KS Bank Named Top 1% Most Extraordinary Banks in USA

KS Bank Named Top 1% Most Extraordinary Banks in USA

KS Bank, a local Smithfield icon, was named among the top 1% most extraordinary banks in the United States by the Institute for Extraordinary Banking™.

KS Bank was recognized with the Institute's Banky® Award for their commitment to strong community banking.  This recognition is given to the top 60 out of 6,000 community banks across the country.

"We are honored to be recognized as an extraordinary bank by The Institute for Extraordinary Banking", said Harold Keen, KS Bank President/CEO.  "This award recognizes financially sound, highly effective, community-focused banks and we are proud to be among such an elite group of community banks!"

The Extraordinary Banking™ Awards exist to highlight the vital, yet often overlooked, role that local community banks play in our economy.  Consumers use the Grammys to guide their music purchases, the Emmys lead them to the best of television, and the Tonys highlight outstanding live theater...

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Green Training

Green Training

JCBIA builder members are invited to join a Green Home Builders of the Triangle (GHBT) meeting hosted by Stock, at no cost to you, to learn more about GHBT and the benefits of joining GHBT.   The National Leader in NAHB/Home Innovation Research Labs NGBC provides Green Certifications as well as the leading advisor to this NGBD HIRL program.  GHBT just completed its extremely popular annual Green Home tour of the Triangle. The Green Home Builders of the Triangle is a joint program of the HBA of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties and the HBA of Raleigh-Wake County and open to other local HBA members as well.  GHBT’s green building program was launched in 2006 with the primary purpose of promoting building techniques and materials that produce homes which consume less energy and other resources, facilitate better indoor air quality, and provide a more durable product requiring less maintenance. We certify homes to the rigorous requirements of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS) – the only residential green building rating system approved by ANSI as an American National Standard. The NGBS provides practices for the design and construction of all types of green residential buildings, renovations, and land developments.

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Congratulations!

Congratulations!

JCBIA member, Paragon Building Group, selected to join the Southern Living Custom Builder Program. The Southern Living Custom Builder Program is a network of more than 100 of the South’s top custom home builders brought together by the magazine. This invitation-only program selects custom builders acclaimed for their detailed craftsmanship, excellence in customer service, financial stability, and use of quality building materials in their homes. Before members are selected, southern Living checks homeowner and business references, and conducts a site visit to ensure they are selecting a builder that will deliver a quality custom home, and the customer service you expect.

 

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Will it be more Experience or “Wisdom” this time?

Will it be more Experience or “Wisdom” this time?

“WE ARE BACK!!!”  The housing market in our area is back. Lots are being developed, houses are being built and homes are being sold….. and doesn’t it seem GREAT??

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Are we building a Fortified Home? by Tim Veronelli

Are we building a Fortified Home? by Tim Veronelli

I was going through emails the other week and came upon another of the many surveys put out by Hanley Wood Products or the NAHB Research Center.  I’m sure many of you see and perhaps participate in these surveys.  If you don’t, some of them send you $10 or $20 for your time.  The survey of particular interest was inquiring about a builders’ familiarity with building a home to “fortified standards”.  I only made it about 5 questions in when the survey stated that my responses led to the end of the survey.  Apparently, I concluded, that I didn’t have enough knowledge about a “fortified” home or good enough answers about how I was going to up sell this system to my homeowners at a varying cost depending on the level of protection.  So I decided to do a little research.

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Committee Service by Michael Gay

Committee Service by Michael Gay

My name is Michael Gay and I am with Wasteaway, Inc. and this is my first year on the Board of Directors for the Johnston County Building Industry Association.  Each director is responsible for a committee so for 2015 I chaired our annual golf committee.  This is one of our biggest fundraisers during the year and is great time to network and meet other builders and associates that are a part of this great Association.  Its a fun day on the golf course with colleagues and friends where breakfast and lunch is provided and awards are given out to the top two teams in each flight along with longest drive and closest to pin.

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They're Doing Something New!

They're Doing Something New!

We know that in today’s competitive marketplace, customers have many choices. Our continued reputation as one of the top flooring and remodeling retailers rests with each and every customer and our commitment after the sale. When you choose us to serve you then you can rest assured that you made the best choice.  We stand behind our quality service and we want to let you know that we are here if you need us. -  Adam Raynor

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The Business of Construction by Ashley Lee

The Business of Construction by Ashley Lee

The challenges, but more importantly, the opportunities, and how we can work to strengthen our local construction sector.  Since the Johnston County Building Industry Association (JCBIA) is filled with our construction industry’s finest, I thought a construction analogy would be fitting.
 
All projects begin with a blueprint.  For the Construction Industry, our blueprints are our Strategies.  It begins with planning and details, all of which make a difference in the end result.  The JCBIA is working to build our economy at the grassroots level to foster an environment of entrepreneurship and improving supports to the Construction businesses.

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Building Green, What does it mean?

Building Green, What does it mean?

I remember the first time I heard the term “building green” used. The article showed pictures of a house in the desert built out of used car tires and empty bottles all held in place with mortar. It was REALLY ugly and that image stuck with me for a long time. Fortunately today the meaning of green building has evolved, but still has room for interpretation. So what does Green Building mean to you? Does it mean….

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The P&L of Meeting Sponsorship! by Rick Trader ProServices Specialist with Lowes

The P&L of Meeting Sponsorship! by Rick Trader ProServices Specialist with Lowes

P&L -- Profit and Loss.  Not every company may have a fancy spreadsheet to show their P&L for a year, but without question every company from the smallest sole proprietor to the largest multi-billion dollar commerce, reconciles its gain or loss as a reflection of the success of its business operations.  Every enterprise weighs investment against return -- how much "bang for my buck" will this job, or this advertising, or this piece of equipment, or this partnership bring to my bottom line?  However, while P&L's might show us part of the picture of the success or failure of a business, and while every business needs to turn a profit in order to survive, altruistically P&L goes much deeper than mere financial profit.

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Lights Unlimited INVENTORY REDUCTION SALE!

Lights Unlimited INVENTORY REDUCTION SALE!

If you are in the market for lighting fixtures, and other home decor items - you will not want to miss this extravaganza!


1 DAY ONLY!! MARCH 28TH FROM 9AM TO 1 PM
VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR DETAILS
WIDE VARIETY OF CLEARANCE FIXTURES, CHANDELIERS, OUTSIDE LIGHTS, MIRRORS AND LAMPS

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Measureable Change by Joe Fox with Olde Town Supply Co.

Measureable Change by Joe Fox with Olde Town Supply Co.

2015 seems to have started strong with almost everyone I have spoken with in the building community. Jan/Feb business was better than past years by far when.....here goes Mother Nature with her humbling reminder of who is really the boss in wintertime! Two weeks of icy,cold,wet conditions rendered many job sites temporarily impassable. Historically we are done with most or all of our snow by the middle of March . Lets hope that she has finished our lesson early for this year and will allow Spring to take hold.
As you look at other markets, especially up north, it doesn't take long to realize how lucky we are to only lose a couple of weeks to winter weather.We measure our snowfall in inches....not feet!
Have a great year everyone.

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Solving vs. Selling from Bill Smith with Stanley Martin Homes

Solving vs. Selling from Bill Smith with Stanley Martin Homes

STOP SELLING START SOLVING their problem!   Customers buy products or services to solve problems.  Sometimes it is a problem of having the blues or being depressed—so a Snickers Bar or a good cheeseburger will do. Other times, their couch is getting wet every time it rains because their roof leaks or their car keeps breaking down so they are late to work.  In each case, there is a problem to be fixed, which is driving or causing the need for a solution.Solve the problem, and you make a sale. If you approach “selling” with the perspective of “solving the customer’s problem” instead of “making a sale,” you’ll make more sales, have happier customers, and increase your referrals (free business). Just a friendly reminder:  smiling is the very best way to convey friendship and build rapport.

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Showroom Grand Opening!

Showroom Grand Opening!

A NEW PLACE FOR Inspiration HAS ARRIVED IN RALEIGH!  STOCK Building Supply is proud to announce the Grand Opening of their newly remodeled showroom & design center!

Join them - Thursday, April 2nd from 8am - 3pm.

3000 Yonkers Road, Raleigh

Breakfast and lunch * Giveaways and Prizes * Product Demonstrations from industry leaders * showroom tours!

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Member Earns Graduate Builder Designation

Member Earns Graduate Builder Designation

Joshua B. Mauney Earns Graduate Master Builder (GMB) Educational Designation

Garner, January 26, 2015 – Joshua B. Mauney of Paragon Building Group, Inc., has become one of a select group of professional home builders nationwide to attain the Graduate Master Builder (GMB) designation, identifying himself as one of the building industry’s top professionals nationwide.

Administered by National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Education, the GMB program is sponsored locally by the Johnston County Building Industry Association.

“I’m pleased to have completed the requirements for this educational designation and to be one of only 10 designees throughout North Carolina,” said Mr. Mauney. “The extensive curriculum was very comprehensive, and as a result, I believe we can provide better services to each of our clients.”

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A Win for Jarman Homes

A Win for Jarman Homes

Jarman Homes receives Best of Houzz 2015 Award in Design! 

Jarman Homes, Inc. of Clayton, NC has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Custom Building company has just celebrated their 15th year in business with a nice anniversary gift of winning the Best of Houzz award for Design. Jarman Homes, Inc. was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals.

Read all about it by clicking Jarman Homes.

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Carolina Comfort gives back

Carolina Comfort gives back

Carolina Comfort Air is excited to announce a new community outreach effort, “Working Hands, Warm Hearts - Community Comfort Program.” This program will gift one new Home Comfort System to a family in need every month of 2015.

For more information on this program, please visit Comfort Program!

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