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NEW Opportunities for Workforce Development

The HBA is excited to announce that we will be partnering with Holland Elementary during the 2018/2019 school year to promote construction career opportunities. A group of HBA members (and MSU construction and interior design students) will meet monthly with 3rd through 5th graders to complete small projects while exploring construction career opportunities. How can ... Read More

Update from HBA President Brett Godfrey

Ken Thrasher has submitted his resignation as the EO of the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield. "We wish Ken and his family the very best as they begin a new journey in their lives," said Brett Godfrey, President of the HBA Board of Directors. "Over the last year, the HBA has incrementally developed a ... Read More

CEO Blog: So Thankful for our Dear HBA Friends

Dear Friends, Rachael and I have been saying “good-bye” to friends for a little over a month now, and that part isn't getting any easier. Last night, we were blessed with a privilege that very few people are afforded: an evening with friends, designed by friends, for the sole purpose of heaping kindness on us ... Read More

Morrow Elected Secretary of NAHB Executive Officers Council

Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield CEO Matt Morrow was elected by his peers Friday to serve in the office of Secretary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Executive Officers Council (EOC). Annual election of EOC senior officers took place as a part of the NAHB Association Leadership Institute held last week in ... Read More

CEO Blog: Build With Christmas Inspiration

It was my eleventh opportunity to be blessed by spending an evening with HBA members and friends at the association's annual Christmas party and banquet. Each year is special in its own way, and I'm always so touched by the bonds and friendships that form, and by our chance annually to share in each other's ... Read More

CEO Blog: The Huge "Win" You May Never Notice

We all have our guilty pleasures, and one of mine is disaster movies. Armageddon. Deep Impact. 2012. Independence Day (okay, one of my other guilty pleasures is movies about invading space monkeys). A recurring theme in disaster movies is the “narrowly-averted-catastrophe-that-no-one-saw-coming.” By the heroic, just-in-time actions of a few brave (and usually stunningly attractive) Hollywood ... Read More

Home Building in the Ozarks is Turning the Corner!

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the National Association of Home Builders’ annual International Builders Show in Orlando. Like the industry it represents, the Builders Show is not nearly as big as it used to be. But it still ranks as one of the largest trade shows in the world ... Read More

CEO Blog: 'Univerally-Mandated' Universal Design?

Recently I was invited to the state capitol by area legislators to testify before a house committee in Jefferson City about a proposal (House Bill 1737) that would require all new state-supported affordable housing in Missouri to meet Universal Design standards. The legislation is being advanced by well-intentioned advocates for people with disabilities to help ... Read More

CEO Blog: Live from Las Vegas

It is Sunday evening and I'm in my deeply-discounted Las Vegas hotel room (Imperial Palace, if you must know) working to recap the highlights of my first day at the 2010 National Association of Home Bulders' International Builders Show (IBS). If you never have been to an International Builders Show, you certainly should at some ... Read More

May I Tweet You from IBS?

If you haven't yet caught onto the Twitter bandwagon (or if you have but have yet to discover the new world of membership value provided through the HBA's social media connections), a grand opportunity is just around the corner. The National Association of Home Builders annual International Builders Show International Builders' Show® (IBS) officially opens January ... Read More

CEO Blog: Welcome to the NEW HBA Housing News Weekly E-Newsletter!

In September of 1908, Henry Ford released the first production Model-T automobile. Previous to the release of this car, horse-drawn carriage was the preferred mode of transportation. From 1908 into the late 1920’s, carriage and buggy companies worked furiously to improve their product in order to compete with the expanding automobile industry. Luxury seating and ... Read More

CEO Blog: HBA Wins Six National Awards

You know it has been a full week when you sit down to blog and can’t remember what day it is. Tonight, on my flight home, I’m sorting through what has been a whirlwind week at the National Association of Home Builders’ annual Executive Officers Council Seminar. At the annual event (held this year in ... Read More

CEO Blog: Are We There Yet?

My wife Rachael and I recently drove to Chicago with our two young children. Being in the car that long brings a few repeat questions. Far and away, the question of greatest frequency was: “Are we there yet?” By my count the question was asked about 25,000 times on the trip (as if they somehow ... Read More