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The Official Magazine of the Greater Houston Builders Association • www.ghba.org

HOUSTON

FEBRUARY 2012

Builder Opportunity CALLS!

GHBA Launches Young Professionals Committee

Jobsite Safety

"It Just Makes Sense"

Dotzour's 2012 Forecast A Texas homebuilder’s perspective on the economy

Also in this issue: Realtor Corner: Why MLS Makes Sense for New Construction Meet the 2012 Board of Directors Chesmar Homes and NewQuest Properties Break Ground on 'Home for Good'


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CONTENTS

ON THE COVER

HOUSTON

Builder

The Official Magazine of the Greater Houston Builders Association February 2012|Volume 25|Number 2

FEATURES 6

President’s Message: Safety, It's Just Common Sense

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Business & Investing in a World of Exogenous Shock

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Strong Leadership = A Strong Association

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Benefit Homes Update

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We Love Our Spikes!

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GHBA Launches Young Professionals Committee

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"Take a Minute" for HomeAid Houston News

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Realtor Corner: Why Post New Homes on the MLS?

A serious injury at your job site may seem unlikely, but it is actually pretty common. When these horrific events occur, not only is it very expensive, but also ruins someone’s life. When worst happens, one has to ask himself if everything reasonable was done to prevent the accident. Dr. Mark G. Dotzour, chief economist for the Texas A&M Real Estate Center, offers a homebuilder’s perspective on the economy. Learn how global and national trends are influencing the normal growth and prosperity of the Texas economy. Meet the newest members of the 2012 GHBA board of directors. This is part two of a two-part series profiling the association leadership. Chesmar Homes and NewQuest Properties are preparing to break ground on the first GHBA Benefit Home for 2012. Chesmar Homes will be constructing its 3,400 sq. ft. Apollo Plan in the NewQuest community of The Reserve at Brazos Town Center. Top membership recruiters are the heart and soul of the GHBA. The association would like to recognize the individuals who reached a major SPIKE milestone in 2011. The newly formed Young Professionals Committee will offer educational, networking and career growth opportunities for young professionals in the homebuilding industry. Spread the news and encourage your employees to get involved!

Departments 6 8 28 30 31 34 36 36 38 39 39 40 42 43 47

President’s Message Government Affairs Education Calendar New Members & Renewals New Member Profiles HOME-PAC Roster Sales & Marketing Council Housing Activity Survey Associate Council Custom Builders Council Montgomery County Division Remodelors Council Sustaining Associate Members Bay Area Builders Association Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events 11 12 16 35 21 31

International Builders Show Chili Cookoff GHBA Spring Golf Tournament Million Dollar Circle Awards HomeAid Houston Charity Golf Speed Selling Event

HomeAid Houston was joined by Legend Homes/Princeton Classic Homes at the ground breaking of a 7,400 sq. ft. residential facility to be built for Gracewood. You might think, "I already have my own website. Why use MLS?" Why not piggy back on a site that consumers and Realtors already use extensively to increase your exposure, and drive even more traffic to your site!

Greater Houston Builders Association Mission To provide advocacy, education, and meaningful services to benefit its members and the housing industry.

www.ghba.org

9511 West Sam Houston Pkwy North, Houston, TX 77064 (281) 970-8970 phone; (281) 970-8971 fax

Advertising/Editorial Information: Contact Brittany Feldmann at (832) 215-7232 or bfeldmann@ghba.org. Houston Builder encourages members to submit articles for publication. Articles should relate to members and to the homebuilding industry. For questions or to submit a letter to the editor, email bfeldmann@ghba.org.

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OFFICERS AND LEADERSHIP GHBA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

WILL HOLDER President

HARRY MASTERSON Vice President

DENNy PATTERSON ASSOCIATE V. P.

Tony Boilek, The Sherwin Williams Paint Co. Jonathon Casada, GMB, CAPS, Jonathon Custom Estate Homes Bill Dalton, Darling Homes David Daniels, GMB, CGR, CAPS, CGP, 3D Builders, LLC Lawrence Dean, CDS Market Research Mike Dishberger, GMB, Sandcastle Homes, Inc. Clayton Farmer, HERS, LEED AP, GBV, GBE, CEA, LEED-H GR, IECC, GBI, Bluegill Energy Management Kevin Frankel, CGP, Frankel Building Goup John Gillette, CGR, GMB, CAPS, Craftsmanship By John, Inc. Stephen Hann, CGR, GMB, GMR, CGP, Hann Builders Will Holder, Trendmaker Homes Jeff Hunt, CGR, GMB, CAPS, CGP, Heritage Construction Services Leslie King, Greymark Construction Company / Greymark Express John Madsen, CPA, Parmet, Chapman & Madsen, PC Ron Martin, Grand View Builders Harry Masterson, Cernus Development LLC Mike Moody, Newmark Homes David Ondrasek, BMC Building Materials Denny Patterson, Airtron Houston Mickey Pizzitola, Triumph Homes Keith Rodgers, CGA, CSP, CGP, JWilliams Staffing Scott Sage, GMB, Sage Built Homes Susan Severa, The Johnson Development Company Lona Shipp, Bridgeland Emilio Silvestri, Silvestri Investments, Inc. Ed Taravella, TARACORP Sean Vitelli, CGA, GMB, CGP, Bonded Builders Home Warranty Jim Wyatt, MasterBrand Cabinets

Presidential Appointees

Rocky Flores, Datasmart / Duncan Security Jim Lemming, Partners In Building Kathleen Stadler, Eric L. Davis Engineering Keith Rodgers, CGA, CSP, CGP, J Williams Staffing Jim Wyatt, MasterBrand Cabinets

LESLIE KING Secretary

GHBA’S TAB Directors

JOHN MADSEN, CPA Treasurer

Adam Bakir, P.E., GMB Lisa Clark KC Cox, CGA, CAPS, CGP Mike Dishberger, GMB Russel Garrison Suzi Haynie, CGA, CSP, CGB Will Holder Jeff Hunt, GMB, CGR, CAPS, CGP Barry Kahn Harry Masterson Bill Shaw, CGR, GMB, CAPS Kathleen Stadler

TAB Alternate Directors

MIKE DISHBERGER, GMB PAST President

Kevin Frankel, CGP Scott Frankel, CGB, GMB, CGP, Master CGP Allen Griffin, CGR, GMB, CAPS, CGP Stephen Hann, CGR, GMB, GMR, CGP Kathy Howard Keith Rodgers, CGA, CSP, CGP Ron Rohrbacher Scott von Gonten, CGA

TAB Life Directors

TOY WOOD, JD, CAE Executive VP & CEO

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Randy Bayer, GMB Randy Birdwell Ronny Carroll Jonathon Casada, GMB, CAPS Jim Frankel, GMB Mike Karm Charlie Leyendecker Andy Loyd Emilio Silvestri

GHBA’s NAHB Directors

Randy Bayer, GMB Lisa Clark KC Cox, CGA, CAPS, CGP Mike Dishberger, GMB Suzi Haynie, CSP, CGA, CGB Will Holder Jeff Hunt, GMB, CGR, CAPS, CGP Barry Kahn Harry Masterson Bill Shaw, CGR, GMB, CAPS Scott von Gonten, CGA David Walton

STATE NAHB REPRESENTATIVE

Eddie Martin, JD, CPA, GMB

NAHB AlternAte DIRECTOR

Adam Bakir

NAHB Life Directors

Jonathon Casada, GMB, CAPS Stephen Hann, CGR, GMB, GMR, CGP Mike Manners Tom Richey, MIRM, CMP

NAHB SENIOR Life Directors

Randy Birdwell Emilio Silvestri

Council Presidents & Committee Chairs

Ambassador Committee – Judy Crain-Bonica Associate Council – Tony Boilek Benefit Homes Committee – Don Klein Codes & Standards Committee – Dave Yelovich Community Developers Council – Ed Taravella Custom Builders Council – Scott Sage, GMB Education Committee – Brandon Butler Government Affairs Committee – Lisa Clark Green Built Gulf Coast – Bruce Okruhlik & Nicole Keown HOME-PAC – Jim Holcomb HomeAid Board President – Mark Welch Membership Committee – Denny Patterson Past President’s Council – Mike Dishberger, GMB Remodelors Council – John Gillette, CGR, GMB, CAPS Retention Committee – Brian Hagen Sales & Marketing Co. – Lona Shipp Volume Builders Committee – Jeff Dye Young Professionals Committee – Lawrence Dean

GHBA Division Presidents

Bay Area Builders Association – Ron Martin Montgomery County Division – Susan Severa

GHBA Staff Main phone: (281) 970-8970 Executive Vice President and CEO Toy Wood, JD, CAE, CGA, CGP - ext. 150 TWood@ghba.org Chief Operating Officer Joshua Dick - ext. 140 JDick@ghba.org Government Affairs & Communications Specialist Maggie Yancey - ext. 142 MYancey@ghba.org Government Affairs Coordinator Donna Buenik - ext. 141 DBuenik@ghba.org Publisher - Print & Web Brittany Feldmann - (832) 215-7232 BFeldmann@ghba.org Membership Director Lisa Pepitone - ext. 110 LPepitone@ghba.org Membership Coordinator Vilma Bonilla - ext. 111 VBonilla@ghba.org Special Events Director Melvina Audain - ext. 130 MAudain@ghba.org Divisions & Councils Director Karen Krenek - ext. 171 KKrenek@ghba.org Education and Career Services Director Peggy Means, CGA - ext. 161 PMeans@ghba.org Controller Lisa Gentry, CPA - ext. 120 LGentry@ghba.org Staff Accountant Lincoya Ferguson - ext. 121 LFerguson@ghba.org Bay Area Builders Association Manager Liz Newman, CGB, CGP, GMB - (281) 889-0124 LNewman@ghba.org Office Manager Janet Todd - ext. 100 JTodd@ghba.org Public Relations Director Terry Swenson - (281) 382-9977 TerrySwenson@comcast.net HomeAid Houston Executive Director and CEO Bette Moser, CAPS, CGP, CGA - ext. 145 BetteMoser@homeaidhouston.org HomeAid Director of Marketing & Special Events Lea Pipitone - ext. 170 LPipitone@homeaidhouston.org HomeAid Administrative Assistant Judith Drummond - ext. 199 jdrummond@homeaidhouston.org

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rue professionals have the right equipment to perform the work for which they were hired. Sounds simple, and it is.

By GHBA President WILL HOLDER, Trendmaker Homes

"I have found a direct correlation between the professionalism and preparedness of our subcontractors and the quality of the home built. The best subcontractors know how to do their job and they know what they need in order to do the job well. Hire true professionals and safety is easy."

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If a man is only as good as his tools, and the quality of our homes is only as good as the subcontractors we hire, then we better hire some good men with some good tools. No builder would knowingly hire a subcontractor with old ladders with the feet broken off, tattered extension cords, saws with raggedy old blades or any rigged tools with some of the manufacturers’ designed-in components broken off. Or would we? If a builders stands on his job site and watches the people he hired trying to do their work with old, broken down equipment, then guess what Sergeant Schultz, the “I know nothing” approach to safety translates itself throughout the quality of the home. The builder sets the standard for professionalism on the job site. There are lots of ways to set that standard. We expect our subcontractors to have the proper insurance, to arrive on the agreed day with experienced crew members and the proper equipment to work efficiently, and to leave the job clean when finished. I have found a direct correlation between the professionalism and preparedness of our subcontractors and the quality of the home built. The best subcontractors know how to do their job, and they know what they need in order to do the job well. Hire true professionals

and safety is easy, it comes naturally. A serious injury at your job site may seem unlikely, but it is actually pretty common. Permanent and debilitating injuries, as well as deaths, can and do occur on homebuilding job sites. I can give personal testimony to this fact. When these horrific events occur, not only is it very expensive, but also ruins someone’s life. When worst happens, one has to ask himself if everything reasonable was done to prevent the accident. If you are Sergeant Schultz, the answer is NO. At Trendmaker, where I work, we promote a culture of safety, a culture of common sense. We expect our subcontractors to be as professional about their careers as we are about ours. If they use a ladder to do their work, then the ladder should have both feet on it and be in good condition. If they are painting, then they should use the appropriate breathing mask for a painter. If they are cutting brick with a masonry saw, then they need to wear protective eye wear. If they are going to climb 20 feet in the air on scaffolding and load it with 1,000 pounds of brick, then the scaffolding should be erected correctly. We not only expect the subcontractor to work professionally, but if we see them doing otherwise, we speak out and tell them. Our subcontractors are gaining understanding of this, and every day it gets a little bit easier to have clean and safe job sites. I believe safety is an indicator of professionalism, and I believe that professionals build better homes. It is just that simple. It’s just common sense.

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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Business & Investing in a World of Exogenous Shock

The 2012 forecast by Dr. Mark G. Dotzour

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By MAGGIE YANCEY, GHBA Government Affairs and Communications Specialist

You Have a Voice with GAC!

If you have questions about this article or would like to get involved on the Government Affairs Committee, call (281) 970-8970, ext. 142 or email Maggie at myancey@ghba.org.

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n Tuesday, January 10, Dr. Mark G. Dotzour, chief economist for the Texas A&M Real Estate Center, offered a homebuilder’s perspective on the economy at GHBA’s annual Forecast Luncheon. Nearly 700 members were in attendance to learn how global and national trends are influencing the normal growth and prosperity of the Texas economy.

jobs from residential housing are a key trigger for an economic rebound.

Dr. Dotzour summarized his economic model stating homebuilding is likely to increase modestly in 2012. The Houston landscape facilitates such growth due to our quality job growth, low mortgage rates, affordable houses, sustained rent increases in apartments, and foreign investors buying homes to park money in America.

Exogenous shocks come out of nowhere. No one can plan for them, and they have unknown repercussions, Dotzour explained. Under stable conditions you can plan, execute and profit. “Our Congress’s job is to create an environment for business that is stable,” he adds.

He further emphasized a need for the business community to assess what he calls ‘exogenous shocks’ hindering an economic rebound. At this stage in the recession, Americans should be seeing substantial job growth and a robust recovery, Dotzour explained. But this is not the case. Dr. Dotzour articulated that it’s agreed that an area lacking in the economy is single-family housing, and in particular new residential. Construction

“Everyone agrees that it’s housing,” he said, “but no one wants to do anything about it except modify delinquent mortgages.” He explained that it’s the only plan that has been in motion and it hasn’t been successful and doubted any future success.

“And what happens when you live in an environment where there are continuous exogenous shocks?” Dr. Dotzour asked. “Nothing, and you hoard cash.” Currently there is $2 to $3 trillion in business balance sheets. Profits are up and the Houston region is boasting job growth, cheap mortgage money and positive home price appreciation. (There is no price appreciation but no declines either and no declines on the horizon.) This provides a strong

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economic outlook. And according to Dr. Dotzour’s economic model, he says he should be telling the building industry they would be selling enormous amounts of homes in 2012. “But the economic reality is that we have created an environment of lightning bolts in Washington, D.C. that are scaring people off, and the economic models aren’t working so well right now.” He then outlined an agenda of things demanding the attention of the building industry that limits the construction of new homes. Mortgage lenders have voiced fear of penalties and misunderstanding under the Dodd-Frank laws as reasons for holding loans even though buyers qualify. Under normal conditions, individuals with an FHA minimum FICO score of 630 qualify for loans. However, most banks are only giving loans to individuals with a FICO score of 730. Under the Dodd-Frank, if the bank makes a $50,000 to $100,000 FHA loan that goes bad, the FHA can fine the banks up to $30,000. “That means there are a lot of people with a little impaired credit who are not getting a loan who could do it by the guidelines,” said Dr. Dotzour. “The trick is finding out how to get some of these land mines out of the system so that we can at least sell

houses to people who are qualified to buy them.”

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Right now, he explained, the Federal Reserve only knows how to keep making rates cheaper. “The problem is, with all of those lightning bolts and uncertainties, you can have interest rates at one percent and I’m not sure people would buy a house right now,” said Dr. Dotzour. "The cool thing is only 11 banks out of 587 in the State of Texas are now over their limit of their capacity to make real-estate loans,” said Dr. Dotzour. “That is the best good news you’re going to hear today, because you must have capacity.” However, in order for the building industry to start building homes again we must address our huge excess of 4.5 to 6 million homes that need to be foreclosed on or purchased by investors for rental property. Dr. Dotzour said our government would do us a favor by clearing the housing market by incentivizing the purchase of foreclosed homes such as they did in the early 1980s. “Until your government cleans up the foreclosed housing market in this country, no one is going to want to buy a house," he added.

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why we are not in a big economic recovery, and must be addressed before we can grow and expand in this country. “It is up to the men and women who represent you in Washington D.C. to create an environment that will allow for businesses to thrive and compete in a global economy," he emphasized in closing. (For Dr. Dotzour’s full presentation, please visit: bit.ly/dotzour2012.) Your involvement and voice are essential for the building industry’s political engagement. Please consider the many opportunities you have at the GHBA to get your voice heard.

Make Your Voice Heard The GHBA is actively engaged in government affairs at the local, state and federal level of government, and including the surrounding Houston municipalities and counties. GHBA’s political action committee, HOME-PAC, directs financial support of the homebuilding industry and is committed to protecting housing affordability and consumer choices. Through your contribution to HOME-PAC, we are able to pool our resources and unite to support the best-qualified, pro-housing candidates for local and state office. As an added benefit, HOME-PAC Trustees and Sustaining Members are invited to join their elected officials at special events throughout the year at no additional cost. These events provide an exclusive opportunity to meet face to face with the decision-makers in the greater Houston area and have some of these hard conversations about the issues important to the livelihood of the industry. The GHBA’s Government Affairs Committee works closely with the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) on state issues and has direct contact with our elective delegation. Although the program's primary focus is at the state and local levels, the committee monitors and provides input on federal legislation and agency activity directly to our federal officials and through the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB).

PHOTO TOP: State Senator Dan Patrick (left) and Pete Olson, U.S. House of Representatives. PHOTO BELOW: Jay Guerro, U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s office; State Representative Jim  Murphy; and Carroll Robinson, Houston Community College trustee.

The GHBA releases calls to action throughout the year, and your prompt response and attention to these items are crucial to our legislative well-being. To find out who represents you, please visit: www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/. This upcoming November 2012, there will be an election for many seats including: presidential, congressional, State Senate and Representative, and some additional statewide seats. Register to vote today, if you have not already, at https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/vrapp/index.asp.

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The Volume Builders Committee has continued its efforts to alleviate the monstrous metal and copper issue in the Houston region. It is not only impacting the building industry, but also the telecommunications industry and everyday citizens. The GHBA will work with Harris County and other surrounding counties to implement a program similar to the City of Houston to the county commissioners. Please contact Donna Buenik at Dbuenik@ghba.org or 281-970-8970 ext. 141 if you would like to learn more. If you become aware of an issue or item of interest, please contact Maggie Yancey, GHBA Government Affairs and Communications Specialist at myancey@ghba.org or call (281)-970-8970 ext. 142.

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Meet the 2012 GHBA Board of Directors Strong Leadership = a Strong Association

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he strength of the association is a direct reflection of its leadership. As we look forward to 2012, GHBA would like to introduce you to some of its key members—the incoming board of directors. These professionals come from all sectors of the building industry. Together they volunteer countless hours to the association, helping shape policy, drive growth, and lead the charge for education and advocacy. The GHBA board of directors is comprised of 30 members, each with unique strengths and points of view to contribute. Here we will profile the new members joining the board. We invite you to get to know your leadership, starting here. This is part two of a two-part series.

Tony Boilek Tony Boilek is the account executive fo r t h e S h e r w i n Williams Paint Company, Houston Homebuilder Market. Having worked for the Sherwin-Williams Company for 22 years,

he is accomplished in store management and outside sales. His current job title allows him to be focused on market specific products, marketing and training programs for Houston and Texas area homebuilders. Tony has been involved with the GHBA for 10 years. During that time he has had the opportunity to serve on a variety of committees and boards including: Education Committee, Ambassador Committee, Green Building Committee, HomeAid board of directors (5 years), Bay Area Builders Association, GHBA Executive Committee (2012), and GHBA Associate Leadership board (current president). Tony’s involvement with the GHBA has allowed him to be not only successful in the business world, but more importantly in the development of lifelong relationships with those in this great organization. Tony and his wife Julie are blessed with five children (yours, mine and ours): Heather, 25; Amber, 23; Taylor,19; Brittany,16; and Ryan, 7. The Boilek family remains active in church, community and with the attitude that, “We only go around once so make the best of it.” Sports is a big part of the family including NASCAR, football (Roll

Tide Roll #1), S.E.C., the Texans and fishing. The Boilek family makes their home in Quail Valley, Missouri City Texas.

Bill Dalton Bill Dalton, vice president Land at Darling Homes, has been actively involved with GHBA for many years. He is an avid supporter of HOME-PAC, and serves on the Community Developers Council and the Volume Builders Council, volunteering for task forces on a regular basis.

Dave Ondrasek Dave Ondrasek has been in the home building industry for 40 years, and has worked with builders, architects and designers in the Houston area for 30 years. Dave currently serves as BMC Building Materials’ market manager for Houston and is also the vice president of all of BMC’s 20 millwork operations located in nine states. He is a longtime

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supporter of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR), sitting on the Rodeo Group Ticket Sales Committee for 18 years and serving on the Armed Forces Committee for the last three.

Mickey Pizzitola Mickey Pizzitola is cofounder and co-president o f Tr i u m p h H o m e s , a production builder active in several master planned communities in the greater Houston area. Prior to founding Triumph Homes, Mickey served as the South Texas region president of Meritage Homes Corporation. When originally hired by Legacy Homes in 1998, the Houston division was in a start-up mode. During his tenure, he grew the region from one community and 40 sales in his first year, to 46 communities and sales of 1,650 units in 2006. Mickey

successfully managed the integration of Hammonds Homes Houston operations as a result of this 2002 acquisition by Meritage Homes. Prior to working for Meritage Homes Corporation, Mickey was the founder and president of Legend Home Corporation, the division president of the Northwest Division for Royce Homes, the division manager for Trammel Crow Company, and an area production manager for Westbury Homes. Mickey has been a member of the GHBA since 1988 and served as the association’s president in 2002.

Jim Wyatt Jim Wyatt, MasterBrand Cabinets, has been active with the GHBA for several years in many capacities. “I have found the time

to be both fulfilling and rewarding to me, not only professionally but personally as well,” he says of his membership. Jim is currently a member of the Volume Builders Committee and was also a 2011 Executive Committee appointee. A past president of the Associate Council, he currently sits on the board and also chairs the council’s annual Barbeque Cookoff Committee. He was a Custom Builders Council board member in 2009, and has been an active member of HOME-PAC for several years. He also enjoys volunteering time helping with membership drives and attending events from SMC networkings to RMC functions. “I am truly passionate about my involvement with the Associate Council, Volume Builders Council and the Executive Committee, and am honored to continue in a leadership capacity in 2012,” he adds.

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Wed., Mar. 7, 2012 RESERVE YOUR SPONSORSHIP TODAY! Spend the day networking while playing golf with your associates!

Shotgun Start: 12:30 p.m.

All sponsorships offer inclusion in all promotional materials, signage at the event, listing on the Associates page of www.GHBA.org, listed in Houston Builder magazine post event and inclusion of items (provided by company) in the golfer’s goodie bags. Tents & chairs are provided by company. GOLF CARTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL. SPONSORS MUST PROVIDE THIER OWN TENTS AND CHAIRS. BREAKFAST SPONSOR - $1000 (Exclusive) Opportunity to speak to all attendees. Breakfast will open play. LUNCH SPONSOR - $1,000 (Exclusive) Opportunity to speak to all attendees. Lunch sponsor will speak before the awards program BEVERAGE CART SPONSOR: - $500

Thank you to: Masco Environments for Living, StrucSure Home Warranty, The Bath & Kitchen Showplace

CART SPONSOR: - $500 (SOLD OUT)

Thank you to: Datasmart/Duncan Security, Roy O. Martin Lumber Co.

5,000 PUTTING CONTEST SPONSOR - $500 (SOLD OUT) Thank you to: Perfection Supply DRIVING RANGE SPONSOR - $500 (Exclusive) Company name on Driving range DOOR PRIZES! Premium Golf Gift Company recognized as a Sponsor Opportunity to attached business card to raffle item

HOLES SPONSORSHIPS: Each Hole Sponsorship include signage and the opportunity for a representative from your company to spot the hole. • $30,000 HOLE IN ONE SPONSOR - $700 (SOLD OUT) Thank you to: Suncoast Post-Tension

• LONGEST DRIVE SPONSOR: - (1 Avail.) Thank you to: Builders Post-Tension

• STRAIGHTEST DRIVE SPONSOR: - $350 (1 Avail.) • CLOSEST TO THE PIN: - $350 (SOLD OUT)

Thank you to: PPG Pittsburg Paints , Custom Electronics

• TIGER DRIVE SPONSOR: - $350 (SOLD OUT) Thank you to: Kwikset / Baldwin

• INDIVIDUAL HOLE SPONSOR: - $300 (Unlimited) Thank you to: BMC Building Materials, Davey Resource Group, Huber Engineered Woods, Icon Real Estate, Morrison Supply, HomeTeam Pest Defense

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• $15,000 HOLE IN ONE SPONSOR - $500 (SOLD OUT) Thank you to: The Stevenson Group

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“Mahalo” (Thank you) to all our current sponsors! 2012 Spring Golf Tournament: PLEASE RESPOND NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2012 FOR SPONSORSHIP. I would like to participate as a __________________________________________SPONSOR for $ ________________ NAME: ________________________________________________________________________________________ PHONE: ____________________________________ EMAIL: ____________________________________________ Company Name: ________________________________________________________________________________ (EXACTLY AS YOU WOULD LIKE IT TO APPEAR ON SIGNAGE)

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT PEGGY MEANS AT (281) 970-8970 X-161 or pmeans@ghba.org


BENEFIT HOMES PROJECT "Home for Good"

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Chesmar Homes and NewQuest Properties Team Up for 2012 Benefit Homes Project

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hesmar Homes and NewQuest Properties are preparing to break ground on the first Greater Houston Builders Association Benefit Home for 2012. The Benefit Homes Project (BHP) is a charity sponsored by the GHBA.

up to help without hesitation. They also contributed their time during the years we didn’t build a home, a true reflection of their shared vision that defines the Project. We are looking forward to working with NewQuest in their growing community, The Reserve at Brazos Town Center.”

Chesmar Homes will be constructing its 3,400 sq. ft. Apollo Plan in the NewQuest community of The Reserve at Brazos Town Center in Rosenberg. This is the fourth home that Chesmar Homes has built for the Benefit Homes Project.

Each year two luxury homes are built for the Benefit Homes Project with materials and services that are donated by GHBA members. The homes are sold at market value and the proceeds are donated to four worthy local organizations— Texas Children’s Cancer Center, the Alzheimer’s Association, HomeAid Houston and your very own Greater Houston Builders Association. Since the Project began 32 years ago, more than $7 million has been raised. Chesmar Homes is donating the construction management and NewQuest Properties donated the homesite.

“Chesmar has been a huge supporter of the GHBA and this fundraiser,” said Don Klein, president of Chesmar Homes. “I began my involvement with the fundraiser with the first home we built. From there, I became the Benefit Homes Project chairman and the entire Chesmar team stepped

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Chesmar Homes

The Reserve at Brazos Town Center

Chesmar Homes began sales in August of 2005 with only five home plans. The home offering was a starter entry into a market on the brink of difficulty. Under veteran industry professional Don Klein's leadership, the company has grown to include sales of six product series with more than 45 home plans. The homes range in price from the $150s to the $350s, in 15 communities all around Houston. The company also introduced a Central Texas division in 2009 based in San Antonio.

The Reserve at Brazos Town Center is a master planned, 546-acre development, with approximately 3,200 feet of frontage on Highway 59 in Rosenberg, Texas.

Chesmar, an Energy Star builder since inception, has become recognized for building high performance into its homes, calling it new home MPG [Modern Design Performance Guaranteed - Green Certified]. Each Chesmar home undergoes at least 12 third party inspections to achieve the Energy Star 3.0, as well as Environments for Living-Platinum, and Green Certifications. Locally owned Chesmar Homes recently celebrated its 2,000th closed home, received two GHBA Houston's Best awards and was ranked among the top 100 builders in 2011 by Builder Magazine.

The Reserve at Brazos Town Center is a “Life Essential Town Center” integrating 100 acres of retail with approximately 620 high-end multi-family units, 150 townhomes, 251 patio homes, 443 single family homes, and a medical/ professional office park—all interconnected with parks, trail systems, lakes and fountains. This unique development is strategically positioned as the “gateway” to the rapidly growing towns of Rosenberg and Richmond, with more than 36 new subdivisions and 19,000 platted lots in development. Residents enjoy close proximity to local entertainment, dining, shopping and office centers. Amenities enjoyed by residents are a children's playground, Recreation Center with a clubhouse, meeting room and full kitchen as well as a junior Olympic pool (pictured above).

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SPIKE CLUB

We Love Our Spikes

Top membership recruiters honored at Forecast Luncheon

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op membership recruiters are the heart and soul of the Greater Houston Builders Association. We would like to recognize the following individuals who reached a major SPIKE milestone in 2011. SPIKES were honored at the association's January 10 Forecast Luncheon. These are people who have given their time and shared their talents in the true spirit of teamwork to strengthen and grow our association. Because of their hard work and recruiting efforts throughout the year, we have strengthened the GHBA network and we have a stronger more influential voice.

By LISA PEPITONE, Membership Director, GHBA

Thank you to all of our members who help recruit and work to grow the GHBA. For more information on becoming a SPIKE, contact the Membership Department at 281.970.8970, ext. 110.

t 2011 Retention Spike of the Year Curtis Southard, Airtron Houston (left)

2011 Membership Spike of the Year Jonathon Casada, GMB, CAPS, Jonathon Custom Estate Homes (not pictured)

p Royal Spike (150 to 249 SPIKES) q Super Spikes (250 to 499 SPIKES)

Keith Rodgers, CGA, CSP, CGP, JWilliams Staffing (photo left, pictured with 2012 GHBA President Will Holder) and Kathleen Stadler, Eric L. Davis Engineering (photo right)

Randy Bayer – Bayer Homes (right) pictured with Denny Patterson, Life Spike (left); and Suzi Haynie, Green Spike (center)

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(100 to 149 SPIKES) Mike Dishberger, GMB – Sandcastle Homes

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p Blue Spikes (6 to 24 SPIKES)

Judy Crain-Bonica – Mainland Custom Marble (pictured) Pattie Huey – Prudential Gary Green Realtors Leslie King – Greymark Construction (pictured) David Daniels, GMB, CGR, CAPS, CGP – 3D Builders Brian Hagen – The Stevenson Group (pictured) Clint Childress, CGR, GMB – Advanced Construction John Gillette, CGR, GMB, CAPS – Craftsmanship by John Ron Hammonds – Grason Communities Ron Martin – Grand View Builders (pictured) Arno Ruether – HomeTeam Pest Defense (pictured) Scott Stevens – Stoecker Corporation

Green Spikes (50 to 99 SPIKES)

Rob Hellyer, CGR, GMB, CAPS – Premier Remodeling & Construction Suzi Haynie – J Kyle Homes Allen Griffin, CGR, GMB, CAPS, CGP – Gryphon Builders

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David Hodges, CGA – Craftmasters Stephen Hann, CGR, GMB, GMR, CGP – Hann Builders Breck Powers – LBJ Construction

Life Spikes (25 to 49 SPIKES)

Denny Patterson – Airtron Houston Kevin Frankel, CGP – Frankel Building Group Curtis Southard – Airtron Houston Warren Clark – BMC Building Materials James Holcomb – Holcomb Properties Debbie Page – 1st Infiniti Construction Services David Walton – Trendmaker Homes Graham Gamble – Whitestone Builders Scott Sage, GMB – SageBuilt Homes Colleen Ellison, CMP, CSP, MCSP – Digital Map Products

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he GHBA is happy to announce 2012 is the inaugural year for the GHBA Young Professionals Committee! The group will establish an environment for educational, networking and career growth opportunities for Young Professionals affiliated with the developer, remodeling and homebuilding i n d u s t r i e s t h ro u g h q u a r te r l y educational and social events. We need your help to spread the news and encourage your employees to get involved! The first event is planned for Spring 2012 and more details will soon follow. There will be a panel featuring industry executives about their experience, success and word-of-the-wise in the industry.

the interested individual contact us to update our correspondence list to ensure they receive necessary notifications for events. Find more information at www. ghba.org/committees-and-councils/ young-professionals. We look forward to seeing your company represented!

Meet the Committee! Chairman: Lawrence Dean, CDS Market Research (pictured left) Development Committee: Scott Burrer, Beazer Homes (center) Jordan Mack, Cernus Development LLC (right)

It's free to join! For membership and As many of the young professionals sponsorship information or to join at your organizations do not receive the mailing list for YP Committee GHBA correspondence, it's VERY event notifications, contact Maggie important for you to forward on Yancey at MYancey@ghba.org. this information. You can also have Greater Houston Builders Association – Building a Better Future | Houston Builder | FEBRUARY 2012 21


S TA N D U P A N D B E R E C O G N I Z E D The 2012 MILLION DOLLAR CIRCLE

Awards Presentation & Dinner Event

Awards presented by

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 6:30 pm

Omni Hotel - Galleria Four Riverway • Houston, Texas 77056

WHAT THE EVENT IS ABOUT Presented by the GHBA’s Sales and Marketing Council (SMC), the Million Dollar Circle awards is a Nationally-recognized program that spotlights industry sales professionals on a yearly basis, recognizing new home sales achievements of Sales Persons, Sales Managers, and this year REALTORS® (Brokers, Broker-Associates, Sales Associates), in Houston for 2011 closed NEW home sales.

WHO CAN APPLY Builder must be a member of the GHBA and the applicant must be a current SMC member to apply. See Award Application Form or Request Yours Today. Application Deadline is Tuesday, February 14, 2012! Get yours in now!

HOW MUCH TO ATTEND Cost per applicant- $65.00 - includes a Million Dollar Circle award certificate, recognition in Houston Builder Magazine and admission to the awards dinner. Cost per attendee- $60.00 – includes admission to the awards dinner.

Awards will be presented on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at the Million Dollar Circle Awards Dinner.

SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE: Hurry to have your company’s name recognized too! Contact: Call Mel Audain at GHBA,

WHO ARE WE? The Sales and Marketing Council (SMC) is under the umbrella of the Greater (281) 970-8970 x130 or Houston Builders Association (GHBA), and a part of the national Sales and Marketing Council (NSMC) under the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The council consists of GHBA members who MAudain@ghba.org for application are dedicated to the professional sales or marketing-related disciplines of the industry, including new forms and details, to register and for home sales and those who support the activity of new home sales. The SMC includes employees of sponsorship information. Visit home builders, developers and associate members. The SMC is committed to the education, motivation and growth of its membership – those who represent the epitome of professionalism in marketing, www. GHBA.org for more details. merchandising, and sales of new homes. The Sales and Marketing Council is responsible for the Houston’s Best Awards each year, which help promote builders and developers to the public as well as reBECOME A FAN ward them for their stellar performance in the industry. Our activities include: Meetings, Dinners, Find us at: Awards, Seminars, Charity Work and Fun Events.

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*Event and activities are subject to change without notice. 1/16/12

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Sponsorships AVAILABLE NOW!

Title Sponsor This sponsorhip includes:

• Table for 10 with preferred seating • Tabletop at event for displaying company collateral • An opportunity to announce a portion of the Winners

$2,500

• Company logo prominently • Company logo displayed displayed on all marketing on all photos taken at event along with the and promotional material, Photography Sponsor’s logo including Houston Builder Magazine • Signage at event • Company logo on cover of Million Dollar Circle program

Photography Sponsor $1,250 (Limit 2)

This sponsorhip includes:

• 6 Tickets to awards program • Tabletop at event for displaying company collateral

• Company logo prominently • Company logo displayed displayed on all marketing on all photos taken at event along with the and promotional material, Title Sponsor’s logo including Houston Builder Magazine • Signage in the Photography Area • Company logo on cover of Million Dollar Circle program

Beverage Sponsor $1,250 (Limit 2)

This sponsorhip includes:

• 6 Tickets to awards program • Tabletop at event for displaying company collateral

• Company logo prominently • Company logo printed on displayed on all marketing drink tickets and promotional material, including Houston Builder • Signage at event Magazine • Company logo on cocktail swizzle sticks or cocktail napkins (sponsor’s choice)

Million Dollar Sponsor $750 (Unlimited)

This sponsorhip includes:

• 4 Tickets to awards program • Tabletop at event for displaying company collateral

• Company logo prominently • Signage at event displayed on all marketing and promotional material, including Houston Builder Magazine

*Event details and sponsorship availabilities are subject to change without notice. Visit www.GHBA.org for full details.

Exclusive sponsorships can be tailored to fit your company’s needs. Ask for details. Contact: Mel Audain (281) 970-8970 X-130 MAudain@ghba.org

THANK YOU TO OUR CURRENT 2012 SMC UNDERWRITERS PLATINUM LEVEL

GOLD LEVEL

SILVER LEVEL

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LEGEND HOMES AND HOMEAID BREAK GROUND FOR WOMEN’S HOMELESS SHELTER HomeAid Houston was joined by Legend Homes/Princeton Classic Homes at the ceremonial groundbreaking of a 7,400 sq. ft. residential facility to be built for Gracewood. The facility, located at 1617 Elmview Dr., is the third and final home, completing the campus. Gracewood, a charity of Children at Heart Ministries, provides housing for mothers and their children who need a safe haven from crisis situations. The new home will include housing for five mothers and their children as well as administrative, support services and counseling offices. After an inspirational gathering at the site that included the Legend Homes/Princeton Classic Homes and HomeAid team as well as representatives from Gracewood, GHBA and numerous vendors and guests, gold shovels marked the site in tribute to the upcoming construction. Representing Legend Homes/ Princeton Classic Homes were Scott Bauer, president and Ernie Lambert, project manager. HomeAid representatives included Parke Patterson, president; Bette Moser, executive director; Will Holder, GHBA president. Charities were represented by Children at Heart Ministries’ Jerry Bradley and Todd Roberson; Gracewood’s Don Forrester and Debbie Rippstein; and Masa Studio’s Mark Atkins, project architect. Also attending were staff and board members from HomeAid Houston and Gracewood. Guest Cindi Adams sang a spiritual song prior to the groundbreaking. “The groundbreaking ceremony has been a much anticipated event for the whole team,” said Parke Patterson. “Legend Homes, the builder captain, has been ready to launch this important project since the first day they committed. Their

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entire operation has shared the same dedication and vision that is the HomeAid and Gracewood mission.” The two existing homes on the Elmview - Gracewood campus were also built through HomeAid Houston with partner MHI. Through Gracewood, mothers also receive counseling services and help in obtaining educations and jobs. Construction is scheduled to begin in February.

Thank you to our VENDORS! Allied Concrete

Flooring Systems

Anselmo Maderamp

Gulf Coast Roofers

Best Masonry

Houston Window Fashions

Brivic Media Builders Post-Tension CBS Outdoor Champion Windows D&E

James Hardie The Houston Chronicle Javier Saenz JP Hart Lumber Landmark Electric

Dal Tile Dave Flores

Leedo Cabinets

Décor Builders Hardware

Lonestar A/C Louisiana Pacific

DJ's Glass

Marazzi Tile

E&D Gutters

PPG Paints

Efran Contreras

Pro-Build

Ellen Lighting & Hardware

Rollinger Engineering

Eric L. Davis Engineering

Skinner Signs

Eucario Hernandez

Royal Bath Tejas Drywall The Writers Block

Photo 1 (at top): Groundbreaking! L TO R: Cindi Adams, Bette Moser, Lea Pipitone, Mark Atkins, Irene Camillo, Will Holder, Lauren Camillo, Ernie Lambert, Scott Bauer, Mark Welch, Debbie Rippstein, Jerry Bradley, Parke Patterson, Todd Roberson, Judith Drummond and Dr. Lockhart. Photo 2: Judith Drummond, resident of Gracewood and administrative assistant for HomeAid, tells her story at the groundbreaking Photo 3: Steve Adell, Gracewood board member; Bette Moser, HomeAid executive director; Scott Bauer, president, Legend Homes Photo 4: Jerry Bradley, retiring CEO of Children At Heart Ministries, and namesake for the Bradley Legend House Photo 5: Mark Atkins, AIA, Masa Studio, architect for Gracewood campus

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Take a minute. Go to www.homeaidhouston.org


HOMEAID 6th ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

SCHEDULE

The Annual HomeAid Houston Golf Tournament is quickly becoming a classic event with its impressive list of golfers returning at a record rate. The prestigious Tour 18 Golf Course in Humble, with its spectacular holes that replicate some of the most famous in golfing history, is both a challenge and a joy to play. Dinner, awards and a silent auction with items for everyone, are also included in the day’s events. This fundraiser offers a fun way to support HomeAid Houston while enjoying the beautiful fairways that define golf at its finest.

COST:

"Driving Out Homelessness" Tour 18 Golf Course - Tuesday, April 24, 2012

HomeAid’s amazing supporters have again stepped up quickly to sponsor this event, and we thank all of them! If you're interested in remaining sponsorships, contact Lea at LPipitone@homeaidhouston.org or 713-705-4441.

7:45 am ~ Registration, Breakfast, Silent Auction Opens 8:45 am ~ Welcome 9:00 am ~ Shotgun Start – 4 Person Scramble 12:00 pm ~ Beginner’s Clinic for Non-Golfers ($50) 1:30 pm ~ Dinner & Awards Reception – Silent Auction

Individual Registration ($140); Team of 4 ($560)

Perks from Tour 18 for each player include:

•• One free round of golf at EACH of these courses: Tour 18, Longwood, Southwyck and Bear Creek •• Free Player’s Club membership for a month, which includes free greens fees at all four courses, unlimited range balls and free instructional clinics at all four courses •• Valued at over $140 for the package!

Take a minute. Go to www.homeaidhouston.org Title Sponsors Darling Homes Gallery Custom Homes Tilson Homes Marketing Sponsor On-Target Marketing Signage Sponsor D&R Signs Hat Sponsor (1 OPEN) Newland Communities Towel Sponsors Princeton Classic Homes Trendmaker Homes Cart Sponsors Daltile & Stone Environments for Living/Weyerhaeuser Auction Sponsor Sandcastle Homes

Beverage Cart Sponsors Greymark Construction Lake Pro, Inc.

Closest to Pin Sponsors Parmet, Chapman & Madsen, PC Sherwin-Williams Paint Co.

Breakfast Sponsor Chesmar Homes

Longest Drive Sponsors 31-W Insulation Costello, Inc

Dinner Sponsor Texas American Title Company Door Prize Sponsor Bridgeland Hole in One Sponsors Amegy Mortgage Rebecca Akins for Texas Monthly Custom Publishing Putting Contest Sponsor Lennar/Village Builders Awards Sponsor Builders Post-Tension

HOLE SPONSORS (4 OPEN) Alamo Title Company Automated Trackers Bonded Builders Home Warranty Camden Builders CenterPoint Energy Cernus Development LLC Craftmasters Countertops J.P. Hart Lumber McCall Gibson Swedlund Barfoot PLLC Met Life Pella Windows & Doors Post Oak Publishing Ronny Carroll Custom Homes Taylor Morrison Homes

Snack Sponsor Fencecrete America, Inc. Photo Sponsors Eric L Davis Engineering Ryko Development Driving Range Sponsor Johnson Development Goodie Bag Sponsors Grand View Builders JWilliams Staffing Platinum Pools Photography b-rad STUDIOS Billboard & Vinyls BrivicMedia CBS Outdoor PR Sponsor The Writer’s Block

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REALTORS® CORNER

Why Post New Homes on the MLS?

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an your customers find you? For a buyer, trying to find a new home builder—where they are building new homes, and what they have to offer—is a little like trying to find a needle in a haystack. You know your perfect home is out there, but just don't know where to start looking. Many builders are already aware of the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and use it extensively. But for many, this option may have been overlooked.

By GREG BURT, Realtor, Billy Burt & Associates Real Estate Greg can be reached at 281-334-4000 ofc; 281-507-3186 cell; or gregismyrealtor@ gmail.com.

You might think, "I already have my own website. Why use MLS?" That's a great place to start, but why not piggy back on a site that consumers and Realtors already use extensively to increase your exposure, and drive even more traffic to your site? MLS is one of the most cost effective and easiest ways for builders to gain the exposure. Unless your prospects just happen to drive by your new homes that are being built, what better way to use the power of Realtors and their expansive network to help drive the sales of new homes in their communities? It is only natural for Realtors to promote these new homes and the builders to their clients. The MLS is a 24 hour marketing system that requires little maintenance and is visited by millions of consumers yearly. You see and hear it all the time—builders want the help of Realtors to sell their homes. But if Realtors or the consumers do not know that these builders even exist or that these homes are being built, then

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everyone is missing out. MLS can increase your exposure dramatically.

Give Us Some Credit As Realtors, when we sell a new home, we like to get credit for the sale. Builders not participating with MLS, but who have had a Realtor bring them a buyer, are missing out on a opportunity to give that Realtor credit for helping sell the home, since the credits are published on MLS. Builders will not only benefit from more exposure and potential sales, it will also benefit the Realtors who promote these builders. Realtors tend to have an ego and like to be praised. Showing the sale of a home on the MLS is a great way for these builders to stroke those egos and build relationships that will last and benefit the builder as well. Working together through HAR and placing new homes for sale on MLS is a recipe for success for all those involved. Builders who are already participating on the MLS know the huge exposure it brings to them, and realize it’s a great marketing tool to help promote their product. Builders that are not participating could be missing out on one of the most inexpensive and easiest ways to market their homes to consumers as well as build long lasting relationships with the Realtors who sell their homes. I encourage any builder to check out what HAR has to offer and how it can help promote more new home sales.

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EDUCATION CORNER

DESIGNATION COURSES PREP - PROFESSIONAL REMODELER EXPERIENCE PROFILE: Starting point for the CGR Required to obtain NAHB’s Certified Graduate Remodeler designation. This is a self-paced skills assessment. Advance registration required. Tuesday, February 7 * 1P-5P Fee: $195 members; $293 nonmembers Registration closes on January 30 at 11 a.m.

BAR - BUILDER ASSESSMENT REVIEW: STARTING POINT FOR THE CGB

Required to obtain NAHB’s Certified Graduate Remodeler designation. This is a self-paced skills assessment. Advance registration required. Tuesday, February 7 * 1P-5P Fee: $195 members; $293 nonmembers Registration closes on January 30 at 11 a.m.

Business Accounting & Job Cost

Credit: CGA, CGB, CGR Continuing Ed: CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGR, GMB Wednesday, February 22 * 9A-4P Instructor: Jeff Hunt, CGR, GMB, CAPS Fee: $220 members / $330 nonmembers CONTENT: This course provides an explanation of basic accounting terms, job cost analysis, financial reporting and other controls needed for managing a small business. These are vital tools for tracking and sustaining growth and profitability. A good foundation in the basics of finance also helps builders communicate with bankers, accountants and other financial professionals with whom they must deal on a daily basis. As a graduate of this course, you will: „„ Be comfortable with the language of accounting „„ Be ready to employ job cost analyses and other types of financial reports „„ Be confident in projections of future costs and earnings „„ Be capable of extracting maximum value from professional advice

CURRICULUM KEY:

Risk Management and Insurance for Building Professionals Credit: GMB Continuing Ed: CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGR, GMB Tuesday, February 21 * 9A-5P Instructor: John Hubbard Fee: $220 members / $330 non-members Content: Today builders face a liability insurance crisis. Coverage has become scarce, expensive and restrictive. To survive the current crisis, builders must use comprehensive risk management strategies to reduce construction risks and other exposures. As a graduate of this course, you will: „„ Understand how to reduce, avoid and transfer risks „„ Get practical solutions to obtain the most competitive quotes „„ Be confident that your coverage will meet your needs „„ Know how to make insurance claims Who should attend? Land developers, accountants, architects, planners, designers, residential builders, commercial contractors, engineers.

Building Codes and Standards

Credit: CGA, CGB Continuing Ed: CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGR, GMB Wednesday, February 29 * 9A-4P Instructor: Dave Yelovich, CGB, CGP Fee: $220 members / $330 nonmembers CONTENT: Successful navigation of building codes, standards and guidelines is critical to the success of every builder, remodeler, construction manager and trade partner. This course is based on the current International Residential Code (IRC) requirements and includes a section on standards. The course includes coverage of leading-edge trends in code development and NAHB’s popular Residential Construction Performance Guidelines. As a graduate of this course, you will be able to: „„ Understand the creation, evolution and adoption of building codes „„ Explain how the International Residential Code for One and Two-Family Dwellings is administered and enforced „„ Complete the building planning process as it relates to addressing code design criteria and participating in plan review „„ Navigate through codes and standards to effectively locate and interpret needed information „„ Describe how performance guidelines are developed, organized and applied to achieve quality construction

CEI NAHB PREP BAR CAPS CGB CGP CGR CSP GMB MCSP RCS

Construction Education Institute course, not for designation Approved for one or more NAHB or HBI designations Professional Remodeler Experience Profile Builder Assessment Review Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist Certified Graduate Builder Certified Green Professional Certified Graduate Remodeler Certified New Home Sales Professional Graduate Master Builder Master Certified New Home Sales Professional Residential Construction Superintendent

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EDUCATION CORNER – GENERAL Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors®

GENERAL COURSES

Builder Marketing Division Specializing in lot, new home and construction sales

Design and Construction of Residential Foundations

Instructor: David Eastwood, PE, Geotech Engineering Tuesday, February 28 *2P- 6P Fee: $45 members / $60 nonmembers Content: This four-hour, in depth seminar on residential foundation design, construction, testing and distress evaluation is a must-see for builders, architects, structural engineers and developers. After taking this course, you will understand the basics and importance of geotechnical testing, forensic and environmental issues and the effects on residential design and construction. Eastwood will discuss: „„ Geotechnical field studies, laboratory testing, data analysis „„ Expansive soils and how to treat them for residential design „„ Foundation types, including slab-on-grade, post-tensioned, drilled footings, and the new helical pile system „„ Foundations risks, the effects of trees, quality control, soil stabilization „„ A forensic evaluation of distressed residences in Houston, focusing on design, construction, materials, environmental conditions, wear and tear, causation, and repair techniques „„ Houston faults and how to build homes near them „„ Earthwork and pad construction, including compaction, lime, and lime-fly ash stabilization „„ Components of concrete testing, concrete placement, slump and cylinders „„ New Houston area building code requirements, and City of West University’s new code requirement for soil testing Who should attend? Remodelers, land developers, accountants, architects, planners, designers, residential builders, commercial contractors, engineers, real estate brokers and agents, subcontractors, specialty trades, manufacturers and suppliers, financial services professionals.

Our unique New Home Sales Division uses a 3 Tiered Marketing plan personally designed to find and focus the Right consumer on our Builders’ properties. Our teams use the latest in high concept tools and marketing idealogy for New Home Sales, maintaining focus on the market shifts.

Benefits: • Increase and direct traffic of targeted local, national and international, buyers to optimize sales opportunities for our builders. • Reach, educate and connect Realtor community and their customers/clients with our properties. • Use the latest mixed media venues effectively to attract visitors and more importantly, convert them into Buyers.

Pattie Huey, GRI, GREEN

Director, Builder Marketing Division HAR/GHBA Builder-Broker Connection HAR Board of Directors 2011 HAR/MLS Chairman 10575 Katy Freeway, Suite 100 Houston, Texas 77024

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What we're up to... GHBA 4th Quarter Report Card—2011 The GHBA staff is always busy looking for ways to improve member services, advocacy and education. Following is a quick look at what the association has been up to lately. Benefit Homes

•• David Weekley Homes / The Howard Hughes Corporation Benefit Home located in Bridgeland’s Lakeland Heights sold with net proceeds over $200,000. David Weekley Homes and The Howard Hughes Corp. presented checks to the GHBA and each Benefit Homes charity in the amount of $46,073.55. •• With the sale of the David Weekly Homes / Bridgeland Benefit Home the 31-year Project reached the milestone $7 million donated to our local charities. •• In 2011, the total amount donated to the four organizations supported by the Benefit Homes Project was $699,744, plus an additional $40,000 donated to The 100 Club from the proceeds of the Newmark Homes / Caldwell Companies Benefit Home. What a year!

Membership

•• GHBA has added 75 new members in the fourth quarter, and renewed 200.

Events

•• The Year End Luncheon, formerly known as the Political Luncheon, was held at the Omni Houston Hotel. We were honored to have Dr. David Crowe, chief economist & senior vice president of the National Association of Home Builders address our membership about what the months ahead may look like. Thanks to BMI for sponsoring.

Councils and Committees Remodelors Council •• In October, the Remodelors Council (RMC) monthly luncheon featured a panel of RMC past presidents, who shared their expertise and insight on marketing in real time, closing the sale with systems and creating more referrals using current clients. •• M ainland Custom M ar ble, Colt Industries and Earthcare Management joined together to host a “frightfully”

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good networking event at Cadillac Bar. •• November ’s luncheon featured Clayton Farmer of Bluegill Energy Management, who gave our guests insight on the effects of the updated Texas Energy Code. •• The 2012 RMC board was sworn in at the annual Holiday Party in December. Custom Builders Council •• In October, nationally-recognized speaker Beverly Koehn spoke on developing customer loyalty and shared copies of her book Loyalty is Love. •• The Custom Builders Council closed out the year with another successful GHBA Product Expo in November. Montgomery County Builders and Developers Division •• I n November, the Montgomer y County Builders and Developers Division welcomed Mike Inselmann of Metrostudy at the annual forecast luncheon in The Woodlands. Associate Council •• More than 1,000 were in attendance at the Annual BBQ Cookoff in November, with 25 teams competing for best beans, chicken, beef, pork and wild game. •• The Adopt-a-Family Project in December spread holiday cheer to 51 families adopted by GHBA member companies and individuals, as well as by several of our councils, committees and GHBA staff. Santa made a special appearance to help hand out the gifts to the families.

a “Wheel of Fortune” theme and our builder teams answered some serious questions. Thanks to Factory Builder Stores and Chef Scotty for the great venue, delicious food and first class hospitality. •• The final SMC networking event of the year was held in November at Block 8 Wine Co. The evening was made even better by all the campaigning that took place among those vying for a spot on the 2012 SMC Board. These were some serious campaigners and there was some great debating on the housing market going on as well. We rounded out the evening by announcing SMC's new board members. Thanks to all of our members who so generously donated to our SMC adopted family. •• The 2012 SMC board was sworn in by newly elected GHBA President Will Holder at the Installation Luncheon at Guadalajara Restaurant. Holiday cheer was spread by the Johnnye Barrera, graphic designer extraordinaire, who presented each of the board members with a lovely Christmas gift.

Education

•• Ten people took the Certified Aging-inPlace (CAPS) classes in October. There were a total of 82 attending classes and seminars in the last quarter of 2011. Partners in Building, winner of SMC's Battle of the Builders

SALES & Marketing Council •• Round Two of SMC’s "Battle of the Builder’s" competition kicked off in October. Belt-holder Ashton Woods Homes was out for a repeat win. But after slugging it out with Partners in Building, Grandview Builders and Legend/ Princeton Classic Homes, they went down swinging to the new champ, Partners in Building! This round of competition had

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Government Affairs

•• At the local level, GHBA members testified to Houston City Council members to ex tend the “urban boundary," as defined in Chapter 42 of the Development Ordinances, from 610 to Beltway 8. This change would make development and redevelopment of vast amounts of property more affordable. Other changes concern parking in townhome developments. The new council will review the ordinance after forums are held with the Super Neighborhoods. •• In December, Houston City Council approved the ordinance amending the City of Houston Construction Code by adopting the 2009 International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC) with local amendments as the Houston Residential Energy Conservation Code. The ordinance includes a provision for Public Works and Engineering in 2012 and 2013 to submit for placement on the Council Agenda a proposal to increase the percentage of the Houston

Residential Energy Conservation Code an additional 5 percent. •• The Volume Builder’s Committee held an instrumental meeting in alleviating the huge metal and copper theft issue in the region. At the table included representatives from Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Lieutenant Jeff Stauber and Sergeant Fredrick Persons; and from the Houston Police Department, Chief George Buenik, Lieutenant Sam Kennedy and Sergeant Mike McGinty. The committee and GHBA are continuing efforts to work with the county commissioners to garner enforcement at the county level. •• OSHA Fall Protection Regulations are being enforced all around the country and state and now in Houston. Please visit ghba.org/political-advocacy/osha. html for the most current educational documents and helpful tips.

Green Built Gulf Coast

•• The GBGC program continues to gain momentum with builders, remodelers,

Purchasing Manager Speed Selling Builders participating to date: Darling Homes David Weekley Homes J Patrick Homes Lennar Homes M/I Homes MHI Newmark Homes Partners in Building Ryland Homes Taylor Morrison Homes

INFO: Donna Buenik 281.970.8970 x141 DBuenik@ghba.org

and associates joining. The number of homes certified surpassed 2,000, a 600 home increase in the last three months. •• After many legal hurdles, GHBA received the coveted copyright to the program.

HOME-PAC

•• GHBA’s political action committee (HOME-PAC) was busy after their candidate interviews and overseeing the City of Houston election results. HOME-PAC supported Ellen Cohen of District C, Mike Laster of the new District J. and Jerry Davis who won the seat in a District B run-off. Council members who were friendly incumbents that we supported and won re-election include: Wanda Adams in District D; Mike Sullivan in District E, unopposed; Al Hoang in District F; Oliver Pennington in District G; Ed Gonzalez in District H; James Rodriguez in District I; Stephen Costello in the At-Large 1 seat; Melissa Noriega in At-Large 3 and C.O. Bradford in At-Large 4.

Get face-to-face interaction with some of the top purchasing managers in the Houston area. With a $1,000 contribution, obtain approximately 5-7 minutes with each builder at the event.

Monday, March 5

2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Norris Conference Center 803 Town & Country Ln 77024 Limited to 20 Associate Members Registration Deadline: February 27 REQUIREMENTS: •• Must be a current GHBA member. •• No more than one type of vendor/product at this event. •• Approximately 5 to 7 minute sessions with each builder.

Sponsored by:

•• $1,000 contribution (corporate funds payable to GHBA)

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

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elcome to all our newest GHBA members! By making the decision to join the GHBA; you’ve made a significant investment in both the building industry and your own business. Now that you are a member, we invite you to start the year off right by staying actively involved in the association events and activities. We hold more than 200 networking events annually, and active participation is the best way to take advantage of the many benefits your membership affords you. Improve your business and make connections by getting involved in one of the GHBA’s 15 councils, committees and divisions. These councils and committees give each member the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.

Membership Chair February will give you the opportunity to network with hundreds DENNY PATTERSON, of GHBA members at events throughout the month. Don’t miss the Airton Houston Associate Council Luncheon on Thursday, February 2 featuring Will Holder, president of Trendmaker Homes, as the speaker. Also, on February 2, make plans to attend the Member Orientation & Networking at 4 p.m. at the GHBA office. Learn about all the GHBA has to offer

DEVELOPER

NewQuest Properties Bill Frey 8827 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N. Ste. 200 Houston, TX 77040 (281) 531-8000 billf@freydevcos.com

BUILDERS

Enterra Homes Michael Van 5161 San Felipe, Ste 320 Houston, TX 77056 (832) 460-7950

Sneller Custom Homes and Remodeling LLC Matt Sneller 7923 Vickridge Spring, TX 77379 (832) 797-4320 matt@snellercustomhomes.com www.snellercustomhomes.com UrbanCraft Custom Builders LP John Morrison 1505 Elmen St. Houston, TX 77019 (713) 589-2046

its members and hang around and network with the GHBA board of directors. Join us on Thursday, February 7 for the first Bay Area Builders Association Luncheon of the year. Next on the agenda, we are bringing back one of the most popular events from 2011. Mark your calendar to attend the second annual Chili & Salsa Cook-off at Floors Inc. on Thursday, February 16. Enjoy great food and beverage and network in a relaxed environment! These are just a few of the great meeting and events scheduled for February. Visit www.ghba.org for information on all upcoming events or contact the GHBA Membership Department at (281) 970-8970, ext. 110 to get involved and put your membership to work! If you have been a member of the GHBA for awhile, please take a minute to extend a warm “hello” and congratulate our newest members for supporting the building industry. And remember, "When doing business, call on a member first!"

Village Builders Cindy Hinson 550 Greens Pkwy., Ste. 200 Houston, TX 77067-4526 (281) 875-1000 cindy.hinson@lennar.com

ASSOCIATES

ICS (Integrated Cabling Solutions) John Conley 25411 Friar Lake Ln. Spring, TX 77373 (281) 705-5829 johnc_ics@yahoo.com www.ics-av.com

MEMBERPROFILES Since 1973, LANDEV Engineers Inc. has provided clients with high-quality engineering solutions in a range of civil engineering applications. Our reputation is based on relationships built over four decades of providing sound, innovative, and economical answers to solve clients’ needs. Our services have included civil design services from conceptual planning through design and construction for both public and private clients. LANDEV Services include: „„ Site Development Services „„ Industrial Projects „„ Residential Master Planned Communities „„ Water Production and Distribution „„ Drainage, Detention, Storm Water Quality Management „„ Wastewater Collection and Treatment „„ Infrastructure Design „„ Construction Management

Techcess Group LP Herve Chapellat 3100 Timmons Ln., Ste 350 Houston, TX 77027 (832) 533-9670 hchapellat@txgrp.com www.techcessgroup.com Voreh’s Greater Houston Property Services LLC dba Property Services Deanna Voreh 11913 Windfern Rd. Houston, TX 77064 (281) 469-1881 deanna@ greaterhoustonpropertyservices. com greaterhoustonpropertyservices. com

AFFILIATE

HAR - DBA Broker Associate with Realty Assoc., Meyer Realty Group Kathleen Meyer 9719 Palacios Ct. Houston, TX 77064 (281) 796-1876 kat@krmrealty.com www.krmrealty.com

To find out more, call (713) 869-2402 or visit landevengineers.com.

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MEMBERPROFILES Co-Construct, Together on the Same Page

cell foam for residential, commercial and remodeling projects.

Long-time GHBA member Erik Cofield, who joined Co-construct as vice president of sales, has rejoined the association. Erik was on the board of the Remodelors Council, worked for a remodeler and was previously employed as the GHBA director of education. He brings depth in the industry to the very well established Co-construct company.

For drywall applications, our services include but are not limited to metal framing, acoustical ceilings and door installation for residential, commercial and remodeling projects. The PCS office is located in Conroe, Texas but we serve all of Southeast Texas. To find out more, call (936) 788-2455.

Co-construct, a Virginia based company with hundreds of customers in five countries, offers simplified selections, scheduling and client communications for remodelers and custom builders – guaranteed! “Joining Co-construct not only brings me back to Houston, but the easy-to-use extraordinary functionality and its incredible pricing renews my opportunity to dramatically change the business, and profit, of custom builders and remodelers”, said Erik Cofield. www.co-construct.com/how-it-works.aspx

Perrine Construction Services, LLC is excited to be a new member of the GHBA family. We are an insulation and drywall company with a combined 53 years of experience in the construction industry. PCS offers insulation in the MA_8.5X5.5Ads_2011 1/6/11 3:50 PMvinyl Page 1 open and closed applications of batts, bib system, back,

With more than 30 years of remodeling and building experience, Carnegie Homes brings the same, superior level of expertise to all of its homes. Whether you prefer a more traditional, luxurious home in the suburbs or crave a more contemporary finish with clean lines in the heart of the city, Carnegie Homes will exceed your expectations. The company's commitment to aesthetically pleasing, high caliber finishes is prevalent in all of its construction. With recent projects in the Galleria, River Oaks, West University, Sugar Land and the Woodlands, Carnegie specializes in all styles of construction and strives to balance staying true to the style of the community while also meeting the client's wishes. Carnegie works directly with the homeowner, forming a team with its architects, engineers, designers and tradesmen to make each and every home unique. To find out more check www.CarnegieHomesOnline.com or call us at 281.772.8877.

National Association of Home Builders

Put your membership to work now. Money-saving discounts that benefit your business, your employees, and your family

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HOME-PAC President’s Club ($5,000 +)

Council Club ($1,000 -$1,999)

T Holcomb, Chairman Jim Harry Masterson

Adam Aschmann David Corbin Bill Dalton Jeff Dye Jim Goettee Will Holder Tom Jacobs John Madsen Rick Rice Bob Stout Sean Vitelli Toy Wood

Governor’s Club ($3,000 - $4,999) Mike Dishberger

Capitol Club ($2,000 - $2,999) Tom Walker

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HOME-PAC, ME-P ME PAC AC, GHBA’s Political Action Committee, directs financial support of the homebuilding industry and is committed to protecting housing affordability and consumer choices . Through your contribution to HOME-PAC, we are able to pool our resources and unite to support the best qualified, pro-housing candidates for local and state office. As an added benefit, HOME-PAC trustees and sustaining members are invited to join their local officials at special events throughout the year at no additional cost. These events provide an exclusive opportunity to meet face to face with the decision makers in the Greater Houston area.

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Yes, I will support HOME Yes HOME-PAC PAC 2012 as a ... VOTING TRUSTEE: Voting trustees may make payment in as many as four installments, but may not vote until fully paid. President’s and Governor’s Club Trustees receive three votes. Capitol Club Trustees have two votes and Council Club Trustees have one vote. President’s Club ($5,000 +)

Governor’s Club ($3,000 - $4,999)

Capitol Club ($2,000 - $2,999)

Council Club ($1,000 - $1,999)

NON-VOTING MEMBER:

Sustaining ($250 - $999)

Foundation ($1 - $249)

Name______________________________________________ Total Amount $_____________ Company ____________________________________________ Phone ___________________ Address _____________________________________ City, State, Zip______________________ Payment Method: PERSONAL check enclosed

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Card # ________________________________________________ Exp Date ________________ Name on Card ___________________________________________________________________ Signature_________________________________________________________________________ No corporate donations accepted. Please make personal checks payable to HOME-PAC and mail to: 9511 W. Sam Houston Parkway N., Houston, TX 77064 Political contributions must be personal and are not tax deductible for tax purposes.

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MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

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he following companies have shown their commitment to the industry by renewing their memberships. Companies in bold have supported the association for 10 years or more. Thank you!

Company Name

Join Date

ABC M. Construction LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jesus Gonzalez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2010 Active American Mobility & Medical Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adam Horton, CAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2010 Air Specialist, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave Pelton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1983 Alamo Title Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glennie Hefner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2008 Allan Edwards, Builder . . . . . . . . . . . . . Allan Edwards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1998 Allpoints Surveying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Solomon, CGA, CGP . . . . . . . . . . . . 2006 Amegy Mortgage Company LLC . . . . . . Chris Denison, CGA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2009 BAS Concepts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Silver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2008 Belmont Custom Homes, Inc. . . . . . . . . . Charles Whiteford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2011 Berg-Oliver Associates, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Alford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2003 Bleyl & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Mathena, PE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2010 Bob Grimmer Electric, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Grimmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2008 CAM Construction LP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Patrizi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2003 Cabinet Innovations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Calvin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2009 Cannon Custom Homes Inc. . . . . . . . . . . Shawn Cannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2004 Chastang Ford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ed Miller, CGA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2008 Chuck Morris Estate Homes . . . . . . . . Charles Morris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1998 Coastal Building Inspections & Engineering, RLLP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Craig Roll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1996 Coastal Leak Consulting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Criswell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2008 Cobb, Fendley & Associates, Inc. . . . . . . Mark Sappington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2009 ConserveIQ, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Martha von Gonten . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2007 Corin Custom Builders, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . Daniel Hannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2010 Crestwood Custom Homes, Inc. . . . . . . . Kenny Kocich . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2010 Datasmart/ Duncan Security . . . . . . . . . Randall Duncan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2008 Dennis Williams & Co, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . Dennis Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2006 Design Tech Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Feigin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1997 Drake Interiors Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Larry Frattalone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2011 Eco-Holdings Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . Gary Beck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2010 Elsey & Associates Surety/ Insurance . . Brett Baker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2006 Entergy - Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelley Carson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2001 Enterra Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Van . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2011 Envision Design Build . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Knowlton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2008 Factory Builder Stores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Doug Rapier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2009 Firemark Insurance Agency LLC . . . . . . . Ken Kapelka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2007 Golden G Building, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gene Guthrie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2003 Granit Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marvin Granit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2002 Hallmark Renovation / Hallmark Kitchens, LP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hank White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2009 Hatteras Homes LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Terry Richardson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2010 HAR - DBA Broker Associate with Realty Assoc., Meyer Realty Group . . . . Kathleen Meyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2011 Icon Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Johnny Schiro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2010 Ideal Consulting Services, Inc. . . . . . . . . Lorraine Hart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2011 imortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Weir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2010 Integrity Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Reiland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2005 J. L. Bass Building, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1997 J.P. Savage Construction, Inc. . . . . . . . . . John Savage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2009

NOVEMBER SPIKE OF THE MONTH Dan Bawden, JD, CGR, GMB, CAPS Legal Eagle Contractors

Company Name

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James Hardie Building Products . . . . Gordon McKnight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1994 Jeffrey Harrington Homes, Inc. . . . . . . . . Mark Jeffrey, CGP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2007 John R. Krugh - Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Krugh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2011 Keystone Stairs LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charlie Stewart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2008 Kurtin Fine Homes, Kurtin Real Estate & Development Inc. . . . . . . . . . Tim Kurtin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1998 LJA Engineering, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Moy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1999 Land Advisors Organization . . . . . . . . . . Kirk Laguarta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2003 Land Tejas Development Co. . . . . . . . . Al Brende . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2002 Legend Home Corporation / Princeton Classic Homes . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Tollefsrud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1991 Leigh Custom Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William Leigh, GMB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2007 Lennar Homes of Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . Don Luke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1993 Lone Star Air Systems, Inc. . . . . . . . . . Darrel Teelucksingh . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2001 MLAW Consultants & Engineers . . . . . . . Jay Conner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2008 Masterpiece Custom Homes LTD . . . . . David Rompot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2004 McCall Gibson Swedlund Barfoot PLLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael McCall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1988 Morris Building LTD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Morris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2005 Oliver Homes, LP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William Cropper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2000 Personette Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Theresa Hughes-Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2005 Prudential Gary Greene Realtors . . . . . . Walter Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2010 Quality Drywall and Service, LTD. . . . . . John Van Eps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2007 R. A. Briggs & Co, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Moises Molina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2011 Representing Newland Communities and The Woodlands Development Co . Bob Stout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2006 Rock Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jamey Joseph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2011 Rooftec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rodger Brogdon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2003 Sierra Classic Homes, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . Ron Chamberlain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1999 Sneller Custom Homes and Remodeling, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matt Sneller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2011 Stargazer Design Group, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . Lyndon Ellis III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2011 Storm Guardian Generators . . . . . . . . . . Ronnie Boegler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2008 Techcess Group LP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Herve Chapellat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2011 Terra Associates Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lyle Henkel, P.E. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2005 Texas Capital Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jerry Schillaci . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2011 Trend Homes, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joe Larrow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1985 Trophy Estimates, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dale Strickland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2009 Tuscany Homes, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rockey Butler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2002 UrbanCraft Custom Builders, LP . . . . . . John Morrison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2011 Venetian Blind & Floor Covering Carpet One . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Carloss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1983 Veronica Mullenix Real Estate Group . . Veronica Mullenix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2008 Village Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cindy Hinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2011 Villarreal Drywall Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ricardo Villarreal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2010 Voreh’s Greater Houston Property Services, LLC DBA Property Services . . Deanna Voreh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2011 Whitney National Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathy Nicholson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2004

NOVEMBER RETENTION SPIKE Curtis Southard, Airtron Houston

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EVENTS CALENDAR

SMC LEADERSHIP

Million Dollar

Treasurer: Teresa Shannon, Taylor Morrison

c i r c l e awa r d s

President: Lona Shipp, Bridgeland Vice President: Amy Haywood, Taylor Morrison

Tuesday, February 21 Secretary: Horizontal version) 6:30 p.m. at the Omni logo (Primary Melissa Guerra, Trendmaker Homes Hotel, Houston Honoring on-site sales professionals and sales managers who closed more than $1 million in 2011. Please join us in recognizing Houston's top sales accomplishments! Cost: $60 dinner only; $65 award recipients

Past President: Ashleigh Genzer, Stewart Title

2012 BO A R D M e m b e r s

Johnnye Barrera, AdMANgination Mike Blalock, Post Oak Publishing Rocky Flores, DataSmart Scott Frankel, GMB, CGP, Frankel Building Group Dan Gezella, Ashton Woods Homes Martha Gros, Bridgeland Ryan Horn, MHI

INFO/SPONSORSHIPS: Mel Audain 281.970.8970 x130 maudain@ghba.org TICKETS: www.ghba.org

D’Nita Kuhn, D&R Signs Stefanie Mechell, Wisenbaker Builder Services Gigi Musachia, Houston Community Newspapers Elizabeth Phillips, Partners in Building Keith Rodgers, CGA, CSP, CGP, JWilliams Staffing Sarah Starr, Taylor Morrison Christy Stratton, Connecting Houston Home Laurie Wilson, NewHomeGuide.com

sALES & MARKETING Council NEWS Celebrating Success

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e are approaching the time of year where we rally our teams to celebrate the success of on-site sales professionals at the SMC’s annual Million Dollar Circle Awards. The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, at the Omni Houston Hotel. Houston experienced a six percent increase in housing starts in 2011, which will set the tone for a festive evening! Million Dollar Circle Awards honors on-site sales professionals who have closed more than $1 million in new homes last year, and also recognizes sales managers for their teams’ total sales. This event is a great opportunity to celebrate those professionals who make things happen in the sales offices, and brings teams together for a night of camaraderie. We often find ourselves too busy to stop and recognize the success

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of others, but it is important to credit the professionals in our industry for their extraordinary accomplishments. Nominations are due February 14 and forms will be distributed by GHBA via email. The cost to attend the Million Dollar Circle Awards is $65 for award recipients and $60 for those having dinner only. Award recipients receive a personalized certificate to display at their office and will be recognized this fall at the annual Houston’s Best Awards. Sponsorships are now available for this popular, sure-to-sell-out event, which is a perfect chance to network with other industry professionals and celebrate their accomplishments. To obtain more information, purchase tickets or inquire about a sponsorship, visit www.ghba.org or contact Mel Audain at 281-970-8970 x130; maudain@ghba.org.

December Traffic & Sales Report – Houston Housing Market The 23 homebuilders in this survey account for approximately 67% of the housing starts in Houston. Based on this percentage, approximately 1,287 homes were sold in the Greater Houston area during December 2011. Report by Metrostudy.

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Sponsorships have lasting benefits. For full details, contact:

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Company listing on SMC page in the monthly Houston Builder magazine

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*Event details and sponsorship availabilities are subject to change without notice. Ask for full details.


EVENTS CALENDAR

A SSO C I ATE COUN C IL BO A R D OF D IRE C TORS

President: Tony Boilek, SherwinWilliams Paint Co.

A SSO C I ATE COUN C IL Lu n c h e o n

Thursday, February 2 11:30 a.m. at GHBA

Vice President: Denny Patterson, Airtron Houston

"Lunch with the President" featuring 2012 GHBA President Will Holder, president of Trendmaker Homes

Secretary: TBA

Cost: $15/person $20 at the door Sponsored by: Parmet, Chapman & Madsen, PC

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Treasurer: TBA Past President: Keith Rodgers, J Williams Staffing Texas LLC

Lu n c h e o n

How to Make Your Membership Work... Show Up!

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Thursday, March 1 11:30 a.m. at GHBA

elcome to all our newest and continued GHBA associate members! The New Year is off to a great start and we look forward to a busy and challenging calendar of opportunities for all of our members.

Cost: $15/person $20 at the door Sponsorships available!

As we close out 2011, the Associate Council board of directors would like to extend a special thank you to Keith Rodgers for his outstanding service as president. A huge thank you goes out to Peggy Means, our staff liaison, and all of the GHBA staff for their hard work that allows the Associate Council to be a continued success.

A SSO C I ATE COUN C IL Lu n c h e o n

Thursday, April 5 11:30 a.m. at GHBA Cost: $15/person $20 at the door Sponsorships available!

INFO/SPONSORSHIPS: Peggy Means 281.970.8970 x161 pmeans@ghba.org

2012 Associate Council President Tony Boilek, account executive, Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. He can be reached at tony.boilek@ sherwin-houston.com or 281.808.6277.

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ASSOCIATE Council NEWS

The Associate Council meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the GHBA office. We have a phenomenal lineup of industry-specific speakers each month. The first meeting of the year kicks off February 2 with “A Day with the President,” featuring GHBA President Will Holder, president of Trendmaker Homes. Don’t miss this very special opportunity to attend. Remember, the first step

to a successful membership is to just show up! Be sure to visit the GHBA calendar at www.ghba.org/ register to find all of our upcoming meetings and events. A special note, on February 16 the Second Annual Chili Cook-Off will be held at Floors Inc. Last year’s event was a huge success, and this is the first of many networking events planned in 2012. What’s better than warm, spicy chili on a winter day? Spicy chili with your GHBA colleagues and friends, of course! Hope to see you there. As your 2012 Associate Council board president, I am committed to being available to all of our members for any ideas and suggestions. We already have a great group of people, and your input, thoughts and opinions continue to assist us in the growth and involvement of the council. The 2012 board members’ pledge is to reassure all existing and new members of our commitment to “Make Sure the Membership is Working for You.”

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MCBDD BOARD OF DIRECTORS President: Susan Severa, Woodforest Development DIRECTORS: Eric Alarid, Tilson Home Corporation D’Ann Brown, CGA, CGP, StrucSure Home Warranty Jason Hajduk, PE, Pate Engineers, Inc. Tim Hardin, Langford Engineering Inc. Randy Lutz, BMC Building Materials Tony Marchbanks, Highland Homes, Ltd. Michael McNall, Builders Post-Tension, Inc. Keith Rodgers, CGA, CGP, CSP, JWilliams Staffing Texas LLC Scott Stevens, Stoecker Corporation PLATINUM SPONSOR GOLD SPONSOR

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Montgomery County Builders & Developers Monthly Luncheon Wednesday, February 22 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Chair: Scott Sage, CGB, GMB, Sage Built Homes, LLC Vice Chair: Stephen Hann, CGR, GMB, GMR, CGP, Hann Builders Past Chair: David Gordon, Whitestone Builders D’Ann Brown, CGA, CGP, StrucSure Home Warranty Bo Butler, Butler Brothers Construction Ashleigh Genzer, Stewart Title Company Greg Hawes, CGB, Jamestown Estate Homes LLC Todd LeBlanc, CGB, LeBlanc Custom Homes

Tuesday, February 21 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The HESS Club 5430 Westheimer 77056

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PHOTO: 2012 REMODELORS COUNCIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

RMC EVENTS CALENDAR Remodelors Council Luncheon

TOPIC: Panel Discussion with City of Houston Permit Officials Tuesday, February 14 11:30 a.m. at the HESS Club 5430 Westheimer 77056 Cost: $30 before Feb. 11 $40 after Feb. 11

INFO/SPONSORSHIPS

kkrenek@ghba.org; 281.970.8970 x171 Register at www.ghba.org/register

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President: John Gillette, CGR, GMB, CAPS Craftmanship by John Vice President/Government Affairs Chair: Jim Nowlin, Remodeling Concepts Inc. Secretary/Charity Garage Sale Co-Chair: Gonzalo Garcia, CGR, GMB, CAPS, CGP JRG Builder & Remodelers Treasurer: John Madsen, CPA, Parmet, Chapman & Madsen Past President/Strategic Plan Monitor Rob Hellyer, CGR, GMB, CAPS Premier Remodeling & Construction Membership Chair: Judy Crain-Bonica, CGA, CGP Mainland Custom Marble Home Shows Co-Chair and HRG Distribution: Frankie Cantu, BMC Building Materials Charity Garage Sale & Home Shows Co-Chair: Bill Carter, Bison, A Stock Supply Company Special Events Co-Chair: Kimberly Hanks, Thorntree Slate & Marble Education Chair: Brandon Lynch CGP, CAPS, Keechi Creek Builders Charity Project Chair: Tom Pellegrin, Third Coast Builders Public Relations Chair: Amy Robinson, Fort Bend Publishing Speakers and Sponsors Chair: Sarah Ruiz, Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery

RemodelOrs Council NEWS Many Hands Make Light Work

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elcome to another grand year with the GHBA Remodelors Council. I am honored to be leading what, in my observation for the last 15 years, is one of the most respected and professional organizations in the building industry today. Our group is comprised of a dynamic fellowship of entrepreneurs and professionals driven to not only better ourselves but also our fellow competitors and associates through education, public awareness, and by continually holding each other to higher standards and accountability. My desire for this year is to have everyone in the council engage in one small portion of the responsibilities which make this organization

succeed. If each member does just one activity to the best of their ability, not only will we carry on all the great work of those who have preceded us, we will be able to do so with little individual effort and time, versus a few doing most of the work. With this being said, please sign up for one of the committees—either a committee you believe you are already proficient in and would like to offer your expertise, or maybe one that you do not feel comfortable with but would like to become more proficient in. What a great opportunity this will be for you to work with others and build your skill levels while having fun!

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Committees/Special Projects Houston Chronicle Article Submissions: Lynne Jones, ASID, Lynne T. Jones Interior Design Special Events Co-Chair: Chelsea Morales, By Design Interiors Inc.

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Do You Know SAM? MEET SAM SAM stands out from the crowd. SAM is a leader. SAM doesn't jump on the bandwagon; SAM is driving it! People know they can rely on SAM, because SAM gets things done. In 2010 a program to recognize our extraordinary Associate members was developed. Associates make up about two-thirds of the GHBA membership and through extra financial commitments from sponsorships, they finance a large portion of the advocacy and ongoing work on behalf of the housing industry. The new SAM program highlights the Associate members who are Grand ($10,000) or Premier ($5,000) Sustaining Associate Members. This recognition is exclusively for financial contributions made by ASSOCIATE members on an annual basis, and is limited specif ically to event sponsorships, advertising in Houston Builder magazine, and advertising on the GHBA Web site or e-newsletter. Each year GHBA publishes a Marketing Guide for the upcoming year. All types of sponsorship opportunities are listed in the guide. Any associate member whose financial contributions through sponsorships and advertising in the magazine or online reach $10,000 or more during the year will become a Grand Sustaining Associate Member. Any associate member whose contributions reach between

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$5,000 and $10,000 during the year will become a Premier Sustaining Associate Member. (For clarif ication, items not included in Sustaining Associate Member calculations are payments for dues, event tickets, directory advertising, speed selling, HOMEPAC contributions, and any other payment for regular fees or services such as booth space or table tickets. If you are not sure about inclusions and exclusions, please call us at 281.970.8970.) Recognition includes: an initial article in Houston Builder; monthly listing of the Sustaining Associate Members in Houston Builder; distinguishing ribbons or other marks on name tags to provide a means for Sustaining Associate Members to be recognized at all events; recognition of the top member of each (current year’s) Sustaining Associate Member group at each forecast and political luncheon; signage in the entranceway of the GHBA building where the current year Sustaining Associate Members will be displayed; and GHBA officers will convey the value of Sustaining Associate Members when they

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speak at their visits to all councils, committees and divisions. GHBA members receive recognition for a variety of activities and reasons and we are very excited about adding this important and elite recognition for our associate members who really “go the extra mile.”

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CALENDAR of Events BABA LUNCHEON Tuesday, Feb 7 * 11:30A Topic: Changes to Texas Law and How they Affect You presented by Ian Faria, Coats Rose Friendswood Church, 502 S. Friendswood Dr. 77546

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President: Ron Martin, Grand View Builders Vice President: Open Associate Vice President: Hector Zamarripa, Sherwin-Williams Directors:

Kevin Bertelsman, Mainland Custom Marble Perry Blair, Trendmaker Homes D’Ann Brown, StrucSure Home Warranty Ian Faria, Coats Rose Kevin Holland, Cervelle Homes Vanessa Garza, MetLife

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R.G. “Bubba” Reeder, JoJa Services Inc. Craig Roll, Coastal Building Inspections & Engineering, RLLP Gary Sinclair, CGA, CGP, BMC Building Materials Greg Tomlinson, Builders Post-Tension Inc. Trudy Traino, Cosentino Murphy Yates, Harbour Classic Builders LLC

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Bay Area builders Association NEWS BABA Plans Aggressive Expansion in 2012

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he BABA board of directors is dedicated to expanding its membership in 2012 and increasing the attendance of local builders and remodelers at monthly meetings and events. We will focus our recruitment efforts specifically on the builders, remodelers and associates from Galveston Island. The former association that once served the area is now defunct. In its absence, those businesses are left without the advocacy, education and services provided by local, state and national builder groups. In order to reach out to and recruit these businesses, BABA plans to hold its April luncheon in the Galveston area with a presentation from Craig Roll, a leading expert on windstorm construction. Furthermore, the annual networking social event known as the Fall Fling is also planned in Galveston in September. Members of the old Galveston association will be invited, so we encourage all of our BABA members to support these events

and help us put a good face forward to recruit, recruit, recruit! The Bay Area Builders Association, a division of GHBA, is committed to providing local builders with important information affecting businesses in Brazoria and Galveston counties. The board meets on the first Tuesday of every month, followed by an informative luncheon open to all area builders and associate members featuring speakers or panels who bring the latest updates on everything from economic forecasting on lending, forthcoming legislative mandates to Bay Area building code changes. Special thanks to Ian Faria of Coats | Rose Law Firm, our first speaker of 2012. Ian will speak about the latest legal aspects of current legislation and how they affect our industry on February 7. Coats | Rose is also the generous luncheon sponsor for this event, and we are very grateful for the company's continued support of BABA. Please join us for BABA’s March 6 luncheon, featuring State Representative Larry Ta y l o r. Lu n c h b e g i n s a t 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at noon. Article by 2012 BABA Board President Ron Martin, Grand View Builders

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requirements in disaster areas and federal OSHA fall protection mandates, numerous other improvements have been made to the contracts this year. Some of the major changes include: shortening the length of the contracts; a new remodeler's “short form” contract for small jobs; new language addressing regulatory fines caused by your subcontractors in both the sales agreements and subcontractor agreements; and updated warranty performance standards. The end result? Contracts are leaner, more comprehensive and easier to read. The new TAB contracts also reflect the fact that the statutorily required warranties and performance standards ceased to exist in 2009, and include provisions whereby the parties agree to the generally accepted and specific warranties and performance standards that have been in place for years.

A $299.99 (plus tax) two-year subscription to the 2011-2013 TAB Texas Residential Construction Contracts Package, which encompasses a variety of transactions that are typical in the field of residential construction and remodeling in the State of Texas, saves builders and remodelers thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees. Additionally, the subscription covers any revisions until August 31, 2013. The pack age of eight residential construction and remodeling contracts, as well as dozens of related addenda and associated agreements, offers more value than ever and will continue to serve as the foundation for most residential construction transactions in Texas. Order a package or re-new your soon to be expired subscription today! The new streamlined contracts are easier to use, yet more comprehensive and stronger than ever. Contracts packages are available to TAB members only. Order your contracts package today. Contact dbuenik@ghba.org.

2011- 2013 TAB CONTRACTS PACKAGE Order your NEW TAB Texas Residential Construction Contracts Package today! Leaner, more comprehensive, and easier to read. At a cost of only $299.99 plus tax, a two-year subscription to the package of eight residential construction and remodeling contracts as well as the dozens of related addenda and associated agreements is a fantastic value to members. The subscription includes any needed updates that may occur during the two-year cycle between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2013.

Major Changes: • Addresses newly state mandated contractor payment requirements in disaster areas and federal OSHA fall protection mandates.

• Includes a new remodeler’s short form contract for small jobs. Contrac ts packa ges are to TAB m availab embers le only. Or Contrac der you ts Packa r g e throug local ho h your me build ers asso Availab c iati le o Septemb n CD beginning on. er. in

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• New language addressing regulatory fines caused by your subcontractors in both the sales agreements and subcontractor agreements has been added.

• Updated warranty performance standards.

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FEBRUARY 2012 | Houston Builder | Greater Houston Builders Association – Building a Better Future


INDEX TO ADVERTISERS 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty . . . . . . . . . 46

Houston Post Tension . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

ACES Builders’ Warranty . . . . . . . . . . 29, 45

Kraftsman Playgrounds and Waterparks . . 11

Acme Brick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . back cover

Langwood Lumber Co. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 46

The Bath & Kitchen Showplace . . . . . . . 11

Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors . . . . . . 29

BMC Building Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

RainTube of Houston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

The Better Home Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

RoofTec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

866.795.9758 www.2-10.com 281.362.5413 www.AcesBuildersWarranty.com

713.681.4651 www.brick.com 832.237.8200 bkshowplace.com 281.440.9090 www.buildwithbmc.com www.betterhomeshow.com

Builders Post-Tension Inc. . . . . . . . . . 15, 46

713.702.8899 www.houstonposttension.com

800.451.4869 www.kppe.com 713.462.6461

281.543.6222 pah@garygreene.com

713.270.1904 www.raintubeofhouston.com 281.807.9993

Storm Guardian Generators . . . . . . . . . 47

281.873.9500 www.builderspt.com

281.648.2177

CKI Wholesale Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

StrucSure Home Warranty . . . . . . . . . .7, 46

Daylight Energy Solutions . . . . . . . . . . 46

Tamlyn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Eric L. Davis Engineering Inc. . . . . . . . . . 46

Thomas Garage Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Fox Energy Specialists . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

W.R. Watson Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Hotchkiss Insurance Agency . . . . . . . . . 14

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . 47

713.462.0704 www.ckilock.com 713.688.8585 DEStexas.com

281.863.9420 www.ELDengineering.com 866.448.0961 www.foxenergyspecialists.com 713.292.5723 www.hiallc.com/ghba

832.814.3942 www.strucsure.com 800.334.1676 www.tamlyn.com 713.725.8787 www.jthomasdoor.com 281.495.2800 x14

www.wrwatson.us

281.964.3103 www.hollywhitney.com

HOUSTON BUILDER, FEBRUARY 2012, VOLUME 25, ISSUE 2 HOUSTON BUILDER (ISSN 044-0402, USPS 218260) is published monthly by the Greater Houston Builders Association in the interest of furthering and improving the home building industry in the metropolitan areas of Houston including Harris and nine surrounding counties. Advertisements and opinions expressed are those of the advertisers, authors or persons quoted and not necessarily those of GHBA. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written authorization. Periodicals postage is paid at Houston, Texas. Offices are located at 9511 West Sam Houston Parkway North, Houston, TX 77064; phone is (281) 970-8970. One subscription of HOUSTON BUILDER is provided with each membership; $15 of the membership dues are used for that purpose. Additional subscriptions are available to members only at a rate of $15 per year. For display advertising contact the Publisher at (832) 215-7232 or bfeldmann@ghba.org. Postmaster: Send address changes to HOUSTON BUILDER, 9511 West Sam Houston Parkway North, Houston, TX 77064. 11/6/08

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

February MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Thursday, February 2 9 a.m. - Education Committee 11:30 a.m. - Associate Council Luncheon 2:30 p.m. - Finance/Executive Committee 4 p.m. - GHBA Board Meeting 4 p.m. - Member Orientation & Networking Monday, February 6 1 p.m. - Green Built Gulf Coast Verifier Training Course Tuesday, February 7 11:30 a.m. - Bay Area Builders Association Monthly Luncheon, Friendswood Church Wednesday - Saturday, February 8 - 11 NAHB's International Builders Show, Orlando, FL Thursday, February 9 10 a.m. - Green Building Committee Tuesday, February 14 11:30 a.m. - Remodelors Council Luncheon, at the HESS Club, 5430 Westheimer 77056 Thursday, February 16 1 p.m. - Associate Council Chili Cookoff

Stay informed and connected at association meetings and events.

Tuesday, February 21 11:30 a.m. - Custom Builders Council Lunch, HESS Club, 5430 Westheimer 77056 6:30 p.m. - Million Dollar Circle Awards, Omni Hotel Galleria, 4 Riverway 77056 Wednesday, February 22 11:30 a.m. - Montgomery County Luncheon, at Landry's in the Woodlands Thursday - Friday, February 23 - 24 TAB Winter Board Meeting, Austin, TX Tuesday, February 28 5 p.m. - Remodelors Council Networking Wednesday, February 29 3:30 p.m. - Government Affairs Committee

March MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Thursday, March 1 9 a.m. - Education Committee 11:30 a.m. - Associate Council Luncheon 2:30 p.m. - Finance/Executive Committee 4 p.m. - GHBA Board Meeting Monday, March 5 2 p.m. - Purchasing Manager Speed Selling Tuesday, March 6 11:30 a.m. - Bay Area Builders Association Monthly Luncheon, Friendswood Church

Education

Wednesday, March 7 8 a.m. - Spring Golf Tournament, Wildcat 11:30 a.m. - Ambassador/Membership

Tuesday, February 21 9 a.m. - Risk Management & Insurance

Thursday, March 8 10 a.m. Green Building Committee 11:30 Codes and Standards Committee

Tuesday, February 7 1 p.m. - BAR/PREP Assessments

Wednesday, February 22 9 a.m. - Business Accounting & Job Cost Tuesday, February 28 2 p.m. - Residential Foundations: Soils and Materials Testing Wednesday, February 29 9 a.m. - Building Codes & Standards

Tuesday, March 13 11:30 a.m. - Remodelors Council Luncheon, at the HESS Club, 5430 Westheimer 77056 Tuesday, March 20 11:30 a.m. - Custom Builders Council, HESS Club, 5430 Westheimer 77056 Tuesday, March 27 5 p.m. - Remodelors Council Networking

Register online at www.ghba.org/register or call 281.970.8970.

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*Dates subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings held at the GHBA offices, located at: 9511 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, Texas 77064.

Wednesday, March 28 11:30 a.m. - Montgomery County Luncheon, at Landry's in the Woodlands 3:30 p.m. - Government Affairs Committee

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February 2012 Houston Builder magazine, official publication of the Greater Houston Builders Association.

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