and flood fringe under the national flood insurance program.
    • SB 2019 @ 10:00 am State Board for Career and Technical Education overview
    • HB 1300 @ 10:30 am Relating to special assessment fund balances.     
NDAB-PAC Printable Contribution Form
Donate to NDAB-PAC Here

2021 Professional Builders

Donald Dabbert, Jr. - Dabbert Custom Homes
Todd Williams - Todd Williams Construction

Mike Workman - Jordahl Custom Homes, Inc.
Charles Bon - C'est Bon Construction, Inc. 
Michael J. Bullinger - Western Productions, Inc. 
Jason Eid - Eid-Co Homes 
Mark Spriggs - M&J Construction of Moorhead, Inc. 
Tyrone Leslie - Heritage Homes 
Todd Halle - T&S Custom Homes, Inc.
Robert Leslie - Designer Homes 
Charles Zach - Zach Construction, Inc. 
Robert Kochmann - Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc. 
Gary Orth - Cornerstone Specialties 
Jayson Kuznia - Titan Homes
Hal G. Dickelman - D&U Construction, Inc.
Jason Plecity - Plecity Kowalski Construction, Inc.
John Gunkelman - Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc.
Eric Berg - Eric Berg Construction, Inc. 

Greg Krueger - Krueger Construction, Inc.
Nate Applegren - Applegren Construction, Inc.
Adam Olson - Allstar Construction 

Interested in joining or need help processing your renewal?
Follow the link below or contact
2021 ND Professional Builder Application
Thank You To Our

2021 Professional Associate

Tom Spaeth - Accent Kitchen & Bath
Joe Stenvold - Jax Construction, LLC

Interested in joining? Follow the link below or

2021 ND Professional Associate Application
Home Builders Assoc. of Fargo-Moorhead
Bryce Johnson, Chief Executive Officer
Plains Builder



HBA of F-M content for NDAB Newsletter, submitted 2/15/2021
Giving Hearts Day 2021 was Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation’s first. The $23,000+ generated has restored the charity’s capacity to award scholarships to students pursuing careers in the trades and support local housing projects. That amount has set the bar high for upcoming years. Special thanks to Nancy Kelly, Labor Masters, for spearheading the effort. 

Groundbreaking for the Cass County Career Workforce Academy is planned for Spring 2021 (or as soon as the ground allows it). Although HBA of F-M  and Home Builders Care Foundation have fulfilled their $1 million-dollar fundraising obligation to the Cass County Career Workforce, our commitment to completing the project has not dwindled. The potential to secure state funding for academies across the state adds even greater confidence that the Academy will become a reality rather than an idea. HBA of F-M is excited to continue working with NDAB and other local associations enlighten the legislators to the need for CTE in North Dakota.

Horace is experiencing dynamic and rapid growth. Meeting with city leaders and neighbors of Horace, attending council meetings and public sessions, and keeping an ear close to the ground enables HBA of F-M to be ready to help all community stakeholders. The city is currently reviewing its ordinances and land use zones.

Upcoming events:

Business Management Series: A Guide To Avoiding Misfortunes. Sessions are one hour, offered virtually and all NDAB members are welcome to register.

1.    March 17 - It’s Never Going To Happen To Me…Oh Really! Feeling Lucky?
2.    April 22 - Trailers, Trucks & Automobiles: Risky For Any Business 
3.    May 11 - Relationships And Your Reputation: It’s A Whole New World

Building Officials Roundtable – March date to be determined

April 8: What To Expect From A Roadside Inspection

Spring Parade of Homes: May 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16

Stacy Hanson, Executive Officer
Forx Builders Association

Builder's Bulletin
  • Forx Builders Association is proud to announce it's 2021 board president, Jeff Vonasek of Northland Custom Woodworking.  Jeff will apply his experience and dedication to the role for the next 12 months. We would also like to welcome new board director Melissa Link!  Melissa is the owner of Elle Interiors and has been an active member of the association for many years.  We are so thankful for the commitment each of our board members makes to the association. 
  • Planning is underway for the spring Parade of Homes presented by Gate City Bank!  This event will be held May 22nd & 23rd.  More details to come.
  • The FBA is thrilled to be hosting in-person events again!  The first this year will be our annual Sporting Clay Shoot on May 11th.  More information and registration can be found here:

Dawn Watson, Executive Officer
Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Assoc.
Building Buzz


BMHBA Upcoming Board Meetings:
• BMHBA Executive Board Meeting – March 29, 2021
• Board Meeting – March 30, 2021

Upcoming Events:
44th Annual Home Show – March 26-27, 2021 – Bismarck Events Center
The 44th Annual Home Show presented by the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association will host vendors including home builders, subcontractors, suppliers, interior decorators, retail products, services and more.

To register click here: 
Location – Bismarck Event Center
3PM – 9PM
9AM – 5PM

• Adults $5 ($2 off coupon on
• Kids Free (18 and under)

2. Spring Parade of Homes – April 22-25, 2021
Lindsay Lange, Executive Officer
Dickinson Area Builders Assoc.
Builders News
  • Registration is now open for the 2021 DABA Home Show. The 2021 Home Show is scheduled for April 10 & 11 at the West River Ice Center.
Erika Kelly, Executive Officer 
Minot Association of Builders
  • The 46th Annual Minot Home & Garden Show is coming up on March 19th-20th, and will take place at the North Dakota State Fair Center. The Home & Garden Show Committee is working hard to make the show a great experience for both attendees and exhibitors!
  • In January, we hosted a virtual Lunch & Learn to discuss NDAB Rebates available to Builder/Remodeler members, the replay of the webinar can be found at
  • The Minot Association of Builders is proud to provide a scholarship opportunity that honors one of our late board members, Dana Ebel, for all post-secondary students pursuing a career in the building industry. To be considered for the Dana Ebel Memorial $500 scholarship, students must write a personal essay, submit letters of reference, and include a high school transcript. More information can be found and applications can be submitted at The deadline is March 31st.
  • Many groups in Minot are working together to plan the first Minot Area Career Expo, an interactive career fair targeted at 9th grade students in the area. Originally planned for this spring, the Career Expo has been moved to the fall due to COVID restrictions within the school district. The date for the event is November 10, 2021.
  • MAB members are actively involved in the NDAB government affairs committee, participating in weekly conference calls to stay on top of the legislative session. We are thankful for Kim and Sara for keeping us informed of all that is happening in Bismarck!
  • We are researching the viability of hosting a Parade of Homes event in Minot this year. Any and all interested businesses are invited to take a quick survey to help with planning purposes. We hope to bring this event back to the Magic City to showcase the wonderful builders in Minot and surrounding communities:

Crystal  Monson, Executive Officer
Western Area Builders Association
  • Casino Night Friday February 26th 6-10 PM at the Four Points by Sheraton, 7115 2nd Ave behind Fuddruckers. Members $25 per person, nonmembers $40 per person, that includes dinner, gaming chips and drinks. The event sponsor is North Dakota Guaranty and Title. With your winnings you can bid on several items.
  • Home Show Friday and Saturday April 16th and 17th at the Raymond Center.
    Spring Parade of Homes - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 23-25th.
2021 Calendar

March 19 - 20 - MAB Home & Garden Show

March 26 - 27 - BMHBA 44th Annual Home Show

April 16-17 - WABA Home & Garden Show

April 22-25 - BMHBA Spring Parade of Homes

April 24-25 - WABA Spring Parade of Homes

May 1-2, 8-9 & 15-16 HBA of FM Spring Parade of Homes

June 18 - 9th WABA Annual Golf Tournament

Thank You To Our

2021 NDAB Gold Partners


Thank You to Our

2021 NDAB Silver Partners

Bismarck Mandan HBA

Thank You to Our

2021 NDAB Bronze Partners

Dakota Construction
Eid-Co Homes

Applegren Construction, Inc.

Minot Association of Builders

Forx Builders Association

Dabbert Custom Homes
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