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Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the association's "Oktoberfest" Membership Networking Mixer, hosted by the Landwell Co./Cadence, which is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, October 19 at the master-planned community of Cadence in Henderson.

Registration will begin soon. Please watch your Inbox for the RSVP message.

SNHBA salutes our host:


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October 13
SNHBA Fall Golf Tournament,
hosted by Central Valley Insulation
6:30 a.m.

Angel Park Golf Club

October 17
Community Planning and Infrastructure Committee Meeting
8:30 a.m.
SNHBA office

October 17
Promotion Committee Meeting
2:30 p.m.
SNHBA office

October 17
Sales and Marketing Committee
3:30 p.m.
SNHBA office

October 19
SNHBA Membership Networking Mixer, hosted by Cadence/Landwell Co.
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cadence in Henderson

October 25
Land Use Committee Meeting
8 a.m.
SNHBA office

October 27
Nevada Admission Day Observed
SNHBA office closed

December 7
SNHBA/HomeAid  Installation and Awards Luncheon, sponsored by CAMCO
Four Seasons Resort
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voting_people.jpg The association has sent the online ballot to the members-of-record to vote for the members of the 2018 board of directors.

Members have until Wednesday, October 4 to cast their votes for 11 Builder directors and nine Associate directors to serve in 2018, effective January 1.

Executive Director Nat Hodgson will announce the results of the election on October 19 at the association's "Oktoberfest" Membership Networking Mixer, hosted by the Landwell Co./Cadence at the master-planned community of Cadence in Henderson.

The Builder-member candidates are:
Rick Barron - Century Communities
Nicole Bloom - Richmond American Homes
Bonnie Hernandez - American West Development
Brian Kunec - KB Home
Brandon Laughter - Pulte Homes
Tom McCormick - Touchstone Living
Brian Plaster - Signature Homes
Dana Rogers - CalAtlantic Homes
Wayne Shumsker - Lennar Homes
Brian Walsh - Richmond American Homes
Nathan White - Summit Homes
Carlos Zuluaga - Pardee Homes

The Associate-member candidates are:
Rusty Carson - Desert Truss
Michael Colvin - Colvin Construction
Greg Combs - Cal Pac Painting of Nevada
Claire DeJesus - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Scott Donnelly - Cooper Roofing and Solar
Dave Edwards - VTN Nevada
Brian Gordon - SalesTraq
Chad Hirschi - Hirschi Masonry
Stephenie Ireland Heagerty - Boral Roofing
Rebecca Merrihew - Red Rock Insulation
James Stein - Southwest Gas Corp.
Todd Steadham - Slater Hanifan Group
Melissa Williams - CAMCO

The association salutes these members for stepping forward to run for election to the SNHBA board of directors.

SNHBA staffers Holly Nostro, right, and Alexis Hayborn assist Recruitment Mixer attendees sign up for membership in the association. 

The association has set a record for new members who sign up at an event - 13 new members signed up at the "Recruitment Night" Mixer on September 12 at the Orleans Hotel Conference Center.
The event was reserved for non-members, and SNHBA members who brought one or more non-members.  
The association thanks our speakers, who talked about the benefits of SNHBA membership - Rocky Cochran of Pardee Homes, Scott Donnelly of Cooper Roofing and Solar, Rebecca Merrihew of Red Rock Insulation, and Kevin Newell of First American Title Co.  
SNHBA also thanks the members of the Membership Committee who assisted at the event - Claire DeJesus of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Commitee Chairman Curt Friedman of Pardee Homes, David Fortner of Hydro-Arch, Pam Guttman and Garo Injasoulian of Customized Safety & Quality Solutions, JJ Kingery of Richmond American Homes, Kendal Lay of Pacific Sunbelt Mortgage, and Dan Wright of Toll Brothers.  
Two attendees who signed up at that night won prizes: Juan Torres of J and J Glass won an Apple IPad, and Thomas Hellums of Dwyer Engineering won the grand-prize of a 55-inch Sony HDTV.  
Also, our member, Tonja Maholick of Gothic Landscape, won a pair of Amazon Echo dots for having the most non-members in attendance. 
SNHBA Executive Director Nat Hodgson, right, and Office Manager and Membership Director Holly Nostro present a 55-inch Sony Bravia TV to Thomas Hellums of Dwyer Engineering. He joined the association at the Recruitment Mixer. 

A heavy-equipment operator shows a young cancer patient the workings of an excavator at the "Construction vs Cancer" event last year in Phoenix. 
SNHBA has joined with industry partners - the Nevada Contractors Association (formerly Associated General Contractors), Associated Builders & Contractors and the Nevada Subcontractors Association - to help launch the first " Construction vs Cancer Las Vegas," an unusual event by the local office of the American Cancer Society to benefit young cancer patients and their families in our community.

The " Construction vs Cancer" festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, October 7 at the Symphony Park, 130 S. City Parkway in Downtown Las Vegas. Childen will be able to sit in and get help to operate construction equipment, such as a backhoe, dozer and excavator. There will be entertainment, food, beverages, kid's activities and games, and photo opportunities with the construction equipment. Admission tickets are $15 for individuals; $50 for a family of four.

Volunteers are needed the day of the event to assist with registration, parking, event set-up, event clean-up, and at various locations, such as the construction equipment stations, the water stations, Kid's Zone stations, food stations, scissor lift activity station and the festival area. If you are interested in volunteering to assist at the event, contact Frank Johnson at to register as a volunteer.

SNHBA salutes the many members who are supporting this outstanding effort. We hope to see a strong turnout of members and their families at the festival on October 7 at Symphony Park. Click here for additional information.

The association's government affairs department is working on many issues of importance to its members, the industry and homebuyers.
The association provided input to Clark County on a new county requirement, based on Assembly Bill 241, which requires a baby changing table in any permanent building or facility, which will be used by the public, and contains at least a public restroom. The requirement applies to permanent buildings and facilities constructed on or after October 1. Other local government jurisdictions are not requiring changing tables in model homes, which are not considered permanent commercial structures. Click here to read the Clark County notice. 

Some important laws of interest to the home building industry go into effect on October 1, including new laws that impact homeowner associations, employment and interaction with local government. Click here for information about the new laws that go into effect October 1.
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 GrowthZone at Contact Holly Nostro at for username and password to access the site.

- Thomas Hellums - Dwyer Engineering
- Tony Alder - Evergreen Home Loans
- Douglas Rankin - G.C. Garcia
- Janet Charlton - GO Home Ltd
- David Fortner - Hydro-Arch 
- John Marshall - Infiniti Stone LLC 
- Juan Torres - J  & J Glass 
- Teresa O'Connor - JWilliams Staffing 
- Ken Williams - KOR Building Group  
- Dewayne Klockow and Mark Nelson - Old World Cabinetry LLC 
- Scott Israel - SI Computer Solutions 
- Nick Snyder and Dustin Wilder - Titan Stairs  
- Mark Nelson - Tuff Shed Inc
- David Bilik - Twilight Designs 
- Scott Boureston - Walters Wholesale Electric  

Curt Friedman 
SNHBA salutes member Curt Friedman for his outstanding support and involvement in the association. Curt is chairman of the association's Membership Committee, which recently hosted the successful "Recruitment Night" Mixer at the Orleans Hotel. The responsibilities of the committee include developing new membership and retention programs, promoting the Spike Club and implementing membership drives.

Curt has nearly 25 years experience in purchasing for local home building companies. Currently, he is purchasing manager at Pardee Homes. Prior to joining Pardee in 2015, he was purchasing director at Woodside Homes for 10 years. Also, he was a purchasing manager with Beazer Homes, Village Homes and Pulte Homes.  
Curt was born in Amityville on Long Island, New York. He grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, where later he was founder and chairman of the Professional Photographers of Delaware. He also studied at Chowan University in North Carolina.  
He moved to Las Vegas about 14 years ago, and has been an active SNHBA members since 2005.

Thank you, Curt! 
The association's chapter of Professional Women in Building will conduct a donation drive in October in conjunction with "Domestic Violence Awareness Month."  
The chapter will collect items, such as diapers, baby wipes, formula, feeding bottles, feminine hygiene products, pajamas and socks for women and children. The collection will be donated to Safe Nest, the non-profit organization devoted to the issue of domestic violence in Clark County since 1977.
Items will be collected from October 2 to October 26. Click here for the flyer with information about the five drop-off locations. 
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
Mike Sweeney
Mike Sweeney has joined Platinum Home Mortgage Corp., as divisional sales manager.  
Previously, he was new home sales manager at Finance of America Mortgage Co. Sweeney is an active member of the SNHBA Promotion and Sales and Marketing committees.  
CAMCO announced the company is expanding operations to Northern Nevada. Click here to read the announcement. 
Shanon Gerrity has joined Richmond American Homes as purchasing manager. Previously, she was purchasing manager at D.R. Horton's Emerald Homes.    
Longtime SNHBA board member David Fortner has joined Hydro-Arch as a vice president. Previously, he was general manager at Ace Asphalt.  
Congratulations and best wishes to Lisa Kaplan, marketing manager at Toll Brothers, and husband, Dave, on the arrival of their new son, Wesley.  
Pictured here is the boomerang rope climber at the new adventure playground in Central Park at the Cadence community in Henderson.   

The Landwell Co's Cadence master-planned community in Henderson recently opened an "adventure playground" at its 50-acre Central Park. The new park includes a climbing wall, timber climber, balance net, play tunnel, landscape stumps, a rope climber, and slides. Click here to read the announcement.  
Also, the Landwell Co. has joined with the city of Henderson and the "Green Our Plant" organization to build an outdoor garden classroom at Edna F. Hinman Elementary School to give students a hands-on education about healthy food and real-life earth science lessons. Click here to read the announcement.  
Mayor Debra March
The Governing Institute has selected Henderson Mayor Debra March to serve in the Women in Government Leadership Program Class of 2018. She is one of only 25 new participants selected for the yearlong program design to promote  and support elected women leaders from across the nation. The women selected are from 20 states. Most are elected officials who serve in local and state government offices. The Governing Institute received more than 150 nominations for the class of 2018 appointments. Click here to read the announcement.   
The city of Henderson Public Works, Parks and Recreation Department has attained full accreditation from the American Public Works Association. The city is the 128th accredited agency in the nation and the only agency in Nevada to hold active accreditation.  
"We achieved 100 percent compliance on all 369 applicable accreditation standards," said Robert Herr, director of Henderson Public Works, Parks and Recreation Department. "In addition, our agency was identified as having nine national model best practices, which is quite an accomplishment for a first-time accredited agency. Click here to read the announcement.  
The Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS announced the results of its annual election of officers and board members, with local Realtor Christopher Bishop serving as 2018 president and Janet Carpenter serving as 2018 president-elect. Click here to read the announcement.   
Heidi Kasama
The Nevada Association of REALTORS has named Greg Martin of Elko as "REALTOR of the Year," and announced the newly elected officers for 2018, led by incoming president and longtime Las Vegas Realtor, Heidi Kasama, and president-elect Keith Lynam. Both Kasama and Lynam are past presidents of the Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS. Click here to read the announcement. 


More than 150 SNHBA members and special guests attended the Inaugural "Building Hope" Breakfast at Wynn Las Vegas. 
Inaugural "Building Hope Breakfast" A Success! 
SNHBA and its HomeAid Southern Nevada chapter thank and salute all those involved in the success of the Inaugural "Building Hope" Breakfast on September 19 at the Wynn Las Vegas' Petrus Ballroom.

The event was a celebration of all the chapter has done to make a positive difference for the homeless population - and a look ahead to ways the chapter can do more. Approximately $23,000 was raised to benefit the chapter's continuing efforts.
Longtime SNHBA board member Tom Warden of The Howard Hughes Corp., served as emcee at the meeting. Speakers told inspirational stories about the chapter's work in the community and how the HomeAid Southern Nevada team of staff, volunteers and supporters are improving conditions for the homeless and near-homeless in the area. The speakers were Shalimar Cabrera of U.S. VETS and Jackie Lizaola of the Project 150 Youth Council.
The contributing sponsors were Guild Mortgage, Pardee Homes, Patriot Contractors, Sierra Air Conditioning, Southwest Gas Corp., Wells Cargo and Woodside Homes. Matching donors were Colliers International's Links for Life, Hirschi Masonry, and Ticor Title of Nevada
Much of the success must be attributed to the efforts of the special "Building Hope" Breakfast Committee, which included incoming chapter president Amy Thill of Warmington Residential, Stephenie Ireland Heagerty of Boral Roofing, Jodi Grover of Ticor Title, Tyson Clayton of Desert Companies, event planner Darby Fitzpatrick Reber of Open Invitation, Darren Wilson of Sierra Air Conditioning and Rocky Cochran of Pardee Homes. Special thanks go to Cathy Vo of the B&P Advertising Media Public Relations agency, professional photographer Jim Laurie, and SNHBA staffers Holly Nostro and Alexis Hayborn.      
HomeAid Southern Nevada board members and Executive Director Patrick Spargur, right, are pictured at the "Building Hope" Breakfast. 
'Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month' Preparations
The chapter has started work on its campaign for "Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month," a national effort in November to bring awareness to the issues of hunger and homelessness. The campaign will include a food drive to collect non-perishable items to donate to local community partners that provide food and meals to homeless and at-risk men, women and children. During last year's campaign, supporters contributed more than $3,000 in cash and $2,500 in food and hygiene supplies, which were given to two outstanding local groups that assist the homeless - Serving Hope Las Vegas and U.S. VETS Las Vegas. Additional details about this year's campaign will be available in October.  
For more information, contact HomeAid Southern Nevada Executive Director Patrick Spargur at
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 Silver State Fair Housing Council will present free Fair Housing Act training in Spanish from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., on October 4 at the Financial Guidance Center, 2660 S. Jones, 89146. Click here for additional information.

The Energy & Environmental Building Alliance will present its annual EEBA High Performance Home Summit on October 10-12 in Atlanta. The summit will feature presentations from leading builders, building science experts, architects, raters and designers who represent the cutting edge of residential construction. Click here for additional information and to register.

Registration has begun for the 2018 EduCode International Conference,  which is scheduled from March 19-23 at the Orleans Hotel. EduCode offers working professionals highly specialized courses, including architectural, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, structural, fire protection, code enforcement and leadership topics essential for building design, expanding skills, and earning and maintaining certifications and other credentials. Click here for additional information about the conference and registration.

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