Thanks for the first 13!
The National Home Watch Association recently began its 13th year in existence. These past 13 years have been full of victories and losses, exuberance and frustration. But mostly, they have been filled with pride and gratefulness because of the many people who make the NHWA a great group to be a part of.
There is a saying that “It takes a village,” and I absolutely agree. When I had the idea to create this Association back in 2009, I had no idea of the amount of obstacles that lay ahead. With no template to work with, no support from any government entity or data to work from, I soon realized that I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Armed with only ideas and goals, the NHWA began slowly, only gaining 20 or so members after the first couple of years. But those initial members all shared my beliefs, and they helped to formulate a path forward. As more companies joined, it became more obvious that we would grow through the sharing of information—both failures and triumphs, our victories and our losses. We were creating a cottage industry, and we continued to grow.
In the fall of 2013, we gathered as a group in Myrtle Beach, SC, for the very first time. One Arizona member said it was like “attending a family reunion where the relatives just hadn’t met yet.” It was at the first conference that I came to realize the true core and value of the NHWA—its members, the camaraderie and support. I learned that the people who make up the NHWA ARE the NHWA. It was true then and it’s true now. Everything we do is based on the opinions and input of members. Whether it is the NHWA Advisory Board, our Membership, Marketing, Education, or Government Relations Committees, or our Chapter Leads and members throughout the U.S. and Canada, this train doesn’t go anywhere without them. And not to be overlooked is our administrative team: Faith, Helen, Jocelyn, and Cindy, who make sure that all the t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted. After all, what good is an accreditation that isn’t carefully and thoroughly executed and reviewed year after year? It is the attention to the smallest details that gives our members the credibility their businesses deserve, and that will help to achieve our ultimate goals.
So, for all our past, present, and future accomplishments, I want and need to thank our people for their hard work, thoughtful input, and enthusiasm in making the NHWA what it is today. I am humbled and thankful for all you do.
Here’s to the next 13 years!
A little about the National Home Watch Association: The NHWA was formed in 2009 in order to establish and maintain the highest industry standards for Home Watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Canada (www.nationalhomewatchassociation.org).
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