Providing America's housing is an enormous task, and the NAHB is there every step of the way helping its members fulfill this crucial responsibility. By Gary Garczynski

With National Membership Day (July 22) just around the corner, there couldn't be a better time to reflect on what it means to be a member of America's home building industry and of the NAHB.

Of course, we know that housing is a crucial part of the nation's economy, accounting for 14 percent of the Gross Domestic Product and providing employment for millions of Americans. We also know that for most Americans, housing equity is a primary asset, accounting for almost 30 percent of total household wealth.

True meaning

Impressive though those numbers are, they don't really capture the true meaning of housing--and home--to our nation. The numbers can't describe the joy, pride, and sense of fulfillment that a family feels upon purchasing a new home. They can't show the sense of satisfaction and well-being that comes from living in the "perfect" apartment in the "perfect" location. Most important, the numbers can't define the special place that housing holds in people's hearts--a place reserved for the things that they cherish the most.

Photo: John Hansel

That's why I'm extraordinarily proud to be a home builder and even prouder to be president of the NAHB. Providing the housing that America needs and wants is an enormous task, and the NAHB is right there every step of the way helping its members fulfill that crucial responsibility.

Member support

No matter what their housing industry specialty may be--whether it's single-family construction, remodeling, multifamily construction, sales, finance, or any one of a host of other disciplines--the NAHB provides its members with the support and resources that they need to succeed.

The NAHB is also very effective in the ongoing effort to promote and protect the interests of the housing industry and housing consumers. On Capitol Hill, in the regulatory agencies, at the White House, and in the courts, the NAHB is a well-known and highly respected advocate for housing. In fact, the association has been recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the most effective and influential associations in Washington.

Unmatched resources

Without a doubt, joining my local association and the NAHB was the best business decision that I ever made. The resources that the NAHB offers all members working in all aspects of the housing industry are unmatched.

If you work in the housing industry and haven't yet joined your local builders association, I urge you to become a member. (When you join at the local level, you automatically become a member of the NAHB.) And if you're one of the NAHB's 205,000 current members, I urge you to participate in your local association activities and to take the best possible advantage of the many services and resources that the NAHB offers. You'll be glad you did.