High Country Home Builders Association Announces 2015 Member Awards

Published Friday, January 29, 2016 at 1:38 pm

The High Country Home Builders Association held its 2015 Member Awards on Monday at the organization’s Builders Plaza Banquet Hall on N.C. 105 Bypass.

Award winners include 84 Lumber, Jeff’s Plumbing, Watauga Heating and Cooling, Appalachian Custom Builders, Chris Laine and David Moore. See more information about each winner and their respective awards.

This was the first meeting of the year for the High Country Home Builders Association, which is a professional organization of home builders and associates in the area, according to current HCHBA President Jennifer Mackey.

Aside from networking, the nonprofit organization and its members spend a great deal of time giving back to the community, including participating in Watauga County Habitat for Humanity projects and providing funds for scholarships for students interested in going into the construction trade.

Next month, Mackey said that the association will give $600 to the Watauga Education Foundation and $600 to the construction program at Watauga High School.


To learn more about the High Country Home Builders Association, click here.

New Member of the Year: Neil Brunson – 84 Lumber


  • Attends all our meetings since joining
  • Has accepted a position on the board in 2016
  • Facilitated the donation from 84 Lumber for all materials for our Kids Escape playhouse.

Affiliate Member of the Year: Amber Williams w/Jeff’s Plumbing


  • Hit the ground running.
  • Joined the board immediately after joining.
  • Has volunteered for Finance Committee, Golf Tournament, Was on the Christmas Party Committee, Brought our first “Trailhead Sponsor,” has given uncountable hours to numerous projects for the association.
  • Have given 110% from day one!!

Associate Member of the Year: Dawn Wilson w/Watauga Heating & Cooling


  • Currently holds a position on the Board of Directors.
  • Has played a part in almost all our projects this year from being on our Christmas Party Committee, to our Golf Tournament Committee and heading our hospitality table there to Helping with our Playhouse Project and our new Summit Club Sponsorship Program.
  • She is ALWAYS eager to lend a hand in any way to improve our association and help us reach our full potential.
  • She has volunteered many hours toward projects at the building and beyond.

Builder of the Year: Jim Rogers w/Appalachian Custom Builders  

  • Has headed up and almost single handedly built 2 Playhouses for us. One in 2014 & Another in 2015
  • Is the project manager at Habitat for Humanity and has facilitated our projects with them including our Builders Blitz in 2014, our Build Day in 2015 and our upcoming Build Project that we have already been planning for that will take place this year.

 Volunteer of the Year: Chris Laine


  • Served for years on the board of Directors & Finance Committee.
  • Continued to hold a position on our finance committee despite not being on the board.
  • Has participated in our Playhouse Project for years and took an active roll this year in handing out raffle tickets and collecting funds, volunteering at the Farmers market and attending all Playhouse Meetings.
  • Volunteers for various GM functions, i.e Golf Tournament, Casino Night, Christmas party set up.
  • Always gives 100% to this association.

Volunteer of the Year: David Moore


  • Currently holds a position on our board.
  • Volunteered for our 2015 Build Day & brought his employees to help
  • Headed our 2015 Playhouse Project
  • Volunteered in helping build our playhouses this year.
  • Takes an extremely active roll in this association and our “give back” initiative.



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