January 31, 2013 - Ed Brady, a Bloomington, Ill.-based builder and developer with 25 years of experience in the home building industry, was elected as the 2013 third vice chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during the association’s International Builders’ Show last week in Las Vegas.
Brady is president of Brady Homes, a company founded in 1964 by his father, William Brady Sr. One of the largest home building firms in central Illinois, Brady Homes has developed 20 residential communities throughout the state, building more than 1,800 single-family homes, 2,000 apartment units and more than 100,000 square feet of light commercial property.
“With the right policies in place, housing can act as a catalyst for economic and job growth,” said Brady. “To ensure the nascent housing recovery remains on track, we will work to protect the mortgage interest deduction and other housing provisions in the tax code, to maintain appropriate federal support for the nation’s housing finance system, and to make sure qualified home buyers and small businesses can get mortgages and loans.”
Brady has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels throughout his career. He has served on the NAHB Board of Directors for more than 10 years and has been a member of the NAHB Executive Board since 2005.
He has also held seats on several influential committees and task forces, including the NAHB Federal Government Affairs Committee and Budget and Finance Committee, where he served for seven years. In 2008 he was chairman of BUILD-PAC, the political action committee of NAHB, and has been a BUILD-PAC trustee since 2003.
Brady was elected president of the Illinois Home Builders Association in 2001 and is a past president of the Home Builders Association of Bloomington-Normal, Ill. He was named Builder of the Year by his local association in 1996 and 2002.
Actively involved in his community, Brady served as a past director of a number of organizations, including the YMCA of Bloomington-Normal, Habitat for Humanity of Illinois, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of McLean County, Ill. He previously worked on the Bloomington Planning Commission and currently serves on the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and the Jack Kemp Foundation.
Brady received the Illinois Family Business of the Year award in 2004. He and his wife, Michele, have four children, Brittany, Cassidy, Erin-Kate and Jack.
NAHB’s newly elected senior officers serve on a multi-year leadership ladder. Brady will become chairman of NAHB’s Board of Directors in 2016.