For Immediate Release Contact: Julie Herron Carson
April 11, 2018 (404) 285-3434, Julie@gilbertsheppard.com
Noble’s Pond Adds Three New Team Members to Delaware’s Premier
55+ Active Adult Community Team
DOVER, DE – Residents of Noble’s Pond, Delaware’s premier 55+ Active Adult Community, are busy, active and engaged. The same can be said of the community itself, which has recently debuted seven new floor plans, expanded its Welcome Center, built a beautiful new Design Center and now has added three new team members to its professional staff. They are:
Foust, an Air Force veteran, has worked with both buyers and sellers throughout his real estate career. He brings to the table a unique understanding of what home buyers want and what home builders can provide, helping him meet and exceed the home buyers’ expectations. Houchins-Holsclaw is an interior designer who will work with current and potential Noble’s Pond residents to customize their new homes. As manager of the new Design Center, she will have photos, floor plans, samples and furnished model homes available to help residents visualize the home of their dreams. Donahue is a seasoned sales consultant with an over 20-year career working throughout Delaware. She will help prospective residents select their perfect home from the many model options and locations available throughout the spacious property.
Earlier this year, the 55+ Council of the National Association of Home Builders honored Noble’s Pond with two Gold and four Silver Awards at its annual 55+ Housing Awards Event. The Best of 55+ Housing Awards are the industry’s only national awards program honoring excellence in building design, marketing and lifestyles in housing for the mature adult and serve as a showcase for quality housing, innovation and emerging trends that appeal to the 55 and above demographic.
About Noble’s Pond
Award-winning Noble’s Pond is Delaware’s premier 55+ active lifestyle community. Built and developed by Harry Miller III, a third-generation home builder and president of Regal Builders, Noble’s Pond features beautiful new single-family homes with a variety of well-designed, customizable floor plans. The development is situated on 300 acres of bucolic farmland just outside Dover, the state’s charming capital, with fine restaurants, culture and history. The acclaimed master-planned community offers top amenities including a beautifully appointed clubhouse, a large outdoor pool, bocce courts, a putting green, tennis and pickle ball courts, a five-acre pond with a pier and observation deck, natural walking trails and a community garden. For more information, call 1-888-222-0030 or visit www.noblespondhomes.com.
Mike Riemann, P.E., Civil Engineer, has been promoted to Principal, demonstrating strong technical competency and leadership skills throughout his tenure with Becker Morgan Group. Mike started as an intern in 1997, joined full time as a Civil Designer in 2001, advanced to Associate in 2006, named Senior Associate in 2009, promoted to Associate Principal in 2016 and became a Principal in 2018. Mike is a graduate of University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science / Civil Engineering degree and is a registered professional engineer in Delaware. Mike played a vital role in the opening and expansion of the firm’s newest office in Newark, DE. His extensive experience spans statewide across Delaware, with expertise in various market sectors including, commercial, retail, education, institutional, residential subdivision and more. Mike is actively involved in numerous professional and civic organizations, including his current role serving as President of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Delaware, and has been recognized as the 2015 Delaware Council of Engineering Societies Young Engineer of the Year, 2014 Rotarian of the Year from the Dover Downtown Rotary, and 2013 Associate Member of the Year from the Home Builders Association of Delaware.
This past week Home Builders’ held its annual Legislative Reception at Dover Downs Tuesday night. The Reception is a great way for legislators to hear from members about various topics relevant to our industry- but in an informal setting over nibbles and adult beverages.
This year about 60 HBADE members and Legislators attended and talked and socialized. We were joined by representatives of St George’s Vo-Tech High School talking about our partnership with them to help students build sheds see the video: http://nahbnow.com/2018/03/hba-of-delaware-helps-students-build-sheds-raise-money/#comment-826464
We were also joined by Jerry Howard, the CEO of the National Association of Home Builders. Jerry was in town that day to help us discuss with legislators the problems with Delaware residential electric licensing and how it has slowed the housing market, slowed hosing productin and impacted builders and home buyers. We distributed a series of talking points to legislators, a copy is here: Click here HBADE Talking Points
Enjoy the slideshow of pictures from the evening!
To help our members make sense of the recent federal tax changes, Brian Stratton and Mike Easton of the Horty CPA firm presented a seminar on March 13, 2018.
Although tax laws and discussion of such can be a dry subject, it seemed to keep everyone paying attention for 90 minutes, with lots of Q&A. Afterward one member even thanked us for the seminar, proclaiming “I believe it was very helpful to a lot of member companies”. Kudos and our thanks to Brian and Mike of the Horty Group for their presentation.
Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the distributed information should ……. Click for Horty Tax Seminar Handout
The Home Builders Association of Delaware Along With National Association of Home Builders Meet With Governor John Carney!
The Home Builders Association of Delaware along with Jerry Howard and Isabel Shocket of National Association of Home Builders met with Governor John Carney to discuss training a workforce in building trades in Delaware. Our youth, at-risk youth, veterans and prisoners are all potential candidates for building trade training and job placement. Let's get to work on the economy of Delaware.
You can view the Travel Channel for hours on end, but watching an expedition on TV will never even come close to experiencing the real thing.
Likewise, you can easily read about current events in the remodeling industry and best practices for running a council. But it’s much more effective to learn directly from industry pros with proven success.
The NAHB Remodelers Leadership Scholarship program helps to facilitate that higher level of interaction and industry knowledge for local remodelers council chairs and vice chairs. The scholarship will provide $1,500 to help offset travel expenses to attend NAHB Remodelers meetings and remodeling industry education events at the 2018 Midyear Board meeting in Portland, Ore., July 24-28.
“Participating in the program was an incredible experience,” said Elliot Pike, CGR, CAPS, a 2016 recipient of the scholarship. “I spent quality time working with remodeling industry leaders, participated in high-level discussions, and was able to actively learn about and contribute to the development of the remodeling and residential construction industry as a whole.”
Scholarship winners not only learn firsthand about the remodeling industry, they also discover tips and ideas for running a successful local council, and network with some of the most talented and accomplished remodelers in the country — many of whom were scholarship recipients themselves.
“I was instantly welcomed by the ‘family’ of remodelers and got to meet some extraordinary members, including past and current remodelers of the year,” said Kurt Clason, CAPS, a 2017 scholarship recipient.
Some esteemed past recipients include:
Watch as John Todd talks about his experiences as a scholarship recipient:
No, not the Eagles, but Horty’s own first-place bowling champs!
The Home Builders Association of Delaware recently held their annual bowling tournament and for the 2nd year in a row the Horty Team brought home first-place trophies for the highest team score!
Mike Easton’s bowling ball wasn’t polished, so he had to sideline it this year. He was replaced by Justin Mast. Sure, Justin had plenty of folks doubting his skills, but he showed them what an underdog can do!
Brian Stratton retired from tournaments years ago and the skeptics were sure this ol’ guy would fail. Not one to disappoint, Brian proved that he can still hold his own on the alley!
Greg Barbish likes to keep his hands in tip-top shape by hammering and trashing on his computer keyboard … and it paid off! Those pins didn’t stand a chance!
Last but not least, there’s Wes Veigle. Some questioned whether his balance would be off because his beard was trimmed a little too close. No way! Wes’s game was on point!
During his victory speech, Brian had this to say: “This entire team, we’re just a bunch of driven men who accomplished something. We were a bunch of underdogs. And you know what an underdog is? It’s a hungry dog!” Dilly dilly, Brian, dilly dilly.
Submitted by Mike Easton
Home Builders Association of Delaware members donated supplies and their expertise to the students of St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown so they can design and construct sheds. In mid-April, the HBA will raffle off the sheds as a fund raiser for the school. Raffle tickets are 1 for $25 or 5 for $100 and can be purchased at the Home Builders Association Office located at 1600 N. Little Creek Road Dover, DE 19901. The drawing will take place April 14, 2018 at the St. Georges Technical High School "Portraits of Excellence" Gala. You can read more information about this gala by clicking here.
With the labor shortage affecting builders and remodelers throughout the state, “We see this as a great opportunity to get local kids involved in the industry, said HBA president Jim McCulley. This video tells the story.
Click here to view the video!
Thank you to the following for supporting this great event by donating supplies and/or their time:
Apex Home Loans
Beeline Services LLC
Best Stoneworks, Inc.
Geo-Technology Associates, Inc.
Leon N. Weiner & Associates, Inc.
Middletown Kitchen and Bath
Sundance Custom Homes LLC
Check out HBADE's story on NAHB Now: Click Here
NAHB’s Construction, Codes and Standards Committee is seeking NAHB members interested in applying to serve for 2018 on one of its three subcommittees: the Building Codes and Standards Subcommittee, the Construction Technology Research Subcommittee, and the Energy and Green Codes and Standards Subcommittee.
If you would like to apply to become a subcommittee member for 2018, please contact Gary Ehrlich and indicate which subcommittee you would like to participate on. Feel free to provide a few details about your interests and related experience.
Subcommittee members must be an NAHB Builder, Associate or Affiliate member in good standing.
Applications are due by Feb. 9. Subcommittee members will be informed of their appointments by the end of February.