A sculpture honoring the contributions of the 2014 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chairman, Kevin Kelly, was unveiled on June 4th in the Atrium of the National Housing Center in Washington, D.C.
The sculpture was a gift from the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE), where Kelly, President of Leon N. Weiner & Associates, is also a longtime, active leader.
Sculpted in granite by noted Arden, Delaware artist, Rick Rothrock, the piece is an abstract representation of the state itself. “To Delaware builders this is a very unifying symbol,” said HBA/DE Executive Officer, Howard Fortunato, CGP. “The artist suggested a piece that would reflect this great unity and understanding, and to honor a man who is only the second NAHB chair to come from this small Mid-Atlantic state.”
Delaware builders surprised Kelly with the 30-inch-tall sculpture at the 2015 International Builders’ Show (IBS) held in Las Vegas this past January. The gift came when he stepped down as 2014 NAHB Chairman, after guiding the association through an important transitional year. One where home builders had begun to rebuild their businesses after the Great Recession.
After IBS, Rothrock selected and carved a granite base and pedestal to assemble the final piece in Washington, D.C. “The imposing work weighs about 600 pounds,” Fortunato said.
An inscription at the base of the sculpture reads, “Building a better tomorrow through unwavering and unapologetic advocacy for housing.” An apt description for Kelly’s time in the national office, noted Fortunato.