What Retirement? Chuck Ellison Takes Council Leadership

Filed in 55+ Housing, Committees and Councils by on March 28, 2018 0 Comments

chuck EllisonChuck Ellison is pretty much retired from his position as vice president of Miller and Smith, a greater Washington, D.C. building and development company of both open and age-restricted communities.

He doesn’t draw a paycheck, but still maintains his office, phone extension, desk, email and other office perks, giving him the opportunity to do consulting work for his former employer and the freedom to spend time with his family – and serve as this year’s 55+ Housing Industry Council chair.

What led you to the business? When I got off active duty with the Army in March 1972, I needed a job. Levitt & Sons was looking for people and they hired me. I have been in the industry ever since as either as a consultant or a builder/developer.

When – and why – did you become involved with your HBA? I think I went to my first function sometime in 1975. At first, it was a requirement of the job. It quickly became a source of contacts, mentoring and education.

You’ve remained not only a member, but an involved member of NAHB for many years. What keeps you involved? It’s been such a positive experience. First, the people I’ve met, I’ve really come to know and enjoy associating with – that includes NAHB staff as well as other members. The second is just that the sources of information, sharing of experiences and the ability to gain knowledge are amazing. I’ve often described it as being part of a lifelong MBA program.

You’ve worked with many NAHB interest groups and committees over the years. Yes. Land Development, Environmental Issues, Public Affairs, Legal Affairs and Resolutions committees. I’ve chaired committees and subcommittees and two working groups on environmental and land development issues. Lastly, I have served as the Maryland State Representative (and again this year and 2019) and as the Area 3 Vice President.

I have also been on the NAHB Executive Board and am a Senior Life Director. I have, of course, a long list of “things” for my state and local HBAs including president of my home local, the Maryland Building Industry Association.

Tell us about what you are planning to do on the council this year. As chairman – well, you know that builders like to build. We have a fantastic 55+ structure in place at NAHB, and my primary goal is to build on what we have, hopefully by finding ways to take all the excellent programs and information available out to a larger segment of the association. So many builders serve the 55+ community but just don’t think of themselves that way, as 55+ builders. We need to reach them.

So, an increase in membership, getting one or two local councils either created or reinvigorated, and improving our coordination and relationship with local councils. That would be great.


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