Blu-Sky Group formed by Dillard and Vass

Greenville business owners and HBA members Thomas Dillard and Kathy Vass have formed a new Greenville-based real estate company.  Blu-Sky Group LLC is a real estate development, marketing and sales firm that focuses on residential and commercial properties.

Dillard is president of Dillard-Jones Builders LLC. Vass is president of Vass Markets Inc., a marketing and public relations firm.

Blu-Sky Group is representing The Ridges at Paris Mountain, a new 18-residence master planned community on Altamont Road that features views of the city of Greenville on the development’s south side and the Blue Ridge Mountains on its north side.  The Ridges at Paris Mountain has been selected as the site of the 2014 Southern Living Showcase Home by Dillard-Jones Builders, which will open next spring.

Dillard and Vass will serve as managing partners of Blu-Sky Group.

HBA Softball Tournament Champs- Stageberg Builders.

HBA Softball Tournament Champs- Stageberg Builders.

It’s “SAFE” to say that Friday, September 7th was a great day in which Stageberg Builders beat out the Greer State Bank Giants and the Vass Markets Bull Dogs in a 3 game tournament to take the HBA Championship. It was a great afternoon at Butler Springs Park and there were some great plays by several players including the HBA staffs own Michael Dey who hit a triple and was cheered on by his Vass Markets team garnering the white and red jersey. The event was sponsored by Progress Lighting and there was a BBQ dinner hosted by the HBA of Greenville afterward.
The team rosters were as follows.  
Stageberg Builders: Joe Hoover, Silas Lewis, Rhett Hancock, Mark Pittman, Skylar Jackson, Greg Gambrell, Nick Campbell, Nick Klaus, and Dan Stageberg- team captain.
Vass Markets, Bull Dogs: Clay Guthrie, Todd Voyer, Keith Goodson, Brian De Young, Michael Dey, Thomas De Young, Will, Dawson, and Kathy Vass- team captain.
Greer State Bank, Giants: Michael Galloway, Mark Galloway, Alex Galloway, Jimmy Francis, Tim Kallainen, Justin Kalliainen, Joy Kamees, Mindi Calvery, Robin Williams, Dee Bowen, Blake Presley, and Scott Presley- team captain.

                                                     The winning team, Stageburg Builders! (above)

Until next year! Thank you to all the participants and to Progress Lighting for their sponsorship.

Southern Home and Garden Show: Big Thursday is back!

The Southern Home and Garden Show is in the final stages of preparation for its grand opening on Friday morning, September 30, at 10 a.m.  But before the show opens to the public, it will open on Thursday evening for HBA members, guests, and community leaders for a preview party we affectionately call “Big Thursday.”

Big Thursday begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 29, on the show floor at the TD Convention Center.  Extra tickets are available at the door for $20 each.

Big Thursday returns to the Southern Home & Garden Show as a private event held on the exhibit floor. The Thursday evening VIP reception is an invitation-only event for members of Upstate area Home Builders Associations, Realtors, business owners, elected officials and other VIPs.

The Thursday night event will have more of a trade show feel,” said Michael Dey, Executive Officer of the Home Builders Association of Greenville. “We’ve had many exhibitors ask us about bringing back Big Thursday and believe this is the best way to do it. A private reception will allow home show exhibitors the opportunity to meet with builders and other potential business partners before the show opens to the public on Friday morning.”

The theme for this year’s Big Thursday is tailgating.  Thursday night college football will be shown in the game zone on the show floor.  Live entertainment on the Palmetto Bank stage will feature The Funktion.

Big Thursday is sponsored by Waldrop Heating and Air, Piedmont Natural Gas, Home Depot, TD Convention Center, and Vass Markets.  The Southern Home and Garden Show is presented by Charter and produced by the Home Builders Association of South Carolina.

Don’t miss the hottest private party in town this Thursday at the Southern Home and Garden Show.

Guthrie joins Vass Markets as Development Manager

Lauren Guthrie has been named business development manager for Vass Markets, Inc.. Her primary responsibility is for exhibit space sales for the Fall and Spring editions of the Southern Home & Garden Show.

A native of Greenville, Guthrie is a 2010 graduate of Anderson University with a bachelor’s degree in art with a concentration in interior design. She previously was a design consultant with Bogari European Contemporary Design in Greenville.

Established in 2003, Vass Markets is a marketing and public relations firm serving clients in a variety of industries, including the Home Builders Association of Greenville. Vass Markets manages and markets the Southern Home and Garden Show. In addition, Vass Markets performs certain communications services for the HBA of Greenville. Kathy Vass is president of Vass Markets.

Learn How Green Building Offers Growth Market For Remodelers

On April 28 HBA Remodelers can learn more about “Selling to the Green Client” at the Remodelers Forum at the HBA of Greenville office, sponsored by Advanced Renovations. The speaker is Kathy Vass of Vass Markets Inc.

  • What: HBA Remodelers Forum
  • Topic: Selling to the Green Client
  • When: Thursday, April 28, 8:30 a.m.
  • Where: HBA of Greenville Office
  • Speaker: Kathy Vass, Vass Markets
  • Sponsor: Advanced Renovations

Click here to register for the HBA of Greenville Remodelers Forum.

The U.S. home remodeling industry is poised for growth in 2011, with NAHB predicting as much as a 20 percent increase in spending for home improvement projects. Studies show that in the next five years, the focus of remodeling spending will shift from upper-end discretionary projects to replacements and systems upgrades. With energy costs on the rise and consumers becoming increasingly aware of the need to conserve resources, green remodeling is providing remodeling business opportunities ranging from insulation upgrades to whole-house renovation projects.

Most of the nation’s 125 million homes were built before today’s high efficiency materials, appliances and construction techniques were incorporated into new homes. As homeowners look toward remodeling, they are considering and asking for products such as low-e windows, Energy Star® rated appliances, upgraded insulation and other green products.

Click here to register for the HBA of Greenville Remodelers Forum.