President’s Message
We’ve Faced Adversity but Never Lost Focus
By Michael Enscore, 2021 NCHBA President
Michael Enscore

It’s hard to believe that 2021 is already in its final months. For many of us in the building industry, we’ve faced numerous challenges this year. We're all familiar with shortages and price increases for building materials. Supply chain bottlenecks and rising costs threaten to slow construction activity. High prices are beginning to sideline would-be buyers.

That’s why it’s urgent that policymakers at the national level prioritize the supply chain for items like building materials. We need to ensure that there is additional housing inventory the market desperately needs.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is hard at work on this issue. I’m eager to hear an update from NAHB Executive Vice President and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin when he joins us for a luncheon presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 22 during

the 21st Century Building Expo & Conference (21CBEC) at the Charlotte Convention Center. Jim will discuss the latest policy developments at the national level as well as talk about NAHB’s efforts to address supply chain constraints and price increases in building materials.

I’m equally eager to hear from NAHB Chief Economist Rob Dietz on Thursday, September 23 during the “Housing Forecast Breakfast” on the Expo Floor. Rob always presents valuable analysis of the housing industry and forecasts where things are headed.

I also encourage you to join me in hearing from NCHBA Executive Vice President Tim Minton, who will hold a “Breakfast Briefing: NC Legislative Update” on Wednesday, Sept. 22. Our NCHBA legislative team has been hard at work this summer at the General Assembly in Raleigh. Several of our legislative priorities have passed already this session and we expect more victories in the near future. If you’re unfamiliar with our legislative work, you absolutely need to attend this breakfast. North Carolina has one of the best business environments for builders thanks to NCHBA.

For more information on these and other events being held during 21CBEC, turn to page 8. The past year-plus has challenged us all. However, our industry has proven that we’re up

to task. We’ve faced adversity but never lost focus. We’ve continued building the American Dream. That’s why this year’s 21CBEC is focused on what we do best: building the future.

I hope to see you in Charlotte!