HBA PAC Endorses Candidates for Mayor and City Council for 2015 City Elections

February 12, 2015

The Political Action Committee of the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs (HBA PAC) has been working the last several months to identify visionary leaders for the April 7, 2015 city elections. After first meeting with three strong candidates for Mayor, the HBA PAC made the decision to endorse former Colorado Attorney General John Suthers.

“It is unusual to have so many well-qualified candidates, with so many years of experience and successful service to the region,” according to Kyle Campbell, HBA PAC Chairman. “However, the opportunity to have John Suthers continue his public career in his hometown of Colorado Springs by moving from Colorado Attorney General to Mayor of Colorado Springs was judged to be an important opportunity for the City and the HBA PAC made the decision to endorse Mr. Suthers for Mayor.”

Suthers’ governmental background, insights into City issues, executive experience managing the Attorney General’s office, and agenda for the City and its staff were cited as some of the strengths which were persuasive to the committee and contributed to the endorsement.

In addition to the Mayor’s race, three at-large seats will be selected for City Council, along with an election in District #2. Colorado Springs will have four of the nine City Council positions decided this April. Members of the HBA PAC have invested many volunteer hours meeting with potential candidates in what is being considered an extremely important election for the community.

Candidates were evaluated based on a number of criteria, including their service to the Colorado Springs community, knowledge of City government, and demonstrated leadership to the community, as well as their background, availability to devote to public service, and ability to field an effective campaign.

Among the number of impressive candidates this election cycle, four received the HBA PAC endorsement. The three candidates running at large are Merv Bennett, Tom Strand, and Jariah Walker.

Merv Bennett has served Colorado Springs as a non-profit leader with the YMCA, as President Pro Tem of City Council, and as Chairman of the Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors. Bennett has also been an advocate for free enterprise and private property rights. In addition to his experience, Bennett’s reputation for working with all sides to find common ground and his commitment to the city government stakeholder process brought him a strong endorsement from the HBA PAC.

Tom Strand is another proven leader for Colorado Springs who served as a legal officer in the United States Air force and as a member and President of the District 11 School Board. The HBA PAC was impressed with his desire to continue his public service by seeking a position on the Colorado Springs City Council. Strand’s education, experience leading an elected board during a number of difficult decisions, long history in the community, and approach to City issues made him another clear choice for an endorsement from the HBA PAC.

Jariah Walker is the third endorsement for an at-large seat on the Colorado Springs City Council. Walker has substantial experience in the real estate industry and a firm grasp of the issues faced by the building and development industries. His community service credentials, success as a young professional, family history in Colorado Springs, and passion and vision for the City were persuasive to the interview committee, who believes Walker’s leadership and ideas would bring an important perspective to City government.

In District #2, the HBA PAC endorsed Larry Bagley. Bagley was recently appointed to fill a vacancy on the City Council and is now running to represent the District for the remainder of the term. In an overwhelmingly military district of Colorado Springs, Bagley’s Air Force Academy and military experience play a significant role in representing District #2. Before becoming involved with the City Council vacancy, Bagley contributed his time to his local home owner’s association and Council of Neighborhoods and Organizations. As a newcomer to City Council, Bagley has proven himself to be a thoughtful leader on City issues and has shown a willingness to be an advocate for all of Colorado Springs and his District.

Stay updated with the 2015 Election Coverage from the HBA PAC.




National Association of Home Builders announces Executive Officer of the Year Award!

August 19, 2014

renee accepting awardThis award honors a dedicated Executive Officer  whose actions, commitments and accomplishments in a single year have been truly exceptional. In addition, the EO promoted the goals of the NAHB Executive Officers Council (EOC)  and assisted in the advancement of his or her peers. This award is in memory of Gary Komarow, former chief legal counsel of NAHB and a very dear friend of the EOC.

This year’s winner of the Executive Officer of the Year Award was Renee Zentz of the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs.  Under Renee’s leadership, the local HBA was honored with 4 national awards, including Best Local Government Affairs Effort, Best Workforce Development Plan Implemented, Best Parade of Homes, and Best Publication.

Renee was nominated by  the current and 9 of her Past Presidents  of the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs.    Renee accepted her award on behalf of the Colorado Springs HBA members and her team in St. Louis on August 6.   Congratulations to Renee Zentz from the entire Membership of the Housing & Building Association!

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Randy Case, II Elected A Life Director at NAHB

July 14, 2014
Randy Case President, Case International Co.

Randy Case
President, Case International Co.

The board of directors of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) elected Randy Case, II of Colorado Springs, to be a Life Director at the Association’s Spring Board of Directors’ Meeting in Washington, DC., on June 6.

“The success and scope of NAHB is largely due to the dedication and hard work of members of its board of directors such as Randy,” said NAHB Third Vice Chairman Granger MacDonald. “By giving up time with their own businesses and families, NAHB’s Life Directors are instrumental in helping further NAHB’s work to advance housing opportunities for all Americans.”

Randy Case, II is the President of Case International Company in Colorado Springs. He has been a member of NAHB more than 20 years, and has served as a voting director for 10 years.

In order to be eligible for election as a Life Director, NAHB builder and associate members must have served as a voting director for more than 10 years, have attended at least two board meetings each year, and be recommended by their local or state association.

ABOUT NAHB: The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units projected for this year.

ABOUT CSHBA: Named one of the Best Professional Association by the Colorado Springs Business Journal two years in a row, the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs was formed in 1950 by a group of builders who saw a need to unite to address the many concerns and issues affecting the home building industry. The HBA of Colorado Springs is made up of member companies including, builders, developers, remodelers, trade contractors, suppliers, mortgage lenders, Realtors, title companies, interior designers, architects, and landscapers. These companies all play a vital role in the construction industry in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. Together they contribute to the growth, prosperity and quality of life this exceptional community has come to enjoy.



Remodelers Registered Less Confidence in First Quarter

April 26, 2013

Concerns about rising costs for building materials and labor helped drive NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) of remodeler confidence down six points to 49 in this year’s first quarter, according to data released this week. Contributing to the decrease was an eight-point decline in the component measuring future market indicators, which went from 56 to 48 this time around. The component measuring current market conditions posted a four-point decline to 50. On a positive note, all categories of remodeling in owner-occupied homes achieved a reading of 51 or better in the latest report, meaning that more remodelers reported improving activity in that sector than declining activity. Repairs and minor additions are currently the strongest categories of business for remodelers as home owners continue to invest in deferred maintenance and room-by-room remodeling, notes 2013 NAHB Remodelers Chairman Bill Shaw, GMR, GMB, CGP. Meanwhile, commenting on the latest data, NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said, “Although this quarter’s RMI indicates a pause in the improvement that the remodeling market had been showing, it is nevertheless the third highest reading for the RMI since the first quarter of 2006. Like the rest of the home building industry, remodelers are starting to feel squeezed by higher costs and limited availability of labor and materials, which is unusual at such an early stage of a housing recovery. However, the downturn was so deep and extended that this time it may take a while to re-establish the supply chains.” For more info, see the RMI tables at nahb.org/rmi or contact Rose Quint (800-368-5242 x8527).

NAHB Defends Critical Housing Incentives in U.S. Tax Code

April 26, 2013

robert dietzIn a second round of congressional testimony this week, NAHB vigorously defended the importance of vital housing tax incentives such as the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, mortgage interest deduction and real estate tax deductions as lawmakers consider ways to reform the U.S. tax code. NAHB economist and Assistant Staff Vice President Robert Dietz told members of the House Ways and Means Committee that, “Because home building is an industry dominated by small businesses, the idea of simplifying the complicated tax rules related to business has great appeal. At the same time, our industry remembers painful lessons from the 1986 Tax Reform Act, when the commercial and multifamily sectors experienced a downturn due to unintended consequences.” He reminded legislators of the important impacts that housing has on the economy and job growth, noted the critical role that the Low Income Housing Tax Credit plays in creating affordable rental housing, and set the record straight on a number of false assumptions regarding the mortgage interest deduction. For these reasons and more, he said, we urge Congress to be cautious and thoughtful when it comes to housing and tax reform. “Housing provides the momentum behind an economic recovery because home building and associated businesses employ such a wide range of workers. With the right policies in place, housing can be a key engine of job growth that this country needs,” Robert said. Read more here, or for additional information, contact Robert Dietz (800-368-5242 x8285) or J.P. Delmore (x8412).

NAHB Senior Officers Discuss Priority Issues With Key Government Officials

January 4, 2013

NAHB logoThe week before Christmas was a busy one for NAHB’s Senior Officers as they traveled to Washington for high-level meetings with key government officials on a variety of major housing finance and tax issues that will substantially affect the residential construction industry.  Led by Chairman Barry Rutenberg, the entire Senior Officer team first met with Edward DeMarco, who is the acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) that regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, on Dec. 18.  Later that same day, they met with Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and also with Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry. On the following day, our representatives visited the Federal Reserve to provide Chairman Ben Bernanke with an overview of current conditions in the housing market and continuing obstacles to a more robust recovery, including overly tight credit conditions for both buying and building new homes.  This personal outreach to top federal officials is central to NAHB’s strategy to remain “at the table” and pro-actively engaged on issues of primary importance to our members as policy proposals are being formulated that will likely impact our industry for generations to come.  Chairman Rutenberg will provide more details on these latest discussions at our upcoming Board of Directors meeting in Las Vegas.  Contact: MondayMorningQuestions@nahb.org.

OSHA Extends Temporary Enforcement Measures on Fall Protection

December 14, 2012

As reported in NAHB’s latest Washington Update, home builders and remodelers have been given a 90-day reprieve from federal OSHA enforcement of new, more stringent fall protection regulations, which have been in effect since September 15, 2011.  The previously announced temporary enforcement measures, which provide priority free on-site compliance assistance, penalty reductions, extended abatement dates, measures to ensure consistency and increased outreach, have been extended until March 15, 2013, to allow the industry more time to learn about the rule. NAHB has long held that OSHA’s fall protection standard — including requirements that all residential construction companies must ensure that any employees or subcontractors doing work that’s six feet above ground or floor level must be protected with guardrail, safety net or personal fall arrest systems — could actually cause greater danger on the job site than using alternate methods that home builders say are safer. NAHB again made that argument and recently sent a letter and petition to OSHA officials asking them to reopen the rulemaking and try again to create a rule that applies to home builders, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach that is better suited to commercial contracting. “We are very pleased that OSHA heeded our calls” in delaying enforcement of the new guidelines, noted NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg when OSHA made its announcement on Dec. 11. Get the full story in the Washington Update. Contact: Rob Matuga (800-368-5242 x8507).