More than 490 GHBA members registered to attend or exhibit at the annual International Builders Show, hosted by the National Association of Home Builders in Las Vegas, January 31 to February 2.
The 2023 show featured a return to Las Vegas for the first time since before the COVID pandemic rocked our world and our homebuilding industry. IBS is co-located with the National Kitchen and Bath show, better known as KBIS, as well as the tool and hardware show. This year, the Surface Show and the Furniture Show also coordinated their dates with IBS, to allow registrants access to five shows at once.
Preliminary attendee numbers indicate that this was the most well attended IBS, in history.
The GHBA was well represented with exhibitors and attendees, who not only visited the show floor, but attended classes, heard from industry experts, and conducted NAHB business. Several even received awards on your local and state association’s behalf.
Houston RMC Named Council of the Year
The week started with NAHB meetings of committees and councils. The NAHB Remodelers Council awarded the GHBA RMC the CADRE award for Remodelers Council of the Year. The Council cited GHBA RMC’s charity garage sale, strong programming, and supportive volunteers as part of the reason for this award. The award was received by RMC Past President Dan Bawden; RMC board member, Bill Fuller; RMC sponsor, D’Ann Brown of StrucSure Home Warranty; and GHBA President Mike Dishberger.
The RMC was not the only council recognized. GHBA’s Professional Women in Building Council (PWB) was named a finalist in the large council category for PWB’s Council of the Year award.
A Nod to Local Workforce and Fundraising Efforts
GHBA also received recognition for its work with the Home Builders Institute to help promote the availability of the HBI curriculum and the new Houston BuildStrong Academy. President Mike Dishberger received the award on behalf of GHBA at a reception honoring workforce champions.
Our state fundraising efforts for NAHB’s Political Action Committee, BUILD-PAC, were also recognized. Texas and Connecticut were honored as the top fundraising states in the country in the last election cycle. GHBA past president and BUILD-PAC trustee, Eddie Martin of Tilson Homes, received the honor on behalf of the state.
Features of the leadership meeting on the last day of IBS included the election of the new chairman of the NAHB board. Alicia Huey of Birmingham, Alabama, is president of AGH Homes, Inc., a custom home building company she founded in 2000.