Henry Bachara, NAHB/FHBA Life Director, Dies at 81
Henry Bachara, a Florida Home Builders Association life director and Hall of Fame member and NAHB life director, died on July 28. He was 81.
Throughout his career, the Jacksonville builder/developer and founder of Bachara Builders was an advocate for the construction industry and an active leader at the Northeast Florida Builders Association (NFBA), the FHBA and NAHB. He built more than 2,000 middle- to high-end homes.
In 1968, he became a charter member of the Zoning and Building Codes Adjustment Board under a newly-formed consolidated city/county government in Jacksonville. In 1971, he was appointed to the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board, where he ultimately served for 17 consecutive years.
He served his local association in many capacities, including as president in 1968. A member since 1958, he helped transform the little-known Greater Jacksonville Home Builders Association into the NFBA, now one of the largest and strongest in the country. He was named the association’s builder of the year in 1978. At the state level, Bachara was named to the FHBA Housing Hall of Fame in 1993.
“Henry Bachara will have a lasting influence on the housing industry,” said Arnold Tritt, the MFBA executive officer. “No one will ever surpass his years of service on the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board, and no one can replace the mentoring he provided to many area builders.”
As a member of NAHB, Bachara was a life Spike. He served on numerous committees, including the Credentials Committee and National Executive Committee and chaired the NAHB Licensing Task Force and NAHB Small Volume Custom Home Committee.
Bachara also was a member of the Jacksonville Mayor’s Housing Task Force, the Florida Building Codes Industry Advisory Committee and the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agency, where he was president from 1985-1986.
He and his wife, Donna, had four children.