NCHBA members take home top honors at Nationals Awards


North Carolina Construction News staff writer

Several North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA) members received awards from the North American Home Builders Association, which held its gala during the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, NV in February. In particular, two members of the Builders Association of the Blue Ridge Mountains brought home major NAHB Honors Awards.

A past president of NCHBA (2015), Sean Sullivan of Living Stone Design + Build in Asheville was named the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Custom Home Builder of the Year. Winners of this award demonstrate leadership at work and in the community, exemplify expertise in converting a client’s wish lists into a unique home, and contribute to the overall strength of the home building industry.

Judy Dinelle of 84 Lumber was honored as the NAHB Associate of the Year. This award recognizes Associate members who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding contributions to the home building industry on the local, state and national levels. In addition to Dinelle, Alma Jacobs was also a finalist for this award.

The following Gold & Silver award winners were honored by NAHB for outstanding residential real estate sales, marketing and design, and individual achievement:

  • Sales & Marketing Council of the Year
    Triangle SMC, HBA of Raleigh-Wake County & HBA of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties (Gold)
  • Online Sales Counselor of the Year
    Terrell Turner, Epcon Communities, Charlotte (Gold)
  • Sales Manager/Leader of the Year
    Tracy Yeadon, True Homes, Charlotte (Gold)
    John J. Christy, Lennar, Raleigh (Silver)
  • Best Logo Design
    Mangum, Homes By Dickerson (Silver)
  • Best Website for a Builder
    Homes By Dickerson, Raleigh (Gold)
    Copper Builders, Charlotte (Silver Award)
  • Best Social Media Campaign
    G.H.O.A.T. Social Campaign, The Jim Allen Group (Silver)
  • Best Digital Marketing Campaign
    Parade of Style 2023, Home By Dickerson (Silver)
  • Best Professional Industry Insights Series
    Builder Town Hall, Meredith Communications (Silver)
  • Best Design Center
    Copper Builders, Charlotte (Silver)

Buddy Hughes, a Lexington-based home builder and developer with more than 45 years of experience in the construction industry, has been elected as the 2024 first vice chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

In 1984, Hughes opened his own general contracting business, Hughes Construction, specializing in home building and light commercial construction. Since the 1990s, Hughes has trained hundreds of builders to install poured insulated concrete walls for all types of construction. Today, he continues to serve as a product specialist and consultant to the residential and commercial construction industry for both large and small projects.

“In this key election year, we will work with Congress and the White House to ensure that housing remains a national priority and to promote policies that will provide affordable rental housing and homeownership opportunities for hard-working American families,” Hughes said.

An active participant in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels for decades, he currently serves as a life delegate of the NAHB Leadership Council and has been a member of the NAHB Board of Directors for more than 20 years.

Hughes has served on several important NAHB committees and councils, including the Executive, State and Local Government Affairs, Budget and Finance, Building Systems Council and Education. In 2018, he was the Convention and Meetings chairman and a member of the Leading Suppliers Council from 2007-2012.

Since 1993, Hughes has been an active member of the Davidson County Home Builders Association. He served as its president in 1998 and was named Builder of the Year in 1997 and 1998. He was also president of the North Carolina Home Builders Association in 2005.

He was awarded the NAHB S.A. Walters Award in 2018 and the Richie Scott Award from the Insulating Concrete Form Association in 2007.

NAHB’s newly elected senior officers serve on a multi-year leadership ladder. Hughes will become chairman of NAHB’s Board of Directors in 2025.


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