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April 2015 BSJ

Being an Ambassador for How ICC and its Members Keep Communities Safe Some may think the life of an association Board Member is filled with interesting travel, resorts, fancy dinners and other trappings of the leisure class. I am reminded of this when I read some of the comments from my Facebook posting of my travels. Recently I returned from Las Vegas after a visit with officers and board members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Both International Code Council Immediate Past President Stephen D. Jones, CBO, and President Guy Tomberlin, CBO, appointed me to serve as the liaison to NAHB. That means attending the annual International Builders’ Show (IBS) and NAHB Convention. It occurred to me the Code Council Members may wonder what the value is to them for me to travel across the United States, stay in a Las Vegas hotel and generally hang out for five days. Here’s the deal. ICC has strategic partners who associate with us to promote common interests. NAHB is a founding strategic partner. They have been with us from the beginning and have contributed to the overwhelming success we have enjoyed over the past two dozen years. We run issues by each other and work together where we can. The five days broke down like this: travel all day Saturday; meetings all day Sunday and Monday beginning at 7 a.m. through late afternoon. Then dinner meetings Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Then, back at the hotel at bedtime ready to go again the next day. ICC Board Members were invited to attend the IBS opening ceremonies on Tuesday morning. I had Tuesday afternoon to walk through the entire IBS show and serve some time in the ICC display booth. We were really busy! But what did I accomplish for you as a Member? Mainly camaraderie between our organizations. But there was more. NAHB Officers and Board Members pledged in writing to support the adoption of the 2015 I-Codes. They are doing just that! NAHB has initiated a grass roots campaign to recruit new Governmental Members for ICC. Their affiliate members all over the U.S. have direction to seek out building and code officials in their localities to ensure they are current ICC Voting Members. If they aren’t, NAHB By Lynn Underwood, MCP Lynn Underwood with Ty Pennington, host of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, at NAHB’s International Builders’ Show earlier this year. APRIL 2015 | 37


April 2015 BSJ
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