Members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) elected four Senior Officers to top leadership positions within the federation during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.
With more than 800 affiliated state and local home builders associations and more than 140,000 members across the country, NAHB represents the interests of the nation’s housing professionals through advocacy, education and research.
Taking the helm as NAHB’s Chairman of the Board this year is Ed Brady, a Bloomington, Ill.-based builder and developer with more than 25 years of experience in the home building industry. Brady is president of Brady Homes, a company founded in 1962 by his father, William Brady Sr. One of the longest standing home building firms in central Illinois, Brady Homes has developed 20 residential communities throughout the state, building more than 1,800 single-family homes, 2,000 apartment units and more than 100,000 square feet of light commercial property.
“Our focus in this critical election year is to ensure that housing remains an important national priority,” said Brady. “NAHB will work with congressional leaders on both sides of the political aisle and the eventual Democratic and Republican presidential nominees to promote policies that encourage homeownership and affordable rental opportunities for all Americans.”
Also moving up on the association’s leadership ladder during NAHB’s Las Vegas board meeting was Granger MacDonald, a Kerrville, Texas-based builder and developer with 40 years of experience in the home building industry. He was elected as the 2016 First Vice Chairman of the Board. MacDonald is chairman and CEO of the MacDonald Companies, a diverse development, construction, and property management enterprise with nearly 50 neighborhoods completed and managed throughout Texas.
Randy Noel, a Louisiana-based custom home builder with more than 30 years of experience in the home building industry, was elected as Second Vice Chairman of the Board. Noel is president of Reve Inc., a custom home building firm that has developed more than 1,000 custom homes in the greater New Orleans area.
Greg Ugalde joined the NAHB leadership ladder with his election as Third Vice Chairman of the Board. A Connecticut builder and developer with more than 20 years of experience in the home building industry, Ugalde is president and chief legal officer of Torrington-based T&M Building Co., Inc., one of the largest home builders in the state.
2015 NAHB Chairman Tom Woods, from Blue Springs, Mo., remains on the leadership ladder as Immediate Past Chairman. Woods is president of Woods Custom Homes and has more than 40 years of experience in the housing industry. He has developed scores of communities and more than 1,000 homes in the Greater Kansas City area.
Rounding out the association’s leadership is NAHB Chief Executive Officer Jerry Howard, from Washington, D.C. Howard heads up a professional staff of more than 240 working out of the National Housing Center in Washington. He has served as the association’s CEO/EVP since February of 2001. Previously, Howard was NAHB’s chief tax counsel.