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November December 2008 Wisconsin Badger Builder

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  • Builder ProfileTim OBrien Homes

    Election 2008Breaking Down the Issues

    November/December 2008

    Delivered to you as a benefit of membership

    WBA Foundation breaks new ground with cutting-edge project.

    Setting Trenda

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  • Wisconsin Badger Builder November/December 2008 www.wisbuild.org

    Wisconsin Badger Builder, (ISSN 004-232) is a bi-monthly publication of the Wisconsin shelter industry. It is the official publication of the Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA) and is published by WBA, 4868 High Crossing Blvd., Madison, WI 53704. Periodicals postage paid at Madison, WI 53701 and additional mailing offices.

    All advertising is subject to acceptance by the Wisconsin Badger Builder editorial review committee. The publication of any advertisement is not to be construed as an endorsement of the product or service offered. The contents of all material available in this

    publication are copyrighted by WBA unless otherwise indicated. All rights are reserved by WBA, and content may not be reproduced, disseminated, published or transferred in any form or by any means except with the prior written permission of the Wisconsin Builders Association.

    POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Wisconsin Badger Builder, 4868 High Crossing Blvd., Madison, WI 53704.

    SUBSCRIPTIONS: Subscriptions available through membership in the Wisconsin Builders Association.

    featuresCapitol Corner ..................................................................... 9Representative Brett H. Davis (R- Assembly District 80) discusses the legislatures effort to improve the economy from the ground up.

    Setting a Trend .................................................................. 10Wisconsin Builders Association Foundation hopes to set a new trend in education and philanthropy with cutting-edge project.

    Election 2008 .................................................................... 16WBA breaks down the issues for both candidates to help you choose wisely in the upcoming election.

    Builder Profile ................................................................... 21When one door closed for Tim OBrien of Tim OBrien Homes, many more opened.

    departmentsPresidents Perspective ................................................................................ 5Keep the Momentum Going.

    Executive Viewpoint ..................................................................................... 6When Will It End?

    Government Affairs ...................................................................................... 7Emergency Rules: Another Powerful tool for State Agencies.

    Local Happenings ....................................................................................... 14Photos and details of WBA local association events around the state.

    News & Events ............................................................................................. 18

    On Course .................................................................................................... 20Upcoming Statewide Courses and Training.

    If you are a new NAHB member or have never attended the IBS before as a member of your local home builders association, you can receive a full registration, including access to education for only $100! Take advantage of this incredible offer and register TODAY! To register and for additional details, visit WWW.BUILDERSSHOW.COM/FIRSTTIME

    ENJOY YOUR FIRST INTERNATIONAL BUILDERS SHOW FOR ONLY $100

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    Wisconsin Badger Builder, (ISSN 004-232) is a bi-monthly publication of the Wisconsin shelter industry. It is the official publication of the Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA) and is published by WBA, 4868 High Crossing Blvd., Madison, WI 53704. Periodicals postage paid at Madison, WI 53701 and additional mailing offices.

    All advertising is subject to acceptance by the Wisconsin Badger Builder editorial review committee. The publication of any advertisement is not to be construed as an endorsement of the product or service offered. The contents of all material available in this

    publication are copyrighted by WBA unless otherwise indicated. All rights are reserved by WBA, and content may not be reproduced, disseminated, published or transferred in any form or by any means except with the prior written permission of the Wisconsin Builders Association.

    POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Wisconsin Badger Builder, 4868 High Crossing Blvd., Madison, WI 53704.

    SUBSCRIPTIONS: Subscriptions available through membership in the Wisconsin Builders Association.

    November/December 2008 Volume 25 Issue 6features

    Capitol Corner ..................................................................... 9Representative Brett H. Davis (R- Assembly District 80) discusses the legislatures effort to improve the economy from the ground up.

    Setting a Trend .................................................................. 10Wisconsin Builders Association Foundation hopes to set a new trend in education and philanthropy with cutting-edge project.

    Election 2008 .................................................................... 16WBA breaks down the issues for both candidates to help you choose wisely in the upcoming election.

    Builder Profile ................................................................... 21When one door closed for Tim OBrien of Tim OBrien Homes, many more opened.

    departmentsPresidents Perspective ................................................................................ 5Keep the Momentum Going.

    Executive Viewpoint ..................................................................................... 6When Will It End?

    Government Affairs ...................................................................................... 7Emergency Rules: Another Powerful tool for State Agencies.

    Local Happenings ....................................................................................... 14Photos and details of WBA local association events around the state.

    News & Events ............................................................................................. 18

    On Course .................................................................................................... 20Upcoming Statewide Courses and Training.

    If you are a new NAHB member or have never attended the IBS before as a member of your local home builders association, you can receive a full registration, including access to education for only $100! Take advantage of this incredible offer and register TODAY! To register and for additional details, visit WWW.BUILDERSSHOW.COM/FIRSTTIME

    ENJOY YOUR FIRST INTERNATIONAL BUILDERS SHOW FOR ONLY $100

    NAHB MEMBERS:

    JANUARY 20-23, 2009 | | BUILDERSSHOW.COM-BT7FHBT

    $$$

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    for just $100

    Mission StatementThe Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade organization

    recognized as the building industrys profes-sional authority, dedicated to the creation and

    preservation of safe, affordable, quality housing opportunities for the people of Wisconsin.

    Vision StatementWBAs role is to drive good housing policy

    at the state government level, and assist with it at the local level as needed, and to promote membership, education, public relations, and

    the sharing of information among locals while supporting their varying needs.

    MottoDedicated to preserving and promoting the

    American Dream

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    Senior Officers 2008President: Jason Steen,

    Osseo (Chippewa Valley)President Elect: Doug Scott,

    Janesville (South Central WI)Treasurer: Jim Kubasta, Oshkosh (Winnebago)Secretary: Don Esposito,

    Madison (Madison Area)Immediate Past President:

    Mark Etrheim, La Crosse (La Crosse Area)

    Associate Vice President: Greg Schaffer,

    Madison (Madison Area)Associate Advisor

    to the Senior Officers: Julie Meyer,

    Racine (Racine-Kenosha)

    Area Vice Presidents 2008Southeast Area

    Mark Benkowski (Metropolitan)Darryl Spang (Racine-Kenosha)

    Northwest Area Clint Doege (Heart of the North)

    Monica Sommerfeldt Lewis (Chippewa Valley)

    Southwest Area Tom Thompson (La Crosse Area)

    Steve Treu (La Crosse Area)Northeast Area

    Mark Bootz (Brown Co.)Scott Browne (Brown Co.)

    South Area Brian McKee (Madison Area)Greg Schaffer (Madison Area)

    East Central Area Tracy Royer (Valley)Stan Martenson (Valley)

    North Area Pam Jewell (Golden Sands)Mike Richie (Wausau Area)

    East Shore Area Gary Roehrig (Sheboygan Co.)

    Sean Kelly (Mid-Shores)State Representative to NAHB Wayne Foster (Metropolitan)

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    Senior Officers 2008President: Jason Steen,

    Osseo (Chippewa Valley)President Elect: Doug Scott