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May 24, 2021

HBA OF GREATER SAVANNAH WINS AWARD FOR BEST REVENUE EFFORT

SAVANNAH, GA – The Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah has been recognized for its outstanding revenue effort with an Award of Excellence from the Executive Officers Council (EOC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

“It is truly an honor for the hard work and professionalism of the HBA to be recognized with this Association Excellence Award for our HBA Live & Silent Auction,” said HBA President Matt Byrd. “I applaud their dedication to representing the home builder members and preserving the American Dream of homeownership for our community.”

“The HBA came up with an innovative plan to make the 2020 Live & Silent Auction possible despite the challenges brought on by COVID. By switching to a hybrid format, with options for both in-person and virtual participation, there was an increase in participation. Those with conflicting schedules could also participate virtually. The HBA pulled off a fun and safe event for our members, while financially benefitting the Association.”

The Association Excellence Awards (AEA) is an annual program designed to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of state and local home builders’ associations and executive officers in the field of association management. EOC membership is comprised of the staff executives who direct more than 650 NAHB-affiliated state and local home builders’ associations representing more than 140,000 home builders in communities across the United States.

“The best of the programs and services local and state HBAs offer our members across our Federation are embodied in the AEA submissions,” said Brian Miller, EOC President and Executive Vice President of the BIA of Northern Kentucky.

“The award winners not only are deserving of the recognition given to their efforts but share their experiences across the NAHB Federation. One of the strongest attributes within the EOC is our ability and willingness to share our efforts and results as professional association managers with our counterparts across the nation. These professionals and their HBAs should be held in high regard given their accomplishments and rightful recognition,” Miller said.

The winning entries will be added to the NAHB website, so that other executives and associations across the country can access and learn from them in order to provide better service to their own members and community.

For more information on the HBA of Greater Savannah go to homebuildersofsavannah.com or call 912-354-6193. Learn more about the Association Excellence Awards.

 

 

August 27, 2020

PATTY RIETKOVICH WINS SELDON HALE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

SAVANNAH, GA – Patty Rietkovich, Executive Officer of the Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah, recently received the Seldon Hale Career Achievement Award from the Executive Officers Council (EOC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) located in Washington, DC.

The council represents the staff executives who manage the more than 650 state and local home builders’ associations that comprise the National Association of Home Builders.

The Career Achievement Award is in honor of Seldon Hale, a man truly dedicated to his family, friends, career and colleagues. Hale was a former executive officer who served as a field representative for NAHB, helping local associations better serve their diverse membership. The award pays tribute to EOs who exemplify the highest level of dedication, loyalty, and commitment and is the highest recognition that can be awarded in the EOC.

“I have watched the Seldon Hale Career Achievement Award be given for the past 24 years and I am so honored to be included in that list of individuals. Thank you to NAHB and the EOC for creating this amazing platform where Executive Officers from across the country can learn and grow together to make us stronger and better able to help our local and state HBAs. Secondly, thank you to the Home Builders Association of Georgia and the Georgia Executive Officers Council for creating a community and always being there to support Georgia members and leadership. Lastly, thank you to my local HBA, the HBA of Greater Savannah, for supporting all my ideas and allowing me the privilege of serving as your Executive Officer. I am proud to be the recipient of this prestigious award and thank you from the bottom of my heart for the incredible honor,” said Patty Rietkovich, 2020 Career Achievement Award recipient.

Rietkovich’s dedication and commitment to this industry serves as an inspirational how-to for other executive officers striving for excellence in association management. 

“Laughter, warmth, intelligence, enthusiasm and complete dedication to her members’ success is what Patty Rietkovich is all about. I’ve known Patty for most of her career as the executive officer of HBA of Greater Savannah. There is no one more deserving today to be recognized with the NAHB Executive Officers Council highest recognition than Patty,” said Bryce Johnson, president of the NAHB Executive Officers Council and chief executive officer of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead.

“Patty’s servant leadership stands as an example for all Executive Officers across the country. Being chosen by her peers for this honor shows the profound impact she has had on her association.”

Patty has been at the helm of the HBA of Greater Savannah for 24 years. She fearlessly leads the HBA and has a passion for the home building industry. She persistently works hard to promote and protect a successful environment for attainable, affordable housing in order to benefit all citizens of Savannah and protect builder members from unnecessary regulations. Patty also serves as a leader and resource for other HBA Executive Officers across the country. Congratulations, Patty!

 

 

June 16, 2020

HBA OF GREATER SAVANNAH WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR DIAMOND EVENT

SAVANNAH, GA – The HBA of Greater Savannah has been recognized for its outstanding membership event with an Award of Excellence from the Executive Officers Council (EOC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The 2019 Diamond Event was entered into the Best Membership Event category and was chosen as the winner.

“It is truly an honor for the hard work and professionalism of the HBA staff & membership to be recognized with this Association Excellence Award for the 2019 Diamond Event,” said HBA President Robert Flanders. “I applaud their dedication to representing the home builder members and preserving the American Dream of homeownership for our community.”

“The purpose of the Diamond Program is to promote the sale of new homes constructed by the

HBA’s Builder members and to reward Sales & Marketing Council members who participate in this program by selling new homes. The program has grown by leaps and bounds over the last 5 years. We have increased participation by 70% and the Diamond Event gets bigger and better every year!”

The Association Excellence Awards is an annual program designed to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of state and local home builders’ associations and executive officers in the field of association management. EOC membership is comprised of the staff executives who direct more than 650 NAHB-affiliated state and local home builders’ associations representing more than 140,000 home builders in communities across the United States.

“The programming and output of our local and state HBAs that make up the strength of the NAHB Federation are fully on display through the AEA Awards submissions,” said Bryce Johnson, EOC President and CEO of the HBA of Fargo-Moorhead.

“It is always impressive to see the innovation, stewardship and dedication demonstrated by the professional staff and member volunteers from the HBA’s across the country, fully knowing that HBA members and the industry benefit and coming full circle as it filters through the respective communities.”

The winning entries will be added to the NAHB website, so that other executives and associations across the country can access and learn from them in order to provide better service to their own members and community.

For more information on the HBA of Greater Savannah go to homebuildersofsavannah.com or call 912-354-6193. Learn more about the Association Excellence Awards.

 

 

December 16, 2019

ROBERT FLANDERS INSTALLED AS 63RD PRESIDENT OF THE HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF GREATER SAVANNAH

SAVANNAH, GA – Robert Flanders, Co-Owner of Horizon Home Builders was recently installed as the 63rd President of the Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah (HBA). Flanders was installed by his long-time friend and fellow HBA member, Joel Gerber of Brannen, Searcy & Smith. The ceremony took place at the Savannah Marriott with over 250 members, family and friends.

Born and raised in Savannah, Flanders is a 2nd generation home builder who graduated from the University of Georgia. Flanders opened Horizon Home Builders with his brother, Richard, in 2003. He has been involved with the HBA for many years where he has served in various leadership roles.  

Flanders resides in Savannah with his wife Heidi and their son Alec.

Other Officers installed at the annual event were Matt Byrd of Matt Byrd New Homes as Vice President; Matthew Johns of Matthew Johns Construction as Treasurer; Jeff Kramer of America’s Home Place as Secretary; Carol Stone of CoastalStates Bank as Associate Vice President; and Rodney Rawls of Rawls Realty as Chairman of the Sales & Marketing Council.

Board Members for the Greater Savannah HBA and Sales & Marketing Council were also installed at the event.

The Builder Member of the Year Award was presented to Jerry Konter of Konter Quality Homes for his outstanding dedication to the HBA. Presidential Awards were presented to Priscilla Waldburg of Keller Williams, Bill Glass of Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe, and Rodney Rawls of Rawls Realty by the 2019 President, Matthew Johns. Tracey Burdette of Renasant Bank was recognized as the Sales & Marketing Council Member of the Year and Mandy Grubbs of Atlanta Gas Light was awarded the Woody Woodward Memorial Award which recognizes outstanding contributions by an Associate member. The coveted Hall of Fame Award was presented to the very deserving Mr. Fred Buck.

 

 

November 21, 2019

HBA OF GREATER SAVANNAH PARTNERS WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO BUILD 2 HOMES IN GARDEN CITY

GARDEN CITY, GA – The Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah and the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity hosted a dedication ceremony on November 21st to honor the completion of two new homes built in Garden City.

HBA of Greater Savannah President Matthew Johns of Matthew Johns Construction and HBA Vice President Robert Flanders of Horizon Home Builders built the home where the dedication ceremony was hosted. HBA Treasurer Matt Byrd of Matt Byrd New Homes and HBA Past President Candler Wilson of Beacon New Homes built the second home.

These four HBA builders took the lead in mobilizing vendors and subcontractors to donate, or discount, materials that were used to construct these houses over the past 7 weeks. The new builds are located in the Rossignol Hill neighborhood of Garden City and form part of wider revitalization efforts already underway in the area.   

They bring the total number of homes built by Habitat for Humanity since 1983 to 150.

Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Harold Tessendorf and Garden City Mayor Don Bethune welcomed everyone to the event and thanked the HBA for the continued partnership. The builders then presented the keys to the new homeowners.

The HBA of Greater Savannah is proud to continue the tradition of building homes with the Coastal Empire Habitat and looks forward to next year.

Thank you to the following donors for partnering with the HBA and Habitat on the Home Builders Blitz Houses:

Matthew Johns Construction

Horizon Home Builders

Matt Byrd New Homes

Beacon New Homes

ABC Roofing

ABC Supply

Acme Brick

Allen’s Painting

Baca Concrete

Blu Site Solutions

Builders First Source

Builders Wholesale

Byrd Heating and Air

Carver State Bank

Chatham Nursery

Circa Lighting

Crowley Fencing

Davis Landscapes

ECI Solutions

Echelon Cabinets

Energy One

Envirofoam

Ferguson Enterprises

Garden City Housing Team

Gaster Lumber

Gary Brantley

GA Department of Community Affairs

Georgia Ports Authority

Grass Roots Turf Farm

Home Diagnostic Solutions

Howard Lumber Supply

Huber

Immaculate Lighting & Power

JCB Roofing

JB Star Construction

Jenkins Plumbing

Kirkland Flooring

Lowcountry Concrete

Lowcountry Lighting

Macon Area Habitat for Humanity

Majestic Cleaning

McDevitt Air

Mingledorff’s

Neal Landscaping

Port City Logistics

Pro Exteriors

Raul’s Pressure Washing

Raquel’s Cleaning

RDF-PE

Republic Services

Ro’s Home Exteriors

Savannah Drywall

Site One

SRI Coastal

SRM Concrete

St Jobain/CertainTeed

Tarkett

Terracon

Tripplett Inc.

Twin Drywall & Paint

Valspar

VH Plumbing

Wells Fargo Foundation

Whirlpool

Yates Astro

Young’s Electrical

 

 

May 15, 2019

HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS $5,000 DONATION TO XCEL STRATEGIES

SAVANNAH, GA – The Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah will present a $5,000 donation to Savannah-based mentoring group Xcel during the 2019 Dust and Grain Woodworking Competition at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 at Maven Makers, 415 W. Boundary St.

“As homebuilders, we are delighted to take part in a project that draws attention to the value of careers in the trades,” said Patty Rietkovich, executive officer of the association. “We need to develop the skilled craftspeople who will build the homes, schools and businesses of the future.”

The May 18 event marks the culmination of a competition that began last month. Different teams got their assignment in April to build a stool using lumber from Emergent Structures, a local re-purposed lumber yard. Judges will select three winning teams, each of which will receive production opportunities from Maven Makers to produce a product for the local home, restaurant, hotel or furniture industry.

Additional competitions and displays of woodworking skills are scheduled prior to the announcement of the winning teams. The day’s activities, which are free and open to the public, are designed to appeal to families and will include Current Catering onsite for lunch, as well as raffles and giveaways.

Xcel is a Savannah mentoring nonprofit organization that concentrates on moving young men ages 15 to 25 into the workforce via the trades. It has partnered with such groups as Bethesda Academy and the Dream Campaign. Jay Thompson, founder and CEO of Xcel, has partnered with Maven Makers, a woodworking maker space, to inspire and train young men in woodworking professions.

Learn more about Xcel at xceltoday.com.

 

 

February 25, 2019

HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF GEORGIA (HBAG) PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS BY SUPPORTING HB 302

As you know, local governments around the state of Georgia have enacted restrictive design requirements on new residential construction - adding thousands of dollars to the price of a new home with no public benefit regarding the safety or integrity of the home.  
 
In many cases these restrictions apply to not only new subdivisions but to new in-fill lots as well. What used to be the purview of a Home Owners Association are now decisions made by city or county administrators with jurisdiction-wide application. What used to be years of planning for your "dream home" can now be changed in an instant by a government-sponsored architectural review board. 
 
The Home Builders Association of Georgia has partnered with the Georgia Association of Realtors and other industry stakeholders to stand up for private property rights and the ability of Georgians to design their own homes to their own tastes. House Bill 302 has been sponsored by Rep. Vance Smith (R-Pine Mountain) in the Georgia House of Representatives to do just that. 
 
Of course, new homes will still be built to the rigorous standards of the state's building codes. Of course, local governments will still be able to amend the state's building codes to tackle local issues that are specific to local communities. Of course, historic preservation districts will continue to be protected by state laws. 
 
Our state has a proven need for affordable workforce housing. These burdensome design requirements add unnecessary costs and prevent an important segment of the market from being able to afford the American Dream - homeownership. 

 

February 7, 2019

HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF GREATER SAVANNAH FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST BRYAN COUNTY

SAVANNAH, GA – Bryan County recently passed two ordinances that go way beyond the government’s powers by restricting private property rights and making new homes unaffordable for teachers, first responders, military and other moderate income homebuyers in Bryan County. If home ownership is the American Dream, then these ordinances unnecessarily push that dream out of reach for too many Bryan County citizens.

The government’s job is to serve its citizens by passing regulations that promote and protect health, safety and welfare. The government’s job is not to design our homes or reset housing prices.

Under its newly enacted Interim Development Ordinance, Bryan County is telling private property owners how they must design their homes. For example, the County is requiring roof and garage designs that go far beyond the government’s role to protect health and safety. Instead of helping citizens, these requirements only serve to increase the cost of home ownership to the detriment of our citizens.

At the same time, the County has enacted an unlawful Impact Fee Ordinance, which charges new homeowners and businesses excessive fees for traffic improvements. On top of the substantial increases in cost caused by the development ordinance, under the impact fee ordinance, homebuyers will pay an additional $3,128 for new homes. For Bryan County citizens hoping to open their own businesses, the situation is even worse. A new fast food restaurant could pay $310,000 in impact fees, a gas station and convenience store could pay $500,000 in impact fees, and medical offices could pay between $70,000 and $115,000 depending on their size. There is a clause that allows the County to exempt some businesses from the ordinance, however, residential construction cannot be exempted. If the County gets its way, new homeowners will likely bear the brunt of the impact fees, which will make homes even less affordable in Bryan County. Such unequal treatment is unconstitutional and violates the terms of the Georgia Development Impact Fee Act.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah works to promote, protect and preserve home ownership in the greater Savannah area, including Bryan County, Georgia. The HBA is dedicated to promoting home ownership for all citizens in Bryan County and we strenuously oppose any zoning codes or other regulations that diminish housing availability or affordability for moderate income homebuyers. For all of these reasons, the Home Builders Association has filed a lawsuit against Bryan County to prevent the government from overstepping its limited authority, to protect the rights of property owners, and to keep housing affordable for all Bryan County citizens.

Media to contact:
Bill Glass, Weiner Shearouse Weitz Greenberg & Shawe, LLP, (912) 721-2459
Matthew Johns, President, HBA of Greater Savannah (912) 356-0477
Patty Rietkovich, HBA of Greater Savannah (912) 354-6193
7116 Hodgson Memorial Drive
Savannah, GA 31406

Q & A

What’s wrong with the County publishing regulations that include design standards?
First of all, the government’s powers are limited for good reason. Citizens of Bryan County, Georgia, and the United States enjoy broad constitutional property rights. The government can take, deprive or diminish those rights only for very limited purposes – namely, the health, safety and welfare of Bryan County. If regulations are not rationally related to these goals, then the government should stay out of your business and off of your property.
Second, unless clearly and reasonably related to health, safety or welfare, the government should not discriminate against property uses or users, and the government should not take or infringe property rights without justification, due process or compensation. In this case, the government is taking away valuable fundamental property rights, including the right to build a good and safe house according to the owner’s specifications (and industry standards). There is no basis for this taking and no compensation offered for same.

What development ordinance restrictions are you talking about in particular?
The Ordinance (i) restricts building materials that are otherwise permitted under the International Building Code (e.g., vinyl siding and the use of more than two different materials on the front of a residence), (ii) promulgates architectural restrictions that increase the building costs without any benefit whatsoever to public health and welfare (e.g., requiring four roof planes to be visible from the front property line and restricting garages to less than 50% of the house façade), and (iii) places unreasonable restrictions on apartments (e.g., restrictions against more than 6 units in a single building and requirements that apartments must have private gardens, yards, patios or balconies), among other indefensible restrictions. These regulations have the effect of increasing home construction costs for the builder and the buyer, which makes home ownership more difficult (or unachievable) for moderate income citizens, without any reasonable justification related to public health, safety, morality or general welfare.

What’s wrong with assessing Impact Fees to pay for road and traffic repairs and improvements?
The critical problem with the Development Impact Fee Ordinance (DIFO) is that there is an insufficient nexus between the projected growth in Bryan County and the fees to be assessed against new permittees, including, in particular, homebuilders and home buyers. Impact Fees cannot be used to remedy already existing problems, such as lack of capacity on roadways. Instead, impact fees must be used to pay a proportionate share of the cost of system improvements needed to serve new growth and development. Although the County’s projections predict a 29% increase in the population by year 2030 (or a 10,000 person growth between 2020 and 2030), for purposes of the new ordinance, the County predicts an 80% increase in traffic in Bryan County during the same period owing to persons who do not live in Bryan County today. More particularly, the County projects an increase from 11,000 vehicles per day (VPD) to 57,000 VPD. The Capital Improvements Element (CIE) provides no source documentation for these increased traffic numbers. Rather, according to the Transportation CIE, “virtually all roadways and intersections in South Bryan County classified at or below the minimal service levels” already existing in 2015, three years prior to the DIFO passed on January 8, 2019.

The real question is whether a residential permittee’s fair share of the roadway improvements associated with a new house is $3,128; whether a grocery owner’s fair share associated with a new supermarket is $630,000; whether Chick-Fil-A’s fair share associated with the new fast food restaurant is $310,000; and so on. (See the Impact Fee Calculation Schedule for other uses and fees.) In our estimation, most, if not all, of these fees exceed the permittee’s fair share of the cost associated with the new or improved roadways that are necessary to serve the new development. As noted above, the projected 29% population increase does not comport with the 80% traffic increase necessary to justify these numbers.

Bryan County says that it afforded the HBA plenty of opportunities to participate in meetings and committees regarding the new ordinances before their passage.
That is not true. Bryan County did not afford the HBA time or opportunities to participate in meetings or discus-sions regarding these ordinances. If they had, the HBA would have been actively involved in the pro-cess. Moreover, once published for consideration and commentary, the County did not allow HBA Members to participate on committees that were intended to represent their industry, notwithstanding commitments to do so and emails, phone calls and other correspondence from the HBA to the County recommending members for participation.

Are you accusing Bryan County of intentionally discriminating against certain classes of persons? 

The Commissioners can speak for themselves regarding their intentions. At least one Commissioner has already made plain his view that Bryan County is like an exclusive club, where members should pay to play. The HBA is not prepared to speak for all of the Commissioners, however, we would note that, whatever their intentions, the impact of the ordinance is the same – it unfairly and unnecessarily excludes certain persons and housing products from the market without any justification related to health, safety or welfare whatsoever. The County should not be in the business of writing or enforcing design and architectural standards. That is not their exper-tise or their mandate. Their powers are limited to promoting and protecting health, safety and welfare. When they exceed their mandate, they take away the rights of citizens and start down a slippery slope that encroaches on our freedoms.

You may view the video from the Press Conference held on Thursday, February 7th by clicking on the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/Homebuildersassociationofgreatersavannah/videos/371099103682571/