Last Friday evening Rockwall builder Mike Mishler, of Mishler Builders, was honored with the prestigious 2013 Hugh Prather Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Dallas Builders Association. The award has been presented annually for the past 63 years to a builder, remodeler or developer who has done the most for the betterment of his or her community.
The 2013 presentation was made during the Association’s installation of new leadership Sept. 27 at The Belo Mansion and Pavilion, presented in partnership with Texas Capital Bank. Jeff Dworkin, CGP, of JLD Custom Homes was installed as the Association’s 71st president. Other officers are Frank Murphy, Wynne/Jackson Inc., 1st vice president; Donnie Evans, Onyx Homes, vice president/secretary; and Tom Sadler, CGA, CGP, Tom Sadler & Associates, treasurer.
This award, as I may have mentioned, was named for the Association’s first president, Hugh Prather, in hopes that his principles would serve as a guide for future generations of builders. It is not meant to be simply a “Builder of the Year,” but something more that reflects credit to the building industry. Hugh Prather has often been called “the father of Highland Park.”
Past recipients include homebuilding icons such as Dave Fox, W.W. Caruth Jr., Bob Folsom, Fred Roach, Kent Conine, Hershel Pierce, Kenny Marchant, Tommy Ford, N.D. Hopkins and Harold Pollman, among others.
2012 Prather recipient Stephen Brooks of Grand Homes presented the award to Mishler, noting that he is “very active at the local, state and national association levels. He is well respected in local city government and has developed good relationships with city staff. He is the type of person who is frequently behind the scenes and helps others without much fanfare.”
Sounds like a lot of the guys and gals in the room that night. On his own, Mishler has completed several Home Builders Care projects to help make homes handicapped accessible for those in need of such. He has also worked with the Dallas Builders Association’s Metro East Division on a number of community service efforts, including the extremely successful Cars for CASA, an auto auction which has raised almost $200,000 for Lone Star CASA, a group that advocates for children in the custody of Child Protective Services.
There’s more: Mishler sent crews to work on the Association’s Benefit Home in Howe to get it ready to be listed. He has been a great supporter of HomeAid: building playhouses to be auctioned, organizing a team for a gingerbread house competition, and even participating in a Christmas cookie decorating fundraiser.
Mishler has served as president of HomeAid/Home Builders Care, and was the driving force for the charity continuing on in its final days. He spent a considerable amount of time serving as coordinator and facilitator for such projects as the Nexus Recovery Center, the Benefit Home and the Union Gospel Mission.
Mishler is a past chairman of the Sunbelt Builders Show. He served as the president of the Dallas Builders Association in 2006 and is a life director of the National Association of Home Builders. He is also a contributor to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
The Dallas Builders Association is a professional organization dedicated to promoting new home ownership, industry advancements and community good works. Established in 1944, the Dallas BA covers a seven-county area of some 5,500 square miles with a population of more than 3 million. Its membership includes builders, developers and remodelers in addition to associates — suppliers, vendors and associated businesses and services.
I caught up with home builder extraordinaire Gordon Todd at the DBA event!