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Business Community Partnership Fuels Construction Career Fair Success

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Career Fair

Operating a mini excavator is commonplace for professionals on a construction job site, but for teenagers watching up close, it’s an exciting window into a rewarding career. Exposing local students to job opportunities in the skilled trades was one of the reasons why the Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem (HBAWS) partnered with the Winston-Salem Chamber Construction Industry Council’s Construction Career Fair last fall. The event featured more than 40 local employers that provided hands-on learning experiences in fields such as masonry, diesel mechanics and interior design.

“The Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem proudly serves on the Winston-Salem Chamber Construction Council partnering on the regional Construction Career Fair every other year, as well as attending career fairs at local high schools,” said Beverly Kiser-Nutt, director of communications and member services, HBAWS. “HBAWS and the Chamber share the same vision for educating students about careers in the construction trades, increasing awareness in the community and finding a solution for the shortage of workers in the industry. The collaboration with the Chamber has provided us with a broader reach and more resources to address the issues and work together for the success of all of our members.”

More than 1,500 high school students in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) and surrounding area attended the two-day Construction Career Fair at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. Most of the students who attended are currently enrolled in WS/FCS Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes. The district’s CTE program provides a pipeline into higher education and employment opportunities in the skilled trades and has a 100% graduation rate among seniors taking four or more CTE credits.

“I feel like this is really good help for us seniors, especially for some that aren’t sure what they are passionate in or know what they want to do after high school…[now] if you don’t know what you want to do, this is a great possibility,” said participant Nicolas Vazquez-Segovia to Spectrum News.

In addition to real-world job scenarios, the Construction Career Fair participants were provided with information on the educational opportunities available at regional schools to earn the degree or certificate required for each industry. According to the Winston-Salem Chamber, the construction industry tops $17 billion in North Carolina, and many jobs are in high demand. Various careers in the skilled trades are expected to grow by 5,000-15,000 new jobs over the next 10 years, according to North Carolina Department of Commerce employment data.

For more information on how to jump start workforce development programs in your area, contact Greg Zick.

Meetings, Events, Socials

Meetings, Events & Socials – 2020  Tentative Schedule

2020 Meetings, Events & Socials

Reservations are required for our dinner meetings due to caterer’s request.
Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to the event or a no show will be charged the cost of the meal. Thank you for understanding.

March, 2020

March 17 – Finance, Executive Board, Board Meeting

March 20 – 10:30am Region 7 – NCHBA VIRTUAL Town Hall Tour
Due to recent public health developments aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), NCHBA Senior Officers have made the difficult decision to cancel next week’s Town Hall Tour across North Carolina.

HOWEVER, the Town Hall will proceed as a virtual event on Friday, March 20 at 10:30 am. To join our virtual Town Hall, please use this link: You can also dial in using your phone: +1 (571) 317-3122. The access code is 312-302-805. We will have more information about this event coming soon.

March 20 – Spring Parade – Earlybird Deadline
March 26 – 9am – Triad Home & Garden Show Wrap-up Meeting

April, 2020

April 3 – Spring Parade Late Entry Deadline
April 7 – 11:45am Builder Committee Meeting
April 7 – 5:30pm Professional Women in Building
April 8 – 11:30am Joint Legislative Committee Meeting – WSRAR
April 9 – 3:30 – 5:30pm AMC / Spike / New Member Connect at Vin 205
April 13 – HBAWS Office Closed in celebration of  Easter
April 21 – Finance, Executive Board, Board Meeting
April 23 – Skills USA State Competition
April 25, 26– Spring Parade, sponsored by Allegacy Federal Credit Union
April 30 – Spring Parade Social, sponsored by BMC, Clemmons, NC

May, 2020

May 2, 3 – Spring Parade – sponsored by Allegacy Federal Credit Union
May 5 – 11:45am Builder Committee Meeting
May 5 – 5:30pm Professional Women in Building
May 6 – 11:30am Joint Legislative Committee Meeting – HBAWS
May 13 –  11:45am Spike Committee Meeting – HBAWS
May 12 – Remodelers Council
May 14 – Associate Members Committee Meeting
May 26 – Finance, Executive Board, Board Meeting
May 25 – HBAWS Office Closed in celebration of Memorial Day
May 28 – Golf Tournament

June, 2020

June 1 – NCHBA STARS Awards – Early bird deadline $100/entry
June 2 – 5:30pm Professional Women in Building
June 4 – Food Trucks Blitz, sponsored by Ferguson Enterprises
 – AMC / Builder Committee / Spike / Remodelers attend Food Truck Blitz!
June 16 – Finance, Executive Board, Board Meeting

June 9, 10 – NCHBA 2nd Quarter Meetings, Legislative Days, Raleigh
June 17 – 11:30am Joint Legislative Committee Meeting – WSRAR
June 19 – 7:30am, CE for GCs, Masonic Center

July, 2020

July 1 – NCHBA STARS Awards – Regular entry deadline – $150/entry
July 3 – HBAWS Office Closed in Celebration of Independence Day

July – No Meetings

August, 2020

August 4 – 11:45am Builder Committee Meeting
August 4 – 5:30pm Professional Women in Building
August 5 – 11:30am Spike Committee Meeting
August 11 – Members Social at Pella Windows & Doors
August 12 – 11:30am Joint Legislative Committee Meeting – HBAWS
August 13 – Associate Members Committee Meeting
August 14 – Fall Parade of Homes Early Bird Registration
August 18 – Finance, Executive Board, Board Meeting
August 21 – CE for General Contractors, Masonic Center

September, 2020

September 1 – 11:45am Builder Committee Meeting
September 1 – 5:30pm Professional Women in Building
September 3 – AMC / Spike / New Member Connect
September 7 – HBAWS Office Closed in celebration of Labor Day
September 8 – Remodelers Council
September 9 – 11:30am Joint Legislative Committee Meeting – WSRAR
September 11 – Fall Parade Late Entry
September 15 – 17 – NCHBA 3rd Quarter Meetings / 21st Century Building Expo, Charlotte
September 22 – Finance, Executive Board, Board Meeting
September 24 – Casino Night, Warehouse on Ivy – ?

October, 2020

October 5 – FPH Sign Pick-up Day
October 6 – 11:45am Builder Committee Meeting
October 6 – 5:30pm Professional Women in Building
October 7 – FPH Pre-Qualification
October 7 –  11:30am Joint Legislative Committee Meeting – HBAWS
October 8 – FPH Judging
October 10, 11 – Fall Parade of Homes, sponsored by BB&T
October 13 – Golden Home Awards, Masonic Center
October 15 – Fall Parade Breakfast
October 17, 18 – Fall Parade of Homes, sponsored by BB&T
October 20 – Finance, Executive Board, Board Meeting

November, 2020

November 3 – 11:45am Builder Committee Meeting
November 3 – 5:30pm Professional Women in Building
November 4 – 11:30am Spike Committee Meeting
November 6 – Buck Horn Sporting Clay Tournament
November 10 – Remodelers Chicken Stew & AMC Raffle for CTE
November 13 – CE for General Contractors
November 12 – Associate Members Committee Meeting
November 17 – Membership Meeting
November 18 –  11:30am Joint Legislative Committee Meeting – WSRAR
November 26, 27 – HBAWS Office Closed in celebration of Thanksgiving

December, 2020

December 1 – 11:45am Builder Committee Meeting
December 1 – 5:30pm Professional Women in Building
December 4 – New Board Orientation
December 7, 8 – NCHBA 4th Quarter Meetings / Board Installation, Pinehurst
December 9 – 11:30am Joint Legislative Committee Meeting – HBAWS
December 11 – AMC / Spike Holiday Brunch at W-S Foundation
December 15 – Board Planning Retreat, Masonic Center
December 15 – Board Christmas Social, Masonic Center
December 15 – Remodelers Council, Masonic Center
December 24, 25 – HBAWS Office Closed in celebration of Christmas
December 31 – HBAWS Office Closed in celebration of New Years Eve


January, 2021

January 1 – HBAWS Office Closed in celebration of New Years Day

The Power of PWB

Power of PWB The Winston-Salem, North Carolina chapter of Professional Women in Building support local women serving in various ways in the community.

In the fall of 2019, PWB W-S makes a bold presence at the Construction Career Days expo for local high school students. Our booth attracts young women who have an eye for design and who would like to in those moments put together a possible layout for a blank space. PWB W-S affirms their vision and helps them think outside of a traditional box and inside their own ideas.Pearls of Wisdom.

In January 2020, PWB of Winston-Salem, North Carolina began working on “Connecting the Dots” in the community. This time during our monthly meetings is filled with many things: what’s going on in people’s lives, needs around the community that folks may know about, other local organizations that may need partnering with, new women in the industry we need to reach out to, community involvement opportunities, etc. This has been a fruitful experience in just two months.

The woman of PWB are working together to help this child in need. Women around the table shared how their businesses would provide things for a new house build that a local business has committed to for this young man. PWB W-S is connecting the dots!

“The woman of PWB are working together to help this child in need”

CTE Scholarship from PWB

HBAWS Professional Women in Building provides scholarships for students continuing their education in the trades.

The scholarships are merit based and presented annually to a student chosen from applications turned in at the WSFCS Career Center planning to further their construction education at Forsyth Technical Community College in a trades program. This year, PWB is awarding a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

For information, call 336.768.5942

2020 WSFCS Career Fairs

Career Days Schedule

Volunteers welcome – call 336.464.8001 to sign-up!

March 12, set-up 11am, 12 – 2 – West Forsyth HS – Kim Hayes

  • Elizabeth Nance, Realtor, Blue Door Group
  • Jonathan Lee, General Contractor, Homes by Jonathan Lee
  • Andrew Minton, Aesthetic Turf and AG
  • Tina Long, W-S Chamber Construction Council 

March 18, 10:30am – 12:30pm – North Forsyth HS – Tammy Winchester /Cynthia Flynt, confirm attendance:

  • Vicky Slate, Allegacy Federal Credit Union
  • Troi Bachmann, Government Affairs Director, HBAWS / WSRAR
  • Gisela Lopez, HBA Staff
  • Tina Long, W-S Chamber Construction Council 

March 25, set-up 10am, 11am – 2:05pm, lunch 11 – 11:45am – Glenn HS – Carl Glenn

  • Beverly Kiser-Nutt, HBA Staff
  • Missy Easter, Sheally Insurance Group
  • Tina Long, W-S Chamber Construction Council 

  April 1, set-up 8:20am, 9:15am – 12pm – Carver HS – Meisha Conrad

  • Beverly Kiser-Nutt, HBA Staff
  • Tina Long, W-S Chamber Construction Council 

April 3,  set-up 11:30am, 12 – 2pm – Reynolds High School – Elizabeth  Tuttle,

  • Beverly Kiser-Nutt, HBA Staff
  • Tina Long, W-S Chamber Construction Council 

April 9, set-up 9:45am, 10:30am – 12pm – Walktertown HS – Adam Carter

5240 Sullivantown Rd., Walkertown NC. You will be provided with a 4 foot table. Please park in the front parking lot

  • Miranda Kempton, Bloomday Granite & Marble
  • Josh Ricci, Ricci Builders & Management

NCHBA Education Foundation

NCHBA Education Foundation

North Carolina Home Builders Educational Foundation, Inc. Scholarships

The North Carolina Home Builders Educational & Charitable Foundation, Inc.  accepts applications for its college scholarships each year between January and April.  The foundation awards scholarships based on a combination of need and merit to four-year college students entering their junior or senior year and technical school students entering their second year who have declared their major in a construction related field.

To be eligible a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must be nominated by a NCHBA member firm.
  2. Nominees shall be immediate family members of NCHBA member firms, related by blood, (i.e. children, step-children or grandchildren).
  3. Students related by marriage, (ie. son-in-law, daughter-in-law, etc.) shall not be eligible.
  4. Immediate family members of any current trustee of the NCHB Educational & Charitable Foundation, Inc. shall not be eligible.
  5. Awards are for one year, but scholarship winners may submit a renewal application and be considered for renewal if they make satisfactory progress in their studies.
  6. Only full-time students will be considered. NCHBA defines a full-time student as one taking a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.

Applications For 2020-2021 Now Being Accepted

Download An Application

Application Information

Nomination Form

Submission Guidelines/General Info

Renewal Application

Renewal Information

Deadline To Submit – April 30, 2020

Questions? Contact Alison Barnes by email or call 919-676-9090

Information on Other Scholarships Available

In addition to the NC Home Builders Educational & Charitable Foundation Scholarship outlined above, the following scholarships should also be considered. To be eligible, a student must meet the same requirements as outlined in the NCHBECF Scholarship guidelines.

  • If you are a female pursuing a degree in a construction related field, you may also apply for the North Carolina Professional Women in Building Scholarship. This would be awarded in addition to the NCHBECF Scholarship. ($500).
  • Caleb’s Endowment is awarded to students who also meet the NCHBA scholarship guidelines and would qualify as a “special needs” student. ($500)
  • Sean Sullivan Tradesperson Scholarship was created in 2015 to be awarded to students who also meet the NCHBA scholarship guidelines and are attending a community college or trade school. This would be awarded in addition to the NCHBECF Scholarship. ($500)
  • East Carolina University students pursuing a career in Construction Management may apply for the Rick Judson/NCHBA/National Housing Endowment Residential Construction Scholarship. Awarded amount varies. Note: The application process for this scholarship is through ECU and eligibility is slightly different than the other scholarships listed above. You can find out more
    information on the ECU website.

Joint Legislative Committee Meetings

JLC Meeting Schedule

This committee meets once a month to review federal, state, and local legislative issues of interest, and if necessary, make recommendations to respective BODs on action steps. We often have guest speakers (local elected officials, local government staff, etc.). Committee members are responsible for regularly attending JLC meetings, making contact with local government officials, and attending local government meetings on behalf of the associations, as needed.

This year, we will meet from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM on the second Wednesday of the month (excepting a few months). We have lunch at each meeting, so please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, and I will do my best to accommodate. The meeting locations will alternate between associations. Our meeting schedule is as follows:

February 12- WSRAR
March 11- HBAWS
April 8
May 6
June 17
No July Meeting
August 12
September 9
October 7
November 18
December 9

Please mark these dates on your calendar. I will send out a reminder before the first meeting in February. If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out. Looking forward to a great year!

Troi Bachmann | Local Government Affairs Director


Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS®
Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem

Telephone: 336.491.1316

Why Join HBAWS?

Why Join HBAWS?

Why Join

 Three-in-One Membership, NAHB, NCHBA, HBAWS

Benefits of HBAWS Membership

MARKETING – We help you sell.

Sponsors Club – promoted via eNews, website and printed Membership Directory

Triad Home & Garden Show, Spring Parade of Homes & Fall Parade of Homes

Food Trucks Blitz

Advertising in Membership Directory


NETWORKING – We help you meet others.

Membership Socials and Meetings

Printed and online Membership Directory

Golf Tournament

Food Trucks Blitz

Remodelers Council: Meetings and Socials

Sporting Clays


REPRESENTATION – We are on your side.

Local Building Industry Advocate via Government Affairs Director

BUILD PAC – NAHB & NCHBA lobbyists for industry


SERVICES – We help you get covered.

Workers’ Compensation through Builders Mutual Insurance Co.

BBB Care® program for resolving consumer complaints

Homeowner Handbook & Limited Written Warranty Program

INFORMATION – We keep you informed.

HBAWS Weekly eNews

Members Only facebook page

HBA website

Event Websites: THGS, FPH, SPH

NCHBA Builder newsletter and website

NAHB Builder Magazine and website


EDUCATION – We help you know how.

HBAWS, NCHBA & NAHB Continuing Education

N.C. Builders Institute – offers continuing education credits

NCHBA 21st Century Building Expo & STARS Awards

NAHB International Builders’ Show – the nation’s largest trade show

NAHB Designation programs and Webinars

A Baby Boomers’ Guide to Aging in Place

A Baby Boomers’ Guide to Aging in Place
Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem

If you’re one of the millions of American baby boomers approaching their 70s, you may be asking if now is an opportunity to move and downsize to a smaller, more manageable home, or to stay put in your current home and repurpose any extra space vacated by adult children.

The answer depends on your unique circumstances, of course. But for those who decide to stay put — at least for the time being — now is a great time to begin considering which, if any, modifications your home may require to better suit your needs and ensure your safety as you get older.

Rather than waiting until an incident occurs, be proactive about making alterations to your home that will help you avoid potential injury. Likewise, take advantage of a broad spectrum of new technologies that can make your home easier to manage and provide an extra layer of security.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are planning to “age in place.”

Prioritize Your Wish List

Take a good look at the rooms in your house to determine which ones fit your new lifestyle and which ones need some work. Some areas of the home might only need minor changes. Others might need to be repurposed altogether. Take the time to create a general plan and prioritize the items on your list.

Focus on Improving Livability

Many empty nesters hire expert remodelers to adapt their home to make it easier to maintain. Stairs can sometimes become a problem, but moving the master bedroom and the laundry room to the ground floor can be part of a solution. Doing so can give homeowners many more years in the home they love without a sense of urgency to move to a single-story home. Building professionals who have earned the National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation have received training on how to build or renovate a home so that the occupants can live in it safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of their age.

Make Use of Technology

Everywhere you look these days, there is new technology. Why not put it to use in your house? Motion sensor light switches can illuminate a room as soon as you enter. They can also be connected with a home security and monitoring system, and could be configured to send help in the event of a fall or other accident. A smart refrigerator will notify you when you’re out of milk, or better yet, place an order to be delivered by your local grocer. A front door camera and microphone will allow you to see who is on your porch, even if you’re not there. If you can dream it up, there is likely a technology solution out there for it.

Expand Your Space

Depending on the age of your home, you may find that, for example, your master bedroom or bath is too small for comfort. Look for opportunities to expand those rooms into adjacent, unused or underutilized spaces. A remodeling professional is the best person to help you determine what your options are to build your dream master bathroom or bedroom. They can also help you find ways to create a more open floorplan that is easier to navigate for those with mobility concerns. Incorporating these changes will not only create a home that suits a changing lifestyle, they also may increase the value of your home when you eventually decide it’s time sell.

For more information on the most effective ways for empty nesters to remodel their home, contact Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem or visit