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Following is a message from Tom Woods, who is a candidate for 2012 NAHB third vice chairman.
At the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, there will be the annual election for NAHB third vice chair. Through this election process, as I have campaigned vigorously to earn that seat, it has become increasingly more important to hear from you, and to listen to your concerns, stories and ideas on how to improve the housing industry and our association.
This isn’t just about the last year of campaigning or about the five-year term. It is about the future of our association, our industry and the American dream of homeownership.
Winston Churchill famously said, “When you are going through hell, keep going.” I cannot think of a better quote to describe these chaotic times.
I know if we all keep going forward, no matter the obstacles before us, together we will persevere and triumph. I respectfully ask for your vote to be elected leader of this association, an association where we are united championing the dream of homeownership. I am running for NAHB third vice chair because I care deeply about this industry, I care deeply about our association and I care deeply about the future of our country.
As owner of T.E. Woods Construction, Inc., I joined the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, serving on its board for 30-plus years, including as president. I am a single-family home, commercial and land developer. I have been an active volunteer in my church and community, elected mayor of Blue Springs, Mo., and appointed to the Des Moines Federal Home Loan Bank board and elected its vice-chair.
I am an NAHB senior life director, past national vice president, past Missouri state representative and Executive Board member (15 years). I have chaired many committees — including Federal Government Affairs, State and Local, Education, State Representatives and BUILD PAC, and have been on the HBI Board of Trustees. I was honored as the 2009 NAHB Governmental Affairs Member of the Year.
I have a reputation as a consensus builder, an innovative professional and a tireless worker who loves this industry and believes its strength is in its members; I am ready to help lead NAHB toward a brighter future.
I invite you to join me at the IBS in Orlando. Our campaign office will be located in the Orange County Convention Center in room West 103A on Level I.
Between now and IBS, if you would like to learn more about me, view my addresses to the spring and fall board meetings or contact me, go to www.tomwoods2012.com.
Lastly, let me thank you for your kind words, thoughts and support throughout this endeavor. Once elected, I look forward to working together for the industry we both love and cherish.