Tongue Point Job Corps Gave This Young Lady a Second Chance

Published March 23, 2020 “I’m here.” Student Maya Howe says referring to her career choice to enroll in the electrical program at the Tongue Point Job Corps Center in Oregon. “I’m actually building a strong foundation for my future—finally.” We asked her what changed? “I got sick of working dead-end jobs that I’m not going […]

HBI transitioning Soldiers help Nashville tornado victims, gain experience

Published March 23, 2020 Major Radames Ortiz was stationed at Fort Campbell when his home in Puerto Rico was battered first by hurricanes and then earthquakes. His mother’s home was destroyed and his grandmother’s home also was heavily damaged so he helped out the two ways he could from a distance – by sending money […]

HBI Launches Complimentary Online Learning Alternatives

Published March 23, 2020 The coronavirus pandemic continues to challenge all sectors of our economy and our educational systems. HBI, a national leader for career training in the building industry, announced complimentary access to online learning alternatives for local schools and training programs. This access comes in response to increasing K-12 requests across the nation. […]

HBI Donates Bird Houses to Habitat for Humanity Homeowners

Published February 12, 2020 The Home Builders Institute (HBI) presented Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County with bird houses recently, at the Habitat Administrative Offices. HBI students built the bird houses which will be presented to new Habitat homeowners at their home dedication. HBI is a national leader for career training in the building industry. […]

Applications Now Open for HIRE Vets Award Program

Published February 11, 2020 Home building firms that make it a priority to hire veterans can be recognized for their efforts under an award program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor is now accepting employer applications for the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Award. The award program recognizes all types of employers, […]

Home Builders Institute Trains Norfolk Service Members in the Skilled Trades Transitioning service members and supporters inaugurate new skilled trades training facility

WASHINGTON — July 30, 2019 — HBI (Home Builders Institute) officially opened its new skilled trades training program for transitioning service members in Norfolk on July 18. The cost-free, 12-week construction industry training, certification and job placement program allows active duty service members within 180 days of separation from the military to obtain critical training […]

Greater Orlando Builders Association Welcomes HBI’s Latest Class

WASHINGTON — September 17, 2019 — The Greater Orlando Builders Association will host HBI Norbord Orlando Career Center’s graduation on September 18, 2019. Including this latest cohort, 53 students have graduated from the center since the first class began in December of 2018 with a current certification rate of 95 percent. The GOBA-hosted event signifies the warm […]

Home Builders Institute and The Home Depot Foundation Partner to Grant Up to

Half of a Million Dollars for Youth Trades Training Program Effort Boosted by an Additional $200,000 from National Housing Endowment Las Vegas, NV – The Home Builders Institute (HBI) today announced The Home Depot Foundation (THDF) will commit up to $500,000 to fund student training in home construction careers in high schools across the country. […]

HBI Launches Complimentary Online Learning Alternatives

HBI is pleased to announce complimentary access to online learning alternatives to Home Builder Associations (HBAs) through May 31 in response to increasing K-12 requests across the nation. The Flexible Instruction Day (FID) material does not require textbooks or workbooks to accommodate self-paced student learning. Fundamental knowledge and skills, such as safety, communication, social media […]

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JOSEPH F. LANDERS
Executive Officer of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Massachusetts

Joseph F. Landers, 71, is the Executive Officer of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Massachusetts having assumed that role in 2018 with a mandate from the Board of Directors to harmonize the five MA local associations, increase communications from the state to the membership, increase the public profile of the association, create a path to financial stability and elevate the states lobbying efforts. Prior to taking on the challenging state association role, Joe was Chief Executive Officer and founder of Customized Structures Inc., a custom manufacturer of single-family, multi-family and commercial modular and panelized structures which began operations in 1984. Joe has been involved in the building industry, both site-built and factory-built, since 1973 and has worked in all phases of construction from development through design and production including on site management and sales. Customized Structures produced on average 330 single family homes per year, had an employee base as high as 180 and was known as the innovator in the production and design of modular components.

 

After the sale of Customized Structures Inc. to a private equity firm in 2003 Joe remained on the Board of Directors of the Company and functioned as a consultant to the CEO. He further took on the role of helping failing building systems companies return to profitability and successfully oversaw the sale of those companies. Mr. Landers has lectured frequently on the benefits and utilization of systems-built construction to building professionals around the country and has utilized his substantial professional and industry background to provide consultation services to both national and foreign companies interested in the processes and pitfalls of building and developing utilizing building systems components.

Joe attended Northeastern University and St. Anselm’s College graduating with a B.S. in 1972. 

Joe has been a member of the National Association of Home Builders since 1974. He is past president of two local Home Builders Associations and has served two terms as President of the  State of NH Home Builders Association. Joe is also a past president of the Modular Building  Systems Council of the NAHB, has been Chairman of the National Building Systems Council (BSC)  and has served five terms as a Trustee of the BSC during which time he created the BSC logo and  wrote the brochure “Most Frequently Asked Questions about Modular Homes”. 

In 1989, Joe received the National Pacesetter Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership  and contribution to the housing industry and in 1991 was awarded the title of Builder of the Year  by the Home Builders Association of N.H. In 1992 he was appointed by the Governor to the NH  Board of Fire Control within the Department of Safety and since then was reappointed three times.  He has served as a member on the State of New Hampshire Building Code Review Board and was  appointed by the Governor of NH to the Shore Land Protection Commission. Joe was selected to  receive the 2000 S. A. Walters Chairman’s Award, the premier award in the U.S. Systems Built  Housing Industry and was installed to the New Hampshire Housing Hall of Fame for his significant  and lasting contributions to the housing industry in the State of New Hampshire.  

Joe is a Senior Life Director of the National Association of Home Builders; he is served six terms on the NAHB Budget & Finance Committee serving as Vice Chair for four of those years, he has served  as Chairman of the Resolutions Committee, the International Housing Committee and the Building  Products Issues Committee of NAHB serving on the NAHB Executive Committee multiple times. 

In 2001 Joe was elected an Area Vice President of the National Association of Home Builders  representing builders through out the northeast. 

Joe is active in his community having served as finance chairmen of his church, is a member of the  International Order of Odd Fellows, and has served on multiple boards and committees on a  volunteer basis.  

Joe and his wife, Denise, reside in Plymouth, MA, they have two children, Jessica and Brad and two  grandchildren, Lily and Jack ages 13 and 11.

Seth Appleton
President of U.S. Mortgage Insurers

The Honorable Seth Appleton is President of U.S. Mortgage Insurers. In this role, he leads USMI’s efforts to enable sustainable access to affordable mortgage credit for borrowers while protecting taxpayers. Seth previously served as President of MISMO, the real estate finance industry’s standards organization. Prior to that, Seth served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),
a position for which he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. In addition to his service as Assistant Secretary, Seth concurrently served as the Principal Executive Vice President of Ginnie Mae, a government corporation guaranteeing the timely payment of
principal and interest on more than $2 trillion in mortgage-backed securities.


Before joining HUD, Seth worked on Capitol Hill, including serving as Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer for more than eight years. A native of Missouri, Seth is a graduate of Stanford University and is a co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Council.

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