Delaware Builder Elected First Vice Chairman of NAHB

January 31, 2013 - Kevin Kelly, a Delaware builder and developer with more than 30 years of experience in the building industry, was elected as the 2013 first vice chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) during the association’s International Builders’ Show last week in Las Vegas.

Kelly has been a builder and developer since he joined Leon N. Weiner & Associates in 1979 and became actively involved at the Home Builders Association of Delaware. His building experience includes land development, multifamily and single-family home building, with an emphasis on affordable housing. 

“With most of the nation’s housing markets showing signs of mending, our priority this year will be to ensure that policymakers ‘do no harm’ so that housing can resume its traditional role of acting as an engine of job growth and leading the economy to higher ground,” said Kelly. “Specifically, NAHB will be calling on policymakers to protect the mortgage interest deduction and Low Income Housing Tax Credit, to preserve financial stability by maintaining an appropriate level of federal support for the U.S. housing finance system, and to ensure that homeownership remains attainable and that safe, decent and affordable housing remains an enduring national priority.”

Throughout his career, Kelly has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels. A life director of the Home Builders Association of Delaware, he served two terms as its president (1998 and 1999) and was named Builder of the Year in 1999. In 2008, the Delaware association honored him with its distinguished service award. Kelly is only the third person to receive the award since the association was chartered in 1947.

At the national level, Kelly is an NAHB life director, and has been a member of the NAHB Executive Board for more than a decade. He previously served as the Area 3 national area chairman and was selected by his fellow chairmen to serve as their moderator for 2010. From 2005 to 2008, he was the NAHB state representative from Delaware.

Kelly also has chaired some of NAHB’s most important committees, including Federal Government Affairs, Association Planning and Joint Councils, and has served on the Budget & Finance Committee. In 2009, Kelly was honored as the NAHB Government Affairs Member of the Year and the NAHB Advocate of the Year.

In recognition of decades of dedication to the cause of affordable housing, Kelly received NAHB’s Daniel M. Grady Memorial Award in 2010. He is a founding member of NAHB’s Housing Credit Group, which works for improvements to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program.

In 2007, Kelly received “The Distinguished Alumni Business Leadership Award” from his alma mater, St. Anselm College, Manchester, N.H.

In 2011, Kelly and his business partner, David Curtis, received the Fair Housing Person of the Year award from Housing Opportunities Inc., of New Castle County, Del.

Kelly and his wife, Marcia, are active in their church and in several local community organizations that serve the homeless, the mentally and physically challenged, and victims of domestic violence. They have two sons, Sean and Ryan.

NAHB’s newly elected senior officers serve on a multi-year leadership ladder. Kelly will become chairman of NAHB’s Board of Directors in 2014.

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