HBI Board of Trustees

Principal, Granite Housing Strategies, LLC
Principal FGE LLC
President of Careers in Construction Colorado (CICC)
Co-founder & President, LB Capital, Inc.
Vice President for Finance, Brian D. Wiggs Homes Inc.
2020 Chairman, NAHB
Owner, E.G. Construction LLC
Founder and Chairman, Vantage Homes Corp.
Executive Vice President of Human Resources, The Home Depot
CEO, Advance Higher Ed, LLC
President, Client Relationships
Katie’s Way Plus - Mental Healthcare for our Military Community
President, TrueNorth Development
Vice President & CEO, Magleby Construction
Trustee Emeritus, HBI Board of Trustees
Senior Director of Sales, Sherwin Williams
President & Chief Legal Officer of Torrington-based T&M Building Co
Assistant City Manager, City of Santa Clara
Deputy Executive Director of the Association for Career and Technical Education
Executive Vice President, Falcone Group
Founder and Chief Positivity Officer, Leadery Global
President, BridgeValley Community and Technical College
First Vice Chairman of the NAHB Board
President and CEO, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
President of U.S. Mortgage Insurers
Executive Officer of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Massachusetts

HBI Leadership Team

President and CEO
CFO and SVP of Business Operations
Senior Vice President, Program Operations
Senior Vice President, Development and Partnership Engagement
Vice President of Human Resources
Senior Vice President, Program Operations
Chief of Staff
Vice President of Job Corps
Vice President of Program Impact
Vice President of Workforce Training & Employment
Pamela Hughes Patenaude
Principal, Granite Housing Strategies, LLC

Serving as chair of the HBI Board of Trustees, Pamela Hughes Patenaude is an accomplished real estate, housing policy, and disaster recovery expert with a four-decade record of success as an executive in government, nonprofit sector, and private industry. Patenaude is an Independent Director of loanDepot, Inc. (NYSE: LDI) and a member of the Audit Committee. Patenaude is an Independent Director for Target Hospitality, Corp. (NASDAQ: TH) and is Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Additionally, Patenaude serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity International as well as the Board of Directors for the Bipartisan Policy Center. Patenaude is a Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Home Builders Institute (HBI). Patenaude is also a member of the Social Impact Advisory Board for the Center Creek Housing Funds. Patenaude is Principal of Granite Housing Strategies, LLC, serving as a strategic advisor for clients engaged in real estate development, affordable housing, and disaster recovery management. Patenaude is the recipient of the 2022 Housing Visionary Award for the National Housing Conference.

Fernando Arturo Gil-Enseñat
Principal FGE LLC

Gil-Enseñat was the Secretary of Housing of Puerto Rico. He served as the associated administrator for acquisition and contracting in the Public Housing Administration of Puerto Rico. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, a Juris Doctor from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and studies toward a master’s degree in private international law at Washington College of Law.

Gil-Enseñat was responsible for negotiating relief funds for homeowners severely affected by 2017’s Hurricane Maria. Hundreds of thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed. Repairing or replacing the roofs was particularly daunting in Puerto Rico, where many homes are built “informally,” without permits or titles. Gil-Enseñat fought for the fair treatment of Puerto Rico’s families and the equitable distribution of relief funds.

Renee Zentz
President of Careers in Construction Colorado (CICC)

Renee Zentz is the President of Careers in Construction Colorado (CICC) of the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs, a member trade association representing home builders, remodelers, developers, subcontractors, suppliers and myriad other housing-related professionals in El Paso County.

In her 18 years of leadership with the HBA, Renee has been instrumental in developing a culture of collaboration with community organizations and government entities – from
establishing monthly leadership meetings with head public officials to forging partnerships with industry leaders. It is this collaborative advocacy which helps to strengthen the HBA’s
position as the authoritative voice and information source for housing to government, the general public, and the housing consumer in El Paso County.

While Renee’s leadership strength is evident in her daily work and her professional accomplishments, she truly works under the mark of a “servant leader,” as demonstrated in the establishment of the 501(c)3, HBA Cares. This philanthropic arm of the Association connects the needs of the community to the skills and abilities of the housing and building industry.

Renee is also President of a 501c3 call Careers in Construction Colorado who’s focus is putting skilled trades into Colorado high schools. CiCC believes students deserve choices for
a sustainable and rewarding career, and the industry deserves a skilled workforce. Within 5 years, the program has grown 1,500 students, 25 high schools, without signs of slowing.

Carin Barth
Co-founder & President, LB Capital, Inc.

Barth is the co-founder and president of LB Capital, Inc., a private equity investment firm established in 1988. In addition to serving on The Welch Foundation board, she also serves on Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and Black Stone Minerals, L.P. She is chair of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Endowment at Texas Tech University, and a board member of the Ronald McDonald House of Houston. Previously, Barth served on the Housing Commission at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC from 2011 to 2014 and was a commissioner of the Texas Department of Public Safety from 2008 to 2014. In 2004, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as chief financial officer of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development until 2005. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama summa cum laude and a master’s degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

Erin DeWeese
Vice President for Finance, Brian D. Wiggs Homes Inc.

DeWeese is vice president for finance of Brian D. Wiggs Homes Inc. He has experience in sales, project management, and finance. In 2019, he served as president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa and chair of the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) young professionals committee. DeWeese has been involved in the “Build My Future” initiative since 2018 and is passionate about providing a clear proven path for residential construction’s next generation.

John “Chuck” Fowke
2020 Chairman, NAHB

John “Chuck” Fowke, a Tampa, Fla.-based custom home builder with over 45 years of experience in the home building industry, is NAHB’s 2022 Immediate Past Chairman of the Board. Fowke took on the duties of NAHB chairman in June 2020.

As founder and president of Homes by John C. Fowke Inc., he has built hundreds of luxury homes throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Fowke has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state, and national levels throughout his career. A senior life director, he has served on the NAHB Board of Directors for more than 20 years and is a long-time member of the association’s executive board. In 2006 and 2009, Fowke was named Builder of the Year by the Tampa Bay Builders Association. He also served as president of the Florida Home Builders Association, where he continues to serve as a life director. Fowke also stays active in his community, having served as chair of the Charity Women’s Crisis Center’s Addition and Renovation Committee.

Eugene Graf, IV
Owner, E.G. Construction LLC

Graf is the owner of E.G. Construction LLC. He is a fifth generation Montanan a fourth generation Bozemanite, and a third-generation developer and builder. Since 2004 E.G. Construction LLC has participated in the Southwest Montana Building Industry Association’s “Parade of Homes.” He served as the association’s 2008 president. In 2008, 2016, 2018 Graf was awarded, “Builder of the Year” for SWMBIA for his dedication to the building industry. In 2011 Eugene was awarded as the Montana Building Industry Association Builder of the Year and served as president of that association in 2012-2013. He continues to serve on the association’s executive board. Graf is the state representative to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) executive board. He was the chair for the state and local government affairs committee in 2014 and chair of the NAHB Build PAC in 2016.

George C. Hess III
Founder and Chairman, Vantage Homes Corp.

Hess is the founder and chairman of Vantage Homes Corp and chairman of Careers in Construction Colorado. He is active in industry, community, and civic organizations, including the Colorado Springs HBA board of directors, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) budget committee, and the John Zay Guest House of the Penrose Saint-Francis Hospital Foundation. Hess began his building career upon graduation from Colorado State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management. 

Tim Hourigan
Executive Vice President of Human Resources, The Home Depot

Hourigan is executive vice president of human resources at The Home Depot. He was appointed to HBI’s Board of Trustees in January 2020. He oversees all aspects of HR management for over 400,000 associates. Hourigan’s expertise and board service enhances HBI’s partnership with The Home Depot Foundation.

Brian K. Johnson, Ed.D.
CEO, Advance Higher Ed, LLC

Johnson is a senior fellow in the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama; national director of the Community College Leadership Program at Fielding Graduate University; president of Advance Higher Ed, LLC; and owner of Scottsdale, AZ-based Cultural Bridge Entertainment.

Johnson was the first African-American president of Montgomery College in Maryland. Prior to Montgomery College, Johnson served as president of the Allegheny Campus at the

Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania following 15 years of executive leadership at Maricopa Community Colleges, in Phoenix, AZ.

Johnson earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University, and Master of Arts in education in counseling/human relations from Northern Arizona University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ottawa University.

Adam Rocke
President, Client Relationships
Katie’s Way Plus - Mental Healthcare for our Military Community

Adam Rocke is a retired Army Colonel and career Infantryman who was a Special Assistant to the Army Chief of Staff and Director of the Soldier for Life Program.
In this capacity, he led the U.S. Army’s effort to create a network of enablers to connect Soldiers, Veterans, and families with employment, education, and the well-being required to reintegrate into civilian society successfully. Throughout his distinguished military career, Adam served in various infantry and special operations units from Platoon to Brigade, including the Army Staff and Joint Staff, with numerous deployments overseas supporting the Global War on Terror.

In his civilian career, Adam continued his mission to assist service members and their families as the Senior Director of Engagements at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program. Before this, Adam was the Managing Director of NS2 Serves, a non-profit providing high-demand IT training for our veterans and transitioning service members. Previously, he was the Vice President of Veterans Affairs at FASTPORT Inc., a digital technology company assisting Veterans and military spouses with a suite of services supporting meaningful employment opportunities.

Adam is a staunch advocate for Veterans and their families and serves on the Board of Trustees at Home Builders Institute (HBI), as well as serving as the Chairman of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Retired Soldier and Veterans Affairs Committee and as an AUSA Leadership Fellow, along with the American Legion Innovation Task Force on Veterans Employment and Training, the George W. Bush Institute Task Force on Higher Education, the executive committee of the Feherty’s Troops First Foundation – “Warrior Call” initiative, and Katie’s Way Military Advisory Board.

Scott Sedam
President, TrueNorth Development

Sedam is President of TrueNorth Development, a consulting and training firm focused exclusively on the building industry. TrueNorth conducts consulting projects and training workshops with more than 200 builder, supplier and trade clients in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico. During the recent industry downturn, TrueNorth’s LeanBuilding processes saved clients more than $250 million, demonstrating clearly how to improve product, process, and profit without compromising the product or builder, supplier, and trade relationships. Sedam’s presentations are a popular feature at industry conferences and company meetings.


Brad Simons
Vice President & CEO, Magleby Construction

Simons is vice president & CFO of Utah luxury custom homebuilding company Magleby Construction. Simons is past president of the Utah Valley Home Builders Association and serves as a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) board of directors. Simons is actively involved in Habitat for Humanity and served as the 2014 president of Utah County Habitat chapter.


Patsy Smith
Trustee Emeritus, HBI Board of Trustees

Smith is trustee emeritus of the HBI board of trustees, and president of Herman Smith & Company, a business established by her late husband, a former National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) president, prominent land developer and philanthropist. In 2005, she established the Patsy and Herman Smith Fund for Excellence in the Trades to assist HBI programs and its students connect with the industry.

Tom Winters
Senior Sales Executive, Ply-Gem Industries Inc.

Winters is a senior sales executive for Ply-Gem Industries Inc. He has over 25 years’ experience in the new-construction home building industry. Winters’ focus on management through inclusion and diversity has helped him build a consistent track record for increasing sales through building strong customer relationships.

Greg Ugalde
President & Chief Legal Officer of Torrington-based T&M Building Co

Greg Ugalde, a Connecticut-based builder and developer, was NAHB’s 2019 Chairman of the Board. Ugalde is president and chief legal officer of Torrington-based T&M Building Co. Inc., and is the founder and owner of GFU Investments, LLC. Ugalde’s involvement and experience with NAHB at the local, state and national levels, as well as a keen interest in workforce development, will be an asset to HBI’s Board of Trustees.

Chuck Baker
Assistant City Manager, City of Santa Clara

Chuck Baker brings over 20 years of executive experience in the consumer-packaged goods, technology, nonprofit and corporate philanthropy sectors. He currently serves as the Assistant City Manager, City of Santa Clara. Prior to being Assistant City Manager, Chuck was the Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Relations for Wells Fargo, with oversight of the foundation for six counties in the Bay Area. He has also served as the Executive Director of the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area. He has been featured on the cover of Black Enterprise, was nominated as a NBC Universal Grios 100, has successfully built and sold two businesses, and is an active volunteer and board member for several nonprofit organizations. Chuck has a BSBA degree in finance at Georgetown University and attended the JL Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Steve Dewitt
Deputy Executive Director of the Association for Career and Technical Education

Stephen DeWitt is Deputy Executive Director of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). Since assuming this role in 2013, DeWitt has served in a variety of roles including the national organization’s efforts in content development, partnerships and its outreach agenda. He formerly served as Senior Director of Public Policy beginning in 2006 and he remains closely connected to the Association’s advocacy and policy work. He currently serves on several Boards and advisory committees. Mr. DeWitt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Southern College and resides in Washington, DC.

Alfonso Costa Jr.
Executive Vice President, Falcone Group

Alfonso Costa Jr. serves as Executive Vice President of the Falcone Group, where he is responsible for leading the company’s workforce housing division and public-private partnership (P3) opportunities. Headquartered in South Florida, the Falcone Group is a real estate development & investment firm that has developed and acquired more than 20,000 multifamily apartments, 15 million square feet of commercial space, and 30,000 single-family homes throughout the country.

Mr. Costa previously served in the Federal Government as Deputy Chief of Staff & Opportunity Zones lead for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In this public service role, Mr. Costa was responsible for overseeing housing policy aimed at reducing regulatory barriers to affordable housing development, as well as the Opportunity Zones initiative. Mr. Costa held the title of Chairman’s delegate and HUD’s lead representative on the Federal Government’s inter-agency White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, and for his efforts was ranked #10 in the Opportunity Zone Magazine’s “Top 25 OZ Influencers of 2020” list.

A former 5th-grade teacher as a Teach for America (TFA) corps member, Mr. Costa is now an active social advocate through philanthropic & academic volunteer work on both the national and local levels. Nationally, he serves as an Ambassador for the Fitwel® Certification System, Public Sector Fellow of the Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board, Housing Advisory Council Member of the Bipartisan Policy Center, Full Member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and Emerging Leaders Council Member & basketball alumnus of New Heights Youth (New York City).

Mr. Costa earned his law degree (JD) from Harvard University, master’s degree (MSc) from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom), and bachelor’s degree (BA) from Yale University.

Dr. Bryon Ernest
Founder and Chief Positivity Officer, Leadery Global

Dr. Byron Ernest is the Founder and Chief Positivity Officer of Leadery Global, offering custom tailored consultative packages for clients seeking stakeholder engagement, systems level visionary design, leadership development, education leadership, and facilitation services. has extensive experience leading online and in-person facilitation of groups globally. He has experienced diverse business contexts and engaged in cultural exchanges with colleagues from around the world, while tackling international issues related to education and other industries. Byron is a former (2010) Indiana “Teacher of the Year” and formerly served as Director of Educator Development and Partnerships for Noble Education Initiative, Inc. (NEI) where he developed and provided professional development and leadership training globally, including a leadership pipeline program, 3D Leadership, which he now delivers in seven states both virtually and in person. Byron also developed a complete series of virtual programs for teachers around the globe during the global pandemic.

Dr. Ernest holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Agricultural Education and a Master’s in Education from Purdue University. He received his Doctorate from Walden University in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Ernest completed the Certificate for Advanced Educational Leadership program at Harvard University, where he continues Post-Doctoral Studies. Byron serves as a policy maker and citizen leader on the Indiana State Board of Education where he led a very successful statewide systemic change to Indiana’s graduation requirements. He chaired the Graduation Pathways Pathway’s Panel created by the Indiana Legislature to study and make recommendations to the Indiana State Board of Education. Ernest led the panel through a series of 10 stakeholder engagement gatherings to craft a successful Graduation Pathways Plan giving students many options for graduation as opposed to a single graduation qualifying exam. Dr. Ernest also currently serves as the immediate past chair of the board of directors for the National Association of State Boards of Education

Dr. Casey Sacks
President, BridgeValley Community and Technical College

Casey K. Sacks, Ph.D. is currently the President at BridgeValley Community and Technical College in Charleston, WV. Sacks previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges at the United States Department of Education where she led work around workforce development, career, and technical education, adult education, and prison education. She has also served as the Vice Chancellor for the West Virginia Community and Technical College System where she focused on community college excellence and workforce development. Sacks has worked at colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Colorado.

Sacks serves on the Board of the SkillPointe Foundation, is a member of the Credential as you Go Advisory Board, and is part of the AEI Conservative Education Reform Network. She has held a research appointment at Rutgers University, was an Aspen Institute Presidential Fellow in the inaugural class, and earned a Ph.D. in Administration from Bowling Green State University.

Carl Harris
First Vice Chairman of the NAHB Board

Carl Harris, a Wichita, Kan.-based small volume spec and custom home builder with over 40 years of experience in the home building, remodeling and light commercial construction industry is NAHB’s 2023 First Vice Chairman.

As co-founder and president of the Carl Harris Co., Inc. and managing partner of Harris Homes, Harris has built homes in many communities around the state of Kansas.

Harris has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels throughout his career. A Senior Life Delegate, he has served in leadership for over 20 years. He has served as NAHB State Representative for Kansas, National Area Chairman for Area 11, moderator of the State Representatives, and as chairman of the Commercial Builders Council, Construction Safety and Health Committee, Federal Government Affairs Committee, State and Local Government Affairs Committee and BUILD-PAC.

His local association, the Wichita Area Builders Association (WABA), awarded Harris the Cornerstone Award for his outstanding work in the industry and the community, and he was presented its Chairman’s award twice. Harris served as president of WABA and as president of the Kansas Building Industry Association (KBIA), the state association. He has chaired various local committees, councils and task forces.

Actively involved in his local community, Harris has served eight years on the Newton City Commission; was twice-elected mayor; served over 15 years as a Newton/North Newton Planning Commissioner and on the Newton/Harvey County Airport Commission; he also served on the Newton Board of Codes, Standards and Appeals and as Newton Public Building Commissioner.

As an Eagle Scout, Harris desired to give back to the Boys Scouts of America, serving as a Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, District Chairman and Council Program Chairman, and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for volunteerism and leadership.

Carl is married to Lori for over 37 years, and they have one son Christian Harris, with whom they also build.

NAHB’s elected senior officers serve on a multi-year leadership ladder. Harris will become chairman of NAHB’s Board of Directors in 2024.

Jim Tobin
President and CEO, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

James W. Tobin III is President and CEO at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He previously served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Lobbyist for Government Affairs at NAHB . Jim was responsible for directing the federal, state and local lobbying, as well as political activities for NAHB. In addition to his lobbying and communications responsibilities, Jim guided the activities of the association’s political action committee, BUILD-PAC, and the grassroots network. Jim’s past policy experience has concentrated on tax policy and environmental policy. Jim joined NAHB in 1998, and before becoming NAHB’s Chief Lobbyist, Jim was NAHB’s Vice President for Federal Relations. Prior to NAHB, Jim was Senior Legislative Assistant to former-U.S. Representative Frank Riggs (CA) and former-U.S. Representative Gary Franks (CT). Jim holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. He resides in Falls Church, Virginia, with his wife and their two children.

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.

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.

Ed Brady
President and CEO

Before being appointed President and CEO of Home Builders Institute (HBI) in 2018, Brady led a large regional home building company in Illinois. Following the 2008 financial crisis, he served on the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission, working with other leading experts to advance the nation’s housing policy. He serves on the Advisory Committee of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) J. Ronald Terwilliger Center for Housing Policy. He has also served on boards for Chicago Federal Home Loan Bank, Enterprise Community Partners, Illinois Habitat for Humanity, as well as on other economic development and housing-related boards. Brady was the National Association of Home Builders 2016 Chairman. In 2018, he was inducted into the Illinois Home Builders Hall of Fame and in 2023 inducted into the National Housing Hall of Fame.


Brady is a sought after thought leader in the housing industry and workforce development space and has been interviewed by Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Pro Builder, Offsite Builder and Politico. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political business from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Jeremy Albritton
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Business Operations/Shared Services

Jeremy joined HBI as Chief Financial Officer in February 2021.  In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that the organization has the financial capacity to execute on its strategy and is well positioned for long term financial health.  Jeremy leads the Financial Services team in their critical role as an enabler of mission delivery, with a customer-focused approach to operations and process innovation.

Prior to HBI, Jeremy served as the Chief Operating & Financial Officer of The Mission Continues.  In that role, he was responsible for optimizing finance, technology and HR operations to mobilize veterans in service to under-resourced communities. Jeremy also spent 12 years at the United Service Organizations Inc. (USO), one of the nation’s oldest and most venerable military service organizations.  During his tenure at the USO, Jeremy held Vice President-level roles in Finance, Development, as well as Operations & Programs. Jeremy served four years as Finance Committee Chairman of the George C. Marshall International Center in Leesburg, VA., and continues to serve as a committee member of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation.

Jeremy is from Charlottesville, VA, and did not stray far in getting his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.  Jeremy also has an MBA degree from the University of Maryland’s R.H. Smith School of Business.

Jeremy Hurley
Vice President of Workforce Training & Employment

Hurley joined HBI as the Associate Vice President of HBI’s Military Services in 2014 after over a decade of owning and operating an HVAC business in Georgia. Originally working as an HVAC instructor at Brunswick Job Corps, he has also served as a program manager, regional program manager and director of WTE.

Hurley manages all of HBI’s transitioning military programs. He oversees the daily operations of HBI’s Military Services programs and works with partners to advance HBI’s expansion and enhance job placement opportunities for graduates. Hurley serves as the liaison between HBI and military installations, ensuring successful outcomes for transitioning servicemembers and veterans.

Hurley, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, draws on his passion for helping transitioning servicemembers to serve well-deserving students.

Contact: jhurley@hbi.org

Emily Price
Senior Vice President, Development
and Partnership Engagement

Emily Price serves as the Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Development of Home Builders Institute (HBI). Before HBI, Emily served as the Senior Policy Advisor for the Council of the District of Columbia, Committee on Labor & Workforce Development. During her tenure at the Council, Emily successfully authored legislation creating Industry Sector Partnerships in Healthcare and Infrastructure for the District of Columbia. She was critical in the partnership, funding, and development of Information Technology and Direct Care Nursing pathways between the DC Workforce Investment Council and the University of the District of Columbia and Community College. She also facilitated the permanent establishment of a School Year Internship Program for DC youth.

Emily comes to HBI with over 20 years of workforce development expertise. At SOME, Inc. (So Others Might Eat), she was the Chief Program Officer, Center for Employment Training (CET) for 15 years. CET is a licensed post-secondary vocational skills training program with wraparound services. Emily was critical in the expansion and move of CET to the Conway Center, a housing, healthcare, and employment training center. The National Skills Coalition profiled Emily on the Leadership Spotlight Skills Blog in 2016. She was a member of the Mayor’s Workforce Intermediary Task Force, Mayor’s Adult Literacy and Career Pathways Taskforce, and an Aspen Institute Workforce Leader’s Academy graduate. Emily started her career as a Bill Emerson Congressional Hunger Fellow and AmeriCorps Promise Fellow. Additionally, she was the Board Chair of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED), a former Board Member of Southeast Ministries, the DC Jobs Council, and Southeast Children’s Fund.

Emily holds her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. She is a devoted KU basketball fan, Rock Chalk Jayhawk, and Washington Nationals fan, Go Nat’s!

Tammy Jo Scriven
Vice President of Human Resources

Tammy Jo Scriven is an HR professional who join HBI as the Vice President of Human Resources in January 2022. Tammy Jo has more than 20 years’ senior leadership experience in talent acquisition, performance management, organizational and workforce development and employee relations. Her career has focused on creating change and community impact in a range of professional environments, including non-profit, for profit, and government sectors.

Tammy Jo began her career focusing on advocacy and grassroots organizing in a variety of social justice areas — specifically, economic justice, housing and family homelessness, women’s health, reproductive rights, domestic and community violence and human rights. Then, after several years of working for community-based and national non-profit organizations, TJ decided to pursue a change in career to human resources. Her first HR opportunity was with Montgomery County (MD), followed by eight years with the City of Rockville (MD) and then with the District of Columbia government.

TJ uses her passion for HR to drive toward creating a high-performing, diverse and inclusive workplace culture where employees are engaged and share meaningful work experiences that align their talents with the organization’s needs. She is excited to capitalize on and expand the capacity of the HBI family and work in an environment committed to advancing economic opportunity in an inclusive way through providing access to leading edge skills in the construction industry. 

Tammy Jo holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Washington Adventist University and a master’s in Human Resources from McDaniel College. She is a nature lover (born and raised in the pacific northwest of the United States), an avid football fan and has recently discovered her love of backyard gardening.

Gregg Romano
Senior Vice President, Program Operations

Gregg Romano joined Home Builders Institute (HBI) in 1993. In the years since then, Romano grew as a leader within the organization. As the Senior Vice President of Job Corps, he is now responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities, promoting effective public relations and strengthening interactions amongst all Job Corps Center operators, regional offices and the program’s national office, as well as maintaining oversight of Job Corps career technical training programs, placement activities, apprenticeship endeavors and monitoring and evaluating HBI’s Job Corps Program performance.

Long imparting wide-ranging knowledge in career technical training and construction technologies, Romano has relied on more than 20 years of building experience and over 25 years of workforce-training and development connecting the two disciplines. As such, he has provided HBI an expertise in program management with the professional and technical skills to manage, develop and implement multi-site training programs and large-scale projects. Romano continued to demonstrate expertise in program management and was elevated to Director of Program Management of Job Corps in 2016.

Prior to joining HBI, Romano worked as a journeyman carpenter, foreman, superintendent and owned, managed and administered all functions of a construction/home-remodeling company. He graduated summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Workforce Training and Development, and has conducted graduate degree work towards his Master of Science in Project Management at Thomas Edison State University (formerly Thomas Edison State College), Trenton, N.J.

Contact: romano@hbi.org

Lauren Sullivan
Chief of Staff

Lauren Sullivan is Chief Of Staff at Home Builders Institute (HBI). As a member of the executive team, she assists with day to day operations and works alongside the President and CEO on special projects and strategic initiatives. Lauren is the primary point of contact for internal and external audiences on all matters pertaining to the President and CEO. She also manages communications and activities with the HBI Board of Trustees.

Prior to joining HBI, Lauren spent 10 years in Federal Government service. Lauren worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Sergeant at Arms Office (2011-2017), before joining the staff of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (2017-2021). As a member of the Secretary’s staff, Lauren served as Director of Operations and senior advisor, managing the long-term strategy and outreach of Department initiatives and priorities.

A native of the Washington, DC area, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and received her Master’s in Public Relations & Corporate Communications from Georgetown University.

Contact: lsullivan@hbi.org

Gretchen Cantali
Vice President of Job Corps

Serving as Vice President of Job Corps, Gretchen Cantali is primarily responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities for HBI’s Job Corps programs through strategic business alliances, promoting effective public relations, and strong interaction with all Job Corps center operators, and regional and national offices; assisting with overseeing the Job Corps Career Technical Training, Career Services, and Apprenticeship activities in conjunction with the US Department of Labor; and participating in monitoring and evaluating Job Corps performance and effectiveness.

Cantali began her career with HBI in 1998, as a carpentry instructor. Throughout her tenure, she honed her institutional knowledge by holding multiple positions such as Regional Placement Coordinator, Manager of Apprenticeships and Analytics in Job Corps, and Director of Program and Apprenticeship Development. She actively facilitated in the development of HBI committees such as the RISE (Region Instructors Supporting Everyone) and Employee Engagement Committee (EEC). Cantali worked as a subject matter expert in the development of the carpentry credential standards and the competency-based curriculum. She developed an array of tracking systems, informational notices, shop training stations, and policies and procedures to include teachings, SOPs, and career development for managed staff.

Prior to HBI, Cantali obtained a Journeyman’s Certificate from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America – Apprenticeship Program. She had over a decade of carpentry field experience.

Vice President of Program Impact

Serving as Vice President of Program Impact, Lauren Johnson drives HBI’s contract compliance and data processes to keep pace with the rapidly evolving needs of the organization, including program operations, business development and strategic partnerships; collaborates closely with senior leadership to understand business needs and design systems to meet all program reporting and compliance needs, as well as provide value-add analysis to inform data-driven decisions and optimize impact; and leads strategies to enhance the Customer Experience, including training, onboarding and ongoing support of our Future Builders of America/licensed curriculum partners.

Johnson began her journey with HBI in 2014 as a Quality Improvement Manager supporting Workforce Training & Employment programs. She has since held multiple leadership roles within the organization, including Director of Quality & Support Services, Director of Contract Management & Data Analysis, Associate Vice President of Program Performance & Evaluation, and Associate Vice President of Education Services. Johnson spearheaded the implementation of data systems and processes to centralize program-related data, report outcomes, and provide meaningful analysis. She led the redevelopment of the instructor certification model for licensed curriculum partners, transforming the training into an interactive and scalable model that equips partners for success.

Before joining HBI, Johnson honed her skills in higher education administration. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and pursued graduate studies towards a Master of Education degree.

Vice President of Workforce Training & Employment
Mario joined HBI as a Regional Career Development Coordinator of HBI’s Military Services in 2019 and was promoted to Associate Vice President of WTE Community & Corrections Programs in 2022.
Now serving as Vice president of WTE (2024), he oversees the daily operations of HBI’s WTE Community & Corrections, Military Services, & Academies programs, working with partners to advance HBI’s expansion and enhance job placement opportunities for graduates. Mario serves as the liaison between HBI and external stakeholders to include military installations. He ensures successful outcomes for HBI graduates from transitioning service members & veterans to justice involved adults & youths. Internally, he provides strategic operational perspective to HBI’s senior leadership team.
Prior to joining HBI, Mario served for 21 years in the U.S. Army across multiple locations globally & nationally and has an MBA from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN.
Mario resides in Tennessee with his wife and children and spends time in Texas where his mother, adult children, and grandchildren reside. He enjoys the outdoors and serving in his community. 

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