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November 2020 | Volume 33 | Number 11
President's Message: Consider Serving in 2021
As we look forward to 2021, consider your involvement as a member of the GHBA. Opportunities to get involved abound. From charity to membership, education, government affairs, special events and more — the GHBA needs you!
The USACE released an interim draft of the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study, which could be the basis for the federal funding of future drainage infrastructure projects in Harris County. Your GHBA, in partnership with the Houston Stronger coalition, is monitoring this study as it moves forward to address potential issues. Additionally, Texas has adopted the 2020 National Electric Code (NEC), which took effect Nov. 1.
Contact 811 Before Building That Fence
HistoryMaker Vendors Guarantee Success of GHBA Fundraiser
HomeAid Scores Hole-in-One for Homeless at Charity Golf Tournament
One in 10 damages to natural gas pipelines last year was caused by someone building a fence, according to Centerpoint Energy. It's a costly and dangerous mistake with a simple solution.
Dozens of companies have helped drive the success of HistoryMaker's GHBA Benefit Homes Project in the Sierra Vista community.
Team HomeAid scored big all around at the 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at Wildcat Golf Club. The day offered great weather, a sold-out player list and raised more than $94,000, a tournament record!
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Houston's Best PRISM Award Winners Honored
Any enterprise can take advantage of big data, no matter their size, especially if you re-frame your definition of “big.” Use data to better understand your customer needs and buying patterns and develop strategies to impact sales.
The very best in the Houston construction industry were honored in the categories of People, Product and Promotion at a special virtual gala in October. Congratulations to the winners and finalists on earning these coveted accolades.
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s we start winding down 2020, truly a year to remember though not for reasons most of us would like to, let’s take a look into 2021.
possible. No doubt the lack of in-person meetings has taken a toll on the usual camaraderie our members share with one another; we all miss seeing each other.
Though the nation has been in the grip of COVID-19 for eight or nine months now, the home building and remodeling business has been very robust, better than one would have expected. With an eye to 2021, it appears that we are poised for that trend to continue into the new year.
With that, I would like to encourage you to consider your involvement as a member of the GHBA. The board for 2021 is being finalized and will be led by Keith Luechtefeld, division president of Shea Homes.
The economics division of the NAHB recently reported that sales are outpacing starts at a level not seen before. August sales increased to an annual rate of one million units, the highest such pace since September 2006. Inventory of single-family homes for sale on the other hand is 40% lower than last year and the lowest on record since 1963.
Opportunities to get involved abound. Whatever your area of interest, there is a committee for you that welcomes your
involvement. Whether a charity, membership, education, government affairs, special events — you name it — the GHBA needs your service! With 16 divisions and councils, you don’t have to look far to find a place where your interests and talents will be greatly appreciated. The outlook is promising for our industry in the coming year, and while we will experience challenges, your home builders association and fellow members need and welcome your participation. I encourage you to join in! n
Fueled largely by low mortgage rates — rates unlikely to increase in the near future — 2021 looks like a good year for residential construction of all types. Hopefully 2021 will bring a return to normalcy for the GHBA. I know the board leadership wants meetings and events to return in-person as soon as it is safely
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USACE Releases Buffalo Bayou Study Interim Report L ast month, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released an interim draft of its Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the current conditions of Buffalo Bayou and the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, and to identify, evaluate, and recommend actions to address the changed conditions, including potential modifications to the Buffalo Bayou system to reduce flood risks to people, property, and communities.
We believe that this report could be the basis for the federal funding of future drainage infrastructure projects in Harris County. There are several items of concern within the Interim Report. And although the USACE states the purpose of the study is to develop and evaluate a range of alternatives based on feasibility, performance, cost, and benefits, it proposes projects like a third reservoir and channelizing Buffalo Bayou. Both of which have been studied for decades and with the conclusion that they would be
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extremely difficult to build, would take decades to construct, and would be extraordinarily expensive. The interim study did not move forward with alternatives like flood tunnels and improving the existing reservoirs. These projects would be feasible and actionable. Excavating the Addicks and Barker reservoirs would be shovel ready projects that could start quickly and provide benefits soon after starting. While the construction of flood tunnels would not be as fast, the Harris County Flood Control District is already underway on a second study on their effectiveness and design. Tunnels also have a proven track record as we have seen the cities of Austin and San Antonio employ the use of tunnels for flood mitigation with great success. The importance of the Interim Report to our region’s future for flood mitigation cannot be overstated. The report says that the USACE released it to solicit public input to “help
inform decision-makers as they weigh the benefits and costs of alternatives or the individual measures that comprise an alternative.” However, at the time of this printing, they only provided 30 days for public comments which does not allow the public and stakeholders enough time to provide the USACE with meaningful and accurate input. The GHBA has submitted a letter requesting an extension of the public comment period to December 31 and included comments on the projects that were considered and advanced. In addition, Houston Stronger—a coalition of dozens of associations and nonprofits concerned with flood resiliency in the Houston Region, of which the GHBA is a founding member—has submitted a letter and has several workgroups drafting comments as well. We will continue to monitor this study as it moves forward and will work with our stakeholder partners to develop a workable solution.
Texas Adopts 2020 National Electrical Code On June 30, 2020 the Texas Commission on Licensing and Regulation adopted the 2020 NEC as the electrical code for the state of Texas and established it as the "minimum standard" for all electrical work in Texas covered by the Act. The effective date will be November 1, 2020 (delayed from the proposed date of September 1, 2020 due to COVID-19).
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Expectations are that any non-exempt electrical work started on or after November 1, 2020 will have to be installed in accordance with the 2020 NEC. For purposes of clarification, the “start” of electrical work is the day the electrician begins installing electrical materials or equipment within the residential or commercial building structure. Inside the corporate limits of a municipality, electricians must abide by city permitting requirements and adhere to any local code amendments. The GHBA is working with the City of Houston and other municipalities to determine what changes will be implemented. In addition, many electricians will receive this information from their continuing education training. n
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Contact 811 Before Building That Fence
id you know that fence builders are required to contact 811 at least 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) prior to installing a fence? While the common misconception about 811 is it’s only for large-scale digging, safe dig laws across the country require a locate request prior to any earth-moving or earthdisturbing activities. This includes using a posthole digger, driving in form pins, digging shallow holes with a hand shovel or even removing structures out of the soil such as an old fence or tree. Beyond the legal requirements of contacting 811, having the utilities on your work site located is good for business and your safety. Knowing the approximate location of underground utilities helps you plan your job appropriately, dig safely around these facilities and avoid costly project delays, utility damages and potential state fines. “At CenterPoint Energy, one out of every ten damages to our natural gas pipelines last year were caused by someone building a fence. Hitting a gas line can be very dangerous and expensive,” said Ashley Babcock, director of damage prevention and
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public awareness for CenterPoint Energy. “For fencing professionals, contacting 811 at least 48 hours before starting a job is critical to your safety and your project’s bottom line.” Before requesting utility locates, gather the following details about the jobsite to provide to 811: • City, county and township • Project location (include street address and nearest cross street) • Type and extent of work (indicate if you are only working in the front, rear or side of property) • Project start date and time Next, make the free call to 811 or submit a free request online at Texas811.org. After submitting a request to 811, document your ticket number and list of utility companies in the area of your project. Trained technicians will mark the location of buried utilities with colored flags, stakes and/or paint, at no cost to you. To speed up the physical process of locating your jobsite, it is recommended you mark the perimeter of your planned work area
with white paint or flags. This tells the trained locating technician where you plan to work and helps that person avoid locating areas of a property that you won’t be working in. For example, if you’re building a fence in the backyard, mark the perimeter of the backyard with white paint indicating you don’t need buried utilities in the front or side yards located. After waiting the state-required 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays), you can begin your project. Avoid damaging, moving or altering the paint and flags. If marks become faded or destroyed, submit another request to 811. Locate tickets expire after 14 working days of your job site being marked. If your work on the job site will last longer than 14 working days, contact 811 for a remark between the 10th and 12th working day to avoid digging on expired marks. Following this process and working carefully around the marks will help you and your coworkers stay safe, finish your project on time and avoid costly utility damages and potential state fines. n
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HistoryMaker Vendors Guarantee Success of GHBA Fundraiser
endors such as Allpoints Surveying, DPIS Builder Services, Carrier, Rock Materials, Royal Bath/ Counter Source, Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. and dozens of other companies have helped drive the success of the GHBA Benefit Homes Project, a 40 year old charity fundraiser that has raised nearly $12 million for local charities. HistoryMaker Homes built its Benefit Home in the community of Sierra Vista with nearly 50 companies providing materials and services at no or little cost. This ensures the homes when sold at market value, will raise valuable funds for HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. HistoryMaker built the two-story, 3,176 sq. ft. Alder Plan that includes five bedrooms and four full baths, and features a downstairs master bedroom and generous game room upstairs as well as a three-car garage. With all those features it is still priced in the low $300s! Additional companies that donated include: HomePro Home Technologies, All State Brick, A C Construction, Excell Foundations, Universal Forest Products, Windstorm Group, Mohawk, TWI, Country Wide Roofing, Santollo Construction Clean Up LLC, Deep Blue Comfort, Builders Choice Inc., Flooring Services of Texas, Advantage
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We are grateful to our family of vendors and trades who stepped up during a difficult year with COVID-19, to ensure this home was built at little cost, so the funds raised through the sale will go to the two local charities. —MICKEY PIZZITOLA, HISTORYMAKER HOUSTON DIVISION PRESIDENT
Gutters, Factory Builder Stores, 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. “We work with some of the most professional vendors and suppliers out there,” said Mickey Pizzitola, HistoryMaker's Houston division president. "We are grateful to our family of vendors and trades who stepped up during a difficult year with COVID-19, to ensure this home was built at little cost, so the funds raised through the sale will go to the two local charities.” Family owned and operated since 1949, HistoryMaker Homes launched in Dallas-Fort Worth and expanded over the decades to become a premier builder of more than 800 homes across the region in 16 developments. "HistoryMaker understood the importance of building one of their beautiful homes at low cost and then selling it at market value," said Rob Hellyer, president of GHBA. "Their purchasing team worked hard to acquire the necessary donations needed. We congratulate them for building this home with some of Houston’s most respected companies in our industry.”
Contact Terry Swenson at (281) 382-9977 or email@example.com to participate as a Benefit Home builder/developer or donate labor/ materials as a Project vendor.
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HomeAid Scores a Hole-in-One for the Homeless at Charity Golf Tournament
eam HomeAid scored big all around this year at the 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament held at Wildcat Golf Club. The day offered great weather, a sold-out player list and some competitive bidding during the online silent auction. A global pandemic did not squelch the enthusiasm shared by every golfer, spectator and volunteer who made this event a huge success! The auction was chaired for the fourth year by Kendall McDermott, with support from co-chairs Greg Madrey and George Guattare. Committee members included Chris Hawkins, tournament emcee, and Chris Rollins, Jeremy Linzer and Max Goodson. The tournament raised more than $94,000, a HomeAid Charity Golf Tournament record! "A huge thank you to the entire golf committee and to our players and sponsors who made this tournament so incredibly successful," said Kendall. "Everyone pitched in to ensure a great time and we are so excited to have raised a record number of funds. Thank you also to all who donated items for the silent auction and the volunteers who helped throughout the day."
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A huge thank you to the entire golf committee and to our players and sponsors who made this tournament so incredibly successful. Everyone pitched in to ensure a great time and we are so excited to have raised a record number of funds. — KENDALL MCDERMOTT, ALLPOINTS SURVEYING
As an added bonus, golfers were presented with a special gift from HomeAid, a selection of golf shoes from which to choose.
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HomeAid and Empire Communities Join Boys and Girls Country to Dedicate Cottage
n September 21, HomeAid Houston joined Boys and Girls Country and representatives from Woodforest National Bank to celebrate the dedication of an 8,100 sq. ft. cottage, called Woodforest Cottage, that will be home to eight children who have come from families in crisis. The Cottage is designed to instill security, warmth, and a nurturing environment for as long as the children need a safe haven, many times through high school. The day's event followed COVID-19 mandates by practicing social distancing and limiting the number of guests. Joining Vince Duran, Boys and Girls Country executive director, were guest speakers, George, a Boys and Girls Country student who delivered the invocation; Jayden, a past student who spoke about his time at Boys and Girls Country; Mike Gatewood, Boys and Girls Country’s board director; and Kim and Robert Marling, Woodforest National Bank and Woodforest Charitable Foundation founders who provided funding.
James Miller, Empire Communities regional president and Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid Houston recognized the hard work that went into completing the cottage. Quintes Stark, Boys and Girls, chief operations and facilities officer was also acknowledged for his leadership qualities throughout the construction process as well as Empire Communities’ Rafael Casas who was construction manager. The vendors who signed on to contribute materials and services and were recognized at the celebration include: Builders Post Tension, Vortex Construction, Sherwin Williams Paint, GE Appliances, JP Hart Lumber, Home Pro, Arrow Glass Industries, Wisenbaker Builder Services, 1st Texas Fire Protection, Builders First Source, Kent Moore Cabinets, Certainteed Roofing, TruTeam, James Hardie Building Products, D&E Plumbing, House of Power, Lone Star Air Systems, DPIS Engineering, Countrywide Roofing and Progress Lighting.
“Empire Communities was honored to take part in the ongoing expansion of the Boys and Girls Country campus," said James. "We are grateful for the tremendous contributions by these generous companies who share in the vision to provide a safe place for these youth to grow and prosper." Casey Morgan, CEO of the Greater Houston Builders Association wrapped up the event by thanking Empire Communities and their vendors and trades for their generosity and commitment to giving back to the community.
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Big Data CREATES BIG OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR BUSINESS Three insights for any size enterprise
ig data is critical to business success because it provides leadership with important insights and information. Large enterprises use sophisticated systems to track data and often have internal analysts on their team to crunch their numbers. Or, they hire outside experts to do it for them. Yet any enterprise can take advantage of big data, no matter their size, especially if you re-frame your definition of “big.” You can use your data to better understand your customer needs and buying patterns to further develop strategies that could impact sales. Insights like those developed with data become amazingly useful to any size enterprise.
performance. Then those metrics become the fundamentals that shape your thinking about your business strategies and what you need to do to better achieve your business goals.
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You do not need a complicated computer system or major data management firm to figure out what you are already using in your business for data capture. Frankly, many organizations are not fully utilizing the existing software they already have to gather basic information.
You’ve heard some people say, “I'm really not a numbers person.” Perhaps they use this as their excuse for avoiding using data, much less big data, because they might feel reluctant to dive in and give it a try. You do not need an MBA or finance degree to begin working with the data associated with your business, regardless of its size. Anyone can learn and understand at least a couple of the key metrics that impact how they operate and what drives financial success. If you are reluctant to launch into data analytics, begin with some baby steps. Start by identifying two or three key metrics you want to better understand about your business or your customers. Once you have these key metrics identified, then focus on getting the data you need to help better understand what drives these metrics and how you can use the data to increase your enterprise
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Focus on how the data you have or can gather links to your business strategies. The key is to search for the critical data metrics that influence decision making. Look for the information that provides you with insight on the variables that impact your revenue and profitability.
Use the Information and Tools You Already Have
Frequently, software programs have the capability to export information into analytical programs such as Excel. Once the data is put into an analytic format, you can do all sorts of data evaluation based on key variables such as customer demographics, profitability, geographic location, purchasing patterns, buying volume, etc. Reviewing data points for various time horizons provides a comparison to see how much is changing during different time periods. Engaging in analytical assessments of your data often provides valuable information on shifts in your target market and identifies new sales opportunities. You might even uncover areas of business vulnerability before they cause major challenges.
Many companies do not fully access the information they have already obtained about their customers. Taking time to input detailed information into a contact relationship management (CRM) system can be a first step. Consolidate the insight from your other information systems to develop a comprehensive customer profile. Then drill down into the information on your customers and tie them to financial measurements such as sales volume, degree of profitability or key target marketing variables. It is not uncommon for smaller enterprises to have their most valuable customer information written down on sheets of paper or in someone’s head. If you enter your data into a CRM or Excel, you establish the foundation for a more robust data assessment. Then you can begin to pull insights by looking carefully at key variables. You will have a more effective way of targeting your desired consumers as you drill down deeper into the data to see which customers are most valuable to your business. You will be able to make better decisions if you are using thoughtfully mined data. You will also minimize the vulnerability to not having good information to work with if a key employee becomes ill or leaves.
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Create Metrics and Dashboards When you begin working with data, it is essential to create metrics and dashboard reports focusing on the key information so it can be tracked on an on-going basis. Then set up the mechanisms and policies that ensure it is tracked by your employees. Holding your team accountable for reliably gathering the data and tracking it in a timely manner are also important steps to effectively use data. You can certainly do some of this work yourself, but it might be even better for you to loop in your key employees who are better skilled than you at putting it together. Then you can review the information and draw conclusions. Another option is to work with an outside consultant who does this all the time and is not going to struggle with a learning curve. Outside experts can help you discover details you might have overlooked while managing the enterprise day-to-day. You are likely to gain better insights — and move much faster — by bringing in outside expertise for a short duration engagement rather than trying to struggle through setting it up by yourself. It is not a cliché that “time is money.” Invest in learning from an expert and then take it over once you develop the foundational skills and have gained some confidence in your own abilities.
Final Thoughts Learning to leverage data is essential to impacting the growth and success of any business. As you become more comfortable using your initial metrics, you can add on additional key metrics. Use a disciplined approach and continue to look for more metrics to measure. Have fun with it! You will soon have a robust data management system that you and your team can use to more effectively manage your business and your customer relationships. This will provide you with new pathways for business growth and enhanced success. n
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of the buyer to one of the following charities: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, HomeAid Houston, Montgomery County Food Bank and YES to YOUTH. The charitable effort gave homebuyers the opportunity to make a positive impact in the Greater Houston region while making a life changing decision in purchasing their new home. While homebuyers played a significant role in the Fall Giving Drive, 100% of the homebuilders in Bridgeland and The Woodlands Hills, as well as various Realtor® partners, donated to the selected charities, making an even greater impact for these organizations and the meaningful work they do. The combined efforts of The Howard Hughes Corporation and the builder and Realtor® partners generated more than $90,000 for the charities.
LAURIE E. COTON NAMED ASID PRESIDENT Laurie E. Coton, CEO/broker of Coton House *Realty *Design *Remodel has been named president of the American Society of Interior Design - Texas Gulf Coast Chapter. Effective October 1, 2020, Laurie is leading the chapter's 700 members with the stated mission of "impacting human experience and transforming lives" through creative and technological problem solving. The intent is to focus on design for clients and their different stages of life, such as disabilities and aging-in-place. Laurie's agenda is centered around developing increased public awareness of the services and benefits ASID provides to people in general. She intends to vigorously recruit new members as well as industry partners, trade groups that strengthen the services and educational value of the chapter. Having been awarded an interior design degree from the Houston Art Institute over 20 years ago, Laurie has successfully integrated her design ability with real estate and remodeling under the Coton House banner, a boutique agency located near the Galleria.
THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION® FALL GIVING DRIVE RAISES OVER $90,000 FOR HOUSTON AREA NON-PROFITS The Howard Hughes Corporation® is pleased to announce Houston area communities — Bridgeland® and The Woodlands Hills® — raised over $90,000 for five non-profits serving the Greater Houston region through its Fall Giving Drive which took place during September. For each new home sold at one of these communities during this period, The Howard Hughes Corporation donated $500 on behalf
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“The Howard Hughes Corporation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in and around our communities and this is one of our annual initiatives that offers an opportunity for the company to give back in a meaningful way,” said Heath Melton, executive vice president of MPC, residential. “A big thank you goes to all those involved in the Fall Giving Drive to make this extraordinary donation possible.” Platinum contributing partners include Beazer Homes, Century Communities, Chesmar Homes, Coventry Homes, Darling Homes, David Weekley Homes, Fedrick Harris Estate Homes, Gehan Homes, Highland Homes, Lennar, M/I Homes, Newmark Homes, Partners in Building, Perry Homes, Ravenna Homes, Taylor Morrison, Trendmaker Homes, Village Builders, Westin Homes, and Ray Larson Group – Re/Max The Woodlands and Spring. Silver contributors include Neighbors Ellis Team – Better Homes and Gardens Gary Greene, The Franklin Team Brokered by eXp Realty, The Lippincott Team – Keller Williams Platinum, The Tello Team – eXp Realty, and Shelley Colley – The Franklin Team. Learn more at Bridgeland.com or TheWoodlandsHills.com.
THE SIGNORELLI COMPANY ANNOUNCES NEW BUILT-FORRENT SINGLE FAMILY DIVISION Award-winning real estate firm, the Signorelli Company, launches Rental Properties of America (“RPA”), their single-family built-for-rent (“BFR”) division. As a vertically integrated company, the Signorelli Company (“TSC”) is expanding services of its existing and established divisions to enter the rapidly growing new home rental market. “With industry leading divisions in land development, home building and multi-family property management, TSC is uniquely positioned to meet the growing demand for high-quality single-family rental homes in the Greater Houston area as an alternate to traditional multi-family rentals,” stated Greg Armstrong, chief operating officer for TSC. Jeff Dewese, vice president of the Land Division, is currently developing over 10,000 acres across 12 different communities in the Greater Houston area, each offering excellent amenities and a broad range of price points. Adding a section of rental homes was a natural evolution within these master planned communities, and at over 2,000 lot positions, provides RPA a great deal of runway to become one of the largest BFR developers in the Texas market. The RPA portfolio will include the proven floor plans, excellent quality, and extensive warranty program of homebuilder First America Homes (“FAH”). Under the leadership of Division President Dave Barnhart, FAH has grown into one of the largest privately held builders in Texas, delivering quality homes from the $180s to $300s. “As a growing number of families are choosing to rent due to the flexibility and stability it offers, I am confident our team can meet the increasing demand for high-quality single-family rentals in the Greater Houston market, and across Texas,” continued Armstrong. “Many of these renters are baby boomers tired of homeownership, or the millennial generation opting for the hassle-free mentality of renting with the convenience of a backyard, garage and storage space.” Visit www.rpaliving.com for more information.
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GENERAL EDUCATION (Not for designations)
Building Science with Dr. Joe Lstiburek:
Building Science with Dr. Joe Lstiburek:
PART 1: Blaster & Blower Door Testing – What Do These Tests Really Mean?
PART2: From “Perfect Wall” to “Perfect House”
Instructor: Dr. Joe Lstiburek Date: Monday, November 2 Time: 1 pm to 3 pm Fee: $50 members; $75 non-members Content: A two-hour look at the two tests required for residential construction per the IRC (and IECC). A Duct Blaster is really cool but do we really need it? If it’s in conditioned space should I strive for leaky duct work? If I stick my ducts in hot / humid attics, how tight is tight and is it really possible? Why doesn’t the code book have a maximum amount of leakage allowed when using the Performance Compliance Path? What are the keys to passing this test? Blower Door Testing is a nice idea but what is it really telling me? What part of the year is it when I can expect a 20 mph wind to blow on all four exterior walls and the roof all at the same time? Does that really happen? Explain this test and how it works. 5 ACH or 3 ACH: What are the pros and cons of these two numbers and where did they come from? Sure, this is what the code book guys come up with but how does a house really work under “normal” conditions? If I have a 4 ACH house will it really lose four times the house volume every hour? So, is “0 ACH” is the best can I get there? What are some of the unintended consequences you have seen from tight homes in hot / humid climates? Can we fix those things?
Instructor: Dr. Joe Lstiburek Date: Monday, November 9 Time: 1 pm to 3 pm Fee: $50 members; $75 non-members Content: We have discussed the perfect wall idea in past meetings. How about we look at the “perfect house”? If we say that modern homes are a series of systems that come together to form the “perfect house” what are these things and what is the best way to build in hot / humid areas? Slabs, walls, roofs, windows, insulations, A/C systems, orientation, and even water heating will be included in this discussion. Is a “perfect house” even possible using a good, better, best mentality or do we have to stick with the “best” stuff?
Building Science with Dr. Joe Lstiburek: PART 3: Humidity – It’s all Relative Instructor: Dr. Joe Lstiburek Date: Monday, November 16 Time: 1 pm to 3 pm Fee: $50 members; $75 non-members Content: This two-hour discussion can cover the basics of the issue. What is relative humidity? How does it act in nature and how does it act in a house? How do we build to manage this stuff? Why has this become such a big issue? “I didn’t have these problems 10 years ago!”
VIRTUAL EDUCATION All education courses in November will be held as webinars. After purchase at ghba.org, you will receive a link to access the live class via Zoom. Also available now, on-demand video training for ABCs of the Stucco, Windstorm, Building Envelope, Framing, Electrical and Concrete. Details on next page...
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Everything is sweating: A/C systems in the attic, the ducts in the attic, the registers on the ceiling, exhaust fan ducts drip in the bathrooms, hood vents ooze with condensation in the kitchen, the metal drum in dryers get a pool of condensation in them, and we can even touch on vinyl flooring and how mold is getting into raised floor systems. Why do homeowners insist on having their thermostat set at 68 degrees at night and how does that affect all the things noted above? If homeowners are screwing up their homes by chilling them down – how do we build houses to not condensate all over the place? BUILDING SCIENCE SERIES SPONSORED BY:
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Modern Marketing: Using the Power of Social Media Instructor: Jonny Fowler Date: Wednesday, November 18 Time: 10 am to 1 pm Fee: $35 members; $50 non-members Content: Learn how to transform your business using the power of social media. Jonny Fowler will take you through how to set up your profile for success and utilize the FREE tools on social media to your advantage.
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Jonny has taught social media marketing to thousands of real estate agents nationwide and appeared on numerous podcasts including Agent Wealth Network Live, National Mortgage Professionals, MBS Highway, Jay Doran's Culture Matters, National Real Estate Professionals, and Jay Scherr to name a few. Jonny is a two-time Amazon best-selling author for "Here's Jonny: Tales of Gratitude from Oilfield to the Boardroom" and "Don't Fly the Cubicle."
Who should attend? Remodelers, builders and contractors, real estate brokers and agents, subcontractors and specialty trades, manufacturers and suppliers, financial services professionals, custom and production builders.
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Design and Construction of Residential Foundations, Soils & Material Testing Instructor: David Eastwood, PE, Geotech Engineering Date: Thursday, November 19 Time: 1 pm to 5:30 pm Fee: $45 members; $60 non-members Content: This seminar is a must-see for builders, architects, structural engineers, and developers. After taking this course, you will understand the basics and importance of geotechnical, materials and forensic engineering as it relates to residential design and construction. Eastwood will discuss: • Geotechnical field studies, laboratory testing, data analysis • Expansive soils and how to treat them for residential design • Foundation types, including slab-on-grade, post-tensioned, drilled footings, and helical pile systems • Foundations risks, the effects of trees, quality control and soil stabilization • Design of beach houses in places such as Galveston • A forensic evaluation of distressed residences in Houston, focusing on design, construction, materials, environmental conditions and wear and tear • Causations for foundation distress and repair techniques • Inground swimming pool design • Houston faults and how to build homes near them Who should attend? Remodelers, land developers, architects, planners, designers, residential builders, commercial contractors, engineers, real estate brokers and agents, subcontractors, specialty trades, manufacturers and suppliers, financial services professionals.
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GHBA LAUNCHES ON-DEMAND TRAINING "The class was great and I like being able to watch segments multiple times. I think it would be great to have the full ABC’s of Homebuilding available online so that I can watch each one right before that stage of building a house to refresh on the material." — DAN ALEXANDER, SCHWAB DB
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GRAND AWARD WINNERS & FINALISTS CUSTOM BUILDER ECHO CUSTOM HOMES FINALISTS: Frankel Building Group Sierra Custom Homes
REMODELER SNELLER CUSTOM HOMES & REMODELING FINALISTS: DSL Construction & Design Res Com Custom Homes & Remodeling
DEVELOPER TRENDMAKER HOMES FINALISTS: The Howard Hughes Corporation Johnson Development Corporation
PROMOTION JOHNSON DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION FINALISTS: Newmark Homes Taylor Morrison, Inc.
VOLUME BUILDER TAYLOR MORRISON, INC. FINALISTS: Beazer Homes Newmark Homes
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B E S T PE OPL E
Marketing Professional of the Year Developer
Charitable Project of the Year - Business
JOHNSON DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION JORDON RANCH
FINALIST: Ashlar Development
Marketing Professional of the Year Volume Builder
Megan Teel FINALISTS: Sarah Spadola Legend Homes
Megan Comeaux M/I Homes
Keeley Motton Taylor Morrison, Inc.
FINALISTS: Lauren Lara Taylor Morrison, Inc.
FINALISTS: Shannon Gaskamp Legend Homes
Martha Gros, The Howard Hughes Corporation
Mortgage Specialist of the Year
Jenny Cooper BEAZER HOMES
FINALISTS: Royce Brooks, Jr., Ashlar Development
Sales Manager of the Year - Builder
Marshal Trainer CLM Mortgage
REALTOR® of the Year
Mario Negron, RE/MAX Pioneers FINALISTS: Imran Bhaidani,
Keller Williams SW
Shirmel Gumbs-Heyliger The Doug Erdy Group
Sales Professional of the Year Volume Builder
Rookie Onsite Sales Professional of the Year - Volume Builder
TAYLOR MORRISON, INC.
Ed Mercado FINALISTS: Jeffrey Hymanson Legend Homes
REALTOR® Team of the Year
Online Sales Professional of the Year Volume Builder
Warranty Service Professional of the Year Volume Builder
FINALISTS: Turquoise Burroughs, Beazer Homes Aaditya Sheth, Taylor Morrison, Inc.
Amy Fisher Legend Homes Design Center AssociateBuilder
FINALISTS: The Icon Team - Keller Williams The Franklin Team exp Realty
Leslie Restrepo M/I HOMES
FINALIST: Kalyn Machupa Newmark Homes
Lifestyle Director of the Year
FINALISTS: Richard Brown Beazer Homes Amy Blum Taylor Morrison, Inc.
HILLWOOD COMMUNITIES FINALISTS: Alissa Faircloth Caldwell Companies Cheryl McGeough Taylor Morrison, Inc.
Construction Superintendent of the Year - Volume Builder
Armando Avila LEGEND HOMES
FINALISTS: Ivan Robles Newmark Homes Brian Rives Beazer Homes
Construction Superintendent of the Year - Custom Builder
Skilled Trade Professional of the Year - Volume Builder
FINALIST: Spencer Sledge Jamestown Estate Homes
FINALIST: Javier Saenz Legend Homes
SMC Associate of the Year
E.L. Craine BPRS TITLE
SMC Board Member of the Year
Victoria McDaniel THE FLORY TEAM
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CU STOM BUILD E R S
Custom Home Design over $2 Million WINSHIRE GREEN LLC FINALISTS: BAS Concepts Frankel Building Group
Custom Home Design $500,000 to $750,000 SIERRA CLASSIC HOMES, INC. FINALISTS: Realex Homes BuildFBG
Custom Home Design $1.5 Million to $2 Million FRANKEL BUILDING GROUP
Custom Home Design $1 Million to $1.5 Million D L DOYLE CONSTRUCTION
Custom Home Design $750,000 to $1 Million ZANDER HOMES
FINALISTS: D L Doyle Construction D L Doyle Construction
FINALISTS: Alair Homes Jamestown Estate Homes
FINALISTS: BuildFBG Memory Builders
Custom Home Design Under $500,000 ECHO CUSTOM HOMES LLC
Custom Home Elevation over $2 Million BAS CONCEPTS
FINALISTS: Echo Custom Homes LLC Zander Homes
FINALISTS: Mirador Builders Winshire Green LLC
Custom Home Elevation $1.5 Million to $2 Million MIRADOR BUILDERS
Custom Home Elevation $1 Million to $1.5 Million ON POINT CUSTOM HOMES, LP
Custom Home Elevation $750,000 to $1 Million ASPIRE FINE HOMES
Custom Home Elevation $500,000 to $750,000 BLAKECRAFT, LLC.
FINALISTS: Brendan Homes Thakkar & Co.
FINALISTS: BAS Concepts Morning Star Builders LTD
FINALISTS: Thakkar & Co. Mirador Builders
FINALISTS: Realex Homes Sierra Classic Homes, Inc.
Custom Home Elevation Under $500,000 ECHO CUSTOM HOMES LLC
Custom Garden / Patio Home CHARTER CUSTOM HOMES
FINALISTS: Res Com Custom Builders Caldwell Homes
FINALIST: On-Point Custom Homes, LP
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Custom Home Townhome Product Design ON POINT CUSTOM HOMES, LP FINALISTS: Caldwell Homes Zander Homes
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Custom Home Kitchen Home Over $1 Million MORNING STAR BUILDERS LTD
Custom Home Kitchen Home $750,000 to $1 Million JAMESTOWN ESTATE HOMES
Custom Home Kitchen Home $500,000 to $750,000 SIERRA CLASSIC HOMES, INC.
FINALISTS: Frankel Building Group Jamestown Estate Homes
FINALISTS: Thakkar & Co. BuildFBG
FINALISTS: Realex Homes Jamestown Estate Homes
Custom Home Kitchen Home Under $500,000 ECHO CUSTOM HOMES LLC FINALISTS: Res Com Custom Builders Zander Homes
Custom Home Specialty Room Home Under $1 Million
Custom Home Specialty Room Home Over $1 Million
TERMEER DESIGN GROUP, INC.
WINSHIRE GREEN LLC
FINALISTS: Realex Homes Sierra Classic Homes, Inc.
FINALISTS: Frankel Building Group Frankel Building Group
HIGH PERFORMANCE ENERGY EFFICIENT Custom Home Outdoor Living Space FRANKEL BUILDING GROUP FINALISTS: Frankel Building Group D L Doyle Construction
Custom Builder Single Family Project
Volume Builder Single Family Project
Custom Home Bath Home Over $1 Million ALAIR HOMES
Custom Home Bath Home $500,000 to $1 Million SIERRA CLASSIC HOMES, INC.
Custom Home Bath Home Under $500,000 RES COM CUSTOM BUILDERS
FINALISTS: Frankel Building Group BAS Concepts
FINALISTS: Zander Homes Jamestown Estate Homes
FINALISTS: Echo Custom Homes LLC Echo Custom Homes LLC
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V OL UME B UIL DE RS
Volume Builder Semi-Custom Product Design Over $1 Million FEDRICK HARRIS ESTATE HOMES by NEWMARK HOMES
Volume Builder Product Design $600,000+ TRENDMAKER HOMES
Volume Builder Product Design $500,000 to $600,000 RAVENNA HOMES
FINALISTS: Taylor Morrison, Inc. Newmark Homes
FINALISTS: Trendmaker Homes Drees Custom Homes
Volume Builder 55+ Community of the Year TAYLOR MORRISON, INC, FOR BONTERRA AT CROSS CREEK RANCH
Volume Builder-Developed Community of the Year BEAZER HOMES
Volume Builder Product Design $400,000 to $500,000 TRENDMAKER HOMES
Volume Builder Product Design $350,000 to $400,000 TOLL BROTHERS
Volume Builder Product Design $300,000 to $350,000 GEHAN HOMES
FINALIST: Legend Homes for Marcello Lakes
FINALISTS: Trendmaker Homes Taylor Morrison, Inc.
FINALISTS: Beazer Homes Gehan Homes
FINALISTS: Taylor Morrison, Inc. Newmark Homes
FOR BLUEWATER LAKES
Volume Builder Product Design $250,000 to $300,000 BEAZER HOMES
Volume Builder Product Design $200,000 to $250,000 GEHAN HOMES
Volume Builder Product Design Under $200,000 BEAZER HOMES
FINALISTS: Newmark Homes Shea Homes
FINALISTS: Gehan Homes Chesmar Homes
FINALIST: Legend Homes
Volume Builder - Family Room TAYLOR MORRISON, INC.
Volume Builder - Bedroom J. PATRICK HOMES
FINALISTS: J. Patrick Homes Ravenna Homes
FINALISTS: Trendmaker Homes Ravenna Homes
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Volume Builder - Kitchen TAYLOR MORRISON, INC. FINALISTS: Trendmaker Homes Newmark Homes
Volume Builder - Specialty Room NEWMARK HOMES
Volume Builder - Bath NEWMARK HOMES
FINALISTS: Drees Custom Homes Newmark Homes
FINALISTS: Ravenna Homes Beazer Homes
2 0 2 0 HOUST ONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; S BE ST PRISM AWARDS
Volume Builder Semi-Custom Home Front Elevation Over $1 Million FEDRICK HARRIS by NEWMARK HOMES FINALIST: Taylor Morrison, Inc.
Volume Builder Model Home Park Design of the Year BEAZER HOMES for Bluewater Lakes FINALIST: Taylor Morrison, Inc.
Volume Builder Interior Merchandising for a Model Home: $600,000+ TAYLOR MORRISON, INC. FINALISTS: Trendmaker Homes Taylor Morrison, Inc.
Volume Builder Semi-Custom Front Elevation Under $1 Million FEDRICK HARRIS ESTATE HOMES by NEWMARK HOMES
Volume Builder 55+ Product Design Over $400,000 TAYLOR MORRISON, INC.
Volume Builder Town Home Product of the Year TAYLOR MORRISON, INC. FINALIST: Meritage Homes
Volume Builder 55+ Product Design Under $400,000 TAYLOR MORRISON, INC.
Volume Builder Garden Home/Patio Home of the Year DREES CUSTOM HOMES FINALISTS: Meritage Homes Taylor Morrison, Inc.
Design Center of the Year Volume Builder NEWMARK HOMES FINALIST: Taylor Morrison, Inc.
FINALIST: Taylor Morrison, Inc.
Volume Builder Interior Merchandising for a Model Home: $500,000 to $600,000 TOLL BROTHERS
Volume Builder Interior Merchandising for a Model Home: $400,000 to $500,000 TAYLOR MORRISON, INC.
Volume Builder Interior Merchandising for a Model Home: $350,000 to $400,000 GEHAN HOMES
FINALISTS: Trendmaker Homes Taylor Morrison, Inc.
FINALISTS: Empire Communities Trendmaker Homes
FINALISTS: Newmark Homes Toll Brothers
Vol. Builder Outdoor Living Over $400,000 NEWMARK HOMES
Volume Builder Interior Volume Builder Interior Merchandising for a Model Home: Merchandising for a Model Home: $300,000 to $350,000 $250,000 to $300,000 EMPIRE COMMUNITIES SHEA HOMES FINALISTS: Taylor Morrison Inc. Trendmaker Homes
FINALISTS: Gehan Homes Beazer Homes
Volume Builder Interior Merchandising for a Model Home: Under $250,000 TAYLOR MORRISON, INC FINALISTS: Beazer Homes Chesmar Homes
FINALISTS: Trendmaker Homs Taylor Morrison, Inc.
Vol. Builder Outdoor Living Under $400,000 BEAZER HOMES FINALIST: Taylor Morrison, Inc. 35 NOVEMBER 2020 | HOUSTON BUILDER
RE M OD E LE R S & A S S OCIAT E S
Whole House Renovation Over $750,000 CAM CONSTRUCTION
Whole House Renovation $500,000 to $750,000 CRAFTSMANSHIP BY JOHN
Whole House Renovation $250,000 to $500,000 TBR CONSTRUCTION FINALISTS: Divine Renovation Remodelers of Houston
Remodeled Outdoor Living Space SNELLER CUSTOM HOMES AND REMODELING FINALIST: Sneller Custom Homes and Remodeling
Whole House Renovation Under $250,000 RES COM CUSTOM BUILDERS FINALISTS: VFR Texas Greymark Construction Company
Home Addition Over $150,000 CREEKSTONE OUTDOOR LIVING
Remodeled Bath Over $50,000 SNELLER CUSTOM HOMES & REMODELING
FINALISTS: Keechi Creek Builders Greymark Construction Company
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Remodeled Bath $25,000 to $50,000 RES COM CUSTOM BUILDERS FINALISTS: Res Com Custom Builders Remodelers of Houston
Home Addition Under $150,000 CREEKSTONE OUTDOOR LIVING
Remodeled Bath Under $25,000 DSL CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN FINALISTS: VFR Texas DSL Construction & Design
2 0 2 0 HOUST ON â&#x20AC;&#x2122; S BE ST PRISM AWARDS Remodeled Specialty Room SNELLER CUSTOM HOMES AND REMODELING FINALISTS: DSL Construction & Design Sneller Custom Homes and Remodeling
Remodeled Kitchen Under $50,000 IJK CONSTRUCTION FINALISTS: DSL Construction & Design Greymark Construction Company
Private Residence Outdoor Living Space $25,000 to $50,000 EKLEKTIK INTERIORS
Remodeled Kitchen $50,000 to $100,000 GREYMARK CONSTRUCTION COMPANY FINALISTS: Craftsmanship by John Vick Construction & Remodeling, Inc.
Remodeled Kitchen Over $100,000 SNELLER CUSTOM HOMES & REMODELING FINALISTS: Keechi Creek Builders Greymark Construction Company
Private Residence Interior Design $600,000+ EKLEKTIK INTERIORS
Private Residence Interior Design - Family Room MILAN HOME STAGING
Private Residence Interior Design Under $300,000 CHAIRMA DESIGN GROUP
Private Residence Interior Design - Specialty Room CHAIRMA DESIGN GROUP FINALISTS: Chairma Design Group Eklektik Interiors
Private Residence Interior Design $300,000 to $600,000 EKLEKTIK INTERIORS
Private Residence Interior Design Master Bath EKLEKTIK INTERIORS
Private Residence Interior Design Master Bedroom EKLEKTIK INTERIORS
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D EV ELOPERS
Master Planned Community of the Year THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION for Bridgeland
Community of the Year TRENDMAKER HOMES for LakeHouse
Ashlar Development for The Groves Johnson Development Corporation for Cross Creek Ranch
Master Planned Community Amenity of the Year LAND TEJAS for Lago Mar Signage of the Year - Developer AIRIA DEVELOPMENT COMPANY for Artivia
Johnson Development Corporation for Harvest Green Ashlar Development for The Groves
Community Amenity of the Year JOHNSON DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION for Veranda FINALIST:
Trendmaker Homes for LakeHouse
AIRIA Development Company for Aliana Empire Continental Land for Delrose
Master Planned Community Entrance of the Year Developer HILLWOOD COMMUNITIES for Pomona
FINALIST: The Howard Hughes Corporation for The Woodlands Hills
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Community Entrance of the Year - Developer TRENDMAKER HOMES for The LakeHouse
2 0 2 0 HOUSTONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; S BEST PRISM AWARDS
Master Planned Community Recreation Center of the Year ASHLAR DEVELOPMENT for The Groves FINALISTS:
The Howard Hughes Corporation for Bridgeland Hillwood Communities for Pomona
Community Recreation Center of the Year Developer TRENDMAKER HOMES for LakeHouse Landing FINALISTS:
Beazer Homes for Bluewater Lakes Johnson Development Corp. for Veranda
Sales Information Center of the Year Developer
TRENDMAKER HOMES for LakeHouse FINALISTS:
The Howard Hughes Corporation for Bridgeland Land Tejas for Lago Mar
Model Home Park of the Year Developer
AIRIA DEVELOPMENT COMPANY for Artavia
Community Landscape Design of the Year Developer
Master Planned Community Landscape Design of the Year Developer THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION for The Woodlands Hills
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W E LCO M E N E W M E M B E R S 2020 Membership Chair
D'ANN BROWN Strucsure Home Warranty
On behalf of the GHBA, I would like to extend a big welcome to all of our new members! We couldn’t be more thrilled that you’ve made this commitment to the Houston building community as well as to your own business development. My personal experience with the GHBA has shown me how very much there is to be gained by being an active member of this association. From the multitude of educational and professional development opportunities to the networking and community involvement events, I credit the GHBA with providing me the environment to forge invaluable business relationships and foster my continuous professional growth. Visit ghba.org for information on all upcoming events or contact the Membership Department at (281) 664-1425 to get involved and put your membership to work! I am always happy to talk to new members about how to get involved or my personal experience with the GHBA. If you have been a GHBA member for a while, please take a minute to extend a warm “hello” and congratulate our newest members listed on the next page for supporting the building industry. And remember, "When doing business, call on a member first!"
SEPTEMBER RETENTION SPIKE DEBBIE PAGE 1st Infiniti Enterprises Inc./ 1st Texas Fire Protection
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BUILDERS Casi Homes Ayodeji Olagoke 5555 West Loop S, Suite 625 Bellaire, TX 77401 (713) 598-5686 firstname.lastname@example.org www.casihomes.com Drake Homes, Inc. Horacio Martinez 931 Yale Street Houston, TX 77008 (713) 864-1416 email@example.com Kezira Homes Dole Omer 6200 Savoy Dr., Suite 932 Houston, TX 77036 (832) 236-2446 Dole@RealtyStarGroup.com www.KeziraHomes.com Makenzie Homes Greg Hattig P. O. Box 550426 Houston, TX 77255 (713) 443-7108 firstname.lastname@example.org Preston Building Partners Marcus Preston 5757 Flewellen Oaks Lane Suite 701 Fulshear, TX 77441 (346) 707-8250 email@example.com www.prestonbuildingpartners.com Texas Timeless Designs, LLC Ann Holub PO Box 284 Pinehurst, TX 77362 (979) 733-4450 Aholub@texastimelessdesigns.com Tricoast Homes Van Nguyen 2245 Texas Ave #324 Sugar Land, TX 77478 (832) 385-2131 firstname.lastname@example.org tricoasthomes.com
UBuildIt Houston Gulf Coast JL Monroe 440 Benmar Dr., Suite 3054 Houston, TX 77060 (346) 396-0000 email@example.com ubuildit.com
ASSOCIATES Accent Windows Alfredo Guadamuz 3305 Preston Pasadena, TX 77505 (281) 480-8080 firstname.lastname@example.org Bank of Houston John Gonzales 9131 Rangely Drive Houston, TX 77055 (713) 417-2229 email@example.com BENTLEY, BRATCHER & ASSOCIATES, P.C. Greg Bratcher 515 West Greens Road, Suite 710 Houston, TX 77067-4525 (281) 875-8181 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bentleyassoc.com Eggersmann Kitchens | Home Living Evan Soltoff 5120 Woodway Drive Suite 250 Houston, TX 77056 (713) 877-8088 email@example.com www.eggersmannusa.com Goodman Air Conditioning and Heating Rick Fisher 7924 SW 56th Ave. Gainesville, FL 32608 (941) 465-1931 firstname.lastname@example.org www.goodmanmfg.com Hagen Mechanical Solutions Gary Hagen 1745 Ronson Rd Houston, TX 77055 (832) 4316252 email@example.com hagenms.com
Johns Manville Alyece Urice 717 17th St Denver, CO 80202 (303) 981-7088 firstname.lastname@example.org www.jm.com Joseph Chris Partners Veronica Ramirez 4501 Magnolia Cove Dr. Ste 203 Kingwood, TX 77345 (281) 359-0060 email@example.com www.josephchris.com Market Master LLC Manuel Monterrubio Lopez 6 Archer Oak Pl Spring, TX 77382 (346) 334-8407 firstname.lastname@example.org www.marketmastertx.com Opus Visual LLC Oguz Ormanci 123 Wisteria Walk Circle The Woodlands, TX 77381 (805) 467-1888 email@example.com Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of West Houston Kristen Parker 9926 Porto Rico Road Houston, TX 77041 (713) 352-0900 Westhouston@outdoorlights.com westhouston.outdoorlights.com Redbox Plus North/Northeast Houston James Clair 28122 Scenic Shore Lane Fulshear, TX 77441 (855) 973-3269 firstname.lastname@example.org rbpnehouston.ourers.com Richard Alan & Associates LLC Richard Alan 27435 Robillard Springs Ln. Katy, TX 77494 (225) 268-5420 email@example.com
Rocket Wraps & Signs Leslie Serna 4808 Dacoma St, Suite B Houston, TX 77092 (832) 862-6689 firstname.lastname@example.org rocketwrapstx.com Simplisoft Water Systems Mark Wilson 25807 Westheimer Parkway Suite 373-D Katy, TX 77494 (877) 307-7638, ext 6 email@example.com www.simplisoftwater.com Weyerhaeuser Wood Products KC Cox 8503 Golden Spike Ln. Houston, TX 77086-3251 (281) 777-0002 firstname.lastname@example.org www.woodbywy.com Woodtone Mark Barham 1819 Mission Springs Dr. Katy, TX 77450 (604) 792-3680 email@example.com www.woodtone.com
HAR AFFILIATES HAR - Brooke White Real Estate Services Brooke White 6526 Woodland Oaks Magnolia, TX 77354 (936) 235-1163 firstname.lastname@example.org HAR - Select Realty Group Michael Ritchie 8827 Ballinger Dr Houston, TX 77064 (713) 501-9930 email@example.com HAR- Berkshire Hathaway HS Premier Properties Linda Tello 741 East 11th Houston, TX 77008 (713) 862-0000 firstname.lastname@example.org
HAR- COA Real Estate Charles Obaseki P. O. Box 720054 Houston, TX 77272 (713) 744-6444 email@example.com www.coarealestate.com
Houston Association of RealtorsNicole Freer Group Nicole Freer 2721 FM 1463, Ste 1000 Katy, TX 77494 (832) 437-0106 firstname.lastname@example.org
W H AT O U R M E M B E R S S AY. . . Just two months after starting at Tri-Tech, I decided it would be a good idea for our company to participate in the annual GHBA BBQ and Wild Game Cook-Off. Little did I know what I was getting into, nor where it would take our company as well as my professional and personal relationships! Luckily, I attended an Associate Council luncheon a month before the cook-off and was immediately taken under the wing of a fellow associate who was on the leadership ladder at the time. Not only did he provide me with much-needed guidance for the BBQ cook-off that year, he has become a friend and is always just a phone call away! I have found that relationships such as these are the norm when adding fellow GHBA members to my professional network. My years involved with the GHBA have ranged from a newbie at a BBQ cook-off in 2010 all the way up to Associate Council president in 2015. Every year, I continue to meet new people and prospect clients and deepen my already established personal and business relationships. Without the GHBA, this would not be possible. — BETH HOLMAN, TRI-TECH ENGINEERING, LP
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R E N E WA L S The following companies have shown their commitment to the industry by renewing their memberships. Companies in bold have supported the association for 10 years or more. Thank you! COMPANY
1st Texas Fire Protection
Houston Window Fashions
ACES Builders Warranty, Inc.
Hurricane Construction, Ltd
Alamo dba Dorsett
Innovative Skylights & Attics
Alleanza Custom Homes
Installed Building Products of Houston
Allen Boone Humphries Robinson, LLP
International Flooring, LLC
American Stone Cast LLC
John Burns Real Estate Consulting
Kent Moore Cabinets, Ltd.
Apartment Advisors, Inc.
Richard Bowe - Past President
Kirksey Residential LLC
Arrow Custom Homes Inc
LEAD Association Management, Inc.
LesCon Plumbing Inc
ASID- Brannan Designs, LLC: Architecture & Interior Design ASID- Pamela Hope Designs
LP Building Solutions
Marek Brothers Company
Associa, Principal Management Group of Houston Aurous Development Services, Ltd.
Meadowlark Custom Homes, LLC
Melton & Melton LLP
Monogram Homes LLC
B & B Industries
New Tradition Builders
Nicholas Silvers Homes
Bicycle Bungalows LLC
Blessing Residential Inc.
OMG Builders, LLC
OPEX Homes LLC
Brendan Homes LP
Precision Utility LLC
Paul (Tony) Bonaventure
Capstone Luxury Homes
Protege Homes, Inc.
Cea-Loveless Design Build, LLC.
QDI Services (Quarries Direct International)
Charanza Contracting, Inc.
Charter Drywall Houston, Inc.
R and R Property Rehab
Citylife Homes, LLC
Radiant Roofing Houston LLC
Red Door Homes of Texas
Consolidated Property Advisors, Ltd.
ROC Homes Texas, LTD.
Cornerstone Overhead Garage Doors, LLC
Shower Doors of Houston
Davis A/C & Heating, Inc.
Steve Schilder PE
Southeast Tile & Marble Co., Inc.
Devon Street Homes DPIS Builder Services
Stephen Ray Clayton Morris
Drees Custom Homes
DRJ Builders LLC
Steven Finger Custom Homes, LLC
Dynamic Builders Design Build
StrucSure Home Warranty
E. Montgomery County Improvement District
Surface Systems Of Texas
Elan Development, LP
Sury Custom Homes
Forefront Architecture and Engineering
Texas Outhouse/ Gainsborough Waste
Foundation Homes, LLC
The Ark Cast Stone
Fox Energy Specialists
Thorntree Slate & Marble
Hoover Slovacek, LLP
TNG Utility Corp.
Hotchkiss Insurance Agency, LLC
Houston Association of Realtors / J. Carter Breed Properties Houston Association of RealtorsKW Memorial Houston Association of RealtorsMallia Texas Properties Houston Heavenly Homes, LLC
J. Carter Breed
TTS Countertops & TTS Flooring
Tyler Homes, Inc.
WEB Media Group LLC
Whiteley & Whiteley Design Group, Inc.
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M E M B E R S H I P D R I V E -T H RU 29 volunteers stepped up to participate in the September drive. Thank you for your support of the association!
GHBA's September Membership Drive kicked off with a 'Membership Drive-Thru' serving up hot & fresh lunch and leads. Volunteer recruiters stopped by throughout the day to pick up a packet of leads and grab a bite to eat. The delicious food was provided by the grill masters at Bayou City Risk and Builders Post-Tension. A big thank you to Jeremy Linzer, Chris Hawkins and GregÂ Madrey (pictured above) for the good eats! GHBA recruited 29 new members for the month of September.
TOP RECRUITERS WERE:
Debbie Page, 1st Infiiniti Enterprises, Inc./1st Texas Fire Protection (7 new members)
Lynn Patterson, Fred Haas Nissan (3 new members)
Terry Nesch, TONER Home Matters (2 new members)
If you are interested in helping recruit members, contact Cynthia Fagan at 281-664-1425 or email@example.com
Michelle Allison, Marsh & McLennan Agency Chris Bolio, Alair Homes D'Ann Brown, StrucSure Home Warranty Sean Cain, Marsh & McLennan Agency Jake Casey, Red Dog Dumpster Cameron Copeland, Assurance One of Texas, LLC Randall Duncan, DataSmart/Duncan Security Carl Forman, O'Hagin Dorane Frugoni-Baker, Materials Marketing Vincent Galvan, Floor Zone, LLC Tom Gerhardt, Gallant Financial Brian Hagen, Gallant Financial Chris Hawkins, Bayou City Risk Rob Hellyer, Premier Remodeling & Construction, LP David Hodges, ACES Builders' Warranty, Inc / Bayou City Risk Nicole Keown, Sandcastle Homes, Inc. Todd LeBlanc, LeBlanc Custom Homes, Inc Sarah Larry, Bluegill Inc.; dba Enerlogic; dba Bluegill Energy Jeremy Linzer, Builders Post-Tension Keith Luechtefeld, Shea Homes Greg Madrey, Builders Post-Tension Ivan Madrigal, Builder's Choice, Inc. Kendall McDermott, Allpoints Surveying Terry Nesch, TONER Home Matters Kortney Nichols, Rock Materials Debbie Page, 1st Infiniti Enterprises, Inc. / 1st Texas Fire Protection Rick Phillips, First United Bank Mortgage Group Mark Welch, David Weekley Homes Laurie Wilson, First American TitleHomebuilder Division
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NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION Open to all GHBA members! This event is ideal for ANYONE who would like to be more involved!
thursday, nov 5 | 5pm Live via Zoom Can't make it live? Recording will be available to all registrants.
Need help deciding which councils and committees would be most beneficial to your company? Or determining which sponsorship opportunities make the best use of your marketing dollars and put you in front of your target audience? GHBA members have so many opportunities. How do you know where to start? Come hear from seasoned members of the Associate Council, Remodelers Council, Bay Area Builders Association, Montgomery County Builders & Developers Division and many others about how they have made their GHBA membership work. Q&A to follow. Come prepared with your questions!
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RSVP at ghba.org/calendar
Cynthia Fagan firstname.lastname@example.org 281.664.1425
MEMBERSHIP DEPARTMENT • member profile • ELYSIUM BUILDERS - “FIND YOUR HEAVEN” NEW HOMES Our simple, elegant style make luxury easily accessible for everyone. We specialize in new homes that are both affordable and make you feel like royalty. REMODELING We have a great team of reliable contractors that are well equipped to handle most remodeling jobs. COMMERCIAL We also branch out in the building, buying, and managing of commercial real estate properties such as apartment complexes, allowing us to spread our lifestyle to those who wish to live in apartments as well as new homes. To learn more, visit elysiumbuilders.com or contact Cesar Rodriguez at (281) 757-3635; email@example.com.
• member profile • ALL RED, ALL READY TO ROLL INTO YOUR NEXT PROJECT James Clair, President/CEO of redbox+ North/Northeast Houston Veteran Owned knew exactly what benefits redbox+ can bring to job sites. With the U.S Patented redbox+ roll off dumpster and portable restroom combination James Clair knew he could make a difference for the both business owners and their crews in the construction industry. “With two services on site it really just makes the day easier and more efficient,” said James Clair. James Clair has both redbox+ Elites, 20 and 30 yards in the patented combination dumpster and toilet roll off and also the redbox+ Standards (no toilet) in 20, 30 and 40 yard. “I am excited to roll into as many project sites as possible and look forward to serving the area and the builders association members.” To learn more, visit redboxplus.com/north-houston or contact James Clair at (832) 470-5458; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Know who you’re doing business with? When you do business with a fellow association member, you know who you are dealing with. Your mutual success is important to the viability of your industry and of your association. Call on a member first!
Start your search at www.ghba.org
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hank you to everyone who came out for the BABA 2020 Fishing Tournament in September. A total of 82 anglers and 30 teams (28 guided and 2 non-guided) competed for the biggest red fish, trout and stringer.
The pandemic brought quite a few changes to this annual event, including a new venue at Waterman’s Marina on Galveston Island. For the first time, the tournament was "catch & release." This year's tourney also introduced a new mobile app that allowed anglers to submit their catch from their boat rather than a weigh-in at the marina. Fish were judged on length and not their weight as in previous years. Teams were also allowed to drop in wherever they wanted, and not required to leave from Waterman’s Marina. We held a Zoom captains' meeting a few days prior to the tournament and held the awards presentation at the marina, broadcast on Facebook Live. Even with a pandemic in play and all the new changes that were implemented, it was a great event and we had the most beautiful weather we have ever had for this tournament. We're looking forward to the 2021 BABA Fishing Tournament and hope you'll join us!
2020 Tournament Winners Guided Division RED FISH
1st: Jay McManus, M/I Homes - 31” 2nd: Rene Torres, Joe Swartz Electric - 30”
1st: Dave Barnhart, First America Homes - 25.25” 2nd: Ken Callicott, HomePro - 23.25"
BIGGEST STRINGER (TEAM) HomePro: Kendall Goshorn, Max Ebner and Ken Callicott Total inches: 112.75
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Non-Guided Division RED FISH
1st: Kevin Wade, Daltile - 20” 2nd: n/a
1st: Jason Olson, Daltile - 18” 2nd: Jason Olson, Daltile - 17”
BIGGEST STRINGER (TEAM)
Daltile: Ryan Fisher, Jason Olson and Kevin Wade
41” Jack Cravale
UNOFFICIAL WINNER! Natalie Medders with Dupure catches a 47” bull only minutes after “lines out.”
1ST AND 2ND PLACE TROUT, JASON OLSON
1ST PLACE RED FISH, NON-GUIDED, KEVIN WADE
BIGGEST STRINGER TEAM GUIDED, HOMEPRO
2ND PLACE RED FISH, RENE TORRES
BIGGEST FISH OVERALL
2ND PLACE TROUT, KEN CALLICOTT
BOAT BAG SPONSOR
BIG ASS FISH TROPHY SPONSOR
FACE MASK SPONSOR BREAKFAST SPONSOR
NON-GUIDED DIVISION TROPHY SPONSOR
DINNER SPONSOR HAT SPONSOR GUIDED DIVISION TROPHY SPONSOR
HAND SANITIZER SPONSOR
T-SHIRT SPONSOR BEVERAGE SPONSOR
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CUSTOM BUILDERS COUNCIL
Stick to your guns. By 2020 Custom Builders Council Chair
JASON GUSTAFSON, CGB,CGP Winshire Green, LLC
be the perfect opportunity. The CBC can play an important role in navigating this momentous CHANGE at the GHBA. A CHANGE of venue for the contracts seminar caused more than 250 of Houston’s finest custom home builders to log on to learn from two of the top attorneys in our industry. The format allowed 50+ questions directly from builders which fueled the attorneys’ presentation and focused on the real-world solutions to key contract and legal issues affecting builders’ ability to serve clients. The lessons learned help make GHBA builders CHANGE as needed and become even stronger and better equipped to serve great clients who want the best homes. Strong support from great sponsors keeps it all going. ELECTIONS. “Substantial Completion” may need to be redefined to finalize this 2020 election. As of this writing early voting is well underway and by the time the newsletter is printed, elections may or not be final. No matter the election results, CHANGE will remain a factor for business and building.
tick to your guns. CHANGES CHANGE the order of operations, but fixed principles help guide us home, builders.
What a month. Since last newsletter, we have seen at least a few big CHANGES. A big CHANGE at the GHBA as our friend and leader, Casey Morgan accepts a new opportunity. As we bid her farewell, we thank her for a job well done. We are sad to see her go and wish her the best success on her next endeavor. The GHBA has a rock-solid foundation and a membership that reaches far and wide. If you have ever thought of stepping up to help more at the Custom Builders Council, now may
Amidst a changing world, builders just want to build. For most CBC builders building means: building strong relationships, building strong families, building strong businesses, building a strong GHBA, and building the best homes for the best homeowners. With strong principals to guide all that building, a sea of change becomes more navigable. Let’s stick to our guns. November brings our last CBC regular meeting and of course, Thanksgiving. A great time to rest and remember how much we must be thankful for in Houston, Texas – USA. Enjoy Thanksgiving. Then, let’s get right back out there and build our world.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 CBC ANNUAL SPONSORS
SILVER CBC INFO AND SPONSORSHIPS: Contact Donna Buenik (281) 664-1429 email@example.com
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2019-2021 TAB CONTRACTS Did you miss the contract seminars in October? Renew your access virtually. The Texas Association of Builders (TAB) contracts are a members-only benefit and a fantastic value that can save you thousands of dollars in legal fees. These contracts are designed to protect your business and assets. The updated contracts package reflects the most recent legislative changes, including language to protect builders and remodelers from COVID-related issues.
seminar s now
ON-DEMAND Presenting Attorneys: James Rudnicki - BUSH/rudnicki/Shelton Ian Faria - Bradley Law Firm
GHBA.ORG/ WEBINARS to purchase! Visit
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COUNCIL UPDATE REMODELERS COUNCIL
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2020 Remodelers Council President
WILL COLE, CGR, CAPS Divine Renovation
God Bless Texas Henry Ford used to say, “If a man thinks he can, or if he thinks he can’t, he is typically right.”
You are the only one who can decide how successful you will be. However, it does not hurt to have ‘A Texas Advantage.’
We are in the final stretch of 2020 and like in competitive sports, I’ve noticed Divine Renovation has two types of competitors: those who have already decided they have lost (the ones looking over their shoulders) and the ones out front looking ahead at the finish line.
Thank God We are Texans Thank god we are Texans and came out on the side of grace. For instance, in other states builders, remodelers, suppliers and vendors were not considered as part of an essential service. Their businesses have been, and continue to be, closed. We Texans on the other hand (thanks to our local building associations) continued moving forward with care. Although slow, we did not stop, and things are looking up. Focus on the light to create your best situation. We at Divine Renovation are receiving a lot of calls lately. Remember, for those who believe all things are possible.
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the recent Houston’s Best PRISM Awards. For a full list visit www.ghba.org. And remember, it’s never too early to start thinking about the projects you will submit for next year’s awards!
words and include a high resolution project photo. Your story should be considered educational to a homeowner and not self-serving. Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. In closing, I pray you and your family are well and hope to see you in person soon.
COMING UP: REMODELERS COUNCIL VIRTUAL LUNCHEON
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.
Thursday, November 12 at 11:30 a.m. Live via Zoom
Featuring Mattress Mack! Cost: $20 earlybird; $30 after Nov. 5 Sponsored by:
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
Tabletops: ACES Builders Warranty Expressions Home Gallery Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 RMC ANNUAL SPONSORS
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REMODELERS COUNCIL INFO AND SPONSORSHIPS: Contact Donna Buenik (281) 664-1429 email@example.com
2020 BOARD MEMBERS PRESIDENT: William Cole, CAPS, CGR, Divine Renovation, (713) 515-1514, firstname.lastname@example.org PAST PRESIDENT: Sherry Pruitt ,CAPS,CGR, Whodid It Designs | Remodeling LLC, (713) 899-0307, email@example.com SECRETARY: Kelly Kirk, Greymark Construction Co., (713) 501-3028, firstname.lastname@example.org TREASURER: Bill Fuller, Fuller Services, (281) 477-0013, email@example.com EDUCATION CHAIR: Sandra Crook, Greymark Construction Co., (832) 788-0086, firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS: Jeff Roberts, TriFection Remodeling & Construction, (281) 808-1271, firstname.lastname@example.org
SPEAKERS & SPONSORS: Lorraine Hart, Ideal Consulting Services Inc. / Websites By Ideal, (832) 617-7067, email@example.com MEMBERSHIP CHAIR: Tenile Luttenegger, Emser Tile, (832) 6603484, firstname.lastname@example.org
CHARITY PROJECT CO-CHAIR: Melanie Heinrich, TriFection Remodeling & Construction, (281) 906-0136, email@example.com
CHARITY PROJECT CO-CHAIR: Cassie Milam, Detering Co. of Houston LP, (832) 978-4146, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackson Gillette, Craftsmanship by John, jackson@craftsmanshipbyjohn, (713) 805-9029
SPECIAL EVENTS CO-CHAIR: Scooter Nicholson, BMC, (832) 520-6930, email@example.com
PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIR: Amy Robinson, Ideal Consulting Services Inc. / Websites By Ideal, (832) 274-6212, firstname.lastname@example.org
GARAGE SALE CO-CHAIR: Stacy Argo, A-Plus Glass Services, (281) 932-6981, email@example.com GARAGE SALE CO-CHAIR: Richard Arnold, International Flooring, (832)-282-3073, firstname.lastname@example.org
SPECIAL EVENTS CO-CHAIR: Courtney Turner, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, (254) 580-5466, courtney.turner@Ferguson.com
s tand out w ith S A M! Associates make up about two-thirds of the GHBA membership and through extra financial commitments from sponsorships, they finance a large portion of the advocacy and ongoing work on behalf of the housing industry. The Sustaining Associate Member Program (SAM) is just our way of saying "thanks!" SAMs receive additional
recognition throughout the year in Houston Builder magazine, with distinguishing ribbons at events, signage at the GHBA building, and more! Our SAMs really go the extra mile for the GHBA. If you see one of these superstar associates, please take a minute to say thank you. Learn more about the SAM program at www.ghba.org/sponsorships.
2020 GRAND ($10,000+)
Join the 2020 SAM list! Call Cynthia at (281) 664-1425 to find out more.
ACES Builders Warranty AIRIA Development Corp. BMC Benchmark Mortgage Builders Choice Inc. Builders Post-Tension Carrier Corporation Centricity Champions Stone Co. DataSmart/Duncan Security Detering Co. of Houston DPIS Builder Services DuPure Expressions Home Gallery Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Fox Energy Specialists Gulf & Basco HomePro Home Technologies Hotchkiss Insurance Agency Ironwood Connection
Legends Architectural Stone Milgard Windows & Doors Norbord Industries Perfection Supply Rooftec Sherwin-Williams Co. SRG Stairs StrucSure Home Warranty Suncoast Post-Tension
2020 PREMIER ($5,000+) ABC Home and Commercial Services Allpoints Surveying Centerpoint Energy Exterior Inspections Huber Engineered Woods Keller Williams – The Icon Team RoyOMartin/Corrigan OSB Texas Builders Finance Thorntree Slate & Marble Venetian Stairs Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
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In case you missed it... here are a few highlights from Q3 2020 at your GHBA.
GHBA REPORT CARD
GROWING RANKS Associates (62.5%) Remodelers (5%)
Custom Builders (27.5%) Developer (1.25%)
EDUCATION 8 courses offered 175 attendees
Single Family Builders (1.25%)
Multi-Family Builder (2.5%)
The association added 80 new members in Q3 2020
SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING New marketing efforts continued in the 3rd quarter.
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 136 new homes
BENEFIT HOMES PROJECT HistoryMaker Benefit Home - Back on the market. Chesmar Benefit Home - Breaking ground in Lago Mar on November 5. 52 NOVEMBER 2020 | HOUSTON BUILDER
$12+ MILLION raised since 1980
coming OUT of the BUNKER!
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 purchasing managers panel, VPs of construction, a Bay Area forecast, political update, developers' panel, a one-on-one with TxDoT and more! The Remodelers Council also Initiated its charity project at House of Tiny Treasures.
The first in-person event in 6 months was the 10th Annual Montgomery County Golf Tournament held at the Woodlands Country Club – Palmer Course. A near sold-out event was enjoyed by all.
CBC MCBDD RMC
ADVOCACY Government Affairs Committee In August, the GHBA hosted a virtual meeting with City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner who spoke about the state of the city and how we move forward together as a community in our new COVID-19 environment. Throughout the spring and summer, members have been working with the Harris County Engineering Department on changes to the Geometric Design Guidelines. The GHBA’s final comments were accepted in September with the adoption of the new guidelines expect before the end of the year.
Developers Council In August, Scott Davis, president of Location Strategy, offered a market overview of development in a COVID-19 world and what we can expect moving forward.
HOME-PAC In September, HOME-PAC trustees met virtually to discuss endorsements and contributions for the November 3 General Election. HOME-PAC trustees participated in virtual meetings with members of our Texas Congressional delegation including Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (CD-7), Congressman Dan Crenshaw (CD-2) and Congressman Brian Babin (CD-36).
In September, Jim Coody with Wetlands Professional Services provided an update on the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) which went into effect on June 22, 2020. This new law governs wetlands and the Waters of the United States (WOTUS). The Army Corps of Engineers is now proceeding with the implementation of this rule and has published guidance documents, memorandum, and new procedures for conducting Jurisdictional Determinations and handling enforcement actions.
To get involved, visit ghba.org or call us at 281.970.8970
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CEO'S FINAL THOUGHT
A Fond Farewell
By CASEY MORGAN, GHBA Vice President & CEO
GHBA Members â&#x20AC;&#x201C; As some of you know, this is my final month at the GHBA. My last day with the association will be November 30. I am truly appreciative of my time at the GHBA over the last eight years, both as your director of government affairs, and more recently, as your CEO. We have endured a lot together â&#x20AC;&#x201C; multiple legislative sessions; the largest rain event in U.S. history; achieving our largest membership total in ten years; numerous other floods and tropical storms; too many events to count; and who could forget, a global pandemic... Through all events and milestones, I have made lasting friendships, learned valuable lessons, and have grown so much from this experience. I will be forever grateful. GHBA will always have a special place in my heart. I look forward to working with you all in the future. Thanks again for a wonderful experience. Sincerely, Casey
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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
LISA GENTRY TREASURER
IAN FARIA LEGAL COUNSEL
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
GHBA’S NAHB DELEGATES
Kena Armstrong, CIC Adam Aschmann D’Ann Brown, CGA, CGP Lisa Clark Gonzalo Garcia, CGR, GMB, CAPS, CGP, GMR Allen Griffin, CAPS, GMB, CGR, CGP Stephen Hann, CGR, GMB, GMR, CGP Rob Hellyer, CGR, GMB, CAPS Sean Hodge Don Klein Keith Luechtefeld Matthew Reibenstein Ron Rohrbacher
Adam Aschmann Don Klein Clayton Farmer, CGP, HERS, LEED AP, GBV, GBE Victoria Hawes Rob Hellyer, CGR, GMB, CAPS Kathy Howard Keith Luechtefeld Renae Turnbaugh
TAB LIFE DIRECTORS
JOHN WILLIAMS PAST PRESIDENT
CASEY MORGAN 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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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 email@example.com Membership Coordinator Vilma Bonilla - (281) 664-1426 VBonilla@ghba.org Administration & Builder Programs Coordinator Simone Castille - (281) 664-1439 firstname.lastname@example.org Office Manager Janet Todd - (281) 664-1424 JTodd@ghba.org HomeAid Executive Director Carole Brady - (281) 664-1436 email@example.com HomeAid Director of Development Kirsten Robbins - (281) 664-1438 firstname.lastname@example.org Administrative Accountant Lisa Gentry - (281) 664-1440 email@example.com HomeAid Events and Operations Coordinator Emilee Proctor - (281) 664-1435 firstname.lastname@example.org
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