Cleve Tutt- Tutt Custom Homes
In times of change, such as in farewells, it can be hard to find the right words to express how one feels about the past, with its memories, and the future, with all of its unknowns and new beginnings. I can tell you; I am joyous about what the future holds for the Big Country HBA. 

As I look back at my time here as President of the HBA, I am overwhelmed by all that we were able to accomplish together, even against the greatest of odds.

One of the things I’m most proud of is how we as an organization never let go of the principles that have always guided us. As an association that represents all industry sectors, the Big Country HBA advocates for the interests of all businesses, and we have done so with broad vision and the spirit of inclusion. Even when the discussions got tough, we saw the value in differences of opinion, and it is in these differences where we find our strength.

None of the successes of the Big Country HBA would have been possible without the dedication and participation of our membership community and gracious sponsors. By working together, we have accomplished many great things, and I have no doubt that with the continued leadership of our board, the engagement of our business leaders and members and the commitment from this great association that those successes will continue for many years to come.

While this is the end of the road for me as President, I have full confidence that under the direction of Lucas Gibbs, the Big Country HBA will continue to thrive.

It has been an absolute pleasure to be at the helm of this great organization for the last 12 months. Thank you for helping me see the wisdom, the blessing, the joy and the happiness that comes from being engaged with good people in a good cause. Always remember, this is the greatest place to live, work, learn and play.

Sincerely,
Cleve Tutt
Big Country HBA President 
THE HBA WELCOMES ITS NEWEST LEADERS
Each year, the Big Country HBA hosts an annual election to determine who will fill the vacancies within the Board of Directors. The Big Country HBA seeks leaders from the industry who are dedicated to the organizations mission “To Promote and Protect the Building Industry”. Serving on the BCHBA Board of Directors will prove to be a worthwhile and positive experience for those who are passionate about strengthening the leadership within the organization. These Board members are expected to serve a 2 year term and responsibly represent the Big Country HBA in the community and to advocate for our mission, programs, events and services. Please join us in welcoming a few new faces to the Board of Directors. We would also like to congratulate Jon Loudermilk, Mark Aldriedge and Evan Harris on being re-elected to serve another term.
Incoming President: Lucas Gibbs
Gibbs Design + Build specializes in homes that are thoughtfully designed and expertly built. Lucas and his wife Rebecca bring passion, specialized education and more than 20 years combined experience in the field with a love for seeing people happy in their homes. Since graduating in 2008 from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Pre-Architecture and Business Management, Lucas has gained indispensable knowledge in the field of residential construction. Building homes that have beautiful design, quality craftmanship and that will stand the test of time is the number one goal for Lucas and Rebecca Gibbs.
Builder Director: Isaiah Martinez
For Isaiah Martinez, owner of Prime Properties, building and construction in Abilene and The Big Country means everything to him. As a local 3rd generation builder, his family’s history and roots run deep in the local construction industry. Prime Properties is a full-service construction company that builds custom homes, spec homes, barndominiums and select remodels. Isaiah has been a member of the Big Country HBA since 2017 and has actively participated by way of the Parade of Homes with featured homes in 2018, 2019 and 2020, the Annual Golf Tournament and the Strikes Against Hunger Bowling Tournament. When not in the office or on the job site, you can usually find Isaiah with his wife Amanda on a soccer field watching his 3 children. Isaiah is proud to call Abilene home and being a member of the HBA helps him to continue building up and investing in this great city.  
Builder Director: Graham Langley

Graham Langley is the owner of My Countryside Home, LLC. He has been in business for himself for ten years and has served on the board in years past. Graham says “He would help the HBA in many ways.”
Associate Director: Chris Toponce
Chris Toponce is the Owner and Vice President of ACS Heating & Air Inc., with more than twenty-five years of experience in the HVAC industry serving the Abilene and Big Country communities. 
His wife of twenty-four years is Susan and they have two children Stormie Lee D.P.T. and Ethan Toponce a senior at Texas Tech University. When he is not enjoying spending time with his family, he is an avid skeet shooter and football fan. 
Chris and the team at ACS Heating & Air have been members of the HBA since 2015 and actively support and participate in all HBA affiliated events through the HBA Foundation Partnership and various volunteer platforms. Chris believes that being a member of the Big Country HBA has provided him both personally and professionally with targeted networking events with builders and other industry companies to come together and discuss best practices, to learn from one another and to grow his business.
SEPTEMBER STATEWIDE MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
The Texas Association of Builders represents almost 750,000 jobs and more than $67.5 billion annually in the Texas economy. Your membership keeps your doors open for business and helps your bottom line. September is the month the Great State of Texas will host its "Statewide" Membership Drive.

The HBA is the heart and soul of our local home building industry and when people in the Big Country want to buy, build, finance, remodel or maintain a home, they look to the Big Country HBA as their go-to resource for professionals. Raise your reputation with increased credibility through membership in the HBA.

CHECK OUT THE RESOURCES WE HAVE PROVIDED BELOW TO HELP WITH YOUR RECRUITMENT EFFORTS, INCLUDING A VERY INFORMATIVE MESSAGE FROM SCOTT NORMAN; EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT THE TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUILDERS.

HBA GOLF TOURNAMENT RESCHEDULED
NEW MEMBERS

Fernandez Insulation
(Joe Fernandez)

WE Electric
(Scotty Wristen)

OCTOBER RENEWALS

BMC Abilene Lumber
(Mark White)

Budget Blinds
(Mike Breckenridge)

Clift Construction Company
(Ryan Clift)

E+S Woodworks
(Shiloh Long)

JKM Homes
(Jeremy McBrayer)

Lantrip's Custom Homes
(Cindy Lantrip)

Lawrence Hall Chevrolet-Cadillac
(Gary Grubbs)

Lowe's Home Improvement
(Sherry Boisey)

Miller Custom Homes
(Rex Miller)

Scott Olson Homes
(Scott Olson)

State Farm Insurance
(David Ballard)

Troy Johnston Construction, LLC
(Troy Johnston)

West Texas Custom Builders
(Tim Akens)

Wilson Built Homes, LLC
(Eric Wilson)

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