2020 will be the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin’s 67th year in existence. Much has changed since the early days when a small group of founders formed the organization all those years ago. Most notably, we are now over 800 members strong and are recognized as the voice of the housing industry in Austin and throughout our six-county region.
This is in no small part due to our loyal members led by our board of directors which includes some of the top industry leaders in the Austin area. I’d like to take a moment to introduce our 2020 board and thank them in advance for the work they will do this year.
President Joe Fowler, JHF Homes LLC; Immediate Past President Becky Collins, United Development Funding; First Vice President/President-Elect Chad Durham, David Weekley Homes; VP of Finance Clare Branson, American Bank, NA; VP of Education & Workforce Development Ross Britton, U.S. Ecologic; VP of Government Relations Hank Smith, Texas Engineering Solutions; VP of Membership: John Jones, Scott Felder Homes; VP of Special Projects Melissa Brown, Mid City Development; and Infill Builders Council President Scott Turner, Riverside Homes.
Bryan Beil, PulteGroup, Inc.; David Burton, Enve Builders, Custom Builder & Remodeler Council President; Sean Chandler, Chesmar Homes; Charlie Coleman, Lennar Homes, HomeAid Austin Director*; Ron Glenn, Highland Homes; Duke Kerrigan, Hillwood Communities; Carrie Moorman, Chesmar Homes, Professional Women in Building President*; Lindsay Motley, Ashton Woods; Zach Savage, Zach Savage Homes; Nancy Stroder, Taylor Morrison; Tommy Tucker, Johnson Development; Will Winkler, PSW Real Estate; and Andy Jacobs, Pulte Homes, Volume Builders Council president.
John Endendyk, Endland Properties Group, HBA Goes Local Chair and Miranda Hardin, US Ecologic, Young Professionals Council President and Eldon Rude, 360º Real Estate Analytics
This great leadership team has many important tasks ahead. A major focus will be to continue our important advocacy work. We will tirelessly cultivate our relationships with elected officials, cities and municipalities to ensure the HBA can successfully affect pro-housing and housing affordability legislation.
Another focus will be giving back to our community. This includes supporting the HBA’s Benefit Home project — a home built by a generous developer, in addition to other resources donated by HBA members. We are so thankful to 2019 Benefit Home Builder, Taylor Morrison, and to Lennar and Chesmar, both of whom have committed to Benefit Home projects in 2020. A portion of proceeds from the sale of each Benefit Home is then donated to the HBA’s charity of choice, HomeAid Austin whose mission is “Building new lives for Austin’s individuals and families experiencing homelessness through housing and community outreach.”
Another key initiative is building the next generation of housing-industry professionals. In the coming years, a great number of baby boomers are expected to retire from construction industry jobs. This void, along with the already existing construction labor shortage, means engaging younger generations is more important than ever. Through groups like our Young Professionals Council (YPC), Professional Women in Building (PWB) Council and our Workforce Development programs, we have the opportunity to be at the forefront of solutions to workforce challenges.
Of course, there are many additional priorities for 2020 such as educating the residential construction community on the role of the HBA and, of course, continuing to grow membership. Overall, I expect this year to be a busy and productive one for the HBA, and it is my honor to serve as board president.