Members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) elected four senior officers to top leadership positions within the federation at the conclusion of this week’s NAHB Winter Leadership Meetings.
With more than 700 affiliated state and local home builders associations and more than 140,000 members across the country, NAHB represents the interests of the nation’s housing professionals through advocacy, education and research.
Taking the helm as NAHB’s Chairman of the Board this year is Jerry Konter, a Georgia-based home builder and developer with more than 40 years of experience in the home building industry. Konter founded Konter Quality Homes in 1977. His company is one of the largest home building firms in Savannah and has created 20 communities and built more than 2,200 homes and 800 apartments throughout the local metro area.
“Our top priority for 2022 will be to work with policymakers to resolve ongoing supply chain disruptions and labor shortages that are delaying completion times and putting upward pressure on lumber and other building material prices as well as home prices,” said Konter. “We will also work with Congress and the Biden administration to tackle America’s housing affordability crisis by removing regulatory barriers, adopting practical workforce development and immigration policy that will help our industry fill open jobs, and enacting comprehensive housing finance reform to ensure that single-family and multifamily credit remains readily available and affordable.”
Also moving up on the association’s leadership ladder during NAHB’s Winter Leadership Meetings was Alicia Huey, a Birmingham, Ala.-based custom home builder with more than 30 years of experience in the home building industry. She was elected as First Vice Chairman of the Board. Huey founded AGH Homes, Inc. in 2000. In addition to building high-end custom homes for buyers on individual lots, AGH Homes has also built in several golf course communities in Hoover and Vestavia, Ala.
Carl Harris, a Wichita, Kan.-based small volume spec and custom home builder with more than 40 years of experience in the home building, remodeling and light commercial construction industry, was elected as Second Vice Chairman of the Board. 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.
Buddy Hughes joined the NAHB leadership ladder with his election as Third Vice Chairman of the Board. A Lexington, N.C.-based home builder and developer with more than 45 years of experience in the home building industry, Hughes in 1984 opened his own general contracting business, Hughes Construction, specializing in home building and light commercial construction. Since the 1990s, Hughes has trained hundreds of builders and home owners to install poured, insulated concrete walls for all types of construction. Today, he continues to serve as a product specialist and consultant to the residential and commercial construction industry for both large and small projects.
2021 NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke remains on the leadership ladder as the 2022 Immediate Past Chairman. A Tampa, Fla.-based custom home builder with 40 years of experience in the home building industry, Fowke is founder and president of Homes by John C. Fowke, Inc. His company has built hundreds of luxury homes throughout the Tampa Bay area.
Rounding out the association’s leadership is NAHB Chief Executive Officer Jerry Howard, from Washington, D.C. Howard heads up a professional staff of more than 240 working out of the National Housing Center in Washington. He has served as the association’s CEO/EVP since February of 2001. Previously, Howard was NAHB’s chief tax counsel.
ABOUT NAHB: The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 700 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct about 80% of the new housing units projected for this year.