Winners of the PBA Awards were announced during the Summer Board of Directors meeting in Gettysburg on July 29. Nominations were submitted February 1 through May 5 and a panel of judges made up of PBA Past Presidents, Builder and Associate members, and a local Executive Officer considered all the nominations and selected the worthy recipients.
Builder of the Year
Associate of the Year
Affiliate of the Year
PBA has three levels of membership – Builder, Associate, and Affiliate. Awards are presented in all three of these categories based on Industry Leadership, Building Community Involvement, Achievements and Recognition, and Reputation and Character within the Industry and Community.
Builder of the Year – Daniel Meade, Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh
Dan Meade is a 20-plus year member of the Builders Association of Pittsburgh and is the president of Prime 1 Builders. He has helped spearhead several projects to benefit the community including sponsoring “Movies in the Park” “Touch A Truck” and has volunteered services and donations to help renovate a kitchen at a local Veteran’s Rehab Center.
Dan is an industry advisory board member at two of the local career and technology centers.
He has also served as the BAMP remodelers council chair, BAMP Board of Directors member, Executive Council Member, and BAMP President.
He has been the recipient of many awards including the Meritorious Service Award for services to BAMP, the 2021 BAMP Builder of the Year, and Prime 1 Builders has been honored with 25 BAMP Housing Excellence Awards from 2013 through 2022.
He leads by example – treating clients, employees, vendors, and subcontractors in a professional manner.
(Dan Meade, right, is congratulated by 2021 Builder of the Year recipient Kevin Coutts.)
Associate of the Year – Heather Dieckmann, Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh
Among the many ways Heather has served BAMP and PBA include holding the offices of BAMP Treasurer, BAMP Board of Directors and Executive Board, PBA Regional Vice President and Regional Legislative Officer, and BSI Board of Directors. Heather is also the President and one of the charter members of the BAMP Professional Women in Building Council. She has participated through her Rotary Club with “Rebuild Together Pittsburgh” helping with renovations that have made a huge difference for many low income and vulnerable homeowners.
(Heather Dieckmann is congratulated by 2021 Associate of the Year Dean Hilliard.)
Affiliate of the Year – Clarence “Butch” Miller, Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Harrisburg
Butch Miller has been involved at the local, state & national association levels for over 40 years. He has served as a local President, PBA Regional officer, both RVP & RLO, Life Director for both PBA & NAHB. He sold his spouting business a few years ago but has remained active through an Affiliate Membership.
(PBA Awards Chair Frank Thompson, left, presented the award to Butch Miller.)
Builder & Shaker Award
This award was designed to recognize individual PBA members, under 40 years old as of December 31, 2022, that are positioned to become (or already are) a leader in the industry. Builders and Shakers are industry professionals that are ambitious, hard-working, civic-minded individuals that demonstrate distinguished service to PBA, NAHB and their local association.
Builder & Shaker Award – Candice Giel Brown, Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh
Candice is a member of the BAMP Board of Directors and serves on the BAMP Membership Committee. She is a founding member of the BAMP Professional Women in Building Chapter and is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the chapter. She also leads the PWB Pittsburgh events.
(Candice received the award from PBA Awards Chair Frank Thompson.)
Media Project Award
PBA recognizes a combination of innovative ideas, creative thinking and an informative approach to the development and distribution of any digital, print, or multi-media project. The best media award is granted to the local home builders association project that reflects these outstanding best practices.
Media Project of the Year – York Builders Association Find A Pro Campaign
The York Builders Association’s Find A Pro Campaign provides a new way to support members and grow their businesses while being a resource for the community. This multi-channel campaign encompasses digital ads, social media, print publications, ads, billboards and more to provide a clear and concise route for consumers to Find A Pro for all their home needs.
Community Service Project Award
PBA is inspired by the fact that so many of our members and locals understand the importance of reaching out and doing positive things in their communities related to the building industry. It is part of PBA’s strategy to establish goodwill and credibility with the consumer audience. That’s why this award category is critical. Nominees can be either a PBA member or a local association.
Community Service Project of the Year – York Builders Association Sensory Room Build at the Children’s Home of York
The Sensory Room Build at the Children’s Home of York brought together several members of the York Builders Association to complete a multi-sensory room and two phone rooms. Using light, colors, sounds and other sensory equipment in the room offers children a place to feel calm and comfortable while reducing agitation and allowing them to self-regulate their behavior.
(York Builders Association Executive Vice President Laurie Lourie accepted both the Media Project of the Year and the Community Service Project of the Year on behalf of the York BA from PBA Awards Chair Frank Thompson.)
Congratulations to all the recipients of the PBA Awards. Nominations for next year will be open in February 2024.