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Joint HBA Meeting

Joint HBA Meeting

Join us for a joint HBA meeting featuring Lindsay Bocarrado as we talk about harnessing a multigenerational workforce. The event is Thursday, May 16th, 6-9pm at The Owls Nest in North Webster. Download the PDF below to learn more and purchase a ticket.

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Member Spotlight – Jeff Bontrager

Member Spotlight – Jeff Bontrager

Jeff Bontrager is with Shipshewana Homes and they have been members for 6 months.  Although Jeff is new to the association, he is already involved in committees and volunteering.   Jeff is currently one the Activities Committee and looking forward to being...

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2019 Home & Outdoor Expo

2019 Home & Outdoor Expo

This year, the Home & Outdoor Expo is running through February 22nd – February 24th and will be at the RV Hall of Fame. Over the years, the BAEC Home & Outdoor Expo has grown into an event that is not only useful to the homeowner, but also fun to attend. There...

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Member Spotlight: Scott August

Member Spotlight: Scott August

Scott August has been working for Dumor Water Specialists for five- and one-half years and started getting involved with the BAEC about five years ago. Not only is Scott involved with the Marketing and Advertising Committee, the Parade of Homes Committee, and the...

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Member Spotlight: Brandi Griffee

Member Spotlight: Brandi Griffee

Brandi Griffee works with Summers Insurance and they have been a member for a little over six months. Prior to Summers Insurance, Brandi was with Liberty Mutual for fourteen years. She loves her job at Summers because she can still do what she loves, but she gets to...

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Member Spotlight: Meghann Sullivan-Redding

Member Spotlight: Meghann Sullivan-Redding

Meghann Redding works for Fidelity National Title and has been involved with the BAEC for the past six years. In fact, Meghann will be our first ever woman president for the year of 2019! In the six years of Meghann’s involvement with the BAEC, she has served as...

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Membership Spotlight: Andy Harlow

Membership Spotlight: Andy Harlow

For the year of 2018, the BAEC has welcomed Andy Harlow from Interra as our president. Although his term will be over at the end of December, his motivation to get new members has not wavered. Andy began with the BAEC while at First Federal Savings Bank and has...

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Membership Spotlight: Linda Rogers

Membership Spotlight: Linda Rogers

Linda Rogers has been involved in the building industry for nearly 40 years, and although she is fairly new to the BAEC (2 years), she has a lengthy membership with the St. Joe HBA and has always been heavily involved. In fact, she was the president for the...

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Member Spotlight: Doug Miller

Member Spotlight: Doug Miller

  Doug Miller, State Representative for a portion of Elkhart County, continues to be an active member of the Builders Association of Elkhart County, Indiana Builders Association, and the National Association of Home Builders. His path to the general assembly...

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Member Spotlight: James Byars

Member Spotlight: James Byars

James Byars has been involved with the BAEC for three years and will be the President in 2022. He is the Vice President of Sales for both Fireside Homes, Inc and Hearth Homes, Inc. James went to Pensacola Christian College and earned two BA’s in Marketing/Management,...

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Member Spotlight – Justin Hurtekant

Member Spotlight – Justin Hurtekant

    Justin Hurtekant is the owner of Inspired Custom Homes, INC and joined the BAEC in 2016. Justin has been married for twenty-five years and has four children. He grew up in Elkhart and he met is wife in 1st grade at Elkhart Christian Academy. Before...

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Grills: Charcoal vs. Gas

Grills: Charcoal vs. Gas

We did a survey to find out what type of grill our members enjoy using for their summer cooking. The results are in: 51.43% prefer a gas grill, 25.71% prefer a charcoal grill, and 22.86% use both. Charcoal vs. Gas has been a debate for many years, but when it comes to...

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