August 28, 2014 (Fulton, MD) – Two former Maryland home building trade associations have officially merged to form the Maryland Building Industry Association. The merger between the Home Builders Association of Maryland and the Maryland-National Capital Building IndustryAssociation will be formally approved by the National Association of Home Builders on during their Fall Board of Directors meeting in Phoenix, Arizona this September.
“This is an important day,” said Russ Dickens, former president of HBAM and now, co-president of MBIA. “We are bringing together two organizations to make our industry stronger.” Combined, this new larger association will represent 85 percent of Maryland including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Harford, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s as well as Baltimore City, the Eastern Shore and Washington, DC. As an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders and the Maryland State Builders Association, MBIA becomes one of the state’s largest and strongest trade organizations.
Clark Wagner, former president of MNCBIA who now shares the co-president role with Dickens added, “Our industry is adapting to the needs of our members who we are here to serve.” This merger will bring together the employees of both organizations for a combined staff of 16 and the total membership will top 1,200. This diverse membership includes builders, remodelers and developers along with professionals and trades people who work with and support the building industry.
Lori Graf, Acting Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer of HBAM, is slated to head the new association as the Chief Executive Officer. “We are starting off fresh with MBIA,” she says “This new organization will give us one voice in Annapolis when we represent our industry and our association members.”She added that members will see an increase in services and benefits due to the combining of events and staff.
“We are lucky to have such camaraderie and teamwork among our members,” said Wagner. “This new association will benefit our current industry professionals and future generations,” he added. Dickens noted, “This is just the beginning of what we expect to be a bright future for our industry and our members.”
The MBIA recently celebrated the grand opening of its new headquarters, the Maryland Center for Housing, in the business district of Maple Lawn in Fulton, Maryland. The building is the culmination of years of work and the donation of land, labor, materials and money from association members. The building is owned by the Home Builders Care Foundation, the non-profit foundation of the association and office space is being leased back to MBIA. The rent income paid to the Foundation will provide a stable, long-term funding source to endow the Foundation and support its charitable, education and research activities.
The MBIA is a not-for-profit trade organization representing the interests of over 1,200 member firms and more than 100,000 employees, including home builders, remodelers, developers and affiliate professional and service providers in the Maryland Counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Harford, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s as well as Baltimore City, the Eastern Shore and Washington, DC. Online at www.marylandbuilders.orgwww.marylandbuilders.org.