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ALSO INSIDE: Reinvigorating GHBA Membership After COVID-19 pg 6 87th Texas Legislature Updates pg 8 HistoryMaker Presents Charity Funds to GHBA pg 10 CEO's Final Thought pg 28

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CONTENTS

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HOUSTON

Builder

ANNIVERSARY ISSUE pg 16

The Official Magazine of the Greater Houston Builders Association

February 2021 | Volume 34 | Number 02

GHBA Marks Eight Decades of Service to the Homebuilding Industry

FEATURES 06

President's Message: Reinvigorating Membership After COVID-19

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Advocacy Report: 87th Texas Legislature Underway

For the last 80 years, your GHBA has worked to keep the homebuilding industry moving forward through both good times and bad. Coming out of a challenging 2020 and into a hopeful 2021, President Keith Luechtefeld looks for ways to re-engage our members in both new ways and old.

As the 2021 legislative session takes shape, your GHBA Government Affairs team will be active in working with our delegation in Austin, as well as tracking legislation that could affect homebuilding and development.

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HistoryMaker Presents Charity Funds to GHBA

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HomeAid Receives Year-End Contributions

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GHBA's Fourth Quarter Report Card

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CEO's Final Thought: An Open Door

HistoryMaker Homes, a Benefit Homes partner, recently presented a check for $157,000 to the GHBA from the sale of their charity build. Dozens of companies donated to the construction, from the site work through construction and even the closing. GHBA thanks all of these individuals and companies for making this annual project so successful.

The challenges of 2020 did not impact the generosity of HomeAid Houston’s supporters. Several year-end donations were received that will be valuable funds in 2021 as HomeAid continues to identify critical construction needs within the homeless community.

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

What can we do to strengthen your GHBA membership and how can we provide you better return on your investment? GHBA continues to advocate and engage with our elected leaders, offer innovative education, promote workforce development for the next generation, and provide opportunities for your businesses to thrive and grow. Moving forward, we welcome your input on how to serve you better.

Greater Houston Builders Association Mission To provide advocacy, education, professional development, and valuable services to its members and the homebuilding industry. 9511 West Sam Houston Pkwy North, Houston, TX 77064 (281) 970-8970 phone; (281) 970-8971 fax

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The Greater Houston Builders Association begins 2021 on a celebratory note as the association marks its 80th anniversary. As we commemorate this special year, we hope to see you at one of our virtual meetings, at an upcoming golf tournament, award ceremony, or just around the GHBA office. Until then, please enjoy this trip down "GHBA Memory Lane" on page 16.

Departments 6 8 10 12 18 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

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

Upcoming Events 5 7 11 13

"How to Enter" PRISM Forum Spring Golf Tournament Project Playhouse HomeAid Charity Golf Tournament

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

Reinvigorating GHBA Membership After COVID-19 hope you will join me in making sure the association which supports us gets the best we have to offer. This only happens with your involvement. There is a saying attributed to motivational speaker Wayne Dyer which goes, “If you believe it will work out, you will see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles.” I choose to believe it will work out, and I see opportunities. By GHBA President KEITH LUECHTEFELD, Shea Homes

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ere at the beginning of the year, I am hoping each of you feels as I do… that 2021 will have a lot to offer. To start with, 2021 marks the GHBA’s 80th anniversary. This means that the GHBA has been around a long time and has certainly survived through some good times and some challenging times. Coming out of a challenging 2020 and into a hopeful 2021, I would like to think that we are headed into better times. We have vaccines that are being deployed; we have a Houston employment base that has consistently been recovering jobs since the beginning of the pandemic; and we have a strong housing market. With that backdrop, I ask you this question: If 2021 is going to have a lot to offer, what can you offer to the GHBA? The GHBA deserves our best. The organization has been here working for us for a long time, and with the Texas Association of Builders and the National Association of Builders, the organization has worked to keep our businesses moving forward through both good times and bad. I am grateful for those efforts and

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One of those opportunities is to reinvigorate the GHBA membership. We all know 2020 created some challenges for the GHBA, taking away many of the opportunities we had previously to network face-to-face with other industry professionals. However, there is a dim light starting to shine at the end of this long COVID-19 tunnel, and I have asked the GHBA leadership to think about what it is we can do to re-engage our members in both new ways and old. If 2020 has shown us anything, it is that technology can provide a different forum for conducting many aspects of our lives. It’s not perfect, and it’s not all better. But it doesn’t have to be perfect or better. It just has to be good enough to allow us to leverage the opportunity. We should challenge ourselves to understand how to leverage the technology in new ways that will enhance the GHBA’s business. How can technology supplement the great opportunities we have to network and move our industry forward? And now, after a paragraph in which I ask us to consider the best ways to leverage technology, I am going to do a “full 180.” Because we also must determine, as early and as safely possible, the events and gatherings that can go back to “in-person.” As part of that consideration, we should

also be evaluating and determining the things that can provide us the most benefit. What do we miss most about our prepandemic GHBA lives? What can we get the most benefit from doing in-person? I also believe there are likely some things we did previously that should not be in-person going forward. And as such, I think that we should also be asking, what do we “not miss” about the way the GHBA conducted business and events previously? What things / meetings / events should maybe be abandoned? Or maybe, could these things be done virtually, saving people time while also providing a benefit? With that, I ask each of you to look for ways to re-engage with the GHBA, and I hope you can find a little inspiration to give your best to the organization this year. I am honored to continue to serve you, the GHBA members. n

PHOTO: Outgoing GHBA President Rob Hellyer is presented with his ceremonial gavel and a scrapbook collection of memories from his 2020 term. Thank you, Rob!


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ADVOCACY REPORT

By BRADLEY PEPPER, GHBA Director of Government Affairs

87th Texas Legislature Underway O

n January 12 at noon, members of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives gathered in their respective chambers at the capitol in Austin to convene the 87th legislative session. That began the 140-day countdown to Sine Die (end of regular session) on May 31. Members have been filing bills since November 9 and have until March 12 to file bills without restriction. Between both the House and the Senate, there will be more than 6,500 pieces of legislation filed for the 87th legislative session, with over 1,600 bills already filed at the time of this printing.

The session is still young, and we will not know the extent of the legislation that will be considered until mid-March. Even under the cloud of COVID-19 however, there has been quite a bit of activity at the capitol.

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On the opening day of the session, members of the Texas House voted to elect Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) as Speaker of

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the House. He replaced former speaker and longtime member Dennis Bonnen of Angleton who retired after his last term.

Speaker Phelan has served in the Texas House of Representatives since 2015, representing the 21st House district that covers part of Jefferson County and the entirety of Orange County. Speaker Phelan is a well-respected member of the Texas House and most recently chaired the powerful State Affairs Committee.

In the Senate, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has already released his committee assignments for the session, including appointing seven members of our delegation to serve as committee chairs: • Sen. Paul Bettencourt – Local Government Committee • Sen. Brandon Creighton – Higher Education Committee and Select Committee on Ports • Sen. Joan Huffman – Jurisprudence Committee and Special Committee on Redistricting

Sen. Lois Kolkhorst – Health and Human Services Committee Sen. Robert Nichols Transportation Committee Sen. Larry Taylor Education Committee Sen. John Whitmire - Criminal Justice Committee

As with each session, the make-up of each chamber changes following the fall election. This session not only brought in new faces on both sides of the capitol, but also shrunk the majority in the Texas Senate. Following the November election, the Texas Senate Republican’s majority shrunk to 18-13, losing one seat from last session. The significance of that number is that last session 19 votes were needed to bring any piece of legislation to the floor. For this session, the Senate has adopted a rule that requires only 18 votes to bring a bill to the floor.


The House welcomed 15 new members and one former member who returned to total 16 members who were not in the House last session. Although there was a lot of attention and money directed at the Texas House, the numbers remained the same with 83 Republicans and 67 Democrats. While we are still being impacted by COVID-19, the business of the state that the legislature is tasked with completing must be done. Both chambers of the legislature have adopted rules on how to conduct that business, but it is still a moving target. We will not be having Rally Day as we have in the past because of safety protocols. That said, there will still be opportunities for the GHBA to engage, and we will. As the session continues to take shape and we have a more comprehensive view of what has been filed, what is being pursued and what is being allowed, the GHBA Government Affairs team will be active in working with our delegation in Austin, as well as tracking legislation that could affect homebuilding and development. n

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HistoryMaker Presents Charity Funds to GHBA

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he Greater Houston Builders Association is proud to announce that HistoryMaker Homes, a Benefit Homes partner, recently presented a check for $157,000 to the GHBA that reflected funds raised from the sale of their charity build. Each year two homes are built for the Benefit Homes Project with donated materials, labor and services by GHBA members. The builder donates construction management, and the developer donates the homesite. The homes are sold at market value and proceeds are presented to two local charities, HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. The HistoryMaker Benefit home was built in Sierra Vista, a Land Tejas community. Mickey Pizzitola, HistoryMaker Houston division president presented the check to representatives from the GHBA. “It was an exciting day to be able to present this check to the association,” said Pizzitola. “Raising money for two valuable charities within our community fits the HistoryMaker commitment to give back by doing what we do best, building homes. We are thrilled that HomeAid and Operation Finally Home will be able to apply their funds toward bettering the lives of the homeless of Houston and wounded veterans returning from active duty.” Dozens of companies donated to the construction, from the site work through construction and even the closing. “The vendors and suppliers are key to the success of the Benefit Homes Project,” added Patrick Mayhan, Benefit Homes chair. “Most of them sign on to build a Benefit Home every year, and that is a reflection of the generous nature of the residential homebuilding industry. We can’t thank Mickey, HistoryMaker and Land Tejas enough for their philanthropic commitment.” With the official closing of this Benefit Home, the charity fundraiser has raised over $12 million.

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Vendors and suppliers who contributed include: Allpoints Surveying, HomePro Home Technologies, 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 Solutions, Rosenburg Plumbing, Progress Lighting, Reyes Tar Painting, Décor Hardware and Creative Landscape and Design.


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OVER $1 MILLION RAISED! THE LEGEND OF PROJECT PLAYHOUSE HomeAid Houston’s Project Playhouse has become a legendary fundraising event in its 14-year history with the Houston Astros. Our builders become “legends in their own time,” as well as receiving publicity worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in value. 2021 is a new slate for Project Playhouse as we are recruiting a builder that is looking for a FUN, CREATIVE way to build a team event at your company that will directly impact the lives of the homeless of Houston. Over the past 14 years, Project Playhouse has raised more than $1,065,972.

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HomeAid Receives Year-End Contributions T

he challenges of 2020 did not impact the generosity of HomeAid Houston’s supporters. Several year-end donations were received that will be valuable funds in 2021 as HomeAid continues to identify critical construction needs within the homeless community. “With 2020 behind us,” said Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid Houston, “we wrapped things up on a high note with incredible contributions that helped round out a successful year in fundraising, project development and project completions. There is nothing but optimism in our camp for 2021!” HomeAid received a grant from Manners Coole Foundation for $50,000, a long-time supporter of HomeAid. “HomeAid is grateful to the Manners Coole Foundation as we have been selected by the foundation for many years,” added Carole. “This grant has helped change the lives of so many less fortunate. We can’t thank them enough for keeping HomeAid as part of their giving program.” HomeAid also thanks Jim Holcomb with Holcomb Properties for his annual contribution that was $10,000 in 2020. Jim

With 2020 behind us, we wrapped things up on a high note with incredible contributions that helped round out a successful year in fundraising, project development and project completions. There is nothing but optimism in our camp for 2021! — CAROLE BRADY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HOMEAID HOUSTON

has been a HomeAid partner on construction projects as well as a huge financial donor year after year.

And finally, the total miscellaneous donations from individuals and the Christmas Greeting Card from HomeAid raised another $7,800.

A check for $5,000 was presented to HomeAid at the end of the year by Taylor Morrison/Darling Homes, another long-time contributor. These funds were designated for the GHBA Frank Aranza Adopt-a-Family Project at Christmas to go toward individual gift cards for families in need. Additional gift card donations also came in during the holiday season that totaled $5,100, also designated for Adopt-a-Family.

The total for end of year proceeds was an impressive $78,085.

The GHBA Young Professionals organization was also a contributor at the end of 2020 with their committee’s donation of $185.

“GHBA members and others from the community continue to step up and provide funds so HomeAid can successfully complete our mission which is: to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach," said James Miller, the 2021 president of HomeAid. "These generous companies and individuals understand that without help from within the community, the homeless numbers will continue to rise.”

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HomeAid to Tee-Off for the Homeless at 15th Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Auction

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omeAid is pleased to announce its 15th annual Charity Golf Tournament and online auction is on course for 2021! Thank you to our loyal fans for supporting us by registering teams each year to “score big” on the green. Thank you also to our donors and our volunteers who have made this event happen for the past 14 years and especially for making 2020 a record-breaker for funds raised. We also want to recognize our auction chair Kendall McDermott and golf co-chairs Greg Madrey and George Guattare for returning to serve again in 2021!

AUCTION 2021 — GET READY TO BID ONLINE! April 7 at Noon – Open for bidding April 14 at 7:30 p.m. – Closed for bidding As always, there will be a sneak peek for bidders to view all items before bidding officially begins. There will also be an auction display at the golf tournament.

Year 15 will be just as fun and memorable as all the others, so stay tuned.

To donate an item, service, or gift card to the auction, contact Emilee at eproctor@homeaidhouston.org. For ideas, see the 2020 donors listed below.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Benefits of donating an item:

Wednesday, April 14 Wildcat Golf Club 12000 Almeda Road Houston, TX 77045

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Listed with your name or logo throughout the bidding process

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In case you missed it... here are a few highlights from Q4 2020 at your GHBA.

GHBA REPORT CARD

NEW MEMBERS

GROWING RANKS Associates (60.34%)

Custom Builders (36.21%)

EDUCATION 7 courses offered 247 attendees

Remodelers (3.45%)

The association added 58 new members in Q4 2020

SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING New marketing efforts continued in the 4th quarter.

GOING GREEN

They include: Member Newsmakers – Monthly social media highlight 55% of members nominated by others members Drip Marketing Campaign targeting new members about Education opportunities as a GHBA member ENGAGEMENT: 84 New Followers! (5,259 Total) 230 New Followers! (3,428 Total) 30 New Followers! 440 New Followers, a 201% Increase! (888 Total)

Green Built Gulf Coast (GBGC) certified

101 new homes

BENEFIT HOMES PROJECT 2021 Chairman Named - Patrick Mayhan HistoryMaker Benefit Home - Closed and delivered ceremonial check for $157,000 14

Chesmar Benefit Home - Broke ground Nov. 5. Poured slab in December

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$12+ MILLION raised since 1980


Signature Events

COUNCILS & DIVISIONS Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the association has continued offering virtual meetings and webinars in lieu of in-person meetings. Topics included a remodelers panel, emerging builders, commodity and lumber pricing, effective social media and more! The Remodelers Council also applied for permits for its charity project at House of Tiny Treasures.

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The first Virtual Houston’s Best PRISM Awards featured four award-winning anchors from local television stations, A-List entertainers, and emcee Toner Kersting. More than 140 golfers 'came out of their bunkers' to enjoy the Spring Golf Tournament in October at Quail Valley. Frank Aranza Adopt a Family - In December, our generous members 'adopted' 40 families from the Houston Housing Authority to provide gifts and holiday cheer. We also collected $6,000 in gift cards for families at Abigail’s Place and Angel Reach in partnership with HomeAid Houston. A Virtual Battle of the Builders pitted 16 teams in a rousing game of BINGO. The coveted Championship Belt was awarded to Newmark Homes. Economist Ted Jones, PhD provided the Post-Election Forecast Update via ZOOM with 150 members in attendance.

ADVOCACY Government Affairs Committee In November, the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) attended: TAB Winter Board Meeting, Government Relations and Developers Council meeting. The GAC also directed TAB HOME-PAC contributions to GHBA state legislative delegation members. Members attended the Houston Permitting Center Task Force (HPC) to help the implementation of recommendations that the task force delivered to the mayor over the summer.

Developers Council In November, Steve Robinson, with Allen Boone Humphries Robinson, presented on the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries study.

HOME-PAC For the November general election, 94% (48 out of 51) of HOME-PAC endorsed and financially supported elected officials and candidates were victorious in their races. In advance of the 87th Texas Legislative Session that began this month, HOME-PAC trustees participated in virtual meetings with members of our Texas House of Representatives delegation including representatives Briscoe Cain (HD-128), Lacey Hull (HD- 138), Jacey Jetton (HD-26), Mayes Middleton (HD-23), Michael Schofield (HD-132), Cody Vasut (HD-26) and Will Metcalf (HD-16).

The study evaluated the current conditions of Buffalo Bayou and the Addicks and Barker reservoirs and identified, evaluated and recommended actions to address the changed conditions, including potential modifications to the Buffalo Bayou system to reduce flood risks to people, property and communities.

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

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ON THE COVER

GHBA Marks Eight Decades Serving the Homebuilding Industry

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he Greater Houston Builders Association begins 2021 on a celebratory note as the GHBA marks its 80th anniversary.

“That’s approaching a century, a long time for an organization to endure,” said Keith Luechtefeld, president of the GHBA. “To be more relevant and more valuable today is an honor. The achievements of our association are the result of the combined efforts of every individual, both members and staff. With the uncertainties we face in 2021, I am confident the GHBA will continue its excellent work to serve the greater Houston homebuilding industry and our community,” concluded Luechtefeld. GHBA is proud to be the largest home building association in Texas and the fourth largest in the United States. Your association is 1,400 members strong, and spans the 11-county Greater Houston area. Since 1941, the association has been the voice of Houston’s residential construction industry, serving its members through education and advocating professionalism and quality housing. The association interacts with the government and general public to enhance the business climate for its members, and to provide quality obtainable housing to the community. “I think it is safe to say,” said Aimee Bertrand, GHBA CEO, “that the mission of the association founders, the depth of experience and commitment by the board of directors, and the loyalty and professionalism that define the staff over the years, were instrumental in creating the vision and persistence necessary to achieve this milestone while also handling the challenges.” The GHBA has from year one, committed to supporting local charitable causes. HomeAid Houston is a 501c3 charitable arm of the GHBA that builds transitional shelters for homeless care agencies. The GHBA Benefit Homes Project is a 41-year-old fundraiser that partners with local builder/developer teams to build beautiful homes with donated materials, labor and services, and then sells them at market price. Since its inception the charity has raised over $12 million. Proceeds are donated to HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home, a charity that builds new homes for injured veterans returning from active duty. As we commemorate this special year, we hope to see you at one of our virtual meetings, at an upcoming golf tournament, award ceremony, or just around the GHBA office. Until then, please enjoy this trip down "GHBA Memory Lane"!

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W E LCO M E N E W M E M B E R S 2021 Membership Chair

TERRY NESCH TONER Home Matters

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s the 2021 GHBA Membership Chair, I would like to welcome all our new members and returning friends. We are so glad you are a part of the Houston building community—over 1,400 members strong. Each month in 2021, we will highlight different reasons and benefits of membership. As we are entering February (wow!!) let’s talk about Award Winning Opportunities that members can participate in. Nothing is better than being recognized in the industry and community by your peers. There are several events that allow recognition for your projects, skills, sales, talents, and hard work. These include our signature event— PRISM—sometimes referred to as the “Academy Awards of the building industry.” PRISM is open for entries beginning February 1 and will run through March 11. Other award-winning opportunities include the Million Dollar Circle and TAB (Texas Association of Builders) STAR awards. Visit ghba.org/calendar for information on all the upcoming events. The next few months offers a busy calendar and we look forward to having you be a part of it. Reach out to the Membership Department at (281) 664-1425 to get involved and put your membership to work. Please feel free to reach out to me, and I can share with you my personal experience with the GHBA and help with any questions you have. If you are a GHBA member, please welcome and say “hello” to our newest members listed on the next page. And remember, GHBA supports its members. So, “call a member first” when doing business. Smiles from Houston,

Terry Nesch

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BUILDERS Algani Homes Sengele Diangani 6006 Bristlecone Ln Richmond, TX 77469 (954) 639-2496 eddiediangani@gmail.com www.alganihomes.com Building Texas LLC Jeremy Stout 71 Chestnut Meadow Dr. Conroe, TX 77384 (281) 475-9746 jeremy@buildingtexas.com www.buildingtexas.com Inspired Homes and Remodels Fredrick Hawkins 10642 Clearview Villa Pl Houston, TX 77025 (979) 240-4156 fhawkins@ihrhtx.com Jameson Luxury Homes and Pools, LLC Brent Kaz 3440 Riley Fuzzell, Ste 200 Spring, TX 77386 (281) 364-1338 bkaz@jamesoncustomhomes.com www.jamesoncustomhomes.com SRSF LLC Eusebio Torres 6371 Langham way houston, TX 77084 (832) 207-9180 etorres@srsfgroup.com Troy Scott Homes Troy Ortale 234 Monterrey Rd Montgomery, TX 77356 (936) 648-3084 troyscotthomes@aol.com www.troyscothomes.net REMODELER L & C Development, LLC Nick DeWaal 105 Mallard Creek Ct Montgomery, TX 77316 (281) 971-5899 NickD@LCDevelopmenttx.com www.lcdevelopmenttx.com

ASSOCIATES Aquarium Environments The Fish Gallery Roger Degregori 2909 Fountain View Drive Houston, TX 78757 (713) 523-3474 rdegregori@thefishgallery.com www.thefishgallery.com BlueSol Energy Scott Stevens 4309 Valerie St Bellaire, TX 77401 (713) 487-6103 scott@bluesolenergy.com www.bluesolenergy.com Caesarstone USA Matt Bradshaw 26 Beebrush Place The Woodlands, TX 77389 (832) 702-6251 matthew.bradshaw@caesarstoneus.com www.caesarstoneusa.com Huber Engineered Woods Travis Henson 1123 Beall Landing Ct Houston, TX 77008 (832) 493-0960 Travis.Henson@huber.com www.huberwood.com In Charge Electrical Services Barrett Foster 16808 Radholme Ct Round Rock, TX 78664 (303) 931-5080 bfoster@in-charge-electric.com inchargeelectricalservices.com Kohler Co Alison Wilson 1707 Shadow Bend Dr Houston, TX 77043 (281) 455-4523 alison.wilson@kohler.com www.kohler.com San Marcos Iron Doors Karla Soto 219 W. Nakoma Dr. San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 651-3201 karla@sanmarcosgroup.com www.sanmarcosirondoors.com Tealstone Residential Concrete Logan Lippoldt 20810 Fernbush Dr Houston, TX 77073 (940) 268-6691 Logan@Tealstonelp.com


MEMBERSHIP DEPARTMENT • member profile •

HAR AFFILIATES Houston Association of Realtors - Keller Williams Memorial Bridgett L. Macias 950 Corbindale Houston, TX 77024 (832) 707-1618 bridgett.macias@kw.com Houston Association of Realtors Keller Williams Memorial Bincy Jacob P. O. Box 84514 Pearland, TX 77584 (832) 848-0101 bincy@realtorbincy.com Houston Association of Realtors Southern Star Realty Nikki Smith 715 E. Main, Ste. 500 Tomball, TX 77375 (832) 778-1031 nikki@thenikkismith.com Houston Association of Realtors The Tiki Real Estate Tiki Williams 15596 I-45 S, Apt 2601 Conroe, TX 77384 (815) 378-5101 tiki@thetikirealestate.com Houston Association of RealtorsCentury 21/ SAAP Group Senait Andemichael 2915 S. Sam Houston Pkwy E # 100 Houston, TX 77047 (832) 819-3919 info@saapgroup.com

THE SHAD BOGANY TEAM believes in producing positive results for our clients while staying up to date with the latest trends in real estate. Since 1984 we have provided high quality service to all home buyers and sellers and are the only real estate office in Houston with a radio talk show that specifically discusses real estate every week with the public. Catch “The Real Estate Corner” talk show on 1360 AM or 96.9 FM on Tuesdays at 6:15 PM. Call or email today! To learn more, visit www.bogany.com or contact Brianna Drisdale at (713) 667-1000; shad@bogany.com.

• member profile • GKD FOAM, LLC is a spray foam contractor in the Houston area – family owned and operated – built on the values of honesty and quality. GKD Foam provides high-end services specializing in open and closed cell spray foam as well as thermal and ignition barriers. To ensure the highest rate of efficiency, we do recommend applying spray foam to the walls and the roof line of your project to create a complete envelope. GKD Foam is also partnered with a local HVAC company: GK Mechanical, Inc. and when both services are combined on the same project, a 5% discount is applied. To learn more, visit www.gkdfoam.com or contact Kacee Janek at (832) 912-4248; kaceej@gkdfoam.com.

DECEMBER SPIKE OF THE MONTH JASON GUSTAFSON Winshire Green, LLC

TERRY NESCH

W H AT O U R M E M B E R S S AY. . .

TONER Home Matters

Joining and being active in the GHBA has given me the tools to DECEMBER RETENTION SPIKE DAVID HODGES ACES Builders Warranty

DEBBIE PAGE 1st Infiniti Enterprises, Inc/ 1st Texas Fire Protection

keep my company on the forefront of our industry. Continuing education, networking with peers and building camaraderie with likeminded people has allowed me to grow professionally and has been instrumental in reaching my goals. — WAYNE BALL, CGR, CAPS, LONE STAR BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION SERVICES INC.

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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

MEMBER NAME

JOIN DATE

Advantage Gutters Armadillo Roofing Associa Houston Community Management Services Assurance One of Texas, LLC BAS Concepts LLC Bentley, Bratcher & Associates, P.C. Berg-Oliver Associates, Inc. Blackline Engineering, LLC Boise Cascade Wood Products Built Green Custom Homes Cabinet Innovations Carte Blanche Builders LLC Caymex, Inc. Centricity (Formerly Bonded Builders Warranty Group) Cervelle Homes, Inc. Church Foundation Repair CitySide Homes, LLC Classic Glass Block Coastal Leak Consulting Concord Builders Corbett, Wingard-Ray Costa Custom Homes, LP CTC Concrete, Inc. Davanti Homes Design Tech Homes Dixie Plywood Company Double Oak Erosion DPFG, Inc. DWP Architects, LLC Eklektik Interiors Elevation Land Solutions EnergyLink Factory Builder Stores Galleria Homes LTD Geotech Engineering & Testing Good Dwellings, Inc. Greater Houston IAHSP ChapterSimple Elegance Hallmark Builders Hargrove Roofing Hettig/Kahn Holdings, Inc. Hillwood Hoelscher Weatherstrip Manufacturing Company, Inc. HAR - The Golden Group Realty HAR - ELSA REALTY Hubley Homes & Development Ideal Consulting Services, Inc. / Websites By Ideal J. L. Bass Building, Inc. Jeff Hunt Construction Jim Cox Designs, Inc. Joe B. Allen John R. Krugh, P. C. Johnson Petrov LLP Jonathon Custom Estate Homes

Rex Campbell Derwin Vincik Veronica LeBlanc

2017 2020 2016

Scott Ashley Brian Silver Greg Bratcher Susan Alford Asim Tufail Stephen Hausner Charles Watts Lindsey Kana Jim Schwabenland Trevor Lutz Jerry McGrath

2018 2008 2017 2003 2017 2011 2001 2009 2014 2017 2003

Kevin Holland C. Chris Church Sami Daoud Larry Curbello Alfred Rojas Jeff Gaston Daniel Brown Stefano Costantini John Duffy Kevin Ashcraft Michael Feigin Monica DeBoer Nikki Plunkett Rick Rosenberg David Patterson Kathy Anderson Mike Christopher Brittney Williams Allen Prough Vernon Young David Eastwood, P.E. Gilbert Godbold Mary Scalli

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Mark Windell Mae O’Brien W Barry Kahn Russell Bynum Derek Hoelscher

2018 2020 2005 2016 1981

Denisse Encarnacion Lopez Ivonne Betteta Andrew Hubley Lorraine Hart

2020 2015 2019 2011

John Bass Jeff Hunt Jim Cox Joe Allen John Krugh Andrew P. Johnson, III Jonathon Casada

1997 2010 2016 2016 2016 2015 1990

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COMPANY

MEMBER NAME

Keechi Creek Builders Kuehn Custom Homes, LC Kurtin Fine Homes, Kurtin Real Estate & Development Inc. Land Advisors Organization Land Tejas Companies, Ltd. Long Lake, Ltd. Mainland Stoneworks Makena Custom Builders LLC Matt Powers Custom Homes and Renovations McCall Gibson Swedlund Barfoot PLLC McCord Development, Inc. (Generation Park) McGuyer Homebuilders (MHI) McGuyer Homebuilders (MHI) Melrose Custom Homes Mogonye Land Tech, LLC Morris Building LTD Payless Insulation Penberthy Custom Builders Perfect Image Signs & Graphics Pierce Built Construction, LLC Porcelanosa ProBuild Homes LLC Quality Edge R3BUILD Construction Services, LLC RG Miller Engineers Richard Price Custom Homes, Ltd Rock Materials RoofTec Royal Design Build Co. RVsion Homes LTD Schwartz, Page & Harding, L.L.P. SCL Metal Works L. L. C. Sierra Classic Homes, Inc. Silvan Homes, Inc. Southern Front Doors Southwest Sales Stone Cast Inc Strack Homes, LLC Sugar Creek, Ltd. Texas Capital Bank Texas Geotechnical Consultants, LLC Texas Pools, Inc. Thakkar & Co. The Rothchild Team Trend Homes, Inc. Trendmaker Homes TriFection Remodeling & Construction Tri-Tech Wan Bridge Group Waterford Custom Homes Waterway Builders, LLC Wells Custom Homes, Inc. Wendell Legacy Homes Westin Homes Wilbow Corporation

Brandon Lynch Weston Kuehn Tim Kurtin

JOIN DATE 2008 2010 1998

Kirk Laguarta Al Brende Craig Jones Kevin Bertelsman David Williams Matt Powers

2003 2002 1996 2020 2013 2004

Noel Barfoot Rick Yarbrough

1988 2018

Gabe Zazueta Paul Blackburn Sal Campise Clee Mogonye Jim Morris Lynda Kornbleet Jason Penberthy Mike Connell Jason Pierce Marcos Garcia Moises Cigala Bruce Ligo Cory Germon Andrew Paderanga Richard Price Jamey Joseph Rodger Brogdon Matthew Reibenstein Ryan Rogers Howard Cohen Stacy Leal Ron Chamberlain Jan Friedli Jesse Salinas Tiffany Casey Shawn Smith Mario Mazzella Brian Foster Carolynn Alexander Jay Vaghela Paul Oman Ravi Thakkar Joe Rothchild Joe Larrow Jenni Davies Jeff Reina Larry Hoffman Danting Li Monte Schauer John Bible Brian Wells Josh Wendell Chris Micheles Becky Ullman

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Education Corner

GENERAL EDUCATION (Not for designations) Architectural Blueprint Reading & Estimate Calculations (Virtual Meeting)

Design and Construction of Residential Foundations, Soils & Material Testing (Virtual Meeting)

ABC’S OF HOME BUILDING SERIES Instructor: Brannon King Date: Tuesday, February 16 Time: 2 pm to 4 pm Fee: $35 members / $50 non-members

Instructor: David Eastwood, PE, Geotech Engineering Date: Thursday, February 25 Time: 1 pm to 5:30 pm Fee: $45 members / $60 non-members

Content: Attendees at this two-hour virtual meeting will learn: • The basics of blueprint reading including the elements of a blueprint • What information is attained from each plan • What the different nomenclature means on prints • The highest priority items to quickly capture from a residential blueprint • Math in estimate calculations Who should attend? Building superintendents, engineers, designers, inspectors, insurance agents, architects, construction managers, associates, field superintendents, CSMs, project managers, residential superintendents, unit managers, custom or small volume builders/contractors, subdivision managers, decision makers.

2021 GHBA EDUCATION PARTNERS

Content: This seminar is a must-see for both custom and production builders, residential architects, structural engineers and developers. This course will help you understand the basics and importance of geotechnical testing, forensic and environmental issues and the effects on residential design and construction. Eastwood will discuss: • Geotechnical field studies, laboratory testing, data analysis and expansive soils • Foundation types, foundations and risks, including slab-ongrade, post-tensioned slabs, drilled footings and the new helical pile system • The effects of trees, quality control and soil stabilization. • Expansive soils and how to treat them for residential design • Forensic evaluation of a distressed residence in Houston, including repair techniques • Houston faults and how to build houses near them • Earthwork and pad construction (compaction, lime, and lime-fly ash stabilization) • Components of concrete testing, concrete placement, slump, cylinders, etc. • New building code requirements in the Houston area, including the City of West University's new code requirement for soil testing Who should attend? Remodelers, land developers, accountants, architects/planners/designers, residential builders, commercial contractors, engineers, real estate brokers and agents, subcontractors/specialty trades, manufacturers/suppliers, financial services professionals

ACES Builders Warranty Inc. Builders Post-Tension CenterPoint Energy High Efficiency Homes Program Exterior Inspections

To learn more and go further, visit

ghba.org/education

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COUNCIL UPDATE AVAILABLE NOW:

ASSOCIATE COUNCIL

2021 Associate Council Chair

JENNIFER MILLS Ironwood Connection

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OW, what a year 2020 has been! From rescheduled meetings and events to a whole different way of doing business and just living in general, we managed to pull through. Who would have ever thought there would be a toilet paper shortage??? With the new year upon us, I would like to welcome our new fellow members to the GHBA. I want to thank Pat Wilson, past president of the Associate Council, for being a fearless leader in 2020 and congratulate our newest leadership ladder: Renae Turnbaugh is our new vice president, Jeremy Emler is now the secretary, and our newest addition to the ladder is Jeremy Linzer serving as treasurer. I would also like to congratulate Keith Luechtefeld, incoming GHBA president as well as Aimee Bertrand, our new CEO! Thanks to all of them for selflessly giving of their time to the GHBA. In January's Associate Council Zoom call, we welcomed Aimee Bertrand to the association and had a question-and-answer session with her. We learned that she has been involved in government affairs for many years, loves to travel and has three beautiful children. She has an open-door policy and loves meeting new people. If you are in the building, or in the area, stop by and introduce yourself. She is very

approachable and is looking forward to many years here at the GHBA. We are lucky to have her!

and networking with builders and other associates. Gather your foursomes today and get ready for a little fun competition.

We wrapped up 2020 with the Frank Aranza Adopt-a-Family Project and partnered with HomeAid Houston, gathering gift cards for families in need. GHBA members adopted 40 families totaling 144 individuals from the Houston Housing Authority. This has been a highly successful and longtime event and we are thrilled that children and families are able to be given basic necessities and Christmas gifts that fulfill their Wish List. A huge thank you to our chair and co-chair, Greg Tomlinson and David Castle, for their dedication to this project and making it another successful event. Thank you to all companies/individuals who adopted a family or donated gift cards totaling $6,700 for residents of Abigail’s Place and Angel Reach, two local shelters.

No matter how you choose to get involved in the GHBA, your involvement is much appreciated and is what you make of it. It is a great way to build your book of business, network with other associates and gain lifelong friends while you are at it. If you are interested in getting more information about the Associate Council, please reach out to myself at jmills@ironwoodusa.com or Peggy Means at pmeans@ghba.org. I am looking forward to serving you as the president of the Associate Council and am looking forward to meeting you at our next event. It can only get better from here.

COMING UP:

On February 4, Keith Luechtefeld with Shea Homes and our new GHBA president, will be joining our Zoom call. Come and get plugged in to the association and see what Keith has to say about his agenda for this year. I am wishing him the best for 2021!

ASSOCIATE COUNCIL VIRTUAL MEETING

Next up is the Spring Golf Tournament on March 25. Be on the lookout for emails and advertising about this fun event. We hope you will join us on the course meeting

Cost: $20

Thursday, February 4 Featuring GHBA President Keith Luechtefeld, Shea Homes 12 noon via Zoom Sponsorships available! Register at ghba.org/calendar

THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 ASSOCIATE COUNCIL ANNUAL SPONSORS

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2021 GHBA PARTNERS

PINNAC LE PART NE R S

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

P L AT I N UM PA RTN ER S

DIAM O ND PART NE RS

94%

200+

RENEWAL RATE OUR MEMBERS SEE THE VALUE IN THEIR GHBA PARTNERSHIPS, WITH NEARLY ALL OF THEM RETURNING AS PARTNERS YEAR AFTER YEAR.

1,200% GROWTH

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

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!

67%

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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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DIVISION UPDATE

MONTGOMERY COUNTY BUILDERS & DEVELOPERS DIVISION

2021 Montgomery County Division Chair

MATT SNELLER Sneller Custom Homes and Remodeling

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ell, 2021 is off to an interesting start. If you're anything like me, you're still reeling from 2020, but also trying to plan ahead.

monthly meetings/luncheons virtually for now, we are looking forward to getting back together in person as soon as is safe to do so. Until then, we are working on bringing you the best virtual programs that will help you and your businesses grow.

What will it look like? How much higher will lumber prices go? How much longer will I have to wait for appliances or tile?

Please know that the GHBA board as well as the MCBDD board are doing everything they can to get us meeting back in person again. We hope that day comes sooner rather than later!

If there's one thing we learned in 2020, it was how to adapt. I think that is going to be a key component to this year. We have to make sure our businesses are nimble and easily able to adapt to whatever gets thrown at us.

Hope ya'll are having a great start to the year and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

While the MCBDD continues to host its

THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 MCBDD ANNUAL SPONSORS

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COUNCIL UPDATE

SALES & MARKETING COUNCIL

2021 Sales & Marketing Council President

JAIME VIRKUS Opus Visual LLC

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ow that I have that song on your mind for a while, it is the perfect time to talk about the 2021 Houston’s Best PRISM Awards! This year, we are turning “The Lights on Broadway” and planning a show packed with favorite hits that will have you wanting to sing and dance all the way to the winner’s circle. Call for entries opened Feb. 1 and you have several weeks to prepare your entries and get them submitted. The early bird deadline is Feb. 19 ($195 per entry) and the final FINAL deadline is March 11 ($225 per entry). And no, there will be no extensions. If you haven’t already attended the “How to Enter PRISM” virtual forum, you have one last chance to do so on Tuesday, February 9. Register for the free (and mandatory!) event at www.ghba.org/calendar. One company representative must attend to be eligible to enter the competition. You’ll learn all about the online entry process and

how to best showcase your entries for the virtual judging that is planned for this year. We’re excited to announce three new categories! In-Town Product Design will be for builders to showcase their land development planning, architectural details, sight lines, traffic patterns, livability and other features of homes in the city. In honor of the top professionals in our industry, two new people categories have been added to the PRISM lineup. Builders and developers can now nominate a team member for Realtor Relations Professional of the Year to honor an individual who has made a significant contribution to the marketing efforts toward the Realtor community. Builder, developer, and associate members can also enter someone from their team for the Social Media Specialist of the Year award to showcase their innovative approach to social media strategy and marketing.

The awards show must go on! Our fingers and toes are crossed that we will be able to host an in-person PRISM awards event in the fall, but at this point, it’s too soon to say. Whether we do another virtual event or can share our successes together in person, I hope you’ll consider becoming a sponsor. Many of our sponsorships remain open and they are instrumental to making the PRISM awards happen whether it is held virtually or live. Either way, we’ll make sure to give our sponsors a lot of love and they’ll receive terrific exposure. For more details about Houston's Best PRISM Awards, visit www.ghbaprismawards.com. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Attending the “How to Enter” forum and getting those entries ready are the first steps to the fabulous awards show. So, review your 2020 successes and get those “Wicked” entries ready! We’ll see you on Broadway!

THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 SALES & MARKETING COUNCIL ANNUAL SPONSORS

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COUNCIL UPDATE

CUSTOM BUILDERS COUNCIL

If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It

By 2021 Custom Builders Council Chair

TODD LEBLANC LeBlanc Custom Homes, Inc

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he TAB and GHBA 2021 economic forecasts were both held in January and I hope you were able to attend. We heard that while there are some obvious political and economic concerns as we move into 2021, there are many, many reasons to have a positive outlook at the local, state and national levels. If you’re like me, you are mainly concerned about the local Houston market. As we all know, the Houston market often moves independently of the nation, and even the rest of Texas. Quite often the Houston market will be in a boom while most of the nation is pulling back or vice versa. I’m curious as to how my fellow GHBA builders see 2021 playing out. I asked Allen Griffin of Gryphon Builders to give me his thoughts on the residential construction market for 2021. Gryphon Builders has an outstanding reputation and has been building and remodeling homes in Houston for over 20 years. Here are Allen’s thoughts:

• I’m hopeful that 2021 will be a better year than 2020.

of people’s fears, adaptation to the new conditions and they will forge ahead.

• I’m hearing from most of my colleagues that 2020 was down 30-50% in new leads, starts and overall revenues. I would say that this was to be expected with it being a divisive election year and then the pandemic on top of that. For me, the spring and summer were flatlined with new leads and we started getting new inquiries in the fourth quarter.

Allen echoes many of the same thoughts I’ve heard from other builders — optimism with a dose of uncertainty. I think we could say that every year, couldn’t we?

• My experience is that people (our clients) will hunker down for a while, then they need to make the moves that they were planning on once they can survey and navigate the new conditions. So that brings me some hope that 2021 will start to improve after the first quarter gets settled. With the pandemic and new working arrangements for our clients, I expect to see a rethinking of how we live and the designs of our homes. • The supply chain and labor force concern me; we are getting emails about the delays in getting materials. That supply chain has been interrupted by the pandemic which is driving up the cost of materials. I’m seeing some of the same increases with our labor force. This brings me uncertainty on how to price our projects with confidence and making commitments to production schedules. • Overall, I believe that by the second or third quarter of 2021 we will see a release

In our January CBC meeting we had an informative discussion on the pros and cons of the Fixed Price Contract vs the Cost-Plus Contract. Our next meeting will be Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11:30 am. We have an exciting lineup planned and will hear from a couple of family-owned construction businesses and learn how they have successfully incorporated numerous family members into the daily operations of the business. This meeting will be entertaining as well as enlightening, so don’t miss it. Look for the invite in your email.

COMING UP: CUSTOM BUILDERS VIRTUAL LUNCHEON

Thursday, February 18 at 11:30 a.m. Live via Zoom Topic: Navigating the Family-Owned Construction Business Cost: $20 earlybird; $30 after Feb. 11 Sponsored by:

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


COUNCIL UPDATE REMODELERS COUNCIL

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Living Your Best Life

as good? Is it my environment or is it my attitude? 2021 Remodelers Council President

WILL COLE, CGR, CAPS Divine Renovation

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any years ago, my wife and I decided to spend a year traveling on our boat. For short periods of time, we called our home Florida, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic. Before our adventure, a friend gave me a journal. Each day I would write about our adventures, where we were, who we met and other highlights of the day. Each day was a gift and although I might not know where my car is right now, I can still remember that time in full color and clarity.

On Shifting Sands:

Start a Journal: A year ago, a friend purchased a motor home to allow he and his wife to retire to an adventure on the road. As a going away gift, I brought them a journal. Imagine the blank look on their faces when they pulled it out of the wrapping. With that I produced my journal and read off what happened the same day, on my boat, many many years before. Friends I encourage you to start a journal, focus on the adventure and begin living your best life again.

Service Appreciation: I would like to personally share my gratitude for everyone serving on the Remodelers Council board. It’s your heart of service that make our board what it is today.

As master and commander on the high seas one quickly learns that the only thing one actually has control over is one’s demeanor and attitude.

Certificates of Appreciation were given to: Jeff Roberts, Kelly Kirk, Bill Fuller, Sandra Crook, Melanie Heinrich, Jackson Gillette, Richard Arnold, Cassie Milam, Scooter Nicholson and Courtney Turner.

For a visual consider Captain Dan’s attitude during the storm in Forrest Gump. Captain Dan wasn’t going to let a little thing like a hurricane dampen his spirits.

Presidential Citations were awarded to Rob Hellyer, Larry Abbott, Sherry Pruitt, Moe Toofan, Nicholas Cubbler and Amy Robinson.

Think about when you were a kid and every day was another adventure. Ask yourself, what has changed? Why doesn’t life seem

The Associate of the Year Award was awarded to Lorraine Hart for her steadfast determination and for providing constant overwatch.

Get Published! Don’t miss your chance to become published. Send us your best story and see it published in the Houston Chronicle. Articles must be between 300 to 500 words and include a high-resolution project photo. Your story should be considered educational to a homeowner and not selfserving. Send your articles and ideas to lorraine@idealconsulting.net.

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

COMING UP: REMODELERS COUNCIL VIRTUAL LUNCHEON

Thursday, February 11 at 11:30 a.m. Live via Zoom Cost: $20 earlybird; $30 after Feb. 4 Sponsored by:

THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 RMC ANNUAL SPONSORS

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An Open Door A By AIMEE BERTRAND, GHBA Vice President & CEO

s I write this, I am only a week into my new role as executive vice president and CEO of GHBA and, was delighted to learn it’s the 80th year serving our industry! The warmth and kindness that our staff, leadership and members have shown over the last several days are a glorious welcome to the GHBA family.

our current practices, and let go of things that are not working. COVID has given many of us the chance to look at our personal and professional lives through a constructive lens. We should turn that gaze to GHBA, as well. To paraphrase organizing expert Marie Kondo, we can discard those things that do not bring us joy.

I have long known GHBA’s reputation as a formidable force in our region and state’s regulatory and charitable activities, but my breath has been taken away by the open arms with which you have greeted me. Thank you to each of you who has made a point to reach out, answer my calls and emails, or drop by the GHBA office and introduce yourself.

As we enter the next 80 years of our association, it is imperative that GHBA remains the front door to our region’s building community. We must continue to advocate and engage with our elected leaders, offer innovative education to serve your needs, promote workforce development for the next generation of our industry’s leaders, and provide opportunities for your businesses to thrive and grow.

In the coming months, I look forward to meeting more of you virtually. I can’t wait for the time I can connect with more of you in person, as well, as we endeavor to safely resume events and meetings. It is my hope that by this time next year, our organization and our larger community will have returned to a new normal, but we can’t do so without your input. President Keith Luechtefeld recently reminded me that not all change is bad. Major changes can force us to shore up the services that we provide well, reevaluate

So, I want to know, what can we do to strengthen your GHBA membership and how can we provide you better return on your investment? Are there things that other organizations, associations or clubs are doing that GHBA should consider adopting? If so, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at abertrand@ghba.org or via phone at 281-664-1432. I would love to schedule a time to chat about your experience with GHBA and your ideas for its future. n

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OFFICERS AND LEADERSHIP GHBA BOARD OF DIRECTORS KEITH LUECHTEFELD PRESIDENT

JENNIFER KELLER VICE PRESIDENT

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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 Law Firm Zach Gavos, Keepsake Design + Build Lisa Gentry Rob Hellyer, CGR, GMB, CAPS, Premier Remodeling & Construction, LP Ericka Hill – Ravenna Homes, LLC Johnny Hollins, J.G. Hollins Builders Jennifer Keller Nicole Keown, CGB, CGP Todd LeBlanc, LeBlanc Custom Homes, Inc. Keith Luechtefeld, Shea Homes Patrick Mayhan, M/I Homes Heath Melton, The Howard Hughes Corporation Jennifer Mills, Ironwood Connection Sean Mulrooney, Highland Homes Houston, LTD Terry Nesch, TONER Home Matters Rick Phillips, First United Bank Mortgage Group Matt Sneller, CAPS, GMB, CGP, Sneller Custom Homes and Remodeling Jeff Solomon, Allpoints Surveying Kevin Stuckey, Wan Bridge Group Ed Taravella, TARACORP Kevin Vick, CAPS, CGP, CGR, Vick Construction & Remodeling, Inc. Jaime Virkus, Opus Visual LLC Mark Welch, David Weekley Homes Laurie Wilson, First American Title-Homebuilder Division Nicole Zimmermann, HistoryMaker Homes

PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEES PATRICK MAYHAN SECRETARY

LISA GENTRY TREASURER

IAN FARIA LEGAL COUNSEL

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GHBA’S TAB DIRECTORS

GHBA’S NAHB DELEGATES

Kena Aagesen 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 Jennifer Keller Keith Luechtefeld Matthew Reibenstein Ron Rohrbacher John Williams Laurie Wilson

Adam Aschmann Clayton Farmer, CGP, HERS, LEED AP, GBV, GBE Rob Hellyer, CGR, GMB, CAPS Kathy Howard Jennifer Keller Keith Luechtefeld Renae Turnbaugh John Williams

TAB LIFE DIRECTORS

ROB HELLYER PAST PRESIDENT

AIMEE BERTRAND EXECUTIVE VP & CEO

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

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COUNCIL PRESIDENTS & COMMITTEE CHAIRS Ambassador/Membership Committee – Terry Nesch Associate Council – Jennifer Mills Benefit Homes Committee – Patrick Mayhan Community Developers Council – Ed Taravella Custom Builders Council – Todd LeBlanc Education Committee – Dave Yelovich Government Affairs Committee – Mike Dishberger Green Built Gulf Coast – Nicole Keown & Jim Spurgeon HomeAid Board President – James Miller HOME-PAC – Jim Holcomb Past President’s Council – Rob Hellyer Retention Committee – Chris Hawkins Remodelers Council – Will Cole Sales & Marketing Council – Jaime Virkus Volume Builders Committee – Jeff Dye

GHBA DIVISION PRESIDENTS Bay Area Builders Association – Ericka Hill Montgomery County Division – Matt Sneller

GHBA STAFF Executive Vice President and CEO Aimee Bertrand - (281) 664-1432 ABertrand@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


s tand out w i th 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

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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. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Hotchkiss Insurance Agency HomePro Home Technologies Ironwood Connection Legends Architectural Stone Norbord Industries Perfection Supply RoyOMartin/Corrigan OSB SRG Stairs StrucSure Home Warrany Sherwin-Williams Co. Suncoast Post-Tension

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