Member-to-member recruitment and retention efforts are the largest source of growth for the MBA. Spikes bring grassroots growth and stability. These efforts lend to the development of the general membership and our leadership pipeline, keeping the face of the association true to that of our industry and the scope of interests we represent.
What are the benefits of becoming a Spike?
The real benefits are intangible: You are recognized for your contributions to the association and regarded as an accomplished and connected member. Additionally, Spikes receive:
A coveted invitation to the biggest party of the year, the Spike Party at the International Builders’ Show®*
Increased visibility, recognition and networking opportunities at industry events
Unique and valuable lapel pins for each level of achievement
Additional VIP treatment throughout the year
* Eligibility postcards are sent only to eligible Spikes who have at least six credits and one new member recruitment credit between Nov. 1 of the previous year and Oct. 31 of the current year. For example, if a Spike who otherwise meets the attendance criteria recruits a new member in December, this will satisfy the new member recruitment criteria and s/he will be eligible to attend the following year's Spike Party. As always, the recruitment credit may be composed of one full credit received when a new Builder or Associate member is recruited or two ½ credits received when Affiliate or Council members are recruited.
How do I become a Spike?
Before becoming a Spike, you are a Spike candidate. That means you have earned between one and five credits. Once you earn your sixth credit, you become an official NAHB Spike!* Spike credits are earned by recruiting and retaining NAHB and Council members. To retain your status as a Spike you must earn a minimum of one new Spike credit (new or retention) each year until you reach a total of 25 credits, at which point you are elevated to Life Spike status.
* Providing you have earned those six credits within two consecutive membership years.
How do I earn Spike credits?
Members earn one credit for each new member they sponsor. When that member renews after his or her first year of membership, the sponsoring member automatically gets one renewal credit. Every year the member renews thereafter, the sponsoring member will receive a ½ renewal credit.
Spikes receive a ½ credit for recruitment and a ½ credit for the renewal of Affiliate members.
Will I earn Spike credits for recruiting and retaining members into a Council?
Yes, when a new Council membership is activated the recruiter earns a ½ credit, and when that member renews his or her council membership, the sponsor earns ¼ retention credit.
What are the Spike Club levels?
Spike Candidate - 1-5 Credits
Blue Spike - 6 Credits
Life Spike - 25 Credits
Green Spike - 50 Credits
Red Spike - 100 Credits
Royal Spike - 150 Credits
Super Spike - 200 Credits
Statesman - 500 Credits
Grand Spike - 1000 Credits
All-Time Big Spike - 1500+ Credits