The Housing & Building Association Recognizes Outstanding Members Of The Association

February 19, 2013

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.

Founders Award
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

 

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HBA Installs John Bissett As 2013 President

November 16, 2012

The Housing & Building Association (HBA) of Colorado Springs continued its 61-year tradition of electing high profile, industry leaders to represent the most influential Association in the Colorado Springs region.  The HBA represents more than 460 member companies and some 10,000 +/- citizens in the region; membership in the HBA is diverse and covers all areas of the home & commercial building industry, including landscaping, home products, banking, contractor trades, architects and building supplies, as well as builders and developers.

John Bissett with JM Weston Homes was installed as the 2013 HBA President at the HBA Annual Membership Reception, held Wednesday, November 14 at the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department.  2012 HBA President John A. Cassiani with RealTech Development moved into the position of Immediate Past President, and Joe Loidolt with Classic Homes was installed as the HBA President Elect.   Newly elected board members were:  Mark Bussone, Vantage Homes; Heath Herber, Westerra Development; Josh Peterson, Saddletree Homes; Vince Shoemaker, Bryan Construction; Dylan Fischer, Ferguson Enterprises; and John Radcliffe, Independent Civil Engineer.

Also honored were the volunteer “Chairs” of more than 14 different Committees and Councils that carry out the mission of the Housing & Building Association.  These volunteers give hundreds of hours each year to support the building industry.  Ralph Braden, Nor’wood Limited – Chair of the Political Action Committee; Mark Bussone, Vantage Homes – Chair of the Code Review; Jerry Costanzo, G.L. Costanzo & Assoc. – Chair of the Sales & Marketing Council; Mike Finkbiner, Robbins Roofing Specialists – Co-Chair of the PAC Golf; Marc Towne & Mark Fuerstenberger, Classic Homes – Co-Chairs of the 2Man Scramble Golf; George Hess, Vantage Homes – Co-Chair of the PAC Golf; Bobby Ingels, Nor’wood Limited – Chair of the Public Policy; Brad Kreikemeier, Bank of Colorado – Chair of the Finance Committee; Nathan Liljestrand, Custom Creations – Chair of the Remodelers Council; Matt Manzione, Mountaintop Custom Homes – Chair of the Jobsite Safety; Tim McConnell, Drexel, Barrell & Company – Chair of the Fountain Committee and Tri-Lakes Committee; John Radcliffe,  Independent Civil Engineer – Chair of the Utilities Committee; Tim Seibert,  Principle of N.E.S. Inc. – Chair of the Land Use; Jason Weber, Weber Construction – Chair of the Parade of Homes; and Dawn White, Keller Williams Partners Realty – Chair of the Member Services Council.

Achievements such as these are great testimonials to the housing and building industry, both in our local community, as well as at the national level.  We all benefit from those whose time, loyalty, and leadership are so graciously and willingly given in an effort to accomplish HBA’s mission of keeping housing affordable.

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HBA’s Renee Zentz is 2012 Athena Award winner

April 4, 2012

Renee Zentz, CEO of the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs and former general manager of the Norris Penrose Event Center, was honored Wednesday as the 2012 Athena Award recipient at the 19th Annual Women in Business Conference.

Zentz was recognized during a Broadmoor hotel luncheon attended by several hundred people; the annual Women in Business Conference was sponsored by the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC and several other groups.

The Athena Award recognizes an individual who has mentored women and helped them reach their potential in business, and who has achieved business success and performed superior community service. Zentz was one of five finalists for the award, who were chosen from among 13 nominees.

The award was presented to Zentz by Emily Fowler, daughter of 2010 Athena Award recipient Cindy Fowler; Cindy Fowler died from breast cancer in February and was remembered at Wednesday’s event.

“Renee pursues advancement and betterment of the Colorado Springs community with a heart to put community and others above self,” Emily Fowler said in prepared remarks. “During times of both prosperity and difficulty, Renee has maintained a financially strong organization as the CEO of the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association. As the former general manager of the Norris Penrose Event Center, Renee was instrumental in preserving the regional history of our western culture.”

Zentz was also recognized for her work in helping to establish HBA Cares, a nonprofit program that provides temporary housing for financially distressed families in the Pikes Peak region while their family members are hospitalized. She also worked to help develop the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center, an events center along North Nevada Avenue that was created as part of a partnership with the HBA and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
 
In addition to the Chamber & EDC, the event was sponsored by The Gazette, U.S. Bank, Red Noland Autogroup, KOAA 5, the University of the Rockies, Pinnacol Assurance, Kaiser Permanente, USAA, Oracle America, Webster University and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Women in Business.

The other four finalists were Camille Blakely, partner and president of Blakely + Co., a marketing and advertising firm; Michelle Blessing, a real estate agent with ERA Shields Real Estate; Dee Vazquez Sabol, community engagement and outreach officer with the Pikes Peak Library District; and Anne Wamser of the Eastern Colorado Bank’s business development office.

Story by Rich Laden at the Gazette

rich.laden@gazette.com

Read more: http://www.gazette.com/articles/zentz-136244-conference-business.html#ixzz1r6fSMN7N


The Housing & Building Association Recognizes Outstanding Members Of The Association

February 6, 2012

The Housing & Building Association (HBA) of Colorado Springs awarded Jason Weber with Weber Construction the “Associate Member of the Year”, Ron Holladay with Holladay Bros. Construction. with the “Remodeler Member of the Year”, Kyle Campbell with Classic Homes the “Builder Member of the Year”, and Scott Mikulecky with Sherman & Howard  the “Industry Person of the Year”, at its Annual Awards Reception on Wednesday, February 1 at the Antlers Hilton.  The Reception was resided over by John Cassiani, the 2012 President of the HBA and included many local elected officials and over 100 HBA members.  These Awards recognize Members for their distinguished service to the HBA, the building industry, and the community. 

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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.

The 2011 Associate Member of the Year, Jason Weber, President of Weber Construction is Chair of the Parade of Homes Committee and the Texas Hold’em networking events.  He serves on the Code Review Committee, the Sales & Marketing Council, Member Services Council, the Remodelers Council and the CSHBA Board of Directors. Along with his wife Carolyn, they attend as many events as we can.   Jason is working toward his Certified Graduate Remodeler designation.  Jason also serves on the School Accountability Committees at Falcon Middle School and Woodman Hills Elementary.

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. 

Ron Holladay, President of Holladay Bros. Construction consistently demonstrated excellence and integrity both personally and professionally in his commitment to Holladay Brothers Construction, Inc and to the industry.  He consults with property management companies regarding remodeling, construction and maintenance at various housing communities throughout the Pikes Peak Region, and is a consultant to insurance industry on property damage issues

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. 

Kyle Campbell with Classic Homes and Classic Consulting brought unique qualities, insights and expertise to all areas of the HBA last year.  As a Member, Kyle Campbell was at the forefront of issues dealing with public policy including streamlining the review process at the City, the transfer of Financial Assurance Requirement to Builders, Drainage Basin Fee Program Proposal,  Ground water Quality Study, Stormwater Management Assessment and Standards Development, County Road Impact Fee and the Barriers to Business just to name a few.

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. 

Scott Mikulecky, Member of Sherman & Howard, has served on the CSHBA Board of Directors and been our legal advisor on the Executive Team for 9 years.  2011 was a busy year and many of the accomplishments would not have been possible without the hundreds of volunteer hours Scott contributed.  Scott drafted and redrafted the partnership agreement with UCCS, the Promoter Use Agreement, and the Vendor Use Agreements for the Freedom Financials Services Expo Center.  He was also instrumental in the creation of Accurate Lead Paint Testing, LLC as well as day to day contracts and general legal advice needed to run a large & diverse trade association.


HBA Installs 2012 President

November 18, 2011

The Housing & Building Association (HBA) of Colorado Springs continued its 60-year tradition of electing high profile, industry leaders to represent the most influential Association in the Colorado Springs region.  The HBA represents more than 440 member companies; membership in the HBA is diverse and covers all areas of the home building industry, including landscaping, home products, and building supplies, as well as builders and developers.  

John Cassiani with Banning Lewis Ranch was installed as the 2012 HBA President at the HBA Annual Board Election Dinner, held Wednesday, November 12 at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center.  2011 HBA President Kyle Campbell with Classic Homes moved into the position of Immediate Past President, and John Bissett with JM Weston Homes was installed as the HBA President Elect.   Newly elected board members were:  Greg Barbuto, Banning Lewis Ranch; Mike Fenton, Century Communities; Michelle Grove-Reiland, High Country Homes; Mark Long, Vanguard Homes; Carrie Bartow, Clifton Gunderson and Gary Markle, Central Bancorp. 

Cassiani said it was an honor to have Mayor Steve Bach – the 1984 President of the HBA – install him as President of the Association.  Their relationship goes back more than 27 years when they both worked together on industry issues.

Scott Smith with YJ Smith; Bud Bandfield with Budco Electric; Mike DeGrant with Lowell Development Partners; Randy Slaybaugh with Land Title; Kevin Walker with Walker Strategies and Scott Hente with Robert Scott General Contractors were recognized for their past service on the HBA Board of Directors.  Also honored were the volunteer “Chairs” of more than 14 different committees and Councils that carry out the mission of the Housing & Building Association.  These volunteers give hundreds of hours each year to support the building industry.  A special thank you to the following individuals who have served as Chair of their Committee or Council and will no be turning over the duties to their co-chair.  Bud Bandfield, Budco Electric – Chair of the Remodelers Council; Mike DeGrant, Lowell Development – Chair of the Land Use Committee; Scott Smith, YJ Smith – Chair of the Political Action Committee; Josh Peterson, Saddletree Homes – Chair of the Code Review Committee; Cathy Tessin, Classic Consulting Engineers & Surveyors – Chair of the Utilities Committee and Bob van Maarth, Todays Homes – Chair of the Jobsite Safety Committee.  

Achievements such as these are great testimonials to the housing and building industry, both in our local community, as well as at the national level.  We all benefit from those whose time, loyalty, and leadership are so graciously and willingly given.


The Housing & Building Association Recognizes Outstanding Members Of The Association

February 7, 2011

The Housing & Building Association (HBA) of Colorado Springs awarded Brent McPherson with Land Title Guarantee Co. the “Associate Member of the Year”, Mark Witte with DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen. with the “Remodeler Member of the Year”, Greg Ralphe with Classic Homes the “Builder Member of the Year”, and Randy Case II with Case International Company the “Industry Person of the Year”, at its Annual Awards Program on Thursday, February 3 at the Antlers Hilton.  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.

The 2010 Associate Member of the Year, Brent McPherson, is Chair of the Sales & Marketing Council, represents the Council on the Board of Directors and is a strong advocate for the HBA in the community.  Since becoming a member more six years ago, Brent has been a fixture at the HBA and its events.  Brent also serves on many committees with the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors and as the Cub Master of his son’s Cub Scout Pack.

Nominees also included Greg Gandy of BiggsKofford, P.C. and Amy Cox with EON Office Products.

Remodeler Member of the Year

This is the third 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.

Mark Witte with DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen is a long-time member of the Association and well respected among his peers.  Mark is known for his ability to rally his team of remodelers to insure that our association is represented well in our community.    For the last three years, Mark served as Chair of the Remodeled Homes Tour and has been instrumental in its success.   He has taught many seminars on remodeling both locally and in the region.  In the community, Mark is on the Planning Committee for the Rocky Mountain Catholic Men’s Conference, is an officer of the Knights of Columbus and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.

Nominees also included Paul Finch of Holladay Bros. Construction and Ken & Nick Starkey of PineCrest Construction.

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.

Greg Ralphe of Classic Homes is a strong voice on the HBA Code Review committee.  Greg was instrumental during the Review of the 2009 International Code Series, while he worked closely with Regional Building Department, the Colorado Springs Fire Department, and the Tri-Lakes Fire Department to craft well reasoned Codes.

Nominees also included John Bissett of JM Weston Homes and Mark Long of Vanguard Homes.

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.

Randy Case II of Case International is a founding member of the HBA Public Policy Council; has given testimony for industry related activities at local, state and national hearings; is a former member of the HBA Political Action Committee and has participated in interviews and advocacy with candidates for Elected Office and existing Elected Officials; is a founding member of the El Paso County Endangered Species Habitat Conservation Planning team where he assisted El Paso County/City of Colorado Springs in creating a Habitat Conservation Plan for the Prebles Meadow Jumping Mouse.  He is also a member of numerous prominent organizations in El Paso County.

Nominees for the Industry Person of the Year also included Scott Bryan of Bryan Construction and Scott Mikulecky of Sherman & Howard.

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HBA Installs 2011 President

November 19, 2010

2011 HBA President Kyle Campbell

The Housing & Building Association (HBA) of Colorado Springs continued its 59-year tradition of electing high profile, industry leaders to represent the most influential Association in the Colorado Springs region.  The HBA represents more than 500 member companies; membership in the HBA is diverse and covers all areas of the home building industry, including landscaping, home products, and building supplies, as well as builders and developers.

Kyle Campbell with Classic Homes was installed as the 2011 HBA President at the HBA Annual Board Election Dinner, held Wednesday, November 17 at the Olympic Training Center.  2010 HBA President Michelle Grove Reiland with High Country Homes moved into the position of Immediate Past President, and John Cassiani with Banning Lewis Ranch Management Co. was installed as the HBA President Elect.   Newly elected board members were:  John Bissett, JM Weston Homes; Joe Loidolt, Classic Homes; Rhonda McDonald, CreekStone Homes, Steve Neary, Copperleaf Homes; Joan Hathcock, D & J Quality Electric and Jason Weber, Weber Construction.

Ralph Braden with Nor’wood Limited; Paul Finch with Holladay Bros. Construction; Mike Finkbiner with Robbins Roofing Specialists and Mike Law with Merrill Lynch were recognized for their past service on the HBA Board of Directors.  Also honored were the volunteer “Chairs” of more than 14 different committees and Councils that carry out the mission of the Housing & Building Association.  These volunteers give hundreds of hours each year to support the building industry.  A special thank you to Kyle Campbell, Classic Homes for serving as Chair of the Public Policy Council, Paul Finch, Holladay Bros. Construction for serving as Chair of the Remodelers Council, Mike Law with Merrill Lynch for serving as Chair of the Member Services Council, Brian Olson with Wells Fargo Bank for serving as Chair of the Parade of Homes Committee and Mark Witte with DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen associated with The Remodeler for serving as Chair of the Remodeled Homes Tour  Committee.

Achievements such as these are great testimonials to the housing and building industry, both in our local community, as well as at the national level.  We all benefit from those whose time, loyalty, and leadership are so graciously and willingly given.

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