Tom Woods

Members of NAHB elected four Senior Officers to top leadership positions within the federation during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

With more than 800 affiliated state and local home builders associations and more than 140,000 members across the country, NAHB represents the interests of the nation’s housing professionals through advocacy, education and research.

Taking the helm as NAHB’s Chairman of the Board this year is Tom Woods, a Missouri builder with more than 40 years of experience in the housing industry. Woods is president of Woods Custom Homes. He has developed scores of communities and more than 1,000 homes in the Greater Kansas City area.

“To keep housing and the economy on an upward trajectory, this year NAHB will urge the White House and the Republican-controlled Congress to work together in a bipartisan spirit to advance comprehensive housing finance reform and immigration reform, along with other policies that promote homeownership, rental housing opportunities and job growth,” said Woods.

Also moving up on the association’s leadership ladder during NAHB’s Las Vegas board meeting was Ed Brady, a Bloomington, Ill.-based home builder. He was elected as the 2015 First Vice Chairman of the Board. Brady is president of Brady Homes, a company founded in 1962 by his father, William Brady Sr. One of the largest home building firms in central Illinois, Brady Homes has developed 20 residential communities throughout the state, building more than 1,800 single-family homes, 2,000 apartment units and more than 100,000 square feet of light commercial property.

Granger MacDonald, a Kerrville, Texas-based builder and developer with 40 years of experience in the home building industry, was elected as Second Vice Chairman of the Board. MacDonald is president of the MacDonald Companies, a diverse development, construction, and management enterprise with more than 35 neighborhoods completed throughout Texas.

Randy Noel joined the NAHB leadership ladder with his election as Third Vice Chairman of the Board. A Louisiana-based custom home builder with more than 30 years of experience in the home building industry, Noel is president of Reve Inc., a custom home building firm that has developed more than 1,000 custom homes in the greater New Orleans area.

2014 NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly, from Wilmington, Del., remains on the leadership ladder as Immediate Past Chairman. Kelly is president of Leon N. Weiner & Associates, Inc. and is a successful builder and developer with several decades of experience in land development, multifamily and single-family home building, and property management.

Rounding out the association’s leadership is NAHB Chief Executive Officer Jerry Howard, from Washington, D.C. Howard heads up a professional staff of more than 230 working out of the National Housing Center in Washington. He has served as the association’s CEO/EVP since February of 2001. Previously, Howard was NAHB’s chief tax counsel.