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ALSO INSIDE: Texas Slowly Reopens pg 8 Surviving a Downturn: It's Time to Take Action pg 10 Land Tejas Gives Back Through Benefit Homes pg 16 GHBA Launches Virtual Training On-Demand pg 20 Project Playhouse Nears Completion pg 24



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The Official Magazine of the Greater Houston Builders Association June 2020|Volume 33|Number 06

Since 1980, members of the GHBA have been donating construction, materials, labor and time to building Benefit Homes, providing much needed funds to local charities.

FEATURES 06

President's Message: Back to Business

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Advocacy Report: Texas Slowly Reopens

With the easing of restrictions and a slow return to normal, we all look forward to getting back business, seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones. Much has changed in our region since March. Here's a look at current stay home orders, the gradual reopening plan, and new guidelines for essential residential construction operations.

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Surviving a Downturn: Now is the Time to Take Action

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Land Tejas Gives Back Through Benefit Homes

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GHBA Launches Training On-Demand

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Knowing when to take action can be the difference between your company’s continual growth or eventual decay. The coronavirus pandemic has created significant challenges and uncertainty for the housing industry. While these challenges are substantial, now is not the time to simply stand idle and hope your business is lucky enough to survive. Here's your action plan. One of the critical donations that launch the annual Benefit Homes project toward a successful year, is the donation of the homesite. And not just any homesite. It must be a site located in a prime community that attracts growing families. Longtime supporter Land Tejas has donated 17 lots since the Benefit Homes Project was founded 40 years ago, an estimated total value of more than $1.1 million. The GHBA is excited to announce the launch of a new virtual learning platform, now available to members. The first of many courses to launch are the ABCs of Framing, Electrical and Concrete.

First America Homes Team Nearing Completion of Project Playhouse

HomeAid's 14th annual "Mission Control" Project Playhouse fundraiser will be launching soon, in partnership with the Houston Astros, the Astros Charitable Foundation, and First America Homes. Its space-themed design is "over the moon" and appeals to children and adults of all ages. Raffle tickets available now!

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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40 Years of Giving Back

“The incredible planning, dedication and commitment by both the Benefit Homes team and the builders, developers and vendors who donate every year to build two spectacular homes is a true reflection of the generous nature of the construction industry in Houston.” See page 25.

Departments 06 08 15 16 18 24 26 30 31 32 34 36 38 40 41 42

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

Upcoming Events 12 14 21 28 33 37 39

Houston's Best PRISM Awards 2020 Project Playhouse Sunbelt Builders Show SMC Realtor Rendezvous Builder/Remodeler Contract Seminars BABA Fishing Tournament GHBA Scholarship Program

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

Back to Business M

y year to serve as president of the GHBA began, as did all others, in January with the Installation Celebration, Forecast Luncheon and the first meeting of the 2020 board of directors. This was the kickoff to a year that I had committed to giving time to serve as president—attending board meetings, luncheons and events of the many divisions and councils that comprise the GHBA. Things went as expected for the first couple of months. Fortunately, I was able to attend a luncheon meeting of every council and division, meeting the boards of those groups and touching the tip of the iceberg of meeting people

who make up our great home builders association. I was able to attend the Sales & Marketing Council’s “Million Dollar Circle” awards, the first of such events I expected to attend.

to being able to resume the duties of association president, attending meetings and events, the first board meeting in months, seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones.

Then all of my plans, all of everyone’s plans, got derailed by something known as the “novel coronavirus.” The term COVID-19 is likely engrained in our memories for the rest of our lives. What I looked forward to most of all—getting to know my fellow board members, sponsors and GHBA members in general—got put on hold.

I want to again take this opportunity to encourage everyone to exercise caution; practice the methods recommended to keep this virus on the decline. Another shut-down of business will not only be damaging economically, but psychologically as well, leaving us wondering just WHEN things will get back to normal and our lives and livelihoods prospering.

With the easing of restrictions and a slow return to normal, I look forward

On a personal level, I learned recently that I may have been exposed to the virus. On April 30, I met with a potential client to discuss her project. About 10 days later I learned that she had tested positive for the virus. Though I was not experiencing any symptoms, I got myself tested and the results were negative. We were both wearing masks and maybe that was the difference, maybe not. Stay healthy and stay safe. I look forward to a time when my articles are not about the coronavirus! n

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ADVOCACY REPORT

Texas Slowly Reopens... M

uch has changed in our region and state since all non-essential businesses were ordered to close, and people were forced to stay at home in March. Thankfully, residential construction was deemed essential and operations were permitted to continue. Now we are seeing different sectors of the economy gradually reopen as we try and get back to “normal” and the roadmap for reopening started back in April. First, Texas Governor Greg Abbott established the Strike Force to Open Texas, which advises and makes recommendations on safely and strategically reopening Texas. The Strike Force is led by a medical team of nationally respected doctors who will work alongside a Special Advisory Council of private and public leaders. The council consists of 39 business leaders, including Perry Homes CEO and owner Kathy Britton, representing the state's regions and industries. The governor then authorized a "Retail-To-Go" model that allowed retail outlets in Texas to reopen on Friday, April 24. Retail establishments were only allowed to deliver items to customers’ cars, through the mail, or to their doorsteps in an effort to minimize contact. Phase One of the plan to Open Texas began on Friday, May 1. Phase One permitted all restaurants, retail stores, movie theaters and malls to open to up to a maximum of 25% occupancy. In addition, museums and libraries could reopen and churches were able to increase their capacity. In the most ambitious steps to reopen Texas, the governor announced Phase Two on May 18. Under the second phase, restaurants were allowed to increase their occupancy to 50% and additional services and activities that remained closed under Phase I could open with restricted occupancy levels and minimum standard health protocols. Effective May 18, office-based employers were able to open with the greater of 10 or less individuals or 25% of the total office workforce. Also, gyms, exercise facilities, and exercise classes opened, but at 25% occupancy. Non-essential manufacturing services also opened, but facilities were limited to 25% occupancy. Also on May 18, all childcare facilities, youth clubs like Boy and Girl Scouts, massage and personal-care and beauty services like electrolysis, tattoo and piercing studios, and

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hair loss treatment were eligible to open or hold meetings while maintaining health protocols. Beginning Friday, May 22, restaurants were able to operate at 50% capacity. Bars, bingo halls, bowling alleys and aquariums were able to open at 25% capacity. Effective Friday, May 29, zoos were able to open at 25% capacity. In addition, on May 31, day and overnight youth camps and youth sports were permitted to resume operations. Also on May 31, professional sports such basketball, baseball, car racing, football, golf, softball, and tennis could hold events without in-person spectators. And this month, in-person summer school can resume, so long as school districts follow social distancing practices and the state’s health protocols. This information was accurate at the time of printing. As our state and local leaders continue to take steps to safely reopen our economy and get back to a new normal, we will continue to update the GHBA membership. During these

By BRADLEY PEPPER, GHBA Director of Government Affairs

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unprecedented times, we thank you for your support of the GHBA. To see checklists and instructions on how businesses should reopen go to gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas.

Harris County Extends Stay Home, Work Safe Order On May 21, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo extended the Stay Home, Work Safe order until June 10. This order requires all nonessential businesses not reopened by Gov. Greg Abbott in his Phase Two order to remain closed. This includes interactive amusement venues, such as video arcades, amusement parks, splash pads, and water parks. The order encourages that residents remain home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and minimize social gatherings and contact with people that are not in the same household. It also encourages all businesses that are

deemed essential and are operating to follow CDC guidelines for minimum health standards protocols and practice social distancing. Residents are also encouraged to wear face coverings when in public, but that is not mandated. Note that these are recommendations, not requirements. It does require that if anyone in a household has tested positive, every member of the household must isolate at home until cleared by a public health authority or medical provider. This order does not infringe or supersede on the governor’s executive orders. In addition, Harris County Public Health developed a set of guidelines for construction. These guidelines include recommendations for face coverings, sanitation practices, social distancing, staggering hours, etc. These are only health recommendations and are not mandated or required. For a list of the recommendations for construction, visit bit.ly/covidconstructionguidance. n

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FEATURE STORY

Surviving a Downturn: Now is the time to take action

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n the business world, knowing when to take action can be the difference between your company’s continual growth or eventual decay. Timing is everything.

The coronavirus pandemic has created significant challenges and uncertainty for many, particularly those in the housing industry. While these challenges are substantial, now is not the time to simply stand idle and hope your business is lucky enough to survive. Now is the time to: Be proactive, not reactive. Surveys have shown most successful people want at least 80% of their efforts to be proactive and no more than 20% reactive. In recent months, many business leaders were pressed to be 80% reactive. Functioning this way is neither sustainable nor beneficial to a successful business. It is critical now to move back to being predominantly proactive. List the things you can control and adjust your business plan accordingly. This will not only make you productive but also help your mindset. Prepare for some very challenging months ahead. Like with any home building or remodeling project, preparation is very important. When you know a storm is coming, you know what to do to prepare. Similarly, when you know there will be a tough cash-flow quarter, you know you need to shore up as much cash as possible (both spending and collecting). Prioritize. This crisis is unique because what is best for your community (and society as a whole) may not be ideal for your business. Many short-term aspects of your business might need to take the back burner until conditions improve and markets begin to normalize. You need to determine your priorities and identify any potential revenue-generating alternatives that might be needed to keep the doors open. Know your numbers. For a small business to survive a significant economic downturn, it’s critical to intimately know your numbers. Cash flow forecasts, website traffic, and even staff productivity are things that should be monitored constantly. If you’re “flying blind,” you aren’t likely to arrive safely at your destination. Reconnect with former clients and colleagues. Now is the time to be more connected with other people. This can be personal or

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professional. While your clients may not be in a position to buy a home or commit to a project, many would welcome a virtual check-in or even a simple email. Make a list of at least 50-100 friends, clients, family members and fellow HBA members, and just chip away a few each day. Think and plan. As the pace of your personal and professional life has gotten faster and faster, you probably spend less time refining your business plan. This is an opportunity to think about what you want your business to look like next year. What about five years from now? Ten years? Are you on track, or are there specific changes you can make now — or post-coronavirus — that can help put you in a better position to reach those goals?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mark Richardson is an author, columnist and business growth strategist who contributed to this article. Richardson served for more than 30 years as president of Case/

Design Remodeling, and was inducted into NAHB’s National Remodeling Hall of Fame in 2008. He is also a senior fellow at

Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies where he serves as an advisor and liaison between Harvard and the remodeling industry.

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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.

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Land Tejas Gives Back Through Benefit Homes

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and Tejas has been a long-time supporter of the Greater Houston Builders Association. The company, headed by Al Brende, has been a key figure in government affairs and charitable giving. One of their many charities of choice has been the GHBA Benefit Homes Project. One of the critical donations that launch this project toward a successful year, is the donation of the homesite. And not just any homesite. It must be a site located in a prime community that attracts growing families. Land Tejas has donated 17 lots since the Benefit Homes Project was founded 40 years ago. Each year two to three lots are donated to ensure the Benefit Homes Project will continue to raise these valuable funds. GHBA builder members construct a home with donated materials, labor and services and then sell the home at market value. Proceeds from the sale benefit HomeAid Houston and Operation FINALLY HOME. The Land Tejas donation of a 17th lot represents an estimated total value of more than $1.1 million in donated real estate. Land Tejas, a Houston residential developer for 20 years, has delivered more than 28,000 homes across 16,500 acres. The community of Sierra Vista is the most recent home to a 2020 Benefit Home. This donation allowed HistoryMaker Homes to construct its Alder Plan for the fundraiser.

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HistoryMaker recently completed its 3,176 sq. ft. two-story home that features an open and spacious design with five bedrooms and four full bathrooms. The plan showcases a downstairs master bedroom and a generous game room upstairs as well as a three-car garage. “We are honored to partner with Land Tejas on this valuable fundraiser," said Mickey Pizzitola, HistoryMaker Houston division president. “They have established a long history of innovative planning and development that has driven their success all around the Houston area. We are excited to have completed the home and look forward to showcasing it to the public.” Vendors joining the HistoryMaker/Land Tejas team with their donated materials and services include, Allpoints Surveying, HomePro Home Technologies, Allstate 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 FirstSource, 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 Builders Hardware and Creative Landscape and Design. Sierra Vista is located just 20 minutes south of downtown Houston off 288 and offers access to a variety of amenities with sister community Sterling Lakes. These include a Junior Olympic pool, poolside cabana, SplashPad Texas waterpark, a recreation center and exercise facility, hike and bike trails and a sand volleyball court. "One of the very first things we did when setting up Land Tejas was to develop a partnership with the GHBA," said Brende. "When they approached us with the first Benefit Homes opportunity in 1998, we jumped at the chance. Not only does this cause help the greater Houston community, but it strengthens our bond with the builders who have been so loyal to us over the years. It is extremely gratifying to witness the impact the Benefit Homes project has made by helping those in need. We are also honored to partner with HistoryMaker on this program and expect their home to sell quickly."

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Education Corner

UPCOMING COURSES DESIGNATION COURSES (NAHB University of Housing Courses) Diversification: New Profits for Builders *WEBINAR*

Business Accounting & Job Cost *WEBINAR*

Approved for: GMB Instructor: Ed Harrison Date: Monday, June 15 Time: 9 am to 3 pm Fee: $250 members / $300 non-members

Approved for: CGB & CGR (This course provides six hours of continuing education credits for these NAHB designations: CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, CMP, CSP, GMB, GMR, Master CGP, Master CSP and MIRM)

Content: In today’s economic environment, home building firms may encounter many opportunities to diversify. Commercial development, remodeling, special use structures, light industrial or institutional projects—all may tempt a builder to seek new market niches. This course will help you to assess the possibilities and to decide whether diversification is the right strategy for your company. As a graduate of this course, you will: • Know what trends affect the industry • Identify incentives to diversification • Understand the risks of diversification • Know how to quantify the benefits of a new niche Who should attend? Builders, custom builders, production builders

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Instructor: Jeff Hunt, CGR, GMB, CAPS, CGP Date: Thursday, July 23 Time: 9 am to 3 pm Fee: $220members / $300 non-members Content: Your company’s success is based on managing your finances effectively. This course provides you with the basics of financial planning, budgeting, construction business accounting, job cost systems and financing options so you can track and analyze the cost of goods, overhead and individual job costs as well as communicate about them effectively. Topics include accounting terminology, a chart of accounts, types of records and reports to be maintained and loan products that can provide financing alternatives. As a graduate of this course, participants will be able to: • Define concepts and terminology basic to construction business accounting • Describe the value and use of common financial reports in measuring business performance, job cost accounting and variance analysis • Identify the essentials of operating capital funding methods • Identify common construction and permanent mortgage products and the relative builder/client positions • Recognize the differences between active and passive income endeavors • Access templates for a personal budget, a company budget, a chart of accounts, an income statement and balance sheet reports Who should take this course? Everyone who plays a role in the success of a company, in whole or in part, needs to have a good understanding of the process of business accounting and job costing. This course is designed for: business owners, vendors, trade contractors, trade professionals, service professionals, project managers and office staff.

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Education Corner

GENERAL EDUCATION (Not for designations) Guidelines for Design and Construction of Inground Swimning Pools *WEBINAR* Instructor: David Eastwood, P.E., C.A.P.M., F.ASCE, Geotech Engineering Date: Tuesday, June 16 Time: 12 noon to 1:30 pm Fee: $35 members / $50 non-members Content: In-ground swimming pools are common in the Houston area. Many of these pools experience movements, cracking, etc. Pool design and construction should always consider the effects of subsoil, groundwater, structural considerations, drainage, trees, slopes, etc. The purpose of this course is to highlight prudent practices and guidelines for design and construction of pools to protect the both the public and pool contractors against a faulty pool design and construction.

Customers & Vendor Centers in QuickBooks Desktop *WEBINAR* Instructor: Dwayne Briscoe Date: Tuesday, June 17 Time: 3 pm to 5 pm Fee: $35 members / $50 non-members Course will cover the following topics: • Adding and editing a new customer with sub-jobs • Reviewing: Estimates, Sales Orders, Invoices and Sales Receipts • Adding and editing a new vendor • Requesting W9 forms for tax filing purposes with insurance certificates • Entering and paying bills and credits • Define what forms are required when hiring an independent contractor for income tax reporting

StormWater: TPDES Permitting Structure *WEBINAR* Instructor: Patrick Hodgkiss, Compliance Resources Date: Thursday, June 25 Time: 2 pm to 3 pm Fee: $35 members / $50 non-members Content: This course will review basic Stormwater Authorizations for Constructions Sites (Owner/Developer, General Contractor, and Home Builders) in Texas within a common plan of development. An exercise will be conducted to visualize the TPDES permitting flow chart in a practical application that spans multiple phases of a master planned community. Students will be able to identify when a State TPDES Stormwater authorization for construction is required.

Job Costing in QuickBooks® Desktop *WEBINAR* Instructor: Dwayne Briscoe Date: Wednesday, July 15 Time: 3 pm to 5 pm Fee: $35 members / $50 non-members Course will cover the following topics: • Determine the best payroll option for various businesses and learn how to set up the payroll item list • Learn how long you are required by law to keep your records, from employee applications to employee terminations • Create custom liability payments to ensure proper accounting for tax liability agencies and understand the date of payment • Workers Compensation and how it relates to employers and employees in Texas

StormWater: TPDES MS4 and Enforcement Authorities *WEBINAR* Instructor: Patrick Hodgkiss, Compliance Resources Date: Thursday, July 16 Time: 2 pm to 3 pm Fee: $35 members / $50 non-members Content: Ever wonder why permitting Stormwater in different areas is, well... so different? This course will examine pressures that a local jurisdiction faces from the State of Texas and why. Students will be able to identify who the primary enforcement authority is for a construction site and determine what actions that the local jurisdiction may choose to take. The City of Conroe MS4 permit will be examined as a practical exercise.

VIRTUAL EDUCATION All education courses in June and July will be held as webinars. After purchase at ghba.org, you will receive a link to complete your registration via Zoom. Also available now, on-demand video training for ABCs of Framing, Electrical and Concrete. Details on next page...

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First America Homes Team Nearing Completion of Project Playhouse

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ission Control, the 2020 HomeAid Houston Project Playhouse, is well under construction and will be launching soon, with an ETA to be announced. This is the 14th year for this HomeAid Houston fundraiser that is in partnership with the Houston Astros and the Astros Charitable Foundation. Mission Control is being built by First America Homes, the homebuilding division of The Signorelli Co. Its space-themed design, which features an operable Dutch-style spaceship door, a detachable slide, a flat screen TV, gaming system and gaming chairs, appeals to children and adults of all ages. The playhouse is also a modular design to make transporting and installation more owner friendly.

THANK YOU!

Opportunities to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win are available at HomeAid’s website at www.homeaidhouston.org.

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HOME RUN SPONSORS

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“HomeAid is grateful to the team of First America Homes/ Signorelli and the playhouse’s generous sponsors as they man Mission Control while working together to raise funds for future HomeAid projects,” said Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid Houston. “This year’s fluid circumstances are not stopping the Mission Control team in their quest to launch this fundraiser. We are also identifying and reviewing options for the landing of the Playhouse toward late summer, and once finalized we will be sharing that information with the public.” The Mission Control team, led by Dave Barnhart, division president, Homebuilding Division includes Danny Signorelli, CEO; Ramiro Gonzalez, vice president of sales, Homebuilding Division; Kris Moreno, director of construction, Homebuilding Division; Kristen Rinewalt, purchasing manager, Homebuilding Division; Siedah Chaney, purchasing coordinator, Homebuilding Division; Sandra Ferguson, marketing director, the Signorelli Company; Angelina Naspretto, marketing manager, Homebuilding Division and Codi Bishop, junior graphic designer, Homebuilding Division. “On behalf of the entire First America Homes and Signorelli Company team, we are truly honored to have been selected as the builder lead for Project Playhouse this year,” said Barnhart. “We are excited about this year’s space-themed design which I can say objectively is ‘over the moon’ with its detailing and amenities. We are looking forward to a lunar landing this summer.”

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www.homeaidhouston.org


Past BHP Builders Builders have included:

Arbor Home Corporation Ashton Woods Homes Brighton Builders Inc. CastleRock Communities Castletree Homes Chesmar Homes (with 5 homes!) Darling Homes David Powers Homes David Weekly Homes Emerald Homes First Texas Homes Gateway Homes Inc. Highland Homes Houston Ltd. (3 homes) M/I Homes Houston MHI Inc. Newmark Homes Perry Homes Pulte Home Corporation Ryland Homes Taylor Morrison Trendmaker Homes Lennar/Village Builders Westin Homes ...to name just a few

Past BHP Developers Developers have included:

American General Land Development Caldwell Companies Dalton Smith Interests Esra Grae Corporation First General Realty Mortgage & Trust Friendswood Development Company Lake Olympia Development Corp Land Tejas Development (with a record 17 lots!) Marlborough Development Company Midway Development Newland Communities NewQuest Properties Rise Communities Ryko Development Inc. South Shore Harbor Development Ltd. Terrabrook Communities The Howard Hughes Corporation – Bridgeland LP, with six lots The Woodlands Development Co. Toll Brothers Trend Development Trendmaker Development Company

HomeAid Houston Salutes the Benefit Homes Project's 40th Year of Giving Back

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five bedroom, four full-bath home priced in the mid $300s will attract a lot of attention by serious, smart homebuyers. And to help sweeten the deal, this home benefits HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home, two GHBA charities that were also started by GHBA members. "HomeAid is honored to be one of the two charities to receive funds from the Benefit Homes Project,” said Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid Houston. “The incredible planning, dedication and commitment by both the Benefit Homes team and the builders, developers and vendors who donate every year to build two spectacular homes is a true reflection of the generous nature of the construction industry in Houston. Without these funds, HomeAid would not be able to complete the construction of transitional housing for those facing homelessness.” The home being built this year marks the 40th anniversary of the GHBA Benefit Homes Project. It is being constructed by HistoryMaker Homes in the Land Tejas community of Sierra Vista. The home is fully loaded with a variety of amenities including window treatments and upgrade appliances. As the Greater Houston Builders Association celebrates this anniversary of raising funds for local charities, HomeAid also salutes the GHBA and its members for making this milestone possible. Since 1980, members of the GHBA have been donating construction, materials, labor and time to building two to three Benefit Homes a year, that when sold at market value, proceeds will benefit two local charities.

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

D'ANN BROWN Strucsure Home Warranty

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

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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!"

APRIL SPIKE OF THE MONTH

E.L. CRAINE

BRPS Title, a Brookfield Company

BUILDERS Iconstrux Design & Build William Roberts 1240 West 25th Street Houston, TX 77008 (713) 812-1500 wroberts@iconstruxdb.com iconstruxdb.com

HAR AFFILIATES Houston Association of Realtors- Cultured Realty Sparkle Lockett 2711 Hidden Landing Pearland, TX 77584 (317) 679-5634 sparkle@unlockwithlockett.com unlockwithlockett.com

ASSOCIATES Granite Surfaces of Texas Brian Stone 13122 Mula Ct. Stafford, TX 77477 (281) 750-9105 brian@granitesurfacestx.com www.granitesurfacestexas.com

Houston Association of RealtorsDouglas Elliman Texas Abe Alqalam 2001 Kirby Dr., Suite 600 Houston, TX 77019 (832) 320-2091 abe.alqalam@elliman.com

Tile Connections, Ltd. David Schorlemmer 11875 W Little York Rd #503 Houston, TX 77041 (281) 960-7768 david@tileconnectionsltd.com

Houston Association of Realtors- RE/MAX 1st Class Brian Worrell 6081 Oxford Ct. League City, TX 77573 (281) 948-7042 brian@worrellteam.com worrellteam.com

Wave Granite and Marble Ram Prasad 14415 FM-529 Houston, TX 77095 (281) 815-5770 sales@wavegranite.com wavegranite.com

Houston Association of Realtors- RE/MAX 1st Class Carey Worrell 6081 Oxford Ct. League City, TX 77573 (281) 948-7042 carey@worrellteam.com Houston Association of RealtorsRE/MAX Legacy LivingLiving Well Realty Group Tamesha Wells 2646 S. Loop West #155 Houston, TX 77054 (713) 825-9139 Realtor@tameshawells.com tameshawells.com

APRIL RETENTION SPIKE

DEBBIE PAGE

1st Infiniti Enterprises, Inc./ 1st Texas Fire Protection

LESLIE WOODS

ACES Builders Warranty, 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! JOIN DATE 2018

COMPANY SKLaw

MEMBER NAME Julianne Kugle

JOIN DATE 2018

COMPANY All About Concrete, LLC

MEMBER NAME Nathan Frazier

All Texas Fence Inc

Chris Davis

2011

Sonny’s Plumbing

Mike Valore

2017

Allure Construction & Concrete

Michael Pollard

2015

SQ-Air One Testing & Services, LLC

Susan Quave

2016

Alpine Air

JD Reed

2008

Tamko Building Products

Briton Scales

2005

Anthology Lighting

Jeff Ber

2019

TARACORP

Edward Taravella

1996

Aqua General Inc

David Davies

2005

Texas 143 Builders, LLC

Ouida Gernentz

2019

Arrow Pest Control

Mike Cohn

2004

Texas Building & Remodeling LLC dba TBR Construction

Moe Toofan Sr, CAPS

2018

Bohlke Consulting Group LLC

Lindy Bohlke-Hernandez

2004

Texas Elite Custom Homes, LLC

Tony Williams

2010

Bookkeeping-Results, LLC

Dwayne Briscoe

2019

Trademark Quality Homes LLC

Keith Radcliffe

2019

Capitol Technology Group

Adam Henry

2018

Tradition Custom Designs LLC

Jason Roberts

2019

Cast Fireplaces, Inc.

Julianna Alff

2014

Tricia Turner Properties

Tricia Turner

2019

Chicago Title

Betty Hull

2007

Trussway, Ltd.

Jeff Tucker

2009

Cosentino Houston

Cesar Herrera

2019

Unique Customs

Eddie Willrich

2019

Croix Custom Homes, Inc.

Michael Croix

1999

W. R. Watson, Inc.

Wade Watson

2003

CRV Homes by Houstonian Capital Investments

Jeff Rodgers

2018

Westchase Construction Ltd.

Cameron Anderson

2014

D. L. Doyle Construction Co.

Doug Doyle

2003

William David Homes

David Sanders

2014

Dream House Builders

Michael Doughty

2019

Wiseman Homes

Robert Wiseman

2019

EPCOR

David Billinger

2019

Zografos Builder Group

Dean Zografos

2016

Fred Haas Nissan

Lynn Patterson

2019

Garland Insulating Ltd

Hayden Drum

2007

Goodchild Builders, Inc.

Steve Goodchild

2009

Graywood, LLC

Shawn Baksh

2013

Gregory Homes, Inc.

Tami Denault

2005

Halff Associates, Inc.

Daniel Lozano

2019

Hana Custom Homes

Rahim Jiwa

2013

HDT Builders, LLC

Dee Todd-Simmons

2011

Highland Homes Houston, LTD

Boyd Moore

2005

Houston Association of Realtors - NextHome Executives

Royce Isaac

2019

Houston Plans and Permits LLC

Hugo Fuentes

2017

HR Green, Inc.

Peter Huinker

2013

Ironwood Connection

Fred Luchene

2002

Jaeger Homes, Inc.

Chris Jaeger

1999

Jeff Paul Custom Homes, Ltd.

Ryan Paul GMB, CGP

2017

Jewell an Oldcastle Company

Lindsay Martin

2017

JT Lanehart Electric Company

John Lanehart

1977

L & L Homes

Luis Martinez

2017

Majestic Stone

Aaron Bancroft

2016

Mark Stavinoha Custom Cabinets & Trim

Ryan Stavinoha

2019

Marshall Building, Inc.

S.G. Marshall

2000

Mary Ross Custom Homes, LLC

Mary Ross

2010

Meeks + Partners

Donald Meeks

2014

Meistad Plumbing Company, Inc.

Michael Meistad

2012

META Planning + Design LLC

Carlos Fraga

2019

MHS Construction & Design

Abraham Thomas

2016

Mount Vernon Contractors Inc.

Bruce Beeler

2001

Niagara Craftsman, Inc.

Clyde Curry

2002

Olympia Drywall Company

Gregory Flores

2009

Pinnacle Tile and Flooring, INC

Randy Reynolds

2019

Post Custom Homes, LLC.

John Post

1987

Ravenna Homes, LLC

Stephen Najvar

2013

Sitterle Homes of Houston

Steve Von Hofe

2013

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REGISTER TO ATTEND ghba.org/calendar

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TO SHOWCASE YOUR PRODUCTS

REALTORS®: Meet the Exhibitors Browse, Mix, Mingle and Dance the Night Away *Event details are subject to change without notice.

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Contact: Mel Audain

maudain@ghba.org or 281-664-1428

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Design & Concept: adMANgination

BOOTH THEME COMPETITION

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EXHIBITOR BOOTHS BOOTH COST: $1,000

Includes 8’X 10’ booth with 6’ table, standard expo pipe & draping

LIMIT 2 BOOTHS PER COMPANY*

Take Top Honors AWARDS FOR BEST BOOTH THEMES!

Sponsorships AVA I L A B L E

Exclusive sponsorships include the following: (1) One Expo booth, Company name or logo listed on GHBA website, in all event marketing and promotional materials, social media, event presentations, and signage (as applicable). Plus, company recognition as a Sponsor during the event (as applicable). interactive Graffiti Wall Sponsor – $4,000 Giant interactive Video ipad Sponsor – $3,000 Cocktail Sponsor – $3,000 Logo on signage at the Logo on signage at the (2 opportunities) rEAlTor® interactive Wall installation rEAlTor® interactive Video Display Company logo on drink stirrers or Sponsor representatives can man the exhibit Sponsor representatives can man the exhibit napkins • Eight (8) tickets to the expo • Six (6) tickets to the expo • Six (6) tickets to the expo • Four (4) valet passes • Four (4) valet passes • Four (4) valet passes Entertainment Sponsor – Logo on signage at DJ Booth • Four (4) tickets to the expo • Two (2) valet passes

professional Head Shots Sponsor – Logo on signage at the rEAlTor® professional photo Head Shots prize Drawing Give-Away Booth Sponsor representatives man the exhibit • Four (4) tickets to the expo • Two (2) valet passes

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Contact: Mel Audain

*Event details are subject to change without notice.

Valet Sponsor – $2,500 Logo on signage at Valet Station and on event valet passes • Four (4) tickets to the expo • Two (2) valet passes

maudain@ghba.org or 281-664-1428

P UR C HA S E YO U R T IC KE T S NO W. Register to attend at: ghba.org/calendar THANK YOU TO OUR CURRENT SPONSORS**

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EXH IBI TORS L IST TO DATE**

Core Details Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Johnson Development Corp. Ravenna Homes Lighting Gallery KB Home Reverse Mortgage Funding DataSmart/Duncan Security Kidd Roofing First United Mortgage Group Rise Communities David Weekley Homes Beazer Homes KW Signature The Groves by Ashlar Dev. Highland Homes Drees Custom Homes Benchmark Mortgage Legend Homes/ Elyson by Newland HoustonBuilderGuide.com Princeton Classic Homes Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Builder Boost Howard Hughes Corporation Empire Communities Liberty Home Builders BRPS Title Greater Houston Builders Association – Building a Better Future | Houston Builder | JUNE 2020 29 Empire Continental Land, LP Newmark Homes **As of print date. High Performance Home Co. Caldwell Communities

ACES Builders’ Warranty AIRIA Development


COUNCIL UPDATE

SALES & MARKETING COUNCIL

2020 Sales & Marketing Council President

SHANNON GASKAMP

Legend Home Corporation / Princeton Classic Homes

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Work-at-Home Tips, Membership Benefits & More S

tay-at-home orders have been lifted, but many of us might still be working remotely — especially as schools stayed closed in May, early summer camps were canceled and grandparents who might have at-risk conditions choose to stay isolated rather than babysit. Do you have this working from home thing all figured out?

Hopefully, you’ve found a routine that keeps you productive, but for those still on a work-from-home learning curve, following are a few best practices I came across lately: • Keep distraction down by turning off alerts on email and messaging apps — particularly those that make noise.

• Start and end your day with a routine — it can help define your working day and keep your at-work and at-home life from merging.

• Over communicate — with none or only some of the team working in the office, informal communication isn’t as effective. • Keep a dedicated office space and consider creating a separate user account on your hard drive. And for those Zoom meetings:

• Turn off desktop popups that preview incoming emails if you’re sharing your screen.

• Close your email inbox and other windows so you don’t accidentally display confidential information.

• Hit the mute button when you’re not speaking so everyone can hear better.

• Don’t invite everyone to a meeting; instead, ask key people who might be needed if they could be on call to join. PHOTOS: SMC members honor nurses at Methodist hospital in Katy and at fire station 11 in The Heights.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 SALES & MARKETING COUNCIL ANNUAL SPONSORS

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

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June is Membership Month

The GHBA is holding a membership drive the entire month of June. We hope that you have found great value in your GHBA membership and will continue to be a member as well as encourage others to join. Incentives for signing up this month include free monthly luncheons/webinars, education discounts and more. Here are a few benefits of being a member of the GHBA: 3-in-1 Membership - Strength in Numbers: When you join the GHBA, you also become a member of the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This benefit brings members the best of all worlds—local networking and resources along with access to invaluable state and national information and privileges.

Contracts: Custom builders and remodelers gain access to valuable standardized contracts. The TAB contracts are free to use when members attend contract seminars annually. This members-only benefit is a fantastic value and can save you thousands of dollars in legal fees. Education: Enjoy access to training sessions such as the “ABCs of Building” and the “Sticks and Bricks of Sales & Marketing” with several of the seminars being held as ondemand webinars right now. You can also earn professional designations that lead to more earned income, credibility and prestige for members and their companies. Government Affairs: The GHBA works with local, state, and national legislators and policy makers to promote and protect the residential construction industry. Networking: Acquire business tips and new ideas as you ‘rub elbows’ with your peers.

For Associates: The marketing alone with a company profile in the Houston Builder magazine and your business listed as a new member is an $800 value.

Houston’s Best PRISM Reminder

Just a reminder that online judging of PRISM entries started May 19 and continues through June 5. In-person judging for "People" categories will happen in late summer.

Strength in Numbers

THANK YOU

2020 HOME-PAC supporters! CHAIRMAN’S CLUB ($10,000+) Kathy Britton Jim Holcomb (Chair) Jason Golan Larry Johnson Jim Lemming Michael Manners Mike Moody (Vice Chair) David Weekley

PRESIDENT’S CLUB ($5,000 - $9,999)

GOVERNOR’S CLUB ($3,000 - $4,999) Mike Dishberger Jeff Dye

CAPITOL CLUB ($2,000 - $2,999)

Howard Cohen Christopher Gilbert Jim Goettee Andrew Paderanga

Peter Barnhart Don Klein Harry Masterson Daniel Signorelli

Adam Bakir Abdul Barazi Bruce Barclay Erika Blythe Kristal Casey Mike Christopher Lisa Clark Marco Cordon Bill Dalton Scott Davis David Eastwood Roger Farrow Austin Garrett Jason Gustafson Rob Hellyer

COUNCIL CLUB ($1,000 -$1,999) Kristen Hogan Jimmie Jenkins Andrew Johnson Michael Johnson Patricia Joiner Randy Jones Alex Kamkar Jennifer Keller Trey Lary Ernest Loeb Keith Luechtefeld Brandon Lynch Heath Melton Kendall McDermott Casey Morgan

Richard Muller Sean Mulroony David Oliver Dustin O’Neal James Reid Stephen Robinson Jim Russ Douglas Singleton Carl Stephens Kevin Stuckey Ed Taravella Becky Ullman Mark Welch John Williams

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COUNCIL UPDATE

CUSTOM BUILDERS COUNCIL

Paddle Onward By 2020 Custom Builders Council Chair

JASON GUSTAFSON, CGB,CGP Winshire Green, LLC

Slow through the rapids. And portage the big stuff. Paddling down river, keeping a strong eye on the horizon line, trying to get off the water before plunging down that giant waterfall “they” keep talking about. Planning to portage through woods to get around it. The portage will be tough especially while dragging a loaded kayak. Trying to see that dreaded drop before it’s too late stresses the mind. Now and then the river still feels amazing. A swiftly flowing wave train then, smooth clear water for a while. A rock jumps up out of nowhere, then a giant hydraulic hole almost swallows the entire kayak. Keep calm. Paddle hard. Made it. What’s next? Focus... focus. Find an eddy to rest, calm water behind a huge rock. It’s safe there. Don’t stay still too long, the food supply won’t last forever. Keep moving. Here comes another obstacle. Plan, adjust, stay safe. Be ready for anything. When’s the drop coming? Or is it? Seems like the month stood still, or did it fly by? Business in the “new world” harkens to paddling down a “new” river. All the same techniques required on familiar rivers must be employed on the new river. The new river just scares the paddler a thousand times more. Conflicting information shouted by those who remain safely on the riverbank becomes exhausting rather than helpful. Just staying afloat can be all encompassing, overshadowing the need to remain connected with others. The value of getting together makes itself very apparent when you track back to the beginning of why something good

comes to fruition. The happenstance meetings, the interstitial moments amongst people breaking bread or sharing time together spark spontaneous conversations. Those talks lead to meetings where problems are solved. Ideas turned into projects often start from people getting together. “Meeting and assembly” appear in most definitions of “council” and social distancing and shutdowns make it tough to perform as a council. While this month has been busy, much of the activity fueled itself on the fires of relationships built in times past. That timing offset is always the case, which brings up the question of what activity is not going to happen in the future because of what relationships do not get nurtured during the pandemic. Just floating along downriver will not cut it. It is up to us. With one eye on the horizon, keeping paddles in the water and moving forward, finding ways to be involved and support the GHBA and the CBC becomes ever more important. Now more than ever we need the GHBA out ahead of us, scouting and mapping the rapids downstream. Keep your eyes on the GHBA calendar. Paddle onward.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 CBC ANNUAL SPONSORS

PLATINUM

DIAMOND

GOLD

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

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VIRTUAL CONTRACT SEMINARS RENEW YOUR ACCESS! Protect your business with iron-clad construction contracts, written specifically for Texas remodelers and custom builders. This free member benefit can save you thousands in legal fees.

As a reminder, in order to access these contracts, you must attend a contract seminar annually at the Expo in October. Missed the last contract seminar? Need contract access? Join us for a make-up session to get an overview of the 2019-2021 TAB contracts. Our attorneys will also review current COVID compliance issues.

REMODELER WEBINAR

CUSTOM BUILDER WEBINAR

Thursday, June 11 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seminar will be held via Zoom

Thursday, June 18 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seminar will be held via Zoom

COST: $40 Remodelers; $20 Associates

COST: $40 Builders; $20 Associates

PRESENTING ATTORNEY: Ian Faria, Bradley Arant

PRESENTING ATTORNEYS: James Rudnicki, Bush|Rudnicki|Shelton Ian Faria, Bradley Arant

SPONSORED BY:

SPONSORED BY:

TABLETOPS:

BMC Closet Factory Datasmart/ Duncan Security Expressions Home Gallery Ironwood Connection Milgard Windows & Doors RoofTec

TABLETOPS:

ACES Builders Warranty Inc. BMC Datasmart/ Duncan Security Detering Company of Houston, LP Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery The Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. Suncoast Post-Tension, Ltd.

Register at ghba.org/calendar

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COUNCIL UPDATE

REMODELERS COUNCIL

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2020 Remodelers Council President

WILL COLE, CGR, CAPS Divine Renovation

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ome are referring to life today as the “New Normal.” Working from home, with everyone there, is a bit tougher than I thought it would be. However, today’s technology appears to have been custom ordered for such an event—an entire country staying at home while still connected. If you’re like me, your family (uncles, aunts, kids and grandparents) gathered together for Easter (on Zoom). I may be an old timer, but I do miss the personal interaction of yesterday. You know, meeting colleagues for coffee and having lunch with friends. I imagine, the ways things are today, is a bit like traveling on a spaceship to a distant planet. Traffic lines are shorter while other lines are longer. For instance, the owner of another remodeling company texted me a photo of his SBA Economic Injury Disaster Assistance letter. After he submitted it, the system said his place in line was 3,301,585,615. I quickly texted back to him, “Let’s see... if each person stands six feet apart and a mile is equal to 5,280 feet, then the back of the line is 375,180 miles long. To put it into perspective, the moon is only 238,000 miles away. So, bring a sandwich.” Some things appear to have improved. For instance: Have you noticed you’re eating dinner with your family now? That’s right, dinner time is back. Without school sports, swim team and scouting, families finally have time to sit down for meals together. Even fashion has changed. When a gentleman now purchases a tie, he will take a matching second (to be converted into a coordinated face covering). No, not really.

QUARANTINE FASHION TIP: Match your mask to your tie!

Although I do have an assortment of custom face coverings to choose from. In all seriousness though, this is not the time to speak as if we have it all together—polished and professional. Doing so will only close people off and create separation between us. This is the time to be exceptionally human. To let other people know that we understand their concerns, as we share in them too. We may think we’re being considerate by not calling people at home for small incidental reasons, as they, of course, are working from home, schooling their kids, and just trying to

THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 RMC ANNUAL SPONSORS

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keep up with life themselves. However, by doing so, we’re really spreading separation and loneliness. In this time, we need to consider our friends, family and colleagues as if they were preparing to be on their very first trip to Mars. They may be busy doing whatever it is astronauts do before traveling to another planet, however I’ll just bet they would be so happy to hear from you. This is the time to make memories that will last forever. During this “New Normal” time we are in, you want people to remember what you did for them for years to come.

Get Published!

Speaking of creating memories, 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 self-serving. Send your articles to lorraine@idealconsulting.net.

Coming Up:

The RMC Contract’s Seminar is now a webinar on June 11 (see page 33). The AIA Sandcastle Contest is scheduled for August 21 and 22. The Remodelers Speed Selling Event will be held on September 30. Keep an eye on the GHBA website for further updates at ghba.org/calendar.

Support our Sponsors:

We would like to personally thank our sponsors. Your support provides the Remodelers Council 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.

'Zooming' with the Remodelers Council board (top) and family (bottom photo).

202 0 BOARD MEMBERS

President: William Cole, CAPS, CGR, Divine Renovation, (713) 515-1514, Will@divinerenovation.com Past President: Sherry Pruitt ,CAPS,CGR, Whodid It Designs | Remodeling LLC, (713) 899-0307, sherrypruitt25@gmail.com Vice President: Stephen Twarowski, CGR, CAPS, SHR Remodeling Inc., 832-347-1764, stephen@shrremodeling.com Secretary: Kelly Kirk, Greymark Construction Co., (713) 501-3028, kelly@greymarkconstruction.com Treasurer: Bill Fuller, Fuller Services, (281) 477-0013, bill@fuller-services.com Education Chair: Sandra Crook, Greymark Construction Co., (832) 788-0086, sandra@greymarkconstruction.com Garage Sale Chair: Nicolas Cubbler, Semper Fi Contractors, (713) 245-6336, Nick.Cubbler@SemperFiContractors.com Garage Sale Co-Chair: Moe Toofan CAPS, TBR Construction, (713) 992-1210, info@tbrcon.com Government Affairs: Jeff Roberts, TriFection Remodeling & Construction, (281) 808-1271, jeff.roberts@trifection.net Charity Project Co-Chair: Melanie Heinrich, TriFection Remodeling & Construction, (281) 906-0136, melanie.heinrich@trifection.net

COMMIT TEES

Garage Sale Co-Chair: Stacy Argo, A-Plus Glass Services, (281) 932-6981, smra63@msn.com Garage Sale Co-Chair: Richard Arnold, International Flooring, (832)-282-3073, richard@ifhouston.com Speakers & Sponsors: Lorraine Hart, Ideal Consulting Services Inc. / Websites By Ideal, (832) 617-7067, lorraine@idealconsulting.net Membership Chair: Tenile Luttenegger, Emser Tile, (832) 660-3484, tenileluttenegger@emser.com Charity Project Co-Chair: Cassie Milam, Detering Co. of Houston LP, (832) 978-4146, cdmilam@detering.com Special Events Co-Chair: Scooter Nicholson, BMC, (832) 520-6930, scooter.nicholson@buildwithbmc.com Public Relations Chair: Amy Robinson, Ideal Consulting Services Inc. / Websites By Ideal, (832) 274-6212, ajahlbrand@yahoo.com Home Show Chair: Trudy Traino, Triton Stone Co., (832) 642-4878, ttraino@tritonstonetx.com Special Events Co-Chair: Courtney Turner, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, (254) 580-5466, courtney.turner@Ferguson.com

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DIVISION UPDATE

MONTGOMERY COUNTY BUILDERS & DEVELOPERS DIVISION

2020 Montgomery County Division Chair

BRANDON LYNCH Keechi Creek Builders

Economic Recovery: COVID in the County I

’m sure everyone is thinking about how the world will work post COVID-19. Are we safe, is there still a high chance to contract the virus? What about all the jobs lost? The Texas economy and unemployment will hinge on the reopening of some industries and the willingness of state residents to return to work and resume consumption activity. The timing of our recovery and how fast we can get back to being the economic engine that Texas normally is, and provides for the nation and the rest of the world, it’s up to us. Consumer confidence drives the economy. We have to figure

out a way to inspire people to understand that they can feel comfortable getting back out into their normal routines. Economic recovery—even with further legislative support—would prove difficult without inspiring that consumer confidence. If people are going to be conditioned to stay in and to hold back and to not spend and to say, ‘Maybe next year,’ it’s going to be very difficult for government to really ignite anything that is significant. All levels of government are going to have to tighten their belt. This is going to be a tough ride for government. Stay safe!

THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 MCBDD ANNUAL SPONSORS

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

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

Thank you to our current sponsors!

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Builder’s Choice, Inc. Breakfast Sponsor

Fox Energy Specialists Face Gaiter Sponsor

Builders Post-Tension Towel Sponsor Centricity Cooler Sponsor

HomePro Home Technologies Beverage Sponsor Hotchkiss Insurance Agency Sunscreen Sponsor

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

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

AVAILABLE SPONSORSHIPS Hand Sanitizers Sponsor - $2,850 • Company name on bottle and company logo on sponsor banner and listed in Houston Builder magazine. • Sponsor receives one fishing team entry with guided boat and • 4 tickets to Crawfish Boil. Lure Sponsor- $2,850 • Company name on the lures, and company logo on the sponsor banner and listed in Houston Builder magazine. • 4 tickets to Crawfish Boil

Rod Sponsor - $1,200 • Company name on rods purchased for drawing and their company logo on the sponsor banner and listed in Houston Builder magazine. • 4 tickets to Crawfish Boil Turn-In Bag Sponsor - $500 • Company name on the turn-in bags, company logo on the sponsor banner and listed in Houston Builder magazine. • 4 tickets to Crawfish Boil Drawing Sponsor - $500 (unlimited) • Company logo on sponsor banner and listed in Houston Builder magazine. • 2 tickets to Crawfish Boil DESIGN BY:

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

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COUNCIL UPDATE

ASSOCIATE COUNCIL

2020 Associate Council Chair

PAT WILSON

Legends Architectural Stone

Halfway There... “Courage is knowing what not to fear.” – PLATO

W

here do we start? With a new year comes new beginnings, and 2020 was no different. Forecasts had predicted a steady year for Houston and the beginning of the year began that way. Residential construction was going at a steady rate, a few highs and not many lows. Permits were flowing, supplies were shipping, trades were busy, and then COVID-19 happened and the chaos began. Government began implementing “stay at home” orders, schools closed across the country, and non-essential businesses were asked to close their doors to consumers. This pandemic has had a substantial impact across the country, as well as the rest of the world. Our construction industry was deemed “essential business” and allowed building to continue, but for how long? With the stock market and financial markets taking a blow for economic reasons, then compounded with the pandemic, we are left with some uncertainty. Companies were forced to lay off and/or terminate jobs across all industries creating a larger impact on our economic future. This country was founded on resilience and has fought for centuries through economic recessions, World Wars, oil

crises, pandemics and the terrorist attacks of 9/11. For that reason, I believe that our current administration, the State of Texas and its leadership will provide the opportunities to move through this pandemic. We are blessed to be in the great State of Texas, our spirit runs differently here. I, having lived all over the country and world throughout my military career, have seen the “we take care of our own” spirit firsthand. Texas is full of first responders, not only in the traditional sense, such as our law enforcement, firefighters, nurses and doctors, but as Texans bonding together to overcome adversity and persevere. However, we are always grateful for our first responders serving in times of uncertainty, setting aside personal safety and their families to care for those affected through the pandemic and keeping this nation safe for all to endure. Our prayers go out to them and this great nation daily. We will RISE and WE SHALL overcome this, I can assure you, just maybe not the same, but stronger. Speaking of rising to the occasion, the Associate Council for years has given away scholarships to assist future leaders in gaining an education. We are currently seeking donations of any dollar amount to reach our goal of $15,000 so that we can give away five, $3,000 scholarships.

For those that would like to contribute, you can give your donation through the GHBA. For more information, please speak with Peggy Means at the GHBA or Greg Tomlinson with Builders Post-Tension. The month of June brings new beginnings, as well as the first Associate Council virtual meeting, held via webinar on June 4, featuring our Developers Panel. This is in lieu of our traditional luncheon at the GHBA to ensure the safety of our members and their families. Be sure to register to join us for a dynamic speaker panel with Patrick Duggan of Pulte Development, Peter Barnhart of Caldwell Companies, Rainer Ficken of Newland Communities, and Alex Kamkar of Fox Bold Development. Also, we have rescheduled the Associate Council Spring Golf Tournament to the 27th of October. Sponsorships are available, please inquire with the GHBA. If you are looking for ways to give back to our community, our friendly GHBA staff and associate leadership team are always here to inform and provide mentorship. Don’t waste any time getting involved and contributing to this great organization as we are all unique in our talents. Get plugged in and serve on one of our many committees! Remember, “Everything you want is on the other side of fear,” says Jack Canfield.

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COMING UP: ASSOCIATE COUNCIL VIRTUAL MEETING

Topic: Developer Panel Thursday, June 4 12 noon, Hosted via Zoom Cost: $20 members; $30 non-members

GHBA

Scholarship Program

Panelists: Peter Barnhart, Caldwell Communities Pat Duggan, Pulte Homes Ranier Ficken, Newland Communities Alex Kamkar, Bold Fox Development Sponsored by:

ASSOCIATE COUNCIL MONTHLY LUNCHEON

Thursday, August 6 11:30 a.m. at GHBA Education Center 9511 W Sam Houston Parkway N, Houston, TX 77064 Cost: $25 earlybird; $30 after Aug. 5 Sponsored by:

ASSOCIATE COUNCIL MONTHLY LUNCHEON

Thursday, September 3 11:30 a.m. at GHBA Education Center 9511 W Sam Houston Parkway N, Houston, TX 77064

Apply or Donate @ www.ghba.org/scholarship-program

Sponsored by:

Presented annually by the Associate Council, this scholarship provides assistance to members’ children in pursuing a college degree.

ASSOCIATE COUNCIL MONTHLY LUNCHEON

Eligibility: Every employee of a member company is eligible for their child to apply. Deadline: Monday, June 15, 2020

Cost: $25 earlybird; $30 after Sept. 2

Thursday, October 1 11:30 a.m. at GHBA Education Center 9511 W Sam Houston Parkway N, Houston, TX 77064 Cost: $25 earlybird; $30 after Sept. 30 Sponsorships available! SPRING GOLF TOURNAMENT

Tuesday, October 27 at Quail Valley Golf Course 9 a.m. Shotgun Start Sponsorships available now! Contact Peggy at pmeans@ghba.org

You make this possible!

Scholarships are made possible through the donations of generous association members. All funds donated go directly to student scholarships. This is a tax deductible donation to the GHBA Charitable Foundation (Tax ID # 46-4656185). Donations are kindly requested by June 15, 2020.

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OFFICERS AND LEADERSHIP GHBA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ROB HELLYER PRESIDENT

KEITH LUECHTEFELD VICE PRESIDENT

DEBBIE PAGE ASSOCIATE V. P.

JENNIFER KELLER SECRETARY

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

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

GHBA’S TAB DIRECTORS

LISA GENTRY TREASURER

IAN FARIA LEGAL COUNSEL

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

TAB LIFE DIRECTORS

JOHN WILLIAMS 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,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

GHBA’S NAHB DELEGATES

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

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

GHBA DIVISION PRESIDENTS

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

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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2020 GHBA PARTNERS

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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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ACES Builders’ Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 281.362.5413 www.AcesBuildersWarranty.com

Houston Post Tension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 713.702.8899 www.houstonposttension.com

Acme Brick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . back cover 713.681.4651 www.brick.com

KIKGARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 281.259.7071 www.kikgard.com

AIRIA Development Co./Aliana and Artavia . . . . 23 281.809.7800 airiadevco.com

Norbord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 norbord.com/solarbord

Builders Post-Tension Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9, 42 281.873.9500 www.builderspt.com

Southern Front Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 281.890.5860 southernfront.com

CKI Wholesale Lock Supply Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 42 713.462.0704 www.ckilock.com

StrucSure Home Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . .11, 42 832.814.3942 www.strucsure.com

Cornerstone Overhead Garage Door . . . . . . . . 43 832.528.8407 cornerstoneoverheaddoor.com

Surface Systems of Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 281.776.5111 www.surfacesystemsoftexas.com

Gulf & Basco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 713.645.6611 gulfbasco.com

Thomas Garage Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 713.725.8787 www.jthomasdoor.com

Home of Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 800.445.8173 x2149 www.homeoftexas.com

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