Builder Jack Vander Meulen, of Holland, has been elected as the 2019 President of the Home Builders Association of Michigan (HBA Michigan). The 2019 slate of elected officers for the 5,000 member statewide association includes:
Jack Vander Meulen, President of Vander Meulen Builders, has been involved in the homebuilding business since 1973. Jack learned the construction trade from the ground up starting as a carpenter, assuming project management responsibilities in 1986. He has been president of the company since 1996. In addition to his leadership of the company, Jack served as the president of the Lakeshore Homebuilders Association in 1990, 2000 and 2014. In 2001, Jack coordinated the Homebuilders Association community service project, building a Habitat for Humanity house.
Michael Flory, co-owner of Custom Built, is a self-proclaimed adventurer and risk-taker. A business owner since 2001, Flory’s first venture was as co-founder of Rockbuilt Construction, which grew to become the largest college loft-bed construction business in the Midwest. After selling Rockbuilt in 2004, he founded Custom Built Decks which merged two years later with his brothers company, to become Custom Built Basements and Decks.
Jason Orvosh, co-owner of Orvosh Builders and past president of the Homebuilders Association of Midland, was recently named as one of Michigan’s Top Builders under the age of 40. Orvosh joined his family’s business upon graduating from Ferris State University with a degree in Construction Management. He specializes in new home construction and a large variety of remodeling projects. Jason gives back to the community by working with the building trade programs at both Bullock Creek Schools and Midland Public Schools. He has served on the board of the HBA of Midland since 2011 and was recipient of their 2012 Builder Member of the Year Award.
Jeremy Morgan, incoming Secretary of the HBA of Michigan is the 2018 President of the Builders & Remodelers Association of Mid-Michigan (Flint HBA) and a current HBAM Executive Director for Region VI. He is also active with the HBAM Legislative and Legal Action Committees, the Skilled to Build Michigan Foundation and Friends of Housing. Morgan has been active in the residential building sector for two decades, and his company Morgan JW Construction (located in Swartz Creek) employs five people and has been in business for nearly 15 years.
Jerry Whitaker is a Senior Partner with Acrisure, the 4th largest privately held insurance broker in the United States. Acrisure was the fastest growing independent agency in the United States in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Jerry is celebrating his 28th year in the insurance industry. He specializes in contractor insurance, self-insured health plans and captive insurance programs. Jerry serves on the board for various for profit and non-profit boards.
Lynne Pratt of Pratt Building Company has developed and built several sizable residential projects in southeast Michigan. Pratt is a champion of enhancing professionalism within the industry and has been recognized by National Association of Home Builders as a leader in membership development, builder education, design and business management. Lynne served as chair of the national Professional Women in Building Council in 2000 and is a board member of the HBA of Southeastern Michigan. In 2001 she received the NAHB President’s Award and in 2007 she was named Woman of the Year by Professional Women in Building Council.
The Home Builders Association of Michigan is a professional trade association comprised of 24 local homebuilder associations around the state and their builder, subcontractor and supplier members. HBAM works to positively promote the building industry and impact legislative, regulatory and legal issues affecting housing affordability. l