A Recap of the 2019 Forum
CHBA’s annual Professional Development Forum for Executive Officers took place July 23-25 in Baltimore, Maryland. The event was held in conjunction with our American colleagues' similar event, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Association Management Conference (AMC). Twenty-two participants from across the country spent two days attending concurrent sessions, all with the goal of learning new techniques and skills
for building and maintaining a strong and effective association, and
delivering solid value to members. A wide variety of topics included member recruitment, engagement, and retention, board governance, marketing, conflict resolution, sponsorship, and management. EOs were able to customize their experience, and came away with practicle tools to implement in their associations.
Our Canadian contingent organized two independent evening functions, ate meals together, and participated in a debrief on the final day, ensuring that EOs and staff had plenty of opportunities to spend time together.
A big value of membership in the Association is networking, and this is no different for Executive Officers and staff of our HBAs. The Forum provides both key educational content and the venue for EOs to build their relationships with each other, so that all can be more effective back home. The ability to reach out to colleagues across the country makes every EO more effective, and the annual Forum is an important building block for that.
Part of the agenda including getting to know next year’s incoming President John Meinen, including hearing his personal thoughts on the value of the association. John was able to get to know EOs over the course of the event, and saw firsthand the importance of the annual event for our executive officers and staff at all levels of the association.
Participants of the 2019 PDF in Baltimore, MD.