Four EOs Honored at the Association Leadership Institute

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The individual recipients of the 2015 Association Excellence Awards were honored during the Association Leadership Institute on July 14 in San Antonio.

Debbie Todd, Holly Fraccaro, Fran Druse and Eric Person were honored in four distinct award categories for their career achievements and dedication to the home building industry.

Debbie_ToddDebbie Todd – Small Office Honor Award. Debbie joined the Hopkins County HBA, in Madisonville, Ky., in 1993 and immediately made an impact on the association and surrounding community. One of Debbie’s key accomplishments is spearheading the Hopkins County HBA’s Home Garden & Outdoor Living Show, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Debbie also actively involves the HBA in community initiatives to meet the needs of local residents, including a recent partnership with the Madisonville Rotary club for “Build-A-Bed” program, which provides beds for area children in need.

Holly_FraccaroHolly Fraccaro – New EO Award. Holly stepped into her role as EO of the HBA of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties in 2013, and has already moved her organization forward in impressive ways. Holly is a strong advocate for construction careers, helping to launch the HBA’s new workforce training institute, called the Triangle Building Institute of North Carolina.

Holly also is a very relevant player in government affairs and advocacy. In 2014, she created the Code Officials & Builders Alliance League of the Triangle, a consortium of code officials, building department heads and area builders that provides a platform to share best practices and to address challenges. Yet, even with Holly’s strong leadership in the community, she always puts her members first. Membership surveys reflect an all-time high in satisfaction and member participation.

Fran_DruseFran Druse – Career Achievement Award. When Fran began as EO of the Baldwin County HBA, in Fairhope, Ala., 29 years ago, the group had only 155 members and no other staff members. Fran has helped grow membership to over 600 today. During the recession, Fran maintained a positive budget and intact reserves through necessary staff cutbacks, taking pay cuts herself, and leading her staff and members with a positive “can-do” attitude and a commitment to exceed members’ expectations.

Today, Fran continues to lead by example and by looking forward. She has created successful partnerships with technical schools, housing organizations, code officials and charitable groups in the community. In 2015, Fran led the effort to incorporate a new 501(c)3 charitable arm of the HBA, allowing members to contribute to community service projects led by the HBA. Fran gives as much of herself to her community as she does to her association, serving as a board member of her local Humane Society and the Advisory Board for the trade schools of the Baldwin County Board of Education.

Eric_PersonEric Person – EO of the Year. When Eric Person started at the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut in 2007, the association was experiencing a time of prosperity, however the collapse of the housing market would follow very closely. Yet, with Eric’s strong leadership, the association kept membership attrition below state and national averages, revived its home show, and increased contributions to its charitable foundation.

Eric also successfully handled the merger of the HBRA of Greater Hartford and the HBRA of New Haven County, expertly handling the strong and often decisive opinions of the two Boards, molding them into one strong cohesive group. Today, the HB & RA of Central Connecticut is once again financially stable and membership is increasing.

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  1. Congratulations to these exceptional EOs and all of our EOs who continue to bond and mold our membership into an excellent lobbying and networking group!
    ONwards and UPwards!

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