It is my distinct honor to be elected as your 2020 President of the Home Builders Association of South Carolina (HBASC) and I look forward to the work to fulfill this important mission. I take the role of the President of the HBASC seriously. My goal is to promote and protect the HBA and the construction industry at large. Having been part of the Greenville HBA and the HBASC for almost 30 years I have had the remarkable opportunity to observe and learn from some extraordinary individuals and mentors who have led our association. Through these years of service I have had many moments that helped shape the builder I am and have built our association into what it is today. The HBA is an association that is a true benefit to its membership and a staunch defender of our industry, but we are faced with many obstacles and opportunities.

As an Association we must not only maintain, but enhance, our efforts to lessen government regulation to promote affordable housing and increase economic development. This mix is good for our industry and benefits the citizens of our state. We will prosper and continue to grow only if we work together.

Our HBA has been and continues to be proactive on regulatory issues including impact fees, residential fire sprinklers, business license fees, building codes, road funding, and property tax reform among others. The HBA offers its members tools to grow and prosper. The mission of the HBA of SC is advocacy for our industry and its work carries over to all aspects of the building business. Our advocacy efforts will only be improved and more effective as our membership grows and it will only grow when those who work in our industry realize their livelihood not only benefits from but depends on the work of the HBA. The HBA IS the membership. It is the personal involvement of members working to improve and increase opportunity in our industry. The success of the building industry in South Carolina depends on the strength of our membership. It depends on our HBA having smart, dedicated, and enthusiastic members.

I commit to each of you that we will work toward this shared vision and share this journey to prosperity.

I look forward to serving our membership and industry toward a profitable 2020.