We had a great time at our Ball last Saturday night, not only honoring and recognizing our members’ accomplishments, but also in a unique and tremendous venue, World Café Live at the Queen in Wilmington.
The Queen is a historic structure, beginning as a hotel in 1789. It transformed into a movie theatre in 1916. Fast forward, it reopened in 2011 as World Café Live at the Queen, after a year of renovations. We’ve since heard nothing but compliments from attendees, especially because of its state of the art audio visual equipment. The acoustics are tremendous.
The World Café made for the perfect backdrop for our program – installation of our 2016 President, recognizing our 2016 Board of Directors, and announcing this year’s Award recipients. Pictures from the evening are posted on our website.
Kevin Whittaker was installed as our 2016 President, continuing a new term as President. Kevin was also awarded our highest honor, as the 2015 Leon N. Weiner Builder of the Year, in recognition of his many accomplishments overseeing the Board, participating at legislative events and generally piloting our membership and activities.
A surprise this year, our Executive Committee secretly voted to rename our top Associate award and announce at the Ball. Announced by last year’s Associate of the Year recipient Jeff Haggerty, the award is now the James C. McCulley Associate of the Year Award in recognition of Jim’s tireless and longstanding service to our Association. Jim had served as our first Associate Vice President, Chair of our Associates Council, and as a national director representing Delaware at the National Association of Home Builders Board of Directors.
While Jim was quite surprised when Jeff announced the renaming of the award, Jim continued on and announced Debra Young as the first recipient of the James C. McCulley Associate of the Year Award. Debra won this honor by secret vote taken by the builder Board members. While there were many qualified nominees, Debra was recognized for her work as the current Associate Vice President, Chair of the Associates Council, and for her Association participation including as a guest lecturer at our events and at the International Builder Show.
Congratulations to all!