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GHBA Names Industry’s 2015 ‘Of the Year’ Awards

Terry SwensonAwards, Member News


The GHBA recently announced the 2015 “Of the Year Awards” for the coveted Bud Inscho Associate, Young Professional, Developer, Custom Builder, Remodeler, and Builder of the Year at the GHBA’s 75th Anniversary celebration and tribute to the United States Military. The evening, titled 75 Years of Building the American Dream, was also the installation ceremony for the incoming GHBA president, board of directors and a tribute to retiring CEO, Toy Wood.

Chris Hawkins, president of Bayou City Risk was the master of ceremonies. The annual ‘Of the Year’ award winners are selected by industry peers. Winners are:


Bud Inscho Associate of the Year Award: Jennifer Wall, Bison Building Materials
This award was presented to Jennifer Wall, an associate who supports a variety of councils and committees, serves on the HomeAid Board of Directors, has served on the executive committee and chaired the 2015 HALO committee.

Outstanding Young Professional of the Year Award: Megan Padua, Allpoints Builder Surveying
This is the second year for this award. Megan Padua, a member of the YP Committee has been a familiar face at numerous events, as a guest and a volunteer. She steps up to offer her time and talents for various councils and committees and is a friend to all.

Developer of the Year Award: Ed Taravella, TARACORP
Ed Taravella has been deeply involved with the Developers Council, Government Affairs, and HOME-PAC for many years. He has served on GHBA task force groups, and the City of Houston and Harris County boards and commissions, representing the GHBA, and is always on call for the industry.

Custom Builder of the Year: Brandon Lynch, Keechi Creek Builders
Brandon Lynch became involved with the GHBA immediately after joining the association. He joined the Remodelers Council, Custom Builders Council and the Education Committee. He has served on the GHBA board and has led numerous charitable activities, donating his time and his company for construction work.

Remodeler of the Year: Tom Pellegrin, Third Coast Builders
Tom Pellegrin founded his business in 1999 and joined the GHBA in 2000. Over the years he has chaired the Remodelers Council, the Government Affairs Committee, the Annual Garage Sale, the Annual Charity Project, has served on the GHBA Board of Directors, and is a Council Past President.

Builder of the Year: Perry Homes
Perry Homes has been a mainstay of the GHBA. The leadership and team have been active in everything from Codes and Standards, to Government Affairs, to HOME-PAC. They are active at the state and philanthropic level. Perry Homes donated construction management for a $350,000 plus home for the GHBA charity, the Benefit Homes Project.


Toner Kersting, Snyder Energy Services
Toner Kersting is a huge supporter of GHBA membership growth, the Associate Council and a variety of other committees and councils. Toner’s generous nature and commitment is felt most deeply by HomeAid Houston as the Corks For a Cause chair and resident mascot who is not afraid to dress as a chicken, a panda or a pig at the annual GHBA BBQ Cookoff. Toner is also the 2016 Membership Chair.


Greg Madrey, TamlynWrap®
Greg serves the GHBA in numerous ways including sponsorships, volunteering for a broad range of events and is a board member for HomeAid Houston. He is also the incoming GHBA Associate VP.


Beth Holman, Tri-Tech Surveying/BEC-Lin Engineering
Beth Holman is an established young professional who supports and leads the Associate Council and YP Committee, is instrumental in the annual Associate Council Chili and Salsa Cook-Off and volunteers wherever needed.

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Terry Swenson


A writer and a photographer, Terry Swenson is GHBA's director of public relations.