Dallas-Ft. Worth Developer Named Chair of Home Builders Institute Board
Patsy Ruth Smith, president and CEO of Herman Smith & Co., has been named 2005 chairman of the board of trustees of the Home Builders Institute (HBI), the workforce development arm of NAHB.
She was married for 44 years to the late Herman Smith, a former NAHB president and prominent land developer and philanthropist, and took control of the company upon his death, successfully completing a 240,000-square-foot major shopping center and focusing on the company's business of developing and selling lots in Dallas-Fort Worth.
An HBI trustee for the past nine years, Smith is well acquainted with the institute’s workforce development initiatives and resources. A strong advocate for HBI’s youth training efforts such as Project CRAFT and its 30-year partnership with Job Corps, Smith pledged to continue the work begun by her predecessor, James Sattler, a builder from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.