To be considered for the Builder or Associate Spotlight you must be an active member in events, committees or on the Board of Directors. Please email Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
David Hargrave with Twin Lakes Energy LLC
David has been involved in residential and construction lending in Northwest Arkansas for over 20 years. He has been a Board Member of the Northwest Arkansas Home Builders Association serving as Finance Chair, Home Show Chair, Golf Tournament Chair, and Associates Council Chair. David was selected as Associate of the Year 2004 and elected President of the Northwest Arkansas Home Builders Association for 2016. David is the first Associate to serve as President of the Association. David serves on the Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board as a Residential Committee Member and as Chairman in 2010. He was first appointed in 2008 and will serve through 2017. He also serves as a Director on the Arkansas Home Builders Association and sits on the Associates Council Committee.
David obtained a HERS designation and a BPI Building Analyst designation in 2011 and formed Twin Lakes Energy LLC.
Lee Scarlett with Celtic Construction
Building custom homes in NWA since 1994, Celtic Construction believes in having a solid and strong foundation. With his team of expert craftsmen, Lee Scarlett’s attention to detail has allowed his company to participate and win many awards in the Parade of Homes continuously since 1998.
In 2015/2016, Scarlett was voted by Citiscapes Magazine “Best Residential Home Builder” for the 6th year in a row as well as the “Very Best Builder” for the 3rd year in a row by Celebrate Arkansas. He has been featured in “AY” magazine and has won 4 out of 5 awards in the Parade of Homes in their category. Celtic Construction was voted by the members of Houzz.com “Best of Houzz Design and Service” for the fifth year in a row. Scarlett has been the featured story in “Construction Today” and “Modern Home Builder” magazines. The company was also featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal highlighting their construction of an indoor residential gun range.
A Message From the AHBA Associates Council Chairman
Associates and Affiliates,
We have already completed our first month of 2016 and it has certainly gone by very quickly! As we enter into February, there are many new and exciting things heading our way in 2016 from all aspects of our AHBA’s associates council. We look forward to sharing with everyone each month all of these wonderful opportunities on our AHBA website. There are many new opportunities to grow on the local, state and national levels and we must take advantage of these opportunities now. What is most important though, is as associates, we need to be active and participate on all levels especially in our local and state HBA’s. Times are changing rapidly, from our economy, to the way we do business, and the health of the building industry amongst a number of other factors. There is no better time for us to act than now.
I would like to thank our outgoing associates Chairperson, Dianna Nix for her two years of dedication and service as the 2014-15 Chairperson. Dianna has dedicated much of her time and energy as we are in the rebuilding and restructuring phase of the AHBA Associates Council into something bigger and better than it has ever been before. I would like to thank the 4 executive officers, new state associate council members and officers that attended our quarterly meeting in Little Rock this past January. The executive officers that attended are State Associates meeting were from the Ft. Smith, Greater Little Rock, NW AR and Saline HBA’s. Our hope is that more executive officers will attend our quarterly associates council meetings in Little Rock and monthly conference calls so that we may better communicate and grow as both local HBA’s and as a state HBA. I would also like to thank our new AHBA associate council members for 2016 and all of those that attended our first meeting of the year; I know that your time is valuable and it is greatly appreciated. Finally, I would like to welcome Devon Mason as our 2016 AHBA associates council Vice Chair and look forward to working with everyone in 2016.
If you are interested in growing our AHBA presence on both state and your local HBA levels, please feel free to contact me via email or phone anytime. Our next conference call is on Monday February 8th from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM and I personally invite ALL HBA Executive Officers & Associates in the State of Arkansas that have interest in doing so, to consider attending if you are able to. I would be more than happy to share the agenda, conference call number and any additional information that we will be discussing with you , as we do email the week prior all of this information to the Council members and Executive Officers. There are many things that occur behind the scenes that most of the membership is unaware of and this is a great way to get a very small glimpse into what we do on a State level that can very easily be trickled down into your local HBA’s as well. We are looking for quality individuals that want to make a difference in growing themselves, their business and also those who want a voice to better help our industry as a whole. I’m looking forward to seeing new faces, building stronger relationships and strengthening our Arkansas State Associates Council in 2016.
Bill Ross, Senior Account Executive
ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings
In the News
Fight Advances to Overturn WOTUS
The House approved a Senate-passed Congressional Review Act resolution (S. J. Res. 22) that would rescind the ill-advised “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The White House has threatened to veto the measure.
The rule went into effect on Aug. 28, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit enacted a nationwide stay on Oct. 9.
Commending the House for approving the resolution, NAHB Chairman Tom Woods issued an official statement that said:
“By dramatically extending the areas in which home builders are required to get permits, the rule will lead to bureaucratic delays, increase project costs and mitigation fees, and harm housing affordability. Two courts have already ruled that there is a high likelihood that the rule is illegal and have temporarily stopped its implementation. These court decisions highlight the fact that there are serious problems with the rule and that EPA and the Corps should scrap it and go back to the drawing board.
“NAHB urges President Obama to allow this resolution to take effect by signing it when it reaches his desk.”
Time Running Out for EPA Lead Paint Re-certification Extension
NAHB Remodelers Chairman Robert Criner met with White House officials, again, plead the industry’s case for a simplified re-certification process for NAHB members and others who do work in homes with lead paint.
March 31, 2016, marks the end of an unprecedented extension granted last year for some of these remodelers. It’s the deadline by which those remodelers and other contractors who received their EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator certifications on or before March 31, 2010, must complete a refresher training course to maintain their status.
After March 31, 2016, the clock resumes ticking for the second phase of renovators, one day at a time. Those who became certified between April 1, 2010, and March 31, 2011, must be re-certified within six years from the date they completed the original training course.
The extension did not apply to renovators operating under one of the 14 state-delegated programs.
Complicating matters is the uncertainty of regulatory action regarding re-certification training requirements.
A draft final rule – proposed by the EPA and supported by NAHB – to remove the hands-on training requirement is pending review by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). When Criner met with OMB officials Jan. 11 in Washington, D.C., he urged them to expedite review and finalization of this common-sense improvement to the LRRP rule.
Without this regulatory action, the first wave of remodelers who received their initial certification on or before March 31, 2010, must renew their EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator certifications with in-person refresher training by March 31, 2016.
NAHB is in close contact with EPA and will inform members immediately when the agency issues its final regulation on re-certification training.
If you were certified by March 31, 2010, or live in one of 14 delegated states that have their own unique set of rules, use and share this map to help you through the lead paint regulatory maze.
Member Benefit ~ Affordable Health Insurance
Marsh, LLC (Marsh), the world’s largest global insurance broker and risk management advisor, has collaborated with NAHB to give members exclusive access to affordable health care insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Services affinity program at
Launching November 2, 2015 this secure website allows you and your family to shop for a range of benefits options-from major medical, short-term medical, and Health Savings Account plans, to income protection, critical illness, dental, vision, life insurance (including term and whole policies), and accidental death and dismemberment plans. Use decision-support tools available on the site to compare plan options and costs. Then dial a toll-free number, or click online to receive a call to the number of your choice, to talk to a licensed counselor for personalized support. The counselor will answer your questions, walk you through your options, and hold your hand through the decision-making and benefits enrollment process.
All plans offered through the Individual Exchange are compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and meet the requirements of the law’s individual mandate (which states that most Americans must have health insurance coverage or pay a tax penalty). Open enrollment, your once a year opportunity to enroll in medical insurance coverage for 2016, begins November 1, 2015 and runs through January 31, 2016. If individuals do not enroll in coverage during the open enrollment window, they will have to wait until the fourth quarter of 2016 to enroll in medical coverage for 2017.