2016 Members of the Year

Businesses of the Southern Utah Home Builders Association are honored annually for extraordinary association, industry, and community service excellence with the presentation of the SUHBA “Members of the Year” awards.

The selection criteria are derived from many factors including association service (local, national or state), community service, and various other positive contributions the business makes to the community and the Association. This year we are pleased to present several SUHBA members with an award.


Builder Member of the Year

Del Gardner - DG Ventures
Del Gardner - DG Ventures

Del Gardner and his wife Heather have lived in St George since they got married in 2001. Del is a native to Southern Utah and has worked in the local construction industry for many years. After serving an LDS mission Del attended both Dixie State College and Southern Utah University where he majored in Accounting and also received a Minor in Construction Management. During his final semester at SUU he obtained a position with a local framing company as their Estimator and Project Manager working on projects across three states ranging from single family homes to large hotels in Las Vegas. In 2007 Del founded his own company DG Ventures. After a few years of being in business, Del realized the importance of SUHBA. Since joining the association he has helped with many of the service projects SUHBA has been involved with as well as served on the Parade of Homes Committee, past Board Member of the Utah HBA, and Past-President of SUHBA. Del has contributed many years in SUHBA leadership positions. He has dedicated countless hours by attending meetings, working on service projects, supporting programs and events, recruiting members, etc. Del appreciates what SUHBA does for the building industry and looks forward to helping with its continued success.


Supplier Associate Member of the Year

John Henderson - Sunroc
John Henderson - Sunroc

John has been involved in the homebuilding industry since 2001. He graduated with a degree in construction management from BYU. Following graduation he has worked for several developers in Arizona, building multi-family and single-family homes. In 2007, he returned to Utah to work for Sunroc where he currently works as a Project Manager and Estimator in Sunroc’s Excavation Division. There he has been compiling bids and managing projects, including infrastructure projects for developments. John has been serving on SUHBA’s Membership Committee since 2014 and has served one year on the Board of Directors.  John dedicates a significant amount of time for SUHBA and does an excellent job in supporting our mission. He cares about the building industry and the community that he lives and works in. Sunroc has been a huge supporter of SUHBA events and programs. They made outstanding contributions to the Home Builders Care project- the BSA Pavilion at Quail Creek, and has sponsored the SUHBA Charity Golf Tournament for several years. He and his wife, Lisa, have three boys and live in Hurricane. John loves the outdoors and stays involved in the community by coaching club soccer. 


Service Associate Member of the Year

Murray Gubler - Zions Bank
Murray Gubler - Zions Bank

Murray Gubler was born in St George and grew up in Santa Clara. (His wife says that he is still working on the growing up part). He graduated from Dixie High School, attended Dixie College, (a true Rebel"), and graduated from Pacific Coast School of Banking at the University of Washington, Seattle. Murray began his banking career at Walker Bank in Salt Lake City in 1972. He returned back to St George in 1975 to work for Dixie State Bank, he has worked for First Security Bank, Wells Fargo Bank and in 2004 became Vice President, Manager and Commercial Loan Officer for Zions Bank. Murray is actively involved with the community where he has served as Chairman of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce Board, Board Member and Committee Chair of Southern Utah Home Builders, President and current Board member of the St. George Kiwanis Club & Foundation. Besides his banking career, Murray is a licensed pyro technician and the Owner of Gubler Pyrotechnics, a company that does firework displays throughout Utah. Murray and his wife, Jane, have four children and 17 grandchildren. Murray has been involved with SUHBA for many years and is always willing to serve where needed. He has been a huge supporter of the Parade of Homes and served on many related committees. Zions Bank is considered an outstanding partner and we contribute continued success because of this strong relationship. We appreciate Murray’s excellent service on the SUHBA Board of Directors and his dedication over the years. 


Trade Contractor Member of the Year

Brian Thornley - Sunland Plumbing, LLC
Brian Thornley - Sunland Plumbing, LLC

Sunland Plumbing has been around a long time in Southern Utah. They support SUHBA and its efforts, especially in helping the building industry grow by supporting local contractors and businesses. They are very conscientious of what is fair and what is right often erring on the side that benefits the customer.  They think about the end user and run their business in a way where there are no regrets when their head hits the pillow at the end of the day. Because of this mentality, they have had great success in ways that are not solely defined by a profit or a bottom line.  For these reasons, Sunland Plumbing looks for opportunities to help out where they can in supporting good causes that will benefit the community and the future leaders of Southern Utah. They did not ask questions on whether to help with the Marion D. Hanks Scout Building.  It was more of how and when, and they saw it to the end by putting in many hours of what they were originally tasked to do, and then many more on top because they knew it had to get done by someone. Thank you to Brian Thornley and Sunland Plumbing. 


Above and Beyond Award

Mike Low - Concrete Innovations
Mike Low - Concrete Innovations

Mike Low, Concrete Innovations joined SUHBA in 2014 because a member encouraged him to join. He was not familiar with SUHBA, but after he joined he soon realized the value of being a member and the many important things we do in the community. He enjoys being a member and giving back to the community. Mike started Concrete Innovations in 2009 and continues to have a successful company. Concrete Innovations is a full service concrete company. They contribute their success to the quality and personal services, use the best technology, and work hard to enhance homes and businesses. Concrete Innovations is receiving the 2016 Above & Beyond Award because of their outstanding contributions to the Home Builders Care project- the BSA Pavilion at Quail Creek. Many SUHBA members made contributions and Mike Low went Above and Beyond when we asked for his assistance. Even though he had a full schedule, he set aside time to offer assistance with this project. Community service never comes at an opportune time, but Mike and his employees made the time. This project will leave a lasting legacy in our community and thousands of youth will enjoy this building for years to come. They will learn vital skills and important values to help guide them to become outstanding citizens. Mike Low is married to his beautiful wife and they enjoy their three children and 13 grandchildren. Congratulations.


Home Builders Care Member of the Year

Jeff Madsen - Interstate Rock Products
Jeff Madsen - Interstate Rock Products

Jeff is receiving the Home Builders Care Award because of his outstanding leadership and service in coordinating the BSA Pavilion & Amphitheater at Quail Creek. He spent many hours to coordinate volunteers, develop construction schedules and budgets, attend meetings, track job progress, plan recognition efforts, and much more. This project would not have been completed without the incredible effort made by Jeff Madsen and the support of Interstate Rock Products. Thousands of youth in our community will enjoy this facility for years to come. Jeff grew up loving where he lived in the great area of St. George. He attended Westminster College in Salt Lake, and after graduating with his Accounting degree, he married his wife, Natalie, and they moved back down to southern Utah. They currently live in Hurricane with their five young children ages 9, 7, 5, 3 and 5 months. He has come to love and appreciate how beautiful Hurricane is and takes great pride in its growth and development along with the rest of Southern Utah. Jeff has worked with Interstate Rock since 2006 and continues to learn as he enjoys his variety of duties. Among his duties include being a superintendent for Interstate’s building contracts and manager over Interstate’s residential arm, Interstate Homes. He loves the challenge of a new project, and is always motivated to make better everything he is involved with. He has enjoyed his time volunteering for SUHBA in different capacities including three years of being on the Parade of Homes exhibition committee as member, vice chairman and chairman, helping with the start-up of the Green Build Council, participating in other SUHBA committees and activities and most recently as a director on the SUHBA board. He recognizes the value SUHBA brings to the future development of Southern Utah, and will continue to add help and support to SUHBA’s cause.


Spike of the Year Award

Seth Foster - American Heritage Homes
Seth Foster - American Heritage Homes
Most New Members Recruited
Seth encouraged 11new members to join.



Spike of the Year Award

Brett Boyce - Split Rock Custom Homes
Brett Boyce - Split Rock Custom Homes
Most New Members Recruited
Brett encouraged 20 new members to join.

All Star Spikes

Brett Boyce - 338.5 points Austin Anderson - 186.5 points
Kelly Stephens - 334 points Stephen Sheffield - 172.5 points
Troy Ence - 286 points Garret Bangerter - 134 points
Jay Bradley - 228.5 points Kay Traveller - 129.5 points
Cary Blake - 189.5 points Ron Jensen - 122.5 points


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Past Winners

2015

  • Builder Member - Jair Almaraz - Ivory Homes
  • Supplier Associate Member - Marion Turley - Contractor's Heating & Colling Supply
  • Service Associate Member - Joe Christopher - Newby Buick, Pontiac, GMC Truck, Inc.
  • Trade Contractor - John Costanza - Riverbend Landscape, LLC
  • Above & Beyond - Cary Blake, C Blake Homes, Inc.
  • Hall of Fame - James Sullivan, S&S Homes
  • Associate Member - Kerry Lewis - Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
  • Home Builders Care - Steve Stone, Steve Stone Masonry
  • HBA Lifetime Achievement - Garret Bangerter - Bangerter Homes of Southern Utah


2014

  • Builder Member - Jake Joines - J2 Construction
  • Supplier Associate Member - Harold Haynie - Contractors Window Supply
  • Service Associate Member - Lane Roundy - LCR Design
  • Trade Contractor - Chris Larsen - Larsen Plumbing
  • Above & Beyond - Ethan Anderson - Xcellent Homes
  • Hall of Fame - Linda Baker - Worker's Compensation Fund
  • Home Builders Care - Ryan and Micheal Skeers - Santa Cruz Construction
  • Home Builders Care - Ray Odette - Ideal Contributors
  • Home Builders Care - Lorin Orvin - Lorin Orvin
  • HBA Lifetime Achievement - Stephen Sheffield - Keystone Construction & Design

2013

  • Builder Member - Austin Anderson - AJ Construction
  • Supplier Associate Member - Rick Osborn & Mario Villaneda - Eagle Roofing Products
  • Service Associate Member - Robert Jensen - Jensen Bayles
  • Trade Contractor - Greg Aldred - StarMax Solar
  • Above & Beyond - Pam Merrill - Jack Fisher Homes
  • Home Builders Care - Gerry & Kathy Holzapfel - Slate Ridge Homes
  • Home Builders care Student - Jeff Meacham

2012

  • Builder Member - James Sullivan - S&S Homes
  • Supplier Associate Member - Craig Davis & Brett Brown - Questar Gas
  • Service Associate Member - David Hunter - Fisher & Hunter
  • Trade Contractor - Kim Ewers - Hometeck Services
  • Hall of Fame - Kelly Stephens - Sun River Construction
  • Home Builders Care - Austin Anderson - AJ Construction