Home Builders Association Begins Anew

January 21, 2011

Before the installation of the 2011 HBAGC Regional Board of Directors on Thursday, a prayer was said. The invocation did not mention the phrase Chicago real estate, but instead focused on the other important matter our city is currently facing:

May the Bears handily beat the Packers this Sunday.

Then, the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago got down to its 2011 inaugural celebration.

Chicagoland Real Estate Forum’s own Mitch Levinson of mRELEVANCE was one of the members installed into the 2011 Regional Board of Directors. Congratulations, Mitch, and all the new directors!

John Wozniak of J. Lawrence Homes was inducted as the new HBAGC President.

Tom Stephani of Stephani Enterprises and Custom Construction Concepts, and Fern Krause of FK Real Estate Corp. were installed into the Court of Honor, the highest honor bestowed upon a member by the Association.

Judith Nelson received multiple accolades during the evening.

The event, which took place at Arrowhead Country Club in Wheaton, also included the presentation of several awards, including:

*Lifetime Members: Former HBAGC President Tracy Hill, Judith Nelson of HomeChannelTV.com and Jim Schneider of Deven Ventures

*2010 Associate Member of the Year: Judith Nelson

*2010 Remodeler Member of the Year: Dave Brady of Oak Design and Construction

*2010 Builder Member of the Year: Pat Coveny of Arch Construction Management

At the end of the event, the new HBAGC President spoke of the hardships this industry has been facing, saying this line of work was at one time “a career of choice in America.”

“We can’t make more out of the market than the market will allow,” said Wozniak. “Our connection with each other has been tested.”

John Wozniak

New HBAGC President John Wozniak

Referred to were the days when hundreds of members packed these events, which included such luxuries as ice sculptures.

“No ice sculptures,” Wozniak said, looking out at the crowd of approximately 60. “What we’ve got is a lot of good friendships and good character in this room.”

Wozniak added two famous quotes to his induction speech:

*One from Benjamin Franklin: “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.

*The other from basketball coach John Wooden: “Make each day your masterpiece.”

Can’t wait to see what this group accomplishes in 2011.

For more information about HBAGC and its members, visit hbagc.com.

The 2011 HBAGC Regional Board of Directors. Mitch Levinson is in yellow.

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