GHBA Marks Eight Decades Serving the Homebuilding Industry

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The Greater Houston Builders Association begins 2021 on a celebratory note as the GHBA marks its 80th anniversary.

“That’s approaching a century, a long time for an organization to endure,” said Keith Luechtefeld, president of the GHBA. “To be more relevant and more valuable today is an honor. The achievements of our association are the result of the combined efforts of every individual, both members and staff. With the uncertainties we face in 2021, I am confident the GHBA will continue its excellent work to serve the greater Houston homebuilding industry and our community,” concluded Luechtefeld.

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GHBA is proud to be the largest home building association in Texas and the fourth largest in the United States. Your association is 1,400 members strong, and spans the 11-county Greater Houston area.


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Since 1941, the association has been the voice of Houston’s residential construction industry, serving its members through education and advocating professionalism and quality housing. The association interacts with the government and general public to enhance the business climate for its members, and to provide quality obtainable housing to the community.

“I think it is safe to say,” said Aimee Bertrand, GHBA CEO, “that the mission of the association founders, the depth of experience and commitment by the board of directors, and the loyalty and professionalism that define the staff over the years, were instrumental in creating the vision and persistence necessary to achieve this milestone while also handling the challenges.”

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The GHBA has from year one, committed to supporting local charitable causes. HomeAid Houston is a 501c3 charitable arm of the GHBA that builds transitional shelters for homeless care agencies. The GHBA Benefit Homes Project is a 41-year-old fundraiser that partners with local builder/developer teams to build beautiful homes with donated materials, labor and services, and then sells them at market price. Since its inception the charity has raised over $12 million. Proceeds are donated to HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home, a charity that builds new homes for injured veterans returning from active duty.

As we commemorate this special year, we hope to see you at one of our virtual meetings, at an upcoming golf tournament, award ceremony, or just around the GHBA office. Until then, please enjoy this trip down “GHBA Memory Lane”!

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Terry Swenson

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A writer and a photographer, Terry Swenson is GHBA's Director of Public Relations. She is also the founder of the PictureThis Project, which puts cameras in the hands of Houston's homeless and allows them to share their story, through their lens.