Punta Gorda Local, Thomas “TJ” Thornberry, Named Builder of the Year, Florida Home Builders Association

For Immediate Release:


The Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) honored Thomas “TJ” Thornberry, owner of Thornberry Custom Builders, Inc., as its 2019 Builder of the Year, a recognition awarded by over 8,000 FHBA members across the state. Selected by a council of industry leaders, the award encourages best practices, expertise, and exceptional leadership qualities in a Florida builder.

The award, which is a respected tradition for forty-six years, will be presented on Friday, October 4, 2019, during the FHBA Fall Leadership Conference at The White Room in St. Augustine, Florida.

For over 20 years and counting in the construction industry, Thornberry works each and every job site making sure his customer’s needs are met. Taking a cue from his dad’s plumbing business, Thornberry has built his company through hard work and determination. As one of the leading builders in Charlotte County, he makes time to diligently serve the Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association (CDBIA), FHBA, and National Association of Home Builders since 2006.

His belief, that it’s extremely important to be highly involved and hold a stake in the community where you work and live, has set the path for him to serve the CDBIA in leadership roles culminating as 2007 Builder of the Year, Committee Chairman, and President in 2009. His FHBA commitments have also lead him to volunteer in the association as Area Vice President, a member of the Executive Committee as Secretary, and is in line to become FHBA’s 68th President. Thornberry’s commitment to excellence helped create and establish the Florida Certified Master Builder program.

“The FHBA is proud to recognize TJ for his outstanding career accomplishments,” said Rusty Payton, FHBA CEO/Chief Lobbyist. “Under his leadership, he has not only helped establish a the Florida Certified Master Builder program, but is also a staunch advocate for its purpose within the industry. He is a true leader in the building industry and we applaud him.”

Established in 1947, the Florida Home Builders Association is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Florida’s local/regional homebuilder associations. FHBA, along with its affiliates, work to create the best possible economic and regulatory environment for members to succeed.

For further information, please contact:
Allison Finley, Director of Marketing and Communications
Florida Home Builders Association
800.261.9447  |  850.766.1679

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