The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has added two chapters: NARI-HIC Staten Island, which covers Staten Island, N.Y., NARI of Greater Cleveland, which covers the Cleveland area. Both chapters were previously stand-alone organizations.

“We are proud to welcome the Staten Island and Cleveland chapters into NARI,” said Michael Hydeck, MCR, CKBR, president of Hydeck Design Build and president of NARI National. “I can speak for our entire board of directors, who work tirelessly to build a strong community of remodeling business leaders nationwide. These groups’ missions aligned with NARI’s core purpose, of advancing and promoting the remodeling industry's professionalism, product and vital public purpose, that this was a perfect fit.”

“A major focus this year is strengthening NARI membership, and one of the ways we are doing this is by affiliating smaller, related groups into our association by providing them with the support and resources they need in today’s market,” he added.  

The Staten Island and Cleveland chapters plan to take advantage of the resources and benefits that NARI National provides such as lobbying efforts, market research, education and certification programs, nationwide networking opportunities and the CotY Awards program.

The new affiliations also tap into another top priority in the strategic plan: increasing homeowner awareness of NARI. “A growing number of remodelers understand the importance of aligning themselves with a trade association like NARI, which is well respected for its high professional standards and Code of Ethics,” Hydeck noted. “It’s also professionalizing the industry in the eyes of the consumers, who are starting to see that not all remodelers are the same.”  

NARI leaders will welcome representatives from both chapters during the 2011 Fall Business Meeting, Oct. 5-8, at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Beach, Calif.

To learn more about the NARI-HIC of Staten Island chapter, visit www.hicofsi.org or call (718) 356-2323. To learn more about NARI of Greater Cleveland, visit www.proohio.org or call (216) 631-7764.