2017 Designee and Educator of the Year Award Winners

NAHB honored eight housing professionals for their outstanding service in elevating the image of NAHB designations. The 2017 Designee of the Year and Educator of the Year award winners were recognized during the 2018 International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando.

“Ongoing education often means the difference between being good at what you do and being great at it,” said NAHB Education Committee Chair Beverly Koehn, CAPS, GMB, CSP, MIRM. “These seasoned and accomplished professionals show their dedication to improving their own craft — and also encourage others to take the same opportunity.”

“Exemplary designee holders like these demonstrate their commitment to the tried and true — and also new and proven — methods of home building and remodeling,” Koehn added. “And we honor our dedicated educators and trainers who ensure the skills of great home building, remodeling, business management and marketing belong to many in the industry, not just a few.”

The 2017 honorees are:

Designees of the Year

Tom Ashley

Builder Designee of the Year

Chuck Miller, CAPS, CGB, CGP, CGR, CMP, CSP, GMB, Master CSP, MIRM, of Chuck Miller Consulting, LLC, in Boise, Idaho, is an active member of the Building Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho (BCASWI). He is a past president and Life Director and the current chairman of the BCASWI’s Ethics and Arbitration Committee, and a current member of the Sales and Marketing Council and Education Committee. He also serves on the BCASWI’s Political Action Committee. NAHB named him 2016 Sales and Marketing Educator of the Year. He believes in lifelong learning earning nine NAHB professional designations and is a licensed instructor for NAHB’s education courses.

Brandon Bryant

Green Professional Designee of the Year

Brandon Bryant, CGP, Master CGP, is president and owner of Red Tree Builders, Inc., in Asheville, N.C. As a builder with more than 12 years of experience, he is devoted to building environmentally friendly, healthy built, green certified homes. His passion is to support sustainable community growth that reduces energy dependency. He has been recognized in the state of North Carolina and by his local HBA with numerous awards for his sustainable, energy-efficient, and innovative building practices. His homes have been featured on the cover of Green Home Builder magazine and have been awarded numerous national and regional awards such as Best in Green Award for 2014 Single-Family Custom and Bryant was also voted the 2015 Asheville Builder of the Year.

Peter Grant

Remodeler Designee of the Year

Peter Grant, CAPS, CGR, is the president of Grant Homes Remodeling in Tulsa, Okla. A creator at heart, he founded Grant Homes Remodeling in 2005 with the mission to make homes out of houses. As 2017 President of the Greater Tulsa HBA, he champions the Ambassador Program developed to cultivate member retention, and he promotes the value of professional education at every level. Recognized for his historic preservation expertise and achievements, he serves as a mayoral appointee to the Tulsa Preservation Commission. He regards his association/federation membership as one of the smartest business decisions he ever made, resulting in an enhanced professional stature and increased business opportunities. Most importantly, his HBA membership provides him with the unique opportunity to associate with the best builders, associates and affiliates in the business.

Christy Beck

Sales and Marketing Designee of the Year

Christy N. Beck, MIRM, CSP, Broker, joined Caruso Homes, Inc., in Raleigh, N.C. in 2017. Possessing a solid background in new home sales, management, marketing and training, her extensive knowledge of the new homes industry has been gained through her vast industry experience. During the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show, she was presented with the Bill Molster Lifetime Achievement Award for her service to NAHB, NSMC and the Institute of Residential Marketing. Locally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Raleigh-Wake HBA. She served as the 2015 Chair of the IRM Board of Governors and is a current member of the NAHB Education committee. Her management philosophy is one that focuses on setting and achieving goals that allow her team to become the best they can be.


Missy Covington

Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) Designee of the Year

Missy Covington, HCCP, is the director of compliance for Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, Inc., (RJTCF) in St. Petersburg, Fla. Prior to joining the RJTCF team in January 2006, she worked with Boley Centers for Behavioral Health Care, a non-profit human services organization for the mentally ill. Most recently she was in charge of the HUD Section 8 Multifamily Housing program. Since earning her HCCP designation in January 2010, she has been engaged to present nationally on numerous occasions with Spectrum Enterprises, Novogradac and Florida Council for Affordable & Rural Housing. Covington graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of South Florida.


Educators of the Year

Vince Butler

Builder/Remodeler Educator of the Year

Vince Butler, CAPS, CGR, GMB, GMR, is a second-generation builder and remodeler and president of Butler Brothers Corporation in Manassas, Va., a full-service design-build company specializing in the design, sales and production of residential construction and remodeling. He is a nationally recognized speaker on residential construction management topics and an approved NAHB Instructor. He has presented at many national and regional tradeshows including the NAHB International Builders’ Show, the Remodeling Show, NAHB Remodelers Road Show and Sunbelt Builders Show to name a few. He was named NAHB’s CAPS Educator of the Year in 2012. In 2016, Butler became one of the first Master Instructors for NAHB Education.


Christine Fortenberry

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) Educator of the Year

Christine Fortenberry, CAPS, CGB, CGP, CGR, is founder and CEO of Fortenberry Construction Inc., in Powder Springs, Ga. With more than 46 years of experience building custom homes, remodeling, developing and light commercial projects, her skills, experience and reputation for quality, integrity and professionalism have earned her local, regional and national recognition. In 2007, she established Fortenberry Construction Services LLC, a full service residential and light commercial design, renovation and construction company providing evaluation, design and construction services for special needs and aging-in-place projects including ADA evaluations and reports for Light Commercial Projects. A strong advocate for giving back to the community, she has been actively involved as a Partner in Education with Kemp Elementary in Cobb County and has donated time, services and materials to projects for South Cherokee Recreation facilities.


J. Bradley Simons

Green Building Educator of the Year

J. Bradley Simons, CGB, CGP, Master CGP, is vice president and CFO of Magleby Construction in Lindon, Utah. He began his career in the home building industry working side by side with his father in the family business while in high school. He expanded his experience as division president of Woodside Homes, CFO of a worker’s compensation carrier and as president of a local custom building company. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah, his MBA from Westminster College and is currently working towards his doctorate. Recognized for his industry experience, he was named the 2002 Builder of the Year for both the Utah HBA and Utah Valley HBA. He was also awarded the 2003 President’s Service Award and the 2004 Bridge Builder Award by the Utah Valley HBA. Simons spends most of his spare time serving his community.