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The Official Magazine of the Greater Houston Builders Association November 2019|Volume 32|Number 11

FEATURES 06

President's Message: Be Your Best Member

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Advocacy Report: 2019 General Election Recap & Runoff Review

How do you get the most from your membership? Here's a 10-step plan that can easily be accomplished in a year. Commit to this list for one year and you will happily be a member for many years to come.

The City of Houston held a major election last month, with 13 races resulting in the need for a runoff election. The GHBA HOME-PAC actively screened candidates and made endorsements for the most qualified, pro-housing candidates.

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GHBA Participates in She Builds Houston Construction Conference

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Grace Under Fire: How to manage yourself during stressful, busy times

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M/I Homes Presents Benefit Home Funds to GHBA

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About 1,000 middle and high school girls from Aldine High School donned hard hats and carried an air of anticipation and awe as they attended the She Builds Houston Construction Conference in October. The conference was believed to be the largest all-female gathering of students and prospective employers in the industry. Workplace stress is a reality. But how leaders manage themselves in the middle of the storm is everything. These insights can help leaders—from CEOs to middle managers—successfully navigate the stressors of the modern work environment. M/I Homes recently sold and closed on a home constructed for the GHBA Benefit Homes Project in the Bridgeland community. The home was built with donated materials, labor and services by GHBA members. Proceeds from the sale benefit two local charities, HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home.

HomeAid Raises Funds at HALO

HomeAid held its 11th annual HomeAid's Amazing Ladies' Organization (HALO) luncheon in November. This year's theme was "New Beginnings," and attracted nearly 500 women from a variety of industries to attend. The event raised nearly $130,000. HomeAid’s vision for HALO is to inspire more women within all industries to join the challenge in giving hope to Houston’s homeless community by making HomeAid Houston their personal charity of choice.

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Departments 09 12 24 28 32 35 38 40 42 44 46 47 48 49 50

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

Upcoming Events 13 16 18 26 30 39 43 45 45

Forecast Luncheon Installation Celebration International Builders Show Million Dollar Circle Awards Houston's Best PRISM Awards 2020 Montgomery County Forecast Luncheon Custom Builders Holiday Networking Remodelers Council Holiday Party Remodelers Council Charity Garage Sale

Photo Album 36 BBQ & Wild Game Cookoff 41 Volume Builders Clay Shoot

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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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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Be Your Best Member

By GHBA President JOHN WILLIAMS, K. Hovnanian Homes

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uring my time as a member of the Greater Houston Builders Association, and especially this year as president, the most common question I am asked is some variation of, “How do I get the most from my membership?”

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Stay Informed! Attend one of GHBA’s economic forecasts or special political events. Our industry is cyclical, as well as prone to regulatory changes, so staying in front of the curve provides an incredible benefit to your company.

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Attend Rally Day. Rally Day occurs every two years during Session and is the Texas homebuilding industry’s legislative day at the capitol in Austin. Your ticket includes a bus ride there and back, meals, visits with legislators, lots of education, and an opportunity to represent your industry and practice active democracy with lots of members of the GHBA as well as other members from across the state.

Contract Package, which could cover the value of membership altogether. There are a multitude of other benefits to explore as well. Go Shake Some Hands! Your membership provides access to a wide variety of great events where you can make lasting friendships and business relationships. Pick a big event, like one of the cookoffs, the BABA Fishing Tournament, the MCBDD Home on the Range shooting/archery event, or one of the golf tournaments. Get there early, stay late, and meet as many people as you can. Invest in Yourself! Pick one education course in your field or select a professional designation to work towards. Not only will you learn a lot, you’ll meet more engaged colleagues as well as course trainers.

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Join a club! The GHBA is an organization comprised of 14 different councils and committees Continued on next page >>>

My answer comes in 10 steps that can easily be accomplished throughout a year. Commit to this list for one year and I’m confident you will happily be a member for many years to come.

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Maximize Your Member Benefits. You paid for them. A strategic and calculated approach at utilizing these benefits can easily cover your dues for the year. For new members, send in your 100-word company profile for $800 in free advertising value. Enroll your company in the GHBA-endorsed insurance program, the Associations of Texas Retirement Plan, enjoy some statewide rebates through the TAB Member Rebate Program, or get free listings for your homes through NewHomeSource. Members also are granted access to the Texas Residential Construction

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that span the breadth of all areas of our industry. Find yours and attend a meeting. Shake more hands! You may find a new passion, as well as some great new friends.

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Do Something Good. The GHBA has several volunteer opportunities through our sanctioned charities, such as HomeAid Houston, Operation Finally Home, or the Benefit Homes Project, as well as many charitable events. Not only will you earn some good karma, but it’s another great way to meet other members.

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Attend New Member Orientation. This special event,

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normally held twice a year, is the most informative way to find your home at the GHBA. Consisting of condensed informational sessions led by leadership from each council and committee, you’ll have the best map to navigate the benefits of membership. In addition, there is usually beer and wine after as well. Stick around and shake some more hands.

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Take Someone to Lunch. Find an opportunity to make lasting friendships and business relationships. You’ve shook a bunch of hands by now, so the next step is continuing to build that connection. Plus, you’ll have

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Shameless Plug! If you ever have the chance to serve as president, sneak in as many pictures of your kids as possible. My girls think they are famous for being featured in a magazine, so I had to sneak in one more picture in my last article as president. It’s been an incredible year and I’m very grateful and deeply honored to have served. If there is something I can do to help you maximize your membership, please let me know. Start by following my guide and Be Your Best Member! n

The GHBA InfoHub is a great way for you to network, view membersonly events, share your contact information with other members for networking, access vital resources and contracts, or use our site to advertise news, events, deals and recruit new employees!

Log on to members.ghba.org - or Download the “MemberPlus” app on your smartphone USE THE HUB TO: •

Content is constantly changing. Please help us ensure that yours is always updated so that we and others in the community can reach you.

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UPDATE EMAIL PREFERENCES Personalize your email subscriptions so you only receive the news and events that interest you. PERSONALIZE YOUR LISTING PAGE Your own directory information page on the website can include a description area, location, logo, photos and contact details based on your membership level. CONTRACTS Custom builder and remodel members have access to these key legal documents. Check out the “Resources” area.

MANAGE YOUR MEMBERSHIP & PAYMENTS

EVENTS Check out and register for upcoming GHBA events and seminars on our calendar.

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ADVOCACY REPORT

2019 General Election Recap & Runoff Review A

s previously reported (and if you live in and around Houston you know), the City of Houston held a major election last month. Aside from one council seat special election in 2018, this was the first time since 2015—when the city first adopted four-year terms—that the mayor and all 16 council seats were on the ballot.

By BRADLEY PEPPER, Director of Government Affairs

With five current council members term-limited and three incumbents not seeking reelection, there will be a minimum of eight new council members beginning their first term in January. The remaining eight incumbent council members and Mayor Sylvester Turner were/are seeking to be reelected for their final four-year terms. There were 17 races on the ballot for the City of Houston Mayor and Council and after two weeks of early voting and Election Day on November 5 we ended up with...13 runoff elections which will take place on December 14. Incumbent Council Members Martha Castex-Tatum (District K), Robert Gallegos (District I), Dave Martin (District E) and Greg Travis (District G) all won outright and avoided the runoff. While 13 races resulted in the need for a runoff election, only 12 will be on the ballot for December 14. In the race to fill term-limited Council Member Jerry Davis’ District B seat, the eligibility of one of the top two vote getters to serve due to a prior felony conviction is being challenged in court. Below is the line-up for the upcoming runoff: (I) Denotes incumbent, (*) Denotes GHBA HOME-PAC Endorsed Candidate

Mayor: *Sylvester Turner (I) vs. Tony Buzbee

District C: *Abbie Kamin vs. Shelley Kennedy

At Large 2: *David Robinson (I) vs. Willie R. Davis

District F: Tiffany Thomas vs. Van Huynh

At Large 1: * Mike Knox (I) vs. Raj Salhotra

At Large 3: *Michael Kubosh (I) vs. Janaeya Carmouche At Large 4: *Letitia Plummer vs. Anthony Dolcefino

At Large 5: *Sallie Alcorn vs. Eric Dick District A: *Amy Peck vs. George Harry Zoes

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District D: *Carolyn Evans-Shabazz vs. Brad "Scarface" Jordan

District H: Karla Cisneros (I) vs. Isabel Longoria District J: Edward Pollard vs. Sandra Rodriguez

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>>> "Advocacy," continued from pg 12

The GHBA HOME-PAC actively screened candidates and made endorsements for the most qualified, pro-housing candidates. We will provide a list of HOME-PAC endorsed candidates for this election for you to take to the polls as early voting approaches. Early voting started November 27 and will conclude December 10 with Election Day on December 14.

State of Texas Constitutional Amendments Election and Special Elections In addition, all Texas voters considered 10 constitutional amendments in November. These propositions covered a variety of issues including allowing temporary property tax exemptions after a disaster and prohibiting a state tax. Of particular interest to our region—and the focus of the GHBA’s advocacy and lobbying during the legislative session last spring—was Proposition 8 that will create a fund to allow eligible political subdivisions the ability to apply for money to help construct future flood mitigation and protection projects.

Proposition 8 passed with over 77% of the vote and will create the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) as a special fund outside of general revenue. A one-time distribution of nearly $800 million from the Economic Stabilization Fund, also known as the “rainy day fund,” will establish the FIF. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will distribute FIF funds to local governments through loans or, in some cases, as grants. These funds are absolutely critical to protect our region from future flood events as well as helping to continue our recovery from Harvey which will last for years to come. Nine of the 10 propositions passed with only Proposition 1 failing to receive more than 50% of the vote. Special Election contests in Texas House Districts 28 and 148 were also on some people’s ballots in November. Those vacancies came about when former Representatives John Zerwas and Jessica Farrar resigned their seats in September. Those elections drew multiple candidates and both resulted in the need for a runoff that Governor Greg Abbott has set for January 28, 2020. The race for HD-28 will see Elizabeth 'Eliz'

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Markowitz (D), who garnered 39.04% of the vote, take on Gary Gates, who received 28.45%. While the HD-148 contest, that had 15 people run, will see Anna Eastman (D) – 20.34% versus Luis La Rotta (R) – 15.84%.

Government Affairs and Volume Builders Joint Meeting The GHBA’s Government Affairs and Volume Builders Committees will hold a joint meeting on Tuesday, December 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the GHBA. Lunch will be provided and generously sponsored by Suncoast PostTension. This meeting will cover a wide variety of topics both at the state and local levels. We will provide a recap of the November General Election and a preview of the December runoff election, as well as an update on Harris County’s adopted changes to development regulations and drainage requirements. We will also discuss the recent uptick in recruitment for stucco related lawsuits in Texas that have followed the trend of what has been seen in Florida over the past few years. In addition, GHBA General Counsel Ian Faria will provide an update on GHBA’s involvement with the implementation of HB 2439 since it became law on September 1. HB 2439 by Representative Dade Phelan (R- Beaumont) prohibits cities and other governmental entities from using building codes or other local ordinance powers to mandate the use of certain products in construction and result in the direct or indirect prohibition of other code approved products. Examples of some mandates include: masonry ordinances, restricting to one type of insulation and mandating one specific pipe or tubing be used. This bill also voids any currently adopted ordinances that violate the legislation’s provisions and those ordinances are now illegal. We have heard that a number of cities around the state have chosen not to abide by the new law and have not abandoned any previously adopted ordinances that are in violation of this legislation. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Tala Odat at todat@ghba.org. n

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I N S T A L L AT I O N

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HONORING GHBA PRESIDENT

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FEATURE STORY

GHBA Participates in

She Builds Houston Construction Conference A

bout 1,000 middle and high school girls from Aldine High School donned hard hats and carried an air of anticipation and awe as they attended the She Builds Houston Construction Conference in October. The event, hosted by Construction Career Collaborative and the National Association of Women in Construction, was held at the M.O. Aldine Education Center. Two dozen or more construction related companies set up booths to educate the girls on employment opportunities within their companies and the construction industry as a whole.

The conference was believed to be the largest all-female gathering of students and prospective employers in the industry. The event began with a panel of women who are leaders within construction-related fields. GHBA's CEO, Casey Morgan, was a panelist joining Sadie Rucker, CEO/Principal of Horizon Group; Janell Blackwell, chief estimator for Vaughn; Maria Robles, Union Carpenter for United Brotherhood of Carpenters; and Jennifer De Brown, Safety Advisor for Marek.

Panelists from the She Builds Houston Construction Conference are joined by Aldine students interested in pursuing construction-related career paths.

I particularly enjoyed

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A moderator facilitated the panel discussion and asked each panelist to provide insight into their respective fields. Casey discussed the growing trend in the residential construction industry where more women are working in the field, owning their own companies, and serving in executive positions. She provided information about the wide spectrum of opportunities for women in the construction industry, whether it is working in the trades, working within a company or advocacy work on behalf of the industry. Casey also talked about how charitable the industry is and how many opportunities GHBA has afforded its members to give back to the community through the GHBA supported charities, HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. Casey concluded by encouraging the young women to continue to explore

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construction related classes and training, even if the programs are filled by mostly boys, and to remember how important it is to be their own advocate. All the panelists commented that regardless of gender, hard work and persistence pays off. “It was such a pleasure to participate in this event and I hope it continues to grow," said Casey. "GHBA has been committed to advancing the benefits of our industry to younger generations for years as we have prioritized trades training education within the association. I particularly enjoyed addressing an all-girls audience because there are increasingly more opportunities for women in our industry. It’s an exciting time!”

Panelists for the She Builds Houston Construction Conference 2019 discussed career opportunities and the growing trend of female leaders in the construction industry.

While many industries across the country have fostered greater gender equity in recent years, careers in construction remain men dominant. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, there are only 1.1 million women to 10.1 million men working in construction. In recent years, Texas legislators have enacted laws and allocated money that is designated to prepare more students for careers after high school, even if they are not attending college. The Texas Education Agency rewards districts and schools under the state academic accountability system for each student who receives an industry certification or completes courses aligned with a certification. In addition, lawmakers voted this spring to give more funds to districts that successfully prepare students for college, a career or the military. "Getting women involved and excited has to happen early," said Angela Robbins, the Construction Career Collaborative associate director. "We have to convince them it's a great opportunity, we need to convince the parents, and we need to get them enrolled in the programs so they're ready and prepared for us." n

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FEATURE STORY

Grace Under Fire How to manage yourself during stressful, busy times

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here's no question about it: Today's workplace can be stressful. The long work hours, the endless flow of information, the competing demands on our attention—all of these factors can make us feel perpetually overwhelmed and out of control if not managed well. The conditions that lead to stress are not "bad." They're just reality. The best leaders learn to deal with the conditions that lead to stress in a way that keeps everyone on track.

"How you behave when times are bad truly defines you as a leader and sets the tone for how others manage the situation," says Quint Studer, author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Busy Leader's Handbook: How to Lead People and Places That Thrive. "If you create a culture where people fall to pieces when things get tough, it will be too stressful for employees (and they will likely leave), productivity will suffer, and all this ultimately will make your job harder." Relationships are defined by how we behave under stress. Difficult, busy times can put strain on relationships, but they can also forge stronger bonds if handled the right way. "When your team sees you pull things together and navigate them out of a tricky situation, it can be a huge credibility builder," says Studer. "Conversely, when they see you fall apart, it can create a trust deficit that is hard to recover from, even when things settle down."

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Here are a few suggestions for managing yourself with grace under stress: First, eliminate as much stress as you can by being a wellrun organization. Work to create a best-odds environment for eliminating problems. Things will go wrong from time to time. You can't control everything. However, there are lots of things you can control. Make sure you have good processes and procedures in place for eliminating avoidable headaches. For example:

• Plan for disaster by learning from mistakes and fixing the culprits. • Identify stress points and think critically about who they impact. What is causing increased workloads? Use this evaluation to decide where to delegate work and identify team members who might need additional support. (Don't lower expectations. This will only breed excuses and erode performance over time.) • Say no to some requests. This way you don't have to scurry around trying to do them and then later explain why you didn't get them done.

Learn to prioritize (and teach others to as well). A big todo list should not freak you out. Everyone is busy and they should be. Just use the list to work in a sensible order. Often we try to close out small tasks to make room for bigger ones,

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when what we should be doing is prioritizing our to-do list and staying focused on the things that really matter. Just "getting things done" may feel good in the moment but what really matters is getting the big things done. Simplify when things get stressful. "Bring order and clear thinking to chaotic situations," says Studer. "Keep an eye on what really matters and what can be cut away. A good leader can make a potentially crushing workload feel manageable. By taking a cool and methodical approach, you can make a huge difference in helping others stay focused and productive and keep their stress reactions in check." Create a culture of calm. Be sensitive to the messages you're sending out. Model calmness when things are chaotic. You teach your employees how to behave based on how you behave. The things leaders do, both positive and negative, get mirrored. Research shows that the ripple effect of negative emotions is considerably more intense than that of positive emotions. If employees see you panicking, they are likely to panic. If they see you staying calm and focused on solutions, they will mimic this behavior as well.

Don't pretend to be fearless. "A common mistake leaders make is to pretend that everything is fine when it clearly isn't," says Studer. "Sometimes acknowledging that a situation or negative circumstance is real, and possibly even scary, is the best way to build trust with your team and get them to invest 110 percent on solving the problem. This is not the same thing as getting bent out of shape. You can be honest and calm at the same time." Put some ground rules in place to help others manage stress. Busy, stressful times are when you need cooperation and engagement the most. Yet it's during these times that tension builds, emotions run hot, and people explode or otherwise behave badly. Recognize this and put a plan into place to help people deal with frustrations and conflict in a way that won't harm the team's ability to perform. For example, you might ask everyone to be mindful of their tone when communicating while under pressure. You might also ask others to jump in and help when they see a coworker getting overwhelmed. As a leader, you need to not only manage your own stress but help others manage theirs as well. Continued on next page >>>

"Also, try not to show physical signs of stress," says Studer. "Wringing your hands and pacing around anxiously will not make things better. In fact, it will likely make your employees more worried and stressed out, negatively impacting their performance." Don't blow things out of proportion. Do everything you can to keep a level head. Sometimes our tempers flare when things are stressful. Try to avoid letting little things turn into big problems. When leaders lose their cool, problems only escalate. People get upset, and their productivity plummets. Plus, explosions can cause long-term damage and tank a leader's credibility. In the end, all of this means more time fixing avoidable problems. Be careful about the words you use and the stories you tell. Avoid using words like "slammed" or "overwhelmed." There is nothing wrong with stating that you are busy, but how you talk about being busy and carry yourself impacts others. It has a ripple effect. Just because you are stressed, it doesn't mean everyone else has to be. Don't bring your stress to the people. Keep the past in its place. Leaders can generate a lot of stress for themselves and others by rehashing mistakes and misses. Yes, frame these mistakes as learning experiences but don't keep talking about them over and over and telling the story. It just becomes gossip at that point. Instead of focusing on past challenges, look for what's right and constantly celebrate bright spots. This shifts the focus inside the organization.

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Create a best-odds plan for staying healthy. This gives you the stamina you need—both physical and mental—to cope with stress and keep going. Sleep well, eat well, stay hydrated, and generally take good care of your body so you'll be in tip-top shape mentally. This requires discipline and planning, but health and well-being are too important to leave to chance. Good habits fall to the wayside during busy times. You may be tempted to skip lunch because you're too busy to eat, or you stay up till 1:00 a.m. working. Remind yourself that this is counterproductive. You can't perform if you are sleep-deprived and sugar-crashing because you didn't take time to pack a nutritious lunch and ate from the vending machine instead. If you aren't healthy, you won't be able to cope when stress levels kick into overdrive.

Master a few tactics for calming yourself down and teach others to do the same. If you feel yourself starting to get overwhelmed by stress, here are a few ways you can calm yourself down quickly: • Control your body. Don't let it control you.

• Walk away. Take a 20-minute break. Sometimes you have to do this. • Go for a walk. Physical activity is a great stress reliever. It can help you calm your mind and get some much-needed clarity around what needs to happen next. Little breaks like this are a great opportunity to plug in your headphones and listen to a quick song or audio file that might help relax you. Even better if you can get outside, even for just a moment. Most of the time, a little natural sunlight can make a big difference in your mood.

• Open up your body and take a few deep breaths. Put your shoulders back, head up, and stand tall. Try to intentionally quiet your mind. This is a technique professional athletes have known and used for years to manage stress before a big game. Opening up the body allows for better blood flow, and deep breathing puts more oxygen in the blood and can help minimize the impact of cortisol (the stress hormone).

• Count backward from 10. Do it twice if you have to. Shifting your focus from the problem at hand to a relatively simple task can help you come back to your work with a fresh set of eyes. It also helps your brain reset and refocus. Moving the focus away from your problem and onto an abstract thought, even one as simple as counting from 10, will also help you calm down and control your emotional response. It forces you to use a different part of the brain.

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Be resilient/learn to reset. Setbacks will happen. Leaders must be able to bounce back quickly and continue to move forward even when things appear to be falling apart. Resiliency is essential as leaders need to have the mental wherewithal to offer support and continue to direct their teams. Being resilient comes from having good coping skills, supportive environments with a lot of psychological safety, a strong sense of optimism, grit, and the mental and physical stamina to sustain and move through stressful situations. Work on all of these factors but also know that resiliency also comes with growth. "As with everything else, experience counts for a lot," concludes Studer. "The more seasoned leaders will be better at handling stress just because they have had so many years to learn to cope. They've seen what can happen when they don't handle stress well, and they are more motivated to change. If you are a new leader, know that this is a skill you build just like everything else. Use these tools and tactics and know that it gets easier every day." n

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M/I Homes Presents Benefit Home Funds to GHBA PHOTO (front): Cathlene and Jeremy Webb, homebuyers; (back, left to right) John Spindle and Kathy Delgado, M/I Homes; John Williams, GHBA president; Jay McManus and Patrick Mayhan, M/I Homes. "We were so delighted when we found out that by purchasing this home, two local charities would benefit," said Jeremy Webb. "HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home are serving the community by helping so many less fortunate. Buying a home we love allowed us to be a part of that giving back process."

M/I Homes recently sold and closed on a home constructed for the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) Benefit Homes Project. The Benefit Home was built with donated materials, labor and services by GHBA members. The lot was donated by The Howard Hughes Corporation in the community of Bridgeland. M/I Homes donated the construction management. The home sold at market value and proceeds will be divided between two local charities, HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. Jay McManus, M/I Homes division president, Kathy Delgado, vice president of sales and marketing and Patrick Mayhan, vice president of purchasing were on-hand at the recent GHBA board meeting to present a check for $244,000 to the GHBA. Each year two to three homes are built for the Benefit Homes Project with donated land, construction management, materials, labor and services by GHBA members. Since the project began 39 years ago, over $11 million has been raised. M/I Homes, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading builders of single-family homes, having sold over 111,400 homes. "The board of directors for the GHBA was honored to accept the check from M/I Homes," said John Williams, president of the GHBA. "This effort between M/I Homes and the Howard Hughes Corporation will make a difference within our community as the funds will help two deserving charities. We cannot thank them and the vendors and suppliers who donated their materials and services enough for such a successful 2019 Benefit Homes Project." This is the second Benefit Home constructed by M/I Homes and the sixth donated lot in Bridgeland. "These two OU R CHA RITIES

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professional organizations within the industry are dedicated to not only designing and developing award-winning communities and quality homes, they are also committed to giving back to the community," concluded Williams. Bridgeland is an 11,400-acre master planned community located in Cypress, Texas. The community is consistently ranked one of the top-selling master planned communities in Texas throughout its 12-year history. The award-winning development offers a wide variety of housing options and extensive outdoor amenities, with a strong emphasis on conserving and enhancing the natural environment. Bridgeland has over 3,000 acres dedicated to lakes, trails and parks, and offers a resort-style pool, disc-golf course, stocked lakes and complimentary use of kayaks, paddle boats and other recreational equipment for residents. Lakeland Village Center®, now open, is the first of four retail centers in Bridgeland, with additional plans for a future Town Center along Grand Parkway/Highway 99, which intersects the community. There is also a second Benefit Home currently under construction. HistoryMaker Homes is nearing completion of its Alder Plan in Sierra Vista. Land Tejas donated the homesite.

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Dozens of vendors and trades attended a recent award luncheon hosted by M/I Homes, The Howard Hughes Corporation and the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), where they were honored for their donations to help construct the M/I Homes Benefit Home. The luncheon was held at the Parkland Village Activity Center in Bridgeland. Guest speakers honoring the vendors included Casey Morgan, CEO of the GHBA; Jay McManus, area president of M/I Homes; Lona Shipp, director of marketing for The Howard Hughes Corp.; and Patrick Mayhan, vice president of purchasing for M/I Homes. "The luncheon honoring the generosity of our local vendors, suppliers and trades was a fun way to bring the whole Benefit Homes team together for great barbecue and time to visit," said Patrick Mayhan. "The Benefit Home could not have been built at such a reduced cost if it weren't for these companies and individuals who step up time and time again to donate. This continued commitment reflects the generosity of our industry." "M/I Homes is extremely proud to work with so many supportive vendors and suppliers, said Jay McManus. "We cannot thank them enough for helping to change lives through their donations to both Operation Finally Home and HomeAid Houston."

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HomeAid Raises Funds at HALO

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omeAid held its 11th annual HomeAid's Amazing Ladies' Organization (HALO) luncheon on November 1 at The Westin/ Memorial City. This year's theme was "New Beginnings." Nearly 500 women and several gentlemen, representing a variety of industries and professions were in attendance. The event raised nearly $130,000.

number of attendees and industries represented has grown dramatically. "It was so humbling to look out over the room and see the nearly 500 guests that attended this year's HALO," said Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid.

Over a decade ago, Toy Wood, then GHBA CEO, invited six women to a lunch held in the kitchen of one of HomeAid's homeless care agencies. Her vision was to build a core of accomplished females who would share in HomeAid's mission 'to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach.'

"This event brings hundreds of accomplished women together to hear the intimate side of homelessness that affects men, women, children, families and veterans. It is impactful to share with them that the funds from the event will go directly toward the construction and remodeling of homeless care shelters for the non-profit agencies HomeAid has partnered with," she added.

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organizations and individuals who continue to participate.” Heroes on board for 2019 include: ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, Builders PostTension, Chesmar Homes, Datasmart/ Duncan Security, Eklektik Interiors, Long Lake Ltd./Woodmere Development, Loyd Russel Homes, Newmark Homes, 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, Ryko Development Inc., Stanley Sales Co., TARACORP, TONER Home Matters, Trendmaker Homes, Winfrey Design Build and Greymark Construction.

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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. 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!"

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BUILDERS C. Mai Homes LLC David Dorn 11406 Noblewood Crest Lane Houston, TX 77082 (281) 850-5062 ddorn@cmaihomes.com Capstone Luxury Homes Clint Capstin 23 Jaden Oaks Place Tomball, TX 77375 (832) 529-6680 Clint@capstonelux.com capstonelux.com

TFD Custom Homes Johnny McGowan 1990 Post Oak Blvd Suite 815 Houston, TX 77056 (281) 245-1112 johnny@tfdesignstudio.com www.tfdcustomhomes.com Westwood Builders, LLC Brett Jensen 9595 Six Pines Dr, Ste. 6320 The Woodlands, TX 77380 (303) 807-4182 brett@brettjensen.com

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Roberts Communities Chad Harkin 606 Laurel Valley Road West Lake Hills, TX 78746 (512) 669-2255 charkin@robertscommunities.com

New Tradition Builders Daniel Lawrence 4839 San Gregorio Katy, TX 77493 (281) 734-7522 daniel@newtraditionbuilderstx.com

Bold Fox Development Alex Kamkar 1790 Hughes Landing Blvd Suite 400 The Woodlands, TX 77380 (210) 213-9929 adkamkar@ boldfoxdevelopment.com

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REMODELERS Grace Solutions Tommie Dorsett 4822 Clover Lane Pearland, TX 77584 (832) 731-6314 tdorsett07@gmail.com MK Custom Roofing Neal Elden 2121 Brittmoore #600 Houston, TX 77043 (832) 314-8772 neal@mkcustomroofing.com www.mkcustomroofing.com ASSOCIATES ACP Equipment and Services Leah Peed 28610 Hwy 290, Ste. F09-129 Cypress, TX 77433 (832) 919-1069 leahpeed@gmail.com American Truss LLC Jack Dermer 1502 Strawn Houston, TX 77039-2022 (281) 442-4584 jdermer@ATruss.com americantrusssystems.com AWA Environmental Adam Ehlen 100 Glenborough Drive Houston, TX 77067 (713) 401-9751 adamehlen@ awamoldinspections.com awamoldinspections.com Besse, Carmona & Partin, PC Christie Besse 9831 Whithorn Drive Houston, TX 77095 (713) 895-8575 rland@partincpa.com partincpa.com

Bruce Mechanical Chris Bruce 22820 Interstate 45N Ste 4P Spring, TX 77373 (281) 651-2476 brucemechanical@yahoo.com Daco Paving, Inc Joseph Coleman 17915 Becker Road Hockely, TX 77447 (281) 256-3226 jcoleman@dacopaving.com FBM Chris Murray 7225 W Sam Houston Pkwy N Houston, TX 77040 (281) 635-4702 chris.murray@fbmsales.com www.fbmsales.com Generator Supercenter Stephen Cruise 23123 SH 249 Tomball, TX 77375 (281) 251-6100 stephen@generatorsupercenter.com www.generatorsupercenter.com Glass Expanse Jon Oettel P.O. BOX 332 Troy, TX 76579 (254) 534-9004 jon@glassexpanse.com www.glassexpanse.com Ideal Garage Solutions of Texas Pieter Capozzi 13118 Vernon Road Cypress, TX 77429 (713) 454-7084 pcapozzi@gmail.com

Next Day Access Graham Taylor 10081 Windfern Rd Houston, TX 77064 (713) 344-0031 www.nextdayaccess.com/ houston-tx

Servpro of Sugar Land Mark Hart 740 Industrial Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77478 (281) 313-1338 mhart@servprosugarland.com servprosugarland.com

Quality Edge Bruce Ligo 2712 Walkent Dr NW Walker, MI 49544 (888) 784-0878 bligo@qualityedge.com www.qualityedge.com

Signarama H-Town Judie Burney 301 N Loop W, Ste B Houston, TX 77008 (281) 501-3129 judie@signarama-htown.com signarama-houstonheights.com

RDZ Insulation Jennifer Alvarez 3702 Farlan Ln Houston, TX 77014 (281) 995-0543 rodriguezinsulation12@gmail.com

The Loken Group David Weaver 11037 FM 1960 Rd W, Ste. A-1 Houston, TX 77065 (818) 913-6540 david@thelokengroup.com www.thelokengroup.com

Ready Cable, Inc. Chris Lemke 11315 West Little York Bldg 2 Houston, TX 77041 (713) 856-5132 clemke@readycable.net www.readycable.net Regal Pools Joshua Buzzell 9930 Grand Pkwy Tomball, TX 77375 (281) 251-0044 joshua@regalpooldesign.com www.regalpooldesign.com RePurpose Depot Caroline Kostak 1220 Telephone Rd Houston, TX 77023 (832) 777-3642 caroline.kostak@gmail.com www.repurposedepot.org

NCV Custom Wine Rooms, LLC Josh Lunstroth 835 Frostwood Houston, TX 77024 (713) 722-0181 info@noscavesvin.com www.noscavesvin.com AFFILIATES First United Bank Mortgage Group Owen Raun 2925 Richmond Ste 1200 Houston, TX 77098 owen.raun@firstunitedbank.com Houston Association of Realtors- Mallia Texas Properties Cathy Mallia 11914 Solon Springs Dr. Tomball, TX 77375 (832) 896-2303

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MEMBERSHIP DEPARTMENT

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 84 Lumber Company ACES Builders Warranty, Inc. ADAC Home Builders Adams Homes Lone Star, LLC ADB Commercial Construction, Inc. AHC Construction Allamo dba Dorsett Ashton Gray Development ASID- Cobalt Living Co ASID- Pamela Home Designs Avery Custom Homes Benedettini Cabinets, LP Bentley Custom Homes, LP Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene Bill Hughes, Inc. Blessing Residential Inc. Blue Sky Marketing Bluegill Inc.; dba Enerlogic; dba Bluegill Energy Boise Cascade Wood Products Bradley Signature Homes LLC Brickhouse Construction, LLC Brickmoon Design Builder’s Choice, Inc. Byer Builders, Inc. Cason Graye Homes Certainty Home Loans Charter Drywall Houton, Inc. CM2 Construction Corey Construction Daybreak Cutom Homes of Houston DRJ Builders LLC Dunn & Stone Builders, LLC

MEMBER NAME Keith Watts Kristina McCaleb Aleida Rodriguez Ryan Tapscott Guy Barrios Joshua Wood Bryan Pennington Shaun Vembutty Jennifer Harbison Pamela O’Brien Donnie Avery Linda Fisher Menny Rosenbaum Mark Woodroof William Hughes Andrew Glassel Michelle Leblanc Clayton Farmer Stephen Hausner Craig Boyd Jr. Brad Krisch Jeremy McFarland Seth LeMacks Tom Byer Sarah Justus George Rivers Robert Randall Chad McCartney, CGR Mike Budworth Michael Hurlbut David Parker Todd Dunn

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MEMBERPROFILE “Building your success one square foot at a time” READY CABLE is a leading post tension manufacturer and concrete materials distributor with eight locations in Texas. With nearly 30 years experience, our staff of engineers, estimators and detailers will ensure the best performance for your project needs. We take pride in providing quality service with fast turnaround times from our facilities in Keller, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Ft. Worth, Royce City, Waxahachie and McKinney. To learn more, visit www.readycable.net or contact Chris Lemke at (817) 379-6553; clemke@readycable.net.

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COMPANY NAME Echo Custom Homes LLC Elan Development, LP Evans & Chastain, LLC First United Bank Mortgage Group Gareba Construction Hardware Advantage Home of Texas Hot On! Homes Houston Association of Realtors- J. Carter Breed Properties Houston Association of Realtors- Keller Williams- The Woodlands Houston Heavenly Homes, LLC Innovative Skylights & Attics J. G. Hollins Builders John Burns Real Estate Consulting John R. Krugh, P. C. Kaizer Anthony, Inc. Lee Brothers Construction Legal Eagle Contractors Company Leitch Properties Lespreance Construction LGI Homes Marek Brothers Company Mark W. Todd Architects Inc Master Key Builders Materials Marketing Corporation Meadowlark Custom Homes, LLC Northstone Builders Paragon Homes Perrine Construction Services Pinnacle Builders of Texas LLC Precision Utility LLC Prosperity Bank Prosperity Bank Radiant Roofing Houston, LLC Red Door Homes of Texas Restyle Kitchen and Bath Rock Fin Countertops Sangalang Development Services Shea Homes Sims Luxury Builders Sneller Custom Homes and Remodeling Southland Homes of Texas Steinberg Dickey Collaborative, LLP Stone Store Strack Homes, LLC Sury Custom Homes Tentori Design Texas Custom Granite Company The Howard Hughes Corporation TNG Utility Corp Trendmaker Homes TruTeam Tyler Hoes, Inc. WEB Media Group, LLC Westin Homes Winhill Advisors- Kirby Winshire Green, LLC Woodcrest Estate Homes LC Woodridge Builders and Design, Inc

MEMBER NAME Kevin Sechelski Mike Manners Robert Chastain Rick Phillips Eduardo Garza Tracy Cook Diana Gomez Tom Bevins J. Carter Breed Brittany Busby Rory Caton Dan Marshall Johnny Hollins David Jarvis John Krugh Adaora Ifeanyi Richard Lee Dan Bawden Justin Leitch Carlos Lespreance Eric Lipar Pat Trojanowsky Tara Stewart Jim Hardwick II Edward Gonzales Sam Kuehn Jeff Stone Michael Bass Brad Perrine Russell Dugan Paul (Tony) Bonaventure Jessica Chu Craig Gentry Blake Stuart Vince Ruffino Mark Gould Raj Settipalli Cecille Sangalang Keith Luechtefeld Marie Sims Matt Sneller Conor Thompson Sanford Steinberg CGP Daniel Robinson Mario Mazzella Gene Sury Beto Tentori Billy Waters Heath Melton Chip Callegari Jenni Davies James LaBruyere Jr. Steve Clayton Trish Fleming Jason Golan Charlie Kriegel Jason Gustafson Mark Schielack Daniel Moreno

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Education Corner

MEMBERPROFILE At OPEX HOMES, we build single family homes with special focus on townhomes. Our careful designs will meet your housing needs by focusing on creating an enjoyable and engaging place you can call home. We team up with recognized, top local talent such as architects and designers to ensure our townhomes capture the most popular and useful trends. Utilizing the most recent technology for our construction tasks provides our customers reliable and on-time results. We aim to exceed expectations of our clients, to have them proud of their homes and proud of their builder, OPEX Homes. To learn more, visit www.opexhomes.com or contact Felix Ortecho at (832) 993-1101; felix@opexserv.com.

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MEMBERPROFILE TFD CUSTOM HOMESis an award winning custom home builder in Texas. We work together with our customers to design, create and build beautiful luxury homes in planned communities and on your lot. With more than 25 years of experience, TFD is one of the most well-respected custom home builders in Texas, offering outstanding service throughout the greater Houston and Austin areas. TFD is committed to being environmentally sensitive as well as ecologically smart. That commitment affects a multitude of decisions ranging from site selection, to energy efficiency, passive solar design, building materials and color selections as well as an intelligent, long-term perspective on regional and community development. To learn more, visit www.tfdcustomhomes.com or contact Mike Ogbebor, Partner, at (281) 245-1112; mike@tfdesignstudio.com.

UPCOMING COURSES

DESIGNATION COURSES (NAHB University of Housing Courses) Introduction to Project Management Approved for: CGA, CGB, CGR Instructor: Jeff Hunt, CGR, GMB, CAPS Date: Tuesday, December 3 Time: 9am to 5pm Fee: $275 members / $330 nonmembers Content: Develop the skills you need for successful on- or off-site production operations management. This hands-on course covers the three phases of a successful venture: planning, implementation and evaluation. Owners, project managers, superintendents, sales managers and anyone involved in the pre-construction and construction process will benefit from this introductory course. As a graduate of this course, you will be able to: • Explain the basics of successful project management • Execute pre-construction project management functions and responsibilities • Implement the tools available for efficient project management • Manage trade contractors effectively • Perform project management duties during the project • Complete the duties and responsibilities of postproject management Who should attend? Remodelers, residential builders of all sizes, and commercial contractors

2019 GHBA EDUCATION PARTNERS

ACES Builders Warranty

Milgard Windows & Doors

Builders Post-Tension

Norbord Industries

CenterPoint Energy High Efficiency Homes Program

Perfection Supply

Environments for Living, Topbuild Home Services Fox Energy Specialists Huber Engineered Woods Legends Architectural Stone

Roy O. Martin/ Corrigan OSB, LLC The Sherwin-Williams Co. StrucSure Home Warranty Suncoast Post-Tension

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2019

GRILL'N & CHILL'N WITH 80s MOVIES The annual GHBA BBQ & Wild Game Cookoff was a ‘totally radical’ nod to 80s movies, complete with appearances by Beetlejuice himself, Bernie, a Delorean and more fun surprises. Held November 8, 2019, at Rock Materials, the competition was fierce as teams vied for top honors in beans, pork, chicken, beef, and the coveted People’s Choice categories. A special highlight of the event was the Trus Joist Washer Tournament Championship. Competitors advanced from Round One which was held at the Chili Cookoff in February. Congratulations to the winning team, Brannon King and Tim Lipasek with DPIS Builder Services! Team entry fees benefit HomeAid Houston. Thanks to everyone who joined us for a fun day of competition, grub and networking. And congratulations to the winning teams!

BBQ WINNERS BEST BEANS 1st: Builders Post-Tension 2nd: SRG Ventures 3rd: Allpoints Surveying BEST CHICKEN 1st: HomePro Home Technologies 2nd: DPIS Builder Services 3rd: Tri-Tech BEST PORK 1st: SRG Ventures 2nd: Ironwood Connection 3rd: Suncoast Post-Tension BEST OPEN/WILD GAME 1st: Sherwin-Williams 2nd: Meritage Homes 3rd: Pulte Homes BEST BEEF 1st: Suncoast Post-Tension 2nd: Pella Windows & Doors 3rd: Sherwin-Williams PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD 1st: Suncoast Post-Tension 2nd: Sherwin-Williams 3rd: PPG Paints JUDGE'S CHOICE AWARD 1st: Rock Materials 2nd: Tri-Tech 3rd: Ironwood Connection

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GRAND CHAMPION SRG Ventures

WRISTBAND SPONSOR Suncoast Post-Tension

POKER RUN WINNERS 1st: Casandra Dickens 2nd: Sharone Mayberry 3rd: Jenny Fuller

WILD TURKEY KOOZIE SPONSOR Chase

BBQ WASHER TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP 1st: Brannon King & Tim Lipasek, DPIS Builder Services 2nd: Raymundo & Robert, PPG Paints 3rd: Billy Parks & Drew Coats, Meritage Homes

SPONSORS TITLE SPONSOR Carrier Corporation T-SHIRT SPONSOR Ironwood Connection

TURN-IN CONTAINER SPONSOR B/S/H (Bosch, Thermador & Gaggenau) ICE HOUSE SPONSOR Design DCA WRANGLER SPONSORS Datasmart/ Duncan Security Dupure Legends Architectural Stone SRG Stairs StrucSure Home Warranty POKER RUN SPONSOR Capitol Technology Group

BANDITO SPONSORS ConnectOne, WATERING HOLE SPONSOR a Smart Home Company Builders Post-Tension HomePro Home Technologies Roy O. Martin/Corrigan OSB AWARDS SPONSOR Sherwin-Williams HOWDY PARTNER APRON SPONSOR Hotchkiss Insurance Agency STAGE COACH SPONSOR Pella Windows & Doors

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COUNCIL UPDATE

ASSOCIATE COUNCIL

2019 Associate Council Chair

GREG MADREY Builders Post-Tension

The Ultimate Gift

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t’s beginning to look a lot like giftgiving season. And there’s a reason people say the greatest gift you can give is your time. That’s because when you give your time, you are giving yourself.

Means, and the GHBA. I feel very blessed to be working along with some of the most talented associates in the nation. I’m very proud of all this committee has accomplished this year.

Those of us who serve on the Associate Council experience this firsthand all year long. We both give our time to the benefit of our organization and industry and receive the time given by others. And I’ve received an unforgettable gift this past year by having the honor of serving as your Associate Council president.

Speaking of accomplishments, the council's 18th Annual BBQ & Wild Game Cookoff was a huge success with 21 teams participating. (Photos on page 36.) Many thanks to our host Rock Materials for donating the use of their facility for this grand event.

As my family and I prepare for the upcoming holiday, I’m reminded of a quote by Winston Churchill, “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” This has been a phenomenal year for the Associate Council, none of which would have been possible without the personal gift-giving efforts of our committee, fellow associates, speaker panel participants, sponsors, Peggy

The evening was festively cool, a perfect environment for enjoying warm food and camaraderie. I want to thank everyone who attended and participated to help make the event a memorable one. Congratulations are also in order to SRG Ventures, who took home the Grand Champion prize that evening. For the Frank Aranza Adopt-a-Family project, the people of our organization really came together to give of themselves. On Friday, December 6,

and Saturday, December 7, volunteers distributed gifts to about 40 adopted families through the Houston Housing Authority. We also collected gift cards and more than $2,000 in our Holiday Cheer and Elf Sponsorships, which were donated to a HomeAid Houston partner agency. Through this project, we gave of ourselves and got more in return, knowing we could help make a difference for local families in need. With the gift this year has been, it has been an honor to serve as the 2019 Associate Council president. I have so much gratitude for the incredible associates who played a vital role in the success of the Associate Council this year. Charles Dickens’ famous character, Scrooge, said, “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” For me, I will honor this year in my heart and try to keep what you have given back to me all my life. Thank you.

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COUNCIL UPDATE

SALES & MARKETING COUNCIL

2019 Sales & Marketing Council President

CARRIE ROEHLING Johnson Development Corporation

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Time Flies When You're Having Fun

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’ve heard some people say that 2019 seemed like a long 12 months. For me, the time has flown by! It has been a great honor to serve as president of the GHBA Sales and Marketing Council. It has been a collaborative effort working among some of our industry’s finest to provide opportunities for GHBA members to meet and share ideas that could have a direct impact on your company’s bottom line. And as the door closes on my role as president, GHBA members will be in good hands with our incoming president, Shannon Gaskamp with Legend/Princeton Homes. She has tremendous plans for 2020 that you won’t want to miss. She’ll also be overseeing a transitioning Houston’s Best PRISM Awards program, as the call for entries moves up to Feb. 1 with a deadline of March 15. In addition, the awards ceremony—a fanciful Cirque du Soleil experience—will be held in September rather than October.

Trying to Stop the Clock I would like the clock to slow these last few weeks of 2019, not to just enjoy this

time with the SMC, but to also spend time with family and friends before catapulting into a new year. Easier said than done, but here are a few tips that might help you find an extra hour or two in your day without sacrificing sleep to do it.

Stay in the right now

Prioritize a holiday fun list

Hoping everyone can find the gift of time this season. Happy holidays and here’s to a wonderful 2020!

Decide the four or five things that are most important to do this holiday season. Knowing what you want to do and having an idea of how long it might take will better help you fit them into your schedule. Be flexible Not every holiday party has to happen on a Friday or Saturday night. Consider a holiday brunch or late afternoon cocktail party before dinner out. Don’t be afraid to say no This might be the hardest of all! (Are we all nodding our heads here?) The sky won’t fall if you say no to attending an event or planning the annual Friday before Christmas party — especially if you’ve done it year after year. And if you don’t want to entirely say no, consider possibly outsourcing the task or enlisting a friend or two to help.

Settling down with the family to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” or attending a neighborhood cookie swap? Enjoy the moment and don’t worry about what’s next.

COMING UP: PRISM 2020 CALL FOR ENTRIES

February 1 - March 15, 2020 MILLION DOLLAR CIRCLE AWARDS

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 (Fat Tuesday) Save the date -- and sponsor early! This year's theme is "Carnevale di Venezia." The Million Dollar Circle awards honor sales and marketing professionals who closed more than $1 million in new home sales during the 2019 calendar year. Help us honor the industry's best while celebrating a Venetian Mardi Gras!

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VOLUME BUILDERS CLAY SHOOT SPEED SELLING Clay Shoot Brings Builders, Vendors Together More than 50 builders and associates converged at the clay stations of American Shooting Centers for the Volume Builders Annual Speed Selling event. It was a huge hit and every builder walked away with great door prizes! A big thank you to our event sponsors: Suncoast Post-Tension; Carrier Corporation; Corbett, WingardRay; Allura; Allpoints Surveying; and Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. The following trophies were awarded out to our winners: “A” CLASS

1st Place – Randy Thrash, Rausch Coleman 2nd Place – Brian Murray, Toll Brothers

3rd Place – Ed Haut, Century Communities “B” CLASS

1st Place – Steven Speer, Sandcastle Homes

2nd Place – Randy Barras, Trendmaker Homes 3rd Place – Andrew Foote, Century Communities “C” CLASS

1st Place – Michael Willett, Chesmar Homes

2nd Place – James Miller, Empire Communities

3rd Place – Tracy Brown, Empire Communities

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CUSTOM BUILDERS COUNCIL

2019 Custom Builders Council Chair

JIM BOB TAYLOR D. L. Doyle Construction Co.

Reflecting on a Successful Year

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he CBC’s November luncheon was a great hit. A panel of building officials helped our builders understand their permitting time and costs, drainage requirements, and HB 2439 legislation that prohibits cities from using building codes or other local ordinance powers to mandate the use of certain products. Thank you to our panelists: William Davidson, City of Bellaire; Steve Smith, City of Bunker Hill; James Stewart, City of Hunters Creek; and Kevin Taylor representing Bellaire and the City of Hedwig Village. It’s hard to believe my year as the Custom Builders chairman has come to an end. I wanted to thank my 2019 Custom Builders Council board for raising the bar this past year. We had great success with all of our events including the speed selling event at Bowlmor, our charity event at Casa de Esperanza, our networking event and most of all our relevant luncheon topics speakers. You can tell by the incredible increase in

membership and attendance at our luncheons that they have set a tough act to follow. I also want to thank all those associates who supported the council through sponsorships and consistent attendance. We could not have done it without you and your support. On December 19, please join us as we celebrate these successes at CBC's very first holiday networking event at the Houston Racquet Club from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

It is not too early to start planning. Participation is vital to accomplishing our Council’s mission, and getting involved is a great opportunity both personally and professionally. Hope to see you at 2020 meetings and events. Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy holiday season!

We also have some exciting programs planned for the first quarter. In January, a panel of Custom Builders Council past presidents will be on hand to discuss current business trends and what they do differently as well as any specific niches they may focus on. In addition to our monthly luncheons, watch for more information about CBC’s annual charity project, our networking event and the popular speed selling event at Bowlmor Lanes.

PHOTO: Local building officials speak to the GHBA custom builders. Pictured left to right are: Steve Smith, City of Bunker Hill; Kevin Taylor, City of Hedwig Village; William Davidson, City of Bellaire; and James Stewart, City of Hunters Creek.

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COUNCIL UPDATE

REMODELERS COUNCIL

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2019 Remodelers Council President

SHERRY PRUITT, CGR, CAPS Whodid It Designs and Remodeling

Serving Houston with Heart "How do you know you can’t do it if you haven’t tried?"—Claude Williams

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hen I was 6 years old, my father taught me to use a hand saw. And as he continued to take the time to teach, he would say to me, “How do you know you can’t do it if you haven’t tried?” I’m so glad I learned that mantra at a young age, and continue to follow my father’s wisdom. He would be proud. I have been unbelievably blessed this year with the people who have served alongside me; it made our RMC year a great success. I started the year off by asking that we “Serve Houston with Heart” and, to no surprise, that is exactly what the entire Remodelers Council did. What a privilege it has been to serve as president and to be a part of one of the greatest HBA councils in the United States. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity. It is also hard to believe this is my

last Houston Builder magazine article. Thank you Amy Robinson for putting your golden touch on each of them. I want to thank all the board and committee members who have worked so hard this past year. I want to give a huge thank you to Donna Buenik, our staff liaison. Donna’s great attitude, excellent organizational skills and can-do nature make all of our jobs easier. The GHBA is such a strong organization and we all benefit from its success. The RMC leadership is currently organizing the 12th Remodelers Council Charity Garage Sale, which will take place on March 21–22, at the Cy-Fair Home and Garden Show in the Berry Center. This event is important for the Remodelers Council, as all proceeds go toward renovating local GHBA designated charities such as Santa Maria Hostel, Lydia’s Place and Wellsprings Village. Please consider donating or volunteering. For more information, please email Linda Ingalls at shr@shrremodeling.com, or

Donna Buenik at dbuenik@ghba.org. I hope to see everyone at the 2019 Remodelers Council Holiday Party on December 11 at Fratelli’s Restaurant. The 2020 RMC board will be installed and the “Of the Year Awards” will be distributed. Sponsorships available now. Email dbuenik@ghba.org for details.

Get published!

All Remodelers Council members are invited to submit articles for a weekly column in the Houston Chronicle. This is an extraordinary opportunity to promote your brand and your council to a wide audience of homeowners. Articles must be 300–500 words and include an attached high-resolution project photo. Articles should be educational in nature and not selfpromoting (think editorial, not advertorial). Writers will receive a byline mentioning their company as contributing author. Send your ideas, articles and photos to lorraine@idealconsulting.net.

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PHOTO: HomeAid Houston thanks RMC members for their work at Lydia's Place. Pictured left to right are: Carole Brady, HomeAid Houston; Mike Bernal, Sherwin-Williams; Fred Bakenhus, FSB Electric; and Will Cole, Divine Renovation.

PHOTO: Local celebrity and "Harvey Hero" Mattress Mack addresses the GHBA Remodelers Council on building a life worth living by giving back.

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CHARITY GARAGE SALE

The fastest way to help people in need is to donate! Please donate your tax-deductible appliances, cabinets, countertops, electronics, hardware, building materials, lights, etc. Anything you can spare, we can sell! All proceeds from the 12th Annual RMC Garage Sale are used to fund the council's local charity projects.

VOLUNTEER/DONATE: Contact Donna Buenik dbuenik@ghba.org 281.664.1429

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2019 GHBA PARTNERS

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FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS, THE PROGRAM HAS GROWN FROM JUST 3 PARTNERS IN 2007 TO 42 IN 2019!

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EVENTS ANNUALLY GHBA PARTNER SPONSORSHIPS MAKE OUR EVENTS WORK! FROM LARGE EVENTS AND EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS, TO LUNCHEONS AND NETWORKINGS, THEY CANNOT HAPPEN WITHOUT OUR SPONSORS. THANK YOU!

ASSOCIATES MAKE UP TWO-THIRDS OF THE GHBA MEMBERSHIP AND THROUGH THEIR EXTRA SPONSORSHIP COMMITMENTS, THEY FINANCE A LARGE PORTION OF THE ADVOCACY AND ONGOING WORK ON BEHALF OF THE HOUSING INDUSTRY.

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stand out w ith SAM!

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.

2019 GRAND ($10,000+)

ACES Builders Warranty BMC Builder's Choice Inc. Builders Post-Tension Capitol Technology Group Carrier Corporation Centricity DataSmart/Duncan Security Detering Co. of Houston DPIS Builder Services DuPure Environments for Living/TopBuild Home Services Expressions Home Gallery Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Fox Energy Specialists GlassCraft Door Co. Goodman Manufacturing Co. Grogan Building Supply HomePro Home Technologies Hotchkiss Insurance Agency Ironwood Connection Legends Architectural Stone LoanDepot LP Building Products Milgard Windows & Doors Norbord Industries

Perfection Supply Rooftec Sherwin-Williams Co. SRG Stairs Strucsure Home Warranty Suncoast Post-Tension

2019 PREMIER ($5,000+)

ABC Supply ACME Brick AHI Supply Allpoints Surveying Benchmark Mortgage CenterPoint Energy Chase Cherry Creek Mortgage Co. ConnectOne Security Huber Engineered Woods Keller Williams – The Icon Team Modern Pest Control Pella Windows & Doors Reverse Mortgage Funding RoyOMartin/Corrigan OSB Texas Builders Finance Thomas Garage Door Venetian Stairs Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Health Insurance & Employee Benefit Plans Available to Members

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OFFICERS AND LEADERSHIP GHBA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JOHN WILLIAMS PRESIDENT

ROB HELLYER VICE PRESIDENT

KENA ARMSTRONG ASSOCIATE V. P.

KEITH LUECHTEFELD SECRETARY

Kena Armstrong, CIC, Hotchkiss Insurance Agency Adam Aschmann, Tilson Home Corporation Abdul Barazi, Ryko Development Marco Cordon, GMB, Lennar Homes of Texas Yvonne Cummins, CAPS, Morning Star Builders, Ltd and Morning Star Renovations Randall Duncan, Datasmart/Duncan Security Ian Faria, Bradley Arant Zach Gavos, Keepsake Design & Build Rob Hellyer, CGR, GMB, CAPS, Premier Remodeling & Construction, LP Ericka Hill, Greeneco Builders Randy Jones, Terra Visions Alex Kamkar, Bold Fox Development Jennifer Keller, William Lyon Homes Don Klein, Chesmar Homes Keith Luechtefeld, Shea Homes Greg Madrey, Builders Post-Tension John Madsen, Bentley, Bratcher & Associates, P.C. Sharone Mayberry, Mayberry Homes, Inc Patrick Mayhan, M/I Homes Kendall McDermott, Allpoints Surveying Lindy Oliva, PulteGroup Dustin O’Neal, PE, Costello Engineering Sherry Pruitt, CAPS,CGR, WhoDid It Designs | Remodeling Carrie Roehling, Johnson Development Kunal Seth, The Seth Brothers Kevin Stuckey, Wan Bridge Group Ed Taravella, TARACORP Jim Bob Taylor, D.L. Doyle Construction John Williams, K. Hovnanian Homes Laurie Wilson, First American Title

PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEES Marco Cordon, GMB, Lennar Homes of Texas Rocky Flores, ROC Homes Texas, Ltd. Denny Patterson, Lone Star Air Systems Inc.

GHBA’S TAB DIRECTORS

JOHN MADSEN, CPA TREASURER

IAN FARIA LEGAL COUNSEL

John Williams Rob Hellyer, CGR, GMB, CAPS Kena Armstrong, CIC Adam Aschmann D’Ann Brown Lisa Clark Gonzalo Garcia, CGR,GMB,CAPS,CGP,GMR Allen Griffin Stephen Hann, CGR, GMB, GMR, CGP Victoria Hawes Sean Hodge Don Klein Randy Jones Leslie King, GMB, CGR, CAPS Matthew Reibenstein Ron Rohrbacher Ed Taravella

TAB LIFE DIRECTORS

DON KLEIN PAST PRESIDENT

CASEY MORGAN EXECUTIVE VP & CEO

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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 Jeff Hunt, GMB, CGR, CAPS, CGP Barry Kahn Andy Loyd Eddie Martin Keith Rodgers, CGA, CSP Bill Shaw, CGR, GMB, CAPS Kathleen Stadler

GHBA’S NAHB DELEGATES

John Williams Rob Hellyer, CGR, GMB, CAPS Adam Aschmann Don Klein Clayton Farmer, CGP, HERS, LEED AP, GBV, GBE, CEA, LEED-H GR, IECC, GBI Victoria Hawes Kathy Howard Leslie King, GMB, CGR, CAPS Renae Turnbaugh

NAHB LIFE DELEGATES

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

NAHB SENIOR LIFE DELEGATES

Randy Birdwell J.S. Norman, Jr.

COUNCIL PRESIDENTS & COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Ambassador/Membership Committee – D'Ann Brown Associate Council – Greg Madrey Benefit Homes Committee – TBD Community Developers Council – Ed Taravella Custom Builders Council – Jim Bob Taylor Education Committee – Dave Yelovich Government Affairs Committee – Mike Dishberger Green Built Gulf Coast – Nicole Keown & Jim Spurgeon HomeAid Board President – Patrick Mayhan HOME-PAC – Jim Holcomb Past President’s Council – Don Klein Retention Committee – Debbie Page Remodelers Council – Sherry Pruitt Sales & Marketing Council – Carrie Roehling Volume Builders Committee – Jeff Dye

GHBA DIVISION PRESIDENTS

Bay Area Builders Association – Patrick Mayhan Montgomery County Division – Alex Kamkar

GHBA STAFF Executive Vice President and CEO Casey Watts Morgan - (281) 664-1432 CMorgan@ghba.org Director of Government Affairs Bradley Pepper - (281) 664-1430 BPepper@ghba.org Director of Builder Programs Donna Buenik - (281) 664-1429 DBuenik@ghba.org Director of Membership/Marketing Cynthia Fagan - (281) 664-1425 CFagan@ghba.org Director of Special Events Melvina Audain - (281) 664-1428 MAudain@ghba.org Director of Education and Career Services Peggy Means, CGA - (281) 664-1431 PMeans@ghba.org Publisher - Print & Web Brittany Feldmann - (832) 215-7232 BFeldmann@ghba.org Public Relations Director Terry Swenson - (281) 382-9977 TerrySwenson21@gmail.com Chief Financial Officer Griff Godwin, CPA - (281) 664-1427 GGodwin@ghba.org Accountant Lincoya Ferguson - (281) 664-1434 LFerguson@ghba.org Government Affairs Coordinator Tala Odat - (281) 664-1433 todat@ghba.org Membership Coordinator Vilma Bonilla - (281) 664-1426 VBonilla@ghba.org Administration & Builder Programs Coordinator Simone Castille - (281) 664-1439 scastille@ghba.org Office Manager Janet Todd - (281) 664-1424 JTodd@ghba.org HomeAid Executive Director Carole Brady - (281) 664-1436 cbrady@homeaidhouston.org HomeAid Director of Development Kirsten Robbins - (281) 664-1438 krobbins@homeaidhouston.org Administrative Accountant Lisa Gentry - (281) 664-1440 lgentry@homeaidhouston.org HomeAid Events and Operations Coordinator Emilee Proctor - (281) 664-1435 eproctor@homeaidhouston.org

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

December 2019

Wednesday, January 29 11 a.m. - Annual Forecast Luncheon, at George R. Brown Convention Center

MEETINGS AND EVENTS

1:30 p.m. - GHBA Board Meeting

Tuesday, December 3 1 p.m. - HOME-PAC Meeting

Thursday, December 5 11 a.m. - Montgomery County Annual Forecast Luncheon, at Waterway Marriott Hotel, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands 77380 Friday & Saturday, December 6-7 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Frank Aranza Adopt-a-Family Project, at GHBA & Houston Housing Authority Monday, December 9 11:30 a.m. - Advantage Benefit Solutions Employee Benefits "Lunch & Learn" Tuesday, December 10 11:30 a.m. - Government Affairs/Volume Builders Committee Joint Meeting

EDUCATION COURSES

Tuesday, January 14 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Concrete: The Hard Truth (ABCs of Home Building Series)

February 2020 MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Tuesday, February 4 11:30 a.m. - Bay Area Builders Association Luncheon, at La Brisa, 501 N Wesley, 77573 Wednesday, February 5 1:30 p.m. - Developers Council

Wednesday, December 11 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Remodelers Council Holiday Party, at Fratelli's, 1330 Wirt Rd, 77055

Thursday, February 6 9 a.m. - Education Committee

Thursday, December 19 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Custom Builders Council Holiday Networking, at Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Dr, 77024

Thursday, February 13 11:30 a.m. - Remodelers Council Luncheon, at Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Dr, 77024

EDUCATION COURSES

Tuesday, December 3 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Introduction to Project Management (NAHB Designation Course)

January 2020 MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Thursday, January 9 11:30 a.m. - Remodelers Council Luncheon, at Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Dr, 77024 Thursday, January 16 11:30 a.m. - Custom Builders Council, at Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial (at Voss) Saturday, January 18 6 p.m. - 2020 Installation Celebration welcoming incoming President Rob Hellyer and the new Board of Directors, at The Briar Club, 2603 Timmons Ln, 77027 Wednesday, January 22 11 a.m. - Montgomery County Builders & Developers Division Luncheon, at The Woodlands Country Club, 100 Grand Fairway Drive 77381

11:30 a.m. - Associate Council Luncheon

Thursday, February 20 11:30 a.m. - Custom Builders Council, at Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial (at Voss) Tuesday, February 25 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - SMC Million Dollar Circle Awards, at The Grand Tuscany Hotel, 12801 Northwest Freeway, Houston 77040 Wednesday, February 26 11 a.m. - Montgomery County Builders & Developers Division Luncheon, at The Woodlands Country Club, 100 Grand Fairway Drive 77381 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Custom Builders Speed Selling Event, at Bowlmor Lanes, 925 Bunker Hill, 77024

EDUCATION COURSES

March 2020 MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Tuesday, February 4 11:30 a.m. - Bay Area Builders Association Luncheon, at La Brisa, 501 N Wesley, 77573 Wednesday, February 5 1:30 p.m. - Developers Council Thursday, March 5 9 a.m. - Education Committee 11:30 a.m. - Associate Council Luncheon 4 p.m. - GHBA Board Meeting 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. - New Member Orientation & President's Reception Thursday, March 12 11:30 a.m. - Remodelers Council Luncheon, at Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Dr, 77024 Thursday, March 19 11:30 a.m. - Custom Builders Council, at Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial (at Voss) Saturday & Sunday, March 21-22 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Remodelers Council Garage Sale, at Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Rd. 77433 Tuesday, March 24 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Remodelers Speed Selling, at Dave & Busters, 6010 Richmond Ave. 77057 Wednesday, March 25 11 a.m. - Montgomery County Builders & Developers Division Luncheon, at The Woodlands Country Club, 100 Grand Fairway Drive 77381 Thursday, March 26 9 a.m. - Associate Council Spring Golf Tournament, at Quail Valley Golf Course, 2880 La Quinta Dr., Missouri City 77459

EDUCATION COURSES

Tuesday, March 17 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Framing (ABCs of Home Building Series)

Tuesday, February 18 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Construction Document Reading & Estimating (ABCs of Home Building Series)

*Dates subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings held at the GHBA offices, located at: 9511 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, Tex. 77064. For tickets, visit: ghba.org/calendar or call 281.970.8970

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