Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando
Established in 1953, the Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando is the voice of the housing and building industry of Central Florida. With nearly 700 members, the association provides programs, professional development and business information to help members be more successful in the home building industry.
“The organization is very plugged in and brings its members all types of relevant information,” says Beth McGee, CEO of the Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando and 20-year industry veteran. “If there is government contract work or large community projects our members can benefit from, they can get that information through us. Our association is large, one of the largest in the country, but we are very friendly. We welcome members from any background and have a Spanish-speaking staff member to assist our Spanish-speaking members.”
Who can join the Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando?
“Our membership is open to businesses and individuals – builders and land developers and companies that provide goods and services to builders and developers,” says McGee. To join, all prospective members must have a state license if they are in a business that requires it. Then, they complete a membership application and pay the dues. Applications go to the board of directors for approval.
“The Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando is part of the state and national Home Builders Association,” says McGee. “When members pay us dues at the local level, we send a portion of those dues to the state and national association, and our members belong to all three.”
Networking is the primary benefit of membership, but the association also offers cutting-edge information. “We work closely with local and state government,” says McGee. “Through the association, members have the opportunity to participate in and monitor laws and regulations that are being proposed and/or passed.”
What are your most popular programs and services?
The association provides a wide variety of Continuing Education Unit classes to make it easier for members to meet licensing requirements. “For example, in Florida, you need 14 hours of business safety training every 2 years,” says McGee. “We make it easier to access that training.
“We also provide Professional Development sessions designed to help members and others operate their businesses more efficiently and profitably. Some of our most popular programs are Green Building for Building Professionals and Certified Aging-in-Place, which teaches builders how to build and design homes people would not have to leave if they were disabled as they got older. Continuing Education and Professional Development courses and seminars are open to everyone for a nominal fee and members receive a discount.”
For more information, visit www.hbaofmetroorlando.com or call (407) 629-9242.