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National, State & Local
Building Industry News
2017: Issue 8

TAB: Rebuild with Confidence

Harvey hits Texas hard, builders associations on notice

The hurricane of the century hit

Texas hard the week of August 23
and as of this writing still is rotating
over the Texas Louisiana border.
Harvey made landfall in Rockport
which was severely damaged with
high winds, rain and more rain.
Nothing has ever devastated
Texas as this hurricane. Our
family and friends in the area that
stretches from the coast up to past
Austin have been affected by high
water, continuous rain, tornadoes
and loss of property and utilities.
With the ongoing situation the
Texas Association of Builders has
asked all associations in Texas to
stand by to get ready for deploying
help as needed. Governor Gregg
Abbot and President Donald
Trump are coordinating relief
efforts by their administration. Our
thoughts and prayers are for all
those affected and the Outlook will
present more in next months

AUSTIN, TEXAS On behalf of the Business Bureau to learn if any labor for residential repairs. RESOURCES FOR DISASTER
building and remodeling industry in complaints have been filed against In a declared disaster area, RECOVERY:
Texas, the members of the Texas your contractor. purchasers may claim an exemption Texas Association of Builders
Association of Builders want to express Some Texas cities require that from sales tax on separately stated
their heartfelt sympathies to anyone builders are registered and bonded. charges for labor to repair or restore us/consumer-information.html
affected by the tropical storm and Check with your citys building nonresidential real property National Association of Home
Hurricane Harvey that hit the Texas Gulf permits department in this regard. damaged by the disaster. The Builders Disaster Recovery
Coast over the weekend. The Ask for and verify references. materials that are used to perform Resources
professional building and remodeling Enter into a complete and clearly the repairs are taxable.
community stands ready to assist our written contract with your builder or Taxpayers may claim an exemption meownership/disaster-recovery-
neighbors as we work to rebuild the remodeler. from sales tax on charges for labor to resources.aspx
homes and communities that have been Do not pay for the entire job up front repair or restore items damaged by a National Association of Home
destroyed or damaged. or pay in cash. In fact, state law disaster. The exemption may be claimed Builders Disaster Recovery Websites
As you begin to assess the damage to prohibits contractors in disaster on labor to repair furniture, appliances,
your home and property, we would like areas from taking up front money or other items of tangible personal meownership/homeownership-
to help you make an informed decision unless they have held a physical property. The exemption includes labor articles/disaster-recovery-
regarding your contractor choice. Before business address in the county or costs to launder or dry clean damaged websites.aspx
you hire a contractor, we strongly adjacent county for at least one clothes or other property. Office of Governor Greg Abbott
encourage you to do your homework to year. This law, found in Chapter 58 Arborists services, such as cutting
ensure that you are hiring a reputable, of the Texas Business and down or cutting up a damaged or release/23464
qualified individual or company to help Commerce Code, provides other dead tree in a declared disaster Texas Department of Public Safety
you rebuild your home or business. valuable protections for those area, are not taxable.
Here are a few important guidelines to rebuilding in disaster areas. Hauling away branches, limbs, or calOrganizations.htm | (512) 424-2138
help you select a competent builder or Be cautious of unusually low-priced trees are waste removal services Red Cross
remodeler: bids or a hard-sell to sign today for and are taxable. Salvation Army USA
Make sure the contractor has a a low price. Goods and taxable services may be
permanent business location and a Visit the online resources available t. purchased tax free with FEMA, Better Business Bureau
good reputation with a local bank you at Salvation Army or Red Cross debit
and suppliers. cards or vouchers. Federal Emergency Mgt. Agency
Find out how long they have been in We also want to remind you that TAB remains committed to providing
the building business. You want to some recovery-related expenses are support, information and resources to (800) 621-FEMA
know that your contractor will be exempt from state and local taxes. the citizens and home building industry If your insurance policy information has
around after construction is Please keep these in mind as you affected by the recent hurricane. As you been lost, the Texas Department of
complete to fulfill any warranty review any bills or invoices that you begin to repair your home, make sure Insurance (TDI) can help you locate your
obligations. receive from your contractor: your contractor is an experienced agent or insurance company. Call TDIs
Check with your local Better Texas never imposes sales tax on professional. Consumer Help Line at (800) 25
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Presidents Don

El Paso Association
of Builders

After successful legislative session our industry turns attention to Houston

How many of us have ever had a specifics to help this area. Please
speed bump or difficulty in your lives? extend your thoughts, words and
EPAB will be looking and taking advice from
How many of us are doing well, very prayers to all areas and people NAHB and TAB, for where we can do the
blessed and take life for granted? I affected.
believe all of us have experienced the Now to the irrelevant news and
best, what we can commit to and do... I will
above information. be asking members to join leadership with
Well; Houston, we have a problem. The TAB Staff hit a homerun with
Hurricane Harvey has devastated our this years legislative bills and battles.
specifics to help this area. Please extend
brothers and sisters in the gulf and in At our EPAB meeting in August, I your thoughts, words and prayers to all areas
eastern Texas. The Federal reviewed the 6 bills which we backed
government, the State of Texas, many and how we came out in our favor on
and people affected.
pro sports franchises, national/local all 6 bills. In the legislative special
corporations, national /local session, nothing was done either for
companies and associations have or against our industry. Remember, blast. We renewed many old Aguilar, staff and associates at
pledged time, effort, and monies to TAB and NAHB exist to defend, battle, relationships, had the opportunity to Carefree Homes; Valerie Baquera,
help with this devastated area around improve our industry; in that as develop new partnerships and was on staff and associates at Diamond
Houston. What has our association individuals and small companies we the cutting edge of some of the new Homes; Gustavo and Laura Loy, staff
done? What has your company done? dont have the time or resources to products and designs. and associates at Loyalty Homes;
What have or are you going to do? BE fight. And as small and individual AND, Rassette Homes won a Star Fernando Torres, staff and associates
PREPARED! EPAB will be looking and companies, we are and can be taken Award for homes in the $250,000- at Metro Homes; JJ Vasquez, staff
taking advice from NAHB and TAB, for very lightly to others outside our $500,000 price range. See the TAB and associates at Pacifica Homes;
where we can do the best, what we industry. Strength is in the numbers website for details. Thanks Sam for Carlos Villalobos, staff and associates
can commit to and do. Please refer to and commitments starting with our your kind and flattering remarks as I at Pointe Homes; and to our fine staff
our various associations websites to local association. What have you done accepted the award for our company. and partners @ Rassette Homes.
learn how and where they are asking and been involved in lately? The el paseo de casas is in full As we PREPARE TO SUCCEED,
for help. Soon, at the appropriate The TAB Sunbelt Show and summer swing, as seven builders have built and as our lives go on, remember and
time, I will be asking and/or requesting meetings were earlier this month in houses in the Horizon Hills reach out to those who have suffered
members to join leadership with Dallas. For Rassette Homes we had a community. My thanks to Richard recent horrific losses.
Builders Outlook 2017 Issue 8

This month has been full of couldnt be contacted but as of now My world was once again hit with
promise and full of sadness. There my folks are safe. The devastation is the loss of my cousin Tony Conde, Jr.
Ray Adauto, are no doubt many who are watching unreal they say, even those who got an attorney and avid Cowboys and
Executive the news for word on the horrible the foot or more of rain and survived Longhorn fan. He was just a few
Vice President effect of hurricane Harvey on our it. This storm has the Texas months younger than me but so
EPAB friends and family. So far for me this economy in its grip, and that has much smarter, a true God fearing
has been especially concerning difficulties no matter what part of family loving man. His life was about
because of all the folks who I know in Texas youre in. his loves including his wife Kathy and

the affected areas. This storm The event of our year was going on his children and grandkid. My heart
stretches from the coast to past as I write this. El Paseo de Casas once again sustained a blow and my

continues amid
Austin and hundreds of miles east of opened to a great preview crowd on thoughts go to my cousins Tony Sr.,
there. The cell phones have been August 25. The skies cooperated as Yvonne, Ron and Conrad. They own

personal and
buzzing and trying to keep up with the clouds overhead held their water. Conde Engineering and are great
messages and Facebook, twitter and The visitors were welcomed to some members and supporters of our

other means. Surprising the cell beautiful homes by our seven association. I cant understand
phones were connected a marvel of builders. Music was provided by El sometimes why things work out the

what the cell companies have done Paso DJ Services and the liquid way they do, but I honor Gods will.
to keep them working. There was refreshments made by 915 Keep up your prayers for the family
also some moments of worry Bartending. All in all a really good please.
because some friends and family night with great vibe.

If you would like to help those Go local on Sunday for blood donations in the Airbnb is waiving service fees for
affected by the storm, here's what Grocery chain H-E-B plans to aftermath of Harvey. those affected by the disaster and
you should keep in mind. donate $100,000 toward Hurricane checking in between Aug. 23 and
Harvey relief efforts. On Monday, all Those interested in donating blood Sept. 1, and can guide users in
You can help right now H-E-B, Central Market and Joe V's may contact the following creating a listing where their home is
Smart Shop stores across Texas organizations: offered to victims free.
The Red Cross said they depend launched a statewide tear pad AABB: 301-907-6977
on financial donations to help campaign, giving customers an America's Blood Centers YouCaring has a fund-raising page
provide immediate relief. They have opportunity to support victims American Red Cross: 1-800-RED set up by J. J. Watt of the Houston
already set up a way to donate to through donations of $1, $3, or $5, CROSS (1-800-733-2767) Texans with a goal of $1 million.
victims with a simple text. Text the which can be added to their total Armed Services Blood Program:
word HARVEY to 90999 to make a grocery bill. 703-681-5979 GlobalGiving's Hurricane Harvey
$10 donation. You can also visit The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Relief Fund supports local or call 1- 800-RED set up by Houston's mayor, Sylvester Online-Only Organizations organizations by helping with
CROSS. Americares Turner, and administered by the GoFundMe has created a page with "immediate needs for food, fuel,
The United Way has also Greater Houston Community all of its Harvey-related campaigns. clean water, hygiene products and
announced a way to text a donation: Foundation. shelter."
Text UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate Houston Food Bank and the Food
to the United Way Flood Relief Fund Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for
Donations to support The Salvation donations.
Army's Hurricane Harvey relief efforts Carter BloodCare covers hospitals
can be made at in north, central and east Texas. To or by calling donate, call 877-571-1000 or text
1-800-SAL-ARMY. DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.
To help animals suffering from the
Give cash, not supplies disaster, visit the Houston Humane
Most charities prefer monetary Society or the San Antonio Humane
donations. These are more flexible Society.
and cause less of a strain on the The Texas Diaper Bank in San
charity, allowing them to help more, Antonio is asking for diapers and
USAID explained. wipes, which can be dropped off in
"Unlike material donations, cash person or mailed to 5415 Bandera
involves no transportation costs, Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex.,
shipping delays, or customs fees. It 78238.
also enables relief organizations to
spend more time providing aid by Check the charity
spending less time managing Before you donate to a charity,
goods," the organization explained make sure you know where your aid
on its website. is going. The Center for International
Disaster Information recommends
Volunteer at shelters checking with a charity monitoring
The American Red Cross in Texas organization like GiveWell, Charity
has asked people to volunteer. The Navigator, Charity Watch, or the
office announced on Friday that it Better Business Bureau before
would be training volunteers at their donating.
shelters through a "fast=track" Make sure your donation is secure
course. The Salvation Army also by going through an organization's
announced it would be accepting official website or sending a check in
volunteers to hand out supplies and the mail. Charity Navigator says you
food at shelters. Check for a local should never donate over the phone,
group in your area that is sending email or unknown social media
volunteers. pages, as these are easier for
Volunteer Houston has launched a scammers to target.
VIRTUAL Volunteer Reception Center
to aid non-profits and agencies in Donate Blood
finding and deploying people to AABB, which coordinates a task
hard-site areas. force to manage blood collection
efforts during disasters, put out a call
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Builder News

Housing Affordability The national median home

Inches Lower in price rose to $256,000 in the

Second Quarter
second quarter from $245,000
in the first quarter of 2017.
n Rising home prices offset a quarter-
Meanwhile, average mortgage
point drop in mortgage interest rates to
move housing affordability slightly lower in rates fell 25 basis points in the
the second quarter of 2017, according to second quarter to 4.08
the National Association of Home Builders percent from 4.33 percent in
(NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity
Index (HOI) released today. the first quarter.
While builder confidence remains solid
and sales and starts are running at a markets were also in California. At the we saw modest gains this month, new said NAHB Senior Economist Michael
healthy clip above last years levels, very bottom of the affordability chart was home sales have risen nearly 11 percent Neal. While new home inventory rose
housing continues to confront persistent Salinas, where 12.4 percent of all new since the start of 2017, said Granger slightly in June, it remains tight as
headwinds, said NAHB Chairman and existing homes sold were affordable MacDonald, chairman of the National builders face lot and labor shortages and
Granger MacDonald, a home builder and to families earning the areas median Association of Home Builders (NAHB) increases in building material costs.
developer from Kerrville, Texas. Rising income of $63,100. and a home builder and developer from The inventory of new home sales for
material prices, particularly lumber, along In descending order, other small Kerrville, Texas. Our members remain sale was 272,000 in June, which is a 5.4-
with chronic shortages of buildable lots markets at the lowest end of the optimistic as the single-family housing month supply at the current sales pace.
and skilled labor are putting upward affordability scale included Santa Cruz- market continues to recover. Regionally, new home sales increased
pressure on home prices and impeding a Watsonville; San Rafael; Napa; and San The months sales report is consistent 12.5 percent in the West and 10 percent
more robust housing recovery. Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande. with our forecast, and we should see in the Midwest. Sales were unchanged in
The job market continues to gain Please visit for further gains throughout the year as the the Northeast and fell 6.1 percent in the
steam and this is boosting housing tables, historic data and details.Although labor market continues to strengthen, South.
demand, said NAHB Chief Economist
Robert Dietz. Meanwhile, growing
incomes and attractive mortgage rates
are helping to keep housing affordable by
partially offsetting ongoing home price
appreciation. Home prices will continue to
rise as inventory remains tight. NAHB
expects the housing market will continue
to make gradual gains in 2017.
In all, 59.4 percent of new and existing
homes sold between the beginning of
April and end of June were affordable to
families earning the U.S. median income
of $68,000. This is down from the 60.3
percent of homes sold that were
affordable to median-income earners in
the first quarter.
The national median home price rose to
$256,000 in the second quarter from
$245,000 in the first quarter of 2017.
Meanwhile, average mortgage rates fell
25 basis points in the second quarter to
4.08 percent from 4.33 percent in the first
For the third consecutive quarter,
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pa.,
was rated the nations most affordable
major housing market. There, 93.3
percent of all new and existing homes
sold in the second quarter were affordable
to families earning the areas median
income of $54,600. Meanwhile, Kokomo,
Ind., was rated the nations most
affordable smaller market for the second
straight quarter, with 96.9 percent of
homes sold in the second quarter being
affordable to families earning the median
income of $62,500.
Rounding out the top five affordable
major housing markets in respective order
were Syracuse, N.Y.; Dayton, Ohio;
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, N.Y.;
and Scranton-Wilkes Barre-Hazleton, Pa.
Smaller markets joining Kokomo at the
top of the list included Davenport-Moline-
Rock Island, Iowa-Ill.; Glen Falls, N.Y.;
Watertown-Fort Drum, N.Y.; and Monroe,
For the 19th consecutive quarter, San
Francisco-Redwood City-South San
Francisco, Calif., was the nations least
affordable major housing market. There,
just 7.6 percent of homes sold in the
second quarter were affordable to families
earning the areas median income of
Other major metros at the bottom of the
affordability chart were located in
California. In descending order, they
included Los Angeles-Long Beach-
Glendale; Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine; San
Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara; and Santa
All five least affordable small housing
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Trade and Trade Deficits are not Related, Really!
Since the beginning of the 2016 rise, which is equivalent to saving more. consequently, see their trade surplus
presidential election cycle, President Conversely, a nation enjoying an wither. In the process, other nations will
Trump has repeatedly argued that trade economic boom would normally run a export more and see employment gains.
Elliot Eisenberg
deficits with other nations are indicative deficit because domestic spending would Trade surpluses that result from
Economic & Policy of unfair trade. His contention is that if be very high, causing exports to decline cheating not only deprive workers in
Blog we just negotiate better trade deals, and savings to fall. In the United States, other nations of employment in export
deficits would disappear, and economic we run chronic trade deficits because we industries, but also destabilize the global
growth and employment would improve. consistently consume more than we economy. By manipulating their currency,
Regrettably, this view is simplistic; produce, but the size of the deficit varies the Chinese destroyed jobs here in the
usually deeper economic forces are at depending on domestic economic US (and Europe) and weakened our
work, making trade deficit reduction conditions. To rid ourselves of our annual economy. As a result, when the Great
more difficult. That said, pushing nations trade deficits would require reduced Recession hit, it was worse than it would
with chronically large trade surpluses to consumption, which means consistently otherwise have been, and the recovery
reduce them would be good because saving more, and absent substantial tax was weaker because we could not
large trade surpluses are economically reform, that is unlikely. increase exports as much as we should
destabilizing. This is how trade normally works. have been able to.
A trade deficit is always the result of a However, some countries with strong In short, trade deficits normally result
nation consuming more than it produces; economies run chronic trade surpluses, from too little savings. Because the
that gap, or savings deficit, is what which requires cheating. Normally, such amount saved by an economy changes
produces a trade deficit. By contrast, a a country would see its currency rise, over the business cycle, deficits and
trade surplus means a nation saves pushing down exports as they become surpluses usually wax and wane and are
money by consuming less than it costlier in foreign countries. However, thus reasonably self-correcting. It is only
produces. As a result, while between 2000 and 2013, China spent when a nation cheats and runs a chronic
protectionism can alter those with whom trillions of dollars artificially depressing surplus that we should be alarmed, and
we run trade deficits and surpluses, it its currency. That reduced imports, in those cases, we should fight back.
cannot alter the size of our overall trade boosted exports, forced savings to rise, Doing so will discourage cheating and
deficit. Think about it: you run a trade and resulted in large trade surpluses. make the global economy more resilient.
surplus with your employer, but a trade This financial repression should be Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is President of
deficit with Costco, Target, and your fought and heres how: if a nation GraphsandLaughs, LLC and can be
mortgage company. If Target is unfair to deliberately intervenes to depress its reached at
you, you can reduce your trade deficit currency, the US should intervene and His daily 70-word economics and policy
there by buying less, but you would likely strengthen that nations currency by blog can be seen at
increase your deficit at Walmart. The selling dollars and buying the currency of You can subscribe and have the blog
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A country in recession is likely to run a from running chronic surpluses. Instead,
trade surplus as the population pulls those nations will probably increase their
back on spending, allowing exports to consumption and save less, and,

El Paseo de Casas
Preview Party
It finally got here, after all the work,
all the planning, all the coordination. It
was spectacular. It was grand. It was
our Preview Party for el Paseo de
Casas. The night of the opening
looked a little ominous as clouds
closed in but never spit out rain on the
site. It was not the case on the
westside as flooding took many of our
potential visitors out of the party. At
the event the night went super well as
each participating builder welcomed
the VIPs to their homes. It was a
really great night.
Preview parties are as much about
looking at the homes as it is meeting
with friends or making new ones. For
some of our builders this was a new
event and a new opportunity. Doing a
showcase home is not for the faint of
heart as it is a real challenge to get the
house ready. It was nearly 4 pm
before the last of the homes were
finally ready for the grand opening at
6. The gates opened and the crowds
came as the whole block was electric
with talk and hand shaking.
Our first time as a builder in this
type event was crazy good, and
sometimes just crazy said Laura Loy
with Loyalty Homes. Loyalty Homes
had challenges to get things done as
they were victimized twice during
construction. We lost some plywood
first and then thieves took out the
copper wire just as we were ready to
drywall, said Gus Loy. We finally got
it done and its beautiful, isnt it? he
grinned. Yes the house is beautiful as
are all of them in the show.
Our challenges were overcome as
we found out that this home was
coming along well, said Don Rassette,
President and Paseo builder. Our
team came together even when we
had unexpected hiccups, like we have
on occasion and got through them one
by one, he continued.
Franklin Building Materials is the
Presenting Partner for el Paseo de
Casas. We felt like this event would
allow us to give back to the
Association and to help support the
builders involved, said Cristina
Sheldon Aguilar, President of Franklin
Building Materials. In addition to
Franklin four of our other partners
welcomed different workforce
members to come in free. Military
active and retired sponsored by
Builders Source Appliance Gallery;
First Responders by Loyalty Homes;
medical and hospital employees by
GECU; and educators, administration,
school and university employees by
WestStar Home Loans.
The el Paseo de Casas will continue
through September 10. Our thanks to
our builders: Rassette Homes;
Diamond Homes; Pointe Homes;
Pacifica Homes; Carefree Homes;
Metro Homes; and Loyalty Homes.
Thanks also to our great volunteer
ticket takers. Job well done by
Margaret for coordinating them and
keeping daily work going on. Out
thanks to Ted Escobedo for all his
work coordinating marketing and the
magazine. Job well done all the way
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Automation in Retirement Plan

by Ruth Rivera, VP Bukaty Financial
new h o m e s
A traditional 401(k) plan design, employees
must take several steps to begin saving: enroll,
Auto escalation, annually increasing the
automatic deferral rate, is arguably one of the
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Updated every month, here is a list of the 2017 EPAB Membership.

EPAB Membership Remember to please do buinsess with fellow members.
Builder members R.E. Welch Contractor Desert Quest Plumbing Morrison Supply
as of June 1, 2017 Gordon Welch Hector Gonzalez Sam Shallenberger
Rassette Homes, Inc. Dunn Edwards Paints MTI Ready Mix, Inc.
AT Architectural Designs Donald Rassette Nathan Gordon Tony Mullen
Elsa Taracena Santana Custom Homes Dorney Security LLC
Accent Homes Fernando Santana John Dorney Walter Pichardo
Mark Dyer Southwest Land Development Serv. DWS Building Supply New American Funding
Bain Construction Doug Schwartz Sabrina Voorhies Brenda Trillo
Scott Bain The Heritage Group E.F. Building Materials, Inc. New Era Foam
Bella Homes David Bingham Efren Fraire George Tollen
Leti Navarrete Trejo Construction Co. Eagle Roofing Products Passage Supply
Bella Vista Custom Homes, Inc. Juan Trejo Scott Aguilar John Chaney
Edgar Garcia Tropicana Building Corp. El Paso Building Materials Patriot Mortgage
BIC Homes Bobby Bowling IV Ken Wade Randy Bowling
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Carlos Villasana Tropicana Homes El Paso Mortgage Bankers Association Performance Glass & Aluminum
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Richard Aguilar Tropicana Properties El Paso Star Ready-Mix Concrete Inc. Pioneer Bank
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Classic American Homes Kristi Eddings Jose Molina Steven Drury
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John Cullers Ferguson Enterprises Inc. Arnie Pederson
Cullers Homes Associate Members Albert Holguin RAC Doors Unlimited, Inc.
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Custom Dream Homes Luis Sauceda, Randall Smith, CPA
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Donald Ward Ricardo Bocardo Jr. Brenda Aguirre Rudolph Chevrolet
E. Valencia Land Development LLC Bank of Texas Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Art Smith
Eddie Valencia Ray Owen Richard Dayoub Saldivar Electric, Inc.
Edward's Homes, Inc. Barnett & Bennett Construction GEPAR-Greater El Paso Martin A. Saldivar
Eduardo Fernandez Ben Trzyna Assoc. of Realtors Sarabias Blue Sanitation
EPT Land Communities Baron Supply Sharron Ramirez Monica Brown
David Bogas David Trammell Hardware Specialties Saguaro Corporation dba EP C & D
Everest Homes Barragan & Associates Jeff R. Paxton Recycling Sean Gillespie
Edmundo Dena, Jr. Benito Barragan Harris Real Estate Group Senercon
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Javier Andrade Alexandro Castro Haskins Electric Sherwin Williams Paint
Gaddy Construction Beasley, Mitchell & Co., LLP Charles B. Haskins, Jr. Cruz Lopez
Charles Gaddy Brad Beasley Home of Texas Sierra Title Company/Lawyers Title
GMF Custom Homes, LP BMC Select Mark Smiley Angelique Roman
Frank Torres Jaeson Iovinella Home Performance Testing Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
Guel Construction Boise Cascade Fernando Garcia/Ray Gonzales Ken Donham
Rudy Guel Mike Flores HUB International Snappy Publishing, LLC
Hakes Brothers LLC Bonded Builders Home Warranty Grp. Luis Rosas Ted Escobedo
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Hanson Asset Management, LP Border Solar Shawn Weeks Larry Perea
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Leslie Driggers Hoard Kathy Rose, Sandra Lucero Inter National Bank Spectrum Technologies
Hunt Communities, LLC C. D. Lee/Britton Insurance & Bonding Natalie Ojeda Miled Daou
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Icon Custom Home Builder, LLC. Cabinet Masters Jorge Herrera Cindy Bilbe
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Industrial Realty Group Incorporated Capital Bank, SSB Jim Ellis Scott Whisenant
Brent D. Harris David Ortwein Jobe Materials, LP Su Casa Magazine
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