2023 Installation & Awards Program

On January 19, the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA) held its annual Installation and Awards Program at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour followed by the installation and awards ceremony. During the ceremony, the GAHBA’s 2023 officers and board members were sworn in, and the 2022 signature award winners were recognized.


The 2022 awards for outstanding leadership and service are as follows:


Council Chair of the Year – Mark Whitmire, MTW Companies LLC

Chapter President of the Year – Scott Richards, Essential Construction Management

2022 Spike Club Award Winner – Jim Chapman, Jim Chapman Communities

Emerging Leaders Recognition – Class of 2022

  • Curt Byrd – Direct Residential Communities
  • Chase Fulbright – The Erosion Company (TEC)
  • Ashton Sutton – Ameris Bank
  • Darren Domino – Construction Resources
  • Carli Nichols – Construction Resources
  • Teala Smith – New American Funding
  • Jon Gallinaro – Southland Partners
  • Jon Finucane – Harrison Homes
  • Haleigh Linn – New American Funding
  • Taylor Gann – Construction Resources
  • Ayden Middlebrooks – HB Next


Presidential Award – Valerie Braverman, Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association

Associate(s) of the Year – HB Next & Pike Consulting

Builder of the Year – Vince Longo, Longo Custom Homes

Lewis Cenker Award – Carol Stone, CoastalStates Bank



The 2023 Officers and Board Members are as follows:


2023 Executive Committee

President – Maurice Lester, JW Collection

Vice President – Bill Lisecki, Adams Homes

Secretary/Treasurer – James Nash, Heatherland Homes

Immediate Past President – Whit Marshall, Paran Homes

Associate Vice President – Heather Bounds, Northwest Exterminating

Associate-at-Large – Matt Hopkins, SEI Group

Associate-at-Large – Larry Tarver, North Georgia Brick

General Counsel – Tyler Dunn, Weissman PC


2023 Builder Directors

Tim Arnold – D.R. Horton – Atlanta West Division

Thomas Billups – Billups Homes Inc.

Jim Cheeks – Fortas Homes

Doug Cohen – Fischer Homes

Adam Cornett – David Weekley Homes

Bradley Hall – Hall Construction and Real Estate Services

Ryan Houk – Lennar

Jennifer Landers – Kolter Signature Homes, LLC

Sean Morris – Jim Chapman Communities

Chris Singer – Century Communities

Brad Smith – Craftmark Towns

Virginia Van Lear – Level Craft Construction

Jonathan White – Meritage Homes


2023 Associate Directors

Wilson Borden – The Erosion Company, LLC

Tony Cann – HB Next Corporation

Brad Ethridge – Dupont Tyvek

Jon Gallinaro – Southland Partners Inc.

Lowell Hays – Maverick

Keisha Hulsey – 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty

Tessa Jones – Cambria

Tammy Pace – Perkins, Pace Drywall, LLC

Brian Robbins – Pella Window and Door of Georgia

John Royer – O’Kelley & Sorohan Attorneys at Law

Mitchell Smith – Pike Consulting Group

Chris Tilley – Regions Mortgage


2023 Committee & Council Chairman

Zack Brooks, Create Homes – Cobb/Cherokee Chapter President

Myles Cardenas, McKinley Construction LLC– DeKalb/Rockdale Chapter President

Craig Nolen, Adams Homes – Forsyth Chapter President

Whit Marshall, Paran Homes – Gwinnett Chapter President

Jeff Brock, Brock Built Homes, LLC – Inner Atlanta Chapter President

TBD – Metro South Chapter President

Curran Watters, Callaway Builders, Inc. – North Fulton Chapter President

George McClure, The McClure Company – Builder Action Fund Chair

Tiffany Hogan, D.R. Horton-Atlanta East – Government Affairs Committee Chair

Dave Peeples, Kennesaw State University – NAHB Student Chapter Advisor

Tony Albachiara, Ashton Woods – HomeAid Atlanta Chair

Doug Herbert, Herbert Construction – Associates Council

Wayne Hiott, Tyler Chandler Homes, LLC – 55+ Housing Council Chair

Mark Whitmire, MTW Companies – Builder/Developer/Lender Council Chair

Cortney Stewart, Denim Marketing – Professional Women in Building Council Chair

Mark Caputo, Pine Creek Construction – Remodelers Council Chair

Erika Bridges, McMichael & Grey, PC – Sales & Marketing Council Chair

Eric Connolly, Archway Custom Homes – Young Professionals Group Chair

Dave Radlmann, Urban Eco Group – EarthCraft Council Chair

Ken Warlick, Vertical Luxury- Education Committee Chair

Bill Lisecki, Adams Homes – Membership Committee Chair