2015 Annual Report

2015 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 86 members – 20 Builders, 61 Associates and 5 Affiliates. This number was down by two members from 2014.

The Showcase Home which was started in April 2014 sold in early 2015 and netted the Association enough funds to supplement operations for approximately three years. Participation in the project, led by Paul and Travis Bull, was good.

All of the Association’s events and meetings were successful and well-attended. Our members participated in 50/50 drawings at our meetings again this year and the following charitable donations from those drawings were made – June Meeting – Gina Bull donated full amount of $100 to Arkansas Food Bank; September Meeting – Matthew Finley donated $44 to Habitat for Humanity of Saline County; October – John Sledge donated $50 to Habitat for Humanity of Saline County; Christmas Party – Zac McCauley donated full amount of $126 to Saline Memorial Health Foundation.

We started the year off with the March General Membership Meeting sponsored and hosted by Karen Crowson and staff at Crye-Leike Realtors in Benton. As always, their Mexican Fiesta was delicious. Ron Harris, Executive Vice President of Arkansas Home Builders Association talked about how excited he is to be in his new position with the AHBA and the potential for the housing industry to grow in all part of the State. 

The Association’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament was held on April 23 at Hurricane Golf & Country Club in Bryant and was a good fundraiser for SHBA. There were nine major sponsors, 22 teams, 21 hole sponsors and two other sponsors. Fiser Tractor was the Hole-in-One Sponsor and brought out great prizes. First Security Bank brought their "Teal" grill and prepared hamburgers and hot dogs for everyone. Team and Closest to the Hole and Longest Drive prizes were Yeti mugs and coolers which went over well. The weather was a little cloudy and cool but a great day to play golf and the grounds were in great shape.

CenterPoint Energy treated a large group of SHBA Members to another wonderful steak dinner at the June General Membership Meeting at Silver Springs Country Club. We introduced the 2015 Jamie Lynn Gabbard Memorial Scholarship recipient, Josiah Sprout of Bryant. We recognized three Spike Recipients – Jarrod Hambric with First National Title Company, Travis Bull with Bull Home Builders and Gary Kennedy with Bragg & Kennedy Homes.

The annual Associates Appreciation was sponsored again by Herzfeld Insurance and held at the Herzfeld Farm on September 17. It was a warm fall evening and everyone enjoyed the food prepared by Rib Crib. The attendance was good, and several Associate Members went home with extra cash in their pockets thanks to the generous contributions of some of our Builder Members.

The Associates Council fund raiser – Chili Cook-Off ¬– was moved to the fall and was held October 26 at McCauley Services new location in Bryant with a Halloween theme. We had eight teams and raised approximately $1,000 to be used for charitable contributions and community activities. Winners were – Hottest Chili – Centennial Bank; Most Unusual Chili – Landers Development; Best Chili – Baxley-Penfield-Moundy; Best Dessert – Bull Home Builders. The Annual Officer Election was also held at this meeting.

The Saline HBA Christmas Party and Officer Installation sponsored by Ridout Lumber Company (food) and Kaufman Lumber Company (facility) was held on December 6th at the Enclave Gallery in Benton. Activites included officer installation, recognition of our Builder of the Year, Gary Kennedy with Bragg & Kennedy Homes, and Associate of the Year, Desiree Mann with Bank of the Ozarks.

Thanks to the success of the Chili Cook-Off, the SHBA Associates Council was able to make contributions to several charitable and community organizations during the year, including Habitat for Humanity of Saline County, Boys & Girls Club of Saline County, CASA of Saline County, Kids at Christmas Program, CJCOHN, and Kiwanis of Saline County.