The Housing & Building Association (HBA) of Colorado Springs awarded Tim Siebert with N.E.S. the “Associate Member of the Year”, Nathan Liljestrand with Custom Creations the “Remodeler Member of the Year”, Mark Bussone with Vantage Homes the “Builder Member of the Year”, and Jerry Novak with Classic Homes the “Industry Person of the Year”. David Jenkins and Kent Petre with Nor’wood Limited received the prestigious “Founders Award” at its Annual Awards Reception on Wednesday, February 13 at the Antlers Hilton. The Reception was resided over by John Bisset, the 2013 President of the HBA and included many local elected officials and over 160 HBA members. These Awards recognize Members for their distinguished service to the HBA, the building industry, and the community.
Below are a few words about the awards and each of the recipients:
Associate Member of the Year
It takes many member companies from all areas of our industry to make our Association the strong force within the community. Many of these companies are Associate Members who are constantly at the forefront of HBA activities – serving on committees, organizing events, lending their expertise to industry issues, and recruiting and retaining members for our organization.
Tim served as Chair of the Land Use Committee, participated on the Public Policy Committee, Board of Directors, NAHB Leadership Institute, American Society of Landscape Architects, American Planning Association, Boy Scouts of America – Pack 21, was a U9 Coach for the Sharpshooters Lacrosse Team, is involved with the El Paso County Barriers to Business Committee, and Quality of Life Indicator Vision Council Chair.
Remodeler Member of the Year
This is the fourth year HBA has recognized members of the Association who are in the remodeling industry who contribute their time and resources to the betterment of the building and remodeling industry and the Association.
Nathan earned his Certified Aging In Place Specialists (CAPS) designation in 2012. As Chair of the Remodelers Council, he served on the HBA Board of Directors and the HBA Cares Board of Directors and the Parade of Homes Committee. In the community, he volunteered at the Deerfields Hills Renovation project. He is involved with his local church and is a commissioner for the Town of Palmer Lake Planning Commission. He was the team captain for multiple projects for the Griffiths Center, including the Boys Home in Falcon.
Builder Member of the Year
The Builder Member of the Year is presented to a member who has made consistent contributions toward the betterment of the housing industry and the association. The award is given for significant accomplishment during the past year.
In 2012, Mark Bussone served as Chair of the Code Review Committee. A very important issue, even before the Waldo Canyon Fire, is fire codes. Mark has led the charge on how fire codes are adopted. Finding a code that focuses on saving lives while keeping housing cost down is a balance that can be reached when everyone is at the table for discussions. He served on the Board of Directors and was the top member recruiter during the November membership drive, and the year overall. He was actively involved in the Waldo Canyon rebuild efforts and is a supporter of Falcon Youth Sports.
Industry Person of the Year
The Industry Person of the Year Award is presented to a member who has made consistent contributions toward the betterment of the housing industry and the association. The award is given for significant accomplishment over a prolonged period of time.
Jerry has been with the HBA since its inception – well, at least, since the inception of the Political Action Committee and the Public Policy Council. He has worked on numerous special projects including the El Paso County Impact Fee Community and El Paso County Water Quality Committee. He has held all executive offices including President and is a Senior Life Director for the National Association of Home Builders.
In the community, Jerry currently serves on five Title 32 Metro District boards and has recently been nominated for a seat on the Regional Advisory Council of the Area Agency on Ageing, and agency of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments. Jerry has represented the HBA on many issues, including: City and County Drainage Board, Major Thoroughfare Task Force, The Hillside Fire Task Force, EPC Highway Advisory Committee and was on the Colorado Springs Utility Policy Advisory Committee.
The Founders Award is presented to members of out industry who have shown a lifetime of leadership and community achievement. This is the most prestigious award given by our industry to recognize excellence in building our community.
David Jenkins and Kent Petre with Nor’wood Limited have provided homes, schools and neighborhoods for thousands of families in the Colorado Springs community. They developed the 2,000 acre Nor’wood community in northeast Colorado Springs. This includes residential, school and parks; the Powers Auto Park with more to come. David and Kent also acquired the 2,000 acre master planned community of Wolf Ranch. Together they also acquired and are developing the 500 acre master planned community Mesa Ridge Project in Fountain.
David reshaped the Powers corridor with the iconic retail development known as First and Main Town Center. In addition, under David’s leadership, Nor’wood has developed the Barnes Marketplace at Barnes and Powers; Interquest Marketplace at Interquest and I-25. Another passion of David’s has been Downtown, including the Plaza of the Rockies, Alamo Corporate Center and Southwest Downtown Redevelopment
David’s involvement is not limited to business interests. He is a past Chair of the Board of Trustees for First Presbyterian Church; Led effort to change our form of government for a Strong Mayor; Past President of the East Colorado Springs Rotary Club; Raised more than $1 million for cystic fibrosis; Past President – and recipient of the Silver Spur Award of the Pikes Peak Range Riders; Member of the Urban Land Institute; Past President of the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors; was instrumental in founding the Economic Development Corporation and has remained a strong supporter over the years
The masterplanned community called Nor’wood is the centerpiece of Kent Petre’s real estate career. But he also brought his energy and talents to the Mesa Ridge Master-planned Community in Fountain. Kent is past recipient of the Industry Person of the Year by the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs in 2000. He was also recognized as Colorado Exchanger of the Year by the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors. Kent was a strong supporter of School District 11, a strong supporter of Partners in Housing and an effective supporter and advocate for parks. We lost Kent last year, but we will never forget him.
Together, David Jenkins and Kent Petre were a formidable team who provide first rate communities and home, schools, parks and recreational opportunities