The Contractors Association of Minnesota (CAM), formerly The Minnesota Association of Exterior Specialists (MNAES), was formed in 2009 by a group of concerned construction trade partners responding to proposed legislation by the insurance industry that was harmful to contractors working on storm related events. It was at that time the CAM realized it was important to have a voice at the Capitol and a lobbyist was hired to represent our interests. Since then, we have become the fastest growing association of exterior specialists in the country. CAM is a continually evolving group of professional Contractors, Distributors and Manufacturers who want to encourage positive change for the future of our industry.
The CAM’s mission is to help our members excel in the Minnesota specialized residential construction industry. Through legislation and regulation, we provide members with an industry voice at the State Capitol and its regulatory agencies. This last legislative session, the CAM was successful in killing legislation that would have impacted your work. This included attorney’s fees against a contractor in a home warranty claim, insurance limitation on building code coverage and the regulation of insurance claims. These bills are still in the mix for the next legislative session and the CAM should fully expect them to surface as part of a legislative agenda.
CAM also partners up with like-minded associations to protect your interests. This year we worked with the Builders Association of Minnesota on extending the residential construction code updates from three year to six years.
A strong membership in the industry is important to the CAM’s success. Being a member of CAM means you are taking the next step to better your business and your professional self! As a member, you will have the opportunity to share technical data and marketing information within the top residential and commercial exterior professionals in your area. You will also receive valuable information and be able to participate in yearly continuing education courses specifically designed for your business. These yearly continuing education courses are always conveniently held in the winter giving members maximum flexibility to earn continuing education credits. This year, the CAM will be holding its 9th Annual Spring Event at Canterbury Park on April 27th, 2017 and we will also be hosting our 3rd annual golf tournament on August 10th, 2017 at the Majestics Oak Golf Club in Ham Lake. Consider attending one of our events to learn more about the benefits the CAM can provide to you and your business, network with contractors, suppliers and distributors and get in a good round of golf.
I have been involved in CAM since its inception. As an attorney who works primarily with construction contractors, and frequently with exterior renovation contractors, I value CAM as an organization that promotes best practices for contractors and continues to protect the consumer at the legislative level from the continuing attempts by property casualty insurers to restrict the ability of insureds to have their own construction advocate and receive full payment for restoration of a covered loss.
We were thrilled to join CAM because we believe in what they do for us!! Knowing that our support is in good hands with CAM allows us to focus on what we do best – Exterior Construction. From the beginning, CAM went to work on the behalf of contractors to ensure that we got paid in a timely manner from mortgage companies, and have continued to endure battles at the Capital with legislation and insurance companies to protect our rights. These measures are so crucial to our business, and all too scary to think what we would have to deal with on a daily basis without this group looking out for us! We will definitely continue our support of CAM for years to come…
I have appreciated the professional cooperative working relationship with the leaders and members of CAM over the years.
It is truly an honor to have our company affiliated with CAM. In and industry laden with unwarranted stereotypes and constantly scrutinized, ever changing codes and regulation. It is of utmost importance to align with advocates for truth and transparency. All too often in our 20 years in this business we as owners have embraced the “go it alone” mentality while navigating the policy and law constantly changed by the state and the insurance companies. Its hard enough to trudge through running a legitimate business itself let alone averting the mine fields that are constantly laid before us in this industry. I am grateful for our relationship with CAM and look forward to many fruitful years of future affiliation. Thank you for your countless hours of due diligence that have enabled our company to adhere to and stay abreast of an ever changing industry that we have chosen as our life’s work.
I joined CAM to have a voice at the Legislature. For so long it seemed that contractors were at the mercy of insurance companies. They had money and power and clout to have laws written in their favor, and it seemed that the ones getting hurt were the homeowners. Your average homeowner doesn’t deal with claims often, and doesn’t realize the slow erosion of coverage and rights that we see every day. Our voice holds the insurance industry accountable. I also joined CAM to promote professionalism. There are a lot of really good contractors out there who do their best for homeowners, and sharing tactics and best business practices only improves the industry as a whole.
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We are pleased to announce our name change is official!
We are pleased to announce our name change is official!
We are now the Contractors Association of Minnesota (CAM). Thanks to everyone who voted at the Spring Event and the supplemental vote. Please bear with us as we make changes to the website!