Meet the
HBA Team


The primary function of the HBA Staff is to execute the vision, priorities, and policies that serve HBA members, as set by the board of directors. The Home Builders Association team is led by the Executive Officer, who is hired by and reports directly to the HBA Board of Directors.

Laurie Soulsby
Executive Officer
Laurie 2024

HBA Office 417.881.3711

Chelsey Taylor
Event Coordinator

HBA Office 417.881.3711

HBA Board of Directors


The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Collectively, this board of directors sets goals and policies for the organization. Each board member holds a fiduciary duty to make decisions based on what is in the best interest of the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield.

Austin Miller
Wise Built Homes

Austin Miller serves as President of the HBA Board of Directors — Austin has been full-time in the building industry all his adult life and has been the owner of Wise Built Homes for six years. Not only has he built homes, but Austin also has five years of experience in large commercial projects and building for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Wise Built Homes takes great pride in incorporating technology on projects, keeps constant communication with owners, and has a vast knowledge of inaccessible building methods. Austin is a LEED Accredited Professional, CAPS Certified, and speaks at many Universal Design events and is also a husband, father of three, published author, and has released two full-length bluegrass albums.

Contact Austin | 417.689.4224

WiseBuilt Custom Homes

Aaron Wyssmann
Vice President
Alair - Travis Miller Homes

Aaron started Ozarks Remodeling & Design because of the frustrations in the remodeling industry. He understood that remodeling your home can be a hassle and dealing with contractors frustrating. Especially when contractors don’t return phone calls, projects go over budget, and they leave your house in a mess. At Ozarks Remodeling & Design, we don’t treat our clients that way. We offer you, our clients, a five-part guarantee so that you can have the home of your dreams without the construction nightmares. 

Contact Aaron | 417.895.9440

Ozarks Remodeling & Design Nominees Announced for 2022 HBA Board

Brandon Fisher
Cadence Bank

Brandon is a longtime resident of Southwest Missouri. He has been a Mortgage Loan Officer for over 20 years, assisting hundreds of families with their financing needs. His services offer everything from construction loans, land loans, home equity loans, and traditional mortgages. Brandon assists with all types of loan needs. Raising a family in Rogersville Missouri, he is committed to serving our friends and families in Southwest Missouri.

Contact Brandon | 417.730.8016

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Mike Cronkhite
Cronkhite Homes

Mike Cronkhite | Owner & President
With an engineering background and MBA, Mike is a visionary in the home building industry. His technical aptitude coupled with his superior business acumen and exceptionally strong work ethic have afforded Mike continued success in the SW Missouri residential market. His solid reputation has positioned Cronkhite Homes for sustained growth and influence.

Contact Mike | 417.233.1582

Cronkhite Homes Springfield Missouri Nominees Announced for 2022 HBA Board

Travis Miller
Past President
Alair - Travis Miller Homes

Travis Miller is a 2nd generation builder who understands the importance of communication, cooperation, education, and trust to satisfy customers’ needs while maintaining a realistic cost analysis for each project. Travis’s hands-on approach ensures that all projects are managed timely and efficiently with the utmost attention to detail. Travis currently holds the Certified Green Professional designation offered through NAHB — allowing Travis to remain up-to-date on green building trends.

Contact Travis | 417.838.3120

Board Members

Brian Crosby
Meek's—The Builder's Choice

Brian Crosby is currently the Director for Meek’s Springfield Market and has been with Meek’s for over 20 years, more than half of his life. Brian started with Meek’s in college, where he earned a degree in Construction Management at Missouri State University. He has held many positions but has found that what truly gets him going in the mornings is helping people. That extends from the associates who work for us to our customers who buy from us. Brian believes construction is the most incredible industry to be in and truly appreciates his interaction with all of the people in this industry.

Contact Brian | 417.839.8347

Meek's - The Builder's Choice

Steve Brown
Wildman Plumbing

Steve started plumbing in 1999 and established Wildman Plumbing in 2007. He has a Master Plumbing and Master Gas Fitter License. Wildman Plumbing is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service, expertise and quality workmanship.

Contact Steve | 417.830.2846

Debi Murray
Murney Associates, Realtors

Debi has been a member of Patrick Murney’s team since Murney Associates opened its doors 24 years ago. Both dedicated and determined to provide top notch service, Debi is passionate about the home buying process. Her compassionate approach gives buyers and sellers a comfortable experience that is always handled with care and concern.

Debi is a member of the Home Builder’s Association serving on the Board of Directors. In 2015, Debi was honored as the HBA Associate “Individual of the Year.” In 2016 Debi was honored to receive the Vesta Award by the National Association of Women in Construction. Debi also serves on the Board of Directors for the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. Her commitment to the public and community is a direct reflection of the type of Realtor Debi is with her clients.

Contact Debi | 417.575.1211


Erica Hendrix
Erica Lea Design Studios

Having grown up in the building industry, owner Erica Lea Hendrix is especially adept at helping clients navigate the stressful building process as a trusted personal design advocate. Whether transforming an existing space or working with builders and other home professionals to create a brand new space, the ELDS team is passionate about listening — collaborating with each client to achieve design results that are perfectly and uniquely them.

Contact Erica | 417.731.4086

Erica Lea Design Studios Nominees Announced for 2022 HBA Board

Justin Skiles
Justin Skiles
Bella Homes, LLC

Justin Skiles has been building homes since 2005 and is the owner of Bella Designed Homes. As a full-service custom builder, remodeler, and developer, Justin is committed to thoughtful design and quality construction. His attention to detail and knowledge of every step of the building process means that clients will feel confident that the house they move into is one they are delighted to call home. Justin is a proud military veteran, a father of four, and a lifelong resident of the Ozarks.

Contact Justin | 417.861.9640

Bella Homes Custom Custom Construction & Design

JJ Hetherington
Canopy Homes
JJ Hetherington has been practicing residential architecture, home building, and land development in the Ozarks for over 25 years. JJ started his career as a finish carpenter and, in 1998, graduated from Drury University with a degree in architecture. Upon graduation, JJ started a design/build company focusing on custom residential homes, the restoration of homes in central Springfield, and land planning for future developments. JJ is the past president of the Weller Neighborhood Association, collaborating with the City of Springfield towards neighborhood restoration efforts. He is actively involved with the Ozark Greenways Technical Committee and Riparian Corridor Committee, HBA Codes and Standards Committee, a proud member of MORC and OMP, and is currently collaborating with leading practitioners towards a green building standard that is practical, efficient, and cost-effective.
Passion for the outdoors, restoring the land, building and designing homes with purpose, coupled with the desire to develop land in a meaningful way led to the formation of Canopy with environmental sustainability at the core. Canopy homes and developments are purposefully designed to minimize the impact on the land by using high-performance green building methods and ecologically restorative landscape practices that promote a healthy lifestyle.
Doug Windsor
Five Star Painting

Doug Windsor is the owner of Five Star Painting of Springfield. Doug grew up in the home construction and painting industry working for his father, who was a builder and remodeler. In 2017 Doug opened Five Star Painting of Springfield to bring a higher lever of service to the Residential and Commercial painting industry in the Springfield area. Five Star Painting works closely with all their clients through every step of the painting process. They take every step seriously from preparation to final quality check.

Five Star Painting offers both Interior and Exterior painting services and are dedicated to treating you and your property with the respect you both deserve.

Contact Doug | 417.363.0038

Five Star Painting

Christopher Souliere
Soul Properties

Christopher Souliere is a third-generation custom homebuilder having started Soul Properties almost 20 years ago. He began his career as a Real Estate broker and property investor before creating Soul Properties which specializes in spec and custom home building as well as home remodeling. Christopher’s focus has always been on energy efficient homes, and was one of the first builders in Southwest MO to commit to 100% of projects conforming to the EPA’s Energy Star standards, with homes HEERS ratings as low as 42.

Prior to his election to serve on the HBA board of directors, Christopher served as a planning and zoning commissioner for the city of Nixa for 11 years.

Christopher has a passion for architecture including homes of yesteryear. Although he loves building new homes, he loves living in his 120-year-old house with all of its quirks and personality. When not at home, you’ll find Christopher and his wife, Chantel, hiking a mountain or at a beach.

Contact Chris | 417.880.1424

HA Construction
Andy grew up in Northern California, framing and building homes since he was 12 years old. He moved to Missouri in 1992 and started his own construction company in 1999. Andy has been building and remodeling in the Springfield area for 24 years and has been a member of the HBA since 2007.
Whether building homes, adding rooms, or remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, Andy’s focus has always been to make spaces look amazing! Andy specializes in listening to the needs of the homeowner and providing hand-drawn designs and renderings to help with the visualization of every project. “My passion is creating amazing finishes.”
To assist with the execution of every build, Andy runs his own cabinet and finishing shop, where they build cabinets, built-ins, closets, and other custom millworks.

Andy resides in the Nixa area with his wife, Lisa, where they have raised five kids together. Andy loves spending time with his amazing wife, watching high school sports, boating, hunting, golfing with his kids, and being with family.


HBA Board Members

Jerry Corbett, Sr.
Jerry Corbett

Elections are held annually in which the full membership of the HBA of Greater Springfield has the opportunity to vote for the leadership best suited to serve on the board of directors. The HBA’s Executive Board consists of the officers and the immediate past president of the board of directors. Officers include the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The officers of the board are elected annually by vote of the general membership.

The responsibilities of the board and the board officers (along with other rules of governance of the Association) are outlined in the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield Bylaws.