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Building Industry News
2018: Issue 4

Labor Shortage Concerns

NAHB looks to secure skilled worker availability
The International Housing Association the building trades,” said Kristin opportunity to be able to share our
(IHA) is focusing on ways to secure the Brookfield, IHA chair and chief executive experiences and recommendations on
skilled work force necessary to address for industry policy at HIA Australia. different programs and policies,” she said.
the needs of the residential construction “With the residential construction Members will pursue a variety of goals
industry around the world, IHA leaders industry in most countries facing increased including: raising the perception of skilled
announced during the association’s annual housing demand, the skilled labor trades, sharing strategies designed to
meeting April 11-13 in Washington, D.C. shortage creates a range of challenges address the benefits the industry provides
This effort will further the IHA’s priorities that ultimately affect housing supply and to a diverse group of workers and sharing
on housing affordability, availability and affordability. approaches to make certain those taking
choice, while assisting to position the “IHA members have a common interest up training in the residential building
economies of IHA member countries for in ensuring that the residential trades are appropriately paid.
future success. construction industry can address these “Members recognize this is a complex
“The global residential construction challenges, and the recent discussion problem and that there are no simple
industry has experienced a growing allowed members to share information solutions, but we hope that by working
shortage of skilled labor for many reasons. about housing demand and skilled labor collectively we can gain insights in ways to
Workers are leaving their home countries shortages in their country. improve the supply of skilled labor for the
for better job opportunities elsewhere, the “We have agreed to look at the potential residential construction industry,” she said.
population of skilled trade workers is aging solutions to address the skilled labor The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
and young people are seeking professions shortage. Our membership represents 13 serves as the Secretariat of IHA. For more information
requiring a college education instead of different countries, so we have the unique

The Impact of a Skilled Labor Here are some ways the skilled labor the employer to “test out” new employees The construction industry must be able
Shortage in Construction shortage has impacted the construction before hiring them full-time and allows the to demonstrate its value as a career to the
The impact of the skilled labor shortage industry: apprentice to gain valuable hands-on work upcoming workforce. There are many
in construction has continued to plague the Many people are scared to join the experience. Without these apprenticeship ways that the construction industry can do
construction industry since the recession construction industry. programs, employers are hiring workers so:
(2007-2011) where approximately 2 million The recession and layoffs of 2007-2011 before their skills have been evaluated, Reaching out to the younger generations
construction workers were let go (more lead to the loss of many of the skilled and less young entrants to the workforce Construction firms need to partner with
than any other industry). Ever since then, construction workers and professionals are gaining hands-on experience before local schools to be considered by young
the construction industry has not been who had been in the industry for a long being thrown into the field. This lack of adults as a career path worth pursuing.
able to make up for this loss of skilled time. After these people had been let go, apprenticeships has also led to a less This partnership will lead to opportunities
labor and has struggled to fulfill the many the construction industry was forced to skilled young workforce overall. If more to appear at career events, speak in front
construction jobs that are becoming more start from square one, since many of the construction firms were offering of classrooms, appear on the school’s
readily available. The National Association skilled workers were already let go and apprenticeships, it might not only attract career connection websites, and many
of Homebuilders estimates that there are nearing retirement age. Also, many of the young workers, but it would also act to other benefits. By visiting local high
approximately 200,000 construction jobs younger people entering the workforce head-start these new workers on their skill schools and colleges, construction firms
that have been left unsatisfied due to the have avoided construction as a career sets so that they might become highly will be able to get young adults thinking
labor shortage. This inverse relationship path due to its volatility of job security in skilled construction workers later in their about a career in construction before they
between the availability of construction the past. construction career. finalize their career path.
jobs and the availability of a skilled Less of a focus on trades and Less qualified workers pose safety Investing in training programs
workforce is only going to continue to be a vocational schools. concerns. To create a more highly skilled
problem in 2017 as the promise of new Another reason why fewer people are Safety concerns go hand in hand with workforce overall, construction firms need
infrastructure is coming from the new entering the construction workforce is the the hiring of less than qualified workers to to invest in training for all employees. To
administration. The promising growth of lack of emphasis on the trades in high staff the increasing number of projects. do so, construction firms should have
new construction projects should be school and college. Most young adults are This is a concern especially with a high- extensive training for all new employees,
exciting news for the construction industry; being guided toward the traditional 4-year stakes job like construction, where a lack refresher training courses for all-level
however, it poses a challenge to university routes and never consider of skills can mean very devastating results. employees, and mentorship programs that
construction firms as they struggle to be learning a trade. Rising costs to both project owners as will allow the senior workers to pass along
able to staff such large projects with Fewer apprenticeship programs. well as to contractors. their knowledge to the younger working
enough qualified workers. The recession also led to fewer Costs of construction projects have generation before they retire.
apprenticeships and internships. risen for both project owners, as they are In addition to skills training, construction
Apprenticeship programs typically allow forced to pay more to get a project firms should also utilize training from the
completed on time, as well as for Occupational Safety and Health
contractors who have had to increase Administration in order to train new
compensation and benefits to attract new employees to improve safety on-site.
talent. With the promise of new construction
According to a survey conducted by jobs only continuing to grow, there has
Associated General Contractors of never been a more vital time for the
America, 52% of participants said that they construction industry to take steps to
had increased their base compensation for combat the skilled labor shortage. Small
all workers, while 28% have improved steps taken to reposition the construction
benefits to stay competitive in the market industry as a viable career option for new
for talent acquisition. entrants to the working world will make a
How does the construction industry massive difference for the construction
combat this issue of a skilled labor industry in the long-run.


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as President one can never take Foundation and to luis Rosas and Patrick Tuttle, golf
membership and members for let me tell you it wasn’t an easy chairmen. great job guys.
granted. nor can we take staff for thing to do. There are many people Throughout i’d also like to thank STRaTegY
granted. This was evident with our and companies to thank, like Ray and Margaret. it was a lot on
recent events which brought together Foxworth galbraith who donated the their plate and they did and
dozens of members to help the staff lumber; Sherwin Williams contributed exceptional job, again!
with the events. First and foremost, paint, tools, and cruz lopez; to our immediate goal comes in May ediToRial SeRViceS
my thanks to Southwest land for angelique Roman, Brenda aguirre, when we begin our Membership
giving us artcraft estates to have a Patricia Martinez for chairing the drive. We have some excited team
parade at. Secondly to the nine event; to gus loy for building the captains who have already begun
builders who took the risk to build at structure; to Fernando Santana for the calls to ask businesses to join. i
that site. and to the thousands of the design; chris Hakes for the kids strongly believe that this drive could
people who went out to see the furniture; Ted escobedo for help with end up being one of most successful
homes, make an offer, and decide to the staging; and of course our given the strength of members we
buy a new home. Yeah some of the painting crews from all around the already have.
visitors came to get ideas for membership. our special thanks to i hope that you will get involved
remodeling or wishing, but that’s why Franklin Building Materials for the with us. it’s nearly half way through
we do these parades. We call it job of transporting the playhouse. 2018 and i’m asking please help. it’s
“stimulate the market”. Big success Thank you all. your association. Protect it with new
and my thanks go to the volunteers We also had a wonderful golf day members, grow it.
who manned the ticket booth. at Butterfield Trail, and a super
in the beginning of the month we successful Parade of Homes preview
Get Creative. Make it Snappy.
took on the construction of a party. Thanks to all for contributing
playhouse for the children’s Hospital time, money and effort. My thanks
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Membership Drive set to kick off summer

Message D

Association of Builders is to for you. That’s the power of many El Pasoan’s don’t o
ensure that we have and support membership and the “what’s in it understand is that our property
a strong new home construction for me”. taxes are affected every time A
Ray Adauto, business in El Paso, Texas. We There are many reasons to join, some political entity (city, county,
Executive call it advocacy. Through the some very personal, others just school districts) spends money,
Vice President c
Texas Association of Builders and based on common business like in a bond election. Worse is
the National Association of Home sense. We hope to increase our that there is non-voter approved
Builders we advocate for the rolls by at least 25% or perhaps “certificates of obligation” that are
industry at the state and national as some have suggested, let’s being used a lot and those non- P
level for our members. double our membership. Great voter approved expenditures
After a very successful April the Sometimes we get the question idea. More gives us the political account for a huge amount of
Association will embark on a “what has the association done clout we need to make sure debt. My concern is that just with
statewide member drive in late for me”? In the case of advocacy politicians know we are a real the schools and the city tax
May. Why would we do so? It’s our staffs and members do that force in employment and taxing burden we are currently owing
about being able to spread our on a continuing basis. It is the revenue creation. It’s time for nearly one BILLION dollars, not
voice to those who need us the combination of staff and each member to ask just one including pensions. We need to
most, to the ones that don’t know members that do the work of business to join. That’s a great curtail the spending in order to
the backrooms of politics, or who advocacy. Many of us are way to double up. Bring a catch up. I know some of you
feel alone in the world of building involved on city boards, in member in. really think that the new stuff is
or supplying those builders. community planning, business I was recently interviewed needed right now, but how we
Every market is different and with chambers and other places about the local economy and the pay for it should be considered in
that comes the difference in outside of the EPAB, TAB or effects of the new CAD the conversation. We’re stuck
politics. Why politics? Because NAHB. It’s members working for valuations, the ones they use with a voter approved city bond
you may not think you’re in a members, sometimes with their collect property taxes. I said that that hasn’t gone anywhere, but
political hot seat until a politician own nickel to make sure laws or on the one hand everyone wants those bonds have been sold and
or government employee decides movements don’t go against you. to have their homes go up in we owe principal and interest
they know how to run your Association by its very meaning value, so they can maybe have today. It’s time that the political
business better than you do. Or is a bringing together of like more equity. I also noted that the subdivisions get reminded that all
worse yet they decide you minded individuals for a single values are directly tied to the tax the taxes for each are coming
shouldn’t be in business. The purpose. In this case every rate and that the tax rate is from one source….you.
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Builder News

Builder Confidence in
55+ Housing Market
Remains Healthy
n Builder confidence in the
single-family 55+ housing market
dropped five points to 66 in the
first quarter of 2018, according to
the National Association of Home
Builders' (NAHB) 55+ Housing
Market Index (HMI) released
today. The decline came off of an
all-time high reading of 71 from the
fourth quarter of 2017.
“Builders and developers for the
55+ housing sector continue to
report strong demand,” said Chuck
Ellison, chairman of NAHB's 55+
Housing Industry Council and Vice
President-Land of Miller & Smith in
McLean, Va. “However, there are
many places around the country
facing labor and lot shortages,
along with increased building
materials costs, which are
affecting production.”
There are separate 55+ HMIs for
two segments of the 55+ housing
market: single-family homes and
multifamily condominiums. Each
55+ HMI measures builder
sentiment based on a survey that
asks if current sales, prospective
buyer traffic and anticipated six-
month sales for that market are
good, fair or poor (high, average or
low for traffic).
When compared to the previous
quarter, among the three single-
family components of the 55+ HMI,
present sales fell nine points to 70,
expected sales for the next six
months rose seven points to 80
and traffic of prospective buyers
stayed even at 51.
Meanwhile, the 55+ multifamily
condo HMI increased 10 points to
64, which is the highest reading
since the inception of the index in
2008. All three components posted
record highs as well: Present sales
rose eight points to 67, expected
sales for the next six months
increased 10 points to 70 and
traffic of prospective buyers
jumped 15 points to 55.
Three of the four components of
the 55+ multifamily rental market
went down from the previous
quarter: Present production
declined three points to 59,
expected future production fell four
points to 57 and present demand
for existing units decreased three
points to 68, while future expected
demand edged up one point to 68.
“The decline in the 55+ single-
family HMI is consistent with slight
softening of other measures of
single-family construction seen
recently, likely due to winter
weather effects, which may be
affecting housing activity in some
areas of the country,” said NAHB
Chief Economist Robert Dietz.
“However, market conditions
overall remain favorable, and we
expect gradual continued growth
in the 55+ housing sector.”
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Elliot Eisenberg
Economic & Policy

Trade Wars: It’s All About Leverage u


With the US-China trade war looking Korean department stores and Chinese
increasingly ominous, two questions are tourists stopped showing up in Seoul.
on the minds of many: do trade deficits And when China was mad at Japan,
matter and which side has more to lose? rioters attacked Japanese-owned
Economists of almost all stripes agree factories and Chinese purchases of
that trade is good, that trade deficits Toyotas and Nissans shriveled to nothing
don’t really matter, that the nation that in remarkably short order.
imposes tariffs hurts itself, and that if it Now, the US is not Japan or South
faces retaliation, the harm is made Korea, so things are much more
worse. That said, why is Trump complicated, but the Chinese are
threatening steep tariffs on Chinese strategically ready. They are responding
imports? That relates to the second to our tariffs by, among other things,
question: China has much more to lose deliberately slapping import taxes on
economically in an all-out trade war than products made in states represented by
the US. But that is not the end of the key congressional Republicans, such as
story. whiskey from Mitch McConnell’s home
Chinese exports to the US totaled state of Kentucky, and Harley Davidson
$500 billion in 2017, 4% of its GDP. Our motorcycles, since they come from
exports to China were just $130 billion, Wisconsin, the home state of House
or 0.7% of our GDP. Moreover, US Speaker Paul Ryan. China’s strategy is
exports to China are not so easily to get enough constituents, farmers and
replaced. China can easily stop buying business leaders mad at enough
planes from Boeing and instead buy Members of Congress in general and
them from Airbus, but then China has no Republicans in particular to pressure
leverage. And while China can stop Trump to back down.
buying soybeans or oil from the US, Domestically, there is simply no way
those markets are global, and the China can be seen as folding under US
impacts would be minimal. pressure. On the contrary, President Xi
China could conceivably sell US faces pressure to project China as a
Treasuries that they hold, but, at a world power. And true to form, the
minimum, that would push up China’s Chinese are quickly seeing and raising
currency, which would, in turn, hurt the tariff ante. As such, China is saying
exports, and might plunge the US into a they will not back down, are prepared to
recession, further slowing exports. suffer any financial costs, and are
Finally, if China retaliates against US prepared to play a long game. For
firms, global manufacturers might no Trump to win under these conditions, he
longer consider China as a safe place will have to be prepared to tolerate a
from which to sell to the US. The great deal of political pain if his demands
resulting loss of foreign investment are not met, and convince the Chinese
would hurt Chinese productivity growth that his pain tolerance and endurance is
and acquisition of foreign technology and greater than that of Beijing.
industrial know-how. My bet is that the Chinese either play
If economically everything looks to be to Trump’s ego and give him a series of
in favor of the US, what’s the problem? symbolic but largely hollow victories, or
Politics. And there, things are very that China makes concessions they have
different. If the economic leverage is offered in the past, but (importantly) offer
with the US, the political leverage rests no timetable for implementation and skirt

fully with China. Chinese leaders do not the core US complaints. That way
have to worry about elections, Trump can claim he has won, but the
constituents, critical editorials, or Sunday status quo will essentially be maintained.
morning talk shows. On the contrary, And, in that case, the Chinese will have

when China was angry at South Korea emerged victorious. Let the games
for placing a US-owned anti-missile begin.
defense system on their territory, China
simply shut down a whole chain of South

Parade of Homes Preview Party kicks off successful event

The 2018 Parade of Homes™

preview party on April 6 brought out
over 800 industry professionals and
special guests to Artcraft Estates.
The preview is designed to give a
first look to those most closely
related to the industry and prior to
the public opening.
The night was clear and calm, a
departure from the high winds we
had experienced on previous nights.
“I have to tell you that these
builders did an outstanding job in the
concept and design of the homes,”
said President Edmundo Dena. “All
of them have some very special
features that will surely entice home
buyers,” he continued. “We are so
happy that our Parade is off to a
great start.”
The overall sentiment was echoed
time after time. The ticketed guests
were treated to some outstanding
custom home designs with many
extras. “What I really like about a
Parade of Homes is the chance to
see ideas and in particular the new
trends,” said visitor Jim Morgan. Mr.
Morgan was joined by his wife and
friends. All liked different things from
different builders.
The preview party included
beverages and music. El Paso DJ
Services owner Mike Armstead said
this preview party was one of his
best. “I can tell by the crowd that
they are really excited about what is
being shown tonight. Great job!”
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Conventional Loan Share Reaches Decade High

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according to estimates from the
National Association of Realtors.
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segments, which is revealed in part
by the median new home price
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associated with each. In the first
quarter, the national median sales
NAHB analysis of the most
price of a new home was
recent Quarterly Sales by Price
$328,000. Split by types of
and Financing published by the
financing, the median prices of new
U.S. Census Bureau reveals that
homes financed with conventional
conventional loans accounted for
loans, FHA loans, VA loans, and
73.8% of new home sales in the
cash were $361,900, $255,000,
first quarter of 2018, the highest
$286,000, and $323,300,
share in a decade. Conventional
loans financed over three-quarters
of new home sales in the second
quarter of 2008 before steadily
falling and bottoming out at 57.3%
in the third quarter of 2010. The
share has steadily risen since then
and has been above 71% each of
the last seven quarters.
FHA-loans financed 11.6% of
new home sales during the first
quarter of 2018, down from 12.5%
in the prior quarter and from 14.8%
in Q3 2017. Since its most recent
peak in Q1 2016, the share of
sales financed with FHA-backed
mortgages has fallen 5.5
percentage points. Cash
purchases accounted for 9,000
new home purchases, 5.2% of total
new home sales. The aggregate
1.6% decline in the share of sales
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Updated every month, here is a list of the 2018 EPAB Membership.
Remember to please do buinsess with fellow members.
The Heritage Group E.F. Building Materials, Inc MTI Ready Mix, Inc.
Builder members David Bingham Efren Fraire Tony Mullen
as of May 1, 2018 Trejo Construction Co. Eagle Roofing Products New American Funding
Juan Trejo Scott Aguilar Brenda Trillo
Bain Construction Tropicana Building Corp. El Paso Building Materials New Era Foam
Scott Bain Bobby Bowling IV Ken Wade George Tollen
Bella Vista Custom Homes, Inc. Tropicana Development El Paso Disposal Passage Supply
Edgar Garcia Greg Bowling Irma Parsons John Chaney
BIC Homes Tropicana Homes El Paso Mortgage Bankers Association Patriot Mortgage
Antonio Cervantes Randy Bowling Gilbert Pedregon Randy Bowling
Blue Star Construction Tropicana Properties El Paso Times Pella Windows
Carlos Villasana Demetrio Jimenez Sal Hernandez, Justin Riley Jason Bates
Bowling Construction Villagi Homes, LLC El Paso Truss Performance Glass & Aluminum
Randy Bowling Kristi Eddings Luis Mendiola Hector Hernandez
Carefree Homes Will Harvey Development
El Paso Winnelson Perl Mortgage
Richard Aguilar Will S. Harvey
Jesus Sanchez Steven Sepulveda
Casas De Leon, LLC Winton/Flair/Accent Homes
Ferguson Enterprises Inc. Pioneer Bank
Nick Bombach Herschel Stringfield
Albert Holguin Kathy Carrillo
Cisco Homes LLC Fire Smoke n Grill Post Tension Steel
Francisco Arroyos III Associate Members
Bill Owen Dennis Moore
Classic American Homes as of May 1, 2018
First American Bank Powerfoam Insulation
Priscilla Hernandez Louis Sauceda Arnie Pedersen
Crown Heritage Homes 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty
First Light Federal Credit Union Prewire of El Paso, Inc.
Lydia Mlouhi James Hebert
Lorenzo Revelez Steven Drury
Cullers & Caldwell Builders 84 Lumber
First National 1870 Pride industries dba Pride Ascend
John Cullers Ernie Chavez
Haley Merritt Dr. Lonny Wright
Cullers Homes 915 Siteworks, LLC
Firth, Johnston, Bunn & Kerr Randall Smith, CPA
Jason R. Cullers Carlos Garcia
Dawco Home Builders Jay Kerr Randall Smith
ABC Supply Co., Inc.
Walter O. Lujan Foxworth Galbraith Lumber Rebath of El Paso/Las Cruces
Larry Eck
Deal 2 Deal Custom Homes Dan Villarreal Lisa Walling
Acme Brick Company
Delton Deal Franklin Building Materials Remcon Self Storage
Steve Bush
Del Rio Engineering, Inc. Cristina Sheldon Will Harvey
Adams Moulding & Lumber
Sal Masoud G2 Ram Electric Richman Group Affordable Housing
Tom Swahlen
Diamond Homes, LLC Luis Cano Corp.
Area Iron & Steel Works, Inc.
Valerie Baquera GCC Sun City Materials,LLC Kevin Hoffman
Fred L. Edmonston Jr.
Donald Ward Builder, Inc. Antonio "Tony" Chavez Rocky Mountain Mortgage Company
Atrium Homes
Donald Ward GECU- Greater El Paso Credit Union Dean Inniss
Ricardo Bocardo Jr.
E. Valencia Land Development LLC Danny Galindo Roe, Brad
Bank of Texas
Eddie Valencia GEPAR-Greater El Paso Assoc. of Bradley Roe
Ray Owen
Edward's Homes, Inc. Realtors Rudolph Chevrolet
Baron Supply
Eduardo Fernandez Jason Sanchez Mike Ruffin
David Trammell
EPT Bella Custom Dream Homes Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Saldivar Electric, Inc.
Barragan & Associates
Leti & Javier Navarette David Michael Jerome Martin A. Saldivar
EPT Land Communities Benito Barragan
Harris Real Estate Group Sarabias Blue Sanitation
David Bogas Barrett Airworks
Lane Harris Monica Brown
Everest Homes Alexandro Castro
Haskins Electric Senercon
Edmundo Dena, Jr. Beasley, Mitchell & Co., LLP
Charles B. Haskins, Jr. Javier Ruiz
Fortune Custom Homes Brad Beasley
Home of Texas Sherwin Williams Paint
Javier Andrade BMC Select
Mark Smiley Cruz Lopez
Gaddy Construction Mike Catalino
Homes of El Paso Sierra Title Company
Charles Gaddy Boise Cascade
Riley Stephens Angelique Roman
GMF Custom Homes, LP Mike Flores
HUB International Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
Frank Torres Border Construction Specialties
Luis Rosas Ken Donham
Guel Construction Ricardo Yvellez
Inter National Bank Snappy Publishing
Rudy Guel Border Solar
Natalie Ojeda Ted Escobedo
Hakes Brothers LLC Javier Ruiz
Interceramic Tile & Stone Gallery Solar Smart Living
Chris Hakes Bukaty Financial Companies
David Holguin Larry Perea
Hanson Asset Management, LP Ruth Rivera
J & H Concrete & Post Tension Southwest Décor El Paso Corporation
Russell Hanson Builders Source Appliance Gallery
Jorge Herrera Chris Matthews
Homes by Design Sandra Lucero
Jack White Building Specialties Spectrum Technologies
Leslie Driggers Hoard C. D. Lee/Britton Insurance & Bonding
Claudia Lardizabal Miled Daou
Hunt Communities, LLC Anthony Landavazo/Lisa Daniels
Kathy Parry James L. Ellis, CPA, PC Stewart Title of El Paso
Casa Ford & Casa Nissan
ICON Custom Builder, LLC. Jim Ellis Cindy Bilbe
Luke Lowenfield
Carlos Garcia Jimmy Garza Emergency Water Removal StrucSure Home Warranty
CEA Engineering Group
Industrial Realty Group Incorporated Veronica Buchanan Scott Whisenant
Jorge L. Azcarate
Brent D. Harris Jobe Materials, LP Su Casa Magazine
Central Texas Metal Roofing Supply
JER Custom Homes, LLC Charlie Tellez Bob Skolnick
Jorge E. Rodriguez Joe Bernal Insurance & Financial Sun City Winnelson
Ben Garza, III
Kayton Lee Residential, Inc. Services, Inc. Dean Moore
Brianna Barnes Joe M. Bernal Texas Gas Services
Brent R. Morgan
Lloyd Hamilton Contruction Keenan Supply Mica Short
City Bank Texas
Lloyd Hamilton, III Nancy Rivas Texas Title Company
Bob Kotarski
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City Lights
Mike Lopez Ralph Sanchez TFCU
Thomas Brown
Loyalty Homes L & P Building Supply Yolie Melendez-Estrada
Cognent, Inc.
Gustavo Loy Denise McConnell The Dorian Group/Ocean Gallery USA
Martin Paredes
M A Builders & Design, LLC Legacy Real Estate Services/TTi Prop. Miguel Angel Mercado
Commercial Insurance Brokers, Inc.
Mustafa Ali Man. The Home Systems Heating & Cooling,
Metro Homes, Inc. Ken Foster
Patrick Tuttle Inc.
Judith Arrunada, Fernando Torres Conde, Inc.
Lone Star Title Co. of El Paso Jesus Chain
Millennium Homes Conrad Conde
Sam Trimble Trane Residential Solutions
Dan Ruth Copenhagen Imports
Love Engineering, Inc. Robert Meske/ Kathleen Chacon
Pacifica Homes, Inc. Flemming Carlsen
Montez Love TRE & Associates
Juan Jose Vasquez CQC Testing and Engineering,LLC
Majestic Realtors Linda Troncoso
Palo Verde Homes Jaime Rojas
Patti Mushorn Trim Team
Edgar Montiel Delek US dba 7 Eleven
MAK Roofing & Construction Juan & Kris Hernandez
Pointe Homes Sonja Scanlan
Felix Vizarreta USA General Contractors
Carlos Villalobos Demcon Disposal Management, LLC
Masco Contract Serv dba Gale Insul Javier Olmos
Porter Homes Maria Elena (Nena) Gomez
Tom Harmon Vision Consultants, Inc.
Albert Porter Desert Quest Plumbing
McCoy's Building Supplies Kelly Sorenson
R.C. Baeza & Associates Hector Gonzalez
Doug Danner WestStar Home Loans
Robert C. Baeza Dorney Security
Merrill Lynch Cinco Houghton
R.E. Welch Contractor John Dorney
Thomas Gabriel WestStar Bank
Gordon Welch Dunn-Edwards Paints
Mini Concrete Materials David Osborn
Rassette Homes, Inc. Nathan Gordon
Joe Soto WestStar Title
Donald Rassette
Santana Custom Homes Monster Link Marketing Rachel Valles
DWS Building Supply
Fernando Santana Raul Mendoza
Sabrina Voorhies
Southwest Land Development Serv. Morrison Supply
Doug Schwartz Sam Shallenberger
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Association hosts Young

Designer Award
The 2018 Young Designer Award contest
wrapped up in late April as thirteen
students submitted site plans and models
of homes. The annual competition is for
scholarship designed to give high school
junior and seniors an opportunity to further
their education.
The association provides the students a
problem which is designed to show how
the student would build a home. They
must provide a complete set of drawing
including site plan, foundation, mechanical
and electrical, as well as roof design. In
addition, they must adhere to the needs of
the customer, making sure that what the
customer is looking for in a home is
actually what is presented.
“We have been doing the competition for
years and each year we are pleased with
the results,” said John Chaney, chairman of
the event. “The students all perform well,
given that this project takes all school year
to do,” he continued.
The schools represented include El
Dorado High School in the Socorro District
along with several schools from the El
Paso Independent School District CTTE
program. This year the scholarships will
be presented on May 9 and then formally
awarded once the student enrolls in a
technical, college or University program.
EPAB members judge the entries over a
two day period. “I want you to know that
these students are awesome, they have
done some great work especially
considering they are still in high school,”
said EPAB President Edmundo Dena. Our
thanks goes to Gus Loy, Edgar Montiel,
Sergio Cuartas, and Edgar Lopez. Each
took time to judge the work, each one
showed praise for them.
Our thanks go to instructors Luisa
Valenzuela of El Dorado High School and
Cecilia Orozco from EPISD CTTE.
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