Posted on April 4, 2014 3:57 pm

HBADE Legislative Reception A Big Success

Last week, HBADE held a legislative reception so that members of our State legislators could meet and greet with our membership. You see, typically our elected legislators in Dover only see HBADE as our Legislative Consultants, or our Staff.

Nearly HALF of the General Assembly attended our reception at Dover Downs, and chatted with almost an equal number of builders, engineers, consultants, bankers, lawyers, suppliers and subcontractors.

It was very nice that Representative Helene Keeley and Representative Stephanie Bolden presented to member Kevin Kelly, a “Tribute to Kevin Kelly from the Delaware House of Representatives. In addition to the actual proclamataion, both Keeley and Bolden their own experiences having deal with Kevin over the years in his tireless efforts as a fighter for housing in Delaware.

It was a successful and fun event as we were able to talk with the legislators about issues important to housing in Delaware! Thank you so much to Amanda Kaye of Exposed Branches Photography.

 Posted on March 28, 2014 1:53 pm

On March 21st, 2014, over 40 members of the HBADE had the unique opportunity to meet and hear from our members of the Delaware federal delegation.

Hosted by member John Tracey at his law firm Young, Conaway, Stargatt and Taylor’s (YCST) office on Rodney Square in Wilmington, HBADE was able to gather Senator Tom Carper, Senator Chris Coons, and Representative John Carney – in one room – and all at the same time – as they reviewed and took questions on national housing policies, issues and bills. We covered housing finance reform, tax reform, labor shortages and immigration reform, building energy codes, and potential new changes from E.P.A. regarding Waters of the U.S. All of this was in conjunction with NAHB’s Bringing Housing Home Program for the nearly 800 HBA’ s across the country to meet with their federal delegation.

So while our Congressmen talked about the national issues which were assembled by our National Association of Home Builders, they were able to meet and greet our members one on one and hear directly from them on important matters.

We think they came away with a reminder and understanding of how important the housing industry is in Delaware and how it is such an integral component of our local economy.

Our thanks to the many who made this meeting possible. First John Tracey of YCST. Next, Claire Harmer, Facilities and Events Coordinator for YCST. Of course, all of our members who attended and participated and asked questions. And special thanks to Carper/Coons/Carney staff members that helped arrange the event and their attendance. And finally to Jessica Hall our NAHB Legislative Consultant who came into town to help us out and provide an important issues briefing to members beforehand.

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Updated 03/28/14

The Butch Alfieri Associate of the Year program was established in order to:

1. Recognize and reward the Associate member for effort and work expended in the interest of their fellow members, their association, and the community.
2. To demonstrate to the general public by these outstanding examples, the work done by the association.
3. To point out the qualifications of those members’ best fitted to be considered for leadership positions in organized home building.
4. To foster a spirit of competition among those who are in a position to do real productive work for our state and national association.

Criteria for enrollment includes both participation in our local Home Builder’s Association of Delaware, the National Association of Home Builder’s; and civic and community involvement, and industry accomplishments.

Associates in the running so far:

For the month of January:
Joe Gordon of Joe Gordon LLC
Jeff Haggerty of Grubb Lumber Company

For the month of February:
Debra Young of EmpowerAbility LLC
John Johnson of Karins and Associates Engineering
Joe Gordon of Joe Gordon LLC
Ed Minch of Energy Services Group
Mike Riemann of Becker Morgan Group
Jim McCulley of Watershed Eco LLC

For the month of March:
Keith Rudy of Landmark Sciences & Engineering

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Updated 03/28/14

Each month more and more businesses see the value of membership into the Home Builders Association of Delaware. Listed below are all of our new members, so far, this year in 2014. We look forward to continuing this success in the future.

We would like to welcome to our ranks:

For the month of January:
DuPont  – Associate
Boral Truexterior Trim. – Associate
Creative Financial Group – Associate

For the month of February:
C&C Drywall Contractors  – Associate
Erosion Control Specialists – Associate
Tague Lumber Co. – Associate
Avenue Medical Construction – Remodeler

For the month of March:
The Christopher Companies – Builder
Advanced GeoServices Corp. – Associate

 Posted on February 10, 2014 7:10 pm


Kevin Kelly, President of Leon N. Weiner and Associates in Wilmington Delaware, was elected and installed February 6, 2014 as the 2014 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Home Builders.  The event occurred at NAHB’s Board Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kevin has long been a builder and developer of both single family and multifamily homes in Wilmington and other mid-Atlantic states.  He served as President of the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBADE) in 1998 and 1999. He was selected by his peers as Builder of the Year in 1998, and was the recipient of the HBADE President’s Distinguished Service Award for his career contributions in 2008.  He is an HBADE Life Director and has contributed much time, attention and commitment to local housing topics and issues for many years and has served on many committees.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a trade association of over 140,000 member firms striving to serve, promote and improve the national housing and shelter needs of our country and its citizens.  Prior to becoming an officer at NAHB, Kevin has served over 20 years on their Board of Directors, presided over various committees, and has been an eloquent advocate and spokesman in testimony before the U.S. House and Senate, in addition to the Delaware General Assembly.

Kevin attains the distinguished honor of being the second Delawarean to rise to the Chairman/Presidency of NAHB.  The first and only other was his partner and friend the late Leon Weiner.

The Home Builders Association of Delaware is the local affiliate of NAHB.  We are a professional association of industry leaders serving members firms that employ over 8000 employees in the state to promote the legislative, education and economic initiatives for Delaware’s quality of life.

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