Posted on November 25, 2015 6:47 pm

At the 11/19/15 HBADE Board meeting the following Associate members were nominated by builders for exceptional service this past month to HBADE.  Beginning with these nominees, all nominations will be collected at each monthly Board meeting, for voting next November 2016 for Associate of the Year.

Ed Minch, Energy Services Group, for conducting classroom and field training to builders and code officials in Sussex County on the energy code.  Nominated by Mark Fitzgerald

Thom Marston, Energy Services Group, for conducting classroom and field training to builders and code officials in Sussex County on the energy code. Nominated by Mark Fitzgerald.

Barbara Kleger, Kleger Associates, for organizing and moderating recent builder panel at Mid-Atlantic 55+ education event.  Nominated by Mick Kenney.

Debra Young, Empowerability LLC, for co-organizing and moderating recent membership mixer in Newark hosted by the Associates Council. Nominated by Kevin Whittaker.

John Johnson, Karins and Associates, for co-organizing and sponsoring the hors douvres at the recent membership mixer in Newark hosted by the Associates Council. Nominated by Kevin Whittaker

Mike Janis, RCI Printing and Graphics, for co-organizing and securing the venue for our recent membership mixer in Newark hosted by the Associates Council. Nominated by Kevin Whittaker.

Congratulations to all!



 Posted on November 24, 2015 6:27 pm

November – December 2015

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We send wishes to you and your employees to enjoy a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving.
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January Group Healthcare Renewals
All of our groups have received their January renewal options.  If you are not making any changes you do not have to do anything. However, a quick email to us with your decision will be appreciated. If you are making a change, it is important to get your paperwork to us as soon as possible.  Just imagine the ‘bottle neck’ at the insurance companies for all the January renewals.Everyone will want their new ID Cards as soon as possible so “the sooner the paperwork is submitted the better”.  Contact us

January Individual Healthcare Renewals 
For those enrolled in an individual plan (not through a group) if you are not making any plan change you do not have to do anything. BUT, if you are deciding to change your plan (probably to lower your premium) a NEW application is required. Imagine the ‘bottle neck’ at the insurance companies for all the January renewals that are being processed.  To get your new ID Card as soon as possible please act quickly.   Contact us

Workers Compensation 

December 2015 Rate Increase

Workers Compensation has always been n major concern for our businesses.  The Delaware Insurance Department has approved a 7% increase, effective 12/1/15.  Although this increase is less than expected it is an increase none the less and will effect your bottom line.  We have a unique solution for most industry classes and we invite you to contact us to learn more about our program. To discuss your specific company and industry class(es), call us at 302-654-8823.

If you currently have an HSA account with Bancorp, you should have received a notice regarding HealthEquity.  This new firm will provide a new account for you and the funds currently in your Bancorp account will be transferred. New cards will be sent to you for activation.  We have attached a FAQ’s flyer that may help resolve your questions.  You can direct questions to 866-382-3510.

Click here for FAQ regarding HealthEquity


Our Benefits Include,
Expert assistance for: 

  • Healthcare plans
  • Dental
  • Vision 
  • Term Life 
  • Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability 
  • Voluntary Benefits
  • Workers Compensation 
  • LegalShield  and Identity Theft coverage 
  • Human Resource Portal for Employers/Employees  for all employee benefits

To learn more about our benefits call us at 302-654-8823.

Privacy Notice

This notice will also serve as your annual Privacy Notice that we are required to send each year by Federal regulation. The notice is available on our website at or you may call our office 302-654-8823 to request one be mailed to you. Read Our Privacy Notice 



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 Posted on November 20, 2015 4:29 pm

The Home Builders Association Annual Membership Meeting

The Home Builders Association’s, annual membership meeting, was held yesterday afternoon at the Clubhouse at Noble’s Pond in Dover.  The purpose of the meeting is to review the activities of the Association over the past year and elect our Board of Directors for the coming year.

For the written summary of our Association activities in 2015 please click here.

Congratulations to the following members elected to our Board for 2016.  They will be inducted at our next Board meeting and introduced to all at our Leadership and Legacy Ball December 12, 2015 at World Café Live in Wilmington:


President: Kevin Whittaker, Whittaker Brothers

Senior Vice President: Scott Bradley, Bestfield Homes

Associate Vice President: Debra Young, EmpowerAbility, LLC

New Castle County Vice President: Matt Egan, Benchmark Builders

Sussex County Vice President: Mark Fitzgerald, Schell Brothers

Kent County Vice President: Mary Field, Noble’s Pond

Treasurer: Jeff Haggerty, Grubb Lumber

Secretary: Richard Forsten, Saul Ewing

Immediate Past President: Fred Fortunato, Benchmark Builders

Directors – Builders

Mick Kenney, McKee Builders

Debra Finocchiaro, Leon Weiner & Associates

James Stevenson, OneCall Services

Bob Taylor, JS Homes

Bob Thornton, Silverstock Builders

Mark Gandy, Middletown Kitchen and Bath

Directors – Associates

John Johnson, Karins and Associates Engineering

John Ford, Re/Max Associates

Scott Wilcox, Whiteford Taylor Preston

John Gormley, PRO-Build 

Mike Riemann, Becker Morgan Group, Inc.

Jim Wright, Artisans’ Bank

John Tracey, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor

Mike Easton, Horty & Horty, P.A.




 Posted on

November 20, 2015

Home Builders Association of Delaware would like to welcome our new members!

Sandy Caloway, Lighting Consultant

Bruce Emerson, General Manager

Dover Electric Supply Company

Mark Gandy, President

Middletown Kitchen and Bath LLC

Zoe Stewart, Store Manager

Justin Frost, Asst. Design Development Manager

The Tile Shop


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October 15, 2015

Martin, Pidgeon, and Ratner Honored for Charitable Efforts

Dover, DE, — The Delaware Association of Realtors recognized Bayard Williams, the New Castle County Board of Realtors President-Elect, as its 2015 Realtor of the Year. The award was presented by DAR President Eric Braunstein during the association’s recent Annual Convention & Trade Expo, held at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

The award honors the Delaware Realtor who is outstanding in a given year based on service to the Realtor organization on the national, state, and local levels as well as business accomplishments and community volunteerism.  As a result of the honor, Williams will represent Delaware at the upcoming National Association of Realtors Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego.

In addition to serving as President-Elect for the New Castle County Board, Williams also serves as chair of the NCCBOR Public Policy Committee, an RPAC trustee, and a member of its Executive and Finance committees.  At the state level, he is a member of the DAR Board of Directors and a member of DAR’s Public Policy and DelPAC committees.

A REALTOR® since 2005, Williams is also a member of the Delaware Association of Homebuilders and this year is a sponsor of both KW Cares and Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids at the Springer Middle School as well as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

Good Neighbor Award Winners

Working to highlight Realtors who make a positive impact in their communities, the DAR also recognized at its Convention the three winners of local Realtor associations’ Good Neighbor awards.  The charities for which the three Realtors volunteer also each received a $1,000 donation from the DAR.  The local Good Neighbor Award winners are:

  • Erin Ann Martin, who is with the Sussex County Association of Realtors, volunteers for the charity, KINfolk, an organization that has helped more than 85,000 seriously ill children in 31 states via KINfolk’s Laptop Lending Program, which enables the children to stay connected with their families, friends, and schools. The laptops provide a communication lifeline to the people they need the most – those who love and support them – at a time when they need them most.  These devices also serve to keep the children entertained and thinking about something other than their pain and illness.  Erin has served as a sponsor and volunteer, and has also personally donated more than $2,200 from her earned commissions to KINfolk Delaware.
  • Kristin Pidgeon, who is with the New Castle County Board of Realtors, volunteers for the Down Syndrome Association of Delaware. In 2013, in partnership with the DSA of DE, Pidgeon created the Rock Your Socks Campaign for World Down Syndrome Day.  What began two years ago as handing out 75 pairs of bright, colorful mismatched socks has grown in 2015 to a distribution of over 36,000 pairs of socks in schools, business, churches and organizations in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  She also created educational packets including lesson plans, videos and handouts for schools to use with their students to teach them about Down syndrome while wearing their fun socks. Rock Your Socks has created both awareness and understanding about individuals with differences that ultimately leads to acceptance of people with Down syndrome in our communities.
  • Tricia Ratner, who is also with the Sussex County Association of Realtors, volunteers for the Epworth UMC Skate Park. Ratner was part of a three-person team of mothers who had a vision to build a skate park in the Rehoboth Beach area for the many people who enjoy the sport of skate boarding , and she was very involved in raising $75,000 from people and businesses in the community to fund the project.  The park was constructed in 2014 and since then, the park has been filled with people of all ages who enjoy skateboarding.  She continues to raise money for the ongoing upkeep of the park and volunteers to help with various events associated with the park.

The DAR Convention was attended by more than 600 Realtors and 35 exhibitors, including the following charities: Ronald McDonald House, Boys & Girls Club of Delaware, and Home of the Brave.

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The Delaware Association of Realtors serves as the voice for real estate in Delaware and has more than 3,700 Realtor members, all of whom subscribe to the strict Code of Ethics of the National Association of Realtors.

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