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The SNHBA office will be closed on November 23-24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The office will reopen at 8 a.m., Monday, November 27.

The association wishes its members, industry partners and associates an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

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November 14
Promotion Committee
2:30 p.m.
SNHBA office

November 14
Sales and Marketing Committee
3:30 p.m.
SNHBA office

November 21
Community Planning and Infrastructure Committee Meeting
8:30 a.m.
SNHBA office

November 23-24
Thanksgiving Holiday
SNHBA office closed

November 29
Land Use Committee
8 a.m.
SNHBA office

December 7
SNHBA/HomeAid  Installation and Awards Luncheon, sponsored by CAMCO
11:15 a.m.-1 p.m .
Four Seasons Resort

January 10
SNHBA Membership Networking Luncheon
11:30 a.m.
Sierra Gold
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Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the association's Membership Networking Luncheon scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 10 at Sierra Gold, 6515 S. Jones Blvd, 89118, south of Sunset Road.

Metro Sheriff Joseph Lombardo is among the distinguished panelists of law enforcement officials who will discuss current crime trends and what the public can do to protect themselves.

Registration will begin in mid-December. Please watch your Inbox for the launch of registration.

If you are interested in sponsoring this outstanding membership event, please contact Monica Caruso at


The Four Seasons Resort on the Las Vegas Strip

Registration has begun for the SNHBA/HomeAid Installation and Awards Luncheon, sponsored by CAMCO, scheduled for 11:15 a.m., Thursday, December 7 at the Four Seasons Resort.

The association and HomeAid chapter will install the officers and directors for 2018, and present several awards to outstanding members and supporters.

SNHBA President Wayne Laska of StoryBook Homes will pass the gavel to incoming President Kent Lay of Woodside Homes. Also, HomeAid Southern Nevada President Trent Scarlett of Wells Cargo will hand over the chapter presidency for next year to Amy Thill of Warmington Residential.
The price is $55 per person. For a reserved table of 10, please register 10 persons. Reservations are required by November 28.  

The new Adventure Park at Cadence master-planned community was the site of the association's Oktoberfest membership networking mixer. 

More than 100 SNHBA members and special guests turned out for the association's Oktoberfest Membership Networking Mixer, hosted by The LandWell Co./Cadence, the evening of October 19 at the Cadence master-planned community in Henderson.
The association has contributed the $1,700 in proceeds from the mixer to the Las Vegas Victims' Fund to assist those impacted by the 1 October shooting on the Strip.  
SNHBA thanks The LandWell Co., and its Cadence team, in particular, VP of Marketing Cheryl Persinger Gowan, for outstanding hospitality and support!
Also, the results of the election for the 2018 board of directors were announced.   
The Builder Directors are:
Rick Barron - Century Communities
Nicole Bloom - Richmond American Homes
Brian Kunec - KB Home
Bonnie Hernandez - American West Homes
Brandon Laughter - Pulte Homes
Tom McCormick - Touchstone Living
Brian Plaster - Signature Homes
Dana Rogers - CalAtlantic Homes
Brian Walsh - Richmond American Homes
Nathan White - Summit Homes
Carlos Zuluaga - Pardee Homes
The Associate Directors are:
Greg Combs - Cal Pac Painting of Nevada
Claire DeJesus - Las Vegas Review-Journal/New Homes Guide
Rusty Carson - Desert Truss
Scott Donnelly - Cooper Roofing and Solar
Chad Hirschi - Hirschi Masonry
Rebecca Merrihew - Red Rock Insulation
Todd Steadham - Slater Hanifan Group
James Stein - Southwest Gas Corp.
Melissa Williams - CAMCO
The elected board members, along with 2018 President Kent Lay of Woodside Homes, 2018 1st Vice President Janet Love of StoryBook Homes, the 2018 2nd vice president, and our senior directors and past presidents will constitute the 2018 board of directors.
The new board's one-year term of office begins January 1.
They will be installed at the SNHBA/HomeAid Southern Nevada Installation and Awards Luncheon, sponsored by CAMCO, on December 7 at the Four Seasons Resort. Click here to RSVP for the luncheon. 

Players from Wells Cargo took home the "Overall Tournament Winner" trophies at the SNHBA Fall Builders Classic, hosted by Central Valley Insulation, a TruTeam company, on October 13 at the Angel Park Golf Club.

The association thanks all those involved - the sponsors, the players, the Golf Committee members, the volunteers and staff - in the outstanding success of the SNHBA Fall Builders Golf Classic, hosted by Central Valley Insulation, on October 13 at the Angel Park Golf Club.

The "Overall Tournament Winner" was the Wells Cargo foursome of Trent Scarlett, Jade Rosenberg, Terry Bartu and Chris Koenig. The players also won "1st Place Team" on the Mountain Course.

"1st Place Team" on the Palm Course went to Ivan Kremer, Shane Markuson, Robert Johnson and Sam Leone on the Tri-Core Surveying foursome.

The "2nd Place Team" on the Mountain Course was the Masonite foursome of Bob Westby, Nico Wood, Rick McPherson and Edee Bennett. "2nd Place Team" on the Palm Course was Jeremy Gill, Dan Lai, Paul Hughett and Chriss Marino on the Lennox foursome.

The "Best in Show" Tee Sponsorship went to Nevada Builder Trade In Program. Congratulations to Robin Smith and her team!

The association played 36 holes on the Mountain and Palm courses at Angel Park Golf Resort.

A special "thank you" goes to the managers and staff at Angel Park for their hard work and efforts to ensure the success of the tournament - most especially Sales/Activities Host Jed Francese, Tournament Coordinator Ben Buck and Special Events/Catering Manager Claire Desalvo.

Kelly Marrujo, center, GM of TruTeam, accepts a plaque of appreciation as Tournament Host, Central Valley Insulation, a TruTeam company, from Golf Chairman Ken Williams, right, and SNHBA EO Nat Hodgson.

Once again, the association thanks the tournament sponsors:
Tournament Host - Central Valley Insulation, a TruTeam company
Platinum (Drink Cart) Sponsor - Evergreen Home Loans
Gold (Luncheon) Sponsor - US Bank Home Mortgage
Silver (Raffle Prizes) Sponsor - Southwest Gas Corp.
Bronze (Breakfast) Sponsor - Comfort Engineering
Tournament Photography Sponsor - Security National Mortgage
Tee Sponsors:
Alpha Landscapes
On Guard Fire Protection
America First Credit Union
Raptor Plumbing
AmeriFirst Financial
Red Rock Insulation
Sierra Air Conditioning & Heating
Community Access Systems
Simpson Strong-Tie
Desert Lumber
Fusion Sign and Design
Sun State Components
Hirschi Masonry
The WLB Group
HomeTeam Pest Defense
Tri-Core Surveying
Kelly Design Group
Twilight Designs
USI Silver State
Motivational Systems
NV Builder Trade In Program
Wallace Morris Kline Surveying
NV Common Ground Alliance
Wright Engineers

Rusty Carson of Desert Lumber/Truss, right, is pictured at the fall tournament accepting the position of 2018 Golf Committee chairman from longtime Chairman Ken Willilams. Carson is a longtime Golf Committee member.

Please mark your calendars and plan to participate in the association's 2018 Spring Builders Golf Classic scheduled for Friday, May 11 at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort.

Player registration and sponsorship sales will begin in February. Please watch your Inbox for the launch of registration and sales. Based on past tournaments, the spring tournament will sell out about three weeks after the launch.

Associate members network with the builder representatives at the Trilogy by Shea Homes table at the "Turn the Tables" Night mixer in September.  
Nearly 300 members turned out for the members-only "Turn the Tables" Night/Associate Member Appreciation Networking Mixer, sponsored by NV Energy, on September 27 at the Orleans Hotel Conference Center.
The mixer brought together Builder and Associate members for a unique opportunity for one-on-one, face-to-face networking.
SNHBA salutes the 21 Builder member companies that participated: American West Homes, Beazer Homes, Blue Heron, CalAtlantic Homes, Century Communities, DR Horton, Harmony Homes, KB Home, Lennar, Pardee Homes, Pinnacle Homes, Pulte Homes, Richmond American Homes, Shea Homes, StoryBook Homes, Summit Homes, Toll Brothers, Touchstone Living, Warmington Residential, William Lyon Homes and Woodside Homes.    

The association's government affairs department is working on many issues of importance to its members, the industry and homebuyers.
The government affairs' team is working on the following issues:
- 2018 code adoption
- Residential fire sprinklers
- Baby changing stations at model homes
- Outdoor directional signage 
- Neighborhood stabilization proposals
- Open space requirements  
- Energy and the environment
- BLM land
- Workforce development 
For additional information about the association's government affairs efforts, please contact 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 GrowthZone at Contact Holly Nostro at for username and password to access the site.

- Jeff Bal and Alfredo Soto - Belgard 
- Paula Fialkoff - E-Synergy Builders LLC
- Kevan Kelley - Impact Sign and Graphics 
- Derek Schairer - Opendoor 
- Michael Sweeney - Platinum Home Mortgage Corp.
- Joanne Stetler - Washington Federal 
Note: A recent monthly record of 18 new members signed up in September! 

Brian Gordon 
SNHBA salutes member Brian Gordon for his outstanding support and involvement in the association. Brian is an active member of the association's board of directors, the Executive Committee, the Land Use Committee, the Sales and Marketing Committee and several working groups that focus on specific issues of importance to the association and the industry. He has contributed significant research and data on a variety of economic and housing topics to assist the association with special projects. 
Brian is a principal at Applied Analysis and its sister firm, SalesTraq, both highly respected research and analysis companies in Southern Nevada. He graduated, with honors, from UNLV, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration with an emphasis on accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds the Accredited in Business Valuation credential from the American Institute of CPAs.  
Thank you, Brian! 
The association and its chapter of Professional Women in Building thank all those who contributed so generously to the donation drive conducted in conjunction with "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" in October.  
The chapter collected items, such as diapers, baby wipes, formula, feeding bottles, feminine hygiene products, pajamas and socks for women and children that were donated to Safe Nest, the non-profit organization devoted to the issue of domestic violence in Clark County since 1977.
In particular, we thank the SNHBA member companies that hosted collection boxes at their offices - CalAtlantic Homes, CAMCO, Pardee Homes and Sun West Custom Homes. A collection box was set up at the SNHBA office during the month of October.  
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

SNHBA Executive Director Nat Hodgson, left, accepts a $7,100 contribution to HomeAid Southern Nevada from Findlay Automotive Group CFO Tyler Corder during a presentation ceremony that included the general managers from Findlay's local dealerships.  
Findlay Automotive Group Contributes $7,100 to HomeAid 
The Findlay Automotive Group, one of the largest dealership chains in the West, recently contributed $7,100 to HomeAid Southern Nevada.
Findlay Automotive Group Chief Financial Officer Tyler Corder said during the check presentation ceremony that the company is very impressed with HomeAid. "We were specifically looking for a way to make an impact on homelessness in the Las Vegas Valley. We found that HomeAid of Southern Nevada is making a tremendous effort to help deal with the problem. We are very impressed with the work being done by HomeAid and we're happy to support their efforts. Our hope is that others may also be inspired to support this great organization." Click here to read the announcement. 
Calcaterra Rehabilitation Project

HomeAid Southern Nevada President Trent Scarlett, left, is pictured with HomeAid America CEO Peter Simons, and Michelle Merced and Kathy Freeman of the Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada during a tour of the chapter's Calcaterra apartment renovation project. The chapter will start renovation work on the final two buildings at the complex in the first quarter of 2018. The Calcaterra apartment complex of six buildings provide quality shelter for families transitioning from homelessness.
'Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month' Preparations
mozzarella_cheese_pizza.jpg The chapter is sponsoring a campaign for "Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month," a national effort in November to bring awareness to the issues of hunger and homelessness. The campaign includes "Pizza with a purpose" - dine-in, takeout or catering from the California Pizza Kitchen in Downtown Summerlin from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday, November 16. Bring the promotional flyer (click here for the flyer) and California Pizza Kitchen will donate 20 percent of the check to HomeAid Southern Nevada. Thank you, CPK! 
A big "thank you" goes to Nicole Bloom, division president of Richmond American Homes, and the company's VP of sales, for their outstanding support of HomeAid Southern Nevada. They braved the cold water in a dunk tank to raise $500 for the chapter at the Richmond American Homes' company picnic in October.
HomeAid Southern Nevada was pleased to have a presence at the SNHBA fall golf tournament on October 13 at the Angel Park Golf Course to promote the good work of the chapter. Special thanks go to Amy Thill, Deni Strahl and Amanda Moss for staffing the HomeAid table on the golf course.  
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.

Lennar Corp. and CalAtlantic Group Inc. announced last week the merger of the two companies to create the nation's largest homebuilder with revenues of more than $17 billion in the past 12 months and equity market capitalization, based on current market prices, of about $18 billion. The combined company will control about 240,000 homesites, and will have about 1,300 active communities in 49 markets in 21 states. Click here to read the announcement. 
Three SNHBA member companies - KTGY Architecture + Planning, Toll Brothers and William Lyon Homes - are among the finalists in the 2018 NAHB Best of 55+ Housing Awards.  
Toll Brothers' Regency at Summerlin is a finalist in several categories, including "Best 55+ For Sale Community over 200 Homes," "Best 55+ Detached Home 2,501-3,000 Sq. Ft," "Best 55+ Clubhouse or Amenity Center" and "Best 55+ Sales or Leasing Center."
In addition, Toll Brothers' Regency at Damonte Ranch in Reno is a finalist in the category of "Best 55+ Indoor Common or Amenity Space." Mike Aguilar of Toll Brothers in Reno is a finalist in the category of "Best 55+ Lifestyle Director."
William Lyon Homes' Ovation at Mountain Falls in Pahrump is a finalist in the category of "Best 55+ Independent Living Community-On the Boards."
The winners will be announced at a special ceremony on January 9 at the NAHB International Builders Show in Orlando.
Platinum Home Mortgage recently launched a major expansion in the West with the appointment of longtime mortgage executive Michael Sweeney as the new division manager. Joining Sweeney are industry veterans: Lorri Campbell, division operations manager; Jon Copeland, branch manager; Kathy Spicuzza, senior mortgage consultant; Robert Davis, mortgage consultant; Jessica Brown, new home sales coordinator; and numerous other mortgage professionals. Click here to read the announcement. 
Richmond American Homes has promoted JJ Kingery to senior marketing manager from marketing manager. Kingery has worked for the company nearly 12 years.  
Jay Haunschild has joined Interior Specialist Inc. as Nevada regional controller. Previously, he was the chief financial officer at Blue Heron.    
John Lopez has accepted the position of senior director of government relations at Federal Advocates Inc. in Washington, D.C. Previously, Lopez was government and regulatory affairs manager at Cox Communications and government affairs manager at the city of Las Vegas.  
Pulte Group has promoted Shane Markuson to director of land acquisition from manager of land acquisition.
Lonette Nagy, production manager at Pinnacle Homes, recently marked her 15th anniversary with the home building company.  
Rhett Butler was named director of quality assurance at Carpets N More. Previously, he was regional construction manager at KB Home.
Kenneth Ditillo is co-owner of Ready Renovation and Construction. Previously, he was vice president of production at Loftco.  
SNHBA salutes these members on their achievements! 

The Las Vegas Department of Building & Safety recently informed customers that the department is changing the building permit to allow electronic printing. Permits will no longer be on pre-printed card stock. Instead, the permits will be on 8 1/2 by 11-inch paper. Also, inspections will no longer be listed on the permit, but the full list of inspections is available still on the department's website.
Click here to read the announcement.

The National Association of REALTORS recently presented a Platinum Global Achievement Award to the Global Business Committee of the Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS. The award was presented November 4 at the REALTORS Conference & Expo in Chicago. GLVAR's Global Business Committee focuses on international real estate opportunities and education. Click here to read the announcement.

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 is sponsoring free Fair Housing Act training in Spanish from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 13 at the Financial Guidance Center - Education Center, 2660 S. Jones Blvd., 89146. Call 775-324-0990 for additional information and to register.

Monark Premium Appliance Co. invites its fellow SNHBA members to attend the company's Holiday Party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 6 at the showroom, 7370 S. Dean Martin Drive, 89139, Suite 401. Click here for the invitation.

The Southern Nevada chapter of the International Code Council will conduct its 2018 Installation Banquet the evening of Saturday, January 20 at the Revere Golf Club, 2600 Hampton Road, Henderson. Contact SNICC at 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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