post-recession record contribution amounts. Gary also made it a priority for his executive team to give and each of his 10 regional vice presidents were at least President’s Circle contributors ($1,000) to NC BUILD-PAC in 2017.
• The NCHBA Volume Builders Council continued to grow. Composed of national and regional production building companies as well as several development companies, these 34 entities pay a special dues assessment for council membership. This council held several meetings during the course of the year providing input and expertise into the formulation of NCHBA’s 2017 legislative priorities. Gary and Niblock Homes played a prominent role in this Council.
• The excitement was back at the 15th edition of the 21st Century Building Expo & Conference held in Charlotte in October. The STARS Awards Gala was a highlight of this year’s show.
• One of Gary’s priorities was to continue to emphasize NCHBA strong commitment to professionalism and education through the work of the NC Builders’ Institute; the maintenance of strong support for vocational career educational opportunities; and the award, via the NCHBA Educational & Charitable Foundation, of two (2) college scholarships to children of members majoring in residential construction related careers. Gary also led the very successful “Builders Classic” Golf Tournament in April which is the primary funding source for the NCHB Educational & Charitable Foundation’s scholarship program.
While the foregoing successes demonstrate many of the significant accomplishments during Gary’s term, the fundamental gift that Gary leaves to all of us is his commitment to the “family values” that he both represented and imparted. Upon this platform, he motivated his fellow senior officers, his Executive Committee, his committee chairs and the NCHBA staff to reach a new level of achievement. All of us join together to thank Gary for his solid leadership, his commitment to service and for living his “family values.”