25 Feb

2017 Annual Awards Presentation

The Greensboro Builders Association’s Annual Awards were presented on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Special thanks to BMC for sponsoring this annual meeting. The following individuals were recognized for their contributions to the Association, the community and the building industry.

Eugene Gulledge Award

The Eugene Gulledge Award for Distinguished Service is the highest honor given by the Builders Association.  It is named in honor of Eugene Gulledge who founded the Greensboro Builders Association sixty years ago.  This award recognizes continuous, outstanding contributions to the Builders Association and the community at large over a long period of time.

Phil Warrick, Piedmont Wholesale Engineered Products was awarded the 2017 Gulledge Award.  Having been involved in our Association for the past 25 years, both as an Associate and Builder member, Warrick has served in a variety of leadership positions including GBA President in 2016.  He is an active participant in our advocacy initiatives working closing with our government affairs partners – TREBIC, NCHBA and NAHB – currently serving as President-Elect for the NC Home Builders Association.  Warrick is also an active member of various organizations and initiatives within our community, outside of the building industry.


Associate Member of the Year

Nadine Khazzaka, Marble Granite World was awarded the 2017 Associate Member of the Year Award. Khazzaka has been actively involved in our Association for the past four years, initially serving as part of our Young Professionals development team.  She has served as an Ambassador on our Membership Committee, elected to serve as an Associate Director on the GBA Board of Directors, and this year is serving as Secretary on the Board as well as co-chairing our Young Professionals group.


Builder Member of the Year

Ron Foister, Ron Foister Custom Homes was awarded the 2017 Builder Member of the Year Award. Foister has been involved with our Association for the past twelve years, serving in various leadership roles, including on the GBA Board of Directors for the past seven years. Most recently he served as GBA President in 2017 and was instrumental in the formation of our workforce development / Construction Careers initiative. In addition to participating in our Parade of Homes and Tour of Remodeled Homes, Foister has also chaired our annual Skeet Tournament for many years. He is committed to serving our industry, promoting the integrity and professionalism of Association membership.


Kavanagh Award

Since 1995, GBA has presented the Kavanagh Award recognizing individuals and/or organizations for their efforts in strengthening affordable housing in Guilford County. The 2017 Kavanagh Award was presented to John Hodgin, John Hodgin Construction Company for his work over the years to help improve affordable housing in our community through his service on the Habitat Greensboro Board and Building Committee, as well as chairing our Raising Roofs…Builders for Habitat initiative for seven of our eight builds, in which we have constructed 60 homes for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro since 2003.


Additional awards presented included:

Lewis Award

Rich & Kathy Dumas, R & K Custom Homes was presented the 2017 Lewis Award for utilizing the most Association members in the construction of their Parade home, working with more than 40 Associate members.

Membership Recruiter

Leticia Nieto, Ilan, Inc. was presented the 2017 Membership Recruiter of the Year award for recruiting the most new members this past year.


Please join us in congratulating all our 2017 Annual Award recipients.