Southern Nevada Home Builders Association
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Please don't delay registering for the association's "Vegas Night' Membership Networking Mixer, hosted by Security National Mortgage Co.,
on July 12 at the company's office, 1980 Festival Plaza Drive, Suite 850 in Downtown Summerlin.

Don't miss what promises to be a fun membership event.


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July 4
Independence Day
SNHBA office closed

July 11
Codes Committee
9 a.m.
SNHBA office

July 12
"Vegas Night" Membership Networking Mixer, hosted by Security National Mortgage, benefiting HomeAid Southern Nevada
5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Summerlin

July 18
Community Planning and Infrastructure Committee
8:30 a.m.
SNHBA office

July 26
Land Use Committee
8 a.m.
SNHBA office

August 23

"Builder Breakfast" Membership
 Networking Meeting
7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Orleans Hotel
Conference Center

September 4
Labor Day
SNHBA office closed

September 12
SNHBA Membership Recruitment Mixer
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 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

October 13
SNHBA Fall Golf Tournament
Angel Park Golf Course

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

December 7
SNHBA/HomeAid  Installation and Awards Luncheon, sponsored by CAMCO
Four Seasons Resort
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Maximize the impact of your SNHBA membership by getting involved on a SNHBA committee.

Committee service is an exceptional way to raise your visibility, network face-to-face with fellow members, and offer your ideas and suggestions to better the association and the industry.

Click here to learn more about the SNHBA committees.

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Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the association's " Builder Breakfast" Membership Networking Meeting set for Wednesday, August 23 at the Orleans Hotel Conference Center. The theme will be multigenerational new homes in metropolitan Las Vegas.

Architect Howard Perlman
Longtime SNHBA member and award-winning architect Howard Perlman will lead a panel of SNHBA builder members to discuss multigenerational homes and floorplans designed to meet the needs of changing demographics and lifestyles. In 2013, Perlman trademarked his Live Work® and Multi Gen® home concepts, launching Lennar's Next-Gen "home within a home" brand.

A multigenerational home refers to more than one generation living in the same household.

The idea of multiple generations living under the same roof isn't new, but the scenario declined after World War II with the boom in suburban developments. However, there's been a significant rise in multigenerational households since the Great Recession in the late 2000s.

An estimated 51 million Americans, or 16.7 percent of the population, live in a house with at least two adult generations, or a grandparent and at least one other generation, according to the Pew Research Center.

Homebuilders and remodelers are building and renovating homes to meet the needs of multigenerational households. The designs allow the generations of a family to live together, yet have private areas as well as combined living space. More than 10 local builders are constructing multigenerational new homes and floorplans.

If you are interested in co-sponsoring this membership breakfast meeting, please contact Monica Caruso at

Roaster Darren Wilson of Sierra Air Conditioning spiced up the roast with amusing props, which he presented to good-sport Nat Hodgson.
SNHBA thanks and salutes all those involved in the success of the association's "Nat Hodgson Roast" Dinner, benefiting our HomeAid Southern Nevada chapter, on June 8 at the Orleans Hotel Conference Center.

The association raised nearly $3,000 for the HomeAid chapter.

Special thanks go to the association's co-sponsor and member of 50 years, First American Title Co.

Also, we thank our outstanding panel of roasters, headed by President Wayne Laska of StoryBook Homes. The roasters were Rocky Cochran of Pardee Homes, Janet Love of KB Home, Ron Lynn of the Nevada State Contractors Board, Ken Williams of CAMCO and Darren Wilson of Sierra Air Conditioning.

And, of course, we must thank former Executive Director Nat Hodgson, who is now the branch manager at our member company, USI Silver State, for being a good sport and allowing us to put him in the hot seat for the benefit of HomeAid. Also, we thank Nat's wife, Debbie, for going along with some of the roasters' jokes and gags.

Click here to view more roast photos on the Image Gallery at

The Angel Park Golf Club  
The association's Fall Builders Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday, October 13 at the Angel Park Golf Club, where the association has reserved 36 holes on the Mountain Course and the Palm Course.

Player registration and sponsorship sales will begin on July 13.

Please watch your Inbox for emails about the launch of registration and sales for the fall tournament. Proceeds from the tournament go to the association's operating budget. A small portion of the player/foursome registration fees goes to the HI-PAC fund, unless the player/foursome opts out of the contribution to the association's Political Action Committee.

Click here for more information about the Angel Park Golf Club.

If you can identify any of these golfers from the spring tournament, please message so the association can mail the team photo to the players.


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

The SNHBA lobbying team have put the finishing touches on reports about the recent legislative session.

Click here for the report prepared by the association's lobbyists at the firm of McDonald Carano.

Click here for the report about the new laws that went into effect on or before July1.

For additional information about the 2017 Legislature, contact SNHBA Interim Executive 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.

- Tiffany Dessaints and Ashley Hernandez - Associa Nevada South
- Quincy Harris - Networks West Technology Consulting

SNHBA salutes member Chris Garza for his outstanding support and involvement in the association. Chris is a member of the association's Promotion Committee, which plans the membership meetings. Chris has stepped forward several times to sponsor membership meetings, and he also supports the association's fundraising golf tournaments.
Chris is regional vice president at New American Funding where he covers Nevada, Northern California and Southern Utah. He has been involved in the mortgage industry since 2001. Chris grew up in Garden Grove in Orange County, Calif. He played football while a student at Fullerton Junior College and Southern Utah University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in business, with an emphasis on accounting, in 1998. After graduating, he and his wife moved to Las Vegas where they are raising three daughters.

"I believe everyone deserves a shot at home ownership and the American dream of home ownership," Chris said.

He is active in the business community. In addition to SNHBA, Chris is a member of the Asian Real Estate Association of America, the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors, the Mortgage Bankers Association Political Action Committee, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, the National Association of Real Estate Professionals, the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals and the Women's Council of Realtors.

Thank you, Chris! 

The association's Membership Committee will host a special mixer, "SNHBA Recruitment Night," to encourage nonmembers to join the association. The mixer is set for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 12, at the Orleans Hotel Conference Center.

Membership Committee members and special guests will explain the many benefits of SNHBA membership to the nonmembers who attend in a relaxed, casual environment.

SNHBA seeks sponsors, especially Builder member sponsors, and contributions of raffle prizes for "Recruitment Night." Please contact Holly Nostro at for additional information. 
The association's PWB chapter seeks volunteers for its Nominating Committee, which will propose a slate of candidates for election as 2018 officers of the chapter.

Chapter members will be asked to vote in the fall for a chairperson, co-chairperson, treasurer and secretary.

Chapter members who are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee are asked to contact Holly Nostro at

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. 
Future site of The Villages at Tule Springs in North Las Vegas. 

SNHBA members Pardee Homes, KB Home and CalAtlantic Homes have started work on metro Las Vegas' newest master-planned community - The Villages at Tule Springs in North Las Vegas. Ground was broken on June 27 near the intersection of Deer Springs Way and Revere Street, south of the 215 Beltway. The community will consist of four villages on approximately 1,280 acres with about 8,700 homes.The community will include a 35-acre regional park and trailheads to the adjacent 22,650-acre Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument.

  Click here to read The Villages at Tule Springs announcement.

Builder magazine has included American West Homes on its annual list of " America's Biggest Builders" for 2017. It's the 30th year that the locally owned and operated homebuilding company has made the list. Click here for the Builder magazine story.

Longtime member David Goldstein, senior associate at Geo Tek, has been elected to the board of directors of the Clark County Public Education Foundation in recognition of his work to develop scholarship programs for high school and college students to major in a construction-related field of architecture, engineering and construction management. Click here to read the announcement.  

BMC recently opened a new location at 950 E. Pilot Road, Suite I, 89119 to house the company's hardware department.

A funeral service is set for 11 a.m., Saturday, July 8 for homebuilding industry executive Mike Sicner, who died June 26 following a period of illness. He was 53. The service will be at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave., 89123. Sicner worked nearly 27 years at American West Homes where he was vice president of construction operations. He earned a bachelor's degree in construction management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1984. SNHBA extends sympathy and condolences to Mike's family and team members at American West Homes during this sad time. Click here for additional information from Palm Mortuary.

Joan Swift, former Clark County Recorder and a friend to SNHBA on recorder-office issues, passed away June 17 at age 90. She was elected county recorder in 1975, and served until she retired in 1993. SNHBA offers sympathy and condolences to Joan's family and friends at this sad time. Click here to read the full obituary in the Review-Journal.  

Bob Nielsen 
Longtime Nevada homebuilder Bob Nielsen was among the recent inductees to the National Association of Home Builders' National Housing Hall of Fame. NAHB cited Nielsen as a longtime advocate for affordable housing. He was instrumental in the creation of the Nevada Low Income Housing Trust Fund. His Reno-based company, Shelter Properties, builds affordable housing for families and senior citizens, as well as conventional multifamily communities. Click here to read the full story.

Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies recently released the 2017 edition of the State of the Nation's Housing report. The study states that a decade after the onset of the Great Recession, the national housing market has, by many measures, returned to normal. Housing demand, home prices and construction volumes are all on the rise, and the number of distressed homeowners has fallen sharply. However, along with strengthening demand, extremely tight supplies of both for-sale and for-rent homes are pushing up housing costs and adding to ongoing concerns about affordability. Click here to read the full report.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that District Judge Mark Denton ordered the law firm of Kummer Kaempfer Bonner Renshaw and Ferrario - now known as Kaempfer Crowell - to pay $3.1 million to the Vistana Condominium Owners Association for negligence and breach of duty involving construction defect litigation at the condo complex. Click here to read the story.

Clark County
announced that Commissioner Mary Beth Scow has submitted her resignation, citing "difficult decisions to make between serving my family and my constituents." Click here to read the announcement.

The city of Henderson has launched a nationwide search to fill the position of police chief. Candidate applications are being accepted through July 24.  Click here to read the announcement.

The Henderson City Council appointed Dan Shaw to fill the vacant Ward 2 council seat. The Ward 2 vacancy was created recently when Councilwoman Debra March was elected mayor. Shaw will complete the remainder of March's term, which expires in June 2019. Click here to read the announcement.

The city of Las Vegas has implemented a new permitting operating system. Previously bookmarked website pages are no longer active. The new database features new technical tools. Click here for additional information.

The city of Las Vegas has launched a new website for planning and zoning codes. The city's Unified Development Code is now part of a searchable cloud-based document. Click here for additional information.

The city of Las Vegas, in partnership with Applied Analysis, has launched a new community dashboard to provide demographic and statistical information, such as the city's economy, workforce, businesses and neighborhoods. Click here for additional information. 

The newly renovated 485 Calcaterra Circle building 

Shelter-Build Project: Calcaterra Circle Apartments 
The association's HomeAid Southern Nevada chapter recently conducted a dedication ceremony at the Calcaterra Circle apartment complex to mark completion of the remodeling of the fourth of six buildings. SNHBA builder member, Century Communities, served as the build captain to supervise the major renovation of the six units at 485 Calcaterra Circle.

Renovated interior of apartment at 485 Calcaterra Circle. 

The chapter partnered with Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada in 2015 to significantly renovate and modernize the apartments that provide affordable housing and assistance for homeless and at-risk clients from Family Promise, Women's Development Center, the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth and U.S. VETS.

SNHBA and HomeAid salute all the members who have contributed generously in time, labor, materials and funding for this outstanding project.

For additional information about the Calcaterra Circle renovation project, contact HomeAid Southern Nevada Executive Director Patrick Spargur at

"Back to School Success Drive"
HomeAid Southern Nevada has launched its annual "Back to School Success Drive" through July 31 to collect school supplies and personal hygiene items for Project 150, a local nonprofit organization that helps homeless, displaced and disadvantaged high school students in metro Las Vegas.

HomeAid's goal is to collect enough supplies to assemble 1,500 backpacks for the students. Supplies include pens, spiral notebooks, socks, underwear and other essential items.

"We're proud to continue supporting this back-to-school drive benefiting Project 150 and their efforts to help high school students in need," said Patrick Spargur, executive director of HomeAid Southern Nevada. "These backpacks are critical for the students. Each donation allows us to give local students and their families more opportunities for success in school and life."

Critical needs include:
- Backpacks;
- Flash drives;
- Spiral notebooks;
- Pocket folders;
- Black ink pens;
- Highlighters;
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste;
- Shampoo and conditioner;
- Soap and bath gel;
- Deodorant;
- Socks;
- Sports bras;
- Underwear;
- Sanitary products.

Click here to view the report on KTNV-TV's The Morning Blend show, featuring HomeAid Southern Nevada Executive Director Patrick Spargur and Project 150 Executive Director Meli Pulido.
For more information or to obtain a list of donation drop-off sites, contact Patrick Spargur at or 702-794-0117, Ext. 100.  

Representatives of HomeAid Southern Nevada pose with recipients
of Project 150 student scholarships at the scholarship luncheon.

Project 150 Youth Scholarships
HomeAid Southern Nevada was pleased, once again, to participate in the Project 150 Youth Council Scholarship Awards Luncheon program, which benefits homeless, displaced and disadvantaged students at local high schools. The chapter contributed $4,000 to the program, which awards scholarships to homeless, displaced and disadvantaged high school students to attend college or trade school. Congratulations to these outstanding, remarkable students! 

CalAtlantic Homes Donation
HomeAid America, parent organization of HomeAid Southern Nevada, recently announced that SNHBA member, CalAtlantic Homes made a $50,000 to HomeAid's Corporate Partner program. Scott Stowell, the executive chairman of the CalAtlantic Group board of directors, is the 2017-2017 chairman of HomeAid's board of directors. Click here to read the announcement.

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 Aspire Institute workshop, " Where Does Profit Really Come From: A Business Management Workshop for Building Professionals," sponsored by the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., July 11 at the Tuscany Suites Hotel, 255 E. Flamingo Road. Click here for additional information and registration instructions.

The Governor's Workforce and Innovative Solutions Conference, a statewide conference to highlight innovative ideas, practices and policies to support Nevada's workforce, is set for 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., July 14 at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. Following the conference, there will be a job fair from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the government center. Click here for additional information and free registration.

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