Eugen Graf Believes in BUILD-PAC

eugene grafAs the 2016 BUILD-PAC Chairman, Eugen Graf is focused on reaching the NAHB political action committee’s $3 million goal by the November elections, while also paving a way for the next generation of membership to get politically involved. The good news: With $1.8 million in the war chest, BUILD-PAC is more than halfway there.

“By investing in BUILD-PAC, I am investing in housing’s future,” said Graf, who at 35 is among the youngest members of NAHB’s volunteer national leadership. “My investment also gives me an opportunity to network with others through BUILD-PAC’s high donor club memberships. It’s our duty to provide NAHB staff the resources necessary for our association to be as effective as possible. Contributing to BUILD-PAC gives you the opportunity to participate.”

Graf grew up in Bozeman, Mont., the town where his dad, grandfather and great grandfather all planted their roots, and where he and his wife Erin and two kids, Geno and Razel, still live on Graf Street.

As a third-generation developer and builder, Graf learned at a young age that every family should have the opportunity to achieve the American dream of homeownership. With his local business, E.G. Construction, he has done just that.

Graf specializes in affordable residential building, but in his 15 years of business, he’s also done commercial building and remodeling.

In 2004, Graf followed in the footsteps of his father and joined NAHB, investing in BUILD-PAC shortly thereafter. He has served on several key committees, including State and Local Government Affairs and Federal Government Affairs, and sits on the Executive Board. All the while, he’s been one of BUILD-PAC’s most active members.

“I saw the importance of being politically active,” Graf said. “I understood that my voice alone wasn’t as strong as the unity of BUILD-PAC’s voice. BUILD-PAC is the voice of housing at a national level. The more members who support the PAC, the stronger housings voice is in the political process.

“Being a young builder myself, I see the importance of getting the 30- and 40-something members active in BUILD-PAC,” Graf continued. “It’s never too early to get involved in the political process. Issues that affect the housing industry continually come to a vote, and without your voice being heard by Congress, you are taking a huge chance that one of these issues will affect your company and your bottom line.  I know that I am not prepared to gamble on my business in this way, and neither should you.”

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