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BTN Leadership Team Duties and Responsibilities

BTN Leadership Team Duties and Responsibilities

Chapter Foreman

Duties: The Chapter Foreman is responsible for running the BTN meeting and enforcing chapter rules and policies. As the face of the chapter, they are responsible for making sure the meeting begins and ends on-time, and presenting a positive environment for both members and visitors in attendance. They are expected to arrive early to meetings, and answer any and all correspondence related to chapter business, or visitor questions, asked of them during the week. Continue reading “BTN Leadership Team Duties and Responsibilities”

The BTN Vision

By Dominick Giambona

What is BTN?

Helping others,  that is how this whole thing got started. Laura, Paul McKelvey’s sister, would be asked, “Do you know a good window washer? A Rain gutter guy? A plumber?” She didn’t but she knew Paul did.

It got to the point they had a list of people they were calling upon. Then it hit them, “you know, we got something here, let’s figure out how to market this. ” They created their list put it on the internet and marketed it to various HOA’s
Back then, it was called the World Wide Web, it was nothing like it is now. Websites were pretty mundane, and everywhere you looked there was a list. List of jokes, list of saying’s, list of restaurants, celebrity lists, you name it.
Here is the interesting part, the internet changed and as it evolved so did Paul. It evolved to the Ganahl Contractor Directory, and eventually to Building Trades Network. He knew he would have to change or be left behind.
When he went to a BNI (Business Networking International) meeting. He looked around and said that format would work great if it were only trades people. So he took the basic business plan of BNI and tweaked it a little to accommodate contractors.
Why somebody hadn’t thought of it sooner is beyond me. But I am glad he did. We have all been going through some tough times, yet as I look back I can honestly say that BTN and all the friends I have made at BTN helped pull me through.
Helping others is what BTN is all about. We have been helping , Veterans First, Furnishing Hope, Canstruction and number of other organizations in our community. It is in our charter it is in our mindset, it is what makes BTN work.
We are here to lift each other, with the help of BTN, even Paul. He is always asking what’s next, he listens to our suggestions, he is looking for ways to improve, he is not satisfied with good enough if he knows it can be better.
That kind of leadership attracts more of the same. We are not looking for any contractors. We are looking for BTN contractors.

The BTN Vision
So what’s next?… The BTN Resource Center.

Why?…. Because a lot of us are small contractors, working out of our homes, because we can’t afford the overhead of an office. How many times have you had to meet a client at Starbuck’s or you always had to meet them at their home or their office, because you didn’t want them to hear the kids or the dog in the background.
Don’t laugh! You big contractors, I guaranty, you remember those days.
So what is a resource center?… It is your place of business.
Why do you need to pay for an office, utilities, insurance, internet, phone and all that overhead when you only need it for a 5, 6 or 10 days out of the month?  What do you do when business is dead in December and January but those bills keep coming in?
You go to BTN, that’s what you do. You pay for a conference room when you need a conference.  There will be computer terminals there, printers, staplers and punches. There will be a take-off room for you to go over plans.
If you have an extra truck parked in front of your house, there will be a limited Fleet parking.
If you have machinery or tools in your garage, there will be storage units for rent. Yes, for rent, not down the road or across town, but right at the place where you do business.
Your wife & kids will love you because now she can park in the garage and the kids can park in the driveway.
The BTN resource center is a place where big contractors and small contractors can meet with clients and other contractors and collaborate on projects. There will be Seminars for Marketing, Business Coaching to help your business grow.
Some of you need a showroom, or have a staff and need an office 50 weeks out of the year. But, I bet you wished that BTN was around when you started your business.   The BTN resource center may not be for everyone, it’s there for everyone.
Your place of business shouldn’t be the anchor that slows you down. What we have with BTN is a place with energy and opportunity for those with the BTN spirit.

Change Is Not A Four Letter Word

Understandably, just the word 'change' makes people uncomfortable.   What are we in for?  I didn't sign-up for this.  What's wrong with the way things are?

Ladies and Gentlemen, there comes a time when a change of leadership presents itself.

Change is necessary, change is good.   It offers a chance for others to put their mark on  BTN.  It also offers the opportunity for some of the previous leaders to hand-off the baton, step back and watch the new leaders run.  

All things evolve and while it may sound ominous or uncertain it is a force of nature.  It is a way to keep it fresh, a way to grow.  It is a way in infuse new ideas and new energy, to carry momentum and direction forward.

It will still be BTN, but with a little different imprint.   You may notice a different vibe at the BTN meetings.  The meetings, the events and many other things should take on a little flavor of the new leadership.

But we must not lose sight of where we started.  The leadership has been handed a compass that lies at the core of Building Trades Network.

Trust, Integrity & Accountability

 Building trust and relationships is what BTN is about: with that comes confident referrals and recommendations.     

Over the next few weeks I will take this opportunity to go over things with you.  Take a look at your membership packet.  You will have questions, maybe there is something you haven't noticed before.  I suggest you write them down and ask them at the next meeting or two.

We will also introduce the new leadership, and they will explain their duties and what is expected of them.

So let's embrace these changes together.  Right here, right now, and we will move closer to a brighter future.


I was thinking about the Dodgers and the Angels and started thinking about the teams, how they did last year and the expectations for the year ahead.  

Then I started thinking about the word, 'TEAM', and came to the conclusion, while there are many definitions for the word, 'TEAM', you can expand the definition to BTN. 

BTN (n) A group of individuals with different strengths and weaknesses working together to achieve a common goal.

A good team will always perform better than an individual.  Even though each person has different experiences and skill-sets, a good team offers a sounding board to take advantage of the best each has to offer.

On a team there is no room for selfishness or egos.  In a Network, sharing and giving are the formula for success.  Bound by a sense of values, we form a close knit community lifting each other up, just as you would a teammate  on the field. 

Working together as one we can achieve success easier and quicker than working individually.