For a year unlike any other, it seems appropriate that the installation of Michael Enscore as the 2021 President of the North Carolina Home Builders Association was also without precedent. Due to rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in North Carolina, NCHBA made the difficult decision to cancel the traditional December in-person installation and instead hold the event virtually.

Enscore greeted the news in his characteristically calm demeanor. He is cool in crisis and sees the bigger picture. He understands that the work of NCHBA is not about him but about the success of our members and the health of North Carolina’s home building industry. Enscore is the type of person who would rather trade the spotlight for getting straight to work.

His calmness and get-it-done attitude are products of being a third-generation builder. It’s in his blood. A builder doesn’t worry if something doesn’t go according to plan. Instead, he anticipates how to respond to and fix the problem.

“I grew up learning that problem-solving requires patience and a positive attitude,” Enscore said. “Rushing yourself or getting bent out of shape when a problem comes up just makes a bad situation worse. Identifying a solution and getting everyone focused on working toward that solution makes a big difference.”

Enscore has applied those lessons to his business, Veritas Construction, a custom home building firm based out of Kernersville, NC. He says in business he values truthfulness and accuracy. Those qualities have helped him earn the trust of families looking to build a home. They’ve also helped him earn the trust and respect of his industry peers and the greater Kernersville and Winston-Salem communities at large.

Enscore has been an active member of the Winston-Salem HBA, where he has served on numerous committees and in leadership positions, including as President in 2016. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Korner’s Folly, a historic Kernersville home that’s become a regional landmark known for its eccentric architecture and interior design.

At NCHBA, Enscore has served as a Regional Vice President and was elected to the leadership ladder in 2018 as First Vice President. As he takes the reigns as president, Enscore brings experience having been part of the leadership team to guide NCHBA through a crisis that quickly scrambled 2020 – COVID 19.

“COVID-19 has shifted HOW we do many things but critically it hasn’t changed WHAT we do – the mission is the same,” Enscore said. “We’re going to keep protecting the American Dream in our state from legislative and regulatory barriers and promoting education and professional development.”

To accomplish that mission, Enscore notes, NCHBA has adopted a new three-year strategic plan that outlines the association’s vision, values and strategic objectives.

“The new strategic plan will enhance NCHBA in many areas,” Enscore said. “From building on our political strength to improving membership value and strengthening our professional partnerships and communication, it’s an exciting roadmap.”

In his capacity as President-Elect in 2020, one of Enscore’s responsibilities included serving as chairman of the North Carolina Builder Institute’s (NCBI) Board of Trustees. NCBI was one of numerous providers of continuing education (CE) for licensed NC general contractor qualifiers for the inaugural 2020 CE year. Enscore looks forward to NCBI continuing its leadership in offering professional development to builders.

“In the first year of CE, NCBI taught nearly 1 in 4 of those who completed their 8-hour requirement” Enscore said. “That’s a great accomplishment given the proliferation of class providers once virtual learning was approved by the Licensing Board (NCLBGC) in light of COVID-19 restrictions.

Our NCBI faculty and staff have done an outstanding job and I know this year (2021) will be even better.”

Finally, Enscore said he is hopeful to reach more NCHBA members and get them involved.

“I think 2020 has taught us the value of connections and of membership,” Enscore said. “In the early days of COVID-19, everyone was worried that the bottom would fall out or that we wouldn’t be able to work. NCHBA lobbied hard to keep our industry going and provided consistent, informative updates to our members. That was priceless.

He also notes that using tools like Zoom to hold virtual town halls and meetings, while not a substitute for getting together in person, can help engage members where they are.

“If we can bring more people in by having a virtual component, that should become the norm,” Enscore said.

The past year has taught everyone in the home building industry a lot, Enscore says.

“Despite the obstacles, our mission of building homes so that families have a safe and affordable place to live remains critical,” Enscore said. “I look forward to my work as NCHBA President in 2021 so that North Carolina remains a place that families want to call home.”