Membership votes to restructure and change name to North Carolina Subcontractors Alliance, Inc.
On June 25th, 2013, the members of Charlotte Chapter-ASAC, Inc. voted overwhelmingly to dissolve the organization’s 37 year affiliation with the American Subcontractors Association of the Carolinas, Inc., and its national umbrella organization, the American Subcontractors Association, Inc. They also changed their name to North Carolina Subcontractors Alliance, Inc., effective June 25, 2013. Formed in 1976, NCSA has been a resource for local subcontractors for networking, education and legislation reform. Recently, however, the organization has seen a decline in membership as the construction industry as a whole, and subcontractors in particular, suffered from the downturn in the economy. NCSA’s Board of Directors worked up plans over the past year to revitalize the organization in light of the ‘new normal’ and the unnecessary duplication of effort with other industry organizations. “Our past relationship with ASA was great. We knew, however, that something was going to have to change if our organization was going to continue to serve local subcontractors in today’s market,” said President Duff Regan (RC Specialties). Discussing the change, Past-President Art Rouse (Binswanger Glass) said: “With this autonomy, we believe we will be able to make a real difference. We have fresh ideas for networking, education and legislation reform that we now have the power to put into place.”
One reason for the change, said NCSA’s Vice President Chris Paone (Christopher Bryan Company), was that 100% of the members’ dues went to the associated two-state and national organizations under the old system, and Charlotte was forced to rely on those associated organizations to serve local needs. “None of the money was staying here locally, which made it difficult to make decisions specific to our local market.” Director Ned McNaughton (McNaughton & Associates) added, “We weren’t financially able to meet the goals we set out to meet. Significant changes were happening in North Carolina laws that directly affect subcontractors, and the existing organization simply did not have a strong enough voice to participate effectively. With the new structure, we can change that.”
NCSA meets once a month and is open to all trade subcontractors, as well as companies that serve the construction industry.