Best Parade of Homes in the Nation

Southern Utah Home Builders Association (SUHBA) was recently awarded “Best Parade of Homes” in the Nation based on our Association size. This award was given at the National Association of Home Builders Association Excellence Awards in Denver, Colorado.

Mari Krashowetz“We are honored to receive this award and be recognized for the outstanding efforts of so many dedicated SUHBA members and staff,” said Mari Krashowetz, Southern Utah Home Builders Association Executive Officer.

This event continues to make a positive impact to the building industry and to our community. In every aspect of the St. George Area Parade of Homes, superior quality is the highest priority.

This event is unlike any other because of the extraordinary homes, current interior design features, breathtaking landscapes, and the overall professionalism of the event. We sincerely appreciate all the hard-working, talented, and dedicated SUHBA members that contribute year-after-year to the continued success of the St. George Area Parade of Homes!

Our next Parade is scheduled for February 16-25, 2018. 
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How To Protect Your #1 Investment

Every day, nearly 2,000 people are injured using ladders. Many of these mishaps occur from overreaching for an object or missing the last step when climbing down.

It is critical for workers to understand the common mistakes that lead to fall-related injures. Builders and trade contractors should take every opportunity to educate—and continually re-educate—their crews about safety.

From May 8-12, thousands of construction companies and other businesses will be raising awareness about fall prevention by participating in the fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down. Builders are asked to stop work for at least 15 minutes during any day this week to talk directly with their workers about fall hazards and to reinforce the importance of fall protection on the jobsite.

This year, NAHB is focusing on ladder safety, which OSHA ranked as the third-most frequently cited safety violation in 2016.

For the third year in a row, Carl Harris, co-founder of Carl Harris Co., Inc. in Wichita, Kan., will be participating in the stand-down. Though he typically includes a safety component during his weekly meetings with employees, he says this week is a special opportunity to zero in on key issues.

“We’ve built a strong culture of safety over the years, and this [week-long initiative] continues to be a valuable part of our business strategy,” Harris said. “Plus, it’s great when our guys see that we’re unified with countless other contractors who are highly focused on safety.”

To further emphasize fall prevention to his employees, Harris has asked his crews to take part in safety “toolbox talks” on site for 20 minutes each day this week.

“Contractors need to realize their No. 1 investment is their labor force, and protecting them is an investment that pays off,” Harris said. “When [an employee] sees that their employer cares about their health and is committed to ensuring their safety, it gives them even more motivation to give maximum effort.”

More information about the National Safety Stand-Down, including training guides, videos and step-by-step resources on how to conduct your own stand-down are available at

May SUHBA Luncheon

We’re excited to have Guest Speaker: Isaac Barlow address the topic of “The Importance of Systems and Culture in your Business” at our SUHBA Luncheon May 2nd at Courtyard St. George from 12-1pm.
His topic is: “Culture is important to attract new talent and keep your employees. The large demand for employees makes culture important to attract the best and the brightest. A high retention rate is key because it creates loyalty in your employees and makes them more productive. To achieve maximum profitability great culture needs great systems. Systems provide sufficient information to make profitable decisions. Adopting new technology gives our businesses the competitive edge and improves systems in the construction industry. Every business has a culture. It is up to us to make sure that it is strong and that it empowers our employees through the systems we implement.”

Thoughts or questions for Isaac to address on Tuesday about this topic?
Thanks to our sponsor Iron Door Works.

April SUHBA Luncheon

Ever wonder what the Southern Utah Home Builders Association is all about?
Come to the SUHBA Luncheon on Tuesday, April 4th, at Courtyard by Marriott, St. George as our guest and find out. When you check in, just say you saw this invite on our blog for your complimentary lunch.
Network with approximately 140 SUHBA members/builders and learn what changes the Utah Legislature has made that may affect the home building industry.
Membership is a 3-in-1 and includes SUHBA, Utah HBA and the National Association of Home Builders.
Call 435.674.1400 for more information or visit
#ReasonWhyNAHB #ReasonWhySUHBA #ItPaysToBeAMember #Utah

Quick Details:
SUHBA Membership Luncheon
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Buffet Lines Opens at 11:45 am
Courtyard by Marriott
185 S 1470 E
St. George, Utah 84790

Sponsored by Powerhouse Central Vacuums

Path to Parade Series – Anderson Custom Homes

Parade of Homes February 17-26, 2016We have an exciting new series to share with you called “Path to Parade”!

We will be posting short video clips of our builders as they construct their amazing homes for our St George Parade of Homes February 17 – 26, 2017.

Be sure to take some time off and schedule your calendars for this fantastic annual event. In the meantime, enjoy viewing videos of the homes under construction from each of our 28 builders.

This first one is from SUHBA Member Wayne Anderson, Anderson Custom Homes View Short Video Clip

More information about the St George Area Parade of Homes can be found at

You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest updates and even contests to win tickets.

August Luncheon: SUHBA Safety Awards Luncheon

Don’t miss the SUHBA Luncheon at Best Western Plus Abbey Inn Tuesday, August 2 from 12-1pm.

Guest Speaker Kevin Sabet will deliver an interesting and timely presentation on the effects of drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace, drug policies and research, and the hot topic of marijuana policy.

We will also be announcing the 4 company recipients for the SUHBA Safety Awards.

Our sponsors, Summit Security Solutions will be showing some demos you will definitely want to see!

Helloooooooooo Summer!!!!!

Summer Time is officially here! And it’s definitely HOT out there! Construction workers are especially susceptible to the effects of extreme heat. The headlines are all over the place “Deadly heat wave hits southwest”, “Intense Heatwave Kills Four, Feeds Southwest Wildfires”, “Heat wave produces record temperatures”.

What can you do to protect yourself? First of all, take a break and stop by the SUHBA office for a free cold drink! *see below for details

Next, you must realize in Southern Utah, we’re particularly used to seeing temperatures in the triple digits. But sometimes we still don’t respect it. Did you know most heat-related deaths investigated by OSHA involved workers who were on the job for three days or less? Training is KEY! In 2014 alone, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job.

Here are some resources for you as you educate yourself and your workers on heat safety:

Remember, your invitation to stop by the SUHBA office still stands for a cold beverage on the house! #WeLoveOurMembers #RespectTheHeat

Visit our office Monday – Thursday, 9am – 5pm at 2303 N Coral Canyon Blvd. Ste 200. Exit 16 off I-15. We’re conveniently located across from Harley-Davidson.

SUHBA Members help Build Pavilion for Boy Scouts of America at Quail Creek

Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp at Quail Creek
June 7, 2016
An open house will be held for the public from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

A Ribbon Cutting & Dedication will be held on June 7, 2016 to celebrate the completion of the Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp at Quail Creek.  Southern Utah Home Builders Association (SUHBA) & the Boy Scouts of America have combined efforts to build the Pavilion/Training Center that is approximately 4,000 square feet and an outdoor amphitheater. Members of SUHBA and many businesses throughout Southern Utah have donated material and contributed countless hours to bring this project to completion. The Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp will continue to leave a lasting legacy in our community.

“It has been a pleasure to represent SUHBA in coordinating the efforts of its members in completing this project for the Boy Scouts of America. Only in Southern Utah can you get such amazing contractors to donate countless hours of time in an industry where time is more valuable than it has been in the last decade. Because of these generous efforts, the BSA has a resource to be able to do better what they do best; to turn our young kids into outstanding citizens and future leaders of our community.”  Jeff Madsen, Interstate Homes, Contractor for the Project

“The Southern Division of the Utah National Parks Council has been thrilled to work with the Southern Utah Home Builders Association in the building and completion of the 4,000 sq. ft. training center at the Marion D. Hanks Scout Camp at Quail Creek. This versatile building will serve over 15,000 young people registered in the scouting program with a corresponding 5000 adult volunteers from Beaver, Utah to Mesquite, Nevada. Events such as Cub Scout Day Camp, Wood Badge, Advance Leader Training, Spring and Fall Camporees, are just a few events already scheduled. The facility is a real community asset and is available for church groups, business get-a-ways and outdoor education.
Future development includes climbing tower, rope course, zip line, gate way, Donor Recognition Rock display and unit shelters. The property is not designed as a long term summer camp, but as a weekend and mid-week activity center.
We of the Boy Scouts of America organization, will be ever grateful to Southern Utah Home Builders Association for their contributions in the quality building of this project. This will be a lasting legacy to our young people and community.”  Paul Tikalsky, Field Director-Development Specials
Utah National Parks Council

Driving Directions Coming from St George:
Head North on I-15
Exit the Hurricane Exit onto SR 9
Turn left at the traffic light by the DMV on to the Quail Lake road
About 300 yards turn right on the dirt road with the sign that says Quail Creek (QC) Scout Camp
Follow the dirt road & signs about 1.5 miles to the camp

2016 St George Area Parade of Homes

The 2016 St. George Area Parade of Homes is right around the corner! The Homes & Garage Exhibits Open
February 12-21, 2016 Daily 10 am to 7 pm (Closes at 5 pm on the 21st) 

Tickets are $15 per person available at or beginning February 11, 2016 at 5 pm at Red Cliffs Mall and Lin’s Markets.

This year features 28 beautiful Parade homes on display, even a home built for a celebrity! The homes are one-of-a-kind masterpieces set among beautiful landscapes only found in Southern Utah. The Parade of Homes is a self-guided tour offering an opportunity for established, prospective residents, and visitors to see what is new and innovative in the home building industry. Visitors have made the St. George Area Parade of Homes a yearly tradition because of the great new ideas that can only be found during this event. Whether it is your first time or your 26th time attending, you will experience an event like no other and we thank you for attending.

It’s a great time to buy a new home in Washington County with a large selection of homes available and interest rates and home prices still low. The advantages of today’s new homes are unparalleled. Housing is essential to the strength of our community and to our nation. New home construction and remodeling provide millions of jobs, generate billions of dollars in wages and tax revenues each year. A new home not only provides a place to live, family security, but is an investment for the future.

As so many have come to expect, many energy efficient and green building technologies are featured again in the Parade homes this year. Our builders are always on the cutting edge of upgrades and home technology. Whether you are looking for a new home, want decorating ideas, looking to start your home improvement project, or just enjoy viewing spectacular homes complete with landscapes beyond compare, the St. George Area Parade of Homes has it all!

You have the option to take the full ten days to stroll through the homes, take notes, and ask questions of our professional builders, designers and their staff. Visit the homes in any order you wish or follow our well-marked Parade route. Just look for the red, white and blue Parade of Homes signs. Also refer to the map located in the back of the Parade of Homes magazine that comes with your ticket, with detailed driving directions and GPS. You may also download the official St. George Area Parade of Homes App on Google Play or the App Store. Before leaving each home, we invite you to take the opportunity to view the displays in each garage offering examples of the latest products and services in building, remodeling, and home improvement.

The ticket entitles visitor admittance to each of the homes once during the 10-day event. The ticket has an additional benefit allowing two repeat admittances to two of your favorite Parade homes. Visitors must purchase a new ticket if re-entry exceeds more than two homes. Tickets are not available at the homes for purchase. Present e-tickets purchased on-line at the homes to receive a magazine and lanyard.

Visitors may be asked to remove and carry their shoes. Please wear shoes that are easily removable. Visitors enter Parade Homes at their own risk. Parade Builders and/or hosts may limit the number of visitors in their homes at any given time. Certain restrictions will apply for tour groups. The Southern Utah Home Builders Association (SUHBA) and the Parade Builders assume no liability for injuries incurred while on the premises. Please inform your host at the door if you require assistance of any kind due to disability or otherwise.

We hope to see you at the St. George Area Parade of Homes!