John “Chuck” Fowke, a Tampa, Fla.-based custom home builder with 40 years of experience in the home building industry, was named chairman of the National Association Home Builders (NAHB) during the association’s Spring Leadership Meeting last week after 2020 chairman Dean Mon announced he could not finish his year due to personal reasons. First elected to NAHB’s senior officer ladder in 2018, Fowke will remain as NAHB chairman through the 2022 NAHB International Builders’ Show held Feb. 8-10 in Orlando, Fla.
“By helping to position the housing industry as an essential business that allowed our members to continue working and build homes during this critical time, former chairman Dean Mon helped lay the groundwork for housing to lead a post-pandemic economic recovery,” said Fowke. “Moving ahead, I intend to build on that strong foundation by continuing the association’s goals set forth earlier this year in tackling the nation’s housing affordability crisis to ensure housing leads the economy forward.”
As founder and president of Homes by John C. Fowke Inc., Fowke has built hundreds of luxury homes throughout the Tampa Bay area.
Fowke has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels throughout his career. A senior life director, he has served on the NAHB Board of Directors for more than 20 years and is a long-time member of the association’s Executive Board. He has also served as the NAHB National Area Chairman for Area 5, NAHB State Representative for Florida, moderator of the National Area Chairmen and chairman of the NAHB Audit Committee.
Fowke was named Builder of the Year by the Tampa Bay Builders Association (TBBA) in 2006 and 2009 and is a past president and life director of the TBBA. He also was president of the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) and was inducted into the Florida Housing Hall of Fame in 2019. In 2014, the FHBA awarded Fowke the prestigious Dick Baker Award, and he was a recipient of the Florida Home Builders Eagle Award in 2012.
Actively involved in his community, he has served as chairman of the Charity Women’s Crisis Center’s Addition & Renovation Committee. As builder of the TBBA Showcase Home, Fowke contributed to the efforts of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Joshua House. He recently completed a project for the Gary Sinise Foundation for a military widow and her children. Fowke also held a successful fundraising event for Dick Vitale and the V Foundation in support of cancer research. In addition, he served on the city of Tampa and State of Florida Hurricane Codes Committee and the Workers’ Compensation Task Force.