Washington, D.C., March 6 – The Home Builders Institute (HBI) today announced the appointment of Bruce Walker, president of Coldwell Banker 1st Minot Realty and Management, as chairman of the Board of Trustees. Walker succeeds outgoing Chairman Donald L. Pratt of Auburn Hills, Mich.
In his new role, Walker, from Minot, N.D., will lead the HBI Board in the oversight of all HBI activities including priorities such as expanding education and training opportunities for residential construction workers nationwide and diversifying HBI’s funding sources as the housing industry continues its recovery.
“I am honored to help lead the Home Builders Institute in its work training the next generation of home builders,” said Walker. “HBI is a critical resource that provides the essential trades training needed as we look to build, remodel and maintain America’s housing stock.”
A builder since 1986, Walker’s firm builds single-family, detached, entry-level homes and town homes, and is active in real estate development, property management and real estate marketing. In 1993, Walker was named State Builder of the Year by the North Dakota Association of Builders, along with Builder of the Year by the Minot Association of Builders.
Some of Walker’s volunteer activities include an appointment by North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple to the North Dakota Workforce Development Council, while serving as vice chair of the Dakota Certified Development Corporation, chairman of Corridor Investors, chair of the Minot Chamber of Commerce and Board chair of the Northern Lights Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
In 2003 Walker received the “Golden Award” for recognition of distinguished service to Minot State University and the 1999 “Golden Hammer Award” from Coldwell Banker for his outstanding support locally of Habitat for Humanity.
For more information about Walker and the Home Builders Institute, please visit www.hbi.org.
About Home Builders Institute
Home Builders Institute (HBI) is the 501(c) 3 affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) that provides training, mentoring, curriculum development and job placement services in support of the housing industry. As the workforce development arm of NAHB, HBI has prepared youth and adults for residential construction careers for more than 40 years. Visit www.hbi.org for more information.
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