Home Builders Association of Hickory-Catawba Valley
start piling costs on.” As a non-profit, one of the HBA’s core values is to give back to the builders and associate members whose contributions made the association possible in the first place. “We’re big about doing business with a member,” says Crawford. “We push that amongst our members. When you need to replace your windows, you call on someone within the association. We’re ultimately here to support each other and do business with each other. And when you join our association, you’re actually joining three in one—you get a membership with the national, the state, as well as the local HBAs.” Crouch joined the Home Builders Association of Hickory-Catawba Valley in 1989, which was right around the time he started his company. It gave him more meaningful contacts than he couldn’t have made on his own and very quickly established his credibility as a respected construction professional in the local market. “I have a shower door guy who’s been a member now, probably 10 or 12 years,” Crouch says. “I encouraged him to join, too. And he’s currently on our board of directors. He’ll tell you that the best thing for his busines was me asking him to join the HBA.” “I retired more than 10 years ago, but I can’t seem to turn myself loose from the HBA,” Kamp adds good-humoredly. “I take pride in my 47 continuous years as a member.” In 2017, Kamp was inducted into the North Carolina Housing Hall of Fame (NCHHF). The primary purpose of the NCHHF is to pay tribute to the men and women who’ve made significant and lasting contributions to housing in North Carolina, the building industry, and to the NCHBA. “I think there are only about 40 people for the whole state that have been inducted,” says Crawford. “It’s a great honor for him, as well as our association.” City Walk - Courtesy of Neill Grading & Construction Co.