Coleman Shouse, Michael Neiri to be inducted into the  South Carolina Housing Hall of Fame

Coleman Shouse, Michael Neiri to be inducted into the South Carolina Housing Hall of Fame

Coleman Shouse, APB

J. Coleman Shouse, APB, will be inducted into the South Carolina Housing Hall of Fame this summer at the Home Builders Association of South Carolina State Convention. Coleman was nominated for the honor by the Board of Directors of your Home Builders Association of Greenville.

Michael Nieri, founder of Great Southern Homes, also will be inducted into the Housing Hall of Fame. Nieri was nominated by the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina (Columbia).

Coleman Shouse is Land Development and Entitlement Manager with LS Residential. He was President of the HBA of Greenville in 2006. He also was the BB&T Builder Member of the Year in 2006. For the past several years Coleman has been an active participant and leader of the association’s government affairs efforts.

Prior to his move into home building, Coleman was Executive Director of Greenville County’s Planning Commission from 1974 until 1983. He also led the American Institute of Architects as President in 1977.

Coleman was honored by Governor David Beasley in 1998 with the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor bestowed on someone by the State of South Carolina.

Michael Nieri

Michael Neiri is founder and President of Great Southern Homes, an active builder member in Columbia and Greenville. Earl McLeod, Executive Director of the BIA of Central SC, says of Nieri that he is “an asset to the entire industry and his community.”

The S.C. Housing Hall of Fame honors South Carolinians who have made a life-time commitment to housing and the home building industry in South Carolina. Recent recipients from Greenville include C. Dan Joyner, Howard Cox, Keith Smith, APB, and Dan Rawls. For more about the Hall of Fame, click here.

Coleman and Michael will be inducted at the State Convention on July 15 in Savannah. Click here to register.

State Convention is in Savannah July 13-16

State Convention is in Savannah July 13-16

The Home Builders Association of South Carolina State Convention will be in Savannah this summer at The DeSoto hotel.

Dates: July 13-16

Events will feature a luncheon to honor Pinnacle Award recipients and a dinner to honor two new inductees to the South Carolina Housing Hall of Fame. The event also will feature two days of education sessions on topics like understanding generational differences, a forum on construction issues, an economic forecast by Dr. Elliott Eisenberg, and a legislative and regulatory recap by your state association’s legislative lobbying team.

Click here to register.

HBA of Greenville honored with ACE Award

HBA of Greenville honored with ACE Award

Upstate Housing Market Forecast honored

Your Home Builders Association of Greenville was honored by the Home Builders Association of South Carolina with an Association Celebration of Excellence (ACE) Award. 

Honored was the association’s Upstate Housing Market Forecast Conference, held annually in partnership with the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors and the Upstate Mortgage Bankers Association.  The award was presented at the Celebration of Excellence luncheon in Greenville earlier this month.

ACE Awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of South Carolina’s HBAs in the
areas of Communications, Non-Dues Revenue, Membership Program/Event, Education, and
Workforce Development. These Awards represent the good works and added value that the local
associations provide to its membership and community.

HBASC names Alex James Director of Government Affairs

HBASC names Alex James Director of Government Affairs

Alex James

The Home Builders Association of South Carolina announced last month that Alex James has been named Director of Government Affairs. 

James joined HBASC in January as Government Affairs Intern.  In that position he assisted with the association’s regulatory and legislative affairs programs, the Political Action Committee, and facilitated the association’s hill visits in Washington DC in June.  

James is a graduate of The University of South Carolina and previously worked on several state and local political campaigns. He is the son of HBA of Charleston builder member and and past president, Doug James.

The Board of Directors and staff of the HBA of Greenville congratulate and welcome Alex to his new position.

Preparing for Hurricane Irma

Preparing for Hurricane Irma

Your Home Builders Association is closely monitoring the path of the approaching storm and the potential effects on our state and our members.

In an effort to provide you members with information on securing job sites throughout the state and protecting your families, friends, pets and personal property prior to any potential weather threat due to Hurricane Irma, the HBA of South Carolina has prepared the checklist and other resources below.

Your HBA is here to provide any assistance that we can in order to keep you safe.


1. Check with local building departments
Many local building inspection departments office hours/inspections schedules may have changed significantly relative to Hurricane Irma. Check to make sure you know their hours of operation and any amended inspections schedule.

2. Secure job site materials
Once it looks like a storm will be passing close enough to a project, it is time for job site personnel to perform critical tasks like securing materials, trash, tools or other debris that can take flight in heavy winds, including items like dumpsters and portable bathrooms. Please reduce your liability by securing any construction equipment and materials that can be thrown around in a heavy windstorm.

  • Prepare to shut down all operations at least 36 hours prior to the storm’s intended landfall
  • Notify your subcontractors that you are calling a temporary halt to all work
  • Store all construction equipment and supplies inside buildings if possible
  • Tie down or band together all equipment, tools, supplies, and materials that cannot be secured indoors
  • Secure construction debris
  • Secure all signage safely indoors if possible or tie it down if it cannot be moved easily
  • Take a few moments to double check that all heavy-duty equipment and scaffolding supplies are properly secured to withstand the conditions a hurricane or strong storm will bring
  • Turn off the access points for all utilities.
  • Make sure that the documentation for your valuables is securely locked awayConsider taking pictures on your phone for additional proof that you have certain possessions

3. Plan for water removal
Planning for water removal also is key. Consider placing pumps in excavations or basements in advance of the storm so that pumping can begin as soon as it is safe to do so. Getting rid of excess water is not only important for project cleanup but also to protect adjacent properties.

4. Ensure the security of the structure
Now that the items on the periphery of the project are secure, it is time to safeguard the structure itself. If the work is a renovation, or if work has progressed on a new building to a point where water can significantly damage the interior, crews should board up any openings and accessible windows and place sandbags around the perimeter.

5. Post Storm Assessment
When the storm has passed and local authorities have given the go-ahead, it is time to return to the project site to assess damage and start to clean up. It is important to use caution when navigating every area of the project site, especially those with standing water, because sharp or jagged debris could pose a danger. It is also essential to use the same care when entering a building after a storm because, depending on the extent of the damage, some structural elements could be compromised.

Be sure to have your insurance agents contact information on hand.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any help. Our prayers go out to each one of you and your families. Be safe!

Mark Nix, Executive Director, HBASC – 803-917-4846 (m) –
Marc Ellis – HBASC Disaster Preparedness Committe Chairman

You also may contact Michael Dey, HBA of Greenville CEO – – 803-917-1701 (m)