• The NCHBA Volume Builders Council continued to thrive. 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 which helped the association’s bottom line and, in turn, its advocacy efforts.
• The excitement was back at the 16th edition of the 21st Century Building Expo & Conference held in Charlotte in October. The STARS Awards Gala was again a highlight of the show.
• Finally, perhaps one of Alan’s most lasting achievements, was the overwhelming endorsement by the NCHBA Board of Directors in February of a resolution directing our association to seek legislation in the 2019 Session of the General Assembly to establish mandatory continuing education for general contractors. After considerable research and consultation with staff of the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors, who will administer the program, draft legislation was shared with the NCHBA Board of Directors in December. This measure will greatly enhance the knowledge and professionalism of our profession. While the foregoing successes demonstrate several of the many
accomplishments during Alan’s term, the fundamental thread that ties each of them to the other is housing affordability. Alan’s fervent commitment to this principle will motivate the leaders that follow him on the ladder and others who will join that ladder in the future. Alan has succinctly framed the key issue for us now and in the future and put it on our wrist. The preservation of housing affordability is, and will continue to be, a battle without end. But it is a battle that our fellow citizens cannot afford for us to lose.
Finally, NCHBA owes a debt of gratitude to Alan’s wife, Lynn, and his family for supporting Alan during his presidency. Thank you, Alan, for a job well done!