Posted on December 23, 2014 5:43 pm


 Posted on December 16, 2014 7:35 pm

WILMINGTON – The Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE) awarded Kevin Kelly, 2014 Chairman of the
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and President of Leon N. Weiner & Associates, their recipient of the
HBA/DE Builder of the Year during their Annual Leadership & Legacy Ball on December 13th. The night included
installment of their 2015 Board of Directors, as well as the presentation of other prestigious awards.

Kevin Whittaker (left) is sworn in as the 2015 President of HBA/DE by Kevin Kelly (right)

Kevin Whittaker (left) is sworn in as the 2015 President of HBA/DE by Kevin Kelly (right)

Kevin Whittaker, of Whittaker Builders, returns for a second term as the President of HBA/DE for 2015. Whittaker was sworn in along with the 2015 Board of Directors. Whittaker’s 2015 goals are to protect and promote industry objectives through public and private partnerships to support growth and job creation within the housing industry.

Fred Fortunato (left) and Kevin Whittaker (right) present Kevin Kelly (center) with the Leon N. Weiner Builder of the Year Award

Fred Fortunato (left) and Kevin Whittaker (right) present Kevin Kelly (center) with the Leon N. Weiner Builder of the Year Award

Kevin Kelly was awarded HBA/DE’s most prestigious award, the Leon N. Weiner Builder of the Year. Presenter and immediate past president, Fred Fortunato, of Benchmark Builders, cited Kelly’s unfailing commitment to the industry, demonstrated leadership qualities in promoting and supporting the industry, and participation at both the local and national level.

Kevin Kelly at the White House

Kevin Kelly at the White House

Despite his busy schedule as 2014 Chairman of the Board, of NAHB, Kelly remains active within his home state. He helps to support and grow the industry within the Delmarva area, and as a whole overall.

Debra Young (left) presents Associate of the Year Award to Jeff Haggerty (right)

Debra Young (left) presents Associate of the Year Award to Jeff Haggerty (right)

Debra Young, HBA/DE Associate Vice President, awarded Jeff Haggerty, of Grubb Lumber, the Butch Alfieri Associate of the Year. This is the highest award available for Associate members within HBA/DE, and is in recognition of his long standing and extensive support to the Association. Jeff serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for HBA/DE, as well as chairs the bi-annual golf tournaments for HBA/DE. This year the Louis J. Capano Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament had an overwhelming turn-out, greatly exceeding last year’s participation. The overwhelming success of the tournament was only one of Haggerty’s many accomplishments that qualified him for the award.

Kevin Whittaker (left) presents the President's Distinguished Service Award to Damien Golden (right)

Kevin Whittaker (left) presents the President’s Distinguished Service Award to Damien Golden (right)

HBA/DE President, Kevin Whittaker, presented the President’s Distinguished Service Award to Damien Golden, of iKANDE Advertising. Damien serves on HBA/DE’s Sales & Marketing Council, and provides creative insight to the organization, producing both the Annual Regal Award & Annual Legacy Ball programs. Her many contributions and dedication to the organization are what qualified her for the award.

The event’s success was capped by the overwhelming support of HBA/DE members for the One Warm Coat campaign. This year, HBA/DE teamed up with One Warm Coat, collecting coats to be donated to those in need this winter. By the end of the night, two containers of coats were overflowing with donations.

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 Posted on October 9, 2014 10:13 pm

October 9th, 2014 – Chief Economist of the NAHB, Dr. David Crowe, presents an economic forecast at the kick-off event for the Mid-Atlantic 50+ Housing Council.

Dr. David Crowe

The event took place at Athertyn Clubhouse in Haverford, PA and was a collaboration of the Home Builder’s Association of Delaware, Building Industry Association of Philadelphia, Builder’s League of South Jersey, Home Builder’s Association of Bucks/Montgomery Counties, Building Industry Association of Lancaster County, and the Home Builder’s Association of Chester and Delaware Counties.

Dr. David Crowe provided feedback on the state of the current 55+ housing market as well as predictions for how he believed the market would grow in the coming years. Afterwards, Dr. Crowe and a group of expert panelists answered questions from the audience and provided tips for succeeding within the industry.

Panelists (From Left to Right): Tim McCarthy (Traditions of America), Steve Bomberger (Benchmark Builders), Dr. David Crowe (NAHB), Todd Pohlig (Pohlig Builders), Debra Young (EmpowerAbility LLC), Mick Kenney (McKee Group)

To learn more about the Mid-Atlantic 50+ Housing Council, including how to join, visit them online at

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Thanks to our sponsors:
Doug Hershman, Bayard
Eric Phillips & Chuck Hoffman, Citizen’s Bank

Special Thanks to our Hosts:
Todd Pohlig & Carrie Sullivan

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October 2nd, 2014 — members and associates of the Home Builder’s Association of Delaware (HBA/DE) gathered with friends, family, and colleagues at Odessa National Golf Club for the 2014 HBA/DE Crab Feast & Golf Tournament.

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Home Builder’s Association of Delaware Gathered

32 foursomes took part in a shotgun start, competing in closest to the pin, longest drive and straightest drive competitions.

After clearing the green, the clubs were sheathed and all the competitors gathered together to enjoy crabs, cigars, and cocktails. Kevin Kelly spoke on the importance of comradery in order to succeed as an industry. Steve Bomberger also provided commentary on the success of BuildPac as a result of everyone’s contributions. All in all, attendance totaled at 176 people.

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Kevin Kelly

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Thanks To Our Sponsors:
LC Homes
J.F. Sobieski Mechanical, Inc.
Bath Kitchen & Tile Center
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP
Saul Ewing LLP
Benchmark Builders, Inc.
84 Lumber
Simonton Windows
Artisan’s Bank
LNW&A Inc.
Hopkins & Sons, Inc.
Schell Brothers
Rick Downes of State Farm Insurance
Ford Downes of Creative Financial Group
Geo-Technology Associates, Inc.
Energy Services Group
Horty & Horty
Grubb Lumber
CNB Bank

Special Thanks To:
Joseph Capano
The Odessa National Golf Club staff
CJ Roberts, Weyerhaeuser
Sharon Moore, TimberTech/Azek Building Products
Lance Lundy & Glenn Martin, Bath Kitchen & Tile Center
Dee Cairo, Excel Business Systems
Damien Golden, iKANDE Advertising

 Posted on June 27, 2014 4:20 pm

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 — Governor Markell, members of the General Assembly, the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBADE), and the Delaware Association of REALTORS® (DAR) held an event in celebration of National Homeownership Month. The event took place at Legislative Mall, in front of Legislative Hall, in Dover, Delaware. Representatives from both Democratic and Republican parties came together in support of homeownership.

Governor Markell
Governor Markell reading the Proclamation

The National Association of Home Builder’s (NAHB) recognizes June as National Homeownership Month. During this time NAHB welcomes Americans to reflect on how homeownership has enhanced their lives. In recognition of this, Governor Markell presented HBADE & DAR with a Proclamation declaring that, in Delaware, the month of June will be National Homeownership Month, urging all Delawareans to join in national and local efforts to recognize the importance of homeownership.

Kevin Kelly, NAHB Chairman

Homeownership has long been the foundation of the American dream. For many Americans, homeownership is a primary source of net worth and an important step in accumulating personal financial assets over the long term. However, a home cannot be valued in monetary terms alone. Not only can homeownership be a stepping stone to greater financial well-being, it provides a permanent residence for cultivating your family’s dreams.

Kevin Whittaker, President HBADE

Thanks for all for attending, and special thanks to speakers: Governor Jack Markell, Director of Housing Anas Ben Addi, Representative Valerie Longhurst, Senator Greg Lavelle, Representative Deborah Hudson, Representative Michael Ramone, and Representative Ruth Briggs King.

Also we thank our members for speaking to the audience: NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly, HBADE President Kevin Whittaker, and DAR President Rob Harmon.

(L to R) Eric Braunstein, DAR; Rob Harman, President DAR; Kevin Whittaker, President HBADE, Howard Fortunato, HBADE


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