Two Inducted Into Florida Housing Hall of Fame, Florida Home Builders Association
For Immediate Release:
November 5, 2016 – The Florida Home Builders Association announced today its 2016 Florida Housing Hall of Fame inductees, a recognition awarded by over 7,800 FHBA members across the state. Selected by the FHBA Florida Housing Hall of Fame Board of Governors, this honor is given to men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to housing in Florida, the building industry, and the FHBA.
The recognition, which is a respected tradition for twenty-five years, was presented to four distinctive members on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, during the FHBA Fall Leadership Conference at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa in Miramar Beach, Florida.
A builder and developer, Jay Carlson’s commitment to the home building industry began in the early 1980’s when he led the way to secure the establishment of a local Home Builders Association, thereby organizing a collective group to address governmental issues that effected his community and statewide. Carlson was a staunch advocate in the arduous task of reforming Workers’ Compensation, which received a long awaited victory in 2002. He continues to work closely with builders, trade partners, and leaders in the organization to focus on common sense approaches to the Florida Building Code while serving on the Florida Building Commission.
As Chief Lobbyist for the Florida Home Builders Association from 1983 to 2006, Richard Gentry championed legislative, regulatory, and political initiatives that to this day continue to result in literally millions of dollars in savings on development, operational and construction costs for Florida developers and builders. Gentry’s advocacy efforts fueled significant and ongoing funding for affordable, workforce housing.
“The regulatory environment is more effective and efficient for Florida homebuilders as a direct result of Jay’s and Richard’s leadership,” said Rusty Payton, FHBA CEO/Chief Lobbyist. “Without the reforms championed by each, constructing a new home would be an extreme cost to Florida homeowners. We are proud to recognize these amazing individuals for their exceptional career accomplishments.”
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Established in 1949, 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.
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Allison Finley, Director of Marketing and Communications
Florida Home Builders Association
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