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Brady named president, CEO of HBI

The former NAHB chairman looks to combat labor shortage problems.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Ed Brady, the 2016 chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a Bloomington, Ill.-based builder, has been appointed as the new president and CEO of the Home Builders Institute (HBI).

With more than 30 years of industry experience, Brady most recently served as president of Brady Homes, a company founded in 1962 by his father, William Brady Sr.

HBI is the non-profit partner of the 140,000-member NAHB. Brady will replace current HBI president and CEO John Courson, who is retiring after leading the organization for the past seven years.

“Our industry is currently facing a severe shortage of skilled labor, and as we look forward, it is critical that we continue to educate, train and develop the men and women who are the future of the home building industry,” said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, a custom home builder from La Place, La. “With his home building background and past NAHB leadership experience, Ed is the perfect person to take the lead at HBI. We look forward to working with him on this important mission, and continue the great strides we have already made in building our workforce.”

NAHB and HBI work in tandem to find solutions to alleviate the industry’s labor shortage issue. Earlier this year, the two groups attended a White House event where together they pledged to train 50,000 new workers over the next five years, as part of President Trump’s new workforce development initiative.

In addition to Brady’s time as NAHB chairman, he has been active in the NAHB leadership structure at the local, state and national levels throughout his career, including serving as president of the Illinois Home Builders Association and president of the Home Builders Association of Bloomington-Normal, Ill.

 

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