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HBA/DE Welcomes New Members

The Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE) is pleased to announce the following new members to our Association.  WELCOME TO HBA/DE!

Burton Builders


Mr. Randy Burton

Carl Freeman Companies


Ms. Eileen Walling

Charter One


Mr. Bob Mowrey

Master Shower Doors


Mr. Ron Taylor & Mrs. Jean Taylor

New Home Development Strategies

Ms. Brenda Desjardins

Professional Warranty Services Corp


Mr. Kevin Gwyn

Weaver Precast Inc.


Mr. Rick Mull

We look forward to bringing these new members into the fold, and hope to see you at our upcoming March 2015 Events – SMC Marketing Track: Creating Marketing Videos That Work, 2015 Spring Home & Garden Show, Bring Housing Home and the Legislative Reception. Contact us at info@hbade.org for more information and registration.

HBA/DE Members Show Great Bowling Promise!

This past Monday the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE) and its Associate Council, led by Debra Young of EmpowerAbility LLC, held their annual Bowling Event. The event was held at Bowlerama in New Castle, following the HBA/DE Monthly Board Meeting. Members & Board Members were able to mingle and bowl as a group. This setup is a new initiative developed this year to help members get a more interactive experience with their HBA/DE membership.

The night started with beer and pizza as the bowlers listened to a presentation about the 2015 International Builders Show by Jim McCulley, Watershed Eco, & Debra Young. Members even got the chance to hear directly from NAHB’s 2014 Chair of the Board himself, Mr. Kevin Kelly of Leon Weiner & Associates. For those of you who missed the presentation, you can view it here.


HBA/DE Members Bowling

After the presentation, the bowling began. Scores varied from team to team, but generally everyone performed well. Robert Mass, Atrix Sustainable Improvements, out-shined the group, peaking at with a score of 183. He took home the award for Highest Individual Associate Score. Brian Rickards of Benchmark Builders won the counterpart award, Highest Individual Builder Score, with a score of 118.


Robert Bass, Atrix Sustainable Improvements, Peak Score of 183


Brian Rickards, Benchmark Builders, Peak Score of 118

Awards were also handed out for highest and lowest team scores. The highest scoring team of the night was made up of John Gormley, ProBuild, Christina Summa, WSFS, Geoff Grosso, Tarabicos Grosso, and Janie Yatsko, Pike Creek Mortgage Services, with an average score of 118. The lowest scoring team was made up of Jim McCulley, Mike Hoffman, Tarabicos Grosso, and Ivan Goldsberry, WSFS.


From Left to Right: Janie Yatsko, Geoff Grosso, Christina Summa, and John Gormley, Team Score of 118.

At the end of the night a 50/50 Raffle was held, winner Chris Reith, Geo-Technology & Associates, generously donated the winnings back into the organization.


Chris Reith (left) donating 50/50 Winnings back to Howard Fortunato, Executive Vice President of HBA/DE.

HBA/DE would like to thank its Members & Board Members for a very successful and engaging event.

And Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
Citizen’s Bank
Cleaning Frenzy Lady
Tarabicos Grosso
Sterlings Kitchen & Bath

International Builders Show – HBA/DE Members Attending & Representing Delaware to the Nation

A couple of weeks ago we told you about all there is to do and see at the annual International Builders Show (IBS), hosted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This week we’d like to highlight some of our members that had represented the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE) by attending and participating in the numerous meetings, committees and events at IBS.

The NAHB Board of Directors meeting is included in the IBS festivities.  Representing Delaware this year was Kevin Kelly of Leon Weiner and Associates, who concluded his year as 2014 Chair of the Board – a big deal for little Delaware.  In addition, many of the HBA/DE members serve as NAHB Directors. Attending this year was Steve Bomberger, Bob Thornton, Jim McCulley, Mark Grahne, Bob Thornton, Joe Capano, Kevin Whittaker, Jeff Haggerty, Dave Curtis, and Debra Young, several of these members also serve on various NAHB committees too numerous to mention.

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Mick Kenney (The McKee Group) conducts a class on the 55+ Housing Market

Bob Thornton served on the Board of the Home Innovations Research Labs, which is closely aligned with NAHB.  Member Joe Gordon attended as an Accredited Green Verifier, conducting several free plan review sessions for builders attending their workshops.  Shown above, member Mick Kenney was present to conduct and teach a class involved in the 55+ housing market. Debra Young taught classes related to Universal Design and Remodeling, and conducted a tour of the products on the exhibit floor, attended by 20-25 international business leaders.

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The International Builders Show Floor

At this past Monday’s HBA/DE Bowling Tournament, Jim McCulley, Debra Young, and Joe Gordon gave a brief presentation on their time spent out at IBS 2015, showcasing their favorite products. You can view the presentation here.

HBA/DE encourages its members to attend IBS as it provides them an opportunity to experience and branch out into the industry on the national level. IBS 2016 is scheduled for January 19th-21st, be sure not to miss out on all the fun.

Jeff Haggerty Approved as HBA/DE Life Director

This week the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE) Board of Directors unanimously bestowed upon Jeff Haggerty the distinction of Life Director.

Becoming an HBA/DE Life Director is no quick and easy task.  It requires at least 10 years of service as a member of our Board of Directors and a demonstrated exemplary volunteer experience to HBA/DE.

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Jeff Haggerty, Grubb Lumber

Nominated by our Associate Vice President, Debra Young, Jeff met the 10 year threshold, and has served on our Executive Committee for a number of years guiding our financial affairs as our Treasurer.  In addition, he has served as our Golf Chairman for a number of years steering our Spring and Fall golf/Crab Feasts.  Jeff has also served on our annual Budget Committee for years.

Jeff has also become involved as an alternate Delaware State Associate Director on our National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Professionally, Jeff joins our Association representing Grubb Lumber Company.

Congratulations to Jeff Haggerty for this prestigious recognition!

HBA/DE Recognized for 2014 Coat Donation

The Delaware Early Childhood Center recognized the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE) earlier this week for their winter coat contribution back in December 2014. The coats were collected from members of HBA/DE at the 2014 Annual Leadership & Legacy Ball as a means to provide continued support to the community in which it serves. You can view the entire letter of thanks here.

Delaware Early Childhood Certification of Appreciation

Becker Morgan Group Announces New Employees

Contact: Elaina C.  Iosue
Becker Morgan Group, Inc.
Date: February 24, 2015


Joseph A. DeGrace joins the Dover, DE office as a Designer. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from New York Institute of Technology and earned an Associates in Architectural Engineering from Delaware Technical Community College. His project experience with Becker Morgan Group includes the Delaware Public Archives Exhibit Hall, Kent County Boys and Girls Club, Dover Christian Church, the new Kent County Recreation Center, and the Blood Bank of Delmarva.


David J. Botscheller joins the Salisbury, MD office as a Designer. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Marywood University. His project experience with Becker Morgan Group includes John Dickinson High School in Wilmington, DE; Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Mears Medical Office Building in Seaford, DE; the new Laurel Elementary School; Tri-County Council Phase III in Salisbury, MD; Talbot County 911 Center; and various custom residences in Delaware and Maryland.

Becker Morgan Group provides Architecture & Engineering services with offices in Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina. For more information, visit www.beckermorgan.com.


Tarabicos Grosso, LLP Closes on Landmark Charter School Acquisition and Financing Transaction


Tarabicos Grosso, LLP was proud to serve as counsel to Odyssey Charter School, a premier Delaware public charter school, in the closing of its acquisition of approximately 36 acres located in Barley Mill Plaza in Wilmington on February 18, 2015.  The acquisition and redevelopment of the new school campus was financed through the issuance of $34.65MM in bonds by The Delaware Economic Development Authority, the largest such bond offering for a Delaware charter school.  The firm provided real estate, land use/development, corporate and commercial law expertise to Odyssey over the past two years leading up to the closing.


Odyssey Charter School operates under a charter issued by the Department of Education of the State of Delaware, and is unique in its focus on a classical education with a particular specialization in mathematics and Greek language studies.   The school presently serves 933 students, split between a lower school educating students in grades K through 4, and a middle school serving grades 5 through 7.  Grades 8 through 12 will be added in successive years until Odyssey Charter School realizes its ultimate goal of becoming a full K-12 school beginning in the 2019-20 academic year.  (At right, an architect’s rendering of the completed campus.)

Present at execution of the conveyance and financing documents were (L to R): Scott Matthews, Esq., Tarabicos Grosso, LLP, counsel to Odyssey; Geoff Grosso, Esq., Tarabicos Grosso, LLP, counsel to Odyssey; Emilie Ninan, Esq., Ballard Spahr, LLP, bond counsel; Mr. George Chambers, President of the School’s Board of Directors; Mr. George Righos, Vice President of the School’s Board of Directors; and Dr. Nick Manolakos, Headmaster.


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100 West Commons Boulevard
Suite 415
New Castle, DE 19720


Delaware Today Announces the 2015 Best of Delaware Party Beneficiaries

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Contact: Jordan Stevenson
Best of Delaware Committee PR Chair

Wilmington, DE (February 17, 2015) Delaware Today magazine is proud to announce Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware and Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth, Inc. as the 2015 Best of Delaware Party beneficiaries.

The party will be held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront on Thursday, July 30. The Best of Delaware Party is one of the most popular events in the First State, drawing more than 2,000 guests each year. From dining to services and retail, the party celebrates the best that Delaware has to offer.

Best of Delaware winners are chosen via an online and paper readers’ ballot, as well as selections from the Delaware Today editors. Voting for the Best of Delaware is open to the public until Feb. 28. The ballot can be found in the February issue of Delaware Today on newsstands now, or accessed online at DelawareToday.com/BestofDEvote.

The Best of Delaware Party also raises funds for worthy, local causes. Money is raised through ticket sales, sponsorship and a silent auction held the night of the party, featuring items donated by many of the participants. Proceeds from the party have provided more than $1 million in donations to Delaware charitable organizations to date.

“It means a great deal to us to be able to support nonprofit organizations that do so much for the state of Delaware and the communities in which they serve,” says Robert F. Martinelli, president of Today Media and the Today Media Charitable Foundation.

For more information, regarding either the Best of Delaware Party or the beneficiaries, please visit BestofDE.com or contact Jordan Stevenson at (302) 504-1322 or jstevenson@todaymediainc.com.


Today Media is a multi-platform communications company. In print, online and in-person, Today Media delivers content readers always look forward to. Today Media publications include Delaware Today, serving the entire state of Delaware and Eastern Shore; Main Line Today, serving Pennsylvania’s Main Line and the western suburbs of Philadelphia; The Hunt, serving the affluent region that includes northern Delaware and Southeastern Pennsylvania; Hudson Valley Magazine, serving the seven counties that border the Hudson River; Westchester Magazine, serving the affluent suburbs of New York City; the Italian-American Herald serving the Italian-American communities of Delaware, Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey; Delaware Business Times, serving the business communities throughout the entire state of Delaware.

Save the Date! Join Noble’s Pond for Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Cottage Collection

We are very excited to unveil Noble’s Pond’s latest home, The Somerset,  and to introduce the new Cottage Collection. A Grand Opening party and VIP Ribbon Cutting ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 21 at 10AM and we would love if you could be a part of this celebration. We have invited a number of government officials and members of the business community, as well as, all current Noble’s Pond homeowners. Your attendance and participation in the Ribbon Cutting would be greatly appreciated.  We are cordially inviting the Press to this event for media coverage.  We invite all attendees to a continental breakfast which will be served directly after the Ribbon Cutting ceremony. Please RSVP to mfield@noblespondhomes.com and I look forward to the possibility of seeing you on March 21.

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HBA/DE Closed for President’s Day


The Home Builders Association of Delaware will be closed on Monday, February 16th, 2015 in recognition of
President’s Day.

Thank you for your understanding.
We’ll see everyone on Tuesday, February 17th! Have a great holiday!

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