The installation of Wes Carroll as the 2022 NCHBA President marked a return to a degree of normalcy for the association. Following a year-plus of COVID-related restrictions and event cancellations, members were eager to be back in person and enjoy the evening at the Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst in December.

“When NCHBA was first chartered in 1963 I was three years old,” Carroll said from the stage in remarks following his installation. “This means that I’ve been preceded by 56 very qualified people, all of whom have been dedicated to promoting home building in our state.”

Carroll, a custom home builder and owner of Upright Builders in Cary, NC, said that he sees his role as helping an organization with as much history as NCHBA continue to adapt and thrive in the current world.

“How many of you are using Polaroid cameras to take selfies?” Carroll asked the crowd rhetorically. He pointed out how large companies and organizations can fall victim to an inability to change with the times.

“Each of us is here tonight, however, because we are members of a strong association that’s continually adapted as needed to changing times and circumstances,” Carroll said.

Carroll’s background uniquely prepared him to lead in a time of change. He was born to Methodist missionaries serving in Africa in what is now modern-day Zimbabwe. He grew up there until age 9 and then his family moved back to Fayetteville, NC. Regardless of the place, his family created their home with a foundation built on love, trust, and honesty.

He instills those qualities in his business. The logo for Upright Builders features the company’s motto, “Building on the Solid Foundation.” Carroll says that solid foundation is built on integrity, honesty, knowledge, and accountability.

“Forming lasting, positive relationships with clients and contractors, is key to being a successful home builder.” Carroll says. “That builds your reputation in the community and delivers more business.”

The caliber of his character, his determination, and his work ethic have benefitted Carroll’s local association, the HBA of Raleigh-Wake County. He served that association as president in 2011 after spending more than two decades volunteering in various roles from the Parade of Homes Committee all the way up to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Carroll’s peers recognized his accomplishments in 2012, presenting him with the HBA of Raleigh-Wake County’s Builder of the Year award.

His deep experience will be an asset in helping NCHBA navigate a post-COVID world.

“We will face new relevancy challenges as an association,” Carroll said in his remarks in Pinehurst. “We must rely on the ingenuity of our membership to make the required adaptations. Our members make or break our association. We as an association must continue to improve our efforts in recruiting a younger and more diverse membership. We must also be forward looking in our workforce education and development as we work to protect the American Dream of home ownership through advocacy, education, and professional business development.”