Michigan Builder Robert Jones Elected NAHB Senior Officer
Robert R. Jones, a luxury home builder from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., was elected vice president/secretary of the 235,000-member NAHB during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. on Feb. 9.
“I’m proud to have the opportunity to serve this great industry that has been my livelihood for more than 25 years,” said Jones. “Many markets are starting to turn the corner following the recent downturn; others still have a ways to go. But the tide is definitely shifting in the right direction. Now is the time to make sure we provide the resources and help that our fellow builders need to get back on that path to success.”
Following certification of his eligibility to run for an NAHB office, Jones embarked on a year-long nationwide tour, visiting state and local home builders associations, attending regional builders conferences and meeting with past NAHB leaders as well as some of the best and brightest new talents in the industry.
“The common attribute among our members is their commitment,” Jones said. “They are involved, knowledgeable and definitely outspoken about the challenges that confront them. They shared with me their thoughts and concerns honestly and straightforwardly, providing me with a solid understanding of the issues that are on their minds. This campaign has been a fantastic educational experience.”
Bob Jones started his company, Robert R. Jones Homes, in Michigan in 1979 with his wife, Carole, and quickly developed a solid reputation as a quality small-volume, single-family home builder. Realizing the value of involvement in his local, state and national builder associations, he was elected Michigan’s national representative to NAHB in 1998-99 and was named “National Representative of the Year” for his efforts. Jones also led the 12,000-member Michigan Association of Home Builders as its president in 1999 and previously served as president of his local association, the Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan, as well. His local BIA inducted him into its hall of fame in 2000.
Since 2002, Jones has made an even greater commitment to helping lead his national association forward, serving as chairman of two major committees as well as a specially appointed working group; serving as vice chairman of the National Council of the Housing Industry in 2004; and participating as a member of five major committees and task forces, including two positions on NAHB’s powerful Budget and Finance Committee.
Jones’ election to NAHB vice president/secretary puts him on the ladder to become the association’s president in 2010.