50/50 Winner Gives Back!

Fittante Architecture Team – Jim Fittante, Adam Serbert, Eric Winstanley, and Rich Ries

Richard Ries of Fittante Architecture was winner of the Golf Outing’s 50/50 Drawing.  In a tremendously generous gesture, Rich returned $300 to the organization to continue its work.   Thank you Rich!!!

2019-07-10T16:33:29-04:00 Golf Outing, Members, Networking|Comments Off on 50/50 Winner Gives Back!

Dec 6th is the Annual Christmas Party!

SAVE THE DATE!   Make this your company Christmas Party this year!    One of the best-attended events of the year!

REGISTER HERE!   Link to registration form 

Chairperson for the Christmas Party is Lori Swogier   slbuilder@frontier.com

630 PM at Wurlizter Event Center   630pm        Cost is $75.00 include dinner, open bar, & appetizers 
Meal Choices this year:
1) Pan seared Cod Miso Glaze with stir fried vegetables
2) Squash Ravioli with roasted root vegetables
3) 6 oz Filet Mignon with Port wine Reduction.
4) Chicken Saltimbocca Stuffed with Prosciutto and cheese, fresh sage, lemon-white wine sauce.
Corporate Sponsor $1000.00 
Includes: Name on all printed material, part of email blast and social media campaign, mentions in press release, ability to pass out marketing material, listed on event pages and website. ability to address the members and give an overview of your business (5 min) and a dedicated table to showcase your business and work, spotlight in our Jan Newsletter. Includes 2 Tickets
Santa Sponsor $750
Includes: Name on all printed material, part of email blast and social media campaign, mentions in press release, listed on event pages and website.
Elf Sponsor $250
Name on all printed material, part of email blast and social media campaign,  listed on event pages and website.

Basket Auction Sponsor  $Any Amount (Min $50) For any amount contact Lori Swogier  

slbuilder@frontier.com   or Choose these levels in the drop down below.  $200   $150  $100  Choose below.  

Name on all printed materials related to the basket auction


2018-10-05T17:42:12-04:00 Christmas Party, Members, Networking|Comments Off on Dec 6th is the Annual Christmas Party!

NYSBA’s Next President Is From Niagara

NYSBA 2019-2020 President is from Niagara County

Mark your calendars for October 5th, 2018 for the Inauguration of Kristin L. Savard, PE, as the 2019-2020 New York State Builders Association President.  Kristin Savard has been a strong voice for Niagara County’s construction industry all over the state.  Her vision, tenacity, passion, and deep understanding of the industry has led her to the Presidents seat for the New York State Builders.    She’s been a past President of  NRCA and the owner of Advance Design Group in Lewiston, NY. 

She will bring our area and the entire construction industry front and center in Albany.   Kristin has been very active in our Niagara group; serving as past President, on various committees, and as a Board Director, giving a lot of her time to the causes that impact our industry.

About Kristin:

Kristin L. Savard, PE, Civil Engineer, Owner and President of Advanced Design Group Professional Engineering and Land Surveying, PC. is a native of Western New York, who returned home to Niagara County, after 12 years of living out-of-state.  Upon returning home, Kristin utilized the business management, engineering and construction experience obtained while out of state, to become co-founder of ADG in 2005 and then became President of ADG in 2008.

Kristin and her business partner Richard J. Haight, PE teamed to build ADG into a locally owned full-service Civil Engineering and Land Surveying firm that provides planning, design, engineering, surveying, and construction management services for residential, commercial and industrial developments throughout New York and the United States. ADG is certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) in the State of New York. Kristin takes great pride in ADG and the family-friendly company that it has become while providing high-quality, on-time, cost-effective projects.

After graduating from Clarkson University and The State University of New York at Potsdam in 1995, with Bachelors Degrees in Physics and Civil Engineering, Kristin began her career as a Project Engineer for engineering and construction firms in the New England Area. Upon her return to WNY in 2002, Kristin joined Wendel Duchscherer, in Amherst, NY before establishing Advanced Design Group. Kristin is a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of New York and Connecticut with 20+ years of experience.  

She is active in her community, where she has consulted for local Planning, Zoning and Town Boards, is a current member of the Cataract Youth Football and Cheer Board of Directors, is a Past-President of the Niagara County Builders Association, is the current Vice-President of the New York State Builders Association and will the 2019-2020 President of the New York State Builders Association.  

Kristin’s most important credentials are WIFE and MOM. She is married to Todd Savard and is the mother of three very active boys: Tyler Ryker and Maddox.  As a family, the Savards enjoy the outdoors, hunting, sports and traveling.

Kristin has proven to be a strong voice for the WNY construction community and activist for keeping the jobs and our families here!

2018-09-03T16:27:13-04:00 Business Management, Member Meetings, Members, Uncategorized|Comments Off on NYSBA’s Next President Is From Niagara

Network Niagara Draws Over 200

The Niagara Business Community Comes Together

Network Niagara 2018


Over 200 local businesses showed up for the Annual Network Niagara on April 11th 2018.  Our Alliance, together with over 10 other local business and professional associations hosted the event. The environment was relaxed and new connections were being made everywhere in the room.  This is proof that Niagara County is on the rise. We are positioned perfectly to grow because of the leadership in our business community.

“We’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response from the business community,” said Kristin Savard, NRCA past president and 2019 president of the New York State Builders Association. “The mission of this event is to engage with neighboring business and professional organizations within our county and find ways for us to work together and uncover opportunities for the business communities that we serve, said Savard.

Network Niagara was a vision of Kristin’s for over 5 years. She is at the forefront of our construction industry and sees a need in collaborating with other business organizations.  As she said in her speech “Look around you, these are the people who can help you reach your goals.” “…we’re in this county together and we need a united voice.”   Niagara County businesses have a tremendous resource in the local business organizations. They serve the members of their communities with advocacy, business opportunities, and access to funding.   Like us, these organizations face the same challenges of member engagement and attrition.  It’s pertinent the business community understands the importance of getting involved.

  This event really showcased the thought leadership of our county. All the co-hosts had dynamic, motivated leadership.  We were honored to stand side by side with them in this event.

On behalf of the NRCA board and it’s members, THANK YOU to our co-hosts for participating with us.  However, such success is not possible without the support of our business community.

More importantly, THANK YOU to all who attended.  We’ll be tracking the success stories coming out of the event and share them with you throughout the year.  One event can’t change everything, but it can spark change. We hope we did that.

 NRCA encourages all the attendees to get involved with their local Association or Chamber of Commerce. It’s up to us as individuals to continue the momentum.   They are there to help us learn, grow, connect and be heard!


Niagara Region Construction Alliance, Kristin Savard, Past President ksavard@adgengineers.com 716-946-2410
Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce Jennifer Pauley President jennifer@niagarariverregion.com 716-754-9500
Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas Jay Ganz VP, Board of Directors jayg@veraview.com 716-713- 0225
Niagara Small Business Development Center Lynn Oswald Director oswald@niagaracc.suny.edu 716-210-2515
Niagara USA Chamber Kory Schuler Executive Director kschuler@niagarachamber.org 716-285-9142
Town of Niagara Business and Professional Association Janiene Ennis-Garcia Co-President janiene_m_ennis-garcia@keybank.com 716-402-2166
Downtown NT Merchants Association Susan Todaro downtownntmerchants@yahoo.com 716-510-6909
Lockport Business Association Kevin Sullivan Co-President Kevin.Sullivan@ampf.com 716-970-4448
Leadership Niagara Liz Zulawski CEO & President Liz@leadershipniagara.org 716-908-8787
BBB of Upstate New York Melanie McGovern Communications Director mmcgovern@upstatenybbb.org 716-558-7976
Lockport Main Street Jessica Dittly Director jessica.dittly@gmail.com 716-434-0212
Women’s Business Center Sara Vescio Executive Director vescio11@canisius.edu 716-888-8285
Jennifer Grier, Oliver Street Merchants Association 716-297-5944 ext 314 jgrier@greaterniagarafcu.com

2018-05-02T16:20:29-04:00 Business Management, Member Meetings, Members, Networking|Comments Off on Network Niagara Draws Over 200

Be Heard In Albany! Lobby Day April 17th 2018

This is your chance to be heard in Albany. We are asking all our members to consider attending with the leadership of NRCA.
 Building industry professionals from around the state meet in Albany for Lobby Day.

NYSBA Lobby Day will be held in Albany on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, after an 11:30 am Legislative Briefing at the Renaissance Albany and Legislative Meetings at the Capitol throughout the day, we will head back to the Renaissance Albany for our evening reception. Stay tuned for a detailed schedule and hotel reservation information. NYSBA and NYSBA REF Board Meetings will be held on Wednesday, April 18th at the Renaissance Albany.

April 17th, 2018 11:30 AM   through   8:00 PM
144 State Street
Various Legislator Offices
AlbanyNY 12205-12210
United States
Phone: 518-465-2492 
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2018-02-28T03:42:45-05:00 Discounts, Members, Networking|Comments Off on UPS Discounts For Members

March 5th Webinar Helps Members Understand Tax Impact

March 5 Webinar Helps Members Understand Impact of Tax Reform on Their Bottom Lines

The landmark tax reform legislation that took effect Jan. 1 created significant changes in the tax code that will affect the housing industry and our small business members.

To help NAHB members understand how these changes could impact their business, NAHB is hosting a members-only webinar, Tax Reform and Your Bottom Line, at 1 p.m. ET on March 5.

The webinar will feature NAHB tax experts and outside tax counsel who will focus on the specific changes that will most directly impact small businesses, including the 20% pass-through deduction, limitations on the business interest deduction and new depreciation guidelines.

Register for the March 5 webinar at nahb.org/taxwebinar (log-in required). If you don’t know your member number to log in, contact nrcaeo@gmail.com.

If you are not able to join the webinar, a replay will be posted on nahb.org.

You can learn more about the new tax law, and NAHB’s influence during the legislative process, at nahb.org/taxreform.

2018-02-27T15:59:47-05:00 Business Management, Members|Comments Off on March 5th Webinar Helps Members Understand Tax Impact

Are You Prepared For Predictive Scheduling?

What is Predictive Scheduling?

Get Informed.

What is Predictive Scheduling?

In recent years States have been acting on their own to increase Minimum Wage. As part of the Minimum Wage Legislation that State are adopting, there are add-ons. One in particular being proposed in New York  is “Predictive Scheduling.”

This law will require employers to pay employees in the event they are called off their shifts and/or to pay employees extra  for an unexpected call-in. The particulars  will effect everyone differently. There’s verbiage pertaining to our industry, but you’ll have to understand how it applies to your business.   We urge the entire construction industry and it’s eco-system to educate themselves on this legislation.  Here is the text of the proposed change.

Learn More

On the NYS site there’s a list of frequently asked questions.Here’s a link to those, they answer some good questions.  More importantly, contact your local officials to voice your opinion.  Find them here! 

Rest assured our association leadership is all over this, communicating with our state and federal partners, as well as allocating resources to fighting. We can help you navigate this or refer you to a professional for more expertise. Contact our Executive Officer, Lisa Churakos at ncbaeo@gmail.com.

The Good News

We are ready! Our Board of Directors has been preparing the association for a strategic shift in our model that will help us represent all of the construction and building industry in Niagara. This shift will give us a bigger voice and  better representation of the industry as a whole in Niagara.

The issues that impact contractors and builders also impact landscapers, plumbers, brick layers, home inspectors, realtors, and everyone else serving our home owners.  We are rallying everyone impacted!

 More good news!

We are armed! In 2019, our former President, Kristin Savard, will be appointed President of the NYS Builders Board of Directors. If any of you know her, she doesn’t stand down, and she comes with both gloves on! We will have someone speaking on our behalf from Niagara!

What You Can Do! 

Get Involved! With Kristin at the helm in 2019 and the changes coming in 2018, it’s even more important to stay engaged with the association and help us make our voice louder. Share your opinions with us so we can better represent you.  These laws not only affect our businesses today, they will impact an entire eco-system of professionals who provide  services to our local homeowners.

We want to hear from our local LANDSCAPERS,  CONTRACTORS, SUB-CONTRACTORS, BRICK LAYERS, ELECTRICIANS, REALTORS! Please reach out and share your thoughts on this and how it will impact you. ncbaeo@gmail.com

You can also send comments to the State via email hearing@labor.ny.gov

What You Can’t Do!

Ignore it. Stay silent. Be apathetic.

2018-02-26T02:17:28-05:00 Home Owners, Member Meetings, Members, State Events, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Are You Prepared For Predictive Scheduling?