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Sunday, February 24, 2019

February 2019

BANNJ President, John Cioletti
President's Message

BANNJ Members:

Since our successful 75th Anniversary Celebration in January (see last month’s Northern Lights for details and photos), our Board of Directors met to discuss association governance and strategic planning for the year ahead.  As the first BANNJ President who is an Associate Member, I have entrusted our Board with moving to increase our membership, especially taking advantage of the associate perspective, to enlist more trade partners to share our message with other associates and non-member builders alike.  I encourage all members who are interested to get involved and join our associates committee or one of our event committees. Also, be sure to help our association by participating on social media and liking/sharing/tagging on our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages. 

In 2019, we will also create an Instagram page to feature member projects and companies.  We have some informative and educational meetings coming up, including a seminar on NJ Marijuana Legislation & the Implications for All Types of Businesses and a Mid-Year Housing & Legislative Update, along with some favorite events such as our Annual Golf Outing & Scholarship Awards, Business Showcase & Beefsteak and the return of Texas Hold Em.   

Additionally, we have added a Summer Social BBQ this year in July as a multi-organization networking event with BANNJ, NKBA, NARI and other organizations.  Information and registration for all events is available on our website at   

News from the 2019 International Builders Show/KBIS in Las Vegas, NV:  Congratulations to BANNJ Builder Member, Dean R. Mon, for being installed as First Vice Chair of the National Association of Home Builders (see below article in news links) and to Associate Member, Michael Kurpiel of Universal Supply Company as the NJ representative to the newly formed NAHB Corporate Board of Directors.   

Finally, congratulations to our Executive Officer, Kathleen M. Kurpiel, for being installed on the National Executive Officers’ Council Board of Directors for 2019.  

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News Links

Dean Mon was elected First Vice Chairman of the Board

BANNJ Builder Member Elected as First Vice Chairman of NAHB


Canadian Softwood Lumber

Framing Lumber Prices

Starts and Permits 

Tax Reform Law Will Benefit Builders, Small Businesses


OSHA Publishes Maximum Fines for 2019

Welcome New Members:
Elgen Renovations and Custom Home Design
Matthew Alberti
10 Railroad Avenue
Closter, NJ 07624
M&B Septic/Noah’s Ark Port-A-Jon
Sean Mabey
PO Box 705
Butler, NJ 07405
Edds Cooling, Heating, Plumbing
Edwin Rodriguez
389-391 Straight Street
Paterson, NJ 07501

Thursday, April 25th:  5:00pm New Member Roundup-Orientation  6:00pm   

HOT TOPIC:  NJ Marijuana Legislation and How it Will Affect Your Business and Workplace.  Join us at the beautiful Ferguson Showroom in Ramsey, NJ for networking and a light dinner and join us for a very valuable and information presentation for both builders and associates on the new law and the implications for your business.  

Monday, May 20th:  Annual Golf Outing & Scholarship Awards@ White Beeches Golf & Country Club.  Be sure to register early for special pricing and to ensure your foursome or individual golf reservation at this beautiful, private club.  Not a golfer?  Join us for cocktails, networking and dinner with over 100 Northern, NJ building industry professionals.  Fantastic sponsorship opportunities to market your company at this great annual event. 

Thursday, June 13th:  Mid-Year NJ Housing Market & Legislative Update Lunch & Learn.  Join us for lunch at SAX LLP. in Clifton, NJ  and get an update from the experts at the New Jersey Builders Association on the current housing climate and what is coming up for our industry.  Great information for our members to keep you ahead of your competition.  New members are encouraged to attend to find out more about our state association and what benefits are available in your 3-in 1 membership.  
Thursday, July 11th:  Summer Networking Social & BBQ @ Reno’s Appliance.   Join us for a NEW industry event featuring BANNJ, NKBA, NARI, and other associations and enjoy some great food, entertainment and build your business social capital and industry connections.   
* Information and Registration for all events can be found on our website at