January 28, 2020
#1 Denim & Diamonds Event a Success!
The Denim & Diamonds Annual Installation & Awards Reception held on Friday, January 24th at the Leo Rich Theater was a huge success!

300+ SAHBA Members came together to welcome new BOD President John Ward, celebrate 2019 successes and recognize fellow members. Live music from Caidan Brewer, good food, drinks and fun filled the reception that followed.

This event wouldn't be possible without the support of our members and a special "thank you" to our sponsors.
Presenting Sponsors
Southwest Gas Corporation

Diamond Sponsors
Diamond Ventures
Title Security Agency

Denim Sponsors
Associa Arizona
KB Home
Pulte Homes
Richmond American Homes
Snell & Wilmer
Tim Rehrmann Team
Tucson Electric Power
West Coast Roofing

Party Favor Sponsor
National Bank of Arizona

Photo Booth Sponsor
Mattamy Homes
Music Sponsor
The Solar Store

Popcorn Sponsor
Miramonte Homes

Boot Sponsors
Borderland Construction
Copper State Consulting
Crown West Land Group
Desert Earth Contracting
Hayes Construction
Home Team Pest Defense
Perry Engineering
Rick Engineering Company
Santa Rita Landscaping
Tucson Expediting & Development
#2 SAHBA "Of the Year" Award Winners
Congratulations to all the winners of the SAHBA Annual "Of the Year" Awards!
Individual Member of the Year
Ed Castelhano, Cassmar Development

Associate Member of the Year
Title Security Agency

Trade Partner of the Year
Interior Logic Group

Remodeler of the Year
Accessible Home Remodeling

Builder Sales Professional of the Year
Benjiman Knauer, Lennar
Builder Sales Manager of the Year
Cindy Lipphardt, Richmond American Homes

Custom Builder of the Year
Hayes Construction

Community of the Year
Meritage - Villages at Silverhawke

Production Builder of the Year
Richmond American Homes

Donald R. Diamond Community Partner Award
Bill Viner
#3 New Water Rule Expected to Provide Clarity for Nation's Home Builders
After several years of legal challenges and uncertainty, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The new rule replaces the original 1986 rule and narrows the extent of federal jurisdiction by excluding isolated water bodies, “ephemeral” waters that only form in response to rain, and most ditches. The new rule becomes effective 60 days after being published in the Federal Register. 

Arizona Senator Martha McSally who advocated for the rule change on behalf of the home building industry offered "The existing WOTUS Rule overreached to give the federal government the authority to regulate every ditch, stream, and creek in the backyards of farmers, ranchers, builders, and small business owners,” said McSally. “As a result, bureaucratic red tape suffocated our country's engines of jobs. Since my first day in Congress, I’ve been fighting to roll back this burdensome rule and I applaud the Trump Administration for allowing commonsense to prevail by returning the onus of water and land rights where it belongs: the states.”

The National Association of Home Builders has been actively engaged and advocating for a new rule since 2015. The building industry appreciates the continued efforts of the Administration and support of various members of Congress for a final rule which does not unnecessarily restrict economic development.  
#4 HBI Recognizes SAHBA Support for Workforce Development & Training
At the International Builders Show the CEO of the Home Builder Institute, Ed Brady, honored SAHBA with a certificate recognizing us as a “Celebrated Advocate.” This honor was bestowed to us as a result of our years of support for the Fred G. Acosta Job Corps. SAHBA is proud of that partnership and commends the HBI team at the Job Corps for its efforts to train the future workforce of the home building industry.
#5 Builder Show Follow Up - Your SAHBA Team At Work
The SAHBA delegation had a productive trip to last week's International Builder Show & NAHB leadership meetings.

As a member of the NAHB Land Development Subcommittee, Shawn Cote is the only representative from Arizona and is able to learn about policy issues in other parts of the country that may be heading our way.

Tim Staring and Al LeCocq have become active participants in numerous Committees that focus on Custom Home Building.

David Godlewski made a presentation to the Legal Action Fund to request funding to engage on a lawsuit related to the Sonoran Desert Tortoise (the NAHB Executive Committee subsequently approved $10,000 for that effort).

Thrac Paulette attended several other committee meetings on SAHBA’s behalf.

Perhaps the busiest was Ed Castelhano who participated in several meetings serving as Arizona’s State Rep and as Arizona’s Trustee to BuildPAC. Ed, Al and Tim attended the Board meeting. 
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Mark Your Calendars
FEB 4 - BRE Meeting

FEB 5 - Remodelers Council Mtg

FEB 12 - Custom Build Council Mtg

FEB 13 - Board Meeting

FEB 18 - BRE Meeting

FEB 19 - Membership Committee Mtg

FEB 18 - Tech Committee Mtg
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