Thank a Framer Event September 28

Thank a Framer Event September 28

Norbord and Builders First Source will host a “Thank a Framer” event later this month.  Here are the details:

  • Thursday, September 28
  • 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
  • Lunch is provided
  • at Builders First Source, 259 Access Road, Spartanburg

You will also learn how Norbord and Home Builders Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders, have teamed up to train more skilled workers in the construction trades.


Thank you: we could not do it without our volunteers

by Michael Dey, Executive Vice President
Home Builders Association of Greenville

Producing the Southern Home and Garden Show is a major operation. Our Home Show involves more than 300 exhibitors in a 120,000 square-foot exhibit hall. More than 1,500 personnel are on site during the show. And another 500 people are involved in setting up the show.

We close our office for two days and our entire staff works the Home Show. In addition, the Vass Markets team, which markets and manages the Home Show, also is on site for the entire time the show is being set up and open to the public. In addition, dozens of TD Convention Center staff take tickets, monitor parking areas, secure the facility, and make sure the trash cans are emptied, bathrooms are clean, and that all of the more than 10,000 visitors to the show are safe and sound.

Even with all of this support, your Home Builders Association of Greenville could not produce the Southern Home and Garden Show without the support of our volunteers. Our volunteers help us drive the parking lot shuttles, assist exhibitors and volunteers at the Exhibitor Registration and Will Call Desk, stock the Exhibitor Hospitality Lounge, and visit and thank all of our exhibitors.

I would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped make the 51st Annual Southern Home and Garden Show another great success:

  • Robert Markel, CGR, Hadrian Construction Company
  • Wayne Moore, Harold Moore Builder
  • Richard Powers, Piedmont Natural Gas
  • Mike Freeman, GMB, Freewood Contracting
  • Scott Presley, Greer State Bank
  • Lex Stapleton, Donald A. Gardner Architects
  • Joe Hoover, Ryan Homes
  • Sue Flaspoehler, K&S Stoneworks
  • Russ Henson, GBS Building Supply
  • Matt Vaughn, Homeowners Mortgage
  • Reggie Alexander, Home Builders Institute
  • John Wolfrom, Providence Realty & Marketing
  • Toni Masters

We also had help from students at Clemson University as well as the C-Core mentoring program.

Volunteers make your Home Builders Association’s programs and services possible. Thank you each and every volunteer for making the Southern Home and Garden Show, and your association, a success.

C-Core students and coaches volunteer with Greenville Free Medical Clinic

Each day, volunteer physicians, dentists and nurses provide unconditional health services through the Greenville Free Medical Clinic to many Greenville County’s lowest income, uninsured residents. On Saturday, February 25, 2012, participants of Home Builders Institute Construction-Coaching to Reach Employment (C-CORE) mentor program provided unconditional community service to the Greenville Free Medical Clinic. C-CORE Coaches and Members (youth) assisted GFMC staff with sorting supplies, disposing old and unusable equipment, medication disposal and clean-up of the facility grounds.

The Greenville Free Medical Clinic exists to provide caring, quality primary and specialty medical care, dental services, health education, and prescription medications without charge to low-income, uninsured Greenville County residents.

Home Builders Institute Construction-Coaching to Reach Employment is an industry sponsored mentoring program for youth with promise and untapped abilities. Being a mentor requires a few hours each month, yet makes a huge impact on a young person’s life. To find out more about how you can participate, visit or contact Reginald Alexander at

Home Builders Institute and HBA of Greenville Hold Community Open House For Local Mentoring Program

When: June 15, 2011, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

What: Open house to raise awareness of the HBI C-CORE mentoring program and allow youth from Greenville and the upstate areas to meet with adults who are looking for an opportunity to coach a young person toward a successful future.

Where: Home Builders Association of Greenville, 5 Creekside Park Court. Greenville, SC 29615

HBI C-CORE still has a need to engage more home building industry professionals from any facet of the industry to make an impact on young people’s lives through this mentoring program. C-CORE is looking for adults to serve as mentors and help identify community service projects the young people can participate in with their mentors.

Youth from Greenville and the upstate who are enrolled in Job Corps; other workforce, training and employment programs; high schools; career and technical education schools; and juvenile justice and other community-based programs. Adults from Greenville and the upstate areas who are involved with the home builders associations, local business and housing-related organizations or members of the community.

Mallory Lanham, Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia, (803) 256-6238,

About C-CORE Mentoring
HBI C-CORE is a new career-focused, industry-sponsored mentoring program that matches youth ages 16-18 interested in home building with adults in the home building community ranging from carpenters and contractors to real estate agents and appraisers. The national program, funded by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, will match 5,000 youth with more than 1,600 industry mentors recruited from home builders associations, local business, housing-related organizations and their local communities.

About Home Builders Institute
Home Builders Institute (HBI) is the 501(c)3 affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) that provides training, mentoring, curriculum development and job placement services in support of the housing industry. As the workforce development arm of NAHB, HBI has prepared youth and adults for residential construction careers for more than 40 years. Visit for more information.

HBA Seeks Construction Veterans for New Mentoring Program–Find Out More

With its new Construction-Coaching Opportunities to Reach Employment Opportunities (C-CORE) program, the Home Builders Institute (HBI) is putting a twist on an age-old tradition of passing trade skills down from one generation to the next.

HBI C-CORE — a three-year program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice — matches teens aged 16-18 with adult mentors who encourage them to consider careers in the home building industry and coach them toward success.

Anyone involved in the home building industry is eligible to be a C-CORE mentor. Your HBA of Greenville is hosting an informational forum about the C-CORE program:

What: C-CORE Mentoring Program Informational Forum
Where: HBA of Greenville Office
When: March 24, 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

To register for the C-CORE Mentoring Program Informational Forum, click here.

HBI currently is recruiting mentors for the program, which was launched in October with the goal of matching 5,000 youths with 1,600 mentors in the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, South Carolina and Florida.

So far, 45 coaches and 127 youths have signed up for the C-CORE program at 16 sites, including partnerships with the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia, the Home Builders Association of Greenville, and the Builders Association of Northern Nevada.

The South Carolina program is centered on Greenville and Columbia and is being administered by Cory Lorick, on staff at the Greater Columbia Home Builders Association. You can reach Cory at 803-256-6238 or

The program will be expanded by 11 more sites in 2011.

“I encourage my fellow NAHB members to become coaches for the C-CORE program,” said NAHB Chairman-elect Robert Nielsen, president of Shelter Properties Inc. in Reno, Nev. “The commitment requires a time investment of only a few hours a month for such a great impact on a young person’s life. You’ll not only help tap their potential, you will gain a sense of personal and professional satisfaction from the experience.”

How it works:
Mentors are matched with a group of three youths with whom they spend as little as two hours per week helping and advising them in a supportive team environment with other HBI C-C-CORE mentors and youth.

HBI provides volunteer mentors with training that explains their roles and responsibilities, gives them insight into how to build their mentoring relationships, and builds their skills in effective communication and problem-solving. Continued advice and resources are available after the initial training.

Because building a trusting relationship between a mentor and a young person takes time, HBI C-CORE asks mentors to commit a minimum of one year to the program.

Earl McLeod, executive director of the HBA of Greater Columbia and a member of the HBI Board of Trustees, has signed up to become a mentor, and he looks forward to what he calls a “feel-good, do-good opportunity” to engage young people in the residential construction trades and make a positive difference in their lives.

“I encourage my colleagues to become mentors for the HBI C-CORE program,” McLeod said. “You will influence these young people with your caring and guidance, and you will be helping to develop the next generation of trades people for the residential construction industry. ”

Franqee Higgins, Texas/Northern Louisiana regional coordinator for C-CORE, was 19 and ready to change his life when he met his mentor, Philip Orr, an HBI electrical instructor at Guthrie (Okla.) Job Corps Center. Higgins studied the electrical and plumbing trades at Guthrie, winning the NAHB Chairman’s Award at the 2007 International Builders’ Show. He eventually became an HBI Job Corps electrical instructor at the Clearfield Job Corps Center in Utah, where he was named “Rookie Instructor of the Year.”

“Phil told me that if I would do what he said, my life would change,” Higgins said. “I kept up with him — whenever I took a college course or won an award. When I became a Job Corps instructor, it was the culmination of what Phil means to me because I knew then that I could make a difference in a young person’s life too.”

Higgins now matches young people interested in the home building industry with C-CORE mentors from his Dallas office. “Many of our youths do not come from the most positive of situations,” he said. “C-CORE mentors not only guide them on the path to success by showing them the ropes of the home building industry, they help them shape a positive outlook on life.”

For more information about how you can become an HBI C-CORE mentor, contact Cory Lorick at 803-256-6238 or