Dallas Builders Association Hosts State of The Industry Summit April 13

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The economic climate in Dallas and in the nation has shone a light on the challenges our region faces: labor shortages, tight housing supply, and steadily increasing home prices. What does the future look like considering the conditions today?

Find out that and more during the Dallas Builders Association “State of the Industry” Summit from 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 13 at the Crowne Plaza in Addison. Registration, which is open now on the DBA website, includes breakfast compliments of StrucSure Home Warranty. The event — a general meeting for DBA members — will include a panel discussion from top industry professionals led by Meyers Research. You’ll find the answers to the burning questions coursing through the industry’s minds:

  • When will the labor shortage ease up?
  • What role will millennials play in the Dallas market?
  • How has President Trump’s first 100 days impacted housing?
  • How will the rising interest rates, land prices and material cost impact housing affordability?

Jump to find out more about the esteemed panel of experts:



Justin Webb 2016

Justin Webb was born in Dallas and graduated from Berkner High School in Richardson. Webb went on to attain a bachelors degree in finance and a masters of business administration from Texas A&M University. Webb has several National Association of Home Builders designations, including Graduate Master Builder and Certified Graduate Builder, and is the current chairman of HOMEPAC of Greater Dallas, the Dallas Builders Association’s political action committee. The owner of Altura Homes, which built more than 350 homes in 18 communities around the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2016, Webb makes sure to care out time for his family — especially his 10- and 12-year-old sons.

Frank Murphy 2014

Frank Murphy has participated in development, asset and property management, consulting, leasing and brokerage activities for over $2 billion in real estate projects during his long tenure in real estate (Since 1985 with Wynne/Jackson). Projects have consisted of approximately 17,000 acres of residential and master-planned developments, 12,000 residential lots, 1,500 student housing beds, 10,000 apartment and condominium units, 4.5 million square feet of office and retail developments, 10 hotels, and numerous mini-storage facilities, marinas and golf courses. Murphy has led the Wynne/Jackson team on its numerous consulting projects with various institutions, municipalities, and family offices over many years. He presently operates the development and project consulting areas for the company in addition to his role as Chief Operating/Financial Officer.


Lake A. Coulson is Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Lake directs the federal legislative program and manages the association’s political action committee and grassroots network to complement the lobbying efforts. Lake’s portfolio includes managing California’s federal legislative delegation. His policy experience has concentrated on tax, energy, environmental, and appropriations issues. Lake joined NAHB in 2012, and before coming to NAHB, he was Executive Director of Government Affairs for the National Electrical Contractors Association. Lake holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Delaware and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Maryland.He resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with his wife and their three children.

Michael-Turner 2015

Michael Turner is a 32-year veteran of the Dallas home building industry. Michael knew at a young age he wanted to be hands-on and took vocational training classes in high school and started his building career immediately upon graduation. He was the project manager for several custom builders throughout the years until he formed Classic Urban Homes in 2005. Michael is the current president of the Dallas Builders Association. He is a very active board member and is the past president of the Dallas Division. He believes in continuing education and is designated as a Graduate Master Builder, certified aging-in-place specialist, master certified green professional, Certified Graduate Builder, and a certified green professional. Classic Urban Homes has received numerous ARC awards for several years, and along with Best New Home, Michael was awarded the prestigious Custom Builder of the Year award three years in a row. His experience is in all stages of the home-building process, including design, budgeting, purchasing, and day-to-day on-site supervision. Michael’s goal is to provide quality, sustainable, and innovative homes to his clients.


Scott Davis specializes in single family and retail real estate research. Prior to joining Meyers, Scott was the Houston Region Director for Metrostudy. In his 20 year real estate career, he has sold more than 2,900 acres for single family and retail development, been recognized as a top producer in the Houston and Eastern US Regions at CBRE, received the “Land Deal of the Year” award from the Houston Business Journal, and was nominated as Global Business Director of the Year by NAI Global for his leadership in commercial real estate. He has also written two books about the role of the Millennial generation in changing the workplace and faith communities. Scott is a graduate of the University of Texas, where he received a bachelors degree in liberal arts/geography and an masters in community and regional planning. He is a licensed Texas real estate broker.

Rob Paul

Rob Paul is division president for Toll Brothers’ Dallas-Fort Worth area. A graduate of Texas A&M University with a masters in construction science and land development, Paul has taken his knowledge and expertise and thrived at Toll Brothers for the past 15 years. A well-known and trusted luxury homebuilding brand in North Texas and around the nation, Toll Brothers prides itself on not just building homes, but creating communities. The company was named the No. 1 homebuilder for the third time in a row by Fortune,

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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