John Todd of Elite Remodeling receives the 2018 Hugh Prather award from previous year recipient Donnie Evans of Altura Homes.

From Staff Reports

The Dallas Builders Association has awarded the 2018 Hugh Prather Trophy to John Todd of Elite Remodeling. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the association and has been presented annually for the past 68 years to a builder, remodeler, or developer member who has done the most for the betterment of the North Texas region.

The 2018 presentation was made during the Dallas Builders Association’s Leadership Retreat held Oct. 25. At the retreat, 2017 Prather recipient Donnie Evans of Altura Homes presented the award.

The award 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.

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DBA Hugh PratherLast 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.

Jeff Dworkin of JLD Custom HomesThis 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.Candy & Gordon Todd

 I caught up with home builder extraordinaire Gordon Todd at the DBA event!

Jeff Dworkin of JLD Custom Homes When it comes to finding a trusted builder for your home, these are the good guys — the members of the Dallas Builders Association. As you know, I am very fond of these guys and gals — many are my CandysDirt Approved home builders! And I am tickled pink that my friend Jeff Dworkin, CGP, of JLD Custom Homes, will be installed as the 71st president of the Dallas Builders Association Sept. 27, this Friday. The Installation is presented in partnership with Texas Capital Bank, title partner. I will be there in my dancing shoes. We plan to congratulate all the new board members, celebrate and dance the night away down at the Belo Mansion.

Frank Murphy of Wynne/Jackson Inc. will become the DBA’s 1st vice president.

Donnie Evans of Onyx Homes is the new officer on the ladder, serving as vice president/secretary.

Tom Sadler, CGA, CGP, of Tom Sadler & Associates has been named treasurer.

Theme of this year’s Installation and for Jeff’s exciting year ahead, is “Ready. Set. Grow!” Which is exactly what home-building is doing in this community: growing like bamboo! Registration, cocktails and appetizers will begin at 7 p.m. and it’s a sold-out event.

The Dallas Builders Association is a professional organization dedicated to promoting new home ownership, industry advancements and community good works on behalf of home builders. The DBA covers a seven-county area of 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.

Prather_Award_2012The evening will also feature presentation of some of the DBA’s most prestigious awards. The Hugh Prather Trophy is given annually to the builder, remodeler or developer member who has done the most for the betterment of his/her community and the industry. It is the biggest award given by the Association, named after the founding president (1944). Last year’s winner was Stephen Brooks, CEO of Grand Homes. (In the photo he is being given the trophy by the 2011 recipient John Bynum of KWA Construction.) The Associate of the Year recognizes an associate member’s contributions to and support of the DBA. The AP Roffino Award will be presented to an outstanding division or council. The Shorty Howard Trophy goes to the year’s top membership recruiter. The APEX Award recognizes a builder’s professionalism in doing business with associate members. These awards are named after significant Dallas builders and developers who have made a positive impact on the city. Hugh Prather, who founded the DBA was one of the last surviving icons of the early 20th-century Dallas real estate industry, a former civic leader and a longtime Highland Park resident. He and his father, John Armstrong, were the original developers of Highland Park. His son, Hugh Prather, Jr. died in 2010 at the age of 99.

“He was a great force in the early shopping center days,” said Dallas real estate grand dame Ebby Halliday, who served on the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce with Mr. Prather. “In the early days, he was probably one of the handsomest men in town and one of the nicest.

“He played great tennis,” Miss Halliday said. “He was a person who everybody liked and had lots of respect for.”

See if you can find your builder in this list:

Being sworn into office will be the 2013-2014 Board of Directors. At-large directors elected to the Board are Kay Chamberlain, Caprock Custom Construction; Randy West, CGP, Texas Andersen Homes; Tom Greico, Greico Modern Homes; Mark Dann, Highland Classic Homes; Barry Hensley, CGP, MCGP, GSP, Hensley Premier Builders; Chip Chamberlain, RCS, CSP, Caprock Custom Construction; Marc Kleinmann, CGP, MCGP, Bauhaus Custom Homes; Josh LeComte, LeComte Group; Cheryl Turner, Darling Homes; John Todd, CSP, CGR, CGP, CAPS, CMP, Elite Remodeling; Brian Webster, KWA Construction; William Shaddock Jr., The Shaddock Companies; Lisa Carroll, Southwestern Carpets; Kathie Ahrens, CGA, CGP, Arizona Tile; and Doug Beaty, Beach Sheet Metal.

DBA directors representing divisions and councils include Dallas Division, Michael Turner, CGB, CGP, Classic Urban Homes; North Dallas/Collin County Division, Tim Lansford, CGA, CGP, Luxury Homes of Texas; Metro East Division, James Nelson, CGA, Alliance Bank, and Phil Smith, Bath & Kitchen Showplace; Denton County Division, Shawn Heiser, Legacy Texas Insurance Services, and Michael Phillips, GSP, ProSource Wholesale Floor Coverings; Remodelers Council, Aubrey Tuggle, CAPS, GSP, Tuggle Designs & Construction, and Greg Loudon, GO Loudon; Multifamily Builders Council, David Tague, Cadence McShane, and Jack Brown, Balfour Beatty Construction.

Chairs of certain DBA committees will also serve on the Board. These are: Ambassadors, Bob Hafer, CSP, GSP, MIRM, Ebby Halliday Realtors; Charity Council, Ed Harrison, CGB, GMB, Harrison Homes; Ellis County Builders, David Hill, CGB, CGP, Homes By Hanes; Education, Donny Mack, CGR, CGB, GMB, CAPS, CSP, CGP, Mack Professionals/Beaver Builders; Golf Open, Donnie Evans, Onyx Homes; Government Relations, Frank Murphy, CPA, Wynne/Jackson; HOMEPAC, Rich Messenger, Texas Door & Trim; Integrated Communications, Corey Ford, CGB, Tommy Ford Construction; Membership Development, Joe Chamberlain, CGB, CGP, GMB, Caprock Custom Construction; Membership Retention, Jim White, CGA, CGP, CAPS, Pella Windows and Doors; Nominating Committee, Keller Webster, KWA Construction; Spike Club,  Geanie Vaughan, CGA, CGP; and Volume Builders and Developers Committee, Donnie Evans, Onyx Homes.

Presidential appointees who will serve on the Board are Earl Williams, CAPS, CGP, CGR, Earl Williams & Associates; Bill Deal, CGA, CGP, CAPS, Bonded Builders Warranty Group; and Larry Baty, Cadenhead Servis Gas. Additional presidential appointees will be announced.

The Association’s Honored Life Directors and Past President Life Directors are permanent members of the Board. Newly elected as Honored Life Directors are Pat Ledbetter, Atmos Energy; and Reginald Rembert, Rembert Custom Builders. A complete list of Life Directors can be found on DallasBuilders.com.

 

 

 

 

It’s a glorious Monday morning in North Texas, the Rangers are in the World Series, it didn’t rain at Cattle Barons, I say what the H-E double hockeysticks let’s go buy us a $6 million mansion at 4215 Lakeside Drive! Face it: life in this Anton Korn designed estate is not just shouting out, but sends total fireworks to the world that you have arrived and really now have nothing else to do besides — bathe whenever you like and think about your villa in Cordoba. This home should be purchased alone for the custom marble sculpted bathtub in the master bath — to-die-for! Look at those rooms — the leopard-covered upholstery, the elegant rugs, hand-finished floors every single inch hand-crafted by Russian artisians flown in just to literally do the floors! Look at the columns, woodwork, panels, finishes — all marble, Venetian plaster, and granite. This home was built in 1923, designed by the venerable Korn who designed many elegant homes in Dallas, and was said to be the only high end architect of his day. Let’s say this: if it was an elegant, high-end home in the twenties, it had Korn’s name on it: Swiss Avenue, homes for Highland Park’s Hugh Prather, a host of homes on St. John’s, Beverly, Turtle Creek, Lakeside, Overhill and Maple Avenue. 4215 Lakeside was meticulously updated and remodeled in 1990. It is actually not a huge home, only 6023 square feet, and it has only three (huge) bedrooms, three and a half baths, three living areas and a two car garage. The exterior grounds and Grecian pool are right out of a Tuscan villa, and there is a pool house decorated to the nines in those rich, warm Italian hues. The home sits gracefully on one of the best Lakeside lots, 134 by 174, almost a half acre! Little dirt here: the owner is actually a Russian cellist who played with Yo Yo Ma for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The European influence she exerted on the home expresses her Russian background and flair. And if you see any touches of Italy, it may be from decorating pointers she picked up from another notable neighbor at their villa in Cordoba, Italy, Frances Mayes. No, the author of Under The Tuscan Sun has not moved to Lakeside, but owns the villa right next next door to this family’s Italian second home. Excuse me, villa. Asking: $6,995,000 listed with Dave Perry-Miller.