News and Updates


August 2018 Associate Spotlight – Superior Skilled Trades

Sean Crane, Account Executive of Superior Skilled Trades, joined the HBCA of Brevard back in June 2018. Sean, alongside the CEO, Seth Sandler, felt there was a great synergy between their services and the Association.

Superior Skilled Trades is a local and national skilled trade staffing provider that specializes in staffing rigorously screened carpenters, drywallers, electricians, plumbers, and welders among a variety of other trades. Given the unprecedented skilled trades shortage, Superior Skilled Trades brings value to members of the association.

With over 40 years of experience specializing in skilled trade staffing, Superior Skilled trades is veteran and minority owned and very unique with this specific vertical across the U.S.

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August 2018 Builder Spotlight – The Homes by Towne®

The Homes by Towne® roots began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1949 when Joe Zilber saw a need to build quality housing for America’s returning GI?s. For over 65 years they have strived to build the right home, in the right location, at the right price. Selecting only the highest quality materials, they build in attractive, flourishing neighborhoods, and include thoughtful features that enhance the livability of your new home now and well into the future.

Homes by Towne®, a trademark under Zilber Ltd., has helped thousands of families in Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, Texas and Wisconsin find their new home. In the late 1970’s Homes by Towne® started building in Brevard County and later joined the HBCA of Brevard in 1997. Since then, they have built over 2,000 waterfront residences throughout the county. Indian River Landings is Homes by Towne’s newest single-family community located in Titusville on the Intracoastal Waterway. This community features unique “olde Florida” style homes starting from the Mid $300?s.

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August 2018 Newsletter

August 2018 Newsletter

Viera, FL, Ranked among Top 20 Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities by RCLCO Real Estate Advisors

RCLCO Ranks Viera, Florida, at #15 in the nation for Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities!

Viera, FL – July 17, 2018– Every year since 1994, RCLCO has performed a rigorous search of the high-performing master-planned communities within each state in the nation. On July 6, 2018, they released their mid-year 2018 results, which ranked Viera, Florida, as the 15th Top-Selling Master-Planned Community in the nation and 5th in the state of Florida.

“Through deliberate long-term planning, The Viera Company continues to invest in the underlying infrastructure to support the community’s development as a vibrant residential and employment destination on Florida’s Space Coast,” remarked Todd J. Pokrywa, Senior Vice President of Land Use Planning and Development for The Viera Company.

In January 2018, Viera was ranked number 25 of 50 in the nation for top selling master-planned communities. A 40% increase in sales over a 6-month period helped the community climb 10 spots from this ranking.

“Viera is the premier master-planned community in East Central Florida and has proven to be a highly desirable location for the more than 23,000 residents and over 350 employers who currently call Viera home,” stated Pokrywa. “Viera continues to be a highly sought after community in which to live, given its A-rated schools, high quality health care services, and recreational amenities such as the Brevard Zoo, Duran Golf Club, The Avenue Viera, and the USSSA Space Coast Stadium. Viera is also conveniently situated in close proximity to 72 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches and offers convenient access to Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral and two international airports.”

Since January 2018, Viera has witnessed the progression of many new neighborhoods and the complete sell-out of others.

“Viera has jumped from the 25th spot in the Year-End 2017 report to number 15, significantly outpacing sales from the previous year,” RCLCO notes in their 2018 mid-year rankings report. “Florida continues to be a top retirement destination for baby boomers, and the increase in the 55 and up demographic has influenced sales at Florida communities, such as…Viera, which feature active adult communities within their master plans.”

Gregg Logan, Managing Director for RCLCO spoke to Viera’s success in the current housing market, stating, “Viera ranks 15th on RCLCO’s 2018 Mid-Year Top-Selling Master-Planned Community Update, moving up from 25th at the end of 2017, reflecting its 54% increase in sales over the same time period last year. The 292 homes sold by Viera in the first half of 2018 represent 65% of the sales pace set for the entirety of 2017, indicating that an impressive year-end finish may be in store for the community which currently ranks high among the Top-20 fastest selling communities in the U.S.”

Currently, there are almost a dozen single-family home neighborhoods under construction in Viera, as well as two new multi-family living complexes and an innovative 55 and better community. With at least three additional neighborhoods (Sendero Cove, Sierra Cove, and Stonecrest) slated to begin construction in 2019, Viera is looking to remain on a steady track of growth and expansion in Brevard County.

Scott Miller, Vice President, Sales & Community Management for The Viera Company, remarked, “As the developer of the master-planned community of Viera, we are pleased to be recognized for this success benchmarked against the nation’s premier communities. The ranking acknowledges the contributions of our devoted employees and professional consultants whose efforts enable Viera’s continued and growing success.”

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About The Viera Company

The Viera Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of A. Duda & Sons, Inc., manages commercial and residential development of DUDA’s non-agricultural property and is the developer of the master-planned community of Viera in Brevard County, Florida. The company’s integrated real estate operations include Viera Realty, Viera Builders, Viera Commercial Properties and the Duran Golf Club. The mission of The Viera Company is to create vibrant, livable communities that are built with faith, integrity and thoughtful stewardship of the land.  For more information, visit

July 2018 Associate Spotlight – The Glass Doctor of Brevard

Glass Doctor of Brevard joined the HBCA in May to connect with and support other industry professionals.

Serving all of Brevard County, Glass Doctor’s skilled specialist can provide service almost anywhere. They can fix or cut windows, mirrors, windshields, car windows, glass table tops, shelves and more!

The owners, Josh and Emily Anne Thomason, are two small town adventurous people who love to explore, get to know people, and serve others. They both have been involved with the service industry since they started working. They know the value of customer service and always following the golden rule. They are always up for an adventure; living in Arkansas, Florida, and Australia since they have been married.

Let your project be their next adventure.

Give Glass Doctor of Brevard County a call today “We fix your panes!®. ”


July 2018 Builder Spotlight – Forbes Can Fix It

Chester Forbes, one of the newest Builder members and owner of Forbes Can Fix It, has been in business for the past 13 years serving Brevard County.

Forbes Can Fix It offers outstanding quality work that specializes in remodels, window and door installation, new home construction, custom homes, hurricane shutters and more.

Forbes offers excellent service and is always prompt to meet your needs. Attentive and reliable. Forbes will finish your project on time.

Consider calling Forbes for your next remodeling project

Call 321-591-5053 or Visit

Legislative Summer Hiatus Does Not Result in Rest for Governmental Affairs

It is that time of year, the beginning of summer break when members often ask what are the Governmental Affairs activities since the legislature in on its summer hiatus? Well, let me summarize this past week:

Building Commission Activities: FHBA Director of Governmental Affairs, Doug Buck, and Code Consultant, Joe Belcher, began a two week stint meeting with the Florida Building Commission (FBC) as they began work this week on what will become the 7th addition of the code. Not to worry, the new code will not take effect for at least 2 and 1/2 years. Because of changes to the code process adopted by the legislature in 2017, the process will take longer. But, there are no more automatic massive changes from the ICC. There will still be some changes, but the new process should allow us to more thoroughly evaluate the proposed changes.

You can find additional information on FHBA web site or attend the Code Committee meeting at the SEBC.

Rubio Tweets: You may be aware of a late last week by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio in which he indicates that he does not understand the severity of the construction work force shortage. He tweeted the following:

#EVerify is a very important reform. And while it is true that we struggle to find U.S. workers for many agriculture jobs, that is NOT true of construction. Americans can & want to do construction work.

FHBA worked in concert with NAHB and tweeted the following response:

Senator @marcorubio, @FHBAOfficial would be happy to meet with you to discuss construction workforce challenges in Florida. It’s one of the top headwinds facing the industry and slowing down economic growth.

In addition, Chuck Fowke (FHBA Member and NAHB Third Vice Chair) sent an e-mail to Senator Rubio’s staff reminding them that he met with them less than one month ago to discuss this very issue. NAHB lobbyists converges on Senator Rubio’s staff as well.

State Legislative Candidate Interviews: The FHBA is an active member of the State Chamber Political Institute. The institute is a non-profit political research organization. Amongst the research activities for members is the opportunity to interview legislative candidates. FHBA CEO, Rusty Payton attended two days of candidate interviews in Fort Lauderdale, interviewing 25 candidates. Much of the information gleemed at this interview and from the other sessions (which were attended by Rusty, FHBA Consultant Lobbyist Kari Hebrank and GOBA Governmental Affairs Director Lee Steinhauer) will be discussed at the July 11th PAC Board meeting being held at Rosen Shingle Creek.

Earlier last week, a joint delegation from FHBA and the Builders Association of South Florida (BASF) met with Speaker Designate, Jose Oliva in Miami Lakes. Significant policy discussions included property rights, tree ordinances and the need to reign in impact fees and what they for what they can fund. Attending for FHBA were First Vice President Bill Truex, Consultant Lobbyist Kari Hebrank and CEO Rusty Payton. From BASF were Ben Solomon, Chair of BASF; Carolina Herrera, President of BASF; Astrin Martin BASF Board member; and Truly Burton, BASF Executive Officer.

Public Service Commission: On rare occasion, FHBA interacts with the Public Service Commission (PSC) regarding issues affecting our industry. The FHBA filed public comments in support of underground distribution lines in new residential developments, because undergrounding appears to be the most cost-effect solution to preventing outages and optimizing the electric grid. Although the upfront cost to undergrounding may be higher, undergrounding saves the general body of rate-payers money by reducing physical damage to local electrical infrastructure, as well as, reducing utility’s operation and maintenance while optimizing revenue for the electrical utility by keeping the lights on. These savings should be accurately reflected in the formula used to allocate costs to developers. Our comments were developed by member of the FHBA Volume Builders Council and other large builders from around the state. To view a copy of the letter, click here.

Even though official legislative business has taken a summer hiatus, the FHBA’s Governmental Affairs program is fully engaged with political, regulatory and future legislative priorities.

Original Article Here

June 2018 Associate Spotlight – Armadillo Roofing

Armadillo Roofing has been a state certified general and roofing contractor throughout Indialantic and Brevard County for more than 10 years. Armadillo Roofing provides the finest roofing service in the area; cementing their reputation of excellence and making them the most preferred and reliable roofing contractor in Brevard County!

Armadillo Roofing has joined the HBCA recently to expand their horizons and is more than excited to join the community and assist the HBCA in their goals to improve Brevard County.

Armadillo Roofing provides each of their clientele with a personalized service that is completely tailored to their requests. Clients are informed on roofs which best fit their home; as well as the process necessary to complete the project. The client’s absolute satisfaction is always a priority for Armadillo Roofing. They believe in providing a roofing experience that is prompt, educational, and thorough.

Experienced staff are knowledgeable, and always treat their clients with respect and professionalism. Their staff is also bilingual; which meets the need of our Spanish speaking community. Certified contractors will ensure that the installation of your roof is done correctly and efficiently; without delay!

If you need a repair or replacement, Armadillo Roofing will get it done right, the first time! Let Armadillo Roofing install a solid, safe, and long-lasting roofing system that will keep you and your loved ones safe for many years to come!

For more information visit or Call 321-360-4850

June 2018 Builder Spotlight – Bella Custom Builders

Founded by Tony Ruggiano, Bella Custom Builders is a luxury custom home service that specializes in custom remodeling and new construction. Bella Custom Builders has locations in Port Charlotte on the west coast of Florida, and Melbourne on the east coast of Florida; allowing for easy accessibility for all of central Florida.

To start the new year right, Bella Custom Builders has recently joined the HBCA to expand their horizons. Bella adds to the community with their hardworking team consistently creating beautiful homes, which are customized to meet all of the needs for their clients.

Using luxurious architecture, high quality craftsmanship, and the finest materials; Bella Custom Builders is able to build a home that clients are proud to show off. Bella believes in creating a home as unique as each client and focuses on giving each client a home to brag about.

Bella’s team of contractors work alongside Armadillo Roofing so that clients can expect excellent customer service and flawless structural and roof installation. Bella’s team of superior professionals work diligently with each client throughout the process of the build; and will provide them with the type of luxury they never knew they needed.

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May 2018 Associate Spotlight – Will Jimenez Construction Trades Specialist for Dewalt

Will Jimenez, Construction Trades Specialist for Dewalt, joined the HBCA to connect with and assist local construction professionals.

Dewalt is proud to be the only power tool company headquartered in the United States, boasting seven factories. Dewalt manufactures power tools, mechanical and adhesive anchors, hand tools, technology and accessories.

At the end of 2017, Dewalt formed a new division to support and promote safe jobsites. This devision provides construction firms with personalized consultation and on-the-job training. In addition, the devision can also assist in forming mechanical and epoxy submittals, epoxy certifications and on-site pull tests.

To learn more about how Dewalt can help make your job safer and more productive contact Will at 786-365-5960

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