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
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.