Home Performance Stakeholders,
Thank you for your continued support of the Home Performance Guild of Oregon. Eight years ago the Guild was established to provide a unified voice for an emerging industry. That voice has become a respected and valued part of a growing community with extensive ties to the broader efficiency, energy and climate sector, and we’ve achieved significant legislative wins. The Guild has made significant legislative wins in this time, a testament to our voice and the influence of our organization, and the dedicated work of our Executive Director, Don MacOdrum. This includes the passage of HB 2801 in 2013 which established statewide standards for home energy assessors and energy scoring systems and the recent passage of the City of Portland’s Home Energy Score Ordinance. As of January 1st, 2018 it will require a Home Energy Score to be included in all sale home sale listings, and displayed at all open houses and showings are among these wins. These policies will yield lasting dividends for our Home Performance industry over the coming years. You can continue to expect the Home Performance Guild to position itself at the center of the deployment of that policy on your behalf.
Over the past few months, the Guild Board has been working on a strategic plan for the Guild. We have revised our operating plan for the organization that will reinvigorate our approach to the fundamentals of building an impactful and sustainable industry association. Over the coming months the Guild will be unveiling refreshed offerings that deliver enhanced financial, educational and networking benefit to members.
Deploying our new operating plan will be the responsibility of the Board and a new Guild Executive Director, as our Executive Director of 6 years is moving on to pursue new opportunities. Please join me in extending a heartfelt thanks to Don MacOdrum for his significant achievements as Executive Director of our organization and for his years of productive service to our industry. Don will be staying on in his role throughout the transition, and will be overseeing the new ED’s on-boarding to the Guild’s operations, relationships and industry functions through the end of June.
The Board and our newly formed Hiring Committee will lead our transition to a new Executive Director. The job posting is being deployed widely (and can be found here) along with the position description (found here). You can make a difference in finding the ideal candidate by reviewing these documents and sharing them with colleagues that you think may be a fit. The Board is aiming to begin interviews in April, with a targeted start for the new ED in early May.
As we enter this next phase for the Guild, we will continue to provide world-class policy support for our industry. We will, however, shift our focus on delivering enhanced day-to-day membership value. Join us at our March 9th Member Meeting for more details, and for a discussion about the Guild’s plans for our 2017 Home Performance Conference, which will focus on preparing our broader industry for the deployment of the Home Energy Score Ordinance.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Chad Ruhoff, HP Guild President