NAHB Mourns Passing of Housing Hall of Fame Member Leonard Sendelsky

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sendelskyLong-time NAHB member Leonard Sendelsky of Colonia, N.J., who was inducted into the National Housing Hall of Fame in 2004, passed away Dec. 6.

The New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA) noted in a statement that the “NJBA family suffered a great loss with the passing of Leonard R. Sendelsky … He gave his time, financial support and expertise to the association at every level and every way possible… He dedicated his life and career to making a substantial, measurable and lasting impact on housing New Jersey’s families.”

A second-generation home builder, Sendelsky started working in the industry in 1952 and formed his own company, Lenguy Construction, in 1958. During more than six decades, he constructed thousands of single-family homes and apartments as well as commercial and industrial buildings.

Sendelsky was very active in NAHB as well as his state and local associations. He served as NJBA president  in 1964 and led the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey in 1973. He was honored as the Builder of the Year twice by each of those associations, and was inducted into the NJBA Builders Hall of Fame in 1974.

In October 2013, Sendelsky received the NJBA’s first Lifetime Achievement Award, and more than 100 people gathered at an event in his honor. Heartfelt video tributes honor Sendelsky as a mentor, friend, business ally, role model and champion of housing.

Mike Kurpiel, NAHB MEmbership Chairman and the master of ceremonies for the event, praised Sendelsky for building “quality, affordable houses for people here in New Jersey.” Calling Sendelsky “a great mentor,” Kurpiel also said, “you’ve taught people the passion of the home building industry and why it’s important to shelter our families.”

Additionally, Rep. Frank Pallon, Jr. congratulated Sendelsky on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, and his comments are now part of the Congressional Record.

In those comments, Rep. Pallone praised Sendelsky’s commitment to the home building industry and noted that he served on the New Jersey State Uniform Construction Code Advisory Board and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Committee on Uniform Sub-division Site Improvement Standards, and as chairman of the Middlesex County Uniform Construction Board of Appeals.

Sendelsky also chaired and served on numerous NAHB committees, including the Federal Government Affairs Committee, and was an NAHB Senior Life Director. In 2010, he served as the State Representative from New Jersey, and in 2011 and 2012 was the National Area Chairman for Area 2.

“Your dedication, your selfless commitment to the industry has been an inspiration to me each and every day I come to work,” said NAHB CEO Jerry Howard. He also praised Sendelsky’s work with BUILD-PAC.

Sendelsky was also very active in the community and served on the boards of the Thomas Edison Council, the Perth Amboy YMCA, the Middlesex County United Way, and the John F. Kennedy Medical Center Hospital.

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  1. Dave Fisher, NJBA President says:

    There has been no one that I can recall over the past 35 years (that I have been active in Assn affairs) who stands taller than Lenny in his long-standing commitment, passion and dedication to the ideals of the local, state and national builders assn involvement. A true leader, yet selfless individual who placed family, church and an ability to inspire others above personal gain. He will be sorely missed and long cherished for the lives he touched.

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