October 2007 National Association of State Volume 4, Issue 4
Contractors Licensing NASCLA President’s Mess age
NASCLA President's Message
Inside this issue:
I have enjoyed my four years of service to the National
Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies
NASCLA President's Message 1 (NASCLA) and I am excited to sit down to write my
first President’s Message for the quarterly newsletter.
NASCLA 2007 Annual Conference
in Little Rock, Arkansas As a member of NASCLA’s Executive Committee, the
past four years have offered me an opportunity to make
NASCLA 2007 Annual Conference
3 new friends, travel to exciting destinations but most
Excursions importantly to work towards the common goal, for all
of us in the Construction Regulatory Industry, of
NASCLA 2007 Annual Conference protecting the health, welfare and safety of the general
public. This common goal was the underlying theme of the 2007 Annual
Conference held in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 25 - 28, 2007.
A Tribute to Howard Williams 4
We had a wonderful turn out for the conference in Little Rock where we helped
the association celebrate 45 Years of Excellence in Regulation. We said farewell to a
2007 Community Service in dear friend, Howard Williams, who will be retiring from the Arkansas
Contracting Award Contractors Licensing Board after 20 years of service but we welcomed so many
new members and attendees to the conference that it was truly an event to
NASCLA Fiscal Year 2007 / 2008 remember.
Officers and Board of Directors
Every year NASCLA raises the bar on quality programming for the Annual
A Special Thank You to the 2007
7 Conference and this year was no exception! We had three days of solid, top-
Annual Conference Sponsors notch sessions with speakers from a range of industries who are certainly experts
in their fields. There were more sponsors for the 2007 conference than ever
NASCLA Fiscal Year 2007 / 2008 before with a total of 10 companies sponsoring at various levels. Thank you so
much! Your contributions helped NASCLA to host two great excursions that
really showed off our host city Little Rock.
NASCLA National Examination
Program Update There were so many highlights during the event, it is difficult to recap it all in
writing but in the pages of this newsletter you will see the culmination of many
Special points of interest: months of hard work on the part of the NASCLA Program Committee and
♦ NASCLA 2007 Annual Conference Staff. I hope you enjoy reading about the conference!
♦ A Tribute to Howard Williams I look forward to my next year of service to NASCLA, the Executive Committee,
Board of Directors and our members. Thank you for your continued support of
♦ 2007 Community Service in Contracting
me and of the association. Without you this simply would not be possible.
♦ NASCLA Fiscal Year 2007 / 2008 Officers
and Board of Directors
♦ National Exam Program Update
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National Examination Program Update
NASCLA 2007 Annual Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas
The National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA)
hosted the 2007 Annual Conference on September 25 –28, 2007 in Little Rock,
Arkansas at the Peabody Hotel.
The conference began the morning of Tuesday, September 25 for NASCLA’s
Committee Members who had meetings throughout the day. The program
officially kicked off on Tuesday night with an “Arkansas Themed” opening
reception, held in the beautiful Riverview Room of the Peabody Hotel. The fun
filled mixer gave new attendee’s and returning participants an opportunity to
Pictured Above: NASCLA Committee catch up and get to know one another, while learning about the History of
Members hard at work during the Residential
Committee Meeting held on Tuesday,
September 25, 2007.
The general conference began on Wednesday, September 26 and included
presentations by Kieran Marion, Karen Smith, Charles Marceaux, Alan Felber,
David Fogt, Jennifer Grimes and Tom Hannah. On Wednesday evening the
group was treated to a cruise down the Arkansas River aboard the Arkansas
Queen Paddle Boat. Dinner was served while a live band played as they cruised
by the Little Rock skyline. The evening turned out to be the perfect excursion
after a long day of sessions.
The general sessions continued on Thursday, September 27 with the Round
Table Sessions for Attorneys, Board Members and Executive Directors. Ken
Pictured Above: Annual Conference Opening Fairchild wrapped up the second day of sessions with his interactive presentation
Reception Arkansas Themed Table. on how to conduct successful interviews with the media. On Thursday
afternoon, the majority of the group toured the Clinton Presidential Library but
some participants traveled a short distance to the Rebsamen Golf Course for a
Golf Tournament. Later in the evening the group met at the Old State House
Lawn for an evening that offered participants a true taste of the south. The
group dined on fried cat fish while listening to the sounds of the Exit 88 band.
The sessions on Friday, September 28 included presentations from Heidi Lincer-
Hill, Skip Sharrer, Calvin Fabre, Van Tilbury and Edward Maloney. On Friday
evening participants joined each other for the closing banquet which brought
Pictured Above (left to right) Greg Crow, the 2007 Annual Conference to its conclusion. The evening proved to be a
(NASCLA President), Verna Oda, (HI) and night to remember for all who attended.
Scotty Anderson, (HI).
Pictured Above (left to right): Joe Rogers, Keith Warren kicks off the first day of sessions Conference participants on the first day of
(AL), Dr. Jim Clark, (NC), Robbie Brooks, at the 2007 Annual Conference. sessions.
(NC), Howard Williams, (AR) and Reese
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NASCLA 2007 Annual Conference Excursions
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NASCLA 2007 Annual Conference Banquet Overview
The 2007 Annual Conference came to a close on Friday, September 28 with the Banquet
and Installation of Officers. The evening was hosted by Gregory Crow, NASCLA
President and the Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board’s Chief Legal Counsel.
Mind Reader, Robert Priest entertained the crowd with a mystifying 45 minute show that
left our audience amazed. Mr. Priest’s Theater of the Mind show is a thought provoking
entertainment event with a skilled blend of mind reading and thoughtful comedy. His
act is alive with action, laughs, and mental challenges.
There were several special awards presentations throughout the evening including an Pictured Above (left to right):
award to Keith Warren, Executive Director, Alabama Electrical Contractors Board, who Robert Priest and Budd Hetrick.
was the master of ceremonies for the conference; Greg Crow for his service as NASCLA
President; and a special presentation for Howard Williams, Administrator, Arkansas
Contractors Licensing Board, who will be retiring in January 2008. In addition,
NASCLA handed out awards to all of the conference sponsors and invited them to
address the participants. NASCLA also announced the winner of the 2007 Community
Service in Contracting award to Habitat for Humanity for it’s Home Builders Blitz 2006.
The officers were sworn in by George Whalen, NASCLA Immediate Past President and
Executive Director Rhode Island Contractors’ Registration Board. The evening
Pictured Above (left to right) Kathy
concluded with a speech from Kathy LeCroix, incoming NASCLA President and LeCroix, Karen Simon and Robert
Executive Director of the Alabama Board of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors. Priest.
A Tribute to Howard Williams
For over 45 years The National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) has been dedicated to
promoting public protection through licensing and regulating the construction industry. The associations long history is
rich and it is people like Howard Williams, who always demonstrated his drive to improve our industry through the proper
regulation of construction contractors, that we are grateful for. Mr. Williams will be retiring in January 2008 from the
Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board and NASCLA after 20 plus years of service. We will all miss his insight and his easy
way of directing and guiding us through the good times as well as the bad times.
It is with a heavy heart that we say farewell to a person who, throughout NASCLA’s past, always proved his loyalty with
dignity and pride. Thank you Mr. Williams for all of your gracious support! Enjoy your retirement, you have earned it!
Mr. Williams was presented with a token of appreciation from Greg Crow, NASCLA President, and Cecil Malone,
Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board Chairman on Friday, September 28 at NASCLA’s 2007 Annual Conference
Banquet. Mr. Williams shared his award with his wife Charlotte Williams.
Pictured Above (left to right): Pictured Above (left to right): Charlotte Pictured Above: (left to right)
Howard Williams and Greg Williams, Cecil Malone and Howard Williams. Charlotte and Howard Williams.
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2007 Community Service in Contracting Award
The National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) is pleased to announce that the
Habitat for Humanity International Home Builders Blitz 2006 is the winner of the 2007 Community Service in
The Community Service in Contracting Award is a national award that was created as a way for NASCLA and its
many members to recognize the positive impact that contractors and construction related associations have on
their communities. All too often, homeowners and consumers hear the “bad” stories about contractors. With
this award, NASCLA showcases the “good” stories about these individuals and groups who contribute so
much to their communities by raising funds and donating their time, labor and materials to local charities.
NASCLA’s Executive Committee was honored to give the 2007 Community Service in Contracting Award away to
an organization that has been dedicated to improving our communities in the U.S. and abroad for over 30
The first national Habitat for Humanity International Home Builders Blitz in 2006 was the vision of one
man, Tom Gipson, who wanted to help eliminate substandard housing in his community. In 2002, Mr.
Gipson, a professional home builder in Raleigh, North Carolina recruited 11 of his competitors to build 12
homes in five days for people in need. They were able to accomplish their goals and successfully raise
$100,000 in cash, which covered the project costs and contributed to the land developments costs. With the
success of this accelerated build and a subsequent build in 2003, Mr. Gipson brought his idea to Habitat for
Humanity International and thus the first national Home Builders Blitz in 2006 was brought to light.
The Home Builders Blitz 2006 was an unbelievable feat which produced 459 new, single family homes in 130
communities across the United States in just one week! Over 1,000 professional home builders along with
over 25,000 volunteers were able to provide approximately 1,500 people with a simple, decent place of their
own to call home. Today, this nationwide event consisting of professional homebuilders and volunteers who
support Habitat for Humanity’s cause has grown to roughly 200 cities. The next Home Builders Blitz is
scheduled for the first week of June 2008. For more information on the Home Builders Blitz 2008, please visit
the Habitat for Humanity website at www.habitat.org.
Donna Bosley accepted the award on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International on Friday, September 28
at NASCLA’s 2007 Annual Conference Banquet and Installation of Officers. Ms. Bosley has a long history of
serving her community and industry and is a founding member of the Habitat for Humanity International
Women Build Steering Council as well as a founding member of Habitat for Humanity of Saline County,
Arkansas. She has served as President, Construction Chairperson, continuing board member, and the
Habitat for Humanity Home Builders Blitz co-chair for two years. Ms. Bosley also served as President of the
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Women’s Council and has served several terms on the
NAHB Executive Committee.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the Home Builders Blitz 2006 winner of the 2007 Community Service in
Contracting Award! Your continued support made this event a tremendous success.
For more information on the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) and
the Community Service in Contracting Award, please visit our website at www.nascla.org.
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NASCLA Fiscal Year 2007 / 2008 Officers
1st VICE PRESIDENT
PRESIDENT 2nd VICE PRESIDENT
Tennessee Board for
Kathy LeCroix John Curl
Licensing General Contractors
Alabama Board of Heating South Carolina Residential
500 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 110
and Air Conditioning Contractors Builders Commission
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
100 North Union Street, Suite 630 Post Office Box 4815
Montgomery, Alabama 36104 TREASURER Florence, South Carolina 29502
Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors
2525 Quail Drive
SECRETARY 2nd IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
Keith Warren George Whalen
Alabama Board of Electrical Contractors IMMEDIATE PAST PRESI DENT Rhode Island Contractors’ Registration
610 South McDonough Street Greg Crow
One Capitol Hill
Montgomery, Alabama 36104 Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board
Providence, Rhode Island 02908
4100 Richards Road
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72117
NASCLA Fiscal Year 2007 / 2008 Board of Directors
Keith Warren, Executive Secretary Verna Oda, Executive Officer Nancy Routh, Associate Secretary / Treasurer
Alabama Board of Electrical Contractors Hawaii Contractors Licensing Board North Carolina Licensing Board for General
Kathy LeCroix, Executive Director Charles Marceaux, Executive Director
Alabama Board of Heating and Air Conditioning Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors Boyd West, Administrator
Contractors Oklahoma Construction Industries Board
Kathy Smith, Executive Director
J.R. “Chip” Carden, Jr., Executive Director Maryland Home Improvement Commission Craig Smith, Administrator
Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board Oregon Construction Contractors Board
Jean Boven, Director of Licensing
Joseph C. Rogers, Jr., Executive Secretary Michigan Department of Labor & Economic George Whalen, Executive Director
Alabama Licensing Board for General Growth, Bureau of Commercial Services- Builders Rhode Island Contractors’ Registration Board
John Curl, Board Chairman
Alfred Tunstill, Executive Director Norman Brooks, Jr., Executive Secretary South Carolina Residential Builders Commission
Alabama Plumbers & Gas Fitters Examining Mississippi State Board of Contractors
Board Carolyn Lazenby, Executive Director
Maggie Connor, Program Officer Tennessee Board for Licensing General
Greg Crow, Chief Legal Counsel Montana Department of Labor and Industry Contractors
Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board
Lisa Martinez, Executive Director
Stephen P. Sands, Registrar New Mexico Construction Industries Division
California Contractors State License Board
Robert Brooks, Jr., Executive Director
Kyle Floyd, Executive Director North Carolina Board of Examiners of Electrical
Georgia State Licensing Board for Residential Contractors
and General Contractors
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A Special Thank You to the 2007 Annual Conference Sponsors
PLATINUM SPONSORS GOLD SPONSORS
SILVER SPONSORS BRONZE SPONSORS
NASCLA Fiscal Year 2007 / 2008 Meeting Calendar
NASCLA staff members are busy planning the association’s meetings for the upcoming fiscal year! Please see
below for an update on the scheduled meetings.
NASCLA’s Strategic Planning meeting will be held on December 6 - 7, 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona at the
association’s new administrative office. This meeting will bring the Executive Committee together to set goals
and plan for the upcoming Fiscal Year. The meeting will be in conjunction with the Model Legislation
Committee Meeting, which is scheduled for December 4 - 5, 2007.
NASCLA’s 2008 Mid Year Meeting will be held in Santa Barbara, California on March 11 - 12, 2008 at Fess
Parker’s Doubletree Resort. This meeting is open to all NASCLA Board of Directors, Committee Members and
State Members. Please check the NASCLA website, www.nascla.org, in the coming months for registration
details and more information on the meeting.
NASCLA’s 2008 Annual Conference will be held on September 14 - 17 in Point Clear, Alabama at the Grand
Hotel Point Clear Resort & Spa. This meeting will be open to all NASCLA Board of Directors, Committee
Members, State Members, Associate Members, Business Members and Contractor Members. Please check the
NASCLA website, www.nascla.org, for registration details and more information on the conference after the
first of the year.
We hope to see as many of you as possible at the upcoming association meetings!
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NASCLA National Examination Program Update
If you have been waiting to participate in the National Examination Program for commercial general contractors, your
patience is about to be rewarded! The final details of the program were discussed with interested testing providers,
member states, and contractors at NASCLA’s Annual Conference in Little Rock. The NASCLA Examination Program
database (NED) was unveiled by ShareVista and the first application to become a NASCLA-Approved Provider was
received during the conference from testing provider PSI Examination Services. Professional Examination Services (PES)
and Prometric have also expressed interest in becoming Approved and/or Accredited Providers. The Alabama Licensing
Board for General Contractor has announced that it is waiting for a testing provider to deliver a NASCLA-Accredited
Examination for Commercial General Contractors.
What is the difference between Approved vs. Accredited?
In order to become NASCLA-Approved, testing providers must submit an application to NASCLA, pay a fee, and pass a
business, financial, and examination security audit. NASCLA has hired a psychometric consultant to perform the business
and examination security audit, and an accounting firm to perform the financial audit.
In order to provide a NASCLA-Accredited examination, testing providers must pass the audits described above, and they
must also develop an examination for commercial general contractors. Upon approval of the testing provider’s
examination development procedures, the examination will be designated as NASCLA-Accredited.
How can member states use the National Examination Program?
Member states can increase the confidence in their examination programs by ensuring that their testing providers are
NASCLA-Approved. NASCLA approval means that the testing provider employs qualified and experienced personnel, is
free from conflicts of interest, is financially stable, and maintains examination security practices that are consistent with the
highest psychometric standards.
In addition to the benefits of NASCLA-Approval, member states that test for commercial general contractors will receive
additional benefits by requesting that their testing provider develop a NASCLA-Accredited examination. The examination
development process will be audited to ensure that the examination is valid, reliable, and legally defensible.
What is the difference between a national examination and an examination based on one state?
The national examination must be developed using contractors across many states. This examination is designed for
contractors who travel from state to state performing commercial work. The examination covers estimating, bidding,
preconstruction, project management, project construction, organizational and financial management. State-specific
information can still be included as part of the licensure process. States can have a state-specific examination in addition
to the information covered on the national examination. States wanting to use the national examination should discuss
options with their testing providers.
How will the national examination improve the licensure process?
Contractors who take the national examination in one state can access the National Examination Database (NED) to
request that their results be sent to other states. Contractors will still have to meet other state licensure requirements.
Member states can access NED to verify that applicants have passed the national examination. Member states can
determine how many times applicants have taken the national examination, if that factor is important to their licensure
How can I find out more information about the National Examination Program?
NASCLA’s website has information about the program. In addition, the Submarketing Committee of the NASCLA
National Examination Committee will be available to answer questions and make presentations to board members. Please
contact Angie Whitaker, NASCLA Executive Director, at (623) 587-9354 or via email at email@example.com.
The National Association of State
Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA)
National Association of State was formed in Utah in 1962 as a nonprofit
Contractors Licensing Agencies organization dedicated to the mutual
assistance of its member in striving for the
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industry to protect the health, welfare and
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Fax: (623) 587-9625 The association’s membership is comprised
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agencies, construction firms, construction
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