Home Builders Association installs new officers, celebrate successful year

by Holly Coombs

CEDAR CITY–The Iron County Home Builders Association celebrated another year of success in the organization at its annual installation and awards banquet Thursday afternoon at the Heritage Center Lobby.

The Home Builders Association 2016 President Nate Thayer welcomed everyone and announced some awards to members of the group.

Associate of the Year was awarded to Andy Funderburk of Funder Welding & Design. Funderburk, from Amarillo, Texas, was honored because he is loved for his work as he’s assisted with the St. George Parade of Homes, building of Christensen’s Department Store and North Elementary, Thayer said. Funderburk has been a member of Iron County Home Builder’s Association since 2011. In 2013, he was the associate vice president for the Spring Home & Garden Fair, Thayer said.

Besides receiving the Associate of the Year Award, Funderburk was named the 2017 President of the Iron County Home Builders Association.

Other awards given included the Builder Member of the Year Award, which was given to Jason Shakespear of Homeworks Construction. Shakespear has been a member since 2011 and was the 2016 chairman for the Festival of Homes.Thayer said Shakespear helped raise money for a the family of you Cedar City resident, Derek Hoyt, who was passed away in June 2016 after losing a battle with cancer.

Shakespear has also helped with a kitchen remodel for the Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center. He is described to be a very selfless person and willing to always serve others.

“Jason is just the salt of the Earth and will go out of his way to help others,” Thayer said.

The Distinguished Service Award was given to June Sewing, who has been a part of the association since 1996 and worked with the Festival of Homes and the Home & Garden Fair as well as attended city council to be sure things were in order and the council was always aware of what was happening with the association, Robert Bulloch, a former Iron County Home Builders Association President said as he announced the award.

“June has been an integral part of the association since the day we only had 30 members to now with over 250,” Bulloch said. “She has worked tirelessly for the association to make sure the Festival of Homes ran smoothly.” Sewing said working with the association has been the “best years of her professional life.”

Jared Baker, Professional in Residence for Construction Management at SUU, was the keynote speaker. Baker presented the names of Josh Gibson and Wyatt Blake as Construction Management majors, who the association presented scholarships to. He said they were chosen for their great dedication in the construction field.

During his speech, Baker spoke of the importance of the Construction Management program that blossomed from being a building trades program to a four-year degree in 1994.

“A very interesting facet about construction management is that it and the engineering department operate in the same building,” he said. “It provides that opportunity of great teamwork between them.”

Baker went on to say that the SUU Construction Management program helps students become professional in the construction industry direct in commercial and residential construction by providing leadership and providing teamwork with engineers, architects, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and more.

“Working together is something we strive for,” Baker said. “Students work on timelines and budgets, which gives them the skills and sound knowledge to know methods and concepts.”

The installation of the 2017 Iron County Home Builders Association officers were also presented. They include:

•Ben Batty, 1st Vice President, State Representative and Festival of Homes Chair

•Adam Hahn, 2nd Vice President and Home & Garden Fair Chair

•Blake DeMille, Associate Vice President

•Nate Thayer, Immediate Past President and State Representative

•Dan Dailey, Past President

•Roger Thomas, Builder Director and State Representative

•Tom Braun, Builder Director

•Mark Melling, Builder Director

•Shawn Stoor, Associate Director

•Cal Robinson, Associate Director

•Kathy Long, Associate Director

•Henry Brunson, State Representative

•Andrew Losee, State Representative

Country Club members for the association include Andrew Losee Insurance Agency, Hughes & Associates, ProForma Business Communications, Southwest Applied Technology College, All About Blinds, City Wide Home Loans, Ted Steffensen Construction, BMC Building Products, J&E Property Management, Snow Jensen & Reece, Contempo Tile & Stone, Integrity Supply, Hinton Burdick CPA’s, Choice Builders, JJ’s Window Cleaning & Blinds and Zion’s Bank.

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