Together with the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), Smart Home America has organized an in-person training course for Home Builders, contractors, Association Members, and their staff. Learn about FORTIFIED Home™, FORTIFIED Commercial™, and FORTIFIED Multifamily™ construction and hear stories of success from Hurricane Ida. Understand how to achieve a designation, how your customers can use that designation to get insurance, where there is funding to build back, and what the new grant program will cover.
2 hours of Continuing Education credits will be available for contractors. Lunch provided.
Instructors: Sonja Sheffield: As Technical Outreach Director, Sonja engages communities and Smart Home America's partners in primary and continuing education about resilience and mitigation best practices. She has been working in building science since 2015 and is a certified FORTIFIED Evaluator™. As a liaison to professional trade organizations, Sonja advocates for adopting the latest International Residential Code and the Coastal and Inland Construction Code Supplements. She is no stranger to educating; Sonja taught library literacy and assisted research projects at the University of South Alabama for nine years after earning her Master's in Library Science from Southern Mississippi. She is from northeastern Ohio and lives in Mobile, Alabama, with her husband and two children. Sonja enjoys a good mystery book, cooking, and gardening in her spare time.
Alex Cary: Market Development Manager, The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) Alex is the Market Development Manager at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, providing direct support to communities along the Gulf Coast and Great Plains states. Alex previously served as the Executive Director of Smart Home America and the Construction Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Baldwin County, AL. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Springfield College in Massachusetts and is a licensed home builder in AL. Alex is the past President of the Baldwin County Homes Builder’s Association, is a member of the NAHB Single Family Builder’s Committee and the Construction Technology and Research Subcommittee, serves on the Executive Board of Smart Home America, and was appointed by the governor to the Alabama Center for Insurance Information and Research Advisory Board in 2014.