PBA’s Winter Board Meeting warmed up its members with plenty of great meetings, a spectacular gala, and several prominent guests at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Reading, PA. Highlights included installation of 2018’s slate of officers, an informative seminar regarding the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, and the Winter 2018 Installation & Awards Gala Banquet.
Tax Reform & Housing Seminar
Members gathered the afternoon of February 23 for a seminar entitled “Tax Reform & Housing” moderated by NAHB’s Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin. Jim provided a glimpse into the negotiations surrounding the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 highlighted how the legislation is and will continue to affect Pennsylvania housing.
PBA 2018 Installation & Awards Gala Reception
PBA 2017 Builder Awards
PBA presented five major awards to builders, members, and local associations during its Installation & Awards Banquet at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Reading on February 23. The awards were presented to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of PBA’s members and local associations.
Awards presented were: Distinguished Achievement Award – Loudon “Hap” Campbell; Builder of the Year Award – Dion McMullen; Hammer & Gavels Award – Betsy Dupuis; Best Community Service Project Award - Lebanon County & Landmark Homes; and the Builder & Shaker Award – Rich Carroll.
Also during the gala reception, PBA installed its slate of officers for 2018, including new President, Kert Sloan of HBA Berks County. Other senior leadership inductions included Maria Coutts from Wayne-Pike BA as Vice President, PBA Treasurer Joseph Harcum (also from Wayne-Pike), Jon Sukonik from the HBA of Bucks/Montgomery as Secretary and Betsy Dupuis, BA of Central PA, as Associate Vice President. NAHB Chairman Randy Noel installed the officers including Regional Vice Presidents and Regional Legislative Officers from each of PBA’s eight regions.
The newest event for PBA’s Winter Board Meeting was the Pennsylvania Foundation for Housing’s silent auction held during the Gala & Installation Reception. The event raised over $6,000 to underwrite student scholarships and other programs through PBA’s Endorsed Trade Program.
PBA was honored to have several prominent guests in attendance during the Winter 2018 Board Meeting, including NAHB 2018 Chair Randy Noel. Other VIP’s included Jim Tobin, NAHB EVP for Government Affairs, 2012 NAHB Remodeler Council Chair Geep Moore, 2018 PA Association of Realtors (PAR) President Todd Umbenhauer, PAR CEO Michael McGee, State Rep. Thomas Caltigirone (127th), State Rep. Mark Gillen (128th), State Rep. Barry Jozwiak (5th), State Rep. David Maloney (130th), and Berks County Commissioner Christian Linebach.
Finally, a huge thank you to our partners EK McConkey, and BDX for networking with our members and assisting them with questions over the weekend. We also thank the law office of Eckert Seamans for its sponsorship of the Reception.
PBA Summer 2018 Board Meeting
Mark your calendar for the next Board of Directors Meeting on August 4, 2018, at the Nittany Lion Inn – State College, PA. We look forward to seeing you there!