Those of you who attended the 2020 GHBA board installation in January may remember the theme “Standing Strong, Tenacity Takes Root in Houston.” NEVER, did I imagine that it would be a prophecy for the coming year, yet this is certainly a time in America to stand strong and be tenacious.
I don’t know how much more I can say about the coronavirus, particularly something that hasn’t already been said dozens of times over the last three months of non-stop coverage.
Shifting gears somewhat, let’s talk about what’s to come for the homebuilding industry and the future of America in general. Although uncertainty abounds, there is justification for optimism. The question isn’t if we bounce back but when. America is resilient; we have been through hard times before and will be again.
We in the homebuilding industry provide the most essential need in life second only to food and water—we provide shelter. Our fellow Americans will always need housing and we are there to provide it for them.
The GHBA, TAB and NAHB are still at work on behalf of our industry to steer government regulation in a direction that allows us to build in a manner that ensures a well-constructed home while meeting reasonable standards established by building codes.
The GHBA is gradually resuming some normal activities; the office itself has reopened on a split schedule of sorts. Some of the staff are in the office while others continue working from home, alternating days in the office.
Some live luncheons will resume in July with reduced attendance and social distancing measures in place. Education classes have already resumed via webinar and have been well received. We joined the GHBA for many reasons—to support the association that represents the interests of the industry in which we make a living. Growing our network of resources, building a brain trust of sorts. Education opportunities for everyone in our companies to help us raise the bar for the industry.
What is important is that we all pull together. Set aside our differences and work together to bring about a long, if not rapid, recovery.
In closing, as I am wont to do, I’d like to share this quote: “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” –Sitting Bull