Sarasota Local, Joe Ernst, Named as Florida Home Builders Association Associate of the Year and Young Building Professional of the Year

 For Immediate Release:

The Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) honored Joe Ernst, of Lori Swindell Insurance, as its 2019 Associate of the Year and Young Building Professional of the Year, a recognition awarded by over 8,000 FHBA members across the state.

Selected by a council of industry leaders, the Associate of the Year award encourages best practices, expertise, and exceptional leadership qualities. FHBA associate members are partners either engaged in the trade industry, or a profession related to building in Florida. Established in 2019, the Young Building Professional award recognizes young building industry professionals who propel their careers; advance in local, state, and national associations; advocate for the building industry; engage with peers; and embed themselves as exceptional members of their communities.

The awards will be presented on Friday, October 4, 2019, during the FHBA Fall Leadership Conference at The White Room in St. Augustine, Florida.

During Ernst’s 10-year associate membership, he has progressed from member, to Board member, and in 2019 achieving the role of President of the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association (MSBIA). Among his many voluntary efforts within the association, he spearheaded and is a founding member of the Young Building Professionals Council for MSBIA, FHBA, and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He currently serves as Chair for the FHBA Council, and is 2nd Vice Chair of NAHB’s Council.

Although Ernst has only recently been engaged with the FHBA, it has not slowed his passion for the organization. He has participated in numerous Councils and Committees, served as Board member, and quickly became FHBA’s Area VI’s Associate Vice President.

His greatest dedication to promoting the industry can be seen in his advocacy of the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC), which is hosted by FHBA. Ernst routinely engages his employer, customers, and colleagues to have them attend SEBC; an education and expo show that he strongly believes is a necessity to grow a successful business within the building industry.

“The energy and enthusiasm Joe brings in support of the industry is contagious,” said Rusty Payton, FHBA CEO/Chief Lobbyist. “He is never satisfied with status quo and is truly an ardent supporter of the home building industry. We are proud to recognize Joe for his outstanding career accomplishments.”

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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