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National, State & Local
Building Industry News
2017: Issue 9

Harvey will hammer Texas' already stretched building industry

By Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor "I'm glad this didn't happen a year ago
DALLASNEWS when my house was being built," Gaines
Texas' already tight housing market is said.Ted Wilson, a housing analyst with
going to feel a bigger pinch as a result of Dallas-based Residential Strategies, said
Hurricane Harvey. there is already "a lot of chatter" in the
The damage from the storm will add to building industry about what Harvey will
shortages of labor and push up prices on do to construction labor and materials
building materials as Gulf Coast demands.
communities recover. "Obviously it's going to be a big
Thousands of homes and apartments problem," Wilson said. "Once the water
were either destroyed or damaged as goes down, the amount of work that has
Harvey moved inland near Corpus to be done will put a huge strain on the
Christi, then followed the coast north to Houston housing market.
the Houston area. "It will put a huge strain on the
Before the storm, Texas' was the industry."
country's largest homebuilding market. Don't expect immigrants
Now builders and construction workers After previous Texas hurricanes,
who were already struggling to keep up laborers from Mexico and Latin America
with the state's demand for new housing have helped with cleanup. But don't
are going to face the challenge of expect that to happen with Harvey, of Home Builders. "However, the primary said. "The counties in the state disaster
replacing and repairing what Harvey Wilson said. effect of an event like this is delays for area represent approximately 4 percent
wrecked. "With the ramping up of border security construction activity. of nationwide single-family construction
"The homebuilders, remodelers and and the fact the Mexican economy is "We are already seeing delays in large and 32 percent of Texas new home
construction people are going to be busy better, we haven't seen people coming markets, like those in Texas, due to labor construction."
for the next two years," said Dr. James across like we have in the past," he said. scarcity and increases in lumber prices Texas homebuilders were already
Gaines, chief economist with the Real Wilson also expects a spike in prices due to the imposition of tariffs on fighting one of the worst labor shortages
Estate Center at Texas A&M University. for construction materials, including Canadian softwood lumber. The storm on record. Now the demand for workers
"There was not very much extra capacity drywall, plywood and roofing because of will make these bottlenecks worse in the to rebuild after Harvey will create more
in the construction market, and now there Harvey. areas affected, and we will see some shortages.
will be higher strain to repair and replace Such increases are common after decline in home production volume "I anticipate it to impact not only
what got damaged." natural disasters and may linger for during the cleanup period." Houston's housing market, but the entire
Even Texas cities that suffered no months. 4 percent state of Texas," said Paige Shipp of
storm damage, including Dallas, could "In the short run, building material Dietz said the industry impact from the housing analyst Metrostudy. "This is yet
see a shortage of building-sector workers prices locally will increase due to supply storm will be significant. another layer of complexity to an industry
as people head south to deal with the bottlenecks," said Robert Dietz, chief "The affected areas are a significant wrought with problems."
damage. economist with the National Association share of new construction nationwide," he

Study Finds Green The latest in a series of studies As consumers become more familiar home builders are less concerned about

Home Building
conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics in with the impact that their homes can higher start-up costs than in previous
partnership with the National Association have on their health and well-being, we studies. There was also a decline among

Continues to Gain
of Home Builders (NAHB), the study wouldnt be surprised to see the influence people who think consumers will not pay
shows that green homes are continuing of this factor continue to grow, said additional costs for green building.

to gain market share. Steve Jones, Dodges Senior Director of Finally, between one half and two thirds
At least one third of single family and Industry Insights Research. Homes are of respondents say seven different
multifamily builders who were surveyed following the larger trend that Dodge has drivers are pushing them to build green,
said that green building is a significant been tracking across commercial and instead of one or two drivers as in the
portion of their overall activity (more than institutional sectors for healthier buildings past. In fact, these top drivers, selected
60 percent of their portfolio). By 2022, to become an increasingly important part by between 64 and 57 percent of single
this number should increase to nearly of being sustainable. family builders, include customer
one half in both the single family and The report also found that a demand; greater availability and
multifamily sectors. Within this group, considerable number of builders are affordability of green products; the
nearly 30 percent of multifamily builders developing net zero homes or plan to prospect of producing a higher quality
fall into the category of dedicated green build net zero homes in the near future. home; appraisers recognizing greater
builders (more than 90 percent of their Among those surveyed, 29 percent of value in green homes; government or
portfolio). On the single family side, the single family home builders have built a utility incentives; and changes in codes,
percentage of dedicated green builders net zero home in the past two years, and ordinances and regulations.
is nearly 20 percent, but that share is 44 percent expect to do so in the next Multifamily builders see government or
expected to grow sizably by 2022. two years. Builders see increased utility incentives; customer demand; and
These findings show that green customer demand and a competitive changes in codes, ordinances, and
building has become an established part advantage as the top two drivers to regulations as the top drivers for future
of the residential construction landscape, develop net zero homes. green building activity. With respect to
One third of builders surveyed say said NAHB Chairman Granger Another reason for the rise in net zero green building obstacles, multifamily
green building is a significant share of MacDonald, a home builder and homes is the increasing use of renewable builders are most concerned about the
overall activity, and many have built a net developer from Kerrville, Texas. It is no technologies, especially solar costs associated with green; higher start-
zero home. longer a niche business; our members photovoltaic panels. In two years, the up costs; and the unwillingness of
Green construction is rapidly gaining recognize the value of building green and percentage of builders who used these consumers to pay more for green
traction among both single family and are incorporating these elements into panels increased from 19 to 23 percent. construction. Single family builders agree
multifamily home builders, according to their standard business practices. Nearly half (43 percent) of the builders about the challenge of consumers not
new research published in the Green Increasing energy efficiency continues surveyed expect to use this technology in being willing to pay, the top obstacle for
Multifamily and Single Family Homes to be the most common method of the future. them.
2017 SmartMarket Brief. The report is improving the performance of a green Other SmartMarket findings suggest -NAHB
available for free download at home, followed by creating a healthy the single family green home market is indoor living environment. maturing. For one, the report found that
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Presidents Don

El Paso Association
of Builders

Home building just got a little tougher, but there is some good news too
Earlier this year I wrote on how of better paying and more consistent Construction Month. This recognizes another possible savings for our
easy it is to build houses, and then work. In addition, are you aware that and brings more attention to the need industry.
listed several of the speed bumps and the average age of a skilled to grow the construction workforce to I was remiss in mentioning last time,
problems to this statement which construction worker, across the meet the housing needs of Texas. that September was NAHBs
included lot shortages, restricted country, is more than 50 years old? Additionally, at our August board Associate Member Appreciation
financing, labor shortages and With this being the average age, our meeting, I mentioned how well TAB Month. Across the country, about two-
material delays to name a few. Now industry is slowly losing skilled trades did this year in the legislative session thirds of the total membership comes
with the latest natural disasters; such and workers. These trades are not and briefly touched on the $2,000.00 from associate members. Locally, our
as Harvey, Irma and Maria, plus the being filled by younger workers, which Energy Efficient New Homes Tax numbers are very similar. So, to the
recent fires in the northwest and west, only compounds to the difficulty of Credit. The U.S. Department of Associate Members of EPAB, THANK
earthquakes in Mexico, our finding skilled labor. Energy approved this Tax Credit on YOU FOR MAKING OUR
construction industrys ease of The U.S. unemployment rate is near June 26, 2017. Please do your own ASSOCIATION BIGGER AND
building problems will only increase. its lowest level in 16 years, so those due diligence and verification, but BETTER!
Our suppliers warehouses and who want a job can get a job. So be here in a nutshell are the eligibility We are in the last quarter of this
factories may be flooded or have prepared that certain trades, sub- requirements: calendar year and I would like every
caught on fire. Workers in these contractors and suppliers will have Single family and multi-family member to look at what they do for
warehouses/factories may not be able problems getting workers and homes up to 3 stories, EPAB. Thats right what do you do for
to get to work due to living, materials and there will be delays with Units must be 50% above the our association? I encourage you to
warehouse/factory and road deliveries of the materials and 2006 IECC, get involved or be more involved for
conditions. This means we will see a supplies that are needed on jobsites Raters must use DOE approved 2018. Its easy to be a cruiser, rather
longer delivery time and increase in everywhere. This will lead to longer software to generate the energy than a carrier.
cost as these suppliers work to re- cycle times and we all know the savings calculations, In closing, BE PREPARE TO
build. sayings that time is money or time Homes must be inspected and SUCCEED!
At the same time as many cities are is of the essence. certified by a certified HERS Rater,
working to re-build homes, business Some good news: through Tax credits are retroactive for up to
and infrastructure many skilled labors cooperation and lobbying by TAB, 3 years.
from around the country and from Governor Greg Abbott has declared Here again is the strength of our
here in El Paso, will move for the offer October 2017, as Careers in associations, working and adding
Executives Association showcases affodablity
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$60,000 or even $100,000 range. at between $25 and $30. The our rescue to reseal the front door
No, those days are gone and simple rule is that a finished as it was looking worn and dry.
Ray Adauto, surprise, its going to get even house is four to six times the cost He also cleaned up some of the
Executive more expensive as goods, land, of the lot. So, its not farfetched to cracked paint on the sidewalk and
Vice President and labor costs go up. Land costs see if a lot is sold to the builder for replaced some stones that had
EPAB are going up as the cost of $50,000 then the finished house come off. Thank you, Rudy Guel
development and the all the new should run somewhere in the $250 Construction.
codes and things like lumber, to $300,000 range. A lot depends Our reception for the Mayor and
nails, paint and things needed to on what goes into the home, but council went rather well on
The Association enjoyed a very build a home. On the day I wrote its still a good guesstimate. September 20. We had Chef
good el Paseo de Casas, what we this our member builders were So affordable doesnt mean Rulis cater and 915 Bartending
dubbed an affordable showcase. selecting lots far out Montana YOU can afford it, but rather that it serve the drinks. Thanks to our
While we had success with the nearer and nearer to Hueco is affordable for the marketplace. members who came and heard
presentation and the activities Tanks. You read right, Hueco If a builder misprices the home the Mayor. Get ready to hear
associated with the Paseo some Tanks. A lot of what is happening that builder will either go broke or State Rep Joe Pickett at our
in the community couldnt believe is that there is no more cheap be out of business rather quickly. membership meeting on
that our homes were priced from land like a few years ago and that Again, the key is what the price of THURSDAY, October 12. El Paso
the mid $160s to $220s. Gasp, translates to higher costs. Let me land is going for. Club. Please mark the date
what do you mean affordable? give you a simple accounting of Id like to take time to thank change and place.
some asked. Well the answers what a house will be priced at. If some of our members for some
are relatively simple as the price the land were to cost $5 then the work done on the EPAB building.
of new homes is no longer in the completed house should be priced Rudy Guel once again came to

Hurricane Harvey:
Rebuilding with

The members of the Greater

Houston Builders Association
(GHBA) want to express their
heartfelt sympathies to anyone
affected by the devastation of
Hurricane Harvey that hit the
Texas Gulf Coast. The
professional building and
remodeling community stands
ready to assist our neighbors
as we work to rebuild the
homes and communities that
have been destroyed or
GHBA is the voice of
Houstons residential
construction and remodeling
industry. Through advocacy
and education, we aim to
enhance the business climate
for members, and to provide
quality obtainable housing to
the community. GHBA
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Builder News

NAHB Chairman the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market

Granger MacDonald
Index gauges builder perceptions of
current single-family home sales and

on GOP Tax Plan

sales expectations for the next six months
as good, fair or poor. The survey also
asks builders to rate traffic of prospective
n Granger MacDonald, chairman of the buyers as high to very high, average or
National Association of Home Builders low to very low. Scores for each
(NAHB) and a home builder and component are then used to calculate a

Builder Confidence
developer from Kerrville, Texas, today seasonally adjusted index where any
issued the following statement on the tax availability of labor and the cost of number over 50 indicates that more

Drops Three Points

plan put forth by the White House and building materials, said NAHB Chairman builders view conditions as good than
GOP congressional leaders: Granger MacDonald, a home builder and poor.

As Hurricanes Add
NAHB commends President Trump developer from Kerrville, Texas. Once the All three HMI components posted
and Congress for making the vital issue of rebuilding process is underway, I expect losses in September but remain at healthy

tax reform a top priority. During the past builder confidence will return to the high levels. The component gauging current
several months, we have conveyed our levels we saw this spring. sales conditions fell four points to 70 and
views and concerns to policymakers and Despite this months drop, builder the index charting sales expectations in
we firmly believe that the plan unveiled n Builder confidence in the market for confidence is still on very firm ground, the next six months dropped four points to
today represents a positive step in the newly-built single-family homes fell three said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. 74. Meanwhile, the component measuring
right direction. points to a level of 64 in September from With ongoing job creation, economic buyer traffic slipped a single point to 47.
By lowering the pass-through rate, the a downwardly revised August reading of growth and rising consumer confidence, Looking at the three-month moving
plan will reduce the tax bill of thousands 67 on the National Association of Home we should see the housing market averages for regional HMI scores, the
of small businesses and help to spur job Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market continue to recover at a gradual, steady West increased three points to 77 and the
and economic growth. More importantly, Index (HMI). pace throughout the rest of the year. Northeast rose one point to 49. The South
the blueprint maintains the Low Income The recent hurricanes have intensified Derived from a monthly survey that dropped a single point to 66 and the
Housing Tax Credit, the most our members concerns about the NAHB has been conducting for 30 years, Midwest fell three points to 63.
indispensable tool to help produce
affordable rental housing. The plan also
retains a business interest deduction for
small businesses, which would ensure
that our future tax code is truly pro-
On an issue of such significance, we
recognize difficult trade-offs must be
made. Although the mortgage interest
deduction remains untouched, its
effectiveness could be diminished as
more families elect to take a higher
standard deduction. As the process
advances, NAHB looks forward to working
with policymakers to mitigate any
detrimental effects that this development
could have on the housing market. In
addition, we will also seek to ensure that
tax relief efforts put more money into the
pockets of hard-working families and that
affordable homeownership and rental
housing opportunities remain an
accessible goal.

New Home Sales

Fall 3.4 Percent
n Sales of newly built, single-family
homes in August fell 3.4 percent to a
seasonally adjusted annual rate of
560,000 units from an upwardly revised
July reading, according to newly released
data by the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development and the U.S.
Census Bureau. This was the lowest
sales reading since December 2016.
However, year-to-date, new home sales
are 7.5 percent above their level over the
same period last year.
This months report is another
reminder that builders need to manage
rising supply-side costs to meet consumer
demand for affordably priced homes,
said Granger MacDonald, chairman of the
National Association of Home Builders
(NAHB) and a home builder and
developer from Kerrville, Texas.
The year-to-date growth shows that
new home sales are continuing to make
consistent, long-term gains, said NAHB
Chief Economist Robert Dietz. However,
we may see more volatility in the next few
months as communities affected by the
recent hurricanes experience construction
delays and other economic disruptions.
The inventory of new homes for sale
was 284,000 in August, which is a 6.1-
month supply at the current sales pace.
Regionally, new home sales remained
unchanged in the Midwest. Sales fell 2.6
percent in the Northeast, 2.7 percent in
the West and 4.7 percent in the South.
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Tax Reform is Out, Tax Cuts are Possible
2017 Issue 9 Builders Outlook

After failing to repeal the wrath of dozens of interest groups, Reducing corporate taxes is an idea that has
broad support across the political spectrum
or replace Obamacare, as well as court the potential loss of
Elliot Eisenberg Republican seats in high tax states

since many US-headquartered firms have

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why the border tax adjustment - which
was a very good idea - was withdrawn corporate taxes. The problem is that financing
even though it would have raised $1
trillion over the next decade from
the lower tax rate requires eliminating
Republicans are now focused on tax importers. The intense political corporate deductions for, among other things,
investment, and doing that would have
reform, a seemingly much easier task. pushback from large retailers and
Distance, however, is tax reforms best others was simply too much. For this

perverse effects.
friend. Proposals that look great in same reason, the mortgage interest
theory are routinely derailed by details. deduction and charitable deduction are
And, that is why there has been no already off limits.
significant tax reform since 1986. Reducing corporate taxes is an idea
Moreover, passing tax reform has that has broad support across the
historically required a bipartisan political spectrum since many US- being a small tax cut. While a large tax oppose tax breaks for renewable
coalition to withstand the many headquartered firms have already cut might seem more appealing, with energy, but members of Congress from
opposition groups that intensively moved to Europe to escape high US an existing budget deficit that is states with substantial wind and solar
lobby to protect their deductions. corporate taxes. The problem is that already large, and on track to get energy will strongly disagree. While
Moreover, it will be inordinately difficult financing the lower tax rate requires much worse over the next decade, Republicans may agree on the broad
for Republicans to pass revenue- eliminating corporate deductions for, because of rising healthcare and outline of tax policy, such as lower
neutral tax reform on a partisan basis among other things, investment, and retirement costs, the votes for a large rates and fewer loopholes, they will
with a slim two-vote majority in the doing that would have perverse tax cut that will increase our already divide on the details as they reveal
Senate and with a president with an effects. It would raise the cost of new enormous debt are simply not there. In themselves. With a slim Republican
approval rating in the upper-thirties. investment and thus reduce economic short, the inability to increase the majority, Democrats in no mood to
Thus, expect -- a small tax cut, but no growth, the opposite of the intended deficit on one hand and the political help, and an election year fast
structural tax changes. effect. If we reduce the corporate rate inability to raise revenues by closing approaching, meaningful tax reform
Republicans generally agree that to 15% or 20%, enough to overcome loopholes on the other makes this will wait for another Congress. Despite
individuals should not be able to the investment problem, we create entire exercise very difficult. the legislative need, I peg the chances
deduct state and local income taxes enormous incentives for people to re- Tax reform is hard, demands of a meaningful tax cut at 65%/35%.
from their federal taxes. The problem characterize wage income as business unpleasant trade-offs, and even
is that if Congressional Republicans income, leading to enormous deficits. creates divisions that cut across party
attack this deduction, they will incur This leaves the most likely outcome lines. For example, some Republicans

Mayor, City Officials

meet at EPAB Office
It was a reception to introduce each
other. It was a chance for us to meet
the new leadership at the City of El
Paso, and it was a way for them to
meet us. Mayor Dee Margo, City reps
Peter Swarzbien, Claudia Ordaz-
Perez, Henry Rivera and Alsexsandra
Annello were at the EPAB office to do
just that. Joining them were City
Manager Tommy Gonzalez, Col. Carie
Westin and Larry Nichols from
Planning and Permitting. The
Association members welcomed them
to our home with open arms and an
open mind. Im really glad to be here
and get to know some of the
members, Mayor Margo told the
Outlook. Many are folks Ive known
for years and others I just met, but all
are important to growing the City and
thats what I want them to know, he
Henry Tinajero from WestStar Bank
was just as enthusiastic about the
reception. I think this one thing that
allows the mayor and reps understand
who and what we are, he said. I
couldnt agree more, said Sam
Shallenberger from Morrison Supply.
These folks sometimes dont
understand the people behind some of
their decisions and so having them
here helps, Sam said.
The Association made it clear from
the welcome that there would not be
an agenda for the reception only an
opportunity to meet and greet our
elected officials. I wanted to make
sure that the reps and mayor would
feel comfortable coming here away
from the spotlight and give them a
chance to rub elbows with our
members, said Ray Adauto. To that
end the Association and the officials
were invited to eat, drink and shake
hands. Thats exactly what went on. It
was Mayor Margo who wanted to say
a few words to the gathered group.
Let me say this, I have known the
association from the days with my old
company J D Williams and so we have
a good relationship with many of you,
he said. Let me also tell you that our
goals cant be met without you.
Margo went on to talk about the good
things going on in the city, the effort to
attract businesses including Amazon,
and the willingness to undo obstacles
within the city. I intend to keep El
Paso growing and to make us a
destination rather than a pass
through, the Mayor told us.
I want to thank the Association for
the invite and to let you know that this
is a lot harder than I thought it would
be, but that I understand the builders
and what we need to do to help you,
Henry Rivera District 7 rep said. His
comments were echoed by the other
reps as they enjoyed a moment of
respite and a chance to meet
members. All in all, I would say this
was very successful in lots of ways,
said Bobby Bowling IV. It is one of
the things we do to make sure they
(the city) know we are diverse and
focused on making El Paso better.
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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
Antonio Cervantes Tropicana Development El Paso Disposal Pella Windows
Blue Star Construction, LLC. Greg Bowling Irma Parsons Jason Bates
Carlos Villasana Tropicana Homes El Paso Mortgage Bankers Association Performance Glass & Aluminum
Carefree Homes Randy Bowling Randi Cabrera Hector Hernandez
Richard Aguilar Tropicana Properties El Paso Star Ready-Mix Concrete Inc. Pioneer Bank
Casas De Leon, LLC Demetrio Jimenez David Armendariz Kathy Carrillo
Nick Bombach Villagi Homes, LLC El Paso Times Prewire of El Paso, Inc.
Classic American Homes Kristi Eddings Jose Molina Steven Drury
Priscilla Hernandez Will Harvey Development El Paso Truss Post Tension
Crown Heritage Homes Will S. Harvey Luis Mendiola Dennis Moore
Lydia Mlouhi Winton/Flair Homes El Paso Winnelson Powerfoam Insulation:
Cullers & Caldwell Builders Herschel Stringfield Rene Goldfien Metlspan NCI Group, Inc.
John Cullers Ferguson Enterprises Inc. Arnie Pederson
Cullers Homes Associate Members Albert Holguin RAC Doors Unlimited, Inc.
Jason R. Cullers as of June 1, 2017 First American Bank Charles Foxx
Custom Dream Homes Luis Sauceda, Randall Smith, CPA
Leti & Javier Navarrete 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty First Light Federal Credit Union Randall Smith
D. R. Horton Homes Michael Elman Lorenzo Revelez Real Estate Weekly Newspaper
Jaime Gonzalez 84 Lumber Firth, Johnston, Bunn & Kerr Riley Stephens
Dawco Home Builders Ernie Chavez Jay Kerr Rebath of El Paso/Las Cruces
Walter O. Lujan ABC Supply Co., Inc. Foxworth Galbraith Lumber Lisa Walling
Deal-2-Deal Homes Larry Eck Dan Villarreal Remcon Self Storage
dba Deal-2-Deal,LLC Acme Brick Company Franklin Building Materials Will Harvey
Delton Deal Vanessa Rocha; Steve Bush Ricardo Aguilar; Cristina Sheldon Richman Group Affordable Housing Corp.
Del Rio Engineering, Inc. Adams Moulding & Lumber G2 Ram Electric Kevin Hoffman
Sal Masoud Tom Swahlen Luis Cano Rocky Mountain Mortgage Company
Diamond Homes, LLC Area Iron & Steel Works, Inc. GCC Sun City Materials, LLC Dean Inniss
Valerie Baquera Fred L. Edmonston Jr. Victor Tito Marquez Roe, Brad
Donald Ward Builder, Inc. Atrium Homes GECU- Greater El Paso Credit Union Bradley Roe
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
Fortune Custom Homes Barrett Airworks Lane Harris Javier Ruiz
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
Chris Hakes Bill Deal Insight Mortgage Company Solar Smart Living
Hanson Asset Management, LP Border Solar Shawn Weeks Larry Perea
Russell Hanson Javier Ruiz Interceramic Tile & Stone Gallery Southwest Dcor El Paso Corporation
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Leslie Driggers Hoard Kathy Rose, Sandra Lucero Inter National Bank Spectrum Technologies
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Kathy Parry Anthony Landavazo; Lisa Daniels J & H Concrete & Post Tension Stewart Title of El Paso
Icon Custom Home Builder, LLC. Cabinet Masters Jorge Herrera Cindy Bilbe
Carlos Garcia Mike Robles James L. Ellis, CPA, PC StrucSure Home Warranty
Industrial Realty Group Incorporated Capital Bank, SSB Jim Ellis Scott Whisenant
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Jorge E. Rodriguez Lorraine Huit Joe Bernal Insurance Sun City Winnelson
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LMJ Construction Co., LLC CEA Engineering Group L & P Building Supply Mica Short
Mike Lopez Jorge L. Azcarate Denise McConnell Texas Title Company
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Gustavo Loy Roofing Supply Co.,Inc. /TTi Prop. Management. TFCU
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Mustafa Ali Chaparral Materials, Inc. Lennox Industrie The Dorian Group/Ocean Gallery USA
Metro Homes, Inc. Kevin Fortin Sharon Horton Miguel Angel Mercado
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Dan Ruth City Lights Love Engineering, Inc. Trane Residential Solutions
New Horizon Builders Thomas Brown Montez Love Robert Meske/ Kathleen Chacon
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The El Paso Association of Builders was said Bob Ayoub. I couldnt see us not
invited to participate in an unusual event at being here because we need workers,
the El Paso Civic Center designed to skilled and unskilled labor and
introduce high school students to job and professionals to take the reins of the
careers available in El Paso. Bob Ayoub industry, Ayoub continued. Anita
of MIMCO lead the group that included Dominguez is a senior commercial escrow
WestStar Home Loans, SLI Engineering officer at WestStar Home Loans. I am so
and the EPAB. I took place on September enthusiastic with the prospects and
28. interest the kids showed, she said. I think
Students were bussed in from the El this was a really good event for them as
Paso Independent School District put well as us. Georges Halloul, P.E. of SLI
together by Workforce Solutions. In the Engineering was asked dozens of
event students could visit booths set up by questions by students wanting to know
numerous government agencies like the about what it takes to be and engineer. I
Border Patrol, FBI, El Paso Fire told the kids that math is the key, and
Department and others. Also represented getting a good start in college goes a long
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Electric, and others. Also, UTEP was well Plans call for the event to get bigger
represented with several booths from with more school districts involved. This
different departments. Amazon was also could be a great recruiting tool for us and
displaying raising some interest as they we hope to participate again, Ayoub
look to fill the thousands of jobs being concluded.
created across the country.
Joyce Wilson, former City Manager was
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thrilled that the El Paso Association of
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gathered in front of the booth. This show
is something that all employers in El Paso
would benefit doing and this booth with
MIMCO, SLI Engineering, WestStar Home
Loans and the builders is giving our kids a
look at good jobs with real possibilities,
she went on to say.
I want to make sure that our real estate
industry is represented and I am so happy
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