The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead presented its highest honors Oct. 29 at the Awards Gala & Annual Meeting, including the Cornerstone Award for lifetime achievement, Builder and Associate of the Year, BEAM Award, Extra Mile Award and Spike Awards.
Krajsa receives Cornerstone Award for lifetime achievement
The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead presented its Cornerstone Award to Ken Krajsa, Bell State Bank & Trust at its October Awards Gala & Annual Meeting. This award is a lifetime achievement recognition of an HBA member who has tirelessly dedicated him or herself and company to the building industry. It is the Association’s way of conveying a deep appreciation for a job well done.
Krajsa has been involved with the Association for over 30 years and has served on the local, state and national boards for nearly 20 years. Currently senior vice president of construction lending at Bell State Bank & Trust, Krajsa plans to retire at the end of the year. He is a Life Director with the National Association of Home Builders and an Associate National Director for the North Dakota Association of Builders. He was named Associate of the Year for the HBA of F-M and NDAB in 1994 and in 2004. He went on to receive the National Association of Home Builders’ Bill Polley BUILD-PAC award and was inducted into the Society of Honored Associates in 2006. The Bill Polley BUILD-PAC Award was established in 2000 to recognize the most outstanding associate member advocate on the local, state and national levels.
In 2014, Ken was applauded at the national level for attaining Grand Spike status, reaching 1,000 credits. He is the only Grand Spike in North Dakota and one of only a few in the nation. Spike credits are given to recognize members that help recruit and retain members for the HBA of F-M.
HBA Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson says, “Ken’s most valuable contributions to his Association and industry are in the day-to-day work he does to promote his HBA to prospective members, in the time he invests to study the issues that matter to his customers and in the time he devotes to leading and serving his peers. He is the first one to raise his hand to help, and a great motivator for all those around him.”
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Dietrich receives Builder of the Year award
Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, Inc., presents the Builder of the Year award to Clay Dietrich, Dietrich Homes, Inc.
The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead presented its 2015 Builder of the Year award to Clay Dietrich, Dietrich Homes, Inc., at its October Awards Gala & Annual Meeting.
This award is presented each fall to recognize one outstanding Builder member for effort and work expended in the interest of his or her fellow members, Association and community. As a recipient of the Fargo-Moorhead Associate of the Year award, Dietrich will be included in a state-wide competition judged by the North Dakota Association of Builders. Winners will be announced at NDAB’s annual meeting in December in Dickinson, N.D.
Serving as HBA of F-M president this year, Dietrich first became active 20 years ago to enter a model home in the Parade of Homes. He has served six years on the board of directors, and has been involved in several HBA committees and task force groups. Dietrich has given an incredible amount of time away from the day-to-day operations of his own company to advocate for the F-M Area Diversion and permanent flood protection.
HBA of F-M Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson says, “His expertise and strategic, detailed approach gives the HBA a distinctive edge in our advocacy work. Clay has been our primary spokesperson and makes himself accessible for related meetings, media interviews and fact-finding efforts.”
In addition to his advocacy for flood protection, Dietrich has been integral in codes work encompassing both North Dakota and Minnesota. In recognition of his efforts in Minnesota, Dietrich received the Builders Association of Minnesota’s President’s Award; this is the highest honor that a non-member can receive from the Association.
Dietrich serves on boards for both the North Dakota Association of Builders and National Association of Home Builders. He is active in his church, supports many local charities and has been involved in youth sports and Habitat builds.
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Krabbenhoft receives Associate of the Year award
Terry Lipp (right), Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Showroom, presents the Associate of the Year award to Paul Krabbenhoft, Coldwell Banker First Realty.
The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead presented its 2015 Associate of the Year award to Paul Krabbenhoft, Coldwell Banker First Realty, at its October Awards Gala & Annual Meeting.
This award is presented each fall to recognize one outstanding Associate member for effort and work expended in the interest of his or her fellow members, Association and community. As a recipient of the Fargo-Moorhead Associate of the Year award, Krabbenhoft will be included in a state-wide competition judged by the North Dakota Association of Builders. Winners will be announced at NDAB’s annual meeting in December in Dickinson, N.D.
Krabbenhoft is invested in his industry and is genuinely interested in the many regulatory and governmental issues that affect it. He currently serves as secretary on the HBA of F-M’s board of directors, is on the Membership Committee and the Public Issues Committee. He has been engaged with the Association’s support of the F-M Area Diversion and permanent flood protection, serving on the Business Leaders Flood Task Force. He traveled to St. Paul to meet with state legislators and fellow HBA members during this year’s session. His expertise and depth of knowledge in the real estate field has helped merge our two industries, joining the realtors associations’ efforts with the HBA of F-M’s for maximum effect.
“Since his involvement, our relationships with the F-M Area Association of Realtors, the city of Moorhead, other Minnesota communities and state legislators have flourished,” says HBA of F-M Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson. “He has incredible people skills and takes a genuine interest in what matters to each person he talks with. Paul’s passion for Minnesota issues and connections to those elected leaders have been invaluable to the Association.”
Krabbenhoft received the HBA staff’s Extra Mile Award in 2013. He also serves on the Clay County Planning Commission, Clay County Board of Adjustments and Moorhead Planning Commission. He is active in his church and community through the Moorhead Business Association, Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity and American Diabetes Association.
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Heritage Homes receives BEAM Award
John Koerselman (right), Red River Drywall & Decorating Services, presents the BEAM Award to Tyrone Leslie, Heritage Homes.
The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead presented its BEAM award to Heritage Homes at the Association’s October Awards Gala & Annual Meeting.
BEAM stands for Builders Engaging Associate Members. It was created in 2011 by the National Association of Home Builders to recognize Builder members who exemplify the motto “it’s good business to do business with a member.” It is designed to encourage Builder members to use the goods and services offered by other member companies and to recognize the one Builder who exemplifies this vitally important teamwork.
For the local award, HBA Builder members were nominated and judged by Associate members considering the following criteria: loyalty, ethics, trust, consideration and communication when dealing with trade partners.
Heritage Homes estimates that 95 percent of its trade partners are HBA of F-M members. The company’s leaders choose to do business with other members because they believe that these companies are more aware of changes in the industry and are able to bring the latest innovations and product improvements to their homes. Heritage Homes joined the HBA in 1995. Owner Tyrone Leslie has been a director on the HBA’s board for seven years, is a past president, and currently serves as treasurer.
Heritage Homes will also be considered for the North Dakota Association of Builders’ BEAM award to be presented at its annual meeting in December in Dickinson, N.D.
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Beecher receives Extra Mile Award
Bryce Johnson (right), HBA of F-M executive vice president, presents the Extra Mile Award to Dan Beecher, Foam Doctor’s, LLC.
The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead presented its Extra Mile Award to Dan Beecher, Foam Doctor’s, LLC, at the Association’s October Awards Gala & Annual Meeting. Beecher was chosen because of volunteerism and willingness to work behind-the-scenes to assist the HBA staff and help make events and programming happen.
Beecher currently serves on Home Builders Care Foundation board of trustees and is a Remodelers Council member, serving as its chair in 2012. He is also a regular volunteer at the Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades, a two-week construction program for high-school students, and has helped with Remodelers Council handicap-accessible ramp projects. He was selected as the Extra Mile Award winner this year because he volunteered his tailgating grill and talents for the Remodelers Council picnic, Muddy Boots picnic and the Associate Appreciation and Family Picnic, even while enduring cancer treatments.
The Extra Mile Award is presented to a “Member of the Month” who has displayed dedication to the HBA by doing all or most of the following:
- Volunteering to work behind the scenes to make events/activities better
- Consistently supporting HBA events by sponsoring or attending
- Promoting the HBA to nonmembers in a favorable light
- Being open to additional tasks and willing to answer staff questions and offer guidance
- Being active in committee or board work for the Association
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HBA presents Spike awards for membership recruitment, retention
George Fraza, Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND; Ken Krajsa, Bell State Bank & Trust; and John Koerselman, Red River Drywall & Decorating Services, Inc., with their Spike awards.
The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead presented Spike awards at its October Awards Gala & Annual Meeting to three members, recognizing their outstanding commitment to member recruitment and retention from Sept. 1, 2014, through Aug. 31, 2015.
- Top New Spike was presented to George Fraza, Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND. This award is given to the member who moved from a Spike Candidate to a Spike Member with the most Spike credits.
- Top Spike award was given to Ken Krajsa, Bell State Bank & Trust, for garnering the most Spike credits.
- Top Recruiter Award was given to John Koerselman, Red River Drywall & Decorating Services, Inc., for recruiting the most new members, which was five.
Spike credits are given to recognize members that help recruit and retain members for the HBA of F-M. Each new member recruited is one Spike credit. New Affiliate members and Remodelers Council members are one-half credit. The Membership Committee makes calls to all members four months before renewal. When a company renews, the committee member who contacted it gets one-half retention credit.