APRIL 2016

"A Three Day Tour"
2016  HBAM State Convention & Educational Conference 

Registration is now open for the 2016 State Convention at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi Mississippi.

The dates for the convention are June 23-25, 2016. You don't want to miss a minute of the fun that's being planned for this year's event.  Registration pricing will include most of the activities.

This year, there are two "Early Bird" cut off dates.  All builder members and their guests can register for $100 each until Monday, April 25th.  Then, the price will increase to $300 Builder Member and $150 per additional guest until Monday, May 23rd. The price will then increase again to our late registration pricing of $375 per member registration and $175 per guest.  

To register, go to www.HBAM.com.
President's Letter

The spring season is in full swing and brings thought of growth. Traditionally, this is also a busy season for growing the number of homes we build. My vision is to bring thoughts of expansion to our association and its members. There are many benefits to be a home builder member and spring is the perfect opportunity to help promote the organization. Many of our local home builder association are busy holding events and home shows. The events provide lots of opportunities to promote our industry and showcase great work.
As your President, I am committed to traveling across the state to
visit the local associations. My goal is to explain the benefits of state association and the many exciting opportunities on the horizon. We not only need to educate new prospects, but also ensure that existing members understand the opportunities in front of us. Remember, this association exists solely to ensure that the members have the tools and resources they need to help sustain growth.
In May, we are challenging each local to hold a membership drive, in connection with the National Association of Home Builders, to build our organization. In turn, increased membership helps us to improve the association and provide even more! HBAM will offer incentives to coincide with the membership drives. We will be communicating with each local association on the specifics of the drives and how each local chapter can benefit. Our goal is to inspire some healthy competition while meeting our membership goals.
Speaking of benefits, you will want to make plans to attend the annual convention this year. This year's conference will be held at the Biloxi Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino from June 23-25. Our registration fee is very affordable, and most everything is covered under that cost.  This year there are 2 "Early Bird" cut off dates.  All Builder Members and their guests can register for $100 each until Monday, April 25th.  Then the price will increase to $300 Builder Member and $150 per additional guest until Monday, May 23rd at which the price will increase again to our Late Registration pricing of $375 per Member Registration and $175 per guest.   You won't want to miss this year's themed three-day tour, where you will get "lost" in all of the fun and education activities.
It is an honor to serve as this year's President as we look forward to the many great things ahead for our association.
Greg Smith
Home Builders Association of Mississippi


Governor Phil Bryant and Terri Reeves Selected for the Mississippi Housing Hall of Fame

HBAM is pleased to announce the 2016 inductees into the Mississippi Housing Hall of Fame.  Congratulations to Governor Phil Bryant of Brandon and Terri Reeves of Brandon.
The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals that have made a significant and lifelong impact to the Mississippi housing industry.

Governor Phil  Bryant has supported home ownership and home builders his entire career.   Thousands of homes have been built since he has become Governor and he has initiated innovative policy ideas, such as the Healthcare zone master plan program that impact the industry.

Bryant has  placed a great focus on economic development and has had tremendous success.  These efforts will grow the housing market along with the rest of Mississippi's economy.

Governor Bryant's policies and initiatives will have a lasting positive effect on the housing industry  in Mississippi for years to come. He has supported the home builders in many legislative issues and as State Auditor, he helped lead the fight against Impact fees. He has been an avid supporter of the housing industry and the overall economic health in Mississippi.
Terri Reeves
Terry Reeves, has been a member of the Home Builders Association of Jackson for 40 years. He has served on several committees over that period of time and has also been elected to the Board of Directors multiple times. He currently serves on the 2016 Board of Directors, as National Director. Terry has been instrumental in serving on the Local Government Affairs committee by assisting in fostering relationships between local government and construction industry members.

Terry's support of the Home Builders Association stretches beyond his local association. He has been actively involved in the local, state and national associations for many years. In 2 different years, he was honored as HBAM Associate Member of the Year. Terry has served for NAHB, by accepting a request to serve on a committee of only 5 individuals to create the curriculum for VOTECH Junior College instructors across the country. Terry has also served on the Plumbing, Heating & Air State Board, as well as serving on the National Association of Credit Executives.

Terry is a well-respected member who continues to give his volunteer time in attending political events, keeping the associations abreast of political issues that challenge the home building industry, and supporting the associations by immeasurable volunteer time.

Governor Phil Bryant and Terri Reeves will both be recognized in June at the HBAM annual convention. Congratulations to both well-deserving nominees on induction into the HBAM Hall of Fame!

HBAM Meets with Congressman Gregg Harper 

Members of HBAM met with Congressman Gregg Harper in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders "Bringing Housing Home" week.  Housing issues were discussed that are important to the Mississippi residential construction industry.  The meeting took place on  March 8th at the HBAM office in Jackson. In addition to discussing federal legislation, the Build PAC present Congressman Harper with a campaign contribution.  


A competition to encourage local associations and individuals to recruit and retain  members will begin on April 1, 2016 and go through December 31, 2016.
Annual membership contest consisting of 1.) Two Individual "monthly" contests to be held in conjunction with  the NAHB membership drive. Local associations are encouraged to register for the two monthly challenges,  choosing either April/May & September/October to hold their contests.  By doing so, they will compete for a  chance to win cash prizes and triple spike credits.  2.) President's Cup contest where both individuals and local  associations compete for "Top Recruiter" of the year. Top Member Recruiter of year to WIN paid trip to the 2017  State Convention.  Additional details to be announced in the following weeks.  Begin planning now for your   membership drive events.                                                                                                                                  

February 2016

Delta Chapter
D avid Pritchard, David Pritchard Construction

Pearl River County
Joey Temples, First Southern Bank
Randall Henson, Interior Painting
Kevin Troyer, Arrow Remodeling, Inc.
Nick Bradshaw, Iron Point Construction
Thomas Harkins, 3rd Generation Homes, LLC
Joshua Slaughter, AAA Construction, LLC
Brett Murray, Turfscape Solutions, Inc
Cara Head, Perspective Media and Design, LLC
John Hertel, Provision Designs, LLC
Susan Hood, Marketing Design
Raymond Rivers, Black River Antique Lumber
Tim Attkisson, Netlink
Joshua Slaughter, LawnMax, LLC
Susannah Fielder, The Home Girls - Keller Williams Realty
Bob Dodson, House Works LLC
Cody Allen, Cherokee Valley Golf Club
James Wachob, Sundial Homes, LLC

MS Coast
Melissa Holder, Gardner Realty
Wayne O'Neal, Residential Designs
Marisa Lamey, Lowes
Jim Duck, Cable One
Henry Santelices, Window World
Chad Hiers, Hiers Construction
Larry Ladner, Ladner Electric
Angelyn Zeringue, SouthGroup Insurance - Gulf Coast
Dennis Mayfield, Mayfield & Associates, LLC
Eric Garner, Marvin Windows & Doors
John Michael Marlin, Regions Ban


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Private Residential Construction Spending Continues Its Steady Growth
Private residential construction spending reached the highest rate since November 2007. NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending for February increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $448 billion, up by 0.9% over January's revised estimate.   Get more info here.

Remodeling  writer Helena Okolicsanyi reports on the filing ruling regarding silica dust exposure, which was announced earlier this week by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  Click here for the story.

The Wild, Wild West Of Home Automation
Call them products for the smart home, home automation, home control, the connected home, or even the Internet of Things, this industry-thanks to improved sensor technology and the popularity of smart phones-generated $8.1 billion in revenue in 2012 from installations, monitoring, and maintenance.  Click here for more.

NAHB Accepting Speaker Proposals for 2017 International Builders' Show
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is now seeking proposals to speak at the 2017 NAHB International Builders' Show (IBS). NAHB members and non-members who are affiliated with the residential building industry are eligible to submit education session proposals. All proposals must be submitted online and are due on April 15. For details, click here.

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Becoming a Mississippi Certified Professional Builder provides an opportunity for builders to pursue professional development through education and customer satisfaction.  By agreeing to become a Certified Professional Builder, you will agree to meet standards beyond the licensing requirements of the Mississippi State Board of Contractors.  Through the certification, builders will stay current on housing trends and the home buyer receives the benefits offered through the program.   


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Calendar of Events

April   5             
HBA of Hattiesburg 
Membership Meeting
11:00 AM
Cotton Blues
April 5             
HBA- Delta Chapter 
Membership Meeting
6:30 PM
Crystal Grille
April 5             
HBA of Vicksburg 
Membership Meeting 
6:30 PM
April 7
HBA of Natchez
Crawfish Boil Fundraiser
April 7
HBA of Jackson
Annual Golf Tournament

April 11          
HBA of Mid Mississippi Membership Meeting
6:30 PM
Location - TBD

April  21           
HBA of Jackson
Crawfish Boil / Drawdown
6:00 - 8:00 PM
HBAJ Office                           
April 12           
HBA of Corinth / Alcorn - Membership Meeting
6:00 PM
Russell's Beef House
April 12           
HBA of Northeast MS 
Membership Meeting
Location: TBA
April 13           
HBA- Stone County Chapter
Membership Meeting
Sawmill Restaurant

April  14          
HBA East Central 
Mthly Mtg. @ 6:30 PM
Location TBD
April 15           
HBA of Hattiesburg
Golf Tournament
April  21           
HBA of Pearl River County
Membership Meeting
11:30 AM 
Italian Grill       
April  22           
HBA of North MS
1:00  PM
Bob Williams Golf Tournament
April 23           
Builder Member " Early Bird" Convention Deadline
April 26          
HBA of Southwest MS
Membership Meeting
6:30 PM
The Caboose

April 26           
HBA of Southeast MS
Membership Meeting
6:30 PM                            
April 28           
HBA of Hattiesburg 
Board Meeting

State Meetings: 

HBAM - State Convention 
Beau Rivage - Biloxi MS 
June 23 - 25, 2016

HBAM - Fall Meeting 
Embassy Suites
Ridgeland, MS 
November 9 - 10, 2016

National Meetings:

NAHB - Spring Board Mtg. 
NAHB - Mid Year Mtg.
Fontainebleau Resort Miami Beach, FL
August 8 - 11, 2016