About CAM

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 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.

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, 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 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 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, 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 Oak Marsh Golf Club in Oakdale. Consider attending one of our events to learn more about the benefits CAM can provide to you and your business, network with contractors, suppliers and distributors and get in a good round of golf.

Member Testimonials

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.  
Ashco Exteriors Inc