The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead announces Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, Inc., as the recipient of its 2014 Builder of the Year award, and Robin Swanson, Superior Insurance as the recipient of its 2014 Associate of the Year award.
These honors are 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 recipient of the Fargo-Moorhead awards, both winners will advance to the state-wide competition judged by the North Dakota Association of Builders. Winners will be announced at NDAB’s annual meeting in November in Grand Forks.
Dietz is a confident, knowledgeable asset to the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead. Serving as the HBA’s president this year, she became active in 2003 shortly after she and her husband, Jay, began their contracting business.
Watch a video honoring Dietz here.
“We immediately saw the benefits of joining, making job contacts, accessing health insurance as well as the classes that are required for licensing,” she says. “I learned about the value of committee participation.”
Dietz never shies away from addressing tough industry issues and makes herself very accessible to the HBA staff and peer leaders. She has been active in legislative issues, traveling to both the North Dakota and Minnesota capitols to confront issues and build relationships with legislators. As HBA of F-M president, her calendar is full of meetings with city officials, press conferences and planning sessions with staff and her peers.
“HBA does a tremendous job preparing the up-coming leadership for their responsibilities,” Dietz says. “Learning these leadership skills will benefit me for years to come. Besides the invaluable business contacts, I have made friends that I will cherish for a lifetime.”
Dietz currently serves on the Parade of Homes Committee and the Health Plan Management Committee. She served as the HBA board’s liaison to Home Builders Care Foundation and has supported both of the Association’s Habitat for Humanity build projects. Dietz serves on boards for both the North Dakota Association of Builders and National Association of Home Builders and has supported workforce efforts by volunteering at the Health, Tech & Trades Career Expo.
A licensed Realtor in both North Dakota and Minnesota, Dietz also served as president of the Mapleton City Council. Away from the HBA, she is involved with her church as well as the F-M Area Association of Realtors and Girl Scouts.
HBA Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson says, “Carlita is a natural leader who has a passion for both the building and real estate industry. She is a quick learner and is not afraid to take on issues that could be detrimental to construction and home building. She has experienced first-hand what it’s like to become involved in the HBA, learning from her peers and building valuable relationships. We are lucky to have such a devoted volunteer who is also extremely busy with her family and personal life as well.”
Swanson has a passion for the construction industry that sparked when she began working with builders and energy efficiency in a former job. Today she is an independent agent with Superior Insurance.
Watch a video honoring Swanson here.
“Starting my business helped me relate to builders, contractors and other related professionals because I have an understanding of what it takes to make a small business work,” she says.
Swanson began a term on the Home Builders Association’s board of directors last year and has been active in committee work since 2007.
Her enthusiasm for industry issues has been noticed by her peers; she took an active role in helping educate builders on insurance-related issues during the HBA’s flood proof basement workshops held this spring and summer. Swanson has also become engaged with the HBA’s advocacy efforts by attending informational forums with city leaders and traveling to Bismarck when flood protection funding issues surfaced during the last session.
“Through my membership, I’ve met wonderful people and have formed friendships from what started out as business relationships,” she says. “I’ve learned a lot about legislative issues, both at the local and state level and have been informed and entertained at the member meetings.”
In addition to public affairs, Swanson supports the HBA by volunteering for events like the home shows and Parade of Homes. She also supports Home Builders Care Foundation and its projects. She believes in the importance of member recruitment and actively serves on both the Parade of Homes and Public Issues Committees.
HBA Executive Vice President Bryce Johnson says, “Robin’s positive attitude, willingness to volunteer and strong ties to her community are just a few of the reasons why she was named Associate of the Year. She is a quiet leader who doesn’t hesitate to jump in and help out when needed. Her smile and bright outlook is very refreshing and motivating to our association leaders and staff.”
Away from the HBA, Swanson is involved with Rotary, Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity, the F-M Area Association of Realtors and the Chamber of Commerce.
The HBA of F-M promotes an environment in which members and their businesses can prosper. It is a non-profit trade association of over 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 and Red River Valley Home & Garden Show. 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.