Two individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the housing industry in North Carolina were inducted into the North Carolina Housing Hall of Fame at the North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA) Officers Installation Ceremony held on December 10 in Charlotte.
Kathy Craven Snodgrass of Winston-Salem was honored for her long-time dedication to the home building industry and the home builders association federation. Of particular note, Snodgrass was elected by the NAHB Associates Committee to the position of National Associate Chairman in 2013-2014, the highest level of leadership available to associate members. During her two years in this role, notable changes were made to the role of associates in our federation, namely bylaws amendments to allow associate members to serve in more leadership capacities within NAHB.
Snodgrass is a Residential Energy Specialist at Piedmont Natural Gas and is an active member of the Winston-Salem HBA, where she has served in numerous leadership capacities since joining in the early 1990s.
Snodgrass received a plaque at the ceremony inscribed with the following message: “Your passion for the home building industry is abundantly clear when we reflect on your achievements over the past 25+ years. The level of dedication you show to the Winston-Salem HBA, NCHBA and NAHB is un-matched. Your two-year term as the National Associate Chairman will be remembered for your fierce advocacy for leadership positions for the associate members. Thank you for your leadership and service!”
Frank Wiesner of Fuquay-Varina, NC, was selected as an inductee to the Housing Hall of Fame for his long-term involvement and leadership in the home building industry. He served as President of the North Carolina Home Builders Association in 2009, traveling more than any President in recent history to visit with members and local associations struggling during the Great Recession.
In addition, Wiesner was an original plaintiff in a court case which eventually led to a ruling that school impact fees were illegal. As a result of what became a landmark case for the home building industry, $8.3 million in fees collected were returned to builders.
Today, Wiesner is Executive Director of the NC Licensing Board for General Contractors.
Wiesner received a plaque at the ceremony inscribed with the following message, “Through your involvement in the local, state and national home builders associations, you have provided great leadership and insight, working valiantly to strengthen the home building industry and solve challenges. The encouragement you gave to our members as you traveled this state as President will be remembered for many years to come. Thank you for always fighting for home ownership and the home building industry, and thank you for being a faithful volunteer to our association.”
“Both Kathy and Frank show extraordinary passion for our industry and our association,” said Mike Carpenter, NCHBA Executive Vice President & General Counsel. “You can’t ask for more dedication and commitment. They both are always willing to go the extra mile and are outstanding leaders.”
“Kathy and Frank inspire us and set the best examples of what the home building industry stands for in our state –strength, integrity, honor and ingenuity,” said NCHBA 2015 President Sean Sullivan. “The North Carolina Home Builders Association is proud to salute them.”
The Housing Hall of Fame’s Board of Governors selected the worthy inductees from an outstanding pool of candidates nominated this year. The primary purpose of the NCHHF is to honor men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to housing in North Carolina, the building industry, and to the North Carolina Home Builders Association. Snodgrass and Wiesner join only 31 previous inductees to the N. C. Housing Hall of Fame.