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HBADE Changing of the Guard Elections

At our annual membership meeting last week, the slate of 2014 Directors was unanimously approved.  Then, the nominated slate of Officers were unanimously voted and approved for 2014.  This 2014 Board of Directors will be sworn in at our Leadership and Legacy Ball December 7th.

It is a time for hellos, and good-byes, sort of. First the hellos.  The 2014 Board of Directors:


President – Kevin Whittaker, Whittaker Builders

Senior Vice President – Scott Bradley, Bestfield Homes

Associate Vice President – Debra Young, EmpowerAbility, LLC

New Castle County Vice President – Matt Egan, Cornell Homes

Sussex County Vice President – Mark Fitzgerald, Schell Brothers

Kent County Vice President – Jon Long, LC Homes

Treasurer – Jeff Haggerty, Grubb Lumber

Secretary – Richard Forsten, Saul Ewing

Immediate Past President – Fred Fortunato, Benchmark Builders

Directors – Builders

Mick Kenney – McKee Builders

Mary Field – Regal Builders

Debra Finocchiaro – Leon N. Weiner & Associates

James Stevenson – OneCall Services

Bob Taylor – JS Homes

Bob Thornton – Silverstock Builders

Directors – Associates

John Johnson – Karins and Associates Engineering

John Ford – Re/Max Associates

Scott Wilcox – Whiteford Taylor Preston

John Gormley – PRO-Build

Mike Riemann – Becker Morgan Group, Inc.

Jim Wright – Artisans’ Bank

John Tracey – Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylors


Mark Grahne, Atlantic Homes.  Mark comes off the Board having served as our 2012-2103 Immediate Past President.  Mark has served the HBADE well for many years, and was elected an HBADE Life Director at our last Board meeting,  This reflects his years of service not only on the Board but as an Officer and volunteer at numerous HBADE events.  Life Directors are welcome to attend future Board meeting at their schedule permits, and Mark has agreed to continue to help shape the activities of our Hammer and Nails Club PAC

Jim McCulley, Watershed ECO.  Jim was elected an HBADE Life Director in 2012 in recognition for his years of service most notably helping us sort thru and understand local and national complex environmental issues.  Jim stepped aside to allow others to serve as Associate Vice President but he will continue to be active with the Associates Council and helping us with the various issues we face.

Rick Banning, MBM Construction.  Rick has been a Board member for several years, and recently decided to relocate his family and his business to South Carolina.  Since his transition to the warmer climate will take place over several months, we hope to see Rick at our events at least in the short term.  Rick served as our Sussex County Vice President and was helpful in numerous activities including our meetings with Sussex County on the new IRC building code, and recent legislation related to building plan requirements.

About HBA of Delaware

HBA/DE has been an integral part of the growth and economic development of the State of Delaware since 1947. HBA/DE was founded as a non-profit state affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) representing home builders and other businesses directly related to Delaware's Home Building Industry. Consisting of Builders, Remodelers and a group of diversified associate members, the Home Builders Association of Delaware strives to protect and preserve housing as a symbol of America.


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