Weekly e-Newsletter
ISSUE: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Benefit Home Buyers Share What Inspired Their Purchase
As the GHBA observes the 40 th year anniversary of its charity fundraiser the Benefit Homes Project, it is obvious that without the homebuyer the past four decades would not have been possible. And, without their purchase, the Project would never have raised nearly $12 million.

Over the years the charities that the proceeds benefit have changed. For many years Texas Children’s Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Association were beneficiaries. The newest charities to benefit are HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home, both GHBA charities of choice and both founded by GHBA members.

Over the years, dozens of buyers have shared the reason they purchased their Benefit Home. Here's what they said.
Remodelers Donate Garage Sale Items to Family Promise of Lake Houston
The GHBA Remodelers Council (RMC), recently donated dozens of new and slightly used items that were to be part of their annual Garage Sale to Family Promise of Lake Houston (FPLH), a non-profit agency in Humble, Texas that meets the immediate needs of homeless families while empowering them to attain self sufficiency.

The RMC Garage Sale is a public event that offers donated building materials and household items from GHBA members and others. Materials can include doors, windows, tile and appliances. This year was the 12th year for the garage sale that was to be held in March, but the mandates to observe “social distancing” and “staying in place” did not allow the event to take place.

“The Council has a long history of charitable fundraising,” said Nick Cubbler with Semper Fi Contractors, the chairman of the 2020 RMC Garage Sale. “The situation this year did not allow us to move forward as we usually do by opening to the public. We were honored to be able to offer the items to Family Promise of Lake Houston and are happy they will be able to raise valuable funds to continue the support they give to homeless families in our community.” Read more
Webinar Replays
"Houston Economic Overview" with Patrick Jankowski, Greater Houston Partnership

"A D.C. Perspective on COVID-19" with Congressman Kevin Brady

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Association News
GHBA Offices to Reopen June 1
Beginning on June 1, the GHBA will reopen and follow a modified working schedule, with staff alternating shifts Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm. 

The GHBA will not hold any in-person meetings or classes during the month of June, but will shift previously scheduled luncheons to online webinars. By July, we hope to resume in-person classes and luncheons, but stay tuned for more up-to-date information through the GHBA website, newsletter and staff. 

Additionally, the GHBA March board meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 28 at 4 pm in the GHBA Education Center. As this date draws closer, the GHBA will provide more information to the members.
2020 Scholarship Deadline Extended
GHBA's Scholarship Program, presented annually by the Associate Council, provides assistance to members' children in pursuing a college degree. These scholarships are made possible through the donations of generous association members.

Can you help? Donations of any size are encouraged and appreciated. Every penny goes directly to student scholarships. It's also tax deductible!

Is your son or daughter a college student or a college-bound high school senior? Apply for the 2020 scholarship!
Deadline: Monday, June 15
On-Demand Training Goes Live!
The GHBA is excited to announce the launch of a new virtual learning platform, now available to members.

"The GHBA has taken a proactive approach to the current COVID-19 climate and is reshaping its professional development training into virtual opportunities," said Casey Morgan, CEO. "While our role may shift slightly, our focus will remain the same – to provide reliable and timely information to the industry and to be an advocate for the homebuilding community as our economy recovers."

The first two courses to launch are the ABCs of Framing and the ABCs of Electrical. Concrete will be available next week. Enroll now

Upcoming course launches will include the remainder of the 12-course ABCs homebuilder series (HVAC, Building Envelope, etc.), leadership and professional development courses, sales and marketing courses, and more. Stay tuned!
Meet GHBA Community Member,
D'Ann Brown
In this time of social isolation, it’s the human connection that will get us through. So here's a little pick-me-up. Each week, we’ll introduce you to a fellow member of your GHBA community. We hope that you’ll reach out and say hello!

Week 9:
D'Ann Brown, StrucSure Home Warranty [ VIDEO]

GHBA Team Highlight: Donna Buenik
Donna’s career started out in retail as a buyer for Palais Royal. As a buyer, she traveled regularly to New York City and Los Angeles to the buyers’ market. This also gave her an opportunity to travel internationally to work directly with the manufacturers in Turkey, Greece and India.

After 20 years of retail and traveling Donna was faced with a much needed-career change. With grit and humility, she went back to school to finish her college degree at 40 years old, all the while raising two young children and having to share dial-up internet (oh, remember the times!). Despite these obstacles, she persevered and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston.

Donna found a job at GHBA as a temporary office manager, where she was promoted to the government affairs coordinator before finding her true passion working as the director of builder programs. Donna credits her fellow GHBA colleagues and the association members for her successful second career at the GHBA. It has now been 14 years and Donna has loved every minute of it!

As director of builder programs, Donna serves as the staff liaison for the GHBA custom builders, remodelers, production builders and the Green Built Gulf Coast program. She plans numerous education and networking events, like TopGolf and the clay shoot and speed selling events, as well as bowling tournaments, sandcastle competitions and the Product Expo trade show and seminars.

Donna’s passion is the charity projects that the GHBA offers. Both the Custom Builders Council and the Remodeler Council coordinate charity projects each year with the GHBA’s non-profit HomeAid Houston. They have completed several projects including building shower facilities for the homeless, completing building repairs, landscape and painting for several agencies including Santa Maria Hostel, Wellsprings Village and Casa de Esperanza. Both the GHBA and Donna received national awards for their efforts, but it is the personal satisfaction of assisting others that keeps them all coming back year after year to volunteer their time, efforts, and supplies.

Donna has been married to George for 34 years and they have two daughters and two grandchildren. When she’s not working, Donna enjoys weeknight tennis league, bunco, Pilates, a chilled chardonnay, and spending time with her family and two precious grandbabies, Kyla (2) and Connor (1).
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Thank you to our 2020 Sustaining Associate Members (SAMs)
GRAND ($10,000+)
ACES Builders Warranty
AIRIA Development Corp.
Benchmark Mortgage
Builders Choice Inc.
Builders Post-Tension
Carrier Corporation
Champions Stone Co.
DataSmart/Duncan Security
Detering Co. of Houston
DPIS Builder Services
Expressions Home Gallery
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen
& Lighting Gallery
Fox Energy Specialists
Gulf & Basco
HomePro Home Technologies
Hotchkiss Insurance Agency
Ironwood Connection
Legends Architectural Stone
Milgard Windows & Doors
Norbord Industries
Perfection Supply
Sherwin-Williams Co.
SRG Stairs
StrucSure Home Warranty
Suncoast Post-Tension
PREMIER ($5,000+)
ABC Home & Commercial Services
Allpoints Surveying
Centerpoint Energy
ConnectOne A SMART HOME Company
Exterior Inspections
Huber Engineered Woods
Keller Williams – The Icon Team
RoyOMartin/Corrigan OSB
Texas Builders Finance
Thorntree Slate & Marble
Venetian Stairs
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage