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Vanilla Ice has signed on as the Show's opening keynote speaker for August 7 at 9:30 a.m., sponsored by Great American Insurance Group. Vanilla Ice, known for his world-famous rapping and reality TV personality, will be speaking to the homebuilding industry about his successful career, holding a Q&A and performing a couple of his most famous songs. He will also be making a guest appearance on the trade show floor. He is a successful real-estate entrepreneur, and has more than 15 years of hands-on home improvement experience. The Dallas native partnered with the DIY Network in 2010 and launched The Vanilla Ice Project. Currently in its ninth season, The Vanilla Ice Project focuses on budget-friendly flips and interesting tweaks that make a big difference with jaw-dropping results. In 2011, The Vanilla Ice Project won Best Home Show by The Factual Entertainment Awards.

For a limited time, registration is free for builders, developers, architects, designers, remodelers, HBA staff and students. Save money and register today before prices increase! Be among the hundreds of residential construction industry professionals from Texas and surrounding states that will be walking the Show floor and visiting with elite industry vendors. You'll discover new products, services and technologies from more than 200 exhibitors.

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TAB Announces 2019 Star Awards Finalists.
Winners will be honored at the Star Awards Program and Presentation on August 8.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Association of Builders (TAB) is pleased to announce the 2019 Star Awards finalists. There were 574 entries for 188 elite categories for the three out-of-state judges to review and select the best of the best. TAB launched the Star Awards program in 1992 and it remains the only statewide tribute to excellence in the homebuilding industry.

This year's entries showcased the outstanding work of builders, remodelers, architects, designers, sales professionals, marketing professionals, construction professionals and industry leaders in Texas. With nearly 200 categories to choose from and hundreds of entries each year, it's impressive to be recognized as a finalist!

Winners will be announced and celebrated during the Star Awards Program and Presentation on August 8 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. The celebration begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation of awards at 6:30 p.m. All finalists are encouraged to attend the awards ceremony as winners will be presented their trophies on stage.

A complete list of finalists can be viewed here.

To register and purchase event tickets click here.

Custom Builder Grand Award Under $1M
G. Morris Homes
Hann Builders
On Point Custom Homes
Weston Dean Custom Homes
Zander Homes LLC
Custom Builder Grand Award Over $1M
Adam Wilson Custom Homes
Alair Homes
Cason Graye Homes
Home By J. Anthony
Sterling Custom Homes
Vogel Builders LLC
Remodeler Grand Award
Ashwood Designs & Custom Homes
Traditional Classic Homes LLC
Volume Builder Grand Award, Medium (100 - 299 Home Volume)
Empire Communities
Gray Point Homes
Omega Builders
Volume Builder Grand Award, High (300 or more Home Volume)
Gehan Homes
Grand Homes, Inc.

Thank you 2019 Star Awards Sponsors (as of 6/6/19):

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The Texas Builders Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of its fall 2019 scholarship awards. Seven outstanding students were selected to receive the Texas Builders Foundation Scholarships. This is the ninth year that the Foundation has awarded student scholarships. These trade school, community college and university students will be a welcome addition to the residential construction industry as they receive their certifications, licenses and degrees.

The seven scholarship recipients for the fall 2019 semester are:
  • Carson Andrew Golson, San Antonio, Texas A&M University
  • Gage Anthony Keckler, Rising Star, Texas State Technical College-Waco
  • Mason Lee Reasor, Seguin, Texas State University
  • Ricardo Rio, Laredo, Laredo College
  • Janson Graham Teal, Abernathy, Texas State Technical College-Waco
  • Shelby Ann Thompson, Kilgore, Texas A&M University
  • Coltin Thomas Walton, Conroe, Texas A&M University

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The Texas Housing Hall of Honor celebrates men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to the Texas housing industry. Long-term advancements in the residential construction industry in Texas are the direct results of these twenty-five housing legends that compromise the Texas Housing Hall of Honor.

The Texas Association of Builders is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Texas Housing Hall of Honor. Inductees are selected annually from the categories of: builders, developers or remodelers; trades professionals and suppliers; government; and industry-allied professionals.

This year's inductees will be recognized at a black- tie ceremony on November 21, 2019 at the Excellence in Leadership Dinner in Austin, Texas. Deadline for nominations is June 30.

Access the guidelines and application here.

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The Texas Association of Builders expects its sixth straight sold out Sunbelt Builders Show™ August 7 – 8, 2019. The Show connects exhibitors with thousands of qualified buyers all searching for new products and services in the ever growing residential construction market. The event is already ahead of schedule with 167 companies and a few select spots available to choose from. The Show will be held at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine. The Show will help you grow your business at a exceptional value. We encourage you to tour the Show floor and select your booth online today at

Click here to see a list of current exhibitors.

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While registering for the 2019 Sunbelt Builders Show™, be sure to purchase your advance tickets for the HOMEPAC FUNdango washers tournament, Builders' Bash concert, and Star Awards reception and awards presentation. All three events will take place at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine.

You can purchase tickets, register for the Show and book your hotel room at

The family-friendly FUNdango includes entertainment, food, beverages and fun for all ages. This outdoor event also hosts the sixth Annual Statewide Washers Championship and two-person team buy-in to play in the tournament on August 6. Ticket proceeds benefit HOMEPAC, TAB's political action committee. Corporate donations are not accepted.

TAB's Young Professionals Council will be hosting the Builders' Bash featuring opener Lee Mathis and the Brutally Handsome and headliner The Bellamy Brothers. Proceeds benefit the Texas Builders Foundation. You are urged to purchase your advance tickets or reserved tables for the August 7 concert. A sell out is expected!

The Star Awards reception and presentation of awards will take place on August 8 to pay tribute to the homebuilding industry. The Star Awards will continue to showcase the outstanding work of builders, remodelers, architects, designers, sales professionals, marketing professionals, construction professionals and industry leaders in Texas.

You must register for the Show to purchase tickets. Register for your Show Pass here.

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You can now reserve your room for the 2019 Sunbelt Builders Show™ here. The family-friendly Gaylord Texan resort in Grapevine is offering Sunbelt attendees a nicely discounted room rate of $249 per night inclusive of resort fee. The Gaylord provides the perfect escape for summer fun after conducting a full day of business with its ten-acre resort pool, lazy river, indoor gardens and numerous restaurants and bars onsite. This rate is only available until July 15 or until the Show's room block is sold out.

Get your Show pass & booth today at

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Dan Markson, a dedicated member of the Texas Association of Builders and leader in the development of affordable housing, passed away May 4.

Dan, 59, was a TAB Life Director, a Life Delegate on NAHB's Leadership Council, and active member of the Greater San Antonio Builders Association (GSABA) and NAHB's Multifamily Council, where he served as a former chair.

Dan was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and went on to earn his MBA from Babson College. Since 2003, he served as Sr. Vice President of the NRP Group, overseeing the development operations including bond/tax credit and conventionally financed rental communities. Dan and the NRP Group won many local, state and national awards.

Dan was passionate about the builders association and served TAB, GSABA and NAHB for decades. In service to TAB, Dan was a founding member of the Multifamily Council, HOMEPAC Trustee, Government Relations Committee member, Executive Committee member, Texas Housing Hall of Honor Board of Governor and Trustee of the Texas Builders Foundation. He also served on numerous other committees and task forces. Dan previously served as president of the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers.

He was instrumental in the formation of the NAHB/TAB/GSABA student chapter at St. Philip's College in San Antonio. Dan's vision and leadership helped launch the student construction trades program for students at this campus.

In addition to his development work, Dan was active in the local Jewish community. He served on the board of Temple Beth-El San Antonio and was previously a San Antonio Jewish Family Services board member.

Dan is survived by his four-year old son, Maury John Markson.

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Subscribe to Texas Association of Builders' (TAB) YouTube channel to receive up to date news on the association and legislative updates. The Texas Builder YouTube channel is an excellent place to stay connected with TAB whether it is from 2019 Rally Day, HOMEPAC events, Housing Hall of Honor inductees, Builders' Bash, Sunbelt Builders Show™, and many other exciting events. The channel is also a way to stay informed about the 86th Legislative Session. TAB's Executive Director, Scott Norman, discusses in the Texas Builders Report all you need to know regarding TAB's involvement in the session that ended on May 27.

Subscribe and view Texas Builders’ YouTube Channel here.

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2019 Upcoming Events
August 6 - 9: TAB Summer Committee & Board Meetings
August 6: HOMEPAC FUNdango & Statewide Washers Tournament
August 7 - 8: Sunbelt Builders Show™
August 7: Builders' Bash Concert
August 8: 2019 Star Awards Reception & Presentation of Awards
November 20 - 22: TAB Fall Board Meetings & Texas Housing Hall of Honor and Excellence in Leadership Dinner

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