Four longtime members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) have been honored for their professionalism, political engagement, volunteer activities, service to the industry and support of NAHB Associate members. They were recognized during the 2018 NAHB International Builders' Show held last week in Orlando, Fla.
Presented by the NAHB Associate Members Committee, the Builders Engaging Associate Members (BEAM) Award went to William K. Doelker, owner of Key Homes LLC in Buckner, Ky. The BEAM award is given to a builder member who values doing business with NAHB Associates: the trade partners, suppliers and service providers who are also members of the NAHB federation.
Considering his subcontractors to be part as his own team, Doelker calls on Associate members for 100 percent of his subcontracted work because it shows that as NAHB members, they care about contributing to the housing industry and like him, strive for outstanding quality and customer service.
The committee honored Kim Hefner-Hines of H & H Design Consultants in Wentworth, S.D., as the Bill Polley Advocate of the Year for her support of NAHB's political action committee, BUILD-PAC. Winners are recognized for their energy, enthusiasm and ability to recruit contributors to support BUILD-PAC.
Hefner-Hines has been integral to the success of the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire's BUILD-PAC Gold Key dinner fundraiser. Since she led the creation of the event, the number of local association contributors at the Gold Key level or above has increased from fewer than five to 38. With Hefner-Hines' help, South Dakota has increased its BUILD-PAC contributions by over $63,000 from 2013-2014 levels.
The committee also recognized Michael G. Farr of Cascade Manufacturing Co. in Cascade, Iowa, with the Associates Chairman's Award. This is given to an Associate member who has demonstrated teamwork and willingness to help the committee with its initiatives.
Farr is an NAHB Life Director and has served on its board for 15 years. He is Associate national director for the Home Builders Association of Iowa and second vice-president of the Greater Cedar Rapids Housing & Building Association. He has chaired numerous state and local committees in his more than 20 years as an Associate member.
New for 2017, the Associates One to Watch award recognizes a young Associate member who propels his or her career forward; advances in local, state and national NAHB associations; advocates for the home building industry; engages with peers and demonstrate active community involvement. This year's award goes to Rich Robinson, vice president of the Member Rebate Program in Manasquan, N.J.
A 15-year member of the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey, Robinson worked with his father in 2002 to start the Member Rebate Program to help home builders receive rebates through their association membership. The company has grown to become a member benefit in local and state associations across 40 states.
Finally, the committee has also named Hefner-Hines as NAHB's Associate of the Year. This award recognizes Associate members who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to the home building industry on the local, state and national level.
In addition to her exemplary service to BUILD-PAC, Hefner-Hines has been a national leader, serving as Associates Committee chair in 2014, leadership and recognition chair, strategic planning chair and now as BUILD-PAC vice-chair. She also served on the NAHB Membership Committee for six years and serves on the Public Affairs Committee.
"Billy Doelker, along with my esteemed peers Kim, Mike and Rich, demonstrate the best characteristcs of being a member at NAHB and their local and state home builders associations," said Monica Sommerfeldt Lewis, owner of Archer Lion Inc. in Chippewa Falls, Wisc., and chair of NAHB's National Associate Members Committee.
"I'm honored to be able to thank all four of these individuals for sharing their enthusiasm, passion and professionalism year after year strengthening the housing industry and building a strong association," Lewis added.