5 Young Professionals Help Propel the Industry

NAHB recently honored five individuals from across the country as the 2017 Young Professionals of the Year. The awards — presented during the 2018 NAHB International Builders’ Show — acknowledge the five regional winners’ hard work and successes, performance and dedication, and outstanding potential as they begin to serve as leaders in the home building industry. It is awarded to industry professionals under the age of 45.

elkmanMollie Elkman is president and owner of Group Two Advertising in Philadelphia. She has been named in both Philadelphia Business Journal and Professional Builder magazine’s 40 under 40, and her company was named one of Philadelphia’s top places to work. She strives to serve home builders with excellence in achieving their marketing and business goals, and gives back to the community by fighting homelessness as part of her agency’s mission. Elkman is an active member of the HBA of Bucks & Montgomery Counties and has been an NAHB 20 Club peer collaboration program panelist and IBS presenter.

lovetteClint Lovette is owner of Lovette Construction in Birmingham, Ala., and president of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders. With his dedication, skills, business knowledge and participation in NAHB’s 20 Clubs, Lovette has grown his remodeling business revenues steadily since 2011, and he’s more than doubled his staff in that time as well. Lovette is dedicated to his builders association and colleagues’ success as much as he is own business by recruiting numerous colleagues to become members and by starting the Young Professionals Council for Birmingham in 2017.

vannatterHeath VanNatter is owner and operator of VanNatter Construction in Kokomo, Ind., and serves in the Indiana House of Representatives. VanNatter chairs the Indiana House Committee on Employment, Labor and Pensions, hearing legislation that affects workforce development. He is a past president and life director of the HBA of Howard County, where he’s been a member for 16 years. VanNatter also serves on the executive committee and as area vice president for the Indiana Builders Association. Nationally, he serves as an NAHB BUILD-PAC trustee, advocating for the housing industry.

lopezAmy Marie Lopez is director of business development for RE/MAX Associates-The Schrader Group in San Antonio, Texas, which was ranked as the top real estate team in San Antonio. Lopez is the former president of the Greater San Antonio Builders Association Sales and Marketing Council and serves on the HBA’s board. She also founded and chaired a young professionals leadership committee and was awarded Marketing Professional of the Year for four consecutive years. Lopez was also twice awarded Marketing Professional of the Year through the Texas Association of Builders.

harrisAngela Harris is principal and creative director of TRIO Environments in Denver. The interior design business she started 17 years ago also has offices in New York, national and international clients and more than 20 staff. The company has helped sell more than 21,500 homes and generated more than $7 billion in revenue for commercial and residential clients. At the HBA of Metro Denver, Harris has been working on opening up student chapters in high schools and universities to address the workforce labor shortage facing Colorado and the nation.

“Mollie, Clint, Heath, Amy Marie and Angela represent the future of our great industry,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel. “I’m honored to recognize their significant achievements professionally and their contributions to their local and state HBAs and the federation. They are excellent examples of the work ethic, dedication and leadership qualities that young professionals already bring to strengthen our local and state home building associations and NAHB.”

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