HistoryMaker Breaks Ground for GHBA Benefit Home

Terry Swenson Benefit Homes Project, Featured

L to R: Tim Johnson, director of community sales for Land Tejas; Patrick Duggan, vice-president of land acquisition and development – Houston; Mickey Pizzitola, president of HistoryMaker – Houston; Lane Wright, president of HistoryMaker Homes; Jennifer Keller, president of GHBA; Scott Merovitch, chairman of the Benefit Homes Project; Aimee Bertrand, CEO of GHBA and Drew Ebersole, field manager for HistoryMaker.

HistoryMaker vendors, construction team and other guests were recently on hand for the groundbreaking of HistoryMaker’s second Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) Benefit Home. The home is being built on a lot in Sunterra, a new Land Tejas community in Katy, Texas. Land Tejas donated the homesite. HistoryMaker built their first Benefit Home in 2018.

Each year two to three homes are built for the Benefit Homes Project with donated land, materials and services by GHBA members. The homes offer a variety of the most popular features and amenities on the market today. They are sold at market value and the majority of the proceeds benefit two non-profits, HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. Since the fundraiser began, over $12 million has been raised.

“We are excited to begin construction of our Hemlock Plan in Sunterra,” said HistoryMaker Houston division president, Mickey Pizzitola. “We value the work that the two charities who will benefit from the fundraiser, provide to our community and it is an honor to work with the Land Tejas team and our generous vendors, trades and suppliers as we start the construction process.”  


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Joining the groundbreaking ceremony with Pizzitola from HistoryMaker was Lane Wright, the company’s president; Patrick Duggan, vice president of Land Acquisition and Development; Drew Ebersole, field manager and Billy Staudt, construction manager. Representing Land Tejas was Tim Johnson, director of community sales and marketing.

Scott Merovitch, chairman of the Benefit Homes Project led the ceremony with help from GHBA President Jennifer Keller and GHBA CEO Aimee Bertrand; Operation Finally Home’s Vice President of Project Management Lee Kirgan, and HomeAid Houston Executive Director Carole Brady. Vendors in attendance included Mick’s Grass, Allpoints Surveying; Builders First Source, Rock Materials, Allstate Brick and DataSmart/Duncan Security. 

Family owned and operated since 1949, HistoryMaker Homes launched in Dallas-Fort Worth and expanded over the decades to become a premier builder of more than 800 homes across the region in 16 developments. 

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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.