The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead announces Darrick Guthmiller, Kochmann Brothers Homes, Inc., as the recipient of its 2013 Builder of the Year award and Terry Lipp, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Showroom as its 2013 Associate of the Year.
This award is presented each fall to recognize one outstanding Builder member and one outstanding Associate member for effort and work expended in the interest of his or her fellow members, Association and community.
As a recipients of the Fargo-Moorhead awards, Guthmiller and Lipp 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 November in Williston.
More about Guthmiller…
Guthmiller became involved with the Association’s Membership Committee in 1999, a few years after joining Kochmann Brothers Homes as a drafter/estimator. Within the company, he was promoted to manager and currently serves as part owner and chief business officer. Over the years, he has become involved with the HBA’s Education Committee and numerous public affairs and legislative efforts and groups, taking on more and more responsibilities.
Guthmiller cares about education and his industry’s future which is reflected in his commitment to volunteering at the Herdina Academy for the Construction Trades and Health, Tech & Trades Career Expo yearly. He earned the Certified Graduate Builder designation from the National Association of Home Builders and serves on the North Dakota State College of Science Construction Technology Advisory Committee.
As for community service, Kochmann Brothers Homes and Guthmiller designed and built two ticket booths for Park Christian Football Field; they also supported the 2012 Home Builders Care Build for Habitat with Guthmiller drafting plans for its garage and for a 2011 State Bank & Trust Pay It Forward remodeling project. Guthmiller has been involved with the Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity Tour de Habitat bike race since 2007 and has served as a team captain since 2009.
Through his involvement on the HBA board of directors and in his role as president, Guthmiller has been the HBA’s main spokesperson with the media. He regularly participates in industry advocacy meetings.
HBA Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson says, “When you step back and look at the amount of time Darrick has given the HBA in the past 14 years, it’s staggering. He’s the type who prefers to avoid the limelight, has a steady hand and calm demeanor, and is a very effective leader because fellow members and community leaders trust his opinion and direction.”
Guthmiller is a real estate agent and is a member of the F-M Area Association of Realtors. He has degrees in construction management and architectural drafting and estimating from NDSCS in Wahpeton.
Away from work and the HBA, Guthmiller enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, and their sons, Quinn and Asher.
More about Lipp…
Lipp became involved with the HBA of F-M nearly 20 years ago when working with Kohler Plumbing Company. Today, he is a builder sales associate at Ferguson, which he says is a company that understands the significance and importance of the home builder through the product specification process.
Along with being secretary on the HBA board of directors, Lipp is active on the Remodelers Council and is a past chairman of that group. He is a strong supporter of the Council’s projects including the Home Builders Care Build for Habitat, wheelchair ramp projects and RENEW House. Ferguson donated the plumbing, lighting and appliances for the RENEW House, and donated the plumbing fixtures for the Habitat project. It also donated to the Fargo Motor Patrol Fish Fry, a fundraiser for Home Builders Care. Lipp grilled lunch on several occasions at the Habitat build and, over the years, provided grilling services and sponsorship for the Remodelers Council Picnic and Muddy Boots Picnic. He is a Life Spike and served on the New Member Development Committee for two years.
He is a past supporter of the Builders Association of Minnesota’s convention and is a regular volunteer to make deliveries for World of Thanks. He has supported the Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity’s Tour de Habitat stationary bike race, serves on the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality board of directors, and has achieved “Gallon” donor status as a volunteer with United Blood Services.
HBA Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson says, “Terry lights up a room and has everyone smiling when he’s around. Over the years, he has been a valuable asset to the HBA of F-M and we are truly indebted to his commitment to the industry and this Association.”
Away from the HBA and work, Lipp enjoys spending time with his wife of 25 years, Angie, and their twin sons, Jon and Zach.
The HBA of F-M promotes an environment where members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of nearly 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Remodeled Home Tour, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show and Fall Home Show. For more information, visit www.hbafm.com. The North Dakota Association of Builders is made up of six local associations across the state with over 2,000 members, and is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders. NAHB is a building trade association based in Washington, D.C., with over 140,000 members nationwide.