Pro­fes­sion­als learn from pro­fes­sion­als

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - By Mike Moore

THIS col­umn has re­peat­edly es­poused the mer­its of deal­ing with pro­fes­sional builders, ren­o­va­tors and sup­pli­ers.

Is­sues such as war­ranty, li­a­bil­ity in­surance, per­mits, stan­dards and ethics, full dis­clo­sure of taxes and numer­ous other as­sur­ances that come with deal­ing with a pro­fes­sional are crit­i­cal to get­ting the job done right.

One should add pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment and train­ing to that list.

Last week, mem­bers of the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion went back to school at their an­nual hous­ing fo­rum to learn from other pro­fes­sion­als in their fields about ar­eas im­por­tant to the well-be­ing of a busi­ness and an in­dus­try.

Eigh­teen unique pre­sen­ta­tions in the cat­e­gories of lead­er­ship, tech­ni­cal, mar­ket­ing and work­place en­vi­ron­ment were at­tended by MHBA mem­bers.

The Hous­ing Fo­rum presents an op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with peers while pur­su­ing rel­e­vant knowl­edge. Those that have at­tained the dis­tinc­tion of master builder or master ren­o­va­tor must at­tend a req­ui­site num­ber of pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment sem­i­nars or work­shops ev­ery year in or­der to main­tain that ti­tle.

The open­ing ple­nary ses­sion kicked off with Dianne Him­bault, se­nior mar­ket an­a­lyst of the Cana­dian Mort­gage and Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, pre­sent­ing the cur­rent state of the in­dus­try and giv­ing in­sights into the coming year.

This was ex­tremely in­for­ma­tive and will be the sub­ject of numer­ous fu­ture col­umns.

Diane was fol­lowed by Don­ald Coop- er, who gave an il­lu­mi­nat­ing and most en­ter­tain­ing pre­sen­ta­tion that dealt with sell­ing more, man­ag­ing smarter and still hav­ing a life.

The tech­ni­cal ses­sions pro­vided in­valu­able in­for­ma­tion for the res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

Within the lead­er­ship stream, pre­sen­ta­tions con­cen­trated on cre­at­ing a suc­cess­ful and pro­duc­tive work­place, cus­tomer ser­vice, a 2013 eco­nomic forecast for Canada and Man­i­toba and a panel dis­cus­sion on the fac­tors that im­pact hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity.

In mar­ket­ing, at­ten­dees were made more aware of web­site op­ti­miza­tion, po­si­tion­ing for success and the art of sales.

Fi­nally, work­place en­vi­ron­ment dealt with smart hir­ing prac­tices, re­duc­ing work/life con­flict and the role of ac­ci­dent preven­tion.

Pro­fes­sion­als learn­ing from pro­fes­sion­als; yet an­other rea­son when build­ing, ren­o­vat­ing or buy­ing sup­plies to deal with a Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber. Mike Moore is pres­i­dent of the Man­i­toba

Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

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