President’s Message
NCHBA Begins to Know, Grow and Go in 2016!
by Brian Pace, 2016 NCHBA President
Brian Pace

No three words can better categorize my first few months of 2016 than Know, Grow and Go!

2016 is off with a bang, and I am so grateful to have had the distinct honor and privilege of traveling to more home builders association events than I ever imagined possible in my first few months as president. One fact remains very clear: our members are SMILING and EXCITED about the upcoming year in our industry! From increases in building permits, to larger scale remodeling projects and new development opportunities, every single member I come in contact with is beaming with excitement. Our industry continues to GROW at a record pace in all markets, and this appears to be just the beginning.

The same housing industry optimism we are experiencing here in NC was shared by our industry friends across the nation at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas as well. The IBS experience represented one of the single biggest shows delivered by NAHB in many years and the exhibitors and visitors all appeared to be full of excitement. Education classes were sold out and builders were standing in line at exhibitor booths seeking information. All encouraging signs for an industry on the climb! Our nation’s builders all appear to be busting with anticipation of the year ahead. And as usual, your NCHBA members continued to represent our home state on the national scene at IBS with a long list of distinct honors to take home as well. You can see our notable celebrities on page 8.

In February, the NCHBA executive team helped orchestrate the newly designed Regional Leadership Training Forum as a new service provided to our membership. As the team split up and traveled east and west across the state, members in attendance were appreciative of this new format that was long overdue and well received. You can read more about this event on page 10. We must continue as an organization to help our members sharpen our tools in order to GROW our opportunities for success in the year ahead. Thanks also goes out to our incredible team of Regional Vice Presidents who made all of the events possible and were (More PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE on page 12)