A MESSAGE FROM THE AHBA ASSOCIATES COUNCIL CHAIRMAN BILL ROSS
Associates and Affiliate Members,
As we enter into the beginning of our third month of 2016, time is passing by ever so quickly. Last month I discussed the importance of growth, being active and participating on all levels within our local, state and national HBA’s. Spring is just around the corner and building activities on the rise, (read more)
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Jennifer Joyner currently works for Signature Bank of Arkansas at the Bentonville location as a residential construction lender. She has been a very active member of the Home Builders Association for several years, serving in several capacities. Jennifer has sat on committees for the Parade of Homes, Annual HBA Golf Tournament and NWA Home Show and as volunteered at all of the HBA’s annual events. This year Jennifer was the co-chair for the NWA Home Show and looks forward to being chair of the event next year. In December Jennifer was inducted onto the HBA Board of Directors and is currently serving as Secretary.
From within the deepest trenches of the Great Recession and housing market crisis, residential developer Mark Marquess chose to revive his home-building career, launching Riverwood Homes in Fayetteville about seven years ago. And now, business is thriving.
The Marquess’ team is developing subdivisions and building residential real estate all over Northwest Arkansas. Riverwood will soon move its offices to a more high-profile location just off North College Avenue, and the team is planning a residential development that, when completed, could be the largest subdivision in Fayetteville. The new neighborhood, Sloanbrooke, in homage to Charles Sloan, chief operating officer of Riverwood, will boast between 500 and 600 lots and will stretch from Broyles Road to Rupple Road. Within the development, Marquess plans to showcase natural water features, while also playing to the scenic views offered by the Boston Mountains, located south of the property. Marquess said he hopes to open the first phase of the subdivision in late summer. Presales are expected to start in April, and Marquess estimates full absorption within 18 months.
He added that many developers and homebuilders learned a lesson from the recession – that Northwest Arkansas, with all its upward momentum, was not immune to financial woes. The recession taught developers to take their time. Though the subdivision could ultimately be the biggest in town, “we’re not doing it all at once,” Marquess said. “We’re certainly not going to put in 300 lots right now.” However, pointing to positive job growth in the region and encouraging projections from University of Arkansas economist Kathy Deck, Marquess said he is “cautiously optimistic” that the full subdivision will come to fruition as planned.
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In Honor of Joe Kunkel
Joseph Earl Kunkel, age 79 of Bentonville, Arkansas died Thursday, March 24, 2016 in Bentonville. He was born January 16, 1937 in Newport, Arkansas, the son of Karl Frederick Kunkel and Ida Elnora Johnson Kunkel.
He graduated from Newport High School in 1955. He participated in most activities including Greyhound football, track, 4-H club, Newport High Band. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 67, and earned the rank of Eagle Scout and Senior Patrol Leader. He graduated as an Honor Student in June 1955.[read more]
When Brad Smith joined Kimbel Mechanical Systems of Springdale in 2000, he was the company’s fourth employee. Now, he owns it.
Smith, 44, became Kimbel’s CEO 18 months ago and bought out Rob Kimbel earlier this year. In February, Kimbel Mechanical was named Arkansas [read more]
Acme Brick Ground Breaking
April 1, 2016 at 9:00 am Acme Brick had their ground breaking for their new building. Congratulations Acme Brick!
NAHB Kids Contest
What does home building mean to you? If you are a kid NAHB wants to know. We are asking the children of home builders, remodelers, developers, trade partners and anyone else involved in this great industry to design a poster that shows what Mom or Dad’s job mean to them.[read more]
A Message From the AHBA President
A message from the AHBA President 2016 [Brandon Tedder]
Wow… time is flying in 2016 as spring approaches. I want to take a moment to thank the membership for allowing me to continue to serve the AHBA this year as your President. We will be sending out messages from the President each quarter, ideally within a couple weeks after each Board of Director’s meeting so that we can share upcoming events and keep you abreast of what the AHBA is working on. Through your efforts, we will succeed, no matter what faces us.
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