7 Leaders Named ‘Ones to Watch’

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Seven young building industry professionals were honored as “Ones to Watch” at the NAHB International Builders’ Show last week.

“These award winners are already making an impact on the home building industry and setting the pace for their colleagues,” said Adam Aschmann, 2017 chair of the NAHB Young Professionals Committee. “I join the entire NAHB leadership team in congratulating them on their success, and expect we’ll be hearing a lot from them in the future.”

Rich Robinson

Associates. Rich Robinson is vice president of the Member Rebate Program in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. and a member of the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey. Robinson founded the young professionals group for his state association, then was appointed to the newly launched NAHB Young Professionals Committee, for which he now serves as chair. Robinson was lauded for helping the committee create more advanced communications programs for its members.

Steve Martinez

Steve Martinez

Custom Builders. Steve Martinez is president of Tradewinds General Contracting Inc. in Boise and a member of the Builders and Contractors Association of Southwest Idaho. “Steve continues to streamline his business operations, leads a cohesive team, and recognizes the need for modern designs in his market that’s exemplified in his craftsmanship and clients testimonies,” awards program judges said.


Ryan Miller

Green. Ryan Miller, executive director of the North Carolina Building Performance Association and a member of the HBA of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties, has created four statewide trade associations that support builders, contractors, product suppliers and consumers interested in energy-efficient, green and high-performance construction. Miller is leading efforts to include the high-performance features and green certifications of homes in the Multiple Listing Service.

Elizabeth Gillmor

Multifamily. Elizabeth Gillmor, president and founder of Energetics Consulting Engineers in Aurora, Colorado, was honored for her professional volunteer activity, including mentoring women engineers and tireless advocacy on environmental issues. Gillmor “takes on the toughest challenge in development, which is getting developers to change their focus from the up-front investment to payoff in the long run, especially when it affects the environment,” judges said.

Sarah McDaniel

Professional Women in Building. Sarah McDaniel, rainmaker at BAC/Ferguson and a member of the HBA of Metro Denver, helped to found her NAHB Professional Women in Building chapter by combining her building industry experience with her expertise at community outreach. That successful effort was followed by another: McDaniel will develop and chair the HBA’s newly formed Custom Builder & Remodeler Council.

Jon Edler

NAHB Remodelers. Jon Edler, who leads the retail sales and estimating division at Henges Interiors in Earth City, Mo., is a member of the HBA of Greater Southwest Illinois. Edler “has enthusiastically embraced the idea that activity with his HBA and Remodelers Council is important to his career and to the advancement of the industry,” judges said, citing his fundraising leadership that netted the council more than $12,000 just this year.

Chris Hartley

Chris Hartley

Sales and Marketing. Chris Hartley joined Dunhill Homes as vice president of sales and marketing in June 2011 and the company had 27 closings that year. In 2017, it had nearly 400 closings and was named a Top 10 fastest growing private company in Dallas/Fort Worth. Hartley has helped grow the participation and sell sponsorships for the Dallas Builders Association Sales and Marketing Council’s McSam Awards and serves as co-chair in 2018/19.

For more information about the NAHB Young Professionals Committee, contact, Topher McLarty.

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