BUILD-PAC Trustees Doing Their Part to Defend Housing

Filed in Advocacy by on May 13, 2016 1 Comment

With a goal of $3 million this election cycle, BUILD-PAC trustees got creative in April and May, thinking of some outside-the-box ideas to help them raise money from members in their states.

South Dakota held a successful event on April 26 at the Midwest landmark restaurant Minervas in Sioux Falls. The high-donor dinner hosted by the HBA of the Sioux Empire raised $1,000 from each attendee for BUILD-PAC.

Getting this type of contribution isn’t an easy task, but local BUILD-PAC leaders were up to the task. They arranged individual, in-person meetings with potential donors and focused on follow-up phone calls to educate members on the importance of investing in BUILD-PAC, raising $34,000 towards the event.

Members at the dinner appreciated having 2016 BUILD-PAC Chairman Eugen Graf in attendance. “Eugen related one on one to members and gave insight into the current political climate in Washington, D.C.,” said Paul Nelsen, who represents the HBA as a member of the NAHB Board of Directors. “He reinforced the importance of each member’s individual investment to BUILD-PAC as playing an integral role in electing pro-housing candidates to protect and improve a friendly business environment for the home building industry.”

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Members of the California BIA meet with Rep. Xavier Becerra (fourth from right).

California trustees Will Cooper Sr. and Will Cooper Jr., along with a group of state BIA members met with Reps. Xavier Becerra (D) and Maxine Waters (D) on May 3, and Ed Royce (R) and Mimi Walters (R) on May 4 to discuss housing issues. NAHB members who often don’t get an opportunity to meet with their federal lawmakers were able to have a discussion and ask questions relating to their businesses.

The California trustees used these events to demonstrate the importance of having a pro-housing Congress and investing in BUILD-PAC. They raised over $36,000 for BUILD-PAC, with 17 members contributing a minimum of $1,000 or above.

“Through leadership, members are able to participate in the political process and be a part of advocacy efforts. Our members realize that an investment in BUILD-PAC is an investment in the future of their business,” said Will Cooper Jr.

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Dean Mon, Mike Kurpiel and Peter Hovnanian pose on the deck of the battleship New Jersey.

On the opposite side of the country, BUILD-PAC Associate Vice Chairman Mike Kurpiel and New Jersey trustees hosted a special reception on the battleship New Jersey in Camden May 5.

Nearly three football fields long and over 11 stories high, New Jersey is the longest battleship ever built. The more than 60 members in attendance took a private tour of the battleship and enjoyed some traditional Mexican food and beverages to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

At the end of the event, one lucky attendee was given the honor of firing the cannon. New Jersey trustees raised over $30,000 for BUILD-PAC at this unique and fun event.

“Having Battleship New Jersey host our industry, after many years defending our nation, was an honor for both me and our New Jersey building industry family,” said Kurpiel.

BUILD-PAC helps elect pro-housing, pro-business candidates to federal office. More than 150 NAHB members serve on the BUILD-PAC Board of Trustees. Visit or contact the BUILD-PAC staff today. You must be logged in to the NAHB website to see the BUILD-PAC page.


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  1. Kevin Kelly says:

    Congrats., on a job well done to Mike Kurpiel and Dean Mon – the NJ Trustees .
    Great setting and very nice event… thanks for the invitation.

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