The New Year marks the passing of the leadership reigns at the North Carolina Home Builders Association. This year, it also marks the start of a new decade in the life of NCHBA. At the helm will be Mark Martin, a custom home builder and remodeler from Kitty Hawk, NC.
“I’m excited to lead NCHBA at this important moment,” Martin said. “We all know the challenges we face in our industry, but there’s so much opportunity to meet them. As the largest HBA in the country, we’re uniquely positioned to lead the fight on issues of affordability, regulations, the skills gap and more.”
Martin joined the Outer Banks HBA soon after he and his wife Sandy moved to the island from northern Virginia in 1996. The couple wanted to relocate in part because of northern Virginia’s rapidly rising land values, which made it difficult to compete in the housing market. Moreover, having vacationed on the Outer Banks multiple times, the allure of the slower pace of island life became a strong selling point of putting down roots in the sand. Along with their two children, Sam and Amanda, the couple moved south.
Mark and Sandy then started their business, eponymously named Sandmark Custom Homes. In a typical year, they build approximately two to four new homes and complete as many as 15 major renovations.
Over the years, Martin has found that life on the Outer Banks isn’t always smooth sailing. Major storms –including hurricanes and nor’easters –which cause high winds, flooding, and storm surge, can wreak havoc on the barrier island. But residents of the Outer Banks see weathering these storms as proof of their resilience, determination and grit.
Martin brings similar characteristics to the role of NCHBA president. He’s focused and ready to continue to implement NCHBA’s 2020 Strategic Plan and to see a successful roll out of continuing education for general contractors.
“Our Vision 2020 Strategic Plan reflects our values, shows our vision, and spells out concrete actions we’re taking to accomplish our strategic goals,” Martin said.
Those goals include continuing to position NCHBA as the leading public policy expert on residential housing in North Carolina. Martin aims to build on the strength of NCHBA’s reputation as a legislative and regulatory watchdog that promotes a healthy, pro-business climate for builders and developers to construct homes that are attainable for North Carolina families. To maintain that status, Martin notes that it will be critical in a Presidential Election year to support