New 55+ Council Chair Focused on Connecting Members

[caption id="attachment_14750" align="alignright" width="174"] Karen Schroeder is the 2019 chair of the 55+ Housing Industry Council.[/caption] One of the leading building and 55+ community developers, Karen Schroeder, a builder from East Lansing, Mich., was recently installed as the 2019 chair of the 55+ Housing Industry Council. Schroeder has been an NAHB member for more than 17 years and served with the 55+ Council for the past four years. Since she and her husband started Mayberry Homes in 2002, the two have been dedicated to strengthening the home building industry just as much as their own company. Ultimately, Schroeder and her husband were inducted into the Michigan National Hall of Fame, becoming the first woman and the first couple to earn the honor. “As a builder, I’m always looking to do a better job at what I do and offer the best of the best to my customers,” said Schroeder. “I love having the opportunity to give back to the industry through my term as chair.” The NAHB 55+ Housing Industry Council provides education programs and networking opportunities for NAHB Builder and Associate members who serve the rapidly growing 55+ housing market. “Everyone on my Board of Trustees comes to the table with a focus and desire to learn, grow professionally and learn from each other,” said Schroeder. “To be a leader in that arena and pull everyone together to share knowledge and expertise — while tapping NAHB for anything/everything you can get with research development and building up membership — I think I can end my term thinking that I’ve succeeded.” In addition to her time in the 55+ Housing Industry Council, Schroeder is also the second vice chair to the Professional Women in Building Council, has served as a regional chair, is extremely active in the Home Builders Association of Michigan, and helps with the construction management program at the Michigan State University.

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