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Connecticut home builder Greg Ugalde, president and CLO of T&M Building Co., Inc., has been given the state home building industry’s highest honor, the Charles J. LoDolce Award.
Ugalde was honored at a June 15 dinner hosted by the Home Builders Association of Connecticut.
“Charles LoDolce knew that in order to move our issues, you had to be united and strong,” said HBA Developers Council Chairman Bill Ferrigno of Sunlight Construction in Avon, who presented the award to Ugalde.
Ugalde is a longtime state and local HBA volunteer leader and now serves on the state association’s board of directors, several of its committees and councils and as vice president treasurer of its political action campaign.
“Greg is like the Energizer Bunny, he’s so involved at national,” said Kevin Kelly, NAHB’s third vice-chairman.
Ugalde has served on a number of NAHB committees as a member of the board of directors and is chair of the Public Affairs Committee and the national area chairman for Area 1, which includes the New England states
“Greg exemplifies what I call the 4 T’s — time, talent, tenacity and treasury,” Kelly said. “He is a great intellect and a real consensus builder.”
In accepting the award, Ugalde spoke about his passion for the home building industry; the value that local, state and national associations offer their members; and the importance of homeownership, which has been reinforced in a recent poll of likely voters.
“Seventy-five percent of voters say that owning a home is the best long-term investment they can make, 73% of voters who do not currently own a home say it is a goal of theirs to eventually buy a home, 71 % of voters oppose proposals to eliminate the mortgage interest deduction and 63 % oppose proposals to reduce it. Lastly, 95% of home owners say they are happy with their decision to own a home, and believe that owning their own home is important,” Ugalde said.
For more information about the voter survey, go to www.nahb.org/voterpoll.