The April 2018 C.O.

- Tuesday, May 08, 2018

How does it feel when your project finally gets stamped as completed and your clients can enjoy their beautiful new or newly remodeled home? That sense of relief and accomplishment means a lot to the morale of a company and its team. HBA Staff is looking for new ways to communicate all that we as an Association experience and accomplish in a month's time.

As a result, the last Friday of each month will bring a new e-blast that we are calling "The C.O." to represent the completion of a large project that really is a lot of small pieces accomplished by a wide variety of contributors. Join us throughout the rest of 2018 with your comments, suggestions and even your own accomplishments throughout the previous month. Submissions can be made to prior to the last Friday of the month.

24 Years of Lowcountry Home Magazine Annual Publications

The 2018-2019 Lowcountry Home Magazine was released on Thursday, April 5 with a stunning home by ACH Custom Homes featured on the cover. Micheline Levie of ACH Custom Homes was on hand for the honor along with nearly 50 attendees. Click on the image above for more information on Lowcountry Home Magazine and visit the HBA Facebook for a to view more photos from the event.

50 Years of RBC Heritage Golf Tournaments at Harbour Town Golf Links

The HBA and its sponsor partners welcomed guests and dignitaries like U.S. Representative Mark Sanford to the 18th Fairway Lawn Hospitality Tent at the RBC Heritage from Wednesday, April 11-Sunday, April 15. 

Special thank you to tent partners:

69 Education Foundation Scholarship Applications Received

The Education Foundation received a record number of scholarship applications at a whopping 69! Thank you to Education Foundation partner Grayco, Inc. for their support of Education Foundation Day at the RBC Heritage. With their contribution, the Education Foundation was able to raise close to $1,000 for the scholarship fund through raffles at the Heritage Hospitality Tent. To learn more about helping the Education Foundation reach its final fundraising goal, visit the Education Foundation website or contact HBA Staff at 843-681-9240 today!

300+ Attendees at the 48th Annual HBASC Bird Supper on Tuesday, April 18

HHA HBA members and staff met and took a photo with Governor Henry McMaster who received the Hammer and Trowel Award. The Hammer & Trowel Award is given annually to a public official (elected or appointed) or to any government employee who has had the greatest positive impact on the State’s housing industry during the previous twelve months. Selection is determined by an endorsement from a local home builder association and secret ballot from the HBASC executive committee.

Since 1970, HBASC members and South Carolina's legislators have attended the Bird Supper. The Bird Supper offers an opportunity to sit with elected officials to make sure they know how legislative decisions affect each local district’s building industry climate and ultimately each HBA member’s livelihood. Being able to join fellow HBA members from around the state and gather with legislators over a delicious dinner of fried quail, chicken, grits, green beans, biscuits, and other fine Southern cuisine is an experience like no other. Keep reading below for an April 2018 HBA Government Affairs update!

In addition the Bird Supper, the HHA HBA delegation also attended the HBASC Board Meeting where Executive Officer Meg James accepted the 2017 Builders Top Gun Trophy for the win by Cleland Site Prep at Hermitage Farm in Camden in November 2017. Click on the image below of Meg and BIA of Central South Carolina Executive Officer Earl McLeod to see all the photos from the 2017 Builders Top Gun Tournament.

5 Community Organization Presenters at the April Workforce Development Solutions Lunch and Learn and 40+ Attendees

Gregg Witt and Sean Henrickson from TCL brought the TCL Welding Simulator to the April Workforce Development Solutions Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, April 18. Sarah from the HBA started off with a 59 out of 100 and ended with a 88. Like your momma always said, "Practice makes perfect!"

Special thank you to Linda Klingman of HRCoastal for presenting AND sponsoring the April Workforce Development Lunch. Click on the HRCoastal logo below for more information on HRCoastal and contact Linda for all your workforce recruitment and retention needs!

For more information on the April Workforce Development Solutions Lunch and Learn presentations, contact Sarah via today!

50+ Attendees at April RMC Happy Hour at May River Flooring

HBA Executive Officer Meg James pictured with (from left to right), Kenny Nix of May River Flooring, Shellie West of the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Daniella Squicquero of The Hilton Head Life. 

Thank you to May River Flooring for your hospitality and for the delicious food catered by Chipotle! For more information on May River Flooring and their full line of flooring offerings, please click their logo below!

300+ Student and Faculty Partners at Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence

Much to the surprise of the HBA, our partners at Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence nominated the HBA for an award and...we were selected! Thank you to Dr. Michael Lovecchio and his team at BJACE for nominating the HHA HBA for Outstanding Business and Industry Friend of Career and Technology Education Award given by the Career and Technology Education Administrators' Division of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. We are so honored to be in partnership with an organization dedicated to CATE improvement and innovation.

Did you know...that the HBA holds a seat on the BJACE Advisory Committee that shapes the curriculum at BJACE including but not limited to construction trade courses? If you are interested in learning more about BJACE or getting involved in the Advisory Committee, please visit their website here or contact HBA Staff at 843-681-9240 today!

Government Affairs Update

Discussions remain active on the local implementation of the following issues:
  • USPS Implementation of CBUs (Cluster Box Units)
  • Beaufort County and municipality specific watershed management and stormwater permitting as required by South Carolina DHEC.
  • H.4683 Beachfront Management Reform Act which includes wins for builders and developers on the coast of South Carolina. Special thank you to Senator Chip Campsen for his support of establishing an appeals process for future baseline and setback line establishments.
For more information on the above referenced bill or any current conversations regarding the local and state building industry, please contact Executive Officer Meg James via

# of Permits Pulled April 16-22

Beaufort County
Single Family New Construction-18
Single Family (Addition, Renovation, etc.)-29

Jasper County
Single Family New Construction-21
Single Family (Addition, Renovation, etc.)-1

For all of your weekly permit data needs in Beaufort or Jasper Counties, call on HBA member Construction Week. To learn more about Construction Week, visit their website here or email Paul Wachter at 

On the HBA Horizon

5/1: HBA Member Appreciation Night at Ferguson
5:30 pm-7:30 pm
114 Bluffton Rd-Bluffton
Register here

5/16: Education Foundation Scholarship Banquet
6:30 pm
South Carolina Yacht Club
10 Yacht Club Drive-Hilton Head Island
Register here

6/6: Paints and Pastries at Beaufort Glidden
7:30 am-9 am
1100 Ribaut Rd Suite 3-Beaufort
Register here

7/13-7/15: HBASC State Convention in Savannah
Education, Networking with HBA members across South Carolina and more!
Register here

8/4: 29th Annual Builders Cup Golf Tournament
9:00 am
Port Royal Golf Club-Hilton Head Island
Contact HBA Staff via for information on sponsorships, registration and volunteer opportunities. Registration will be updated and released by mid-May.

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