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"I'm better at what I do when I'm busy,
but that means I really need to stay
on schedule. If something is not on
my calendar, I can't do it. But, if it is
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is knowing how to schedule my time."

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"I'm better at what I do when I'm busy, but that means I really need
to stay on schedule," she said. "If something is not on my calendar,
I can't do it. But, if it is on my calendar, I'll make sure it gets done.
Probably my biggest strength is knowing how to schedule my time."
Over the past several years, Sloan has taken courses and earned
the designations of Certified Green Professional (CGP), Certified
Aging-In-Place (CAPS) and Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR).
"I really believe that it's important to keep learning and to stay on
top of what's going on within the industry," she said.

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Her involvement with the HBA began after she married her
husband, Kert, the owner of Aluminum Associates.
"Kert was always a HBA member and was active. I got curious
about it, and started getting involved in committees," she explained.
"Eventually, I joined and then I was elected by the local HBA to
serve as a board member of the National Association of Home
Builders. I was a national board member before I even became a
local board member."
Being involved with the HBA on a local, state and national level
has taught her a lot, she said, and provided a place for her in an
industry that is still dominated by men.

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While she is very well accepted as a woman within the HBA at all
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in her position as office manager at Aluminum Associates.

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Despite the very active role she plays in the business, some customers
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"It's been difficult getting some customers to accept that I have a
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when a sales rep or a customer refuses to deal with me because I'm
a woman. You'd think we'd be past that, but it's still out there. It's
still around."
Sloan's goals as executive director of the HBA of Berks County
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