Letter from TBA President Brian K. Will
I hope you all have had a most pleasant, joyful and blessed holiday season. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the Tallahassee Builders Association as it’s 2020 President.
I am grateful to our past President, Brandon Jett, our 2019 executive committee and board of directors for their leadership, dedication and hard work on behalf of the TBA.
Jodi Sasse, our new EO, hit the ground running in November with a high level of professionalism and excitement, bringing new ideas for improving recruitment, retention and participation of our members. With Jodi, and our long time administrative assistant, Linn Glass, we now have the perfect management team in place for moving our association forward. Additionally, our 2020 Board of Directors and Executive Committee are all dedicated professionals committed to the TBA, and I am pleased to see so many of our younger members taking leadership roles.
Enhancing the perceived value of our association to each and every member through improved networking, educational and marketing opportunities is my number one goal this year. The Parade of Homes committee, co-chaired by Jane Conn and Jackie Hubbard, have been working hard for months and the 2020 Parade promises to be the best one in years. Don’t forget the early bird sign up and HHHH to be held at the Southern Pipe Showroom on Thursday the 23rd, it promises to be a fun evening that you won’t want to miss.
Governmental Affairs will continue to be a priority in 2020 as we build on the success we experienced last year improving relationships with our local elected and appointed leaders. Builder of the Year, and 2020 Treasurer, Rob Watson, has agreed to chair the GA committee another year. Please make it a priority to attend as many meetings as you can.
Veteran membership chair, Drexal Harris is excited to be leading us to achieving our goal of 350+ members this year and improving our retention rate as well. Remember, there is strength in numbers!
I am humbled and excited by the words of support and encouragement that so many members have already expressed to me and their desire to make 2020 a banner year for the TBA. My prayer for us all is a successful and prosperous new year. Thank you...
Brian K. Will
Message from Jodi Sasse, Executive Officer of TBA
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! I am looking forward to a successful, exciting, 2020 for the TBA. Following are a few reasons why:
The Parade of Homes Committee, with co-chairs Jackie Hubbard and Jane Conn, has already had several planning sessions in preparation for the Spring Parade of Homes Event May 9, 10, 16 & 17, and all indications are that it is going to be a great event! Thank you to the following sponsors:
Capital City Bank, Parade Magazine Sponsor; Homes & Land Magazine, Parade Magazine Distribution Sponsor; Platinum Event Sponsors – City of Tallahassee Utilities, Synovus Bank and Bobby Dollar’s Appliance Consultants. Parade of Homes sponsor forms and entry forms have been emailed so please sign up today.
The 2020 Membership Directory will be going to print soon in order to be ready to hand out at the North Florida Home Show in February. Please check your listing to be sure it is correct, or, if any corrections are needed let Linn or myself know by January 3
Watch for details coming soon regarding January’s HHHH, which is the kick-off event for the Parade of Homes and is being held at, and sponsored by, Southern Bath & Kitchen, a division of Southern Pipe, and,
PLEASE make it a personal goal to recruit two members by June 30, and two additional members by December 31 – it’s easy JUST ASK! Our association, and industry, has STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Annual Installation of Officers and Awards Banquet
The Tallahassee Builders Association’s Annual Installation of Officers event took place on December 5th, Capital City Country Club, and was sponsored by the following:
Platinum – City of Tallahassee Natural Gas Utility
Silver – Advantage Title Group, LLC and Smart Bank
Bronze – Home and Yard Magazine
2019 TBA President, Brandon Jett of Jett Builders, Inc., welcomed the new 2020 incoming President and Sr. Officers slate as follows:
President: Brian K. Will, New South Homes, Inc.
1st Vice President: Mark Kessler, Kessler Construction LLC
2nd Vice President: Bobby Dollar, Bobby Dollar's Appliance Consultants
3rd Vice President: Mark Bernsten, Pella Window & Door-Florida
Treasurer: Robert Watson, The Great American Construction Co.
Secretary: Jack Seitzinger, Fine Line Design & Inspections, LLC
Immediate Past President: Brandon Jett, Jett Builders, Inc.
Immediate Past 2nd VP: Farley Maxwell, Gulfeagle Supply, Inc.
2019 Builder of the Year: Robert Watson, The Great American Construction Co., 2019 Associate of the Year: Matthew Gilbert, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
2019 Hall of Fame: Vicki O'Neil, City of Tallahassee Natural Gas Utility
2019 President's Award: Linn Glass, Tallahassee Builders Association
TBA Life Directors:
Mark Trudeau, Trudeau Fine Homes
Sonny Phillips, H. R. Phillips, Inc.
Stan Derzypolski, 3 Rivers, Inc.
Tom Vieth, Vieth Construction