Kevin Kelly, President of Leon N. Weiner and Associates in Wilmington Delaware, was elected and installed February 6, 2014 as the 2014 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Home Builders. The event occurred at NAHB’s Board Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Kevin has long been a builder and developer of both single family and multifamily homes in Wilmington and other mid-Atlantic states. He served as President of the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBADE) in 1998 and 1999. He was selected by his peers as Builder of the Year in 1998, and was the recipient of the HBADE President’s Distinguished Service Award for his career contributions in 2008. He is an HBADE Life Director and has contributed much time, attention and commitment to local housing topics and issues for many years and has served on many committees.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a trade association of over 140,000 member firms striving to serve, promote and improve the national housing and shelter needs of our country and its citizens. Prior to becoming an officer at NAHB, Kevin has served over 20 years on their Board of Directors, presided over various committees, and has been an eloquent advocate and spokesman in testimony before the U.S. House and Senate, in addition to the Delaware General Assembly.
Kevin attains the distinguished honor of being the second Delawarean to rise to the Chairman/Presidency of NAHB. The first and only other was his partner and friend the late Leon Weiner.
The Home Builders Association of Delaware is the local affiliate of NAHB. We are a professional association of industry leaders serving members firms that employ over 8000 employees in the state to promote the legislative, education and economic initiatives for Delaware’s quality of life.
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WILMINGTON – The Home Builders Association of Delaware named Fred Fortunato, of Benchmark Builders, Builder of the Year during their Leadership & Legacy Ball, on December 7th.
Kevin Whittaker, Whittaker Builders was sworn in as President of our 2014 Board of Directors along with incoming 2014 board members. The installation ceremony was performed by Kevin Kelly, Chairman Elect of the National Association of Home Builders. Whittaker’s 2014 goals for the coming year are to protect and promote industry objectives through public private partnerships supporting growth and job creation in the housing industry.
Fred Fortunato, the Associations immediate past president, was awarded HBA/DE’s most prestigious award- Leon N. Weiner Builder of the Year. Presenter and last year’s recipient, Scott Bradley of Bestfield Homes, cited Fortunato’s unfailing commitment, demonstrated leadership qualities in promoting the industry, and participation in political events. Fortunato has also been recognized locally as a winner of numerous Awards.
The Leon N. Weiner Builder of the Year is awarded annually to the builder-member who has best served the interests of his fellow members, the association and the community. By awarding the Builder of the year, HBA/DE hopes to inspire local builders to seek leadership roles in organized home building and to continue to work for the good of the state and national organizations.
J. Michael Riemann of Becker Morgan Group was named the Butch Alfieri Associate of the Year in recognition of his extensive support to the Association and in particular to his service and dedication to the Board. Riemann has been particularly helpful with state and Kent County building regulations, attends many Association events, and volunteers his time at the Delaware Home Show.
A ribbon cutting ceremony on October 25 celebrated a 10-month collaboration of professional builders, engineers, an occupational therapist, and high school students from across the state.
Howard Fortunato, executive vice president of HBA/DE, and the Associates Council coordinated with school administrators, teachers, and students at Hodgson Vocational Technical High School in Newark on a project to benefit an elderly homeowner who needed a ramp for her home.
The Ramp Design and Construction Program was conceived by the HBA/DE Associates Council last January as a way to work with high school students studying design, drafting, and carpentry to assist an older adult.
The ramp was built inside the home’s garage. All of the work completed by volunteers and sponsors.
A special thanks to the Associates Council members, especially John Johnson, Debra Young and Jim McCulley, and to Brian Rickards of Benchmark Builders who was the construction manager of the build.
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