Carl Harris, a Wichita, Kan.-based small volume spec and custom home builder with over 40 years of experience in the home building, remodeling and light commercial construction industry is NAHB’s 2023 First Vice Chairman.
As co-founder and president of the Carl Harris Co., Inc. and managing partner of Harris Homes, Harris has built homes in many communities around the state of Kansas.
Harris has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels throughout his career. A Senior Life Delegate, he has served in leadership for over 20 years. He has served as NAHB State Representative for Kansas, National Area Chairman for Area 11, moderator of the State Representatives, and as chairman of the Commercial Builders Council, Construction Safety and Health Committee, Federal Government Affairs Committee, State and Local Government Affairs Committee and BUILD-PAC.
His local association, the Wichita Area Builders Association (WABA), awarded Harris the Cornerstone Award for his outstanding work in the industry and the community, and he was presented its Chairman’s award twice. Harris served as president of WABA and as president of the Kansas Building Industry Association (KBIA), the state association. He has chaired various local committees, councils and task forces.
Actively involved in his local community, Harris has served eight years on the Newton City Commission; was twice-elected mayor; served over 15 years as a Newton/North Newton Planning Commissioner and on the Newton/Harvey County Airport Commission; he also served on the Newton Board of Codes, Standards and Appeals and as Newton Public Building Commissioner.
As an Eagle Scout, Harris desired to give back to the Boys Scouts of America, serving as a Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, District Chairman and Council Program Chairman, and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for volunteerism and leadership.
Carl is married to Lori for over 37 years, and they have one son Christian Harris, with whom they also build.
NAHB’s elected senior officers serve on a multi-year leadership ladder. Harris will become chairman of NAHB’s Board of Directors in 2024.