Indiana Chief Executive Officer to Step Down
After 42 years at the helm of the Indiana Builders Association, Bill Carson has announced that he will be stepping down from his post of chief executive officer at the end of this year.
Under Carson’s stewardship, the state association grew from 12 locals in 1963 to 33 today.
Carson is the longest tenured state executive officer in the nation and the second longest tenured among all of the EOs of NAHB’s state and local affiliates. With 54 years of service, Irv Yackness, CEO of the Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan, is the dean. Both have spent their entire careers with the same organization.
Carson received the Seldon Hale Award in 2000, NAHB’s highest recognition for lifetime achievement and management.
Over the course of his career, he has worked on affordable housing laws with eight different Indiana governors, hundreds of state legislators and dozens of members of Congress.
Boasting a homeownership rate of almost 77%, Indiana currently ranks among the most affordable housing states in the nation.
Carson oversaw the passage of several unique state laws, including the nation’s first statewide single-family building code, which was enacted in 1973.
Among other major initiatives he helped enact were: a state sales tax exemption for land developers, a delay in the reassessment of subdivided lots until they are sold or built upon, an impact fee statute, a statutory warranty law and a right to cure law.
Under Carson’s leadership, Indiana is the only state in the nation ever to have passed a law exempting all speculative home builders from the state sales tax. The exemption remained in force for an eight year period from 1965 to 1973.
Carson wrote a best-selling pamphlet, “Diary of a Mad Home Builder,” and a book on the industry, “High Pitches and Other Tall Tales.”
Carson received Indiana’s highest citizen award, the “Sagamore of the Wabash,” from four governors, and he was the recipient of the highest Indiana housing honor, the John C. Hart Presidential Award.
Upon his retirement, Carson will become chairman emeritus of his association’s board and will provide consultation services to the organization.