Congratulations to Fairfield County HBRA CEO, Gina Calabro for receiving the 2016 NAHB New Executive Officer Award that was presented at the NAHB Association Management Conference on August 17 in Denver, CO.
Named after a former executive officer, David Lloyd, this award is presented to an Executive Officer who has served no more than three years in an association management position and is judged to have made major contributions to the profession during this time period.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) helps its members build communities. Each year, NAHB’s members construct about 80% of the new homes built in the United States, both single-family and multifamily. A federation of more than 700 state and local associations, NAHB represents more than 140,000 members of home builders and remodelers and related specialties such as sales and marketing, housing finance, and manufacturing and supplying building materials.
Gina was nominated by her Board President, Chris Steiner of Steiner, Inc and Vice President, Kim DiMatteo of The DiMatteo Group for her efforts since being hired in April 2015.
At that time the Fairfield County membership was at one of the all-time lows (290), and general membership meetings attendance was at about 17%. In her first 9 months, she made membership a priority by appealing to specific members to assist in revitalizing the membership committee, and reaching out to past members as well as prospective members ending 2015 with a 15% increase in membership. She continued on that path and in 2016 the Fairfield County HBRA was now at 390 members a 17% increase with an annualized membership retention rate of 83%. The current membership is over 430 members and continues to grow.
In late 2016, she developed the CT HBRA Luxury Home Tour. This tour, open to the public, featured builder member spec homes over $2,000,000. The inaugural weekend tour in April 2017 was a great success with 4 homes ranging from $2.3 to $6.5 million and over 150 unique visitors. Net ticket sales of over $4,000 was donated to two charities. This event will continue in 2018 as well as other initiatives to further promote the Home Building industry in Fairfield County.
About HBRA of Fairfield County:
For over 70 years, the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Fairfield County is the leading consumer and commercial resource for home building, remodeling and land development in Fairfield County. Offices located in Fairfield, CT, the organization provides consumers that it serves with dedicated building industry professionals.