NAHB Mourns Longtime Member Jerry Kosmensky

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Jerry Kosmensky - NAHB memberGerald “Jerry” Kosmensky, a longtime and dedicated member from Southgate, Mich., passed away at the age of 92. He was very active in NAHB at all levels for more than 50 years.

Kosmensky founded Gerald Building Company in Southgate in 1959, building single-family homes as well as multifamily units and several commercial and office buildings. He joined the HBA of Southeastern Michigan in 1964 and continually made innumerable contributions to the local, state and national associations since then.

Kosmensky received numerous local awards, including induction into the HBA Hall of Fame in 1993. Komensky had served on the HBA’s Board of Directors since 1970 and served as president in 1975. He was HBA of Michigan president in 1982.

At NAHB, Kosmensky chaired five different committees over the years, was a charter member of BUILD-PAC’s Gold Key Club, a member of the Capitol Club and a trustee of the National Housing Endowment. In 2017, he was recognized with NAHB’s Exemplary Service to Home Building Award, which recognizes individuals for outstanding and commendable accomplishments to the housing industry.

“Jerry was a well-respected member of the HBA of Southeastern Michigan. More importantly, he was a mentor, friend and a voice of reason for many, from the HBA Board room to any HBA or NAHB event. Personally, I will miss Jerry’s friendship, wit and passion for the HBA, the residential building industry and his genuine desire for the success of all of our members. He will truly be missed,” said HBA of Southeastern Michigan CEO Michael Stoskopf.

He is survived by his wife, Gail Kosmensky, a past chair of the HBA’s Professional Women in Building Council; daughter Lisa (Jeffrey) Lind; granddaughter Melissa (Jordan) Hackett; and his extensive network of business associates and friends.

The family is planning a memorial service this summer.


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  1. Barbara J. Byrd says:

    Jerry was a longtime friend and fellow Capital Club member. I truly do not remember a time when he did not have a smile and I will miss seeing him at meetings. Jerry was a true supporter of our industry and devoted many years to NAHB.

  2. Randy Strauss says:

    Very sorry to hear this. Jerry was a good friend and I will miss him.
    Randy Strauss

  3. Bob Hanbury says:

    He had a special way of making everybody feel like his closest friend. So involved and always some words of wisdom to share. Don’t bet against him on the golf course. Great man and lovely family.

  4. Ron Jones says:

    Jerry Kosmensky was one of the true gentlemen of the industry and it was a privilege to know him. He never said an unkind word to, or about, anyone as far as I know. The industry needs more people like him

  5. Ted Mahoney says:

    From Mark Pursell, CEO The National Housing Endowment. Chairman Ted Mahoney’s Challenge Up To $10,000- Honoring Jerry Kosmensky–Big news! Any donations made in longtime NHE Trustee, Jerry Kosmensky’s memory by April 22, 2021 will be matched by Endowment Chairman Ted Mahoney up to $10,000.
    Use the link below and include Jerry’s name in the text box when submitting.
    I know Jerry would have appreciated this.
    Mark Pursell

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