Posted on March 5, 2015 5:37 pm

As a result of the increasingly poor weather, the Home Builders Association of Delaware office will be closing today, March 5th, 2015, at 1pm.

Thank you for your understanding, and sorry for inconvenience this may cause.
Everyone stay safe, avoid driving if possible, and keep warm. We will see everyone again tomorrow morning.

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 Posted on February 27, 2015 2:52 pm

This past Monday the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE) and its Associate Council, led by Debra Young of EmpowerAbility LLC, held their annual Bowling Event. The event was held at Bowlerama in New Castle, following the HBA/DE Monthly Board Meeting. Members & Board Members were able to mingle and bowl as a group. This setup is a new initiative developed this year to help members get a more interactive experience with their HBA/DE membership.

The night started with beer and pizza as the bowlers listened to a presentation about the 2015 International Builders Show by Jim McCulley, Watershed Eco, & Debra Young. Members even got the chance to hear directly from NAHB’s 2014 Chair of the Board himself, Mr. Kevin Kelly of Leon Weiner & Associates. For those of you who missed the presentation, you can view it here.


HBA/DE Members Bowling

After the presentation, the bowling began. Scores varied from team to team, but generally everyone performed well. Robert Mass, Atrix Sustainable Improvements, out-shined the group, peaking at with a score of 183. He took home the award for Highest Individual Associate Score. Brian Rickards of Benchmark Builders won the counterpart award, Highest Individual Builder Score, with a score of 118.


Robert Bass, Atrix Sustainable Improvements, Peak Score of 183


Brian Rickards, Benchmark Builders, Peak Score 118

Awards were also handed out for highest and lowest team scores. The highest scoring team of the night was made up of John Gormley, ProBuild, Christina Summa, WSFS, Geoff Grosso, Tarabicos Grosso, and Janie Yatsko, Pike Creek Mortgage Services, with an average score of 118. The lowest scoring team was made up of Jim McCulley, Mike Hoffman, Tarabicos Grosso, and Ivan Goldsberry, WSFS.


From Left to Right: Janie Yatsko, Geoff Grosso, Christiana Summa, John Gormley

At the end of the night a 50/50 Raffle was held, winner Chris Reith, Geo-Technology & Associates, generously donated the winnings back into the organization.


Chris Reith (Left) donates 50/50 winnings back to Howard Fortunato, Executive Vice President of HBA/DE

HBA/DE would like to thank its Members & Board Members for a very successful and engaging event.

And Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
Citizen’s Bank
Cleaning Frenzy Lady
Tarabicos Grosso
Sterlings Kitchen & Bath

 Posted on February 13, 2015 2:19 pm


The Home Builders Association of Delaware will be closed on
Monday, February 16th, 2015 in recognition of President’s Day.

Thank you for your understanding.
We’ll see everyone on Tuesday, February 17th!
Have a great holiday!

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 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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Photography provided by Karl Richeson of Karl Richeson Photography.
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