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ALSO INSIDE: Vote Pro-Housing on Nov. 5 pg 10 What Will Cause the Next Recession? pg 14 Pruitt Honored as Remodeler of the Month pg 18 Visualization Technologies: The Future Has Arrived pg 20



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The Official Magazine of the Greater Houston Builders Association October 2019|Volume 32|Number 10

FEATURES 09

President's Message: Make a Smart Investment... In You!

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Advocacy Report: Vote Pro-Housing on November 5

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What Will Cause the Next Recession?

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Sherry Pruitt Honored as NAHB Remodeler of the Month

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Visualization Technologies: The Future Has Arrived

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Growing Consumer Demand for Energy-Efficient Homes

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." Enhance your career, professionalism and expertise with continuing education offered by the GHBA.

The City of Houston is holding major elections in November, Texans will soon vote on Proposition 8, and the EPA has repealed the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule. Here's how your GHBA is getting involved to protect the industry. Dr. Elliot Eisenberg looks at the potential causes and severity of the next recession. He predicts it will not be caused by the bursting of a credit or financial bubble, but rather will result from several factors that collectively are powerful enough to drive us into a shallow recession, though it may not come until 2021 or later. The remodeling business is not just a job to Sherry. She enjoys being able to give back as Remodelers Council president and head of its annual charity garage sale. Visualization technology has been improving exponentially since the early 90s. And today's tech is light years ahead of what it was just a couple of years ago. Where will it be in a few more years? The future looks incredible. Driven by cost savings and environmental impact, an overwhelming majority of customers place high consideration on both energy-efficient appliances and green homes. And they'll pay more for them, too. That’s according to a new study commissioned by the Propane Education & Research Council.

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Charities Receive Funds from Sale of GHBA Benefit Home

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HomeAid Continues Identifying and Initiating Care Projects

Chesmar Homes and Toll Brothers presented a check for nearly $250,000 to HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home, beneficiaries of the Benefit Homes Project charity fundraiser. Funds reflect the sale of a Chesmar Benefit Home in NorthGrove. HomeAid continues a long-time partnership with GHBA members to provide remodeling and small construction services to area homeless care agencies. These projects are called HomeAid Care Projects, and though smaller in scope, they are just as important to the care providers and those they serve.

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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BPT: Making a Shared Impact Through Charitable Partnerships October is a special month on the Builders Post-Tension calendar as they bring awareness to the industry and highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To help mark the importance of this month, BPT manufactures hundreds of thousands of feet of pink post-tension cable. BPT will also be donating $10,000 to breast cancer research at MD Anderson. pg 26

Departments 09 10 24 28 34 36 43 44 48 50 52 54 55 56 57 58

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

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BBQ & Wild Game Cookoff HALO Luncheon Installation Celebration Product Expo SMC Networking & Top Producers Houston's Best PRISM Awards Million Dollar Circle Awards Frank Aranza Adopt-a-Family Project

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Advertising/Editorial Information: Contact Brittany Feldmann at (832) 215-7232 or bfeldmann@ghba.org. Houston Builder encourages members to submit articles for publication. Articles should relate to members and to the homebuilding industry. For questions or to submit a letter to the editor, email bfeldmann@ghba.org.

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Make a Smart Investment... In You! safety and OSHA concerns and much more. The GHBA also offers several popular series including: The ABCs of Home Building, The Nuts & Bolts of Remodeling, and The Sticks & Bricks of Sales and Marketing.

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en Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Continuing education will help enhance your career, boost your professional image, increase your level of expertise, and put you at the cutting-edge of your field. An investment in knowledge is the key to a more satisfying and profitable career. One of the great benefits of membership with the Greater Houston Builders Association is your access to educational coursework, seminars and professional designations offered by our Education Committee. Education is a central part of our mission at the GHBA and there are a variety to invest in for yourself and your company. Our collective mission statement is “to provide advocacy, education, professional development, and valuable services to our members and the homebuilding industry.” We are constantly striving to develop and deliver focused educational events that evolve to serve the ever-changing needs of members ranging from the greenest newbie to the most seasoned professional. General education courses cover topics such as legislative updates,

Special session education events include themes like building science where we bring in the expert Dr. Joe Lstiburek to discuss a variety of member requested concerns and topics, as well as real world, practical solutions. In addition to these great educational events, the GHBA also offers a pathway to National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) professional designations. An NAHB designation is a symbol of your knowledge and ability. These professional designations range a wide array of our membership from Certified Graduate Builder/Remodeler to Master Certified New Home Sales Professional to Master Certified Green Professional. Earning a designation tells your customers, colleagues, and prospective

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employers that you are proficient with the latest skills and techniques and that your business practices are sound. But more than that, it tells them you’re committed to excellence. When the competition is fierce, expertise sets the leaders apart. Succeeding in such a dynamic industry demands investing in your knowledge base. Your membership provides great access to tools to realize your goals. I implore you to maximize the benefits available to you and attend a course in your area of interest or consider a professional designation to set you or your company apart. If you have interests in contributing to the Education Committee, contact Peggy Means, director of education at the GHBA. We’re incredibly fortunate to offer such an important and impressive curriculum. I applaud the effort of Peggy and the committee members and look forward to seeing you at a session soon! n

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ADVOCACY REPORT

By BRADLEY PEPPER, Director of Government Affairs

City of Houston Election As you are probably aware from being inundated by ads on social media, radio and television as well as in your mail box, the City of Houston is holding a major election in November. Aside from one council seat special election in 2018, this will be the first time since 2015, when the city first adopted four-year terms, that the mayor and all 16 council seats will be on the ballot. With five current council members term-limited and three incumbents not seeking reelection, there will be a minimum of eight new council members beginning their first term in January. The remaining eight incumbent council members and Mayor Sylvester Turner are seeking reelection for their final four-year terms. Previously a person could serve three two-year terms, now they are only permitted two four-year terms. SEEKING REELECTION: Mayor Sylvester Turner CM Dave Martin, DISTRICT E CM Greg Travis, DISTRICT G CM Karla Cisneros, DISTRICT H CM Robert Gallegos, DISTRICT I CM Martha Castex-Tatum, DISTRICT K CM Mike Knox, AT-LARGE POSITION 1 CM David Robinson, AT-LARGE POSITION 2 CM Michael Kubosh, AT-LARGE POSITION 3

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Vote Pro-Housing on November 5 NOT SEEKING REELECTION: CM Dwight Boykins, DISTRICT D CM Steve Le, DISTRICT F CM Amanda Edwards, AT-LARGE POSITION 4 TERM LIMITED FROM SEEKING REELECTION: CM Brenda Stardig, DISTRICT A CM Jerry Davis, DISTRICT B CM Ellen R. Cohen, DISTRICT C CM Mike Laster, DISTRICT J CM Jack Christie, AT-LARGE POSITION 5

This election has generated enormous interest because there are eight open seats, but also because of the four year terms. Potential candidates have to wait four years now to run instead of just two, and as a result more than 130 people have filed for these positions. There is a lot at stake for this election, particularly in the post-Harvey political climate. Last year, we saw the city dramatically increase regulations on building within the 100 and 500 year floodplains by amending Chapter 19, the City’s Floodplain Regulation Ordinance. Electing the most qualified, prohousing candidates for office is vital to the homebuilding industry and protecting housing affordability and consumer choices. The GHBA HOME-PAC actively screened candidates and will make endorsements for the November ballot. We will provide a list of HOME-PAC endorsed candidates

for this election for you to take to the polls as early voting approaches. Due to the number of candidates, we expect to see runoffs in a majority of these races. HOME-PAC will continue to screen candidates in November to provide recommendations for the December runoff election.

Texas Constitutional Amendments Election If you do not live in the City of Houston or another municipality with a November election, you will still have a ballot to vote on next month. The State of Texas has 10 amendments to the constitution that will be on the ballot. These propositions cover a variety of issues including allowing temporary property tax exemptions after a disaster and prohibiting a state income tax. Of particular interest to our region— and the focus of the GHBA’s advocacy and lobbying during the legislative session last spring—is Proposition 8. If passed, Prop 8 will create a fund that will allow eligible political subdivisions the ability to apply for money to help construct future flood mitigation and protection projects.

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Proposition 8 would create the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) as a special fund outside of general revenue. A onetime distribution of nearly $800 million from the Economic Stabilization Fund, also known as the “rainy day fund,” would establish the FIF. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) would distribute FIF funds to local governments through loans or, in some cases, as grants. These funds are absolutely critical to helping protect our region from future flood events as well as helping to continue our recovery from Harvey, which will last for years to come.

Voting Information Early voting begins on October 21 and runs through November 1, with Election Day on November 5. If you live in Harris County, you can vote at any of the early voting locations during early voting. In previous elections, if you waited until Election Day you were required to vote at your precinct. That is no longer the case. All Election Day polling locations are open to all eligible voters in Harris County. That means you can vote at any polling location across the county on Election Day.

EPA Repeals 2015 Waters of the US Rule Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) repealed the 2015 joint Clean Water Act (CWA) “Waters of the U.S.”(WOTUS) definition and rule. That rule would have dramatically expanded jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act and the ramifications of the rule would have been severely punitive on business—especially for the home building, land development, construction and transportation infrastructure sectors. “Today, EPA and the Department of the Army finalized a rule to repeal the previous administration’s overreach in the federal regulation of U.S. waters and recodify the longstanding and familiar regulatory text that previously existed,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Today’s Step 1 action fulfills a key promise of President Trump and sets the stage for Step 2—a new WOTUS definition that will provide greater regulatory certainty for farmers, landowners, home builders, and developers nationwide.”

This was a welcomed announcement for the GHBA after years of uncertainty and legal involvement. Since 2015, the GHBA, along with other local development stakeholders (TARGET), have been a party in a lawsuit to fight against the rule and to remove the weakest and most scientifically vulnerable portion of the rule—the Texas Coastal Prairie Wetlands provision. The rule would have subjected the Texas Coastal Prairie Wetlands to subjective case-by-case analyses and regulators would have been directed to consider them as a system. The Texas portion of the rule was a broad, subjective, “catch-all” approach derived by regulators to establish jurisdiction over vast swaths of land. Had this repeal not been issued, land use options could have been restricted and mitigation costs for developers would have increased because the new rule would have made it easier for the Corps to regulate more wetlands located along the Gulf Coast. This is good news for the homebuilding industry in Texas and our region. The success of the Texas economy depends in large part on the availability of reasonably-priced housing. To keep housing affordable, we have to fight this type of government overreach. n

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FEATURE STORY

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he Great Recession of 2008 is firmly in the rearview mirror. We are now enjoying the longest recovery in U.S. history, the unemployment rate is near a 50-year low, wage growth is pretty good, inflation is virtually non-existent, and the stock market is just a few percentage points off its all-time high. Yet, talk of recession is increasingly common. And it’s not surprising, given the weakening global economy, the decline in exports, the soft energy and transportation sectors, the ailing agricultural markets, and of course, the overarching U.S.-Sino trade/currency/ tech war. That said, while the next recession may well not arrive till 2021, it is not entirely clear what will cause it. In general, recessions are caused by one of three things. Often, central banks raise interest rates too much in an effort to slow the economy to reduce late cycle inflationary pressures. In the process, they either raise rates too much or keep them too high for too long, driving the economy into a recession. A second reason we have recessions is due to unforeseen shocks to the economy. It might be a war or a sudden rise in energy or food prices which reduces household spending power and can cause widespread obsolescence of capital equipment because the higher price of energy makes the equipment uneconomical. A third cause—and one that has recently been the culprit—is financial excesses (think bubbles) that result

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from overexuberance on the part of markets that lead to mispricing of assets and finally a financial crisis. The 1973 recession was caused by a quadrupling of oil prices by OPEC. Overnight, oil went from $3/bbl to $12/bbl. Moreover, the supply of oil was severely restricted, which led to gasoline rationing and long lines at gas stations. This caused consumer spending to plummet and factories to close, crushing the economy. The recessions of 1979 and 1982 were deliberately engineered by the Fed and its then chairman, Paul Volker. The only way to squeeze inflation, which was north of 13% at the time, out of the economy was to induce a recession. In 2001, it was the tech bubble, and in 2008 the recession was caused by the housing bubble. But the 1990 recession was different; it had no singular cause. On one hand, it was a result of a commercial real estate bust partly caused by the S&L crisis, which in turn led to a severe drop in construction activity. But there was also a major rise in energy prices, due to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, which hurt consumer confidence and spending. In addition, there was the post-Cold War drawdown in defense spending which led to a rise in unemployment. While none of these events in isolation would have precipitated a recession, collectively they did. Fortunately, it was short and shallow, but the recovery was slow and jobless. As for what’s to come, I suspect the next recession will be caused by a

confluence of factors. The trade war is already hurting GDP growth. Add to that a global slowdown, a decline in energy prices, a weakening transportation sector, feeble manufacturing activity, Brexit and other European problems, largely impotent monetary policy as rates are already very low, and if all this leads to one or two negative monthly job reports which, in turn, leads to weakening consumer confidence and spending, you probably have the beginnings of a recession. Regrettably, getting out of the next recession may take longer than usual because fiscal policy is already a spent force as we are already running historically very large deficits. And that means a much-reduced willingness on the part of Congress to cut taxes and boost spending. The good news, the coming recession is not likely to be very deep as there are no obvious bubbles that must be punctured. And lastly, with a bit of luck, this recovery can keep on going for another few years; it is entirely possible. n

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FEATURE STORY

NAHB Remodeler of the Month: Not Just a Job

Sherry Pruitt enjoys being able to give back as Remodelers Council president and head of its annual charity garage sale. when they started with the pledge allegiance and a prayer, I knew I wanted to be a part of the group. Soon after, the incoming president asked if I would like to help with the annual charity project. I fell in love with being able to help facilitate giving back for the RMC. It was a privilege, not just a job. We raise our money for the charity project through an annual garage sale. The revenue from garage sales from 2014 to 2019 was $98,883 and $91,104 of the expenditures have gone to the charity projects. I have been on the board ever since and I am the current president. We won the 2016 CADRE award.

Who started your company? I started the company in 2014 as a general contractor. When and how did you choose this career? I had been an owner rep in building a 186,000-square-foot church and school and then facilitated the building for 12 years. In 2013 I was needing a change, and I had always wanted to do residential remodeling, so I began taking classes to gain my certifications. What does being part of NAHB Remodelers mean to you? It is wonderful to be able to be part of a national organization that I respect for all they do to make the housing industry successful at our state and local chapters. What first drew you to become a member of your local chapter, and what keeps you involved? I went to a local networking event and met so many nice people. They invited me to a luncheon, I don’t remember what the topic was; but

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How has the remodeling profession changed since you’ve been involved? In 2014, it was a nice, steady pace until we had Hurricane Harvey (2017) and then it was chaos, as we all were trying to help people not be taken by storm chasers, remediate the correct way and give them back their homes as soon as possible. 2019 has been a great year. Where and what are the greatest opportunities in the remodeling market (either locally or nationally)? The market is strong in Houston, really anywhere in Texas right now. I feel one of the largest marketing opportunities is the aging-in-place buyers. They do not want to have to leave their homes as they are getting older; they want to be safe and comfortable as they get older. What is the biggest challenge right now for your business? And how are you combating it? Trying to find a balance between the love of being on the jobsite and finding time to do the office side of the business. As a sole proprietor, it is hard to manage all the different aspects. What is your focus as a remodeler/for your business right now? Hiring a qualified bookkeeper. It’s essential in being able to grow my company to the next level.

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Where do you go to look for solutions and ideas for your business? I am blessed to be able to go to fellow remodelers when needing advice and to take classes offered at the Greater Houston Builders Association to further my knowledge. Finding qualified labor is a challenge. Are you hiring this year, and how are you going about finding the right people for your company? Yes, finding and keeping qualified labor is a challenge. I go about asking fellow remodelers where to look for specific possibilities. What is your No. 1 source of leads, and why is it working? Word of mouth. It works great as they usually are clients that work in my areas of choice. What is the best advice you’ve received in your career? Don’t give your time away. Charge more, you are worth it. What motivates you every day? The ability to help clients make their vision and dreams come to fruition. The relationships made by being in someone’s house daily for months. Anything else you’d like to mention about career accomplishments? It’s always great to have an NAHB certification to set yourself apart. I take pride in having my CGR and CAPS designations. n

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Visualization Technologies THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED Visualization technology has been improving exponentially since the early 90s. And today's tech is light years ahead of what it was just a couple of years ago. Where will it be in a few more years? The future looks incredible.

virtual worlds. This is thanks to a few important technological achievements from computer chip manufacturers like Intel and Nvidia and software developers like Microsoft and Epic Games.

With so many advancements, how can the building industry harness virtual reality and use it to its full potential?

Nvidia recently announced its RTX line of graphics cards, which can create life-like graphics experiences on high resolution displays or in a VR headset. Epic Games’ Unreal Engine software helps visualization artists develop better than real life (hyper-realistic) graphics for various industries including the building industry. Microsoft has announced DXR Technology (real time ray tracing algorithms) and its HoloLens 2 VR headset. Virtual reality is finally here.

Of course the primary goal for every real estate developer and builder is not just to sell, but to sell faster. The faster they sell, the sooner they can invest that capital into another project, hence better return on investment (ROI). Architectural visualization is like painting a beautiful picture, a picture that connects emotionally with the viewer. When they connect emotionally, they start visualizing themselves in that space. And that's when the magic happens—sales.

Advancements in Tech Usher in a New Age

Virtual reality (VR) has finally reached a stage where it is usable commercially. Its now affordable and commercially viable results are achievable within a nominal project delivery timeline and budget. Whether it’s non-interactive or fully interactive and customizable, it is now possible to achieve life-like results in

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On the hardware side, a typical gaming computer starts around $2,000 and would be sufficient to provide authentic VR experiences in a real estate showroom. A single VR headset, which starts around $500, or a large TV screen can create breathtaking visuals. And one computer can host an almost unlimited number of virtual show homes and floor plans. The same virtual model homes can also be used on websites. Thanks to recent developments in WebGL (Web Graphic Libraries), new browsers can load and show fully furnished interiors of virtual model homes, even on mobile phones.

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Virtual Model Homes

Once the architect has completed the draft design, visualizers can proceed with the virtual model home and finish it in a fraction of the time and budget needed for construction of a real model home. A typical fully furnished virtual model home costs somewhere in between $5 to $15 per sq. ft., depending on the options chosen. Model homes can be presented to the customer in less time compared to traditional model home showings, leading to better sales and faster closings. A single showroom can host multiple project showcases. And view statistics can be documented to improve marketing and sales strategies. Customers crave choice, especially with a large purchase like a home. A virtual model home is fully customizable. In real time, the buyer can try out different flooring, cabinets, wall colors, even furniture layouts for their future dream home. Their customizations can be saved for price estimations. They can also take pictures and videos of their virtual model home to share on social media.

Virtual Frame Walk

Builders have also started using virtual model homes to improve the frame walk process. Builders, investors and architects can "walk" inside proposed floor plans before they invest and build those plans. Bringing architectural design into virtual reality also significantly reduces miscommunication between the builder and the architect. In a virtual model home it’s possible to see behind walls, so even the MEPS data can be visualized in a virtual home. That means less mistakes and less revisions requested during the frame walk.

Drones and Virtual Reality

Thanks to better picture quality achieved through drone photography, builders can now showcase a project on its real location before any dirt is ever turned. Drones can capture a 360°spherical photo of the surroundings, which can later be

Buyers can choose custom home finishes on the fly, within a virtual model, and save their customizations for price estimations.

used to show the buyer where their future home is situated and how the plot is located inside the development. With the latest developments in drone technology, it is also possible to create an autonomous flight path and take pictures and videos from the exact same angle. Builders can fly their drones at frequent intervals above their building sites to follow the progress autonomously. A typical drone for this purpose starts at around $700, plus autonomous flight software which comes in around $35, plus the FAA registration fee, and does not require any piloting skills. (It’s important to check drone flight regulations at the area before the flight). The future really has arrived in building industry virtual reality. It’s possible to create 100% accurate virtual model homes, inside and out, using today's existing technologies. And these virtual homes connect with existing sales tools to create reports for marketing and sales teams. Companies using virtual model homes in their design and sales processes achieve faster growth rates. What will tomorrow bring? We can only imagine. n

Article courtesy Oguz Ormanci, founder of Opus Visual LLC. Learn more at www.opusvisual.com.

Help buyers visualize their dream home, on its exact lot location, before any construction begins. It's all possible with drones and VR.

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FEATURE STORY

PERC STUDY REVEALS

Growing Consumer Demand for Energy-Efficient Homes Propane provides energy-efficient solution for growing trend

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he results are in and residential customers agree: energy efficiency is a top priority.

Customers are prioritizing energy efficiency and are willing to pay more, too.

In fact, an overwhelming majority of your potential customers—driven by cost savings and environmental impact—expressed a high consideration for both energy-efficient appliances and green homes. They expressed a willingness to pay more for them, too.

Many of those surveyed preferred both energy-efficient appliances and high-performance homes. Notably, a large majority of residential audiences surveyed say that it’s a “very high” or “somewhat high” priority for their new or remodeled home to be energy efficient — 78 percent of residents remodeling a home, 87 percent of residents buying an already developed home, and 89 percent of residents building a home.

That’s according to a study commissioned by the Propane Education & Research Council and conducted by an independent third-party research firm, Harris Insights & Analytics, also known as The Harris Poll. The survey results consisted of feedback from 2,200 U.S. residents who said they would soon buy, remodel, or build a home. Additionally, 200 construction professionals provided input. These survey results highlight an opportunity for professional home builders to capitalize on a growing trend among customers who are clamoring for energy-efficient home solutions.

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What’s more, when asked about adding a new appliance or replacing a current one, preference for energy-efficient appliances was almost unanimous across all audiences, with 91 percent of residents buying or building a home, 92 percent of residents remodeling a home, and 95 percent of construction professionals expressing interest. Cost savings or environmental impact were the driving factors when asked why respondents would or wouldn’t

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be willing to consider an energy-efficient home. In fact, an average of 55 percent of customers remodeling a home gave cost savings as their top reason for making energy efficiency a priority. Other reasons were better performance, better for their neighborhood or community, or meeting state and federal energy-efficiency codes. Residential audiences also expressed a willingness to pay more for an energy efficient home — 81 percent of customers remodeling a home, 88 percent of customers buying a home, and 96 percent of customers building a home. Among the three residential respondent categories, the average amount respondents were willing to pay fell between 25 and 38 percent more.

Construction professionals don’t see this trend slowing down. The survey also revealed that energy efficiency is already a common topic of discussion between professionals and their customers. Of the construction professionals surveyed, nine in 10 said that they are being asked about energy-efficient methods by residential customers. Moreover, nine in10 also indicated that they proactively recommend energy-efficient construction methods. And this trend is only expected to grow. Three in 10 homebuilders say the demand for high-performance homes “increased significantly” in the last few years, while 65 percent expect demand to increase significantly over the next five to 20 years.

How do these results help home builders? In order to best serve this growing customer base, construction professionals can use these insights to help inform their building practices. Being well-versed in energy-efficient propane appliances, and how they can impact a home’s overall energy consumption, will set construction professionals up for success. There has never been a better time to build and remodel homes using propane as the primary energy source. Propane provides an efficient, sustainable solution for all of a home’s major energy systems, and residential customers are taking notice. Sixty-eight percent of respondents agreed that energy-efficient propane appliances significantly lower a home’s energy consumption and monthly energy bill compared with similar electric appliances. Further, 62 percent agreed that it takes about three times as much electricity to produce and deliver the same amount of energy to a home as propane. With propane-powered appliances, customers are getting optimal energy performance, and the cost savings that result. They are also getting clean, reliable, on-site energy,

and power to just about anything in a home, including: furnaces, boilers, tankless and storage water heaters, ranges and ovens, clothes dryers, fireplaces and standby generators. As residential customers continue to seek out efficient, sustainable home performance, construction professionals should be recommending propane solutions. Propanepowered appliances offer considerable advantages over other systems when it comes to performance, efficiency, and environmental impact. Plus, propane can help professionals stand out from the competition, build their reputation, and grow their business. Visit propane.com/for-my-business/residential-construction to learn more about the benefits of propane appliances. n Article courtesy of Bryan Cordill, director of residential and commercial business development at the Propane Education & Research Council. He can be reached at bryan.cordill@propane.com.

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Charities Receive Funds from Sale of GHBA Benefit Home

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he Greater Houston Builders Association board members joined the beneficiaries of the Benefit Homes Project charity fundraiser at the official check presentation reflecting funds raised from the sale of a Chesmar Homes Benefit Home. The home was built in Toll Brothers' community of NorthGrove. Chesmar's Scott Merovitch, city president/Houston and David Assid, Toll Brothers' division president presented a check for nearly $250,000 to HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid Houston and Lee Kirgan, vice president of project management for Operation Finally Home were on-hand to accept on behalf of the two charities who received proceeds from the sale of the home. This is the sixth Benefit Home that Chesmar Homes has constructed. Chesmar constructed its 2,746 sq. ft. Mesquite Plan—a two-story design featuring four bedrooms with a fifth bedroom/study option, three full baths, walk-in closets, a game room, an island kitchen and a two-story open family room off the kitchen. Each year two to three homes are built for the Benefit Homes Project. The materials, labor and services are donated by GHBA members. The homes are sold at market value and proceeds go to local charities. Since the project began 39 years ago, more than $11 million has been raised. "The community of NorthGrove is a beautiful backdrop for such a beautiful home," said John Williams, president of GHBA. "The team of Toll Brothers and Chesmar Homes scored a homerun when they collaborated on this 'Home for Good.' We thank this team and their nearly 100 vendors who made it possible."

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BENEFIT HOMES PROJECT—"A HOME FOR GOOD" About the Community NorthGrove is located off FM 2978 in Magnolia, Texas in southern Montgomery County. The community is conveniently located within minutes from The Woodlands while offering a more intimate small town feel. It is also just a short drive from major employers, shopping centers, al fresco dining, and cultural centers. It is designed with more than 200 acres of preserved green space, hike and bike trails, natural waterscapes, luxury outdoor gathering spaces, three community lakes and a 7.5 acre recreation center called The Retreat. This center gets its name for the 9,400 sq. ft clubhouse with a contemporary lodge design and numerous amenities.

THANK YOU BENEFIT HOME DONORS! 1st Infiniti Enterprises 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty 84 Lumber Action Landscaping ADF Excavation AHI Supply All About Concrete Allpoints Surveying A-TAK Pest Control Austin Windstorm Construction Big Tex AC BMC Broan Bryant Electrical Services Builders First Source Builders Post-Tension Cepeda Drywall Ciro Cuellar Crossville Delta Faucet Co Southwest Sales Ellen Lighting and Hardware Emerald Masonry Excel Foundations Fashion Glass and Mirror GAF Shingles Garland Insulation

GE Appliances Houston Window Fashions Humberto Platas Hunter Hurricane Construction Installed Building Products Interceramic James Hardie JP Hart Lumber JT Lanehart Electric Just Sprinklers Lanehart Electric Lewis & Partners LP Techshield Martin Cerda Framing M & E Marble and Glass Master Tractor Work Meridian Brick Modern Systems Concepts Mr Cavillo Painting MTW Pipeworks O T Construction Perfection Supply Pinnacle Tile and Flooring Post-Tension Solutions PPG Paints PR Gypsum

Pro Star Roofing PVR Construction Rheem - Southwest Sales Robles Demolition Services Rock Materials Salvatex Protective Services - Marvin Sosa Schlage Screw Tech, LLC Seybro Door and Weatherstrip Shaw Floors Simpson Strong-Tie Southeast Tile Sprint Sand and Clay Mark Stavinoha Cabinets and Trim Stewart Door Surface Systems or Texas Tejas Materials Texas Sediment Control The Ark Concrete Specialties Tony's Insulation and Gutters Top Build Home Services Trane/Ingersol Rand Trus Joist/Weyerhaeuser Villareal Drywall Westwood Fence Wisenbaker W.R. Watson

MORE INFO:

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● O N T H E C OV E R ●

BUILDERS POST-TENSION MAKING A SHARED IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH CHARITABLE PARTNERSHIPS

Builders Post-Tension, a supplier of post-tension cable, rebar, wire mesh and other concrete reinforcement products for 18 years, is not only impacting the construction industry with our products and services, we are also making a difference in our community through our charitable work. BPT has long made the case that the company's strong commitment and dedication to giving back is a triple win—nonprofits receive the support they need, BPT builds deeper relationships with our community, and employees have the opportunity to leverage their passion, energy and business skills in new and meaningful ways. With BPT's 50+ employees in Houston and 25 in Dallas, our team continues to align business objectives with a social mission.

Our charities-of-choice are: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, HomeAid Houston, Operation Finally Home and the Frank Aranza Adopt-a-Family Project.

WHO WE ARE ● BPT had over $40 million in total sales in 2018, and is on pace to eclipse $45 million in 2019. ● Present 2020 sales goal of $50 million!

well over 100 home builders, several multi-family contractors, and more than 50 concrete contractors in the greater Houston and Dallas/Ft. Worth areas.

● The BPT Sales Team are Greg Tomlinson, president of BPT; ● A huge part of this success is a result of an experienced sales Brian Conley, vice president; Greg Madrey, outside sales team that brings a combined 100+ years experience within the manager; Robin Weichert, inside sales manager and Jeremy OCTOBER 2019 Houston Bprofessionals uilder | Greater Houston uilders sales Association – Building a Better Future building This team of |dedicated sells to BLinzer, representative. 26 industry.


"BPT has set the bar high for GHBA members who are passionate about giving back to others!" — GHBA PRESIDENT JOHN WILLIAMS, K. HOVNANIAN HOMES

THE CAUSES NEAR AND DEAR TO BPT Breast Cancer Awareness October is a special month on the BPT calendar. This month will be our sixth consecutive year to bring awareness to our industry and our customers as we highlight our "Breast Cancer Awareness October Campaign." To help mark the importance of this month, BPT manufactures hundreds of thousands of feet of pink post-tension cable that is shipped out on our trucks to our customers.

raise awareness in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Together, we are Making Cancer History®.”

HomeAid Houston HomeAid Houston is a 501(c)3 charity of the GHBA that builds transitional housing for the homeless men, women, children, and veterans of Houston. BPT donates our materials and services to the construction of these shelters and HomeAid Care providers.

Operation Finally Home

"Our company has adopted breast cancer awareness as one of our many priorities," said Greg Tomlinson. "One of our employees was diagnosed and has since become cancer free after her treatment at MD Anderson. We consider our team a family, so it was a natural decision to embrace this cause."

OFH is a 501(c)3 charity of the GHBA that provides custom-made, mortgage-free homes to wounded and disabled veterans and the widows of the fallen in an effort to get their lives back on track and become productive members of their communities. BPT donates our materials and services to the construction of these new homes.

This year, BPT will be donating $10,000 to breast cancer research at MD Anderson.

Frank Aranza Adopt-a-Family Project

“Philanthropy enables our researchers to advance the fight against breast cancer by exploring innovative ideas in the pursuit of novel, more effective and personalized treatments,” said Abenaa Brewster, M.D., medical director of the Nellie B. Connally Breast Center at MD Anderson. “We are grateful for Builders Post-Tension’s support of the Nellie B. Connally Breast Center and for its company-wide efforts to

This annual holiday event is led by BPT and is a partnership with the Houston Housing Authority and the GHBA members and staff. It provides Christmas presents for needy families. "BPT has set the bar high for GHBA members who are passionate about giving back to others," said John Williams, president of the GHBA. "This quote by Winston Churchill reflects the charitable mentality of BPT 'We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.' "

“Philanthropy enables our researchers to advance the fight against breast cancer by exploring innovative ideas in the pursuit of novel, more effective and personalized treatments. We are grateful for Builders Post-Tension’s support of the Nellie B. Connally Breast Center and for its company-wide efforts to raise awareness in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Together, we are Making Cancer History®.” — ABENAA BREWSTER, M.D., MEDICAL DIRECTOR, NELLIE B. CONNALLY BREAST CENTER AT MD ANDERSON

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HomeAid Continues Identifying and Initiating Care Projects H

omeAid continues a long-time partnership with GHBA members to provide remodeling and small construction services to area homeless care agencies. These projects are called HomeAid Care Projects, and though smaller in scope, they are just as important to the care providers and those they serve.

HOMEAID AND GHBA REMODELERS COUNCIL PARTNER ON CROSSROADS AT PARK PLACE HomeAid partnered for a second time with the GHBA Remodelers Council and Custom Builders Council on a project for Crossroads, a Christian organization committed to promoting the health, hygiene and dignity of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness and poverty in southeast Houston. This new project is moving and reinstalling four portable shower units to a new location at St. Paul's/San Pablo's Episcopal Church on Park Place Dr. These units were originally built in 2018 and refurbished by the RMC and CBC teams. The new work will also include helping to establish a sewer tap and water meter on the property for the agency. Jim Holcomb with Holcomb Properties, a long-time supporter of HomeAid and the GHBA donated funds for the entire project. "Beginning in 2001, volunteers at Crossroads created a safe haven where they serve lunch, provide showers, wash clothes and work to restore dignity to those living on the streets," said Patrick Mayhan, president of HomeAid. "HomeAid is proud to be represented by the volunteers from the RMC and CBC who partner with us year after year on these valuable projects that change lives. Thank you to all the Builder Captains and those who go unmentioned." Crossroads serves on average 400 individuals each week who are homeless or simply living in poverty. The program and services have grown from providing

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PICTURED OPPOSITE PAGE: HomeAid and Sandcastle Homes partner to renovate Agape Development's Gateway Houses. 

immediate basic needs to assisting participants in finding housing, employment, counseling and healthcare.

HOMEAID AND SANDCASTLE HOMES RENOVATE HOME FOR AGAPE DEVELOPMENT HomeAid is partnering with Sandcastle Homes to make improvements to a 950 sq. ft. house that is being converted into an office and counseling center for AGAPE Development. The enhancements will provide a more modern space for day-to-day operations and provide a place for work placement assistance and counseling for the young men and women working with AGAPE. Sandcastle Homes, led by Nicole Keown, is tackling the project as part of its commitment to improving the lives of young men and women in the Third Ward. Work includes new drywall, paint, flooring, cabinets, lighting, and finishing a powder room. With its location within Houston’s historic Third Ward, the faith based Agape Development’s Gateway Houses are part of a residential program to help 18-25 year olds make the transition to healthy adulthood by assisting with housing, utilities, food and transportation while providing counseling, job preparation and guidance in continued education. “This is our second opportunity to work with the incredibly caring team at AGAPE," said Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid. "This current project will assist young adults on the path to becoming independent healthy adults who are not only able to support themselves through gainful employment, but are also able to support their community through volunteering, church membership, and active community involvement."

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LUNCHEON UNDERWRITERS PERRY HOMES FOUNDATION TOY WOOD AUDIO VISUAL SPONSOR SCHWARTZ, PAGE & HARDING

INVITATION SPONSOR TRENDMAKER HOMES PROGRAM SPONSOR CALDWELL COMMUNITIES

LEGACY TABLE HOSTS CENTERPIECE SPONSOR ALLPOINTS SURVEYING 2-10 HOME BUYERS WARRANTY BMC BUILDING MATERIALS COSTELLO, INC DESSERT SPONSOR EHRA ENGINEERING THE HOWARD HUGHES CORP. HOTCHKISS INSURANCE FAVOR SPONSOR NEWLAND TONER HOME MATTERS NEWMARK HOMES IMPACT SPONSOR OPPENHEIMER & CO., INC. ON-TARGET MARKETING AND TRI-TECH - ENGINEERING, ADVERTISING SURVEYING, PLANNING HEAD TABLE SPONSOR RYKO DEVELOPMENT, INC. BANK OF AMERICA WILBOW CORPORATION MERRILL LYNCH

CORNERSTONE TABLE HOSTS AIRIA DEVELOPMENT® CO. ALLEN BOONE HUMPHRIES ROBINSON LLP ASHTON WOODS BUILDERS POST-TENSION CENTERPOINT ENERGY CHESMAR HOMES COLINA HOMES EMPIRE COMMUNITIES ENVIRONMENTAL DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS INFRAMARK LLC LISA GENTRY METROSTUDY MOODY BANK MUNICIPAL DISTRICT SERVICES SIGNORELLI COMPANY TAYLOR MORRISON / DARLING HOMES THE SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CO.

HALO Luncheon to Celebrate New Beginnings

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omeAid Houston is finalizing plans for its much anticipated 2019 HALO Luncheon, coming up on November 1. HALO provides an intimate look at homelessness in our community through the stories shared by those who have experienced it firsthand. A quote by writer Ralph Blum, "The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings," inspires the theme for this year— New Beginnings. A number of special surprises are in store for luncheon attendees, and two very different guest speakers who are eager to share their inspiring stories as they have transitioned out of crisis situations and are realizing their own personal New Beginnings.

Guests will hear the challenges of Caren, a single mother of four boys, ages 11, 8, 7 and 5 who began working with Family Promise of Lake Houston in February 2019; and Alma, a young lady from Boys and Girls Country who grew up in an unstable and

challenging environment who is just realizing her new beginnings as she leaves school with her degree. The luncheon will also highlight HomeAid Houston’s projects and initiatives that are building new lives for Houston's homeless families and individuals. “Since none of us knows what the future holds, the idea of new beginnings can feel terrifying," said Toy Wood, founder and long-time underwriter of the fundraiser. "These stories and the entire HALO program will focus on that which is optimistic and encouraging, and show us that starting fresh can be an exciting time." To join the hundreds of other successful women who are passionate about our community and our cause at the November 1 HALO Luncheon, contact Kirsten Robbins at krobbins@homeaidhouston.org or Emilee Proctor at eproctor@homeaidhouston.org to learn how you can take part.

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I N S T A L L AT I O N

C E L E B R AT I O N

2 0 2 0

Standing Strong

tenacity takes root in houston

saturday

JANUARY 18, 2020 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Briar Club 2603 Timmons Lane Houston, TX 77027

HONORING GHBA PRESIDENT

Rob Hellyer AND THE 2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

event highlight “of the year” awards presentation

REGISTER ONLINE:

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SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

with a sponsorship

In addition to their individual benefits, all Installation Celebration sponsorships include your logo displayed during the A/V program, recognition in Houston Builder magazine, and all event marketing and communications.

EXCLUSIVE SPONSORSHIPS “THE MIGHTY OAK” TITLE SPONSOR $7,500 » Ten tickets for you and your guests » 3-5 minutes speaking opportunity » Full Page ad in Installation program “THE MAGNOLIA” COCKTAIL SPONSOR — (LIMIT 2) $5,000 » Eight (8) tickets for you and your guests » Company logo on stir sticks or cocktail napkins at all bars » Full Page ad in Installation program

“THE WALNUT” FAVOR SPONSOR — (LIMIT 1) $4,000 » Six (6) tickets for you and your guests » Company name or logo favor » 1/2 Page ad in Installation program “THE CEDAR” ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR — (LIMIT 1) $4,000 » Six (6) tickets for you and your guests » Company logo where appropriate » 1/2 Page ad in Installation program

“THE PINE” DÉCOR SPONSOR – (LIMIT 1) $5,000 » Eight (8) tickets for you and your guests » Company logo where appropriate » Full Page ad in Installation program

UNLIMITED SPONSORSHIPS

“THE CYPRESS” PHOTOGRAPHY SPONSOR – (LIMIT 1) $5,000 » Eight (8) tickets for you and your guests » Logo on all green screen photos » Full Page ad in Installation program “THE PECAN” PROGRAM SPONSOR – (LIMIT 1) $5,000 » Eight (8) tickets for you and your guests » Full Page ad in Installation program (inside front or back cover)

Contact Mel Audain maudain@ghba.org; (281) 664-1428

“THE MIMOSA” TOAST SPONSOR — (LIMIT 1) $4,000 » Six (6) tickets for you and your guests » Sponsor may give a 2-3 minute toast » 1/2 Page ad in Installation program

“THE MAPLE” DINNER SPONSOR — (LIMIT 1) $5,000 » Eight (8) tickets for you and your guests » Company logo prominently displayed on elegant keepsake menus at each place setting » Full Page ad in Installation program

“THE WILLOW” CENTERPIECE SPONSOR - (LIMIT 1) $5,000 » Eight (8) tickets for you and your guests » Company logo incorporated in Centerpieces » Full Page ad in Installation program

INFO/SPONSORSHIPS:

“THE CHERRY” DESSERT SPONSOR — (LIMIT 1) $4,000 » Six (6) tickets for you and your guests » Company logo on dessert pick » 1/2 Page ad in Installation program

“REDBUD” SPONSOR – $2,500 » Ten (10) tickets for you and your guests » Listing in Installation program “MESQUITE” SPONSOR - $1,500 » Six (6) tickets for you and your guests » Listing in Installation program “BIRCH”SPONSOR – $1,000 » Four (4) tickets for you and your guests » Listing in Installation program

PROGRAM ADVERTISING Full Page ad - $1,000 Half Page ad - $750 Quarter Page ad - $500

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17th Annual GHBA

PRODUCT EXPO October 17, Sam Houston Race Park Pavilion A Custom Builders Council Event presented by BMC BUILDERS, REMODELERS & DEVELOPERS ATTEND FREE

Visit GHBA.ORG/EXPO for the more details, seminar schedules, and to register!

TITLE SPONSOR SEMINAR SPONSORS

THANK YOU TO OUR ADDITIONAL SPONSORS:

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THE Y ’R E

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2019-2021 TAB CONTRACTS These contracts are designed to protect your business and assets. The updated Texas Residential Construction Contracts Package will reflect the most recent legislative changes affecting the homebuilding industry in Texas. DON’T LOSE YOUR ACCESS!

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

SEMINAR SCHEDULE 10:30 am - 12 noon Custom Builder Seminar 1:30 pm - 3 pm CBC/RMC Insurance Litigation Issues 4 pm - 5 p.m. Remodeler Seminar

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. TAB recently updated the contracts for the current legislative session year 2019-2021. Every two years the contracts expire in order to adopt any new legislative changes that occur during session. In order to access this member benefit, you must attend a contract seminar annually. Several sessions are conveniently available at the Product EXPO on October 17. If you do not attend a seminar, access will be denied as of October 18, 2019.

THE CONTRACTS In addition to addressing new legislatively mandated notice requirements for homes built near military installations, many other additions and improvements have been made to the 2019-2021 package which includes; warranty parameters on foreclosures and rental properties, clarification of applicable code standards and builder obligations, recovery of certain attorney’s fees, a technology disclaimer for smart homes, revisions to the independent contactor agreements, and updates to the Express Home Warranty to reflect current building practice. TAB’s contract package is your blueprint for typical residential construction and remodeling transactions in the State of Texas.

THE EXPO Visit GHBA.ORG/EXPO for more details, seminar schedules, and to register!

Builders, remodelers and developers attend the EXPO for free to see the latest products and services. Builder attendees are eligible to win a vacation package and chances to win cash in the wildly popular Money Ball Horseracing Game. Complimentary food and bar tickets are available courtesy of our sponsors. The EXPO is a “must do” event.

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Education Corner

UPCOMING COURSES

DESIGNATION COURSES

GENERAL EDUCATION

(NAHB University of Housing Courses)

(Not for designations)

Introduction to Project Management

Building Science: New Codes, the Same Old Science

Approved for: CGA, CGB, CGR Instructor: Jeff Hunt, CGR, GMB, CAPS Date: Wednesday, October 30 Time: 9am to 5pm Fee: $275 members / $330 nonmembers

ABC’S OF HOME BUILDING – A BUILDERS EDUCATION SERIES

Content: Develop the skills you need for successful on- or off-site production operations management. This hands-on course covers the three phases of a successful venture: planning, implementation and evaluation. Owners, project managers, superintendents, sales managers and anyone involved in the pre-construction and construction process will benefit from this introductory course. As a graduate of this course, you will be able to: • Explain the basics of successful project management • Execute the pre-construction project management functions and responsibilities • Implement the tools available for efficient project management • Manage trade contractors effectively • Perform project management duties during the project • Complete the duties and responsibilities of post-project management Who should attend? Remodelers, residential builders, commercial contractors, custom builders

2019 GHBA EDUCATION PARTNERS

Instructor: Dave Yelovich, CGB, CGP Date: Tuesday, October 15 Time: 2pm to 4pm Fee: $35 members / $50 nonmembers Content: This is BS! You are correct. It’s all about Building Science. Building along the Gulf Coast is challenging enough and now water seems to be popping up all over the place. Why is this happening? This special ABCs of Home Building class dives into the building science side of our business. Why must we be concerned about insulations, air barriers, water resistant barriers, air movement, vapor movement, heat, cold and so much more? The houses we build today are not the houses grandpappy built back in the day. Modern building codes require us to do certain things and when done incorrectly, the consequences are dire.

Power Up with Color ! Winning Paint and Color Solutions for 2019 Instructors: KAT Troulinos, TA Da by KAT, a division of Living the Dream Team LaLa Didrikson, L’ements Design Cory Drost, Poppy Lane Staging Date: Wednesday, October 16 Time: 9am to 11am Earlybird Fee: $35 members / $50 nonmembers EARLY BIRD until October 9, 2019) After Oct 9: $45 members / $60 nonmembers Content: Join a “colorful” group of trained color experts to learn about the mysteries of paint. Gain knowledge and experience to demystify this medium that can brighten a room, or make it one that you want to escape. You’ll leave with tools, tips and techniques that will add value to the homes you market, sell, buy, rehab or remodel.

ACES Builders Warranty

Milgard Windows & Doors

Builders Post-Tension

Norbord Industries

CenterPoint Energy High Efficiency Homes Program

Perfection Supply

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

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

Attendees will learn: • The do’s and don’ts of color and paint as well as space balancing • The biggest mistake rehabbers are making with color • Current color trends and what colors affect equity • Color correction tools for any space • How color affects emotion Bonus! All recipients will receive a handout on specific colors to paint (or not paint) a space, the amount of money at stake, and a helpful cheat sheet for neutral Sherwin Williams colors.

To learn more and go further, visit

ghba.org/education

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RESCHEDULED FOR NEW DATE: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2019

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND:

The Secrets of Staging

How to Maximize Your Profitability

Design & Concept: adMANgination

REgiSTER NOW: Peggy Means @ pmeans@ghba.org or call Peggy directly at (281) 664-1431

Speaker: Mary Scalli

CEO/PRESiDENT, SiMPLE ELEgANCE, ASPM (ACCREDiTED STAgiNg PROFESSiONAL MASTER) Luxury Staging Specialist, Senior Relocation Specialist, Buyer Trends Specialist, interior Decorator, Centurion Hunter Douglas Dealer

Topics covered: •Current Buyer Trends -Finishes: Color, Flooring, Tile -Current Design Trends -Furniture Selection -Accessories •How to Attract Different Demographics through Staging •How Staging can increase the equity in your investment.

Whether its detailing ALSO PRESENTiNg: Karen Budde, Simple Elegance Sales Rep., ASP, Buyer Trends Specialist

TUESDAY October 29, 2019

Early Bird Pricing Through Oct. 22nd: $35 members $50 non-members

9am — 11am

EDUCATiON ROOM

9511 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, TX 77064

(281) 970-8970

Oct. 23rd – 29th Pricing: $45 members $60 non-members *Seats are limited. Register today.

Presented by the 2019

a car before placing it on the market or designing a website to best advertise your company, we all like to maximize our profitability by presenting the best versions of where we are investing – the same is true for our houses. So how do we do just that? Come and learn what the current buyer trends are as well as how to attract different demographics. You’ll also understand how staging® can increase the equity in your investment and you will learn practical ways to maximize your house investment profitability.

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W E LCO M E N E W M E M B E R S 2019 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!"

AUGUST SPIKE OF THE MONTH

RICK PHILLIPS

First United Bank Mortgage Group

E.L. CRAINE

The Real Estate U Show 91.1FM / BRPS Title, A Brookfield Company

AUGUST RETENTION SPIKE

RON MARTIN

Ironwood Connection

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BUILDERS Grand Dominion Homes Jaime Virkus 14090 SW Freeway, Suite 103 Sugar Land, TX 77478 (281) 923-0669 jvirkus@granddominionhomes.com www.granddominionhomes.com RDM Development Mark Brown 2925 Gulf Frwy South, Ste. B-421 League City, TX 77573 (832) 297-2450 mark@rdmbrokers.com www.rdmbrokers.com S&H Custom Built Homes LLC Nicholas Schany 6563 rolling oak drive Montgomery, TX 77316 (832) 875-5074 nickschany@hotmail.com The SJS Group Inc. Jack Singh 6234 Richmond Avenue Houston, TX 77057 (713) 703-7612 s.singh@sjsgroup1.com sjsgroup1.com DEVELOPER Tealpointe Lake Estates Louis Smith 800 Wilcrest Houston, TX 77042 (713) 722-0080 louis@src-properties.com

REMODELERS Hillier Restoration, LLC (dba Paul Davis Restoration of Houston) Jason White 18850 Highway 59 N, Ste. 100 Humble, TX 77338 (281) 886-7755 jason.white@pauldavis.com north-houston.pauldavis.com Home Remedy LLC Mike Crigler 9505 Yupondale Houston, TX 77080 (713) 939-7717 mike@letsmakeitbetter.com www.homeremedyhouston.com Renaissance Construction LLC Stephen Wells 1608 White Willow Ln. Pearland, TX 77581 (281) 910-4903 Stephen@RDCcompany.com www.RDCcompany.com Rise Above Ivette Chicas 11722 Leonessa Dr Richmond, TX 77406 (281) 923-1725 ivette@riseabove.pro riseabove.pro ASSOCIATES American Stone Cast LLC Keiron Brisbane 6109 W. 34th St Houston, TX 77092 (713) 683-9640 astonecast@sbcglobal.net www.americanstonecast.com Anderson Tile & Granite, LLC Justin Anderson 24333 Riley Rd. Plantersville, TX 77363 (832) 934-2213 justin@ andersontileandgranite.com www.andersontileandgranite.com

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MEMBERSHIP DEPARTMENT

Aterra Designs Cristina Puscas 16454 N 91st St Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (480) 368-9955 cristina.puscas@aterradesigns.com Barlow & Castleberry. L.L.C. James Barlow 27234 Pyeatt Lane Conroe, TX 77385 (832) 573-0289 james@hydroshieldhouston.com Builders Capital Ben Bilski 2500 West Loop Ste 200 Houston, TX 77027 (713) 478-6673 ben.bilski@builders-capital.com www.builders-capital.com Bullbag Corporation Tony Hernandez 2051 Green Rd Suite C Pompano Beach, FL 33064 (866) 414-2855 info@thebullbag.com www.thebullbag.com eCU Mortgage, LLC (First Service Credit Union) Gerald Canon 16430 Park Ten Place # 655 Houston, TX 77084 (713) 676-4372 gcanon2310@gmail.com www.eCUmortgage.com iSolved HCM Mallory Wiseman 7418 Ridgeberry Dr Houston, TX 77095 (832) 586-6444 mwiseman@isolvedhcm.com Jones Carter Terry Reeves 8701 New Trails Drive, Suite 200 The Woodlands, TX 77381 (281) 363-4039 treeves@jonescarter.com www.jonescarter.com

Legacy Design Concrete Construction LLC Joe Bono 10814 Warwana Road Houston, TX 77043 (713) 862-5092 joebonoIII@ legacydesignconcrete.com www.legacydesignconcrete.com LJA Surveying, Inc. Heather Sides 2929 Briarpark Drive, Ste. 175 Houston, TX 77042 (173) 953-5200 hsides@lja.com ljasurvey.com Noble Concrete Construction Chris Zomper 5757 Flewellen Oaks Ln, Ste 704 Fulshear, TX 77441 (346) 707-8949 chriszomper@nobleconst.com Setting The Space Yulonda Buster 3536 Hwy 6 South, Ste 210 Sugarland, TX 77478 (281) 606-5838 Yulonda@settingthespace.com www.settingthespace.com Sonder and Associates Chris Arriaga 33222 Whitley Cort Fulshear, TX 77441 (210) 643-9210 sonderandassociates@gmail.com TREX Aerial Images Kirsten Koryciak 2023 Aspen Point Ln Rosenberg, TX 77469 (832) 623-0913 info@trex-ai.com www.trex-ai.com Wes Henderson Landscape Glenn Middleton 2406 Sunlight Lane Pearland, TX 77584 (713) 417-9468 whlands@sbcglobal.net

Winsupply of Houston HVAC Tom Hearn 9600 Bamboo Rd. Houston, TX 77041 (832) 767-2238 tjhearn@winsupplyinc.com

Houston Assn of RealtorsTexas United Realty Laurence Uphoff 4400 Post Oak Parkway Houston, TX 77027 (713) 992-7460 laurencerealtor@gmail.com

AFFILIATES First United Bank Mortgage Group Kelsey Majstorovic 9400 Grogan’s Mill Dr, Ste 205 The Woodlands, TX 77380 (832) 823-7325 kelseym@firstunitedbank.com www.loansbykelsey.com

Houston Assn of RealtorsTezeno Real Estate Group Troy Tezeno P.O. Box 310912 Houston, TX 77231 (281) 900-3703 troy@tezeno.com ww.tezenore.com

Greater Houston IAHSP Chapter- Living the Dream Team LLC/TA DA by KAT Kat Troulinos 3 June breeze place The Woodlands, TX 77382 (281) 798-3750 tadastagingbykat@gmail.com http://www.tadabykat.com Houston Assn of Realtors Cityscape Brokers, LLC Michael Ifland 2700 Post Oak Blvd, Ste 2100 Houston, TX 77056 (281) 760-7299 Mike@CityscapeBrokers.com houstonhomesandland.com

Houston Assn of RealtorsThe Doug Erdy Group Shirmel Gumbs-Heyliger 14207 Pearl Shadow Ln Houston, TX 77044 (832) 775-3310 info@soldbyshirmel.com Norbord Industries Anna Vega 24711 Cabin Line Lane Katy, TX 77494 (832) 931-5657 anna.vega@norbord.com www.norbord.com/na

WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY... One big reason my firm joined the GHBA was for the networking opportunities. GHBA hosts so many different events and this presents a great opportunity to meet individuals in all parts of the building industry. Making these connections is great for referring business to people that I have met in the GHBA. It helps their business grow which is the purpose of networking. — CAMERON COPELAND, ASSURANCE ONE OF TEXAS, LLC

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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 360 Thermal A & S Engineers, Inc. A.T. Custom Homes, LP AEI Engineering, LLC AG Custom Homes, LLC AIRIA Development Company APA - The Engineered Wood Association Aberdeen Building Group Acme Brick Advantage Benefit Solutions Alianza Group Inc Allen Boone Humphries Robinson, LLP Anglia Homes Arizona Tile Ashton Woods Ashton Woods Aurous Development Services, Ltd. Avalon Homes Avenue Community Development Corporation B & A Builders, Inc. Baths of America Inc. Bayou City Risk Bicycle Bungalows LLC BlueLinx Corporation Boutros Construction, Inc. Bradley Law Firm Caldwell Homes Texas LP Cavalry Construction, Inc. Coats Rose, PC Compliance Resources, Inc Corbel Custom Homes, Inc. Cribbs Custom Builders, Inc. Crimson Design Associates LLC DAC Engineering DWR Construction Eric L. Davis Engineering, Inc. Facundo Home Builder Inc

MEMBER NAME Matt O’Connor William Baird Scott Mock Mike Kurzy Aristides Garcia Linda Kilgore, MIRM,CMP Daren Graham Scott McNinch Mike Schrab Alexandra Baker Riley Logue Tina Tobias James Hunter Meg Belmontes Dan Gezella, CAPS, CMP, CSP, MCSP George Sanchez Larry Kupstas Kyle Smith Robert Fiederlein Richard Burch Ali Sultanali Chris Hawkins Bill Riley, CGB, GMB, CGR, CGP Martin Dunaway Mark Boutros, GMB Ian Faria Clint Cooper Frank Jones Chris Ryman Kassie Gnospelius Mike Bregenzer Kyle Cribbs Micah Tipler David Keel Mike Arnett Kathleen Stadler Miguel Facundo III

JOIN DATE 2016 2008 2017 1989 2014 2010 2018 2009 1981 2018 2018 2003 2009 2007 1989 2014 2002 2013 2017 1989 2015 2015 2013 2012 2009 2016 2017 1992 1980 2004 2003 2006 2017 2013 2010 2006 2005

MEMBERPROFILE RE/MAX VINTAGE Paula Hagerman runs a business with six main goals. She uses the EXPERIENCE of over 18 years to show passion for excellence to clients. COMMITMENT to do an even better job each time and stay ahead in a very competitive field. Paula WORKS HARD at the real estate profession and then some, to stay informed and keep clients informed. ENTHUSIASM and positive attitude that shows she loves what she does. INTEGRITY is a must to protect the client’s single largest asset. Most importantly is RESULTS! Paula is a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and a member in good standing of the Greater Houston Luxury Home Connection. To learn more contact Paula Hagerman at (713) 306-3557; realtorpaula@outlook.com.

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COMPANY Fashion Glass & Mirror First Continental Mortgage Company Forefront Architecture and Engineering GE Appliances GEMS Custom Homes Gehan Homes, LTD Goetz Construction Co. HNI Services Herman and Kittle Properties Home Builders Insurance Services, LP Hoover Slovacek, LLP Houston Association of Realtors- ELSA REALTY Houston Association of Realtors- HomeSmart Fine Properties Houston Association of Realtors- Re/Max Pioneers Hunton Distribution Hyphen Solutions IES Residential, Inc. iGET Services LLC Installed Building Products of Houston International Flooring, LLC Ironstone Builders Jacobs Overhead Door Company, Inc. Jerald E. Graves & Associates, Inc. Journey Construction K. Hovnanian Homes Kent Moore Cabinets, Ltd. Legends Architectural Stone Legion Custom Home Builders LLC Liberty Home Builders Malaga Homes, LLC Mazzarino Construction & Development Metro Wholesale Distributors Mirador Builders, LLC Morning Star Renovations OMG Builders, LLC Parke Patterson Land Development Pinnacle Disaster & Recovery Services QDI Services (Quarries Direct International) QUADVEST R and R Property Rehab Renaissance Windows & Doors RobRyan Construction Ryan James Enterprises, LLC dba Neal Homes Sabo Custom Builders Sanctuary Builders Semper Fi Contractors Shower Doors of Houston Steven Finger Custom Homes, LLC StrucSure Home Warranty Sullivan, Henry, Oggero & Associates, Inc. TONER Home Matters Texas Foam Insulators The Ark Cast Stone The Bath & Kitchen Showplace / Moore Supply Co. The May Insurance Group LLC. Tidwell Builders Toll Brothers US Eco Logic, Inc. Vejore.com WM Baker Companies, Inc. Walker Residential, LLC William Lyon Homes

MEMBER NAME Larry Jaynes Andy Perlman Juan Garcia Tim Kemrite Michael Stephens Don Forslund Michael Goetz Terry Grier Torrey Querin Corey Robinson Sarah Powers Ivonne Beteta Victor Butschek Alex Rezende, CSP, MCSP Charlie Hunton Mark Sullivan William Wilks Dr. Satya Pilla, P.E. Nikki Clifton Richard Arnold Curtis Young David Jacobs Michael Graves Bill Neighbors John Williams Jesse Sherlock Pat Wilson Jason Guyer,CGB John Sullivan Jimena Alverde Richard Mazzarino Adam Davis Jennifer Hamelet Yvonne Cummins George Harrison Parke Patterson Matt Mentzel Ginny Knauff Yvette McNellie Brian Rauch Craig Perkins Ryan Harris Ryan Neal Edward Sabo ,CAPS, CGB, CGP Bill Edwards, CGB Nicolas Cubbler Chris Sezonov Steven Finger D’Ann Brown John Sullivan Ryan Atlee Mike Ladyman Harry Durham Brian Hanley Tony May Jennifer Hyman David Assid Miranda Hardin Michael Jorewicz, CAPS Matt Baker Russell Walker, CGB Jennifer Keller

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JOIN DATE 2011 2007 2018 2017 1997 2011 2002 1994 2018 2007 1997 2015 2018 2013 1983 2018 2007 2018 2013 2015 2016 1996 2011 2001 1975 1991 2013 2013 2017 2010 2016 1986 2007 2017 2017 2005 2017 2010 2017 2018 2014 2004 2017 2011 2016 2017 2012 2016 1999 2011 2017 2014 1997 2018 2016 2014 2009 2013 2018 2016 2014 2018


MEMBERSHIP DEPARTMENT

MEMBERPROFILE

MEMBERPROFILE

Founded by Laurie Coton,

At SETTING THE SPACE, we are interior designers, dreamers, and home stagers creating beautiful spaces inspired by you.

COTON HOUSE REALTY AND DESIGN uniquely

combines real estate and interior design within a single boutique agency. A full array of services are offered under one roof. The idea of Coton House was conceived to fulfill a recognized need in the real estate arena. Laurie maintains a talented and experienced team that delivers personalized services. They are dedicated to achieving a common goal with its interior design and real estate clients. To learn more, visit cotonhouserealty.com or contact Laurie Coton at (832) 304-7782; laurie@cotonhouserealty.com.

MEMBERPROFILE CBA LAND CAPITAL works with residential developers and homebuilders to provide capital structures for acquisition and development of land and lots. Our understanding and knowledge of land development, local market conditions, and capital markets provides to uniquely position CBA Land Capital to assist with structuring a project. Lot and land banking can help fill in gaps where traditional financing falls short, takes too long, or creates challenges. If you’re interested in minimizing red tape and liability, CBA Land Capital can help. Contact CBA Land Capital to discuss alternative financing solutions. To learn more, visit cbalandcapital.com or contact Philip Guyton at (281) 213-5214; philip@cbalandcapital.com.

MEMBERPROFILE

Founded in 2006, Setting the Space is a home staging and interior design firm based in Plymouth, MA. The company has grown quickly, adding its first retail location in 2011. Setting the Space currently has six retail interior design centers, home to a diverse and unique merchandise assortment ranging from unexpected, whimsical gifts to the latest trends in home furnishings. Each store is staffed with a creative and talented team of designers ready to help customers. Today, we average about 100 staged properties at a time, supporting realtors throughout Massachusetts and Texas. Staging inventory of furniture, art and accessories is housed in our 20,000 square foot warehouse in Plymouth. The home staging design team selects the appropriate items to best support the space planning and flow for the specific property. The ultimate goal of home staging is to prepare the home for sale, allowing prospective buyers to envision how they would live there. Our extensive inventory allows the home staging and interior designers to select from varied styles. To learn more, visit www.settingthespace.com or contact Yulonda Buster at (281) 606-5838; yulonda@settingthespace.com.

MEETmore

NEW MEMBERS @ ghba.org/profile

ULTRA AIRE DEHUMIDIFIERS offers the industry’s most

MEMBERPROFILE

Ultra Aire is manufactured by Therma-Stor LLC, located in Madison, Wisconsin. Therma-Stor was established in 1977 to apply advanced heat transfer technologies to residential and commercial markets. The company also manufactures Santa Fe™ series of free-standing dehumidifiers, Therma-Stor® Heat Reclaim Water Heaters, Quest™ products, HI-E Dry™ commercial dehumidifiers, and Phoenix™ products.

STEADFAST STONE CRAFTERS, LLC delivers master craft quality fabrication and installation of natural and engineered stone countertops and other stone applications. We help you and your clients select the perfect stone for your projects and offer excellent customer service during the design, fabrication and installation process with a reasonable timeline and ultimate attention to detail. Marble, quartz, quartzite, granite, onyx, and custom concrete are just some of the stones we work with. Other applications: vanities, showers, bathtubs, fireplaces, vertical columns, water walls, custom concrete countertops. Serving Houston, Galveston, and surrounding areas.

complete line of whole house ventilating dehumidifiers. All Ultra Aire dehumidifiers are Energy Star® rated, provide dedicated dehumidification, mechanical outdoor air ventilation, and superior MERV 13 filtration to create a healthy, comfortable, and protected indoor environment.

To learn more, visit www.ultra-aire.com or contact Bill Holz at (608) 334-5409; bholz@thermastor.com.

To learn more, visit www.steadfaststonecrafters.com or contact Liv Kocak at (832) 690-9800; info@steadfaststonecrafters.com.

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NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION A New Member Orientation was held at the GHBA on Sept. 17. Representatives from various GHBA councils and committees spoke to new and prospective members about their involvement and experiences with the GHBA. The orientation was followed by a President’s Reception with GHBA President John Williams, and the 2019 board of directors. Thank you to all who participated.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPEAKERS! Associate Council/ Montgomery County Builders and Developers Division PAT WILSON, LEGENDS ARCHITECTURAL STONE Bay Area Builders Association GREG TOMLINSON, BUILDERS POST-TENSION Custom Builders Council TERRY NESCH, TONER HOME MATTERS Developers Council ED TARAVELLA, TARACORP

Membership Committee D’ANN BROWN, STRUCSURE HOME WARRANTY Remodelers Council TENILE LUTTENEGGER, EMSER TILE AND NATURAL STONE Sales & Marketing Council JAIME VIRKUS, GRAND DOMINION HOMES Association Benefits Plan YESSI GONZALEZ, ADVANTAGE BENEFIT SOLUTIONS

Government Affairs Committee/HOME-PAC MIKE DISHBERGER, SANDCASTLE HOMES, INC

National Association of Home Builders SAMANTHA DAVIS, NAHB REGIONAL FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

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MEMBERPROFILE

The BULLBAG holds up to 10 cubic yards of material (4,500 lbs) and can handle any job, big or small. Pay by height, not weight!

ANDERSON TILE & GRANITE is a local, family-owned business that provides builders, commercial and remodel clients with beautiful natural stone countertops, surfaces and flooring. Whether you’re looking to accomplish a traditional, contemporary or a minimalist style, the experts at Anderson Tile & Granite can design and customize projects to fit your needs.

Each BullBag comes with a lifetime guarantee – a reusable dumpster on demand. The BullBag can be set-up quickly in places a metal dumpster can’t go (over a fence, inside a garage) and disposed without damaging the property. A BullBag driver will be onsite within 24 to 72 business hours from placing an order. After the disposal, your BullBag is reset or rolled for storage and future use. You fill it, we dump it, you keep it. BullBag is dedicated to making sure our customers don’t waste time (or money) on waste! To learn more, visit www.thebullbag.com or contact Tony Hernandez at (832) 977-5298; saleshouston02@thebullbag.com.

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Anderson Tile & Granite has earned its reputation in the College Station, Magnolia, Conroe and Greater Houston areas through high standards of craftsmanship and top-rated customer service that reflects a desire to deliver a quality product that enhances the beauty of your home or property. To learn more, visit www.andersontileandgranite.com or contact Justin Anderson at (832) 934-2213; justin@andersontileandgranite.com.

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MEMBERSHIP DEPARTMENT

BUILD EXPO:

On August 14-15, the Membership Department participated in the BuildExpo in an attempt to recruit new members. A special ‘Thank you!’ to the Membership Committee members who volunteered and assisted with the recruiting efforts. We couldn’t do it without you! D’Ann Brown, StrucSure Home Warranty Dave Castle, DPIS Builder Services Cameron Copeland, Assurance One of Texas, LLC Crystal Gregg, Class Valuation Greg Madrey, Builders Post-Tension Terry Nesch, TONER Home Matters Debbie Page, 1st Infiniti Enterprises, Inc./1st Texas Fire Protection Rick Phillips, First United Bank Mortgage Group

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stand out w ith SAM!

Associates make up about two-thirds of the GHBA membership and through extra financial commitments from sponsorships, they finance a large portion of the advocacy and ongoing work on behalf of the housing industry. The Sustaining Associate Member Program (SAM) is just our way of saying "thanks!" SAMs receive additional recognition throughout the year in Houston Builder magazine, with distinguishing ribbons at events, signage at the GHBA building, and more! Our SAMs really go the extra mile for the GHBA. If you see one of these superstar associates, please take a minute to say thank you. Learn more about the SAM program at www.ghba.org/sponsorships.

2019 GRAND ($10,000+)

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

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

2019 PREMIER ($5,000+)

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

Health Insurance & Employee Benefit Plans Available to Members

GHBA members now have access to a full range of human resources, employee benefits, insurance and risk management solutions, through GHBA-endorsed provider Advantage Benefit Builders. Join larger pools of participants, with rates much more competitive than the open market For questions or quotes, email GHBA@ABSBenefitAdvisor.com

LU NC H 'N LEA RNS 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. GHBA Education Center 9511 W Sam Houston Pkwy N.

Join the 2019 SAM list! Call Cynthia at (281) 664-1425 to find out more.

Thursday, October 10 Monday, November 18 Monday, December 9

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COUNCIL UPDATE

SALES & MARKETING COUNCIL

2019 Sales & Marketing Council President

CARRIE ROEHLING Johnson Development Corporation

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Put on the Planning Hat

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h, October. With you comes cooler temperatures (usually), everything pumpkin, and one heck of an awards party. (Raise your hand if you look forward to the Houston’s Best PRISM Awards every year). But for many of us, it also brings hours poring over spreadsheets, reports and calendars as we start planning for the next year. This year, however, challenge yourself to do more than just look at goals and strategies for 2020. Think about 2021, 2022 and even 2025 and beyond. It’s time to put a long-range plan in place. If you already have, a big hats off to you! For those of us who haven’t but like the idea, here are a few tips to get started:

•• Establish one-year, three-year and five-year goals. Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound — in other words, SMART. •• Evaluate each goal to see if it is leading you on a path to achieve the next set of goals.

•• Map out broad strategies and then action steps toward each goal. Having trouble? Start with the goal and work backward.

•• Set up an evaluation system — and then follow it. Take what you learned to help you achieve future goals.

•• Don’t carve your long-term plan in concrete. Things change, life happens — as do recessions. Take time to occasionally re-evaluate, and if you have to adjust, realize that’s okay. It all may seem a little daunting at first, but like everything else, with a little practice it can become second nature. Oh, and one last tip: make sure to check off completed goals and put it where you can see it every day. Your accomplishments will be a boost and a reminder of how awesome you are! But before you jump to 2020 and beyond... Save Nov. 12 in your calendar to enjoy “A View to a Kill” because “You Only Live Twice.” It’s our Bond, James Bond SMC networking event! We’ll be on the recreation deck of the Mosaic Condominium Towers: Hermann Park from 6-9 p.m. enjoying drinks, hors d’oeuvres and good company. We’ll award the top producers for the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first three quarters of 2019. We’ll also name the SMC board for 2020. Get your tickets at ghba.org/calendar. The price goes up Nov. 1, so don’t let the “Skyfall” on a cheaper ticket!

COMING UP: HOUSTON'S BEST PRISM AWARDS GALA

Saturday, October 5 6 to 12 midnight at George R Brown Convention Center Experience "A Tribute to Prince," an elegant black tie gala and awards presentation. Join us for SMC's biggest night of the year, honoring the very best in the categories of People, Project and Promotion in the greater Houston area.

SMC NETWORKING

Tuesday, November 12 6 to 9 p.m. on the Recreation Deck of the Mosaic Condominium Towers, Hermann Park, 5825 Almeda Rd. 77004 James Bond themed networking event honoring the Q2 & Q3 Top Producers, and introducing the 2020 SMC board of directors.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 SALES & MARKETING COUNCIL ANNUAL SPONSORS

PLATINUM

SILVER

KELLER WILLIAMS

GOLD

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

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SMC NETWORKING EVENT

BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE 2019

HONORING

Q2 & Q3

TOP PRODUCERS

SAVE THE DATE:

REGISTER YOUR TOP PRODUCERS

11•12•19 6-9pm

ghba.org/calendar

EMERSE YOURSELF IN ALL THINGS

BOND JAMES BOND

ON THE RECREATION DECK OF THE MOSAIC CONDOMINIUM TOWERS: HERMANN PARK • 5825 ALMEDA RD., HOU. TX 77004

M Members: $40 Non-Members: $50 (Includes two drinks & hors ‘doeuvres) $10 Late Fee after 10-31-19 ghba.org/calendar

MEET THE

2020 SMC

BOARD MEMBERS

(4) EXCLUSIVE VIP SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE: $1,000 ea.

4 Tickets to Event with Private VIP Area for you and your guests to mix & mingle, 2 Valet Passes, Tabletop for collateral, Logo in A/V presentation and event marketing*

UNLIMITED

SPONSORSHIPS: $500 2 Tickets to Event Tabletop for collateral Listing in presentation and event marketing*

Contact: Mel Audain maudain@ghba.org 281•664•1428

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“DEARLY BELOVED, WE ARE GATHERED HERE TODAY...”

A TRIBUTE TO

Congratulations WINNERS & FINALISTS! See our complete list of award winners and finalists in next month’s magazine.

THANK YOU TO O U R S P O NSO RS

S AT U R DAY

YOU H ELP ED TO MA K E THIS

OCTOBER 5 — 2019 —

E VE NT A H U GE SUCC ESS!

6pm Cocktail Reception 7pm Dinner & Awards Presentation

THE 2 019 TI TLE SPONSOR

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1001 Avenida de las Americas *As of print date.

A/V PRESENTATION

CARICATURE ARTISTS

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ANNUAL EVENT RECOGNIZING NEW HOME SALES ACHIEVEMENT IN THE HOUSTON BUILDING INDUSTRY. Awarding Sales Associates, Sales Managers and REALTORS® who closed over $1 million worth of new single family homes, townhomes or garden homes during the 2019 calendar year. Attendance: 400+ Sales & Marketing Professionals. Exclusive sponsorships include the following: Company name or logo listed on GHBA website, in all event marketing and promotional materials, social media, and in on-screen presentations, event programs and signage (as applicable). Plus, company recognition as a Sponsor during the event (as applicable). The Venetian Title Sponsor – $3,500 On stage opportunity to show promotional company video • Ten (10) tickets to the event

The “Sophia Loren” Silent Auction Sponsor – $2,000 Logo on all bidding forms and auction item displays • Six (6) tickets to the event

The Grand Canal Centerpiece Sponsor – $2,500 Company logo on all centerpieces • Eight (8) tickets to the event

The Gondola Decor Sponsor – $2,000 Company logo displayed in ballroom • Six (6) tickets to the event

The Rialto Dinner Sponsor – $2,500 (2 opportunities) Company logo on dinner menu • Eight (8) tickets to the event

“La Dolce Vita” Dessert Sponsor – $2,000 Company name or logo on dessert picks placed in each dessert served • Six (6) tickets to the event

The “Pacino” Program Sponsor – $2,000 Company name or logo on booklet (as applicable) • Six (6) tickets to the event

The Piazza Photo Sponsor – $2,000 Logo on photos taken in photo booth • Six (6) tickets to the event

The “Saluto!” Cocktail Sponsor – $2,000 (2 opportunities) Company name or logo on swizzle sticks or napkins placed at bars • Six (6) tickets to the event The “Maschera” Mask Sponsor – $1,750 Sponsor has oppotunity to pass out Mardi Gras masks to guests • Four (4) tickets to the event The Treviso Toast Sponsor – $1,750 Opportunity to propose a toast on stage • Four (4) tickets to the event

The “Carnevale” Certificate Sponsor – $1,750 Company name or logo printed on each award certificate Opportunity to congratulate award recipients as they exit the stage with their certificates • Four (4) tickets to the event. The “Bellini” Beads Sponsor – $1,250 Sponsor has opportunity to pass out Mardi Gras beads at all tables. • Four (4) tickets to the event Million Dollar Sponsor – $750 Unlimited • Company listing on all marketing • Two (2) tickets to the event

The “De Niro” Doubloon Sponsor – $1,750 Contact: Mel Audain at Company name or logo on a sweet maudain@ghba.org or extra”| favor Greater Houston Builders Association – Building a B“something etter Future Houston Builder | 281-664-1428 OCTOBER 2019 • Four (4) tickets to the event

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REMODELERS COUNCIL

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2019 Remodelers Council President

SHERRY PRUITT, CGR, CAPS Whodid It Designs and Remodeling

Honoring a Groundbreaking Leader & Friend "We’ve got a responsibility to live up to the legacy of those who came before us by doing all that we can to help those who come after us. —President John F. Kennedy

behind Leslie, a legacy that I hope we can continue to pass on. Thank you, Leslie for paving the way.

t is with a heavy heart that I deliver the sad news that Leslie King, our colleague and former Remodelers Council president, passed away on August 29. As the first female Remodelers Council president, Leslie was a ground-breaker.

The City of Houston was well represented at the Sept. 12 RMC luncheon. The panel consisting of building officials from electrical, flood plain, structural, permitting and planning gave an overview of new regulations as well as answering questions about existing ones. Our members were well engaged and had great dialog with the panelists.

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During September’s GHBA Executive Board meeting and again at the RMC luncheon, we paid tribute to Leslie and her legacy. Her daughter Kelly joined the meetings to share her sentiments and thank members for their support. As I remember Leslie, my thoughts immediately go to how thankful I am to have known her. Whether I am in business a year from now or 15 years from now, the advice Leslie gave me will be part of what made me successful. It has been an honor to be the second female president of the Remodelers Council

City of Houston Panel

Contract Access at the Expo October begins a busy season at the GHBA. The Product Expo will be held on Thursday, October 17 at the Sam Houston Race Park. Remodelers are REQUIRED to attend. An important aspect of our GHBA membership is utilizing the TAB contracts. This annual seminar, held at the Product Expo, will allow your company to gain access to the TAB 2019-2021

contracts. All seminar registration options allow complimentary access for additional employees from your company and you may attend as many of the contract seminars as you want for a single registration fee. Please register additional attendees from your company using the "secondary guest registration" option. Register at GHBA.org/calendar.

Scholarships Benefit the Next Generation of Leaders Every year, the Houston Remodelers Council awards scholarships to RMC members and their college-age children, to honor the memory of former members, Leo Meerman and Bill Carter. The deadline to apply is November 5, 2019. Scholarships will be awarded at the Remodelers Council Holiday Party in December. More information and applications may be found on the Remodelers Council page on the ghba.org website. I hope to see everyone at the GHBA Product Expo on the 17th!

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COMING UP: 17TH ANNUAL GHBA PRODUCT EXPO

Thursday, October 17 12 noon to 6 p.m. Sam Houston Race Park Pavilion REMODELERS COUNCIL MONTHLY LUNCHEON

Featuring Mattress Mack! Thursday, November 14 11:30 a.m. at Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Dr., Houston, 77024 Cost: $45 earlybird; $55 after Nov. 7 SPONSORED BY: TABLETOPS: ACES Builders Warranty Inc.; BW Granite Design ; Expressions Home Gallery; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery; Ironwood Connection; Pella Windows & Doors ; The SherwinWilliams Co.; Triton Stone Group of Houston

PHOTO: 2018 Remodelers Council Holiday Party. Pictured left to right are: Cassie Milam, Detering Co. of Houston; Ginny Knauff, QDI Services; Liz Lane, Omni Surfaces; Sandra Crook, Greymark Construction; Maria Frank, Cabinets & Designs Inc.; Amy Robinson, Ideal Consulting Services, Inc. / Websites By Ideal; Karen Phelps, Walker-Zanger; Sherry Pruitt, Whodid It Designs and Remodeling; Leslie King, Greymark Construction. Leslie, we will miss you dearly!

On Saturday, August 24, the GHBA Remodelers Council competed in the 33rd Annual AIA Houston Sandcastle Competition—a longtime council tradition. Nearly 50 teams stretched along the East Beach in Galveston, and more than 25,000 spectators watched as teams meticulously created epic, themed sand sculptures working non-stop for five hours. RMC chose the children's book "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" as its 2019 theme inspiration. The judging of the sculptures is rated on originality of concept, artistic execution, technical difficulty, carving technique, and utilization of the site. Thank you to the Sandcastle Committee and everyone who participated in this fun-in-thesun weekend! See more photos at www.facebook.com/ GreaterHoustonBA/ Greater Houston Builders Association – Building a Better Future | Houston Builder | OCTOBER 2019

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY DIVISION GOLF TOU A big thank you to everyone who came out for the 9th Annual Montgomery County Builders & Developers Division Golf Tournament at the beautiful Woodlands Country Club on Monday, September 9. It was a wonderful day on the links (and out of the office!). Congratulations to our winners and many thanks to our generous sponsors. 1ST PLACE Anderson Tie & Granite 2ND PLACE ROCK Materials 3RD PLACE ABC Supply Company CLOSEST TO THE PIN Ken Aldredge Austin Crawley Neil Wooding LONGEST DRIVE Daniel Galloway Richard Bautista Ms. Alexa Porter PUTTING CONTEST Leurs Harris

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ACES Builders Warranty Inc. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Ironwood Connection SRG Stairs Suncoast Post-Tension Ltd.

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ASSOCIATE COUNCIL

2019 Associate Council Chair

GREG MADREY Builders Post-Tension

Bodacious BBQ & Gnarly Networking

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n the famous words of Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” The same goes for involvement at the GHBA and the Associate Council. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily pressures of work routines and sales calls, but stopping and moving beyond the ordinary to become more involved in something extraordinary—even if it’s not jumping on a float in a parade—is a great way to make every day more meaningful. A few short weeks into the future, we’ll be enjoying a blast to the past at our annual BBQ & Wild Game Cook-Off, which this year will honor the best movies from the 1980s. The event, which will be on November 8, always features some “Top Gun” cookers, bodacious barbecue, totally rad music, and way cool camaraderie. This event is the most highly anticipated throughout our organization and is a great opportunity to network while enjoying award-winning food. The excitement for this annual tradition is steadily building, and I am really looking forward to seeing everyone there. As the Karate Kid taught us, we should look at everything as an opportunity for learning, and attending the monthly Associate Council luncheons is a gnarly way to do exactly that. In September, our guest speakers were vice presidents of construction, Billy Staudt of Historymaker

Homes and Tim Mayo of Meritage Homes. In October, we heard from emerging builders, who also shared their insights on market trends, anticipated growth, and much more. Thank you to all the builders who gave their time and shared their expertise— and to everyone who attended. I’d also like to thank Pat Wilson and Kim Lawrence who have done a great job in putting together the monthly luncheon speaker panels to help make these events so successful. The Associate Leadership Committee will be hosting an invitationonly speaker appreciation end-of-theyear event on Thursday, October 24 to show our gratitude, so please be on the lookout for the invitation. Aside from these luncheons, the GHBA offers associates many more educational opportunities, certifications, and seminars that can help you further your industry knowledge. Involvement in the GHBA provides members with a competitive advantage because you become more informed members within our industry, gaining knowledge about important industry trends, new legislative rulings, and advances in technology.

COMING UP: ASSOCIATE COUNCIL MONTHLY LUNCHEON

Thursday, October 3 Topic: Emerging Builders 11:30 a.m. at GHBA Education Center 9511 W Sam Houston Parkway N, Houston, TX 77064 Cost: $25 earlybird; $30 after Oct. 2 Sponsored by:

BBQ & WILD GAME COOK-OFF

"Grill'n & Chill'n with 80s Movies" Friday, November 8 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at a.m. at Rock Materials, 13315 Theis Lane Tomball, TX 77375 Cost: $15 wristbands; $500 team entry Sponsorships available! (See pg. 16)

So “seize the day” and put an excellent adventure into every month with everything the GHBA and the Associate Council has to offer. Until next month, “I’ll be back.”

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COUNCIL UPDATE

CUSTOM BUILDERS COUNCIL

2019 Custom Builders Council Chair

JIM BOB TAYLOR D. L. Doyle Construction Co.

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ropical Storm Imelda took its toll on Houston—and on our September CBC meeting. Due to the inclement weather, the meeting has been rescheduled for November 21. If you were registered for the September meeting, then you have been automatically registered for November. No need to do anything. If you have not registered, then what are you waiting for? This can't-miss luncheon will feature building officials from Bellaire, Bunker Hill and Spring Valley Village who will discuss permit times and new/ revised processes. Don’t miss it!

Snag the 2019-2021 TAB Contracts at Expo 2019 Are you using old contracts? Protect your business and peace of mind by renewing your access at the Expo contract seminars. The 2019-2021 version of the TAB Texas Residential Construction Contracts Package has been released. These documents reflect legislative changes, case law, new regulatory requirements and updated principles that were made during the 86th Legislative Session. In addition to reflecting new legislatively

mandated flood notice requirements, over 50 additions and enhancements have been made, including important modifications to address certain arbitration procedures, latent defect claim issues, code compliance matters and provisions regarding attorney’s fees. The package also includes a new Homeowner Maintenance Form and a new Job Rules Addendum to the Independent Contractor Form. The Express Home Warranty documents will reflect current building practices and updated standards.

COMING UP:

The 17th Annual Product Expo is set for October 17 at Sam Houston Race Park.

*Seminar attendance is required annually in order to access the TAB Contracts.

Builders and remodelers attend for free to see the latest products and services from your associate member partners. Attendees are eligible to win a vacation package and chances to win cash in the wildly popular Money Ball Horse Racing Game. Complimentary food and bar tickets available courtesy of our sponsors.

CUSTOM BUILDERS COUNCIL MONTHLY LUNCHEON

Contract seminars are scheduled throughout the day. One seminar registration fee covers your entire company for the day. Send as many representatives as you like, and attend one, two or all three sessions!

17TH ANNUAL PRODUCT EXPO

Thursday, October 17

12 noon to 6 p.m. at Sam Houston Race Park EXPO SEMINARS:

10:30 a.m. - Custom Builder Contract Seminar

1:30 p.m. - Insurance & Litigation Seminar 4 p.m. - Remodeler Contract Seminar

Thursday, November 21

11:30 a.m. at Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Dr., 77024

Cost: $45 earlybird; $55 after Nov. 14 SPONSORED BY:

TABLETOPS: ACES Builders Warranty;

Builders Post-Tension, The Detering Co.; Emser Tile; Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery; Huber Engineered Woods; Ironwood Connection; Milgard Windows & Doors

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

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OFFICERS AND LEADERSHIP GHBA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JOHN WILLIAMS PRESIDENT

ROB HELLYER VICE PRESIDENT

KENA ARMSTRONG ASSOCIATE V. P.

KEITH LUECHTEFELD SECRETARY

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

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

GHBA’S TAB DIRECTORS

JOHN MADSEN, CPA TREASURER

IAN FARIA LEGAL COUNSEL

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

TAB LIFE DIRECTORS

DON KLEIN PAST PRESIDENT

CASEY MORGAN EXECUTIVE VP & CEO

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

GHBA’S NAHB DELEGATES

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

NAHB LIFE DELEGATES

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

NAHB SENIOR LIFE DELEGATES

Randy Birdwell J.S. Norman, Jr.

COUNCIL PRESIDENTS & COMMITTEE CHAIRS

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

GHBA DIVISION PRESIDENTS

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

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

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Stay informed and connected at association meetings and events.

October

November

MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Wednesday, October 2 1:30 p.m. - Developers Council Thursday, October 3 9 a.m. - Education Committee

11:30 a.m. - Associate Council Luncheon Saturday, October 5 6 p.m. to 12 midnight - Houston's Best PRISM Awards Gala, at George R. Brown Convention Ctr Monday, October 7 2 p.m. - HOME-PAC Meeting Thursday, October 10 11:30 a.m. - Advantage Benefit Solutions Employee Benefits "Lunch & Learn" Thursday, October 17 12 noon to 6 p.m. - 17th Annual GHBA Product Expo, at Sam Houston Race Park EXPO SEMINARS 10:30 a.m. - Custom Builder Contract Seminar 1:30 p.m. - Insurance & Litigation Seminar 4 p.m. - Remodeler Contract Seminar Wednesday, October 23 11 a.m. - Montgomery County Builders & Developers Division Luncheon, at The Woodlands Country Club, 100 Grand Fairway Drive 77381

MEETINGS AND EVENTS

December MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Tuesday, November 5 11:30 a.m. - Bay Area Builders Association Luncheon, at La Brisa, 501 N Wesley, 77573

Friday & Saturday, December 6-7 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Frank Aranza Adopt-a-Family Project, at GHBA & Houston Housing Authority

Wednesday, November 6 1:30 p.m. - Developers Council

Monday, December 9 11:30 a.m. - Advantage Benefit Solutions Employee Benefits "Lunch & Learn"

Thursday, November 7 9 a.m. - Education Committee 11:30 a.m. - Associate Council Luncheon 4 p.m. - GHBA Board Meeting Friday, November 8 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. - 18th Annual BBQ & Wild Game Cookoff, at Rock Materials, 13315 Theis Ln, 77375 Tuesday, November 12 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - SMC Networking & Top Producers, Recreation Deck, Mosaic Condominium Towers, Hermann Park, 5825 Almeda Rd. 77004 Thursday, November 14 11:30 a.m. - Remodelers Council Luncheon, at Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Dr, 77024 5 p.m. - YP Networking

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

January 2020 MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Saturday, January 18 6 p.m. - 2020 Installation Celebration welcoming incoming President Rob Hellyer and the new Board of Directors, at The Briar Club, 2603 Timmons Ln, 77027

Monday, November 18 11:30 a.m. - Advantage Benefit Solutions Employee Benefits "Lunch & Learn" Tuesday, November 19 12 noon - Volume Builders Quarterly Meeting

EDUCATION COURSES

Tuesday, October 15 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Building Science: New Codes, the Same Old Science (ABCs of Home Building Series) Wednesday, October 16 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Power Up with Color! Winning Paint and Color Solutions for 2019 Tuesday, October 29 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Secrets of Staging (Sticks & Bricks of Sales and Marketing Course) Wednesday, October 30 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Introduction to Project Management (NAHB Course)

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Volume Builders Clay Shoot, American Shooting Centers Thursday, November 21 11:30 a.m. - Custom Builders Council, at Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial (at Voss)

EDUCATION COURSES

Thursday, November 14 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Residential Foundations: Soils and Materials Testing Tuesday, November 19 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Scheduling Seminar (ABCs of Home Building Series)

*Dates subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings held at the GHBA offices, located at: 9511 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, Tex. 77064.

For tickets, visit:

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Southern Front Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 281.890.5860 southernfront.com

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Grogan Building Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 713.694.5147 www.groganbuildingsupply.com

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13. Publication Title

STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP

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Houston Builder

September 2019

15. Extent and Nature of Circulation

Average No. Copies No. Copies of Single Each Issue During Issue Published Preceding 12 Months Nearest to Filing Date

a. Total Number of Copies (Net press run) (1) Mailed Outside-County Paid Subscriptions Stated on PS Form 3541 (Include paid distribution above nominal rate, advertiser’s proof copies, and exchange copies)

1. Publication Title

Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation (All Periodicals Publications Except Requester Publications) 2. Publication Number

_ 2 1 8 2 6 0 5. Number of Issues Published Annually

Houston Builder 4. Issue Frequency monthly

3. Filing Date

9/16/2019 6. Annual Subscription Price $15

7. Complete Mailing Address of Known Office of Publication (Not printer) (Street, city, county, state, and ZIP+4 ®)

Contact Person Brittany Feldmann Telephone (Include area code) 832-215-7232

9511 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, TX 77064

b. Paid Circulation (By Mail and Outside the Mail)

8. Complete Mailing Address of Headquarters or General Business Office of Publisher (Not printer) 9511 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, TX 77064

Mailed In-County Paid Subscriptions Stated on PS Form 3541 (Include paid distribution above nominal rate, advertiser’s proof copies, and exchange copies)

(3)

Paid Distribution Outside the Mails Including Sales Through Dealers and Carriers, Street Vendors, Counter Sales, and Other Paid Distribution Outside USPS®

(4)

Paid Distribution by Other Classes of Mail Through the USPS (e.g., First-Class Mail®)

3000

815

763

1720

1615

Free or Nominal Rate Distribution Outside the Mail (Carriers or other means)

f. Total Distribution (Sum of 15c and 15e)

Brittany Feldmann 9511 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, TX 77064 g. Copies not Distributed (See Instructions to Publishers #4 (page #3))

Managing Editor (Name and complete mailing address) Brittany Feldmann 9511 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, TX 77064

Housinguide Inc.

268

271

293

296

2828

2674

326

3000

88.9% 89.6% Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation * If you are claiming electronic copies, go to line 16 on page 3. If you are not claiming electronic copies, skip to line 17 on page 3. (All Periodicals Publications Except Requester Publications) 16. Electronic Copy Circulation

Average No. Copies Each Issue During Preceding 12 Months

b. Total Paid Print Copies (Line 15c) + Paid Electronic Copies (Line 16a) c.  Total Print Distribution (Line 15f) + Paid Electronic Copies (Line 16a)

Complete Mailing Address

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Full Name

0

25

3000

9511 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, TX 77064

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0

172

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2378

0

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Editor (Name and complete mailing address)

0

0 2535

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0

0

c. Total Paid Distribution [Sum of 15b (1), (2), (3), and (4)]

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(2)

3000

d. Percent Paid (Both Print & Electronic Copies) (16b divided by 16c Í 100)

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0

0

2535

2378

2828

2674 88.9%

89.6%

X I certify that 50% of all my distributed copies (electronic and print) are paid above a nominal price. 17. Form Publication Statement of Ownership PS 3526,ofJuly 2014 (Page 2 of 4) X If the publication is a general publication, publication of this statement is required. Will be printed in the

October 2019

18. Signature and Title of Editor, Publisher, Business Manager, or Owner

12. Tax Status (For completion by nonprofit organizations authorized to mail at nonprofit rates) (Check one) The purpose, function, and nonprofit status of this organization and the exempt status for federal income tax purposes: X Has Not Changed During Preceding 12 Months Has Changed During Preceding 12 Months (Publisher must submit explanation of change with this statement) PS Form 3526, July 2014 [Page 1 of 4 (see instructions page 4)] PSN: 7530-01-000-9931

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Publication not required.

issue of this publication. Date Brittany Feldmann Publisher

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