Houston Builder, August 2020

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ALSO INSIDE: A Renewed Focus on 'Home' Sees Sales, Remodels Surge pg 6 HistoryMaker Benefit Home Under Contract in Sierra Vista pg 10

Celebrates 50,000 Customer Milestone th

Providing “Turn-Key Plus" service and unmatched, lifetime no-leak warranties pg 16

HomeAid Builder Captains Share Their Inspiration pg 18



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The Official Magazine of the Greater Houston Builders Association August 2020|Volume 33|Number 08


President's Message: A Renewed Focus on 'Home'


Advocacy Report: Primary Election Runoff Review

Houston area builders are reporting surprisingly robust sales and starts in the first half of the year in spite of a dip in April. Viral concerns aside, the numbers point to a recovery and give reason for optimism.

Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, as well as a renewed focus on Texas as a potential swing state, this is a critical election year for the homebuilding industry. Here are a few of the notable primary runoff election results and the match-ups for the November general election.

RoofTec Celebrates 50,000th Customer Milestone More than 50,000 happy customers can't be wrong. , a GHBA Platinum Partner, provides detailed “Turn-Key PLUS” service to builders and remodelers. The company's unmatched lifetime no-leak warranty, quality control checks, guaranteed product availability, and timely installations make them the smart choice for Houston contractors. See page 16.



HistoryMaker Benefit Home Under Contract in Sierra Vista


Membership Drive Grows Association Ranks


HomeAid Builder Captains Share their Inspiration for Partnering on Construction Projects

What inspires HomeAid Builder Captains to partner on charitable construction projects? "The residents’ faces say it all...”

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GHBA Launches Training On-Demand

Upcoming Events


GHBA's Second Quarter Report Card

HistoryMaker Homes' charitable Benefit Home in Sierra Vista is now under contract! Thanks to dozens of companies that donated materials, labor and services, this project will provide much-needed funds to Operation Finally Home and HomeAid Houston.

The GHBA held a virtual Membership Drive throughout the month of June, bringing in 38 new members. See the photo highlights.

The GHBA is excited to announce the launch of a new virtual learning platform, now available to members. The first of many courses to launch are the ABCs of Framing, Electrical, Concrete and the Building Envelope.

The GHBA staff, councils, divisions and committees have been busy lately! In case you missed it, here are a few highlights and successes from the second quarter of 2020.

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President’s Message Government Affairs Benefit Homes Project HomeAid Houston Education Department People & Projects New Members & Renewals Associate Council Custom Builders Council Montgomery County Division Remodelers Council Sustaining Associate Members (SAMs) Sales & Marketing Council Officers & Leadership GHBA Partnerships The Network

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Renewed Focus on 'Home' Sees Sales, Remodels Surge


appy August everyone! Seems like just yesterday I was penning this column for June and by the time you read this summer will be two-thirds over. Of course, from a weather perspective, the worst is yet to come unless your perspective is the hotter the better. I for one am praying that we do not have a hurricane in the upper Texas coast this year; we have enough to deal with right now without that.

I’m going to try to avoid the elephant in the room, the youknow-what virus, and focus on some positive news for our industry. Two reports of interest issued by the NAHB in early July, demonstrate reason for optimism. One of the articles cited the U.S. Department of Labor reporting that total payroll employment increased 4.8 million in June as the overall construction sector added 158,000 jobs after a revised increase of 453,000 in May.

Of particular significance is the number of residential construction jobs which rose by 83,200 in June, after an increase of 224,200 in May. You don’t have to be a Harvard economist to know that job increases lead to more job increases in other sectors. We have a way to go to regain the losses, but this is positive news. This employment statistic follows indications of housing strength as reported in an analysis by NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. It states a year-over-year price gain of 4.7 percent in April fueled by low interest rates and a renewed focus on the importance of “home” during the current public health crisis. Builder confidence jumped to 58% in June on the heels of a 12% increase in single-family permits in May. Home resales are also recovering. According to the National Association of Realtors, pending sales increased 44 percent in April rebounding from March lows. North Texas home sales also rebounded after a slowdown according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and North Texas Real Estate Information Systems. The increase comes after a 25 percent year-overyear drop in May and a 17 percent decline in April. Last month’s sales of 11,987 set a record for the month of June


and were more than 40 percent higher than in May. More than a few Houston area builders are reporting surprisingly robust sales and starts in the first half of the year in spite of a dip in April. Concerns about the future do exist though based on still-high unemployment overall, particularly in the oil industry that’s such a large part of the Texas economy. The aforementioned builder confidence seems to prevail locally as well. This is however, not a time to lower our guard. Rising virus related hospitalizations in Houston and Texas in general call for increased vigilance on the part of all of us—builders, remodelers, and everyone. Much is riding on gaining the upper hand. I made it almost all of the way through this piece without mentioning it... maybe next month! Stay safe, healthy and positive.

By GHBA President Rob Hellyer, CGR, GMB, CAPS, Premier Remodeling & Construction, LP

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Primary Election Runoff Review


ast month, the Republican and Democratic primary runoff elections were finally concluded and all candidates for the November general election were decided. Due to COVID-19, this process took nearly five months from the beginning of early voting for the March 3 primary to the runoff election date on July 14 (initially scheduled for May 26). Here are a few of the notable primary runoff election results and the match-ups for the November general election. United States Senate: In the race to face incumbent Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), MJ Hegar defeated State Senator Royce West in the Democratic runoff. Texas Congressional District 22: In the race to replace retiring Congressman Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land), former Sheriff Troy Nehls defeated Kathaleen Wall in the Republican runoff and will face Sri Preston Kulkarni who won the Democratic primary in March. Texas House of Representatives District 25: In the race to replace retiring Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) for this solidly Republican seat, former Angleton City Council Member Cody Vasut defeated Brazoria Tax AssessorCollector Ro'Vin Garrett in the Republican runoff and will face Patrick Henry in the general election. Texas House of Representatives District 26: In the race to replace retiring Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land), HOME-PAC endorsed candidate Jacey Jetton defeated Matt Morgan in the Republican runoff and will face Sarah DeMerchant, the winner of the Democratic runoff over Suleman Lalani, in November.


Texas House of Representatives District 138: In the race to replace retiring Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston), Akilah Bacy defeated Jenifer Rene Pool in the Democratic runoff and will face Lacey Hull in the general election. Texas House of Representatives District 142: In this solidly Democratic seat, long-time incumbent State Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston) defeated Houston City Council Member Jerry Davis in the Democratic runoff and will face Jason Rowe in November. Harris County Commissioner Precinct 3: This will be an open race to replace retiring long-time Commissioner Steve Radack (R-Houston). In the Democratic primary runoff, Michael Moore prevailed over Diana Martinez Alexander and will face HOMEPAC endorsed Republican Spring Valley Mayor Tom Ramsey. Now that the runoffs are behind us and ballots are set, we can turn our focus on the November election that is now only three months away. Due to the uncertainty that still hangs over all of us because of the pandemic, as well as a renewed focus on Texas as a potential swing state, this is a critical election year for the homebuilding industry. With several of members of our State House of Representatives delegation choosing retirement and some shake-up on several county commissioners courts, the GHBA HOME-PAC began actively screen candidates to endorse in a variety of races in January and will continue throughout the year. We will provide a HOME-PAC voter guide to all GHBA members based on these screenings prior to early voting in October.

New Coastal Building Code Effective September 1 Starting September 1, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) will require that builders adhere to the 2018 windstorm provisions of the International Residential Code (IRC) if they are building in coastal areas. TDI adopted the 2018 International Building Code and International Residential Code as the standards for insurance through the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA). The new coastal building code was supposed to go into effect on April 1, but with the fear of the COVID-19 pandemic threatening the supply chain and manufacturing operations globally, it was postponed until September 1. According to the TDI, the new codes provide greater windstorm protection and will apply to new construction, repairs and additions. TDI also claims that more federal assistance is available after a disaster in areas that have adopted the newer building codes. n


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HistoryMaker Benefit Home Under Contract in Sierra Vista Solutions, Rosenburg Plumbing, Progress Lighting, Reyes Tar Painting, Décor Hardware and Creative Landscape and Design. Each year two or three homes are built for the Benefit Homes Project through the generosity of the developer who donates the lot, and throughout all stages of construction to the closing. The lot in Sierra Vista was donated by the developer Land Tejas Co.—marking the 17th lot they have donated. “We are excited the home is under contract,” said Mickey Pizzitola, HistoryMaker's Houston division president. "We know the family will enjoy many years in this spacious design and are thrilled to acquire the Benefit Home as it gives back to those less fortunate.”


istoryMaker Homes has announced that the GHBA Benefit Home they constructed in Sierra Vista is now under contract with a closing set for early August. Dozens of companies were involved with the home’s construction as they donated materials, labor and services to ensure the home, when sold, would raise valuable funds for two GHBA charities. The charities are Operation Finally Home and HomeAid Houston. Since the project began, nearly $12 million has been raised.

"HistoryMaker understood the importance of building one of their beautiful homes at low cost and then selling it at market cost," said Rob Hellyer, president of GHBA. "The proceeds allow them to give back in a unique way that will benefit so many. We congratulate them for getting the home under contract and also we thank their vendors for taking on this charity fundraiser."

HistoryMaker built the two-story, 3,176 sq. ft. Alder Plan, which includes five bedrooms and four full baths, and features a downstairs master bedroom, a generous game room upstairs as well as a three-car garage. Helping to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this charity fundraiser were the vendors and suppliers who donated to its construction. They include: Allpoints Group, HomePro Technology, All State Brick, A C Construction, DPIS Builder Services, Excell Foundations, Universal Forest Products, Windstorm Group, Mohawk, TWI, Country Wide Roofing, Santollo Construction Clean Up LLC, Deep Blue Comfort, Carrier, Rock Materials, Builders Choice Inc., Royal Bath/ Counter Source, Flooring Services of Texas, Advantage Gutters, Factory Builder Stores, Sherwin-Williams Paint, Builders First Source, Perfection Supply, Jacobs Overhead Door, Fashion Glass and Mirror, Datasmart Home Technologies, RT Masonry, Delta Faucet, Moore Home



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Membership Drive Grows Association Ranks T

he GHBA held a virtual Membership Drive throughout the month of June. Since we were unable to call on site at the GHBA, 38 member volunteers called from their homes, offices and even their cars throughout the month to help grow the association and share how the GHBA continues to work for our industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Thanks to their efforts, we recruited 38 new members in June! We appreciate all those who participated in the drive. Members truly make the best recruiters.


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Builder Captains Share their Inspiration for Partnering on Construction Projects


hat inspires HomeAid Builder Captains to partner on charitable construction projects?

HomeAid reached out to several Builder Captains to find out what motivates and inspires them to build and remodel facilities run by non-profit homeless care agencies. These agencies and their needs are identified by HomeAid.

MIKE DISHBERGER, SANDCASTLE HOMES Builder Captain Mike Dishberger, CEO and co-owner of Sandcastle Homes, has been a HomeAid board member and has participated in HomeAid remodel projects for 10 years. “There are so many benefits to being a HomeAid Builder Captain,” said Mike. “Meeting the people these shelters serve; seeing their faces, getting to know them and understanding what their struggles have been is both enlightening and rewarding. We’ve been able to see the facilities when they need help the most, some of them have just been old houses that need refurbishing, others are large structures. But it is easy for us to use our connections within the industry to make the improvements. We spend about four to five hours a week on a remodel project. That isn’t much time away from our own operation. A Caring Safe Place was a larger project and it took us about two months to complete, and it didn’t cost us a thing.” “When we attend the dedication of these projects, that’s where we feel the impact on the time and effort we spent. The residents’ faces say it all,” he added. “It is so obvious how much it means to


The residents' faces say it all. It is so obvious how much it means to them that someone cared enough to become involved and make their life a little brighter. Most of them have never experienced this type of care, involvement and attention. — MIKE DISHBERGER, SANDCASTLE HOMES

them that someone cared enough to become involved and make their life a little brighter. Most of them have never experienced this type of care, involvement and attention.” In 2013, HomeAid and Sandcastle pooled experience and resources to give back to veterans by renovating the U.S.Vets Initiative’s 1,000 sq. ft. lobby. The project was underwritten by Trendmaker Homes. Builder Captain, Mike and his crew, demoed the huge reception area and its oversized counter, provided general carpentry, installed new flooring, gave a fresh coat of paint, and added new fixtures. This enhancement provided a more welcoming environment for the 300 veterans who live there and gave them a place to visit, hang out, read and play games. In 2017 Mike and his team, led by Nicole Keown, purchasing manager, remodeled a transitional living facility for A Caring Safe

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HomeAid Initiates New Look for HALO 2020


omeAid is excited to announce that the 12th anniversary of HomeAid Houston’s HALO Luncheon, that has hosted nearly 2,500 guests since its inception, will be held in late October with a new format that will maintain the integrity of this popular fundraiser, while observing social distancing. HALO, HomeAid’s Amazing Ladies Organization Luncheon raises funds for future HomeAid construction projects. The event brings hundreds of accomplished women together to hear the intimate side of homelessness that affects men, women, children, families and veterans.

“We are creating a new format that will be just as impactful with its message as our eleven previous luncheons,” said Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid. “The complicated circumstances we are facing globally have not deterred our vision or our determination to share the stories of hope and home that are the cornerstone of this event. We ask our supporters to stay tuned for more details.” HomeAid’s HALO Luncheon has raised over half a million dollars since Toy Wood, then GHBA CEO, invited six women to a lunch that was held in the kitchen of one of HomeAid's homeless care agencies in 2008.

Place, an agency that provides crisis intervention services for men living with HIV who are also victims of drug abuse, abandonment and other forms of abuse. The team renovated the kitchen with new countertops, a backsplash, and installed new appliances. They also repaired and replaced portions of the flooring, applied fresh paint, both interior and exterior, and made repairs to the roof and trim work.

JAMES MILLER, EMPIRE COMMUNITIES James Miller, regional president at Empire Communities was the Builder Captain for the construction of an 8,100 sq. ft. cottage for Boys and Girls Country that was built to house eight boys and their teaching parents. The cottage provides these boys with their own bedrooms for the first time in their lives. It is designed to instill security, warmth and a nurturing environment for as long as the children need a safe haven, many times through high school. “Empire has a social responsibility, especially in our arena, to help end homelessness,” said James. “We became a Builder Captain for HomeAid because it gave us an opportunity to change the trajectory of homelessness in our community. And when you think of children who are facing homelessness, there is no question that something must be done, and we have the means to make that happen.” “When we work with HomeAid on a construction project, we form a partnership. They provide the contract, direction and oftentimes resources that help make the project easy. All questions

are answered in one place. Once the project gets going, it folds neatly into our day-to-day operation. The other benefit to being a Builder Captain is the impact it has on our own organization. Our employees went from ‘What is this project?’, to ‘When can we see it, and what can we do?’ And once they visited and saw the construction, the kids, and the excitement it generated across the Boys and Girls campus, it touched them and inspired them to ask for more ways to get involved.” HomeAid is finalizing the details that will initiate a project for Fort Bend Women's Center (FBWC), the area’s primary provider of free, integral support services for survivors of abuse. It will involve adding additional housing to their Rio Bend campus, that will ultimately add four beds for domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors. HomeAid Houston is leading the search for a Builder Captain to construct the 3,225 sq. ft. one-bedroom four-plex.

We became a Builder Captain for HomeAid because it gave us an opportunity to change the trajectory of homelessness in our community. And when you think of children who are facing homelessness, there is no question that something must be done, and we have the means to make that happen. — JAMES MILLER, EMPIRE COMMUNITIES

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Business Accounting & Job Cost *WEBINAR* Approved for: CGB, CGR (Six hours of continuing education credits for: CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, CMP, CSP, GMB, GMR, Master CGP, Master CSP, MIRM) Instructor: Jeff Hunt, CGR, GMB, CAPS, CGP Date: Tuesday, August 25 Time: 9 am to 3 pm Fee: $250 members / $300 non-members Description: Your company’s success depends on managing your finances effectively. Learn the basics of financial planning, budgeting, construction business accounting, job cost systems and financing options so you can track and analyze the cost of goods, overhead and individual job costs as well as communicate about them effectively. Topics include accounting terminology, a chart of accounts, types of records and reports to be maintained and loan products that can provide financing alternatives. As a graduate of this course, participants will be able to: • Define concepts and terminology basic to construction business accounting • Describe the value and use of common financial reports in measuring business performance, job cost accounting and variance analysis • Identify the essentials of operating capital funding methods • Identify common construction and permanent mortgage products and the relative builder/client positions • Recognize the differences between active and passive income • Access templates for a personal budget, a company budget, a chart of accounts, income statement and balance sheet reports Who should take this course? Everyone who plays a role in the success of a company, in whole or in part, needs to have a good understanding of the process of business accounting and job costing. This course is designed for: business owners, vendors, trade contractors, trade professionals, service professionals, project managers and office staff.

CAPS I – Marketing & Communication Strategies for Aging & Accessibility *WEBINAR* Approved for: CAPS, MCSP Instructor: Dan Bawden, CGR, GMB, CAPS Date: Tuesday, September 8 Time: 9 am to 5 pm Fee: $250 members / $300 non-members Description: Millions of Americans are living longer and more active lives. And with their changing lifestyles, older Americans are also looking to revitalize their home environments. Identifying these opportunities and developing the skills to interact with 50+ customers can help you grow your business dramatically. Learn best practices in communicating and interacting with this exciting and evolving population and take advantage of one of the fastest growing market segments in remodeling and related industries.


As a graduate of this course, you will be able to: • Explain the three segments of the aging-in-place (AIP) market that present business opportunities for building professionals • Implement a process for promoting new opportunities for products and services in the AIP market • Enhance your sales process with effective techniques for AIP Who should attend? Remodelers, land developers, accountants, architects, planners, designers, residential builders, commercial contractors, engineers, real estate brokers and agents, subcontractors and specialty trades, manufacturers and suppliers, financial services professionals

CAPS II – Design Build Solutions for Aging & Accessibility *WEBINAR* Approved for: CAPS, MCSP Instructor: Dan Bawden, CGR, GMB, CAPS Date: Tuesday, September 15 Time: 9 am to 5 pm Fee: $250 members / $300 non-members Description: The rapid growth of the older adult population in the U.S. is a huge opportunity for remodelers. As this consumer group expands, more and more are interested in remodeling their home to fit their new lifestyle and abilities. This Certified Agingin-Place (CAPS) course will help you understand the guidelines and requirements of accessibility, the importance of doing an assessment with input from occupational and physical therapists, and the significance of good design that can transform a house into a safe, attractive, and comfortable home for life. As a graduate of this course, you will: • Consider contractual and legal concerns for building professionals providing solutions to the aging-in-place client • Perform a needs assessment to identify and prioritize the needs, wants, and wishes of the aging-in-place client • Recommend design solutions for the aging-in-place client • Estimate and schedule the aging-in-place project while regarding special considerations • Identify considerations for executing the job while the client is in residence Who should attend? Remodelers, land developers, accountants, architects, planners, designers, residential builders, commercial contractors, engineers, real estate brokers and agents, subcontractors and specialty trades, manufacturers and suppliers, financial services professionals

CAPS III - Details and Solutions for Livable Homes and Aging in Place *WEBINAR* Approved for: CAPS, MCSP Instructor: Dan Bawden, CGR, GMR, GMB, CAPS, CGP Date: Tuesday, September 22 Time: 9 am to 3 pm Fee: $250 members / $300 non-members Description: This course builds on the CAPS I & II courses (which are prerequisites) by introducing design solution techniques, innovative products and best practices for product installation for CAPS professionals to use when creating livable spaces in which to age in place. Participants will engage in hands-on activities from real case studies to apply material learned in all CAPS courses.

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Education Corner

By completing this course, participants will be able to: • Create comprehensive designs for aging-in-place (AIP) projects • Become familiar with innovative and specialized products • Practice design and installation of key AIP design components • Implement techniques of budget integration into design and product selection • Identify common missteps for design/installation of AIP solutions • Apply solutions for common single-room modifications cases • Identify common installation considerations for modifications of a specified space • Prioritize solutions in a whole house multi-generational case study while being compliant with budgetary constraints with consideration given to phased construction application • Prioritize tasks relative to a project’s budget and urgency Who should take this course? Builders, remodelers, vendors, manufacturers, architects, designers, real estate professionals, health industry professionals, government personnel and the academic community will all benefit.

GENERAL EDUCATION (Not for designations) Building Builder Business through Alliances *WEBINAR* (2 Hours TREC CE Credit) Instructor: E. L. Crain Date: Thursday, August 12 Time: 9 am to 11 am Fee: $35 members / $50 non-members TREC Provider - #9917; TREC Instructor - #5152; TREC Class #3667; TREC - 2 hours CE Credit Description: This course is designed to encourage building alliances to generate greater new construction sales and community traffic.


Job Costing in QuickBooks® Desktop *WEBINAR* Instructor: Dwayne Briscoe Date: Wednesday, August 19 Time: 3 pm to 5 pm Fee: $35 members / $50 non-members Attendees will learn: • How to determine the best payroll option and how to set up the payroll item list • How long you are required by law to keep your records, from employee applications to employee terminations • How to create custom liability payments to ensure proper accounting for tax liability agencies and understand the date of payment • Workers Compensation and how it relates to employers and employees in Texas

Design and Construction of Residential Foundations, Soils & Material Testing *WEBINAR* Instructor: David Eastwood, PE, Geotech Engineering Date: Thursday, August 20 Time: 1 pm to 5:30 pm Fee: $45 members / $60 non-members Description: This seminar is a must-see for builders, architects, structural engineers and developers. After taking this course, you will understand the basics and importance of geotechnical, materials and forensic engineering as it relates to 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 helical pile systems • Foundations risks, the effects of trees, quality control and soil stabilization • Design of beach houses in places such as Galveston • A forensic evaluation of distressed residences in Houston, focusing on design, construction, materials, environmental conditions and wear and tear • Causations for foundation distress and repair techniques • Inground swimming pool design • Houston faults and how to build homes near them Who should attend? Remodelers, land developers, architects, planners, designers, residential builders, commercial contractors, engineers, real estate brokers and agents, subcontractors, specialty trades, manufacturers and suppliers, financial services professionals.

Payroll Reporting in QuickBooks® Desktop *WEBINAR* ACES Builders Warranty Inc. Legends Architectural Stone Builders Post-Tension

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CenterPoint Energy High Efficiency Homes Program

Norbord Industries

Exterior Inspections Fox Energy Specialists Huber Engineered Woods

Perfection Supply RoyOMartin/Corrigan OSB Suncoast Post-Tension The Sherwin-Williams Co.

Instructor: Dwayne Briscoe Date: Wednesday, September 16 Time: 3 pm to 5 pm Fee: $35 members / $50 non-members Attendees will learn how to: • Determine the best payroll option for various businesses and how to set up the payroll item list • Create custom liability payments to ensure proper accounting for tax liability agencies and understand the date of payment • How long you are required by law to keep your records, from employee applications to employee termination

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Technology Musts For A Modern Home


hough the homebuilding industry has taken its time warming up to implement ‘smart-home’ features in new home builds, momentum is at the highest it’s ever been. We live in a digital age and homebuyers expect a digitally-optimized, modern home.

Builders have a unique opportunity to exceed homebuyers’ expectations and can command higher prices for their properties by incorporating smart-home features into new homes such as home security, energy-efficient electrical, and structured wiring systems. In fact, a recent Coldwell Banker study shows that nearly half of younger homebuyers would invest $3,000 more for a home with smart features. Here are the three things that HomePro, Texas’s premier home technology provider, recommends homebuilders consider when building a modern home: 1. Home Security, 2. Energy-Efficient Electrical Installations, 3. Structured Wiring.

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“For years, when meeting with homeowners we would have to introduce them to and sell them on the concepts of a smart home. Now, they come in asking for it.” Kendall Goshorn Regional Director of Builder Development, HomePro

Interested in learning more about modern home technology? Visit HomePro’s showroom where certified experts in security, electrical, and structured wiring can provide solutions to homebuilders and homebuyers. HomePro also specializes in home automation, central vacuum, surround sound, home theater, and distributed audio services.

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Home Security Homeowners want peace of mind, yet only 38% of homeowners have a home security system installed. As buyers plan their new home design or scan the market, builders can help inform and educate while offering homes with elevated security features. As the nation’s largest installer of Savant and Clare home automation and security systems, HomePro can provide expert advice to builders and homebuyers about the benefits of this technology.

Smart Locks + Automation Features Keeping loved ones and possessions safe and intruders away is a priority for all homeowners. With a simple smartphone app, doors can be locked or unlocked whether they’re home or not, and homeowners can give friends and family temporary or permanent access. Additionally, when a home is outfitted with event trigger capabilities that notify device apps of glass breakage, smoke, or motion detection, homeowners can rest assured knowing their family is safe. With doorbell alerts and facial recognition features, residents will see who walks onto their doorstep before deciding to answer by viewing video surveillance, sent straight to the owner’s smartphone or TV.

Professional Monitoring Give potential buyers the option for remote monitoring during construction, so they don’t have to work to find a security company on their own. Having a home monitoring system in place can save homeowners up to 20% on homeowner’s insurance, which is often more than enough to cover the cost of the service.

Energy-Efficient Electrical Installations Along with smart-home features, buyers in 2020 are interested in conserving energy and, of course, saving money. In a recent survey by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), realtors stated that 71% of their clients said the promotion of energy efficiency in listings impacted their decision.

Save Money While Saving The Environment With energy-efficient design and lighting, homeowners can conserve energy, enjoy lower utility bills, and have the ability to control lighting and temperature straight from their Bluetooth devices. This can reduce energy usage in a home.

Structured Wiring A typical house uses 10x more network traffic than most small business offices. A network expected to handle the traffic of multiple streams of music, Netflix playing in the game room, kids playing Xbox, parents working from home, and more, will perform exponentially better when supported by a strategically designed wiring infrastructure. Over the last five years, the number of people working remotely has grown by 58%.

Faster + More Efficient Wi-Fi By investing in a structured wiring system that powers smart devices and more efficient Wi-Fi, residents can stream faster and enjoy a better wireless experience on as many devices as they please, relying on their structured wiring system to handle their bandwidth and platform needs.

Connect With Us Nick Garcia | Builder Development Manager 218-408-6609 | n.garcia@homeprotech.com 10110 West Sam Houston Pkwy N Suite 170

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BOLD FOX DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES FIRST COMMUNITY Launched mid-year 2019, Bold Fox Development has secured property for one planned community with a second development in the works. Both will take an approach ALEX KAMKAR that pulls the best from older, successful master-planned communities while incorporating fresh concepts meaningful to today’s homebuyer. “Yesterday’s master-planned communities were typically centered on golf courses,” said Alex Kamkar, managing shareholder of Bold Fox Development. “Playgrounds with big yellow slides and traditional playground equipment were typical amenities. We’re taking a look at what lifestyle looks like right now.”

DAVID WEEKLEY HOMES CELEBRATES 100,000TH CLOSING David Weekley Homes, one of the nation’s largest privately-held home builders, has achieved an incredible milestone with its 100,000th home closing since the company’s inception in 1976. “We are honored to have had 100,000 families choose us to help fulfill their dream of homeownership,” said David Weekley, chairman of David Weekley Homes. “It is also a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team members to have accomplished such an amazing feat.” Weekley’s 100,000th home was purchased by the Bokelman family in the master-planned community of Viridian, located in the Dallas/Ft. Worth suburb of Arlington. The Bokelman family, including Katie, Zachary and their three children, relocated from Pensacola, Florida, to Arlington for Zachary’s new job. Visit www.davidweekleyhomes.com for more information.


“People just weren’t taking calls for about a full month and we couldn’t get out and meet with anyone,” he said. “So, I started formulating where I want Bold Fox Development to be not just in two years, but in five years and in 10 years. Our first goal was to get one or two communities that were 50 acres or less. That’s done. Now the focus will be on slightly larger communities of 100 to 200 acres. He also said the pandemic is helping home buyers refocus their priorities. “People are leaving congested areas and looking for places in more rural and suburban areas that have natural features,” Kamkar said. “That’s been a priority for us from the very start.” Learn more about Bold Fox Development at www.boldfoxdevelopment.com.


Kamkar said Bold Fox Development communities will place an emphasis on opportunities to be outdoors, connecting with nature on solo adventures or with neighbors when they want. “We want to use innovative land planning that will create the canvas for the American dream,” Kamkar said.

First America Homes, the homebuilding division of the Signorelli Company, hosted a Grand Opening weekend to celebrate their highly anticipated model home in Deer Pines, Conroe’s newest premier acreage community. Attendees enjoyed face painting, a free taco lunch and were be entered to win a John Deere lawn mower.

The development’s first project — Venetian Pines in Conroe — will begin presales late this year with the first homes underway early in 2021. The 45acre community will have 200, 40-foot homesites and is near Airport Road and Loop 336. Empire Communities and Chesmar Homes have committed to build in Venetian Pines, with pricing expected from the $190,000s to the $260,000s.

Deer Pines offers a variety of ranch-style floor plans with open-concept interiors and fantastic curb appeal starting in the $260,000s. The wooded acreage homesites provide a serene, private abode for families looking for a home off the beaten path, while still being conveniently located to shopping, dining, and major highways including 45 and 59.

Key amenities will be walking trails throughout the community. Venetian Pines also will have an amenity lake. “Since COVID-19, more people are leaving the house and trying to find nature,” Kamkar said. “We want to encourage that with our amenities.”

“We look forward to showing off our beautiful new model home in Deer Pines,” says Dave Barnhart, First America Homes division president. “The community looks great and it’s exciting to see it

Kamkar said he’s in the provisional stage to purchase 20 acres in Tomball for a small community featuring designs by Chesmar Homes. Trying to get a new development company off the ground during a pandemic has been a challenge, Kamkar says, but has also allowed him to put in place a finely honed strategy for success.

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start coming to life as our buyers begin closing on their homes and making them their own.” Deer Pines is located just off FM 1484 and S Williams Road, between I-45 and US 59. Young residents in Deer Pines attend schools in the Conroe Independent School District. Learn more at firstamericahomes.com.

BRIDGELAND TEAMS WITH DARLING HOMES AND TAYLOR MORRISON TO INTRODUCE NEW DESIGNS Clean lines, open floor plans, plenty of natural light and sophisticated simplicity – these concepts are the foundation for community design and the newest collections from Darling Homes and Taylor Morrison. Bridgeland®, the top-selling master planned community in Houston, welcomes the expert homebuilders to its newest neighborhood of Copper Breaks in Parkland Village. Darling Homes will offer homes on 40- and 60-foot homesites, while Taylor Morrison’s offerings will be on 60-foot homesites. Pre-sales began in June. Open-concept floor plans across both builders’ collections will continue to include the distinctive details Darling Homes and Taylor Morrison are known for including owner’s bedroom suites and first floor guest suites, soaring two-story ceilings, up to three-car garages, flexible plan designs as well as optional game and media rooms. Each series of homes provides a selection of unique exterior styles that will appeal to buyers searching for modern sophistication. “We are excited to welcome two highly acclaimed builders in Darling Homes and Taylor Morrison into additional neighborhoods in Bridgeland,” said Heath Melton, executive vice president of master planned communities, residential for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “These home designs perfectly complement the modern vision we have for our forward thinking master planned community, providing unique, affordable homes along with all the attractive amenities Bridgeland has to offer.” The convenient proximity to Grand Parkway and U.S. 290 makes owning a home in Bridgeland even more desirable. Model homes are anticipated to be completed later this year.

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W E LCO M E N E W M E M B E R S 2020 Membership Chair

D'ANN BROWN Strucsure Home Warranty


On behalf of the GHBA, I would like to extend a big welcome to all of our new members! We couldn’t be more thrilled that you’ve made this commitment to the Houston building community as well as to your own business development. My personal experience with the GHBA has shown me how very much there is to be gained by being an active member of this association. From the multitude of educational and professional development opportunities to the networking and community involvement events, I credit the GHBA with providing me the environment to forge invaluable business relationships and foster my continuous professional growth. Visit ghba.org for information on all upcoming events or contact the Membership Department at (281) 664-1425 to get involved and put your membership to work! I am always happy to talk to new members about how to get involved or my personal experience with the GHBA. If you have been a GHBA member for a while, please take a minute to extend a warm “hello” and congratulate our newest members listed on the next page for supporting the building industry. And remember, "When doing business, call on a member first!"

If you are interested in helping recruit members, the GHBA Membership/ Ambassador Committee invites you to the next committee meeting and lunch at the GHBA. For more info, contact Cynthia Fagan at 281-664-1425 or cfagan@ghba.org.



3H Construction Services LLC Brian Anderson 3722 Mossy Rock Ct Kingwood, TX 77345 (281) 830-0004 3hservices@gmail.com www.3hconstructionservices.com Cottage Lane Homes, Inc Lana Vallet 7887 San Felipe Suite 122 Houston, TX 77063 (832) 509-9071 info@valletbuilders.com Elysium Builders LLC Cesar Rodriguez 24044 Cinco Village Center Blvd # 100 Katy, TX 77494 (281) 757-3635 elysiumbuildersllc@gmail.com www.elysiumbuilders.com Expressive Builders Kristy Dupuy 18445 Hwy 105W, Ste 102-147 Montgomery, TX 77356 (936) 449-8072 kristy@expressivebuilders.com www.expressivebuilders.com M Romero Builders LLC Michael Romero 6419 Sutton Meadows Dr. Houston, TX 77086 (832) 867-3146 mjjromero@yahoo.com Moriarty Construction, LLC Liz Moriarty 3414 Broadmead Dr. Houston, TX 77025 (281) 932-5211 estasney@yahoo.com www.moriartyconstruction.com Steadfast Custom Homes William Orlando 423 Mason Park Blvd, Suite B Katy, TX 77450 (281) 830-1980 worlando@steadfastdc.com steadfastcustomhomestx.com Stone Forest Homes LLC Lindsay Renee 15627 Sunfish Rd. Willis, TX 77318 (770) 561-3999 stoneforest.homes@gmail.com

Talasek Builders Justin Talasek 211 Scarlet Maple Dr. Sugarland, TX 77479 (281) 202-8326 justin@talasekbuilders.com www.talasekbuilders.com TKT Building Group DBA Justin Taghi 2929 Allen Parkway, Ste.3150 Houston, TX 77019 (713) 884-5859 justin@tktconstruction.net www.tktbuildinggroup.com West U Builders LLC Anil Aggarwal 4127 Marlowe St Houston, TX 77005 (713) 339-4600 anil@westubuilders.com www.westubuilders.com Windsor Custom Homes Randall Dawson 11584 Rose Rd Conroe, TX 77303 (936) 856-9472 dawson_plumbing@yahoo.com windsorcustomhomes.com


Houston Roofing and Construction Nathan Braly 11330 West Rd. Houston, TX 77065 (832) 237-3737 nathanb@myhrc.biz www.houstonroofingonline.com Huntington Remodeling Boyd Moore 10930 W Sam Houston Pkwy N Ste. 100, Houston, TX 77064 (281) 517-9807 boyd.moore@huntingtonremodeling.com www.huntingtonremodeling.com Kirby Taylor Homes Rodney Meyers 6200 Overbrook Lane Houston, TX 77057 (713) 542-7970 kirbytaylorhomes@att.net kirbytaylorhomes.com

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Champions Marketing Michael Stanaway 10315 Woodedge Dr Houston, TX 77070 (832) 888-0807 mstanaway@championsmarketing.net www.championsmarketing.com/ Cherry House Moving Christina A Huffman 9235 Edgebrook St Houston, TX 77075 (713) 941-2924 christinahuffman@cherryhousemoving.com www.cherryhousemoving.com Granite Granite | ARC Cabinetry Anchit Khanna 4909 Dacoma St Houston, TX 77092 (713) 680-9191 sales@arc-cabinetry.com www.granitegraniteinc.com Heartland Kimberly Stritz 25411 Friar Lake Ln Spring, TX 77373 (281) 731-5491 kimberly.stritz@e-hps.com Kevin Young Designer, Inc. Kevin Young 5615 NW Central Dr., Suite C-108 Houston, TX 77092-2048 (713) 690-1136 kyoung@kyd.com kyd.com Kilowatt Partners - Kilowatt Solar Stewart Masterson P. O. Box 518, Kemah, TX 77565 (713) 589-5842 stewart@kilowattpartners.net www.kilowattpartners.net McKenzie Drafting and Design Derrik McKenzie 12335 Kingsride Lae #123 Houston, TX 77024 (281) 920-4240 ddesign001@zoho.com mckenziedraftinganddesign.com Pacific Dimensions, Inc. Kristine Lewis 15718 Cascading Brook Way Cypress, TX 77433 (713) 858-7481 klewis@pacificdimensions.com www.pacificdimensions.com

Paden Wiese Northwestern Mutual Paden Wiese 3963 Point Clear Dr. Missouri City, TX 77459 (979) 218-3951 paden.wiese@nm.com padenwiese.nm.com Rivet Joshua Oynick 988 Market Street, Suite 900 San Francisco, CA 94102 (941) 313-5770 josh@joinrivet.com www.joinrivet.com Shep Boys Waste Mgmt LLC Nikki Shepard 17719 South Drive Cypress, TX 77433 (713) 249-3835 nikki@shepboyswaste.com www.shepboyswaste.com Synergy Operations Group, LLC Jerry Alexander P.O. Box 131239 The Woodlands, TX 77389 (832) 856-4590 Jerry@Sogtx.com www.SynergyOperationsGroup.com Thermafoam Insulation, Sheathing, SIPS John Nicholson 1240 Hwy 77 North Hillsboro, TX 76645 (254) 582-2730 johnn@powerfoam.com www.thermafoam.com

Houston Association of Realtors Abby Realty Michelle Carruthers 14027 Lakepoint Drive Willis, TX 77318 (713) 516-2964 mchomeandland@gmail.com

USA Insulation of North and SW Houston Bill Glazier 4750 FM 2920 #403 Spring, TX 77388 (346) 297-2800 bglazier@usainsulation.net www.usainsulation.net Weeks Spray Foam Insulation LLC Austin Weeks 175 Country Wood Dr. Shepherd, TX 77371 (936) 433-7046 austin@weekssprayfoam.com www.weekssprayfoaminsulationllc.com

Houston Association of RealtorsLands Realty (an affiliate of BRE Realty) Ron Blanks 2302 Fannin # 202 Houston, TX 77002 (281) 413-7662 Ronb7662@yahoo.com Houston Association of RealtorsREALM Real Estate Tish Sotello 9516 London Bridge Sta Houston, TX 77045 (713) 560-1445 tishisotello@gmail.com


Perry Homes Ron Rohrbacher 9000 Gulf Freeway Houston, TX 77017 (713) 948-7841 ron.rohrbacher@perryhomes.com www.perryhomes.com

Houston Association of RealtorsRealty Preferred Andres Jones 18215 Tenasserim Pine Trace Richmond, TX 77407 (832) 757-0735 andres@andresjones.com

ASID - Canaima Design Yesely Love 4215 Emory Ave Houston, TX 77005 (540) 538-3235 yesely.love@canaimadesign.com www.canaimadesign.com Houston Association of Realtors Keller Williams Realty Knakita Jones 8344 Spring Cypress Rd Houston, TX 77379 (281) 444-3900 knakita@homesbyknakita.com homesbyknakita.com

Houston Association of RealtorsREMAX Signature Gerald Hatter 2603 West Bainbridge Circle Pearland, TX 77584 (832) 978-5827 geraldhatter@hatterrealty.com

WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY... Rock Materials has been a member and supporter of the GHBA for many years. We’ve had the honor of hosting their annual BBQ Cookoff for the past three years and I can truly say that from our involvement with this event and others throughout the year, we’ve generated a number of long-term business relationships with new customers that may otherwise never have happened. The GHBA goes beyond an association, it’s an extended family of fellow colleagues in the same industry helping one another achieve their business goals.


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R E N E WA L S The 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 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty 9 Finishes, LLC Abbott Contracting, L.L.C. Aberdeen Building Group Action Window Coverings, Inc. Airteam, Ltd. Al Ross Luxury Homes, LLC Amailey Plumbing, LLC American Tradition Custom Homes, LLC America’s Home Place America’s Home Place Anglia Homes ASID ASID- Designs Anew Houston, LLC Bayou City Risk BEC Engineers and Consultants, LLC Benchmark Engineering Corporation Benchmark Mortgage Beth Wolff Realtors BGE, Inc. Brickmoon Design Builders Alliance LLC Building Products Plus Bush Rudnicki Shelton, PC C3 Building Solutions CDS Community Development Strategies Cherry Creek Mortgage Co. Closet Factory Comcast Cable ConnectOne A SMART HOME Company Covington Custom Builders Creative Castles, Inc. Creative Property Restoration DECOR Builders Hardware Inc. Deep Blue LLC Design Shutters Designer Stone Center, Inc. DPIS Builder Services DPIS Builder Services Dupure Durango Doors of Houston Dwell Design & Renovation LLC dba Dwell Design Build EDI International Egret Bay Builders, LLC Elron Construction, Inc. Europa Homes Corp Everhart Construction Evermon Homes, LLC Eyeon Integrated Systems Frankel Building Group Frankel Building Group French Inspection & Construction Services LLC Gehan Homes, LTD Gotham Development Gullo Construction, Inc. Gunn Construction & Building, LLC


MEMBER NAME McCalle Fryar Bridget Koester Larry Abbott Scott McNinch Jacqueline Perry Mort Curtis Joann Warren Scott Talley Steven Belknap Jack Krueger Lowell Pinnock James Hunter Janie Mitts Moore Barb Mueller, CAPS, Allied ASID, AKBD Chris Hawkins Karl Breckon Saib Saour Mark Cady Ed Wolff Randy Randermann Jeremy McFarland Chad Hall Eric Lincoln James Rudnicki Kristal Casey Steve Spillette Jason Higham Don Yokovich Joe Robles Maren Harbour Robert Covington Surrey Ewing Stephen McNiel Chandler Eaddy Trent Kerr Shawn Janes Jorge Lefebvre Brannon King Jonathan Risch Natalie Medders Jill Dragonetti David Perry GMB, CGP Victor Mirontschuk Dana Lee Rona Milbauer Guillermo Sierra Lee Mash Jeremy Evermon John Short Kevin Frankel CGP Scott Frankel CGB, GMB, CGP, Master CGP Dean French Don Forslund Aaron Rosenberg Frank Gullo David Gunn

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COMPANY NAME Harbour Classic Builders, LLC Hillier Restoration, LLC dba Paul Davis Restoration of Houston HM Elite Roofing Home Remedy LLC HomePro Home Technologies Houston Association of Realtors - Cityscape Brokers, LLC Houston Association of RealtorsKimberly Lane Properties Texas Hycraft Homes IBERIABANK EG Mortgage Group Interceramic Tile & Stone Gallery ISB Capital, LLC Joe Swartz Electric Company, LTD Johnson Development Corporation Jones Carter Keller Williams - The Icon Team Kmiec Construction LLC Kolbe Hill Inc. L&B Limited, LLC Lone Star Building & Construction Services, Inc. Masterpiece Kitchens and Baths, LLC MASTIC Home Exteriors by PlyGem Millennium Designs, Inc. MS International, Inc.-Distributor of Natural Stone National Sign Plazas, Inc. Newland Communities On-Target! Marketing & Advertising Owner Builder Network Paxson & Associates, P.C. Pella Windows & Doors Precision Homes Custom Builders, Inc. ProTex Comfort Control Qualified Inspection Services/Energy Smart Radcliffe Bobbitt Adams Polley PLLC Ram Jack Foundation Solutions RDM Development REALEX Homes Refined Systems, LLC Renewal By Andersen of Houston Roberson Building Group Robert L. Bradley & Associates, Inc. Safety Maker, Inc. Sandler Stoecker Corporation Superior Homes Custom, Inc. The Flory Team The Residence Doctor, Inc. / Lambert Brogger Custom Homes, LLC Timberlake Cabinetry Venetian Stairs/Indital USA Vick Construction & Remodeling Inc. WBH Group Western Pacific Building Materials Westpark Communications Wetlands Professional Services Wiley Homes, LLC

MEMBER NAME Murphy Yates Jason White

JOIN DATE 2002 2019

Mario Delgado Mike Crigler Nick Garcia Michael Ifland Donald Thompson

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Jordan McDonald Jacob Egly Dave Gangwer Belinda O’Daniel Rahul Ramdas Larry Johnson Terry Reeves Nicole Roberts Cori Kmiec Robert Hill Lucas Brown Wayne Ball Katheryn Houk Mark Walaszczyk Wendy Mitchell Pankaj Shah Steve Startzell Rainer Ficken Scott Steiner Sheila Marler Stephen Paxson Luis Talamantes Jason Wieghat Luis Gallardo Don Tippit Rita Rodriguez Nicolette Ramirez Mark Brown Nick Peters Ryan Heine Robert (Bob) Birner Chris Roberson Robert Bradley Andrew Hilliard Troy Elmore Michael Stoecker Dean Hall David Flory George Lambert

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Kevin Johnson Margie Melgar Kevin Vick CAPS, CGP, CGR Dan Hardin Randy Lutz Laura Baker Jim Coody Cade Wiley

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PACIFIC DIMENSIONS INC., has been delivering awardwinning interior designs to builder clients in Texas for more than five years. Our fresh, current, and inspirational model merchandising visions offer the ultimate sales tool for builders to reach their targeted buyer demographics.

SLIP SOLUTIONS OF HOUSTON LLC is the premier walkway safety firm in the Greater Houston area. We cater to residential and commercial, new construction, remodeling, and existing structure flooring.

Currently we have live models in several Houston and Austin communities. We look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with you on your new communities. Learn more at www.pacificdimensions.com or contact Kristine Lewis, Builder Account Manager, Texas Market, at (713) 858-7431; klewis@pacificdimensions.com.

Our services include safety coatings and treatments for a wide range of indoor or outdoor surface types. From natural stone, tile, concrete, wood and resilient, we make it safer when wet. We also provide documented Static Coefficient of Friction (SCOF) and Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF) measurements for investigative or insurance purposes. And we have the best warranty in the business! Learn more at slipsolutionsofhouston.com or contact Tim Hill at (281) 210-7778; info@slipsolutionsofhouston.com.

• member profile • REHAU is the premium worldwide brand for polymer-based innovations and systems in construction, automotive, and industry. Our 20,000 employees produce a product range that encompasses the building envelope, mechanical systems, and millwork solutions. We are uniquely qualified to help you and your design team optimize building performance and interiors. REHAU Window Systems offers a range of designs engineered with outstanding structural, thermal, acoustical, and impact performance. An array of color choices are available on the hung-slider designs, various options for patio doors, to the advanced European-style tilt-turn windows. The outstanding properties of our uPVC window and door systems deliver thermal performance that drives energy efficiency, perceived noise reduction of 90 to 95 percent, and hurricane ratings for impact and pressure for many residential, mixed-use, hospitality, multifamily, light commercial applications. To learn more visit www.na.rehau.com or contact Scott Maxwell, Business Development Manager, Southern USA, at (626) 272-3528; scott.maxwell@rehau.com.

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2020 Associate Council Chair


Legends Architectural Stone

Building a Community


ever look down on someone unless you’re helping them up.” Jesse Jackson said those words. Having been involved in the GHBA for nearly 15 years, this quote resonates even more when I look back at my experience with the association and its members. I am often asked the same questions, “Do you get anything out of your membership? Will it do me any good?” My response has been consistent throughout my years of faithful service, “We’re a family, a community that looks after one another and mentors each other for a common goal of the community, to succeed and share joy in others’ success and do our best to help one another along the way.” It was with the Remodelers Council and Bill Shaw, the RMC president at the time, where my journey began in 2006 as a member of the board of directors. That was where I first witnessed the camaraderie. Mentored by Breck Powers, Wayne Ball, Jeff Hunt, the GHBA staff and several others, I began to cultivate friendships that still exist today. I can honestly say I would not be where I am today without the common good I have been shown and experienced through the Greater Houston Builders Association. I have relationships within this building community that have fostered friendships

that will last a lifetime. They are a trusted source to counsel, ask questions, share ideas, develop professionally, and gain a better understanding of the industry we work in. It seems communities are being portrayed by the media and social platforms as divided. However, I do not find that to be the case within this organization or its members. If you are considering starting a business, getting involved in something larger than yourself, making a difference that can be seen for the common good of others while improving yourself and your business, then the GHBA is a great place to start. With that being said, we have several virtual events coming up where you can get plugged in and learn more about our industry and those involved. On August 4, the Bay Area Builders Association will host its Mid-Year Forecast webinar to present predictions for the coming two years. On August 6, the Associate Council will feature purchasing managers from some local powerhouse builders, such as InTown Homes, First America Homes and Ravenna Homes. On August 13, the Remodelers Council is hosting a webinar revealing the “ins and outs” of the industry, and on August 20 the Custom Builders will learn how to increase

their purchasing power with vendors. What a great end-of-summer lineup! We at the GHBA appreciate your flexibility with the changing of event dates as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. Please don’t let the lack of inperson meetings discourage you from getting involved. I would bet there is a GHBA member that would like to catch lunch with you to network and help you build your business. And remember, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew


Thursday, August 6 Topic: Purchasing Manager Panel 11:30 a.m. at GHBA Education Center 9511 W Sam Houston Parkway N, Houston, TX 77064 Cost: $20 Sponsored by:






ASSOCIATE COUNCIL INFO/ SPONSORSHIPS: Contact Peggy Means (281) 664-1431; pmeans@ghba.org

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RESCHEDULED! “A bad day fishin’ is better than a good day at work...any day.”


Sept 25th ATTENTION:

Sign Up Now!

Waterman’s Marina

14302 Stewart Rd B, Galveston, TX 77554

Tournament starts at 6 am • Crawfish served 1-5 pm

Thank you to our current sponsors!


Advantage Benefit Solutions Wristband Sponsor

Dupure Snack Sponsor

Builder’s Choice, Inc. Breakfast Sponsor

Fox Energy Specialists Face Gaiter Sponsor

Builders Post-Tension Towel Sponsor Centricity Cooler Sponsor

HomePro Home Technologies Beverage Sponsor Hotchkiss Insurance Agency Sunscreen Sponsor

RoofTec and The Sherwin-Williams Paint Company Trophy Sponsors SRG Stairs Dinner Sponsor StrucSure Home Warranty T-Shirt Sponsor

Suncoast Post-Tension Boat Bag Sponsor Trendmaker Homes Hat Sponsor Venetian Stairs/ Indital USA BAF Sponsor

AVAILABLE SPONSORSHIPS Hand Sanitizers Sponsor - $2,850 • Company name on bottle and company logo on sponsor banner and listed in Houston Builder magazine. • Sponsor receives one fishing team entry with guided boat and • 4 tickets to Crawfish Boil. Lure Sponsor- $2,850 • Company name on the lures, and company logo on the sponsor banner and listed in Houston Builder magazine. • 4 tickets to Crawfish Boil Rod Sponsor - $1,200 • Company name on rods purchased for drawing and their company logo on the sponsor banner and listed in Houston Builder magazine. • 4 tickets to Crawfish Boil Turn-In Bag Sponsor - $500 • Company name on the turn-in bags, company logo on the sponsor banner and listed in Houston Builder magazine. • 4 tickets to Crawfish Boil Drawing Sponsor - $500 (unlimited) • Company logo on sponsor banner and listed in Houston Builder magazine. • 2 tickets to Crawfish Boil DESIGN BY:

HOOK YOUR SPONSORSHIP TODAY! ASK FOR DETAILS. Contact: Peggy Means at pmeans@ghba.org or 281-664-1431 for more info.

*As of print date.

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Prosperity through Quality Documentation By 2020 Custom Builders Council Chair


They did it right in 1776.

built by starting with a 12-page document.

TAB contracts help builders get it right today.

Today, it takes a 12-page TAB contract to properly document a working relationship between a custom builder and a trade partner. And we just want to build homes.

One of the main ingredients that makes home building in the United States of America a viable pursuit is prosperity. Widespread prosperity provides small businesses a chance to earn some freedom and create more jobs and thereby spread that prosperity to fuel more freedom. Freedom works best when we all follow the rules. The GHBA helps homebuilders and their trade partners improve their chances for success by documenting our rules. Last month, on the 4th of the July, The United States of America celebrated its birthday. Our great nation was born from a short document called the Declaration of Independence. According to the usconstitution.net, the Declaration has 1,458 words. The entire original, unamended Constitution contains 4,543 words, which if written in 12-point Times New Roman font (500 words per page) renders about 12 pages. So, the United States of America, with the blood sweat and tears of many has been

How in the heck can we keep track of all these contract issues? Glad you asked... Luckily, the GHBA has Ian Faria and James Rudnicki leading that contract charge. Through TAB, they develop and maintain the association contracts. James being the statewide scrivener and Ian being our local counsel, means both attorneys have their ears to the ground and listen to what goes on among our litigious culture. Both also hear more distant winds of change as they are engaged on a national level. Based on what they hear, changes in law and their application, plus feedback from home builders, James and Ian develop and modify the TAB contract set every two years. Then, James and Ian coach up the builders on how to use those contracts to protect our business, which translates to profitability.

In July, the CBC hosted a webinar meeting in lieu of our regular in-person luncheon. At that meeting: • Ian Faria with the Bradley Law Firm reviewed the 2019-2021 TAB contract package and highlighted many recent legislative changes and new language to protect builders from several COVID-19 related issues. • Ian also discussed recent litigation issues of which he has become aware in the Greater Houston area, often through his direct litigation involvement. • Ian also reminded us that builders and remodelers must attend the Contracts Seminar on October 15 to be granted access the TAB contracts. Of course, you only need good documentation if an issue presents itself. So, for those who are lucky enough to build without any issues... no need come. For the rest of us, we will be at the Product Expo contract seminars in October. Bottom line, protect your business and your assets. Use the TAB contracts!





SILVER CUSTOM BUILDERS COUNCIL INFO AND SPONSORSHIPS: Contact Donna Buenik (281) 664-1429 dbuenik@ghba.org


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2019-2021 TAB CONTRACTS These contracts are designed to protect your business and assets. The updated Texas Residential Construction Contracts Package will reflect the most recent legislative changes, including new language to protect builders and remodelers from COVID-related issues.

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Presenting Attorneys: James Rudnicki - BUSH/rudnicki/Shelton Ian Faria - Bradley Law Firm

SEMINAR SCHEDULE 10:30 am - 12 noon Custom Builder Seminar 1:30 pm - 3 pm Open Forum 4 pm - 5 p.m. Remodeler Seminar

DON’T LOSE YOUR ACCESS! The Texas Association of Builders (TAB) contracts are a members-only benefit and a fantastic value that can save you thousands of dollars in legal fees. In order to access this member benefit, a representative from your company must attend a contract seminar annually. Several sessions are available on October 15. If you do not attend a seminar, access will be denied as of October 16, 2020.



Donna Buenik

281-664-1429 dbuenik@ghba.org


GHBA.ORG/ CALENDAR to register! Visit

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2020 Montgomery County Division Chair

BRANDON LYNCH Keechi Creek Builders

Demand for Housing Holds Strong A

lot of things have slowed down during this pandemic, but home sales in the Greater Houston Metro area is not one of them. Between COVID-19 and the hard-hit oil and gas industry, experts were expecting a slowdown. That’s not what is happening here. The Houston real estate market is on fire. According to the Houston Association of Realtors, June’s home sales were up 18.3 percent from 2019. First-time home buyers are taking advantage of low interest rates. Buyers are looking for more space in their homes. The pandemic has left many working, schooling, and entertaining from home. With these changing times comes the necessity, and desire, for additional space. HAR data show in June there was a 28 percent jump from 2019 in homes in the $250,000 to $500,000 range, many in the suburbs. For homeowners thinking about selling, now might be a good time to act. We will soon be looking at the buyers outweighing the inventory. Statistics show people are paying, if not market price, above market price right now. Tired of being cooped up? Make plans to join us at The Woodlands Country Club on Monday, September 14 for the 10th Annual MCBDD Golf Tournament where hundreds of beautifully manicured acres await you on the Palmer Course. Register your team now before it's too late!





MONTGOMERY COUNTY INFO AND SPONSORSHIPS: Contact Mel Audain (281) 664-1428 maudain@ghba.org



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2020 Remodelers Council President

WILL COLE, CGR, CAPS Divine Renovation

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Thank Your Hero Independence Day: For many, this past Fourth of July will rank as a most memorable one. Not that we will remember it as being particularly good or bad. Maybe just that is tasted like vanilla. On this holiday, we show respect to veterans and thank them for their service. For those who have served, this appreciation is well deserved, as with each mission they put themselves in harm’s way and with each mission there is a chance they might not come home.

Our New Heroes: In our “New Normal” many regular people have been pushed into front line service. Regular people like grocery store clerks, package deliverers, network providers, construction workers, and most recently school teachers have been recruited as essential workers. Consider Stephanie Jackson, our outside sales rep from Capital Insulation. Each morning, when she heads out, she puts herself at risk. Back at home, her husband is a firefighter, daughter an

EMT and her son is in the Army. Her family truly lives with a heart of service each and every day. Or consider my friend’s wife Laura, a school teacher. Laura is concerned about going back to work, fearful she may become infected and bring the virus home to her own family. However, if she does not return to work, the state will revoke her teaching license thus ending her career. Our essential service providers and first responders put themselves in harm’s way every day. They do not receive hazard pay, and many are not allowed to return home for days at a time. I’ll bet this is not what they signed up for. And I’ll bet very few have considered thanking them for their service.

Champion our Essential Workers: Therefore, I ask you to lift up a hero. Thank your first responders and essential service personnel. Help them with a personal task like shopping or something as simple as giving them a bottle of water on a hot day. Most of all,

let them know you and your family are thankful for their service. As a community, this “New Normal” has moved us apart, separated us from friends and family. Thanking our essential service personnel is something we can do now. Something that brings us back together.

In Remodelers Council News Business Amid the New Normal: In the Council's June webinar, GHBA General Counsel Ian Faria reviewed the 2019-2021 contract package and highlighted recent legislative changes to include new COVID-19 guidelines to protect remodelers when entering a client’s home. He also discussed at length warranty language and recent litigation issues he has seen in the greater Houston area. Bottom line: protect your business and your assets; use the TAB contracts! If you missed this informative meeting, you can find a replay at ghba.org/ webinars. We’ll also be sharing more in-






REMODELERS COUNCIL INFO AND SPONSORSHIPS: Contact Donna Buenik (281) 664-1429 dbuenik@ghba.org

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depth contract analysis at the upcoming Product Expo on October 15.

Support our Sponsors

I would like to personally thank all our sponsors. Your backing provides the Remodelers Council the opportunity to support our industry with educational and other services and our community with charitable endeavors. For those currently on the sidelines, I ask that you first consider hiring a sponsor for your next project.

st and out with S AM !

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 Sustaining Associate Member Program (SAM) is just our way of saying "thanks!" SAMs receive additional recognition throughout the year in Houston Builder magazine, with distinguishing ribbons at events, signage at the GHBA building, and more! Our SAMs really go the extra mile for the GHBA. If you see one of these superstar associates, please take a minute to say thank you. Learn more about the SAM program at www.ghba.org/sponsorships.

Get Published!

Don’t miss your chance to become a published author. Send us your best story and see it broadcast to hundreds of thousands of readers in the Houston Chronicle. Articles must be between 300 to 500 words and include a high resolution project photo. Your editorial should be considered educational to a homeowner and not self-serving. Send them to lorraine@idealconsulting.net.


Thursday, August 13 at 11:30 a.m. Live webinar via Zoom Topic: Past Presidents' Panel Cost: $20 earlybird; $30 after Aug. 6

2020 GRAND ($10,000+) ACES Builders Warranty AIRIA Development Corp. BMC Benchmark Mortgage Builders Choice Inc. Builders Post-Tension Carrier Corporation Centricity Champions Stone Co. DataSmart/Duncan Security Detering Co. of Houston DPIS Builder Services DuPure Expressions Home Gallery Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Fox Energy Specialists Gulf & Basco HomePro Home Technologies Hotchkiss Insurance Agency Ironwood Connection Legends Architectural Stone

Milgard Windows & Doors Norbord Industries Perfection Supply Rooftec Sherwin-Williams Co. SRG Stairs StrucSure Home Warranty Suncoast Post-Tension

2020 PREMIER ($5,000+) ABC Home and Commercial Services Allpoints Surveying Centerpoint Energy Exterior Inspections Huber Engineered Woods Keller Williams – The Icon Team RoyOMartin/Corrigan OSB Texas Builders Finance Thorntree Slate & Marble Venetian Stairs Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Sponsored by:

Tabletops: Closet Factory; Expressions Home Gallery; Gulf and Basco


Wednesday, September 30 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dave & Busters 7620 Katy Freeway, Houston, 77024 Associate Stations: $750 per company We're selling at the speed of business (and having some fun, too!) Associates will get focused, one-on-one time with 15+ remodeling companies. Sponsorships available! Email Donna at dbuenik@ghba.org to participate.

Join the 2020 SAM list! Call Cynthia at (281) 664-1425 to find out more.

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2020 Sales & Marketing Council President


Legend Home Corporation / Princeton Classic Homes

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Home Buyers are Buying


ho besides me experienced that feeling of impending doom when we were all locked down in March? If people couldn’t go out to look at our models, pore over floor plans with our sales representatives and walk through inventory homes, how in the world were they going to be able to buy a home? And initially, home sales did slide — at least for my company and from what HAR reported for Houston as a whole. The headline for April’s Housing Market Report was “Houston Housing Feels COVID-19’s Sting in April.” But the pioneering spirit of Houston’s housing market leapt into action as builders, developers and Realtors built more robust virtual platforms on their websites. And the tide started turning for many of us. Legend Homes/Princeton Classic Homes saw a rebound in sales in late April and a full surge in May and June. And talking with my colleagues, many of you have seen similar trends. The July HAR market report mirrors what we were seeing in our office, with a much happier headline this time —

“Houston Home Buyers Pump Up the Volume in June.” There were 9,328 single-family homes sold in the greater Houston area during June, a leap of 15.7 percent over 2019’s record pace. Wow. So, congratulations to everyone who made it possible for home buyers to still shop for homes distantly. To our builders who were able to maintain safe jobsites and allow prospective buyers to safely visit when model homes reopened. To our developers for giving so much support to their

builders and showcasing their communities online. To our Realtors for keeping up their spirits and working hard to offer a virtual sales experience. And to all of our other partners for your resilience and creativity. We will continue to weather through this pandemic storm and will be better for it. On another note — watch for news in the coming weeks on the upcoming SMC calendar. We will be sharing updates on our council's signature events like the PRISM awards and Battle of the Builders.




SALES & MARKETING COUNCIL INFO AND SPONSORSHIPS: Contact Mel Audain (281) 664-1428; maudain@ghba.org

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SPEED SELLING selling... at the speed of business! INFO/SPONSORSHIPS: Contact Donna Buenik (281) 664-1429 dbuenik@ghba.org


ON THE CLOCK... spend 5-8 minutes with each production builder


02 2PM to 6PM

Associate Station - $1,500 Builder Attendance - FREE

Join us at TopGolf for selling at the speed of business! This exciting and productive event pairs builders with associates to build vendor relationships. Associate station sponsors will get one-on-one time with up to 20 purchasing managers in attendance... all while practicing your swing. Please note: *Social distancing and safety protocols will be in place for this event. **We’ll have approximately 20 volume builder purchasing managers participating. Builder participation is voluntary, and we cannot guarantee their attendance.

“The Speed Selling event is the most effective activity GHBA has created to make the best use of all participants’ time and to enjoy the process. I was introduced to subs and suppliers I did not know existed, found out information to help my clients, and started the development of important relationships that will make my service to my clients better and in a very short time. It would have taken weeks if not months to set up those meetings and some I might not have known to set up due to ignorance of their existence.”




1030 Memorial Brook Blvd. —JOHN ST. JOHN Houston, 77084 Greater Houston Builders Association – Building a Better Future | Houston Builder | AUGUST 2020


In case you missed it... here are a few highlights from Q2 2020 at your GHBA.



GROWING RANKS Associates (55.17%)

Custom Builders (32.76%)

Single Family Builders (1.72%)

Remodelers (10.34%)

EDUCATION Launched the popular ABCs of Home Building Series as On-Demand Videos Now available: Concrete, Framing, Electrical, & The Building Envelope 68 purchased to date

The association added 58 new members in Q2 2020

SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING Several new marketing efforts to build membership were launched in April. Member Newsmakers – monthly highlights of members nominated by others members; posted to all social media. Email Drip Marketing Campaign – targeting new members about benefits of being a GHBA member, highlighting events, education 55%and advocacy. Member Video Testimonials and in-house produced video of photos from past events sent to potential members. LEGO Future Home Builder Competition


ENGAGEMENT: 52 New Followers! (5,175 Total)

Green Built Gulf Coast (GBGC) certified 172 new homes

166 New Followers! (3,198 Total) 30 New Followers! 346 New Followers, a 339.22% Increase! (448 Total)

BENEFIT HOMES PROJECT HistoryMaker Benefit Home - Under contract! Closing scheduled for early August Operation Finally Home - Virtual groundbreaking held in May with PulteGroup's Built to Honor Program 42

$12+ MILLION raised since 1980

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COUNCILS & DIVISIONS Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person council luncheons were canceled in April and May. Beginning in June, council's launched their first webinars, which were well received by attendees and sponsors alike. Topics included a developers panel, contract seminars, and marketing strategies for our new virtual world.






the PANDEMIC PIVOT COVID-19 has changed the way we all do business. In this "new normal" GHBA remains committed to its core tenets of education, advocacy and member services. It's been a busy few months! Here's a peek behind the scenes. Since April, GHBA staff continue to hold a conference call every Monday morning to report on activity and status of events, meetings, and industry news. GHBA successfully worked through normal lobbying efforts and behind the scenes to secure residential construction as an essential service in all regional “Stay at Home” orders. (This included a letter writing campaign, personally calling elected officials as well soliciting members to reach out to elected officials.) The GHBA produced weekly communication as frequently as every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on relevant government affairs updates, safety guidance, webinar information and related COVID-19 updates (All information can be found on our dedicated COVID-19 webpage at www.ghba.org/covid19) The GHBA was asked to provide information to local governmental partners on COVID-19’s impact on member businesses. To do this, we produced a survey for all GHBA members to complete in order for us to share helpful data with our elected officials. 100 participated GHBA CEO Casey Morgan was appointed to a Reopen Houston Working Group facilitated by the Greater Houston Partnership. On April 21, GHBA conducted its first live association-wide webinar free to GHBA members featuring Stephanie Gaston and Ian Faria with Bradley Arant on the Paycheck Protection Program and Unemployment Benefits under the CARES Act. 125 members registered On April 28, GHBA conducted another live, free webinar with Robert Dietz, NAHB Chief Economist called “Viral Uncertainty” which provided national economic information as a result of COVID-19. 255 members registered During the month of April, with the help of HomeAid, GHBA members collected 3,000 masks and 1,500 eye protection units for local healthcare facilities. (Special thanks to David Weekly Homes and BMC who helped facilitate the drive!) On May 5, GHBA hosted a live, free webinar with Dr. James Gaines, Chief Economist with the Texas A&M Real Estate Center, who provided an overview of COVID-19’s impact to the residential construction industry. 426 registered On May 12, GHBA hosted another live, free webinar with U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady. The Congressman discussed ongoing efforts in Washington D.C. and provided a political overview of future legislation and regulations implemented on Capitol Hill. 121 registered On May 18, GHBA facilitated a final webinar for the month with GHP's Senior Vice President of Research Patrick Jankowski on Houston’s Economic Overview. 257 members registered The GHBA offices reopened on June 1. GHBA staff returned to the building and followed a modified schedule, Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm. On alternate days, GHBA staff continued to work remotely.

ADVOCACY Government Affairs Committee Since last June, members of the GHBA have participated in the Mayor’s Houston Permit Center (HPC) Advisory Board to help improve the function of the HPC. At the end of June 2020, the Advisory Board delivered their first list of recommendations of changes for the Mayor’s consideration. Throughout the Spring, members have been working with the Harris County Engineering Department on changes to their Right of Way regulations and Geometric Design Guidelines. The Right of Way regulation updates went to Commissioners Court late last month with an effective date of October 1. Members of the Government Affairs Committee participated in several calls for the City of Houston’s Drainage Taskforce. The taskforce is led by the City’s Chief Recovery Officer Steve Costello and is considering changes to drainage and detention requirements for development in the City of Houston.

Developers Council HOME-PAC In June, HOME-PAC hosted an election overview and analysis webinar with Kevin Shuvalov, a political consultant. He provided an overview and projections for both the primary runoff and general elections on the local state and federal level.

In June, we hosted a webinar with Harris County Flood Control District’s Director of Operations Alan Black. He provided an update on specific bond related projects that the district has started or is expected to start by the end of 2020 that are worth an estimate of $500 million. In addition, he discussed the Harris County Commissioners Court adoption of rules that will restrict flood bond projects to the cities within the county that adopt their floodplain development standards by the end of the year.

To get involved, visit ghba.org or call us at 281.970.8970

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Abdul Barazi, Ryko Development D’Ann Brown, CGA, CGP, StrucSure Home Warranty Will Cole, CAPS, CGR, Divine Renovation Randall Duncan, Datasmart/Duncan Security Ian Faria, Bradley Arant Shannon Gaskamp, Legend Home Corporation/Princeton Classic Homes Zach Gavos, Keepsake Design + Build Lisa Gentry Jason Gustafson, CGB, CGP, Winshire Green, LLC Rob Hellyer, CGR, GMB, CAPS, Premier Remodeling & Construction, LP Ericka Hill, Ravenna Homes, LLC Johnny Hollins, J.G. Hollins Builders Jennifer Keller, William Lyon Homes Nicole Keown, CGB, CGP, Sandcastle Homes Inc. Keith Luechtefeld, Shea Homes Brandon Lynch, GMB, CGP, CAPS, Keechi Creek Builders Kendall McDermott, Allpoints Surveying Heath Melton, The Howard Hughes Corporation Sean Mulroony, Highland Homes Houston, LTD Terry Nesch, TONER Home Matters Lindy Oliva, PulteGroup Debbie Page, 1st Infiniti Enterprises, Inc./1st Texas Fire Protection Kevin Stuckey, Wan Bridge Group Ed Taravella, TARACORP Kevin Vick, CAPS, CGP, CGR, Vick Construction & Remodeling, Inc. Mark Welch, David Weekley Homes John Williams, K. Hovnanian Homes Laurie Wilson, First American Title-Homebuilder Division Pat Wilson, Legends Architectural Stone Nicole Zimmermann, HistoryMaker Homes



D’Ann Brown, CGA, CGP, StrucSure Home Warranty Randall Duncan, DataSmart/Duncan Security Mark Welch, David Weekley Homes


Kena Armstrong, CIC Adam Aschmann D’Ann Brown, CGA, CGP Lisa Clark Gonzalo Garcia, CGR, GMB, CAPS, CGP, GMR Allen Griffin, CAPS, GMB, CGR, CGP Stephen Hann, CGR, GMB, GMR, CGP Rob Hellyer, CGR, GMB, CAPS Sean Hodge Don Klein Keith Luechtefeld Matthew Reibenstein Ron Rohrbacher







Adam Bakir, P.E., GMB Randy Bayer, GMB Suzi Bayer, CGA, CSP, CGB Randy Birdwell Ronny Carroll Jonathon Casada, GMB KC Cox, CGA, CAPS, CGP Mike Dishberger, GMB Jim Frankel, GMB Russel Garrison Kathy Howard,Environments for Living Jeff Hunt, GMB, CGR, CAPS, CGP Barry Kahn Andy Loyd Eddie Martin Keith Rodgers, CGA, CSP Bill Shaw, CGR, GMB, CAPS Kathleen Stadler


Adam Aschmann Don Klein Clayton Farmer, CGP, HERS, LEED AP, GBV, GBE Victoria Hawes Rob Hellyer, CGR, GMB, CAPS Kathy Howard Keith Luechtefeld Renae Turnbaugh


Randy Bayer, GMB Suzi Bayer, CGA, CSP, GMB Dan Bawden, JD,CAPS,CGP,CGR,GMB Jonathon Casada, GMB, CAPS KC Cox, CGA, CAPS, CGP Mike Dishberger, GMB Stephen Hann, CGR, GMB, GMR, CGP Jeff Hunt, GMB, CGR, CAPS, CGP Barry Kahn Charles Leyendecker Mike Manners Eddie Martin Tom Richey, CMP, MIRM David Walton


Randy Birdwell J.S. Norman, Jr.


Ambassador/Membership Committee – D'Ann Brown Associate Council – Pat Wilson Benefit Homes Committee – TBD Community Developers Council – Ed Taravella Custom Builders Council – Jason Gustafson Education Committee – Dave Yelovich Government Affairs Committee – Mike Dishberger Green Built Gulf Coast – Nicole Keown & Jim Spurgeon HomeAid Board President – Jim Muska HOME-PAC – Jim Holcomb Past President’s Council – John Williams Retention Committee – Debbie Page Remodelers Council – William Cole Sales & Marketing Council – Shannon Gaskamp Volume Builders Committee – Jeff Dye


Bay Area Builders Association – Ericka Hill Montgomery County Division – Brandon Lynch

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