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NAHB Associates Committee Honors Three Longtime Members

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 6, 2014 – (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 Paul Nelsen, president of Paul Nelsen Construction in Sioux Falls, S.D. 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. In fact, noted council chair John Sizemore of 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty in Louisville, Ky., all of Paul Nelsen’s subcontractors are NAHB members.

Nelsen has served on the board of directors of the HBA of the Sioux Empire in South Dakota, is an annual contributor to NAHB’s political action committee, BUILD-PAC, and is a charter member of the Home Builders Care Foundation in South Dakota.

The Associates Committee also honored Larry Hott, CAPS, president of R.L. Hott Design in Ruston, La., 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.

Sizemore noted that Hott actively pursues BUILD-PAC participation at all the meetings he attends. Hott is a three-year Gold Key member and is a Life Spike with 131 credits for recruiting and helping to retain new NAHB members.

Finally, the committee named Jerry Cowan, CAPS, senior territory manager at Builders Mutual Insurance Company in Raleigh, N.C., 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.

Sizemore noted that Cowan has received numerous awards from the Greater Greensboro Builders Association and the Raleigh-Wake HBA, including Membership Recruiter of the Year, Associate Recruiter of the Year and Senior Spike of the Year. NAHB recently named Cowan an All-Time Big Spike, having earned more than 1,500 Spike credits so far during his career.

“Paul, Larry and Jerry are all excellent ambassadors for NAHB because of the professionalism, community activism and investment in the industry that they display every day,” Sizemore said. “I can’t think of anyone who deserves these awards more.”