Category Archives: Feature Articles

President’s Message

Wess Galyon, President/CEO I want to introduce all of you to our new WABA staff member – Dana Steffee.  Dana just joined our team and we are thrilled to welcome her to WABA.  Dana has a background working with non-profits … Continue reading

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2018 Exec Commtitee and Board of Directors Installtion and Awards

Tim Shigley, NAHB National State representative, installed the 2018 WABA Execituve Committee and Board of Directors at their meeting on Tuesday, January 16th. After the swearing in ceremony the 2017 Association Awards were presented.   Click on the photo below … Continue reading

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The ROI of Attending IBS: Is It Worth It?

When considering whether or not to attend the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS), one of the first things you (and your boss) look at is the expense. The Builders’ Show is not terribly expensive, but between registration, airfare and accommodations … Continue reading

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WABA Spring Golf Tournament Was a Great Time

2017 WABA SPRING GOLF TOURNAMENT “May the Course Be With You” Thank you to everyone who came out and played in this year’s tournament, all of our sponsors and all of our volunteers.  This year’s tournament was the largest one … Continue reading

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“Big Ditch Mitch” – A display in honor of M.S. Mitchell

Display erected in Big Arkansas River Park in recognition and tribute to M.S. “Big Ditch” Mitchell. In conjunction with M.S. Mitchell being honored for his involvement with the Big Ditch Project and service on numerous Board and Commissions he served … Continue reading

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The Economic Forecast for the Second Half of 2016: Decent but Nothing Remarkable Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D., June 2016

Despite GDP again slowing in Q1, as has been the case for the past few years, the economic recovery that began in July 2009 remains intact.  The poor performance of the US economy from January through March was almost expected, … Continue reading

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Budget & Finance Committee – Association Operational Budget Under Development

Sally Conger 2016 Secretary/Treasurer Our Association’s Operational Budget for fiscal year 2016-17 is under development and it appears at this point we will be presenting a balanced budget to the Board at our June meeting.  Each year a proposed operational … Continue reading

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Government Assistance Increases Wages! By: Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D.

GraphsandLaughs, LLC May 1, 2016 All too frequently the argument is made that government assistance programs subsidize low wage employers.  That is, firms like Wal-Mart, McDonalds and Target, to name just a few, are able to pay very low wages … Continue reading

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Changes to Flood Insurance Rates Effective April 1 – April 2016

Several changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) take effect on April 1, impacting a wide range of builders, developers, businesses, home owners and insurance agents operating in areas covered by the NFIP. FEMA has indicated that the maximum … Continue reading

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Ample Ammunition – By Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D April 2016

There exists concern among many that should another recession come soon, the government will have few, if any, tools to bring the economy back towards growth and prosperity because interest rates are already near rock bottom.  As a result, it … Continue reading

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Kansas Remodeler Tim Shigley Selected as the 2016 NAHB Remodelers Chair

Remodeler Tim Shigley, CAPS, CGP, GMB, GMR, of Wichita, Kan. (left) was recently installed as the 2016 Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers during the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 17 by NAHB … Continue reading

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Residential Remodeling Spending Trending Up January 2016

Rodney Holeman – Chairman Spending on residential remodels will continue to trend upward, according to experts at a press conference hosted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. Professional remodelers … Continue reading

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Build PAC Committee Update – January 2016

During the most recent meetings of the Trustees that took place at the 2016 International Builders Show in Las Vegas, maximum support was approved for our Kansas Congressional Delegation members running for re-election later this year. We benefit greatly from … Continue reading

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Wichita EO Honored for Career Achievement

Wess Galyon, EO of the Wichita Area Builders Association (WABA), was honored with the Career Achievement Award during NAHB’s Association Excellence Awards this summer in Pittsburgh. In his 28 years at WABA, Galyon has helped raise the profile and influence … Continue reading

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Kansas Builders Insurance Group – November 2015

NEW NAME. NEW LOOK. SAME COMPANY. NOW WITH A NEW, IMPROVED WEBSITE. www.KBIG.BIZ Kansas Builders Insurance Group, formerly the Kansas Building Industry Workers Compensation Fund, provides a stable, cost effective and secure source for workers compensation coverage to the construction … Continue reading

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Rate Rise in September?

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. GraphsandLaughs, LLC August 5, 2015 The Federal Reserve dropped the federal funds rate to zero in late 2008.  Never in their wildest imagination did they think that seven years later the rate would still be zero.  Of … Continue reading

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