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NAHB Chairman signs off

Greg Ugalde and the NAHB battled for housing affordability and crusaded for more trade jobs in 2019.

BY Andy Carlo

With 2019 behind us and his term winding down, National Association of Home Builders Chairman Greg Ugalde delivered an online farewell address via a short video.

A builder and developer in Torrington, Conn., Ugalde was formally elected as chairman at the 2019 International Builders Show in Las Vegas and succeeded Randy Noel, a custom home builder in LaPlace, La.

NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde.

The top challenge for the Ugalde and the NAHB in 2019 was housing affordability. In his address, Ugalde notes that the NAHB pushed back on costly building regulations while urging government to find a solution for more affordable housing.

The NAHB also fought against higher rent costs and continued to support programs geared toward building up the U.S. workforce, including education students and veterans on the benefits of a career in residential construction.

Rising tariffs and the trade war is another issue the NAHB faced last year.

“We commended the (Trump) administration’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, which represents a win for the U.S. economy, a win for American jobs, and a win for housing affordability,” Ugalde said.

“Our goal is for Americans to find quality, affordable housing for their families,” Ugalde added.

Ugalde’s complete farewell address can be viewed here.

Dean Mon, a developer and builder from New Jersey, is slated to become the next NAHB chairman at the association’s board of directors meeting later this month during the 2020 International Builders Show.

Mon is a 30-year home building veteran and the current first vice chairman of the board. He is also the first Hispanic to be elected to the senior officer leadership ladder of the NAHB. Mon is a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1968 to 1970, achieving the rank of sergeant and served a tour of duty in Vietnam.

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