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Ask the Contractor: Thanks for successful Home & Garden Show

The 40th Annual Yavapai County Contractors Association Home and Garden Show takes place this weekend at the Prescott Valley Event Center, 3201 North Main St. The event is free and open to the public, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20. (Courier file photo)

The 40th Annual Yavapai County Contractors Association Home and Garden Show takes place this weekend at the Prescott Valley Event Center, 3201 North Main St. The event is free and open to the public, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20. (Courier file photo)

After zipping up and turning out the lights and leaving the building, as they say, after the 40th Annual Yavapai County Contractors’ Association Home and Garden Show this past weekend, I knew exactly where I was going to go with my column.

The honor that has been conferred upon me as executive director of YCCA is a great one. That I have been thought worthy of this distinction arouses in me mixed emotions of humility and profound gratitude. I am very grateful to each and every one of you that stopped me at the home show to say “hi” and introduce yourself and thank YCCA for what we do.

I don’t take lightly my responsibility directing the affairs of this great organization under the leadership of our 15-member board of directors. Our board and members are alert to the duty we owe you, as citizens of the community.

This past weekend, as I enjoyed your “hi, Sandy” “hugs” and “meet my family” and “thank you for helping us” and “you saved us thousands of dollars” and your waves and “we read your column” and “we love your red hair” and “you are so funny” -- I know, I crack myself up sometimes -- my cup of happiness is overflowing because of each and every one of you. Your comments and love will remain in my memory forever.

The enthusiastic support from the community, our leaders, our membership and you, the citizens of Yavapai County, has been inspiring, and I extend to all of you my heartfelt thanks for allowing me to represent YCCA.

To those who have worked so hard to make our home show a success -- from Prescott Valley Event Center and their awesome staff, to Fain Signature Group, Prescott Daily Courier for creating our fun Home Show ads, the awe-inspiring Jean Lupa and Debbie Williams, the fabulous and most beautiful greeters, to Home Depot Prescott Valley for the use of your push carts and to COSTO for your carts and pallets and to Earth Resources Corporation for your fabulous, polite and smiling fork lift drivers and to Yavapai Bottle Gas and Arizona Public Service for bags, from support staff, to volunteers, survey takers, security and, as they say, the list goes on -- everyone was an untiring, diligent and inspiring worker. Without all of you, we would not have been able to engineer the home show. You all went beyond the call of duty.

A home show takes legwork and some brainwork and just plain hard work. I logged in 42 miles, with my feet in high-heel tennis shoes. Maybe next year I’ll use one of those hover boards with customized LED lighting, and, of course, I must have Bluetooth compatibility with speakers and sounds for alerts, I am sure. Not so sure I could handle rapid acceleration, and I think I would require some sort of sonar sensing that would keep me parallel to the ground.

YCCA is happy to provide referrals, check a company’s standing with regard to issues or complaints, and ensure licenses are up to date and appropriate for the job at hand. I had one visitor to the home show tell me she had hired a company to do several thousand dollars’ worth of landscaping. The business was licensed – for concrete work only, not landscaping. They, nevertheless, advertised themselves as qualified landscapers. The customer didn’t check into the credentials and was left with a yard full of dead plants, weeds, and drainage issues. At the Home Show, we were able to connect her to resources that are stepping up to correct that bad experience.

Yavapai County has a wide array of wonderful contractors who are experienced, meticulous, professional and customer-oriented. You need to do your due diligence. Fortunately, that part is easy. Call YCCA, 778-0040, or email ycca@cableone.net before committing to a contract. There’s a good reason why YCCA’s motto is “Don’t start without us!” Make sure to get a quick status check before you begin a project. YCCA can be your ounce of prevention.

In addition to helping community members find the perfect partners for their projects, YCCA aims to inspire with updates on the latest products and industry developments. Our 2018 edition of Building Yavapai was distributed at the home show and contains articles on a variety of topics to help you improve, beautify and preserve your home while minimizing your environmental footprint. If you missed out on receiving a copy, give me a call and we will mail you a copy.

We are fortunate to live in the Quad City area, with its temperate climate, forests, lakes, hiking, biking, array of culture and amenities, Old West flair, and warm community spirit. Now, more and more families and businesses are discovering the region’s appeal and opportunities. And our Yavapai County contractors are working every day to “build” on that momentum.

YCCA is enthusiastic about this community and our organization. We invite everyone to share their thoughts, concerns and feedback with YCCA, we can continue to evolve our efforts and vision. YCCA is proud to advocate for you and help make our community the best it can be. We are dedicated to furthering the ever-changing construction industry. Because YCCA has the desire and strength to “give back,” many of our members play a key role in the financial well-being of our community by contributing time, money and other resources.

I am so proud to represent YCCA. Our board of directors is made up of community leaders who give so unselfishly, expect nothing in return and who are so inspiring. We all look forward to continuing to be magnanimous and industry-responsible for the protection of our citizens and community.

All of us at YCCA know that our work extends far beyond the world of contracting. For us, the ultimate goal is to touch, enhance and try to protect the lives of all those who share our good fortune in calling Yavapai County “home.”

To all of you that took the time to visit our home show, and to donate more than 2,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to Yavapai Food Bank, YCCA expresses our gratitude and thanks for taking the time to stop by the Prescott Valley Event Center. Again, I am touched by your demonstration of confidence, your kindness, your sweet notes of appreciation, phone calls,

e-mails, waves and hellos when I see you out in the community. YCCA is here for you.

And here’s a quick, closing question: would you visit the home show if there was an admission fee? Please email your yes-or-no answer to ycca@cableone.net.

Until next week, big hugs to you.