Young Professional Initiatives

Contact: Rachel Mackenzie
rmackenzie@nahb.org
(202)266-8639

The Young Professionals Committee and Working Groups create programs, events, and opportunities to grow your business, develop lifelong friendships, learn about the industry, and more.

Get engaged with the programs and initiatives created for Young Professionals like yourself.

Young Professional Awards

The NAHB Young Professional Awards recognize young building industry professionals under the age of 45 who propel their careers forward, advance in all three levels of the NAHB Federation, advocate for the home building industry, engage with their peers, and establish themselves as exceptional members of their communities.

The winners of this award represent the future of the industry and will set new standards for the support and growth of home building. They are valuable assets in their communities and are moving the home building industry forward.

By developing -- and recognizing -- future leaders, we are laying the foundation for the industry to continue to innovate, grow and inspire future generations of NAHB members. Show us how you are making strides!

2023 Finalists
Application and Judging Criteria

Young Professionals Week

YP Week is all about connecting and engaging our network of Young Professionals in the building industry across the country. Each year, YP Week is celebrated in October during Careers in Construction Month.

“YP Week events provide invaluable opportunities for networking, mentorship and career development that are essential for Young Professional in the home building industry,” says Anya Chrisanthon, chief brand officer at Anewgo.

See the Schedule from YP 2023
Get Ideas to Celebrate YP Week from the Programs and Events Idea Bank

Partnership with MANUAL

Men’s health -- and especially men’s mental health -- is a serious public health challenge. Harvard University reports that the gender gap in American life expectancy is about five years: 76 for men compared to 81 for women. Plus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates for men are approximately four times higher than rates for women, and construction has the second highest suicide rate among all industry groups.

NAHB is proud to partner with MANUAL, one organization tackling the mental health crisis by creating evidence-based content built for men.

The content MANUAL provides ranges from livestreams on financial planning to 24/7, anonymous, 1-on-1 chats with bilingual health experts. The programming will be available through MANUAL’s digital platform and social media channels.

NAHB Young Professionals can sign up for MANUAL at no cost.

Leadership Development Opportunities

NAHB is dedicated to discovering and developing volunteer leaders at all levels of the Federation, creating a strong benchmark that supports the future of the home building industry.

Visit the Leadership Development page to learn more about the opportunities available to Young Professionals to take their leadership skills to the next level.

Register for IBS

The NAHB International Builders’ Show is the premier event for the residential construction industry -- with everything from products to education to networking all under one roof.

“I was able to network with like-minded individuals experiencing similar situations across the country,” said Jesse Brown of Franklin Door & Trim. “In addition, IBS allowed for the education of diverse practices and products that can better position my young company to succeed in our local market. I would recommend any young person in the residential construction field to seek out the knowledge and experience offered at IBS.”

Register for IBS, one of the best things you can do for your business.

Young Professionals Recruitment Program

The Young Professional targeted recruitment program is aimed at testing the impact of a discounted price point on membership recruitment and retention of Young Professionals in the association. The program focuses on improving engagement efforts by local HBAs during the first four years of membership to encourage YP members’ participation and foster a sense of connection with the association. Download the details.

View the list of participating HBAs.