Hiram Williams of Hampstead, NC and Leon Meyers of Durham, NC are the newest members of the prestigious North Carolina Housing Hall of Fame. Williams and Meyers were inducted during NCHBA’s Installation Dinner & Housing Hall of Fame Ceremony held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 in Greensboro, NC.

The first inductee, Hiram Williams is a fixture of the Wilmington-Cape Fear HBA and has been a strong advocate for pro-housing regulations along NC’s coast throughout his 30-plus years as a home builder and real estate broker.

He has served the Wilmington-Cape Fear HBA in virtually every role imaginable, including board member, treasurer, and BUILD-PAC representative. And in 2002, Williams served as president of the Wilmington-Cape Fear HBA.

His hard work and influence extend beyond his local HBA however. Knowing firsthand the many issues facing coastal communities, Williams has volunteered his time and expertise to serve on both the Surf City Planning Board and the Pender County Planning Board. By his willingness to give so freely of this time, many bad ideas have been stopped and many good development projects have been approved.

He has also been instrumental in helping craft NC building codes, including wind codes, including those which specifically affect coastal builders. Williams was also one of the founding members of BASE which is an organization dedicated to protecting the interests of coastal builders and developers. Without Williams’ dedicated service, housing would be substantially less affordable in North Carolina’s coastal communities.

Williams has also spearheaded efforts to ensure that the Wilmington-Cape Fear HBA meets its NCHBA BUILD-PAC goal every year. He has been listed as a member of the President’s Circle many times for his own personal financial commitment to NCHBA BUILD-PAC.

Williams’ service extends well beyond the local level. He served with distinction for several terms on the NCHBA Executive Committee as Region I Vice President. He also served on the NC Code Official Qualification Board (Q Board) which governs local code enforcement officials and he has served for many years as a member of the NC Building Code Council’s Residential Ad Hoc Committee.

Williams’ example of dedication to our industry is second-to-none.

The second inductee, Leon Meyers has set a high standard for community engagement and has been an advocate for our industry. Meyers started out in the home building industry more than 35 years ago. Since that time, his impact has been significant.

He joined the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties in 1984 and soon thereafter became active in the Land Use/Government Affairs Committee. Meyers has always stayed on top of inspections issues in Orange County. In 2015, Meyers, along with several association peers, worked with the Town of Chapel Hill to find a fair solution to what was then a totally dysfunctional inspections department.

His negotiating skills and clear insights led the town to adopt most of his recommendations. And today he continues to serve as the co-chair for the Orange County Subcommittee of HBADOC’s Land Use/Government Affairs Committee. He was instrumental in creating the Code Official & Builder Alliance League of the Triangle (COBALT), an organization that works to bridge productive relationships with municipalities in order to improve the building permitting process.

Meyers is sought out for his advice and expertise on many other issues as well. When Meyers speaks, everyone listens.

Meyers matches his words with action. In 1990, he served as president of the HBA of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties. And he’s also served that HBA on its Board of Directors, scholarship committee, high performance building council, Builders Blitz committee and others.

In 2014 and 2017, Meyers was a Builders Blitz Builder, partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build two Habitat homes.

Meyers has also served the NC Home Builders Association on many occasions during his 35-year building career. He served on the NCHBA Executive Committee as Region III Vice President for two terms. He also chaired the NCHBA Building Codes Committee in 1998 when NCHBA passed legislation to put the NC Building Code on a three-year adoption cycle instead of revisions to the building code becoming effective after every council meeting. That proved to be such a good idea that NCHBA followed that up with legislation which put the building code on its present six-year adoption cycle.

Meyers isn’t one to brag about his accomplishments. He humbly serves both the industry he loves and the community he calls home.

Congratulations to these two deserving individuals!