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.
The 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.