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NAHB Second Vice Chairman John "Chuck" Fowke, a Tampa, Fla.-based custom home builder, was inducted yesterday into the Florida Housing Hall of Fame by the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA). Founder and president of John C. Fowke, Inc., Fowke has been active in all three levels of the NAHB Federation throughout his 40-year career.
Inductees are selected by the FHBA Housing Hall of Fame Board of Governors. This honor is given to individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to housing in Florida, the building industry and the FHBA. The recognition was presented to Fowke and two other builders during the FHBA Fall Leadership Conference in St. Augustine, Fla.
"Chuck has been a true champion of the housing industry and has advocated on behalf of not only our members and association, but the industry as a whole," said FHBA CEO/Chief Lobbyist Rusty Payton. "We are proud to welcome him into our Hall of Fame and recognize his exceptional career accomplishments."
Fowke served as president of the Tampa Bay Builders Association
and the FHBA
before being elected to NAHB's leadership ladder, where he will serve as chairman of the Board of Directors in 2021. He is the recipient of many prestigious industry awards, including twice being named Tampa Bay Home Builder of the Year.
Throughout his career, Fowke has been an advocate for the industry, actively engaging in issues that impact his fellow members, including fighting over-regulation and tackling the issue of skilled labor shortages.
Suzanne Graham of the Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association and Bill Smock of the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association were also inducted into the Florida Housing Hall of Fame. Graham has spent more than 25 years building her company and framing the industry for success by advocating and forming relationships locally and around the state. As FHBA’s second female president, she fought to ensure FHBA was housed and staffed for stability and success. Smock has an honorable record of service in the Marine Corps and spent his life serving his community, industry and state. He served as a senior officer of the FHBA and championed the vibrant return of the Southeast Building Conference.