Ed Brady, Bloomington, Ill.-based builder and developer and 2016 Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), has been appointed as the new president and chief executive officer of the Home Builders Institute (HBI). Brady brings with him nearly 30 years of industry experience, most recently serving as president of Brady Homes, a company founded in 1962 by his father, William Brady Sr.
HBI is the non-profit partner of the 140,000-member NAHB. Brady will replace current HBI president and chief executive officer John Courson, who is retiring after leading the organization for the past seven years.
“Our industry is currently facing a severe shortage of skilled labor, and as we look forward, it is critical that we continue to educate, train and develop the men and women who are the future of the home building industry,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, a custom home builder from La Place, La. “With his home building background and past NAHB leadership experience, Ed is the perfect person to take the lead at HBI. We look forward to working with him on this important mission, and continue the great strides we have already made in building our workforce.”
NAHB and HBI work in tandem to find solutions to help alleviate the industry’s labor shortage issue. Earlier this year, the two groups attended a White House event where together they pledged to train 50,000 new workers over the next five years, as part of President Trump’s new workforce development initiative.
In addition to Brady’s time as NAHB Chairman, he has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels throughout his career, including serving as president of the Illinois Home Builders Association and president of the Home Builders Association of Bloomington-Normal, Ill.