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NAHB Associates Committee Honors Dedicated Members

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 23, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Three longtime members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) were honored this morning for their professionalism, political engagement, volunteer activities and service to the industry.

Presented by the NAHB Associates Committee, the Builders Engaging Associate Members (BEAM) award went to Mike Hughes of Mike Hughes Builders in Helena, Mont. The BEAM award is given to a builder member who values doing business with Associates: trade partners, suppliers and service providers who are also members of the NAHB federation. Over 70 percent of Hughes’ subcontractors are associate members, and he has even developed a system to increase interest among his fellow builders in doing business with associates.

Hughes led a 2008 membership drive that recruited 260 new members to the Helena Building Industry Association, doubling its size. He recruits his subcontractors, suppliers and competitors to join the association. Six of his former employees own their own businesses and because of his recruiting efforts, they are now active associate members.

The Associates Committee also honored Kathy Craven Snodgrass of Piedmont Natural Gas Co. in Winston-Salem, N.C., as the Bill Polley Advocate of BUILD-PAC. The Bill Polley Award is given to an Associate member who advocates for BUILD-PAC on the local, state and national levels. Winners are recognized for their energy, enthusiasm and ability to recruit contributors to help build up the PAC’s resources.

Snodgrass is a Gold Key member and President’s Circle contributor and has spent the past 25 years raising funds for BUILD-PAC on the local, state and national levels. She has also actively attends legislative conferences and participates in home office visits to educate legislators on state and national building issues. In 2013, she brought in 50 new contributors, while in 2014 she helped raise NAHB Build-PAC funds at the annual North Carolina HBA PAC drive. As a Senior Officer of her state association, she helped raise over $20,000 for North Carolina Home Builders Association Build-PAC in one week. She is a member of the Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem.

Finally, the committee named Dianne Beaton of 2DiFore Marketing Solutions LLC in Manchester, N.H., as NAHB’s Associate of the Year. This award recognizes Associate members who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to the home building industry on the local, state and national level.

Beaton, member of the Greater Manchester/Nashua Home Builders & Remodelers Association, is very involved in NAHB at the local, state and national levels, including serving on committees, working groups and task forces. She has chaired numerous HBA committees and has received many awards for her dedication and distinguished service to the association including her state’s Special President’s Award and Associate Member of the Year Award.

“Mike, Kathy and Dianne are very deserving of these awards,” said Associates Committee Chair Kim Hefner-Hines, GM of Allen Homes in Harrisburg, S.D. “They are outstanding representatives for NAHB because of their dedication to the industry and their professionalism they demonstrate day in and day out.”