Posted on June 26, 2017 by Jorie Helms


NAHB celebrated its 75th anniversary with a gala and directors’ reception during its recent Midyear Meeting in Washington, D.C.

“These events are important to celebrating our seven-and-a-half decades of building communities, and they help us remember how important home building is to the nation’s well-being,” NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald said during the June 17 Board of Directors meeting.

The gala, supported by key industry sponsors, took place on the evening of June 15 at the Washington Hilton. It began with a program highlighting the significant accomplishments of our industry, the meaning of home and the emotional impact of the American Dream.

The gala also showcased video of congratulatory remarks from celebrities and current and former Congressional heavyweights, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) victim of the recent attack in Alexandria, Va. Scalise had recorded his remarks before the incident.

Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Channel‘s Fox News Sunday, was the featured speaker. Wallace wove together a humorous narrative about his career observing the Washington policy arena with heart-felt stories about the importance of his home as a core part of his family’s life.

The directors’ reception took place June 16, the evening before the Board of Directors meeting, at the National Housing Center – NAHB’s headquarters.

“For three-quarters of a century, your national organization has fought for home builders, home owners and communities nationwide,” MacDonald said during the reception. “In a world of change, NAHB has been a constant fixture, always working to create a business and political environment in which builders can succeed.”

MacDonald noted that just as NAHB is celebrating its 75th anniversary, HBI – NAHB’s workforce training arm – is celebrating its 50th anniversary. He also pointed to the important role that associate members play in the life of the NAHB Federation.

Invited to the podium by MacDonald, 2017 Associates Committee Chair Monica Sommerfeldt Lewis commended these innovators and problem solvers for the time and expertise they provide in support of NAHB and its state and local partners.

MacDonald recognized former NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly, who is chairing the 75th anniversary task force.

MacDonald also thanked the generous sponsors, of the gala and of the year-long 75th anniversary celebration, including a special recognition of Herb Kohler Jr., chairman of the Kohler Company.

The event sponsors included:

Key Featured Sponsor

  • Kohler Company

75th Anniversary Year-Round Sponsor

  • Signature Kitchen Suite

Platinum Sponsors

  • ICC Evaluation Services
  • Lowe’s ProServices
  • Orange County Convention Center
  • Professional Builder / Professional Remodeler
  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Gold Sponsors

  • 84 Lumber
  • Allura USA
  • BakerHostetler
  • DuPont Tyvek
  • GE Appliances, a Haier Company
  • Panasonic
  • Samsung Electronics America

Table Sponsors

  • 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty
  • BSH Home Appliances
  • Federal Home Loan Banks
  • The Howard Family
  • Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • MacDonald Companies
  • NAHB Affinity Partners
  • The Sterling Group
  • Gregory F. Ugalde and Friends

Contributing Supporters

  • Freeman Companies
  • Transportation Management Services

See more 75th Anniversary Gala photos in this NAHB Facebook album.

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