1st Quarter 2017 Newsletter Print

From the Desk of . . .

As the first quarter of 2017 is coming to an end I reflect upon how just a short time ago my wife and I were awaiting the birth of our first child, and now our daughter is three months old.  We await for things in life with anticipation, and then we blink, and then they’ve passed.  This makes me stop and think about the different relationships in my life.  Am I paying attention to them or are they just flying by? 

We have many different types of relationships in our lives and I started to think about my current business relationships.  Whether it be with contractors, subcontractors, suppliers or employees and bosses.  We spend as much time with these people, in many cases, as we do our families. So do we stop and think about how we might be paying attention to them? 

What the hard times in past years have taught me is that we need to be constantly thinking about our relationships.  Communicating with each other the good and bad and looking for ways to continue to cultivate business.  Are we thanking people for good work, appreciating a subcontractor going the extra mile to complete a job on time even though they weren’t given a complete area to work?  It’s usually when we are the busiest that we lose sight of those that we will need to maintain our businesses during the slow times. 

I encourage each and every one of you to think about your current relationships and look for easy ways to improve, develop and prosper from them.  One way to develop new relationships and strengthen existing is to join us in April at our Bay Area Remodeling Awards where we will be showcasing our members and their award winning projects.  The Awards Ccommittee has done an amazing job working with our media sponsor Interiors Magazine to create an event you won’t forget.  I look forward to seeing you and celebrating your amazing projects.

Mike Roth, CR, CRPM
The Lawson Roofing Co., Inc.
Chapter President

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Chapter Supporters

Thank you to the following companies for hosting our 1st quarter Chapter Meetings.  Their support allows us to meet in relaxed and beautiful spaces while assisting the organization in raising funds.  Please be sure when looking for products or services they represent, give them a call!  CLICK ON LOGO TO GO TO WEBSITE


February Chapter Meeting 


March Chapter Meeting

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Upcoming Events


Submissions have been received and judging is complete. Now we wait to see who the winners shall be!  Join us on April 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM at Room&Board 685 7th Street (at Townsend), San Francisco, CA 94103 (Parking in the Room&Board lot and on the street) to celebrate.

Reservations: Single tickets: $75 each --- Group discount for 4 or more: $65 each.  Watch your mail for your invitation, or go to www.sfbanari.org and purchase your tickets today!

Thank you to our sponsors

Additional support from:



Charitable contributions to be made to:  San Francisco University High School,
Children’s Support League of the East Bay, Harbor House     


 Time to Renew!

Our next fiscal year begins April 1 and membership renewals are due at that time.  Packets with invoices have been mailed out or you can go to www.sfbanari.org  and login at the Member Login area.  Your user name is the email we have on file.  If you do not know your password, CLICK HERE and request one to be sent.  Dues are $475 per year (renewal) for local members and $295 for Regional (belong to another chapter as well) and National members.  BENEFITS OF BELONGING!


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Education & Certification

Thanks to the generous support of Truitt & White for providing us with classroom space, the Chapter will be holding monthly study groups for the following NARI professional certifications:  

Venue: Truitt and White (Berkeley)

Study Group Dates: July - September - 1 night per week for 2 hours
Test Date: September 2, 2017
Instructor/Study Leader: Mike Roth, The Lawson Roofing Company, Inc.

Venue: Truitt and White (Berkeley)

Study Group Dates: June - August - 1 night per week 2 hours
Test Date: August 28, 2017
Instructor/Study Leader: To be determined

To learn more about each of these two certifications, CLICK HERE.  If interested in either of these certifications and study groups, contact the Chapter office at office@sfbanari.org or call 415-391-2886.

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Chapter Meetings

Besides checking out the upcoming NARI events, we'd be happy to include information from your company on:

  • Grand opening events
  • Charity involvement and activities
  • Company events that are open to members

Contact Courtney Montecino, office@sfbanari.org, if you'd like your information included on our calendar.

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Legal Corner

 Heads Up!  A California Civil Code Section 1542 Waiver May Be Lurking!       

Occasionally when one writes a law column one must actually discuss the law.
Recently I was reviewing an insurance release from a contractor client.  It was not something relating to a case - just routine paperwork that popped up as part of the payment protocol. 
This simple insurance document contained a “Section1542 waiver” – the emphasis on “waiver” is mine.  This is a waiver of known and unknown claims.   Click here for full article

Bryant H. Byrnes, Esq. practices construction law in the San Francisco Bay Area and is counsel to the San Francisco NARI Board of Directors. 

Brian J. Trowbridge, Esq. of Trowbridge Law Office practices construction law, business law, succession and estate planning, and employment law in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Questions? Bryant’s website is www.bryantbyrnes.com. Feel free to contact him by email at Bryant@bryantbyrnes.com.  Brian’s website is www.trowbridgelawoffice.com and you can email him at btrowbridge@trowbridgelawoffice.com.

As always, these articles are summary discussions only - to simply give you a heads up on various construction topics.  The information contained herein is not legal advice.

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NARI National News & Resources

NARI has tools and resources to help you make your business successful. These include industry intelligence in the NARI NewsWatch e-newsletter, best practice tips from NARI member experts, discounts and rebates on services you use to run your business and marketing tools to help you promote yourself as a NARI member.  CLICK HERE for opportunities.  TO SIGN IN AS A MEMBER: If you have never logged in on the National NARI site, email Judy Carlsen at JCarlsen@nari.org. Be sure to mention which chapter your belong to.

NARI Business Tools (discount programs)

Savings4Members: Savings4Members offers NARI members access to 20+ deeply discounted business service programs, including Sprint (wireless services), WEX (fuel cards), ADP (payroll processing), Ignite Payments (credit-card processing), OfficeMax and Staples (office supplies). The average NARI member received $400 last year.  
Home Depot Rebate program: The Home Depot offers NARI members a 2 percent discount on all purchases made at The Home Depot. Sign up information, as well as step-by-step instructions are available on the NARI website: HOME DEPOT PROGRAM 
GuildQuality: NARI members receive 50 free consumer surveys from GuildQuality. GuildQuality captures candid customer feedback on your behalf. Their process provides your customers with an easy way to share areas of concern, as well as areas in which your company excels. Responses are delivered to you instantly, enabling you to correct issues fast and promote customer testimonials online. For more information, visit GUILD QUALITY
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA): NARI members receive $500 off best negotiated price on select Ram, Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge brand vehicles, plus $1,000 upfit or graphic allowance OR 2 years no charge oil changes OR Bosch toolkit (table saw, drill kit, etc.). In addition, NARI family members and employees of NARI chapters also are able to receive $500 off best negotiated price on select Ram, Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge brand vehicles. To obtain this discount, you will need proof of NARI membership (member certificate or print out of your listing on NARI.org) when you purchase a car from a Chrysler, Dodge, Ram or Jeep dealer. DISCOUNT PROGRAM

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