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.

Members of the Year 2020

Builder Member of the Year

Brett Burgess, Development Solutions Group

Brett Burgess has truly been an extraordinary SUHBA President that had to deal with some extraordinary challenges in 2020! We are so very grateful for outstanding members like Brett who are willing to serve in a leadership position. Brett is a great example of a SUHBA member who truly cares about the building industry and has a desire to improve the profession in which we all benefit from. Brett is someone that would prefer not to be in the spotlight and would never wish to receive this award. However, because of his outstanding contributions as our President and for the difficult challenges we were faced, he is more than deserving of this award!

We had the highest attended Parade of Homes this year with over 42,000 thousand visitors. Under Brett’s leadership, we resolved an issue with a truck crash carrying all of our Parade magazines, but were able to get new ones printed in time. We also had difficult homeowner associations that threatened to shut down certain Parade homes. Brett was instrumental in negotiating to keep these homes open, even during extremely tense moments. We did barely squeeze in the Parade before Covid hit, but then we had to deal with many issues related to the pandemic.

Brett helped keep the construction industry open for business in So Utah. He directed us with making last minute adjustments with many of our events, programs, and meetings, all while still providing value to members throughout the year. Under Brett’s leadership we were able to sell the SUHBA office and work towards a new office building. Brett has been key with representing members through Government Affairs efforts and with the Careers in Construction program, including progressing the program to now include four classes, two teachers, and 60 students learning valuable construction trade skills!

There are many accomplishments this year and Brett shared some of the highlights with you earlier. We recognize Brett today for his outstanding leadership skills, negotiating skills, and his ethical business standards. We sincerely appreciate all the hours Brett spent in helping to improve our industry.


Supplier Associate Member of the Year

A Truss 2.0, LLC - Rick Udy

A Truss has been a member for over 21 years!  They have been providing services to the industry for 28 years. Rick Udy has been involved with SUHBA for nearly 20 years. He has served on countless committees and has been instrumental helping to raise tens of thousands of dollars for education scholarships and community service projects by supporting the golf tournament and Parade of Homes. Rick has been serving on the SUHBA Board of Directors. Rick is someone we can always count on and donates his time in helping SUHBA and the industry progress forward. Thank you A Truss & Rick Udy for the outstanding support for many years!

Service Associate Member of the Year

Dixie Leavitt Agency - Jaron Hunt

Jaron Hunt has been a SUHBA member for over 25 years! He has been helping SUHBA and their members with related insurance needs for all of those years. Jaron continues to be a strong advocate for the home building industry and donates his time in helping to protect SUHBA programs and events, like the Parade of Homes, and donates his time to review builder insurance certificates to make sure they are protected. Jaron continues to a be a great resource and works directly with Parade visitors and Contractors to resolve issues. Quade Peterson from Dixie Leavitt teaches our monthly Contractor Education courses. This program helps educate new contractors on best business practices. They are truly making a positive impact on the construction industry.

Trade Contractor Member of the Year

Tasteful Trends Interiors - Angie Marshall

Angie Marshall and her husband Jim, owners of Tasteful Trends Interiors, has been a SUHBA member for over 10+ years. Her beautiful interior designs have been featured in countless Parade homes, including Marie Osmond’s home in 2016. It was definitely the crowd favorite! Angie’s amazing talent is one of the reasons why the St. George Area Parade of Homes has received national awards.  Angie has served on the Parade of Homes committee and has supported community service projects by donating her time and talents. Angie recently sold her company to spend more time with her husband, but is still doing interior design work.

Defender of Housing Award

Matt Loo - Washington City

Matt is currently the Economic Development Director for Washington City. We recognize Matt for his outstanding support of the housing industry and for his contributions to SUHBA. Matt has been instrumental in strengthening relationships in the building industry. When contractors have an issue, Matt is always willing to listen and problem solve together. There is mutual respect and a goal to work together as community partners. Matt doesn’t just perform a job, he works hard to build strong, long-lasting relationships. When you meet Matt, he becomes a friend. We are grateful for Matt setting an excellent example of what SUHBA works hard to accomplish– Working Together to Build a Better Community.

Above & Beyond Award

Infinex - Emilee Knudsen and Team

The Above & Beyond Award is only issued from time-to-time when we recognize a member for going “Above & Beyond.”

It almost seems like a lifetime ago, before Covid, when earlier this year in February our Parade of Homes Banquet was held. We had a theme, “Greatest Show.” Emilee and her team worked tirelessly in creating our fun game booths. These were by far a “Big Hit” of the event. It is SUHBA members like Emilee that go the extra-mile and work hard together in setting and accomplishing goals. We also recognize Emilee for helping with our first “SUHBA Shoots for PAC” event. We raised thousands of dollars to support political candidates that work hard to protect the housing industry.

Housing Attainability Award

Cole West Home - Drake Howell & Dave Nielsen

This year we created a new award and recognize Cole West Home as the 2020 Housing Attainability Award winner. As our community continues to grow, housing attainability is becoming more of a challenge. Who is most impacted when we lack affordable housing options? It is service workers, fire & police personnel, teachers, seniors on a fixed income, our children and grandchildren. We recognize Drake Howell & Dave Nielson from Cole West Home for their outstanding efforts in creating high-quality, affordable apartments and townhomes. One example is Red Rock Apartments at Sienna Hills. There will be 258 units at 60% AMI income-qualified. Drake serves on the Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and their focus is to find solutions in providing adequate and attainable housing for all income levels and ages. We sincerely appreciate the outstanding leadership of Drake Howell & Dave Nielson of Cole West Home and award them the 2020 Housing Attainability recognition.

All Star Spikes

Kelly Stephens - 361 points
Brett Boyce - 359 points
Troy Ence - 290.5 points
Jay Bradley - 233.5 points
Paul Magleby - 212 points
Cary Blake - 210 points
Austin Anderson - 195 points
Stephen Sheffield - 182.5 points
Garret Bangerter - 137.5 points
Seth Foster - 136 points

Past Winners


  • Builder Member – Seth Foster, American Heritage Homes
  • Supplier Associate Member – Carpets Plus
  • Service Associate Member – Fred Walker, InfoWest
  • Trade Contractor – Lynn Oyler, Cool That Garage
  • Honorary HBA Lifetime Achievement Award – In Honor of Casey Brown, Better Professional Painting
  • Honorary HBA Lifetime Achievement Award – In Honor of Joe Bowcutt
  • Defender of Housing – John Willis, City of St. George


  • Builder Member – Jeff Madsen – Interstate Homes
  • Supplier Associate Member – Russ Lee – Countertop Source
  • Service Associate Member – Kaleb DeMille – Main Street Insurance Agency
  • Trade Contractor – Gil Almquist – Gil Almquist Landscaping
  • HBA Lifetime Achievement – Mark Fahrenkamp – Fahrenkamp Inc.
  • Outstanding Community Partner – Washington County Board of Realtors
  • Defender of Housing – Zachary Renstrom
  • Above and Beyond – Kathy & Gerry Holzapfel – Slate Ridge Homes


  • Builder Member – Dave Weller – High Desert Homes
  • Supplier Associate Member – Boulvevard Home Furnishings
  • Service Associate Member – State Bank of Southern Utah
  • Trade Contractor – Carl Waldvogel – Utah Stone Company
  • HBA Lifetime Achievement – Craig Davis
  • Outstanding Community Partner – Dixie Technical College
  • Honorary Builder Member of the Year – Brendan Seal


  • Builder Member – Del Gardner – DG Ventures
  • Supplier Associate Member – John Henderson – Sunroc
  • Service Associate Member – Murray Gubler – Zions Bank
  • Trade Contractor – Brian Thornley – Sunland Plumbing, LLC
  • Above & Beyond – Michael Low – Concrete Innovations
  • Hall of Fame – James Sullivan, S&S Homes
  • Home Builders Care – Jeff Madsen – Interstate Rock Products


  • 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