2017 Annual Report

2017 was a good year for home builders in our area and the Saline Home Builders Association. Construction remained steady and home sales were good. The greatest challenge for our builders seemed to be finding lots to build on as many of the current subdivisions neared final stages.

The Association finished the year with 84 members – 22 Builders, 59 Associates and 3 Affiliates. This number was the same as 2016.

We started the year off with a very informative, discussion-oriented Foam Insulation Class presented by Bobby Parks with Health Homes of Louisiana on February 23 at Western Sizzlin’ in Benton. Lunch was sponsored by CenterPoint Energy, First Electric Co-Op and Entergy. 

Our March meeting included presentations by Community Development representatives Brad Jordon with the City of Benton and Truett Smith with City of Bryant who brought us up to date on plans and activities for each city. 

CenterPoint Energy treated SHBA Members to a wonderful steak dinner at the April General Membership Meeting at Silver Springs Country Club. 

The Association’s 18th Annual Golf Tournament was postponed twice due to weather and finally held on June 1 at Longhills Golf Club in Benton and was a good fundraiser for SHBA. There were eight major sponsors, 17 teams, 19 hole sponsors and two other sponsors. Fiser Tractor was the Hole-in-One Sponsor and brought out great prizes. Bank of the Ozarks brought their grill and prepared hamburgers and hot dogs for everyone. The weather was a little cloudy but a great day to play golf.

The August General Membership Meeting was sponsored and hosted by Karen Crowson and staff at Crye-Leike Realtors in Benton. As always, their Mexican Fiesta was delicious. Keith Wingfield, President-Elect with Arkansas HBA spoke about issues and activities at the state level. The 2017 Jamie Lynn Gabbard Scholarship Recipient, Justin Mitchell, was introduced to the Association.

The Saline HBA Christmas Party and Officer Installation sponsored by Ridout Lumber Company was held on December 5th at the Enclave Gallery in Benton. Activites included officer installation, recognition of Associate of the Year, Jim McClain with Metro Appliances and More and door prize drawings.

The SHBA Associates Council contributions to several charitable and community organizations during the year, including Habitat for Humanity of Saline County, Boys & Girls Club of Saline County, Saline County 4-H, Kids at Christmas Program, CJCOHN, and Kiwanis of Saline County.