The Texas Association of Builders (TAB) held the 2019 Excellence in Leadership Dinner on November 21 in Austin, Texas. Several local GHBA members were recognized at this prestigious black-tie event including Eddie Martin, Tilson Home Corporation; Perry Homes; Randy Jones, Terra Visions; and Brett Martin, Tilson Home Corporation. Congratulations to each of you!
Eddie Martin, Tilson Home, was inducted into the TAB Housing Hall of Honor. The Texas Housing Hall of Honor celebrates men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to the Texas housing industry.
Randy Jones, Terra Visions, was honored with a Presidential Distinguished Service award. The Presidential Distinguished Service Awards identify TAB members who have demonstrated outstanding service to the association over the year. These members exceeded their commitment to the association for the betterment of the industry.
Perry Homes took home the coveted TAB Philanthropist of the Year award. The “Of the Year” awards are given annually to recognize exemplary service and leadership contributions to the homebuilding industry by its members. The awards are based on an individuals involvement at the state, local and national association levels.
Perry Homes has been extremely proactive in helping to alleviate the critical shortage of construction trades professionals in Texas. Perry Homes has supported its employees in working with local school districts, community colleges and career and technical education associations.
Perry Homes is responsible for the creation of a construction trades program in the Houston Community College System, the largest community college system in the state. They were successful in getting NAHB’s Home Builders Institute curriculum approved and secured a 50,000 square foot building for the new trades program. Perry Homes is also committed to putting trades school graduates to work and currently provides students with internships.
Additionally, Perry Homes provided all of TAB’s 27 local HBAs with toolboxes that contain numerous resources for the local associations to use to promote careers in the trades and the expertise of their employees was instrumental in developing the workforce development resources page or TAB’s website.
Brett Martin, Tilson Home, also stepped onto the TAB leadership ladder as 2019 treasurer. The senior officers are the core leaders of TAB and they are charged with upholding the bylaws and policies of the association. Serving on the board requires commitment, energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to expand one’s leadership abilities. The board of directors are responsible for the member programs, representations and education of the association. Directors develop relationships for the betterment of the homebuilding industry, are active participants and set the pace for the membership.
Brett has been involved with the building industry for the last 20 years. The first 11 years were spent providing construction financing to builders and permanent financing to homeowners. The last nine years he has served
as Vice President of Real Estate Operations for Tilson Homes. Brett has served on the Audit and Finance Committees for the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) the past seven years. He has served as TAB’s Audit Committee Chairman and on TAB’s Executive Committee the past four years. Born in Pecos and raised in Lubbock and Houston, Brett graduated from Abilene Christian University with a BBA in Accounting and became a CPA. Brett started his accounting career as an auditor with Arthur Young & Co., specializing in finance, real estate and construction.