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
Dave Weller, High Desert Homes
Dave Weller of High Desert Homes is an excellent example of an outstanding member who has a desire to not only talk about making a positive impact to the building industry, but dedicated hours upon hours in making a plan to improve it. One of Dave’s main focus as the 2017 SUHBA President was to address the labor shortage issue. Under his leadership and inspiration, he led Board members and others to coordinate a plan to promote Construction Careers and to develop a Construction Basics class so individuals can learn needed construction skills. He also desired for these individuals to be provided a construction job upon successful class completion.
Dave has been an excellent SUHBA President and under his leadership, we had one of the highest attended Parade of Homes and Utah Building Industry Conferences since the beginning. Fellow members look up to Dave Weller for his outstanding leadership skills and his ethical business standards. We sincerely appreciate all the hours Dave spent in helping to improve our industry.
Congratulations to Dave Weller of High Desert Homes and recognize him as the 2017 Builder Member of the Year.
Supplier Associate Member of the Year
Boulevard Home Furnishings
Boulevard Home Furnishings has been a SUHBA member for more than 29 years and is a strong supporter of SUHBA and the building industry. They have sponsored the Parade of Homes for 19 years, but have been involved since the beginning in 1991. They have sponsored events like the SUHBA Charity Golf Tournament and have donated great grand prizes for the Parade for many years. Their employees have served on committees like the Parade of Homes, Golf Tournament, Membership, etc.
When SUHBA is involved in a community service project, Boulevard Home Furnishings never hesitates to contribute. They are active in our community and give back to those in need. Boulevard Home Furnishings is an excellent example of a community-minded business that does their part to make our area a better place to work and to live.
Congratulations to Boulevard Home Furnishings for receiving the 2017 Supplier Associate Member of the Year award.
Service Associate Member of the Year
State Bank of Southern Utah
State Bank of Southern Utah is a great example of working together to build a better community. They have been involved with SUHBA since 1994, well over 23 years. During those many years, they have served on committees, the Board of Directors, and continue to sponsor events like the SUHBA Charity Golf Tournament. They help to promote the Parade of Homes on their digital signs.
State Bank of Southern Utah has been in business for over 60 years and continue to offer many services to contractors to support their local financial needs. They spotlight individuals who are making a positive impact in our community with their Bank on Southern Utah video series. We appreciate the long-term support of State Bank of Southern Utah.
Congratulations for receiving the 2017 Service Associate Member of the Year award.
HBA Lifetime Achievement Award
Craig Davis, formerly with Questar Gas, has been involved in the construction industry for 35 plus years until he recently retired. Even though Craig was stationed in Northern Utah, he made it a priority to show support to SUHBA and contractors in our area. It may have been that he loves the warmer weather here, but we recognize that Craig truly cares about the home building industry. He actually put his job on the line to show support for contractors and challenged a significant price increase. Brett Brown was also Instrumental with this difficult issue and they were able to get costs lowered.
Year-after-year Craig has dedicated hours in pulling his custom BBQ from SLC to Southern Utah to cook hundreds of hamburgers and hot dogs for our annual Associate Member Appreciation BBQ. Craig was instrumental to ensure their Parade sponsorship continued for over 22 years. Craig has assisted with installing Parade outdoor signs, sometimes in rain and mud to ensure we were ready for opening day. Under Craig’s leadership, they support the SUHBA Charity Golf Tournament making it possible to award education scholarships and participate in community service projects.
Craig has shared membership benefits with countless professionals. He believes strongly in the HBA principles and has encouraged many to join. Craig also contributed many hours in representing the building industry’s best interests on a state and national level and is a key advocate with NAHB.
With sincere thankfulness, we recognize Craig Davis with the 2017 HBA Lifetime Achievement Award.
Outstanding Community Partner
Dixie Technical College
SUHBA created a new award this year with the purpose of recognizing Outstanding Community Partners. It has been a high priority for SUHBA to develop relationships and build strong partnerships. We have developed this partnership over many, many years.
Together, we have presented hundreds of vital education experiences for our members. Dixie Technical College has facilitated these education opportunities, has provided qualified instructors, their staff has served on SUHBA committees, and provided financial reimbursements to our members to lessen workshop expenses through the Custom Fit program.
They work with us as partners to develop new programs, such as the Construction Basics class to address the labor shortage. We look forward to our continued partnership as we offer support for their new campus in order to grow industry courses and programs to meet the industry needs. We work closely with so many of their staff, but we want to recognize those we have worked most closely with including, Kelle Stephens, Traci Fitzgerald, Curt Crofts, Owen Olsen, and so many other team members.
Congratulations to Dixie Technical College for receiving the inaugural 2017 Outstanding Community Partner Award.
Honorary Builder Member of the Year
We recognize one of our friends who is no longer with us, but will forever be in our hearts, Brendan Jack Seal. Brendan talked about how important his family was to him. They moved away for a short-time, but returned to Southern Utah because he loved it so much here. He said he didn’t care if he made less money, this was his home.
Brendan was a member for many years and served on several Parade committees. He built countless homes, including Parade homes which will stand in honor of him. His most recent Parade home was built last year for Wright Homes. We sincerely appreciate all the time Brendan put in with his service.
Brendan is someone we could always count on and he truly cared about the building industry. More importantly, he cared about his friends and his wonderful family. Brendan is so greatly missed, but will not be forgotten.
We recognize Brendan Seal as the 2017 Honorary Builder Member of the Year.