Southern Nevada Home Builders Association
"Those who"
Feb. 28, 2017
In This Issue



Some 50 SNHBA members and guests are registered for the SNHBA Bowling Night Membership Mixer on March 7 at the Orleans Bowling Center.

You can register as an individual player or a team of four players.

Don't miss this fun event of friendly competition.

SNHBA salutes the sponsor, Security National Mortgage Co.


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March 7
"Bowling Night" Membership Mixer, sponsored by Security National Mortgage Co.
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Orleans Hotel
Bowling Center

March 14
Codes Committee
9 a.m.
SNHBA office

March 21

Community Planning & Infrastructure Committee
8:30 a.m.
SNHBA office

March 21
Promotion Committee
2:30 p.m.
SNHBA office

March 21
Sales and Marketing Committee
3:30 p.m.
SNHBA office

April 1
Silver Nugget Awards
6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Red Rock Resort

April 21-23
Real Estate Expo
Las Vegas
Orleans Arena

April 27
SNHBA Night at the 51s baseball game, benefiting HomeAid Southern Nevada
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Cashman Field Downtown

May 12
SNHBA Spring Golf Tournament
6:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Paiute Golf Resort

May 18
Membership Networking Mixer, hosted by Closets Las Vegas
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Closets Las Vegas

June 8
"Nat Hodgson Roast" Membership Dinner
5:30 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Orleans Hotel
Conference Center

September 27
"Turn the Tables" Night - Associate Member Appreciation Networking Mixer, sponsored by NV Energy
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Orleans Hotel
Conference Center
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golf4.jpg SNHBA salutes its members for the significant outpouring of support for the association's Spring Builders Golf Classic, hosted by Security National Mortgage Co . The tournament is set for Friday, May 12 at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort.

The association launched promotion and sign-ups for the tournament on February 7. 

All major sponsorships are sold. All 288 player positions are either sold or committed to the " Bid on a Builder" silent auction. The association has started a Waiting List in case there are any player/foursome openings closer to the date of the tournament.

SNHBA thanks the 12 builder members who have signed up to participate in " Bid on a Builder." Winning bidders play golf with the builder on whom they placed the winning bid. Bidding begins at $900, which is the foursome registration fee, and increases in increments of $100. Builders and bidders must be SNHBA members in good standing to participate.

The following builders are up for auction:
- Jason Willoby, Toll Brothers
- Kim Smith, Toll Brothers
- Rick Barron, Century Communities
- Frank Wyatt, Pinnacle Homes
- Wayne Shumsker, Lennar
- Eddie Duenas, William Lyon Homes
- Curt Friedman, Pardee Homes
- Tom Wieme, Pardee Homes
- Carlos Zuluaga, Pardee Homes
- Brandon Laughter, Pulte Homes
- Wayne Newmiller, Pulte Homes
- Bryan Moore, Pulte Homes

Click here for the "Bid on a Builder" bidding form , which includes additional information about the builders and this feature of the golf tournament. The bidding deadline is 4 p.m., Monday, April 10.

The golf tournaments are major fundraisers for the association's operating budget.

SNHBA salutes the tournament sponsors: 
Tournament Host: Security National Mortgage Co.
Platinum (Drink Cart) Sponsor: Evergreen Home Loans
Gold (Luncheon) Sponsor: NV Energy
Silver (Raffle) Sponsor: Southwest Gas Corp.
Bronze (Breakfast) Sponsor: Richmond American Homes
Tournament Photography: Cal Pac Painting of Nevada 
Tee Sponsors: Alpha Landscapes, America First Credit Union, AT Design Consulting, BMC Select Build, BORM International, Brass2Copper Mechanical, CAMCO, Cox Communications, Desert Companies, Focus Companies, Fusion Sign and Design, Gothic Landscape, HomeTeam Pest Defense, KDG Inc., Las Vegas Review-Journal, LiftMaster, MiTek Builder Products, Nevada Builder Trade In Program, New American Funding, NRC Concrete, Raptor Plumbing, Sierra Air Conditioning, Simpson Strong-tie, Slater Hanifan Group, Soil Tech, Sun State Components, Tri-Core Surveying, Universal Retirement, US Bank, USI - Silver State, Wells Cargo and Wright Engineers.

If you have any questions or need additional information about the golf tournament, please contact Monica Caruso at

A panel of judges have selected the 2017 Silver Nugget Awards finalists. The winners will be announced at the awards dinner April 1 at the Red Rock Resort.

Registration has begun for the 2017 Silver Nugget Awards, a joint program of the association and member, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, to honor the best and brightest in the local homebuilding industry.

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 1 at the Red Rock Resort. Ticket prices are $125 per person; $1,250 for a table.

The finalist companies are:  
American West Development, DR Horton, KB Home, Pardee Homes, Pulte Homes, Summerlin/The Howard Hughes Corp., The LandWell Co., Richmond American Homes, Sun West Custom Homes, Toll Brothers and William Lyon Homes. Click here for the list of finalists.

Several premium sponsorship opportunities are still available. The deadline to sign up as a sponsor is March 8. For information about the sponsorships, please contact Claire DeJesus at 702-383-0346 or Julio Jimenez at 702-383-0483. Click here for more information about the available sponsorships.

SNHBA salutes the Silver Nugget Awards sponsors:
Platinum Sponsor: Southwest Gas Corp.
Silver Sponsors: Cooper Roofing & Solar, Hirschi Masonry, Summerlin
Jade Sponsors: American West Homes, imortgage, KB Home, Pulte Group and Richmond American Homes
Opal Sponsors: All Western Mortgage, Applied Analysis/SalesTraq, NV Energy and Pardee Homes
Entertainment Sponsor: Zonda/Meyers Research
Pre-Party Sponsor: New American Funding
Program Sponsor: First American Title Co.
Invitation Sponsor: CEMEX
Award Sponsor: Faiss Foley Warren Public Relations
Centerpiece Sponsor: USI - Silver State
Wine Sponsor: Nevada Builder Trade In Program
Affiliate Sponsors: Alpha Landscapes and Sierra Air Conditioning
The 2017 Real Estate Expo Las Vegas will be conducted April 20-23 at the Orleans Arena with free and convenient parking at the facility.

SNHBA and industry partners are finalizing the details for the 2nd annual Real Estate Expo Las Vegas, an event designed to benefit homebuilding and real estate industry professionals, would-be home buyers, investors, boomerang buyers and those who are interested in real estate. The Expo is open and free to the public.

The program begins the evening of Thursday, April 20 with a VIP dinner and " Back the Badge" concert, featuring country singer, Rodney Atkins, to benefit local law enforcement 501 (c) 3 non-profit organizations, in particular, the Injured Police Officers Fund of Las Vegas and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S). Ticket sales will begin in March.

Home Builders Research of Las Vegas' " 2017 Housing Outlook" presentation is scheduled for the morning of Friday, April 21. HBR will present information about economic conditions in the local housing market, including a significant amount of statistical data. Special guest speakers will be North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, who will talk about the economic and housing growth in that city; and Tim Sullivan, principal at the nationally respected Meyers Research Group-Zonda. SNHBA is pleased to be among the Housing Outlook sponsors. Ticket sales will begin in March at the company's website,

The Real Estate Expo, on the floor of the Orleans Arena, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 22, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 23. About 18 local homebuilders will be among the exhibitors showing off their products and services to potential homebuyers.

This year, the Expo will include a "Home Design Showcase," an area featuring outdoor and interior products and services. Showcase categories include: Barbeques, kitchen & bath, heating & air conditioning, windows & doors, pools & spas, patio covers, decks & patios, storage solutions, window coverings, remodeling, flooring, garage doors, ceramic tile, landscaping, closets, interior designers, fountains & waterfalls, security alarms, water systems & softeners and home furnishings.

SNHBA salutes member Mike Sweeney of Finance of America Mortgage Co., and his Expo team for spearheading Real Estate Expo Las Vegas.

SNHBA's industry partners on the Real Estate Expo are: 
- Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors (GLVAR) 
- Las Vegas Review-Journal
- Realtor TrainNTour program (SNHBA and GLVAR)
- Cities of Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas  
"Baseball was, is and always will be, the best game in the world" - Babe Ruth   
SNHBA invites its members and guests to be part of the special gathering of association members at the Las Vegas 51s vs Albuquerque Isotopes baseball game set for 7 p.m., Thursday, April 28 at Cashman Field in downtown Las Vegas.

SNHBA will be in Section 17 and Section 18, with access to the 1st Base Club Level Deck, above the reserved seating area. Seats will provide a great view of the game with some privacy for the group.

All tickets are $11, with $3 going to the association's HomeAid Southern Nevada chapter to build shelter for the homeless in our community. Last year, SNHBA members purchased more than 500 tickets to the game; $1,000 was contributed to HomeAid.

HomeAid Southern Nevada Executive Director Caitlin Shea will sing the National Anthem, and Rick Barron of Century Communities will throw the first pitch.

In addition to that excitement, it will also be "$1 beer night"!

Click here to register for your tickets - Promo Code is SNHBA. You must enter the snhba Promo Code to access the ticketing page.
If you need any assistance with ticketing, please contact Erik Eisenberg, the 51s director of ticket sales, at or 702-943-7238.

Last year, more than 80 SNHBA members and special guests turned out for the 1st PWB "Wine Pull" scholarship fundraiser at Monark Premium Appliance Co.

SNHBA's chapter of NAHB Professional Women in Building will present its 2nd annual " Wine Pull: An Evening Uncorked," with proceeds benefiting local scholarships for students studying in the construction industry.

The mixer is set for 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 6 at Monark Premium Appliance Co. Additional information and registration will be available in March.

Attendees are asked to purchase a cork for $20. The number on the cork corresponds with a number on a wine bottle valued from $15 to $100. At last year's event, more than $4,000 was raised for the PWB scholarship fund.

Once again, SNHBA thanks Angela Ganschow and Ruth Walls of Monark Premium Appliance Co. for their outstanding support.  

The NAHB Professional Women in Building Council (PWB) is the voice of women in the building industry, dedicated to promoting industry professionalism and supporting members at the local, state and national levels. Through education, professional development and networking opportunities, PWB helps members acquire and develop valuable leadership and business management skills that boost career success. Also, the council offers various national recognition programs, scholarships and awards.

For more information about the PWB chapter, contact Holly Nostro at

Click here to visit the chapter's website.  
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the SNHBA "Nat Hodgson Roast" Membership Dinner set for Thursday, June 8 at the Orleans Hotel Conference Center.

An esteemed panel of Nat's closest friends and business associates in the homebuilding industry will salute him on the occasion of his fifth year as the association's executive director.

Additional information and registration will be available by late April. SNHBA members who are interested in sponsoring this outstanding membership event, please contact Monica Caruso at

The association's government affairs department is working on many issues of importance to its members, the industry and homebuyers.

SNHBA recently announced that all local jurisdictions will accept onsite energy generation from solar panels and windmills for International Energy Conservation Code compliance. This will allow for innovation and trade-offs, while meeting the performance requirements of the IECC adopted by the jurisdictions. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your third-party energy rater or SNHBA Government Affairs Director Matt Walker at   

The association's government affairs staff and members of the Legislative Committee are hard at work on numerous issues presented at the Nevada Legislature, which opened the session on February 6. SNHBA members who are interested in serving on the Legislative Committee should contact Government Affairs Director Matt Walker at  
SNHBA has welcomed the following new members to the association. Please welcome them when you meet them at an upcoming event. Details about new members are posted in the members-only Members Zone at Contact Holly Nostro at for username and password to access the site.

- Trent Keenan - Diamondback Land Surveying
- Tamra Mitchell - Fencing Specialists Inc.
- Greg DeSart and Bob Thomsen - Geotechnical & Environmental Services Inc.
- Brian Esposito - Homeowners Financial Group
- Patricia Bradley - Miele Inc. appliance company 
- Angie Welsh - Universal Retirement  
- Jim Laughlin - WestDeck
- Paul Valentine - The WLB Group


SNHBA salutes member Mick Galatio for bringing in 22 new members to the association. Mick is a member of the prestigious NAHB Spike Club because of his efforts to bring in new members and retain existing members.

Mick is the president of Desert Wind Homes. He served as the association's president in 2008, and he continues to be an active member of SNHBA and NAHB. A native of the small, rural community of Hornell in western New York, Mick served in the U.S. Marine Corp at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in the early 1970s. He returned to western New York and earned an associate degree in building construction from Alfred State University. He headed west in 1975, finding good jobs in construction in Las Vegas, so he planted roots here. In 1995, he and two partners founded Desert Wind Homes, and he became very active at SNHBA. He was named 2005 Builder Member of the Year for his outstanding service to the association and the industry.    
Thank you, Mick!   
This from Builder Online: Sekisui House, Ltd. and Woodside Homes announced that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Sekisui will acquire 100 percent ownership of Woodside. Sekisui, Japan's largest homebuilder, will complete the transaction through one of its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiaries. Woodside is one of America's top 30 homebuilders, having built more than 40,000 homes across the United States, with current operations in Arizona, California, Nevada. Click here to read the full story.

The Safety Consultation and Training section of the state of Nevada Division of Industrial Relations presented PetersenDean Roofing with its prestigious "Safe Partner Award" in recognition of the company's continued workplace safety efforts. The award is presented annually to only four of the 50,000 employers in Nevada.

Longtime homebuilding industry executive Walter Cuculic has been named senior vice president - renewable energy at AVANA Capital of Glendale, AZ.

Actus, an engineering, surveying, consulting and planning company, will host an open house on the occasion of its 1st anniversary. The open house is set for 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, March 17 at its office, 3203 E. Warm Springs Road, Las Vegas, 89120, Suite 400. Please RSVP ASAP to David Logsdon at

The Las Vegas City Council has approved the annexation of more than 4,500 acres of Bureau of Land Management property in the northwest valley adjacent to the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and the Red Rock National Conservation Area. The zoning is civic (CV), general commercial (C-2) and undeveloped (U). The additional property adds about seven square miles to the city's size.

The city of North Las Vegas recently established a "Self-certification Program" in an effort to accelerate the traditional plan-review process for eligible development projects. Professionals who may qualify for the self-certification are: architects, engineers and landscape architects. Click here to read more about the program.


Former SNHBA lobbyist James "Jim" Spinello passed away peacefully January 25 at the Nathan Adelson Hospice. He was 67. Spinello was local director of government affairs at R&R Partners. He was a Nevada state assemblyman and an assistant director of administrative services for Clark County. Click here to read the full obituary in the Review-Journal.

Gary Johnson, former executive director of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce and a friend to SNHBA on Henderson issues, passed away January 22. He was 74. Johnson also held positions with the Clark County Department of Aviation and the Las Vegas Monorail. Click here to read the full obituary in the Review-Journal

SNHBA and its HomeAid Southern Nevada chapter salute all those involved in the success of the 4th annual "Target Homelessness Sporting Clay Shootout" set for Friday at the Pro Gun Club in Boulder City.

A special "thank you" goes to the sponsors! 
- Sportsman's Warehouse
- Howard & Howard law firm
- Pardee Homes
- Desert Companies, Fasteners Inc. Southwestern Supply
- SelectBuild BMC, Summerlin, Wells Cargo, World Wide Safety
- CCMC, Nova Geotechnical, Southern Nevada chapter of the International Code Council, Utah Business Insurance Co.
- CarpetsNMore, Kaempfer Crowell, Komatsu Equipment, RSP Inc.
- Chicago Brewing Co., Glove Connection, Coca-Cola, Sky View  

F or more information about HomeAid Southern Nevada and its activities, please contact Executive Director Caitlin Shea at or click here to visit the chapter's website.

HomeAid Southern Nevada is the official outreach partner
of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association.

HomeAid Southern Nevada Mission Statement:
Building new lives for Southern Nevada's homeless men, women and children through housing and community outreach.

The National Association of Home Builders has a large selection of educational offerings for members. The On Demand program includes courses such as " Customer Service," the " Basics of Building" and the " Certified New Home Sales Professional" classes offered for the CSP designation. Webinars include " How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection," " OSHA Fall Protection," and " What Employers Need to Know to Comply with the Health Care Reform Law." Click here for more information about NAHB education.

The Meyers Research Group-Zonda will present " Frame Las Vegas," a free, interactive forum about the national economy, regional trends and local hot topics from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Thursday, March 16 at Canyon Gate Country Club, 2001 Canyon Gate Drive, Las Vegas, 89117. Speakers will include Tim Sullivan, managing principal at Meyers Research, and J.T. Schwartz, managing director at Meyers Research. Please RSVP ASAP to Jason Eldredge at

EduCode 2017, a major building industry conference, is scheduled for March 20-24 at the Orleans Hotel Conference Center.

Click here for more information about EduCode and to register.

The 8th Annual GREENFest is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 22 at Downtown Summerlin. The popular environmental fair is conducted annually in conjunction with Earth Day. Click here for additional information about GREENFest.

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