Upcoming events

May 21, 2019 12:00 PM • GFWBA Office
May 23, 2019 5:00 PM • Trinity River Distillery 1734 E. El Paso, St. 130. Fort Worth 76102
May 27, 2019 9:00 AM • NA
Chartered in 1945 as an affiliated local association of the National Association of Homebuilders, the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association has continued serving as the voice of the housing industry while promoting and protecting the interests of our members and consumers alike.

The Greater Fort Worth Builders Association is a not for profit trade association that has been granted tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(6) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.
Our Builder members are engaged in single and multi-family building, land development, remodeling, and general light construction. Our Associate members are subcontractors, sales and marketing specialists, architects, interior designers, title and settlement experts, lawyers, people in the financial services industry, product suppliers and manufacturers, and many more who are essential to the challenging task of providing housing for a growing population.

The association is governed by an elected Board of Directors which directs policies and operations of the Association according to its Bylaws. An Executive Committee is the policy, finance, and steering committee of the Association and oversees affairs of the Association.

A professional staff is retained to implement Association policies and to carry out the work of the Association; major elements of which are governmental and community relations, education and training, meetings and programs, administration of Association business affairs, management aids and materials, and many other membership services.
Currently the Association has a seven county jurisdiction which includes Tarrant, Johnson, Hood, Wise, Parker, Somervell, and Palo Pinto.

Timeline

1945 – The “Fort Worth Builders Association” was formed with $750 in the bank and 200 members; Joe Driskell is President
1946 – A.C. Luther is President of the Association

1948 – NAHB (formed in 1943) holds its first regional conference in Fort Worth; W.B. Todd is President of the Association

1949 - C. Allen True is President of the Association

1950 – Association hires its first part-time staff; J.C. Llewellyn is President of the Association
1951 – Fort Worth’s first New Home Tour is held and featured 21 homes; Wm. C. Carter is President of the Association; Joe Driskell named TAB President

1952 - R.A. Baxter is President of the Association

1953 - R.B. Billings is President of the Association

1954 – Ralph Campbell is President of the Association; Dick Hughes named NAHB President; GFWBA publishes Texas Home Magazine
1955 – A.A. Jackson is President of the Association and first Builder of the Year; Rattikin Title Company named first Associate of the Year
1956 – J. Lamar Stuckert is President of the Association; Texas Home Magazine renamed Fort Worth Home Builder; Association purchases offices at 104 Allen Street

1957 - C.P. Hadley is President of the Association

1958 – R.W. (Bob) Driskell is President of the Association; Association establishes construction management program at TCU
1959 –Ted C. Peters is President of the Association;  Larry Blackmon named TAB President
1960 – M.D. Buchman is President of the Association; Association celebrates 15th Anniversary with 269 members; Name changed to “Home Builders Association of Fort Worth & Tarrant County”
1961 – Walter Browning is President of the Association; Association jurisdiction grows to include Johnson, Hood, Parker, Palo Pinto and Wise counties; “Home Builder” wins national award

1962 – M.B. Fleet is President of the Association; 50,000 attend “Kaleidoscope of Homes” featuring 112 homes

1963 - C.D. Nicols is President of the Association

1964 – Jack Visant is President of the Association; Membership at 300 and first independent membership directory is printed
1965 – Vern Gladwin is President of the Association; Association celebrates 20th Anniversary; New logo introduced
1966 – J.B. Nelson is President of the Association; Larry Blackmon becomes NAHB President; Association receives Grand Award and Merit Award for membership
1967 – Herman J. Smith is President of the Association; M.D. Buchanan become TAB President; Walt Nelson named Executive Officer
1968 – Mike R. Thompson is President of the Association; “Home” dropped from name, making officer new name “Builders Association of Fort Worth & Tarrant County”
1969 – Dave Ritz is President of the Association; Association sells office building and moves to White Lakes Hills
1970 – J.B. Sandlin is President of the Association; 25th Anniversary; Articles of Incorporation restated from “50 Years” to “Perpetual”; Rene Adams named Executive Officer
1971 – Robert C. Findlay is President of the Association; Association receives membership awards; membership reaches 400; Brentwood Stair Road site selected for new office building

1972 - S.J. Whiteside is President of the Association

1973 – J. Tom Shelton is President of the Association; Association completes construction on Brentwood Stair Road offices and moves in
1974 – Bob Spies is President of the Association; Herman J. Smith becomes TAB President; “Know Your Builder” bumper sticker campaign
1975 – Jimmy Rogers is President of the Association; Membership reaches 800; “Home Owners Warranty” (HOW) program approved; Joe Driskell named honorary Builder of the Year
1976 – Bill Seay is President of the Association; 225 Builders join HOW; Association wins national membership awards
1977 – John Parrish is President of the Association; Golden Hammers awarded to all Past Presidents; Membership reached 1,125 and earns national awards
1978 – Al Taub is President of the Association; R. C. Findlay named TAB President; Rene Adams named President NAHB Executive Officers Council
1979 – Jack Garner is President of the Association; Membership tops 1,500
1980 – Robert Sullins is President of the Association; Association wins two NAHB Grand Awards for membership
1981 – Don D. Rodgers is President of the Association; Herman J. Smith named NAHB President; Membership reaches 1,744

1982 - Dewayne Leeds is President of the Association

1983 – Bob Rogers is President of the Association; TAB hosts first Legislative Rally Day
1984 – Bill Youngblood is President of the Association; Brentwood Stair Road offices expanded; Membership at 2,187; Jimmy Rogers named TAB President
1985 – Don Little is President of the Association; Membership 2,365; Associates Night draws 4,753; Womens Auxillary is largest in Nation
1986 – Ben Brooks is President of the Association; Associates Night sets record attendance at 5,055; Ground is broken on Women’s Haven Shelter
1987 – Mearl McBee is President of the Association; Herman J. Smith inducted into Housing Hall of Honor
1988 – Ralph Shelton is President of the Association; J. B. Sandlin installed as TAB President; “Kaleidoscope of Homes” name resurrected for 1962 show and hosts 10 builders
1989 – Ron Formby is President of the Association; First BuildPAC golf tournament held; J.B. Sandlin named TAB President; Colleyville lawsuit settled
1990 – Doug Mauldin is President of the Association; Patsy Garner serves as NAHB Convention Chair; Becky Oliver named NAHB Associate of the Year
1991 – Mike Sandlin is President of the Association; Arelyn Cox installed as TAB President; Fourth “Kaleidoscope of Homes” hosts 13 builders; Spring Tour of Homes launched; Rene Adams retires
1992 – Gary Panno is President of the Association; Jerry Eisner named Executive Officer
1993 – Ross Calhoun is President of the Association; Ron Formby installed as TAB President; “Kaleidoscope of Homes” features first Smart House in the nation; 159 homes in Spring Tour of Homes
1994 – Larry Cole is President of the Association; Builders Roundtables meetings are established
1995 – Bob Madeja is President of the Association; Herman Smith Memorial and National Housing Endowment created; Herman J. Smith Legend award created - the Herman J. Smith family receives the award; Diamond Award created
1996 – J. B. Sandlin awarded Herman J. Smith Legend Award; Association receives Katie Sherrod Award in recognition for charity house fundraiser
1997 – Matthew Wortham is President of the Association; Name officialy changed to “The Greater Fort Worth Builders Association”; Becky Olvier awarded Herman J. Smith Legend Award
1998 – Doug Gilliland is President of the Association; Gary Sheffield installed as TAB President; Dallas joins 7th annual Spring Tour of Homes; Kristi Sutterfiled hired as Executive Officer
1999 – Ken Hackett is President of the Association; Ron Formby awarded Herman J. Smith Legend Award; Association rebuilds scam victims home as community service project
2000 – Gary Sheffield is President of the Association; J.B. Sandlin presented with “Lifetime Achievement Award”; Tbe BA Education Foundation renamed “J.B. Sandlin Foundation”
2001 – Lynn Motheral is President of the Association; Becky Oliver receives the Bill Polley BuildPAC Award; Barbara Hackett wins TAB Title Industry Professional Award
2002 – Kosse Maykus is President of the Association; Doug Gilliland is elected TAB President; Kristi Sutterfield named TAB Executive Officer; Associate of the Year Award renamed “Rupert Pridemore Associate of the Year”; Ted Schlossman receives TAB Lifetime Achievement Award.

2003 - Matthew Speight is President of the Association; Gary Sheffield receives the Herman J. Smith Legend Award

2004 – Scott Sandlin is President of the Association; Bob Bennet becomes Executive Officer; Womens Council created

2005 – Jim Haddock is President of the Association; 60th Anniversary celebrated; Douglas Gilliland receives the Herman J. Smith Legend Award

2006- Bob McCaslin is President of the Association

2007 - Randall Garrett is President of the Association; Patsy Smith is awarded the GFWBA Lifetime Achievement Award

2008 – Danny Moss is President of the Association; Association sells Brentwood Stair Road offices and moves to Liberty Bank Building; Rene Adams receives the Herman J. Smith Legend Award

2009 - Cary Clarke is President of the Association

2010 – Shane Golden is President of the Association; Jon Samson hired as Executive Officer; 20th Anniversary of Kaleidoscope of Homes; Kimberly Eaton-Pregler hired as Director of Special Events; Herman Smith, J.B Sandlin, Ron Formby and Gary Dollgener inducted into the GFWBA Housing Hall of Honor

2011 – Jay Brown is President of the Association; Association moves offices to Water Gardens Place in Fort Worth; Ted Schlossman inducted into the Texas Housing Hall of Honor; Bush Firm TAB Associate of the Year

2012 – John Montgomery is President of the Association; Ted Schlossman awarded Herman J. Smith Legend Award; Association launches new website; Sharon Liles-Love hired as Director of Operations

2013 - Lee Hughes is President of the Association; Fred Parker is awarded the GFWBA Lifetime Achievement Award; Arelyn Cox and Gary Sheffield are inducted into the GFWBA Housing Hall of Honor

2014 - Doug Boyd is President of the Association; GFWBA Young Professionals Committee is formed; Patsy Smith is inducted into the GFWBA Housing Hall of Honor

2015 - Jeff Avery is President of the Association; Kimberly Eaton-Pregler named GFWBA Executive Vice President; GFWBA launches first annual Marketing Guide; Ross Calhoun, Bob Madeja and Lee Nicol are inducted into the GFWBA Housing Hall of Honor

2016 - Lynn Motheral is President of the Association; Fred Parker is inducted into the GFWBA Housing Hall of Honor

2017 - Gary Nordling is President of the Association; Richard Davis and Danny Moss are inducted into the GFWBA Housing Hall of Honor

2018- Don Allen is President of the Association; Patsy Smith inducted into the Texas Housing Hall of Honor; John Montgomery is inducted into the GFWBA Housing Hall of Honor

2019 - Bill Bettis is President of the Association; Associate's Council and Women's Council are reestablished;  Mentorship program is started