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Giving Thanks: Members Share Benefits of Active Involvement in GHBA

Parke PattersonFeatured, Member News, President's Message

In this season of thanksgiving, the GHBA would like to express our warm appreciation to all of our members, tireless volunteers and generous sponsors. The GHBA has had a great 2016 and Houston continues to excel nationally, thanks to YOU, our members. Let’s all stay active and engaged and make our association and Houston enviable in Texas and nationally in 2017.

In the spirit of gratitude, below are quotes gathered from members who have expressed their thoughts on the benefit that their membership and involvement in GHBA provides.

KC Cox, Weyerhauser Corporation
“As Jim Box would say…..”SHOW UP”…..I have and it’s been PRICELESS!”


Ron Martin, Project Manager, David Weekley Homes
“The GHBA is ever vigilant as it protects and advocates for our noble industry. A group a true leaders that look beyond their own companies and provide a future path for affordable housing for all citizens.”

Amy Robinson, Editor, Houston Remodeling Guide, Fort Bend Publishing Group
“Belonging to the GHBA for 18 years has been an empowering experience. Serving on the Executive Committee has given me an insight into the hard work it takes to maintain the GHBA’s status as one of the premier organizations in the City of Houston.”

Mike Dishberger, President, Sandcastle Homes
“GHBA provides builders support with our local and state governments that could not otherwise be done on an individual basis. We have direct access to the politicians that influence and affect our business and always have a seat at the table.”
John Madsen, CPA, GHBA Treasurer, Principal, Bentley, Bratcher & Associates
“GHBA is a great place to get involved. You assist the industry you love, do business with honest people, and have fun all at one place!”

Chris Hawkins, Owner, Bayou City Risk
“I would need at least two pages to even scratch the surface of what the GHBA means to me and my career. For my business, the GHBA is responsible for 95% of my customer base. For me personally, the opportunity to serve on the HomeAid board was only presented to me because of my involvement in the GHBA. I feel truly blessed for the relationships I’ve made over the past 26 years.”

Jim Holcomb, President, Holcomb Properties
“I have enjoyed my education gained through the Developers Council and the political experiences as chairman of HOME-PAC for many years. It has been great to be able to give back to my industry and I would encourage all members to take advantage of the many benefits our GHBA offers.”

Greg Tomlinson, Owner, Builders Post-Tension
“I have been an active GHBA member since 1989. I can with all honestly say that my success as a salesperson and as a business owner would have not happened without my participation in this great organization. It is all about the relationships you create over time; stay active my friends!”

Leslie King, Owner, Greymark Construction
“Not only have I made friends for life, but the GHBA has been instrumental in my success as a business owner. Through networking, education, and personal involvement the GHBA has allowed me to grow not only as a person but also as the owner of a company.”

D’Ann Brown, VP of Sales, StrucSure Home Warranty
“Being a part of the GHBA has been invaluable to the growth of my business over the past 15 years. There is no other organization that provides the education and advocacy for our ever-changing industry. If each of us take the time to put just all little bit of ourselves into this great organization together we make a big impact.”

Marco Cordon, Director of Construction, Lennar and Village Builders
“I have great appreciation for the GHBA and its tireless associates, who work hard for builders and suppliers in our ever-changing local economy. In particular I’d like to thank the GHBA Education Committee. They have provided crucial training to more than 60 Lennar construction associates hired in the past three years and are a perfect resource for any company looking to develop their employees. ”

Jim Russ, Owner, EHRA Engineering
“The GHBA never ceases to amaze me because it is an amazingly cohesive group of residential development and construction leaders who advocate for, and deliver, beyond livable communities and homes. It is an organization that I am extremely proud and honored to have the privilege to be associated with.”

Jason Gustafson, Winshire Green
“GHBA’s governmental advocacy helps level the playing field and unclog the pipeline of commerce. Increased credibility, accountability and knowledge makes doing business with GHBA members more profitable for business and more secure for homeowners.”

Megan Padua, Allpoints Services
“I moved to Houston four years ago not knowing a soul, but GHBA was the first company I was introduced to. What a blessing that was! The staff took me in as one of their own and I would not be where I am today professionally without the GHBA.”

Stephen McNiel, Owner, Creative Property Restoration
“The GHBA started out as an association for my business to join but has become a place of very special friendships and support for me and my business beyond my expectation.”

Greg Madrey, Sales Manager, Builders Post-Tension
“We are called to use our gifts to serve others, and to me, that’s what the GHBA gives us the opportunity to do. In serving, we also receive, and I am very grateful for what the GHBA has done for me, both professionally and personally.”

Kena Armstrong, Sales Executive, Hotchkiss Insurance
“The benefits of my involvement with GHBA are immeasurable not only in business aspects, but personally as well. Through the association I have gained numerous clients, colleagues and more importantly, friends. The endless opportunities for networking and education are valuable, however, my favorite activities involve the GHBA endorsed charities of Adopt-a-Family, HomeAid and Operation Finally Home.”

Lisa Clark, Sr. Vice President, Ryko Development Inc.
“Through the years GHBA has established and maintained high standards for improving and protecting a favorable environment for development and building in the Houston area and I am honored to be a member!”

Pat Wilson, President, Legends Architectural Stone
“The Greater Houston Builders Association has been instrumental in the success of Legends Architectural Stone. The camaraderie of its members and willingness to assist in our success is irreplaceable. The GHBA is truly our extended family and the relationships created have blessed our company beyond measure.”

Jennifer Wall, Marketing Manager, BMC
“The GHBA is more than networking. It’s an opportunity to surround yourself with true industry professionals who hold themselves to a higher standard and provide others the resources and accountability to do the same.”

As I end my year as GHBA president, I’d like to thank the entire board, the staff and the membership for making this a great year! Please join me in welcoming Bo Butler to his new position as 2017 president of the GHBA board of directors. I encourage you to show your support by attending the Installation Celebration on January 28 at River Oaks Country Club. Order tickets today!

About the Author

Parke Patterson

2016 GHBA board president and president of Parke Patterson Land Development