More than 140 HBA members attended the 2020 HBA Annual Membership Meeting last night via Zoom. Harris shared the following with attendees during her inaugural address to HBA Members:
“Thank you so much, I’m so excited to be here!
I know that this has been such a challenging year, but I have to say our 2020 Board President, Mark Bailey has handled everything with such grace. I’ve been so inspired by the leadership he’s shown, not only through the pandemic, but through some of the transitions in our own organization.
Mark, as our captain, you have steered our ship through many storms this year and we have come out stronger for it. A huge thank you – we truly appreciate your dedication to this organization, our members and our industry.
While I never envisioned taking the helm of the HBA in the situation we currently find ourselves in, I have never felt more confident or optimistic about the year ahead for so many reasons (not least of which, as many of us will agree, is the fact that we all FINALLY get to leave 2020 in the rearview mirror!)
This feels like an important opportunity for new beginnings. New leadership. And new opportunities. I’m so excited to work with our new CEO Ted Leighty. Ted brings experience across the spectrum of the home building industry, and will no doubt provide crucial guidance, particularly in our advocacy efforts.
As we move into 2021, having a first-rate advocacy program is one of my top priorities– as we all know, this really is essential to the ongoing vitality of our industry. I would like to see the Association lean into a strong communication and education plan with our general membership—with both builders and associates alike, at all levels—on the many issues at hand and highlighting the hard work that goes into keeping our industry healthy and thriving.
I’m also excited to look at new ways to increase our organization’s revenue. I’ll especially be looking at our value-add propositions and really leaning into our new membership program. This will include efforts to increase membership through the revitalization of the education and events programming through our councils, and our ongoing alliance with NAHB. We will seek better ways to understand our membership through engagement and tailor our value proposition to those needs. This will continue to be top of mind at every level in 2021.
Additionally, I recognize how important it is that we continue to actively develop a more robust workforce pipeline here in Colorado. I believe this organization can help foster the next generation of talented builders in our communities through a comprehensive Careers in Construction program, including a deeper look at a trade council, as well as, new programming to cultivate up-and-coming, emerging leaders in our industry.
I know that our jobs this next year may not be easy and that there are still many unknowns.
But I also know that this is a group that does not shy away from challenges. We are builders and makers and doers. I’m confident that together, we will do great things this next year. And I can’t wait to be a part of it.”