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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

February 2021

 President's Message

BANNJ President John Cioletti 

BANNJ held our 77th Annual Installation of Officers and Board of Directors on January 11, 2021 in a virtual format.  Congratulations to all (see last page below), and I am proud to serve with you this year as President.  Special thanks to Jeff Kolakowski, New Jersey Builders Association CEO, who performed the Installation Ceremony and gave a brief NJBA legislative update.    

Following, the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Chief Economist, Dr. Robert Dietz, gave a very informative and valuable Economic & Housing Forecast presentation on the housing market and economy moving into 2021 and beyond.  We thank Dr. Dietz for sharing  his incredible institutional knowledge with our members as he continues to be a great resource for the association and the building industry. 

Be sure to join us on Thursday, March 11th for a Virtual Cooking Class by Sub Zero Corporate Chef AnnMarie Soohoo!  Learn how to make traditional Irish Soda Bread just in time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Support your Association and participate in this festive spring event.  For details and to register go to  

 *SAVE THE DATE* for our Annual Golf Outing & Scholarship Awards at White Beeches Golf & Country Club on Monday, May 24th.  Enjoy a day out of your home or office at this great outdoor event following all safety protocols!  Details coming soon. 


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Congratulations to following BANNJ Members who were recently recognized in January for their accomplishments at NJBA and NAHB:

The Ironman Award is given by NJBA to an associate member at each local who exemplifies the meaning of a dedicated, involved member by attendance at events, participation on the board and/or committees and providing guidance and mentorship to other members.  Much appreciation to our BANNJ Ironman winner, Candy Gordon-Geanoules.

The National Association of Home Builders held its annual meeting over the past few weeks during which NJBA members and entities were recognized for exemplary service to the industry and the Association.

Rich Robinson, Member Rebate Program was recognized by the Associates Committee with the Bill Polley Advocate of BUILD-PAC Award for his support and promotion of the National PAC.

Rich is also a finalist for Associate of the Year, which will be announced during The Nationals on March 5, 2021. At this ceremony NAHB will also honor PWB Woman of the Year, Remodeler of the Year, Custom Home Builder of the Year, GIA International Home of the Year and the Young Professionals Awards.

Congratulations to following BANNJ Members who will be serving in NAHB Leadership roles this year:

Mike Kurpiel served as NJ State Representative to the NAHB Board, and was the first Associate member, nationwide, to serve as a State Rep. Mike will continue to serve NJ as State Representative for 2021. 

Mike is so well respected by his peers that he was elected Moderator of the State Representative Caucus 2021, consisting of representatives from the 50 states and Puerto Rico. He is the first Associate member to ever hold this distinguished position. The NAHB State Representatives mission is to relay NAHB initiatives to their respective state and local associations while bringing to NAHB the challenges faced back home, they represent two thirds of the full Board of Directors.


Alan Archuleta will serve as 2nd Vice Chair of the NAHB Remodelers Council, with a goal of serving the Council as its Chair in the next couple of years.


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Thursday February 4th- Board Strategic Planning Meeting  

Thursday March 11th-
Virtual Cooking Class with Sub Zero Corporate Chef AnnMarie Soohoo.   Don’t miss this fun and festive cooking demonstration by renowned chef AnnMarie!  Learn to make Irish Soda Bread just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.  For more information and to register

Thursday, April 22nd-Virtual Educational Seminar

Monday, May 24th- Annual Golf Outing & Scholarship Awards at White Beeches

June -NAHB Spring Leadership Meetings

July 8th- Multi-Association Summer Social Business Networking Event at Reno’s Appliance

Fall Fundraiser (TBA)

Thursday, October 21st-
Reno’s Annual Pre-Holiday Networking Party

Thursday, November 18th-
Annual Business Showcase & Beefsteak at The Brownstone


Information and Registration for all events can be found on our website at