Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The National Association of home Builders (NAHB) will honor four individuals who have excelled in teaching NAHB education to builders, remodelers and other industry professionals through its annual Educator of the Year Awards. The 2014 Educator of the Year award winners will be recognized at the 2015 International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas next week.
“The Educator the Year honorees are being recognized for their dedication and longstanding commitment to elevating the home building industry through education,” said NAHB Education Chair Vince Butler, a Virginia remodeler. “By sharing their expertise and serving as mentors, they give builders, remodelers and others the knowledge to better serve the needs of their clients, delivering the latest information and training available.” He added.
The 2014 Educator of the Year award winners are:
Builder/Remodeler Educator of the Year: Jud Motsenbocker, CAPS, CGB, CGR, Founder, Jud Construction, Muncie, Indiana.
Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) Educator of the Year: Wanda E. Gozdz, CAPS, President of Golden Age Living, Deerfield Beach, Florida.
Green Building Educator of the Year: Peter A. Yost, Principal and Vice President of technical services for BuildingGreen, Brattleboro, Vermont.
Sales and Marketing/Institute of Residential Marketing Educator of the Year: Dave Porter, CAPS, CGA, CGP, CMP, MIRM, Principal and Senior Loan Officer at HomeStreet Bank, Starwood, Washington.
“NAHB’s Educators of the Year do more than teach the course material,” Butler said. “They inspire students by incorporating their personal experiences into their teaching and provide students with new tools to be successful. They motivate students to reach the next stage of their careers by encouraging them to earn an NAHB designation, and they act as a resource students can turn to for advice in the future.” He added.
NAHB offers more than 40 educational courses and 13 professional designations geared to the specific needs of builders, remodelers and other industry professionals. The courses focus on practical training for both newcomers and veterans, with ideas and strategies that can be applied for everyday use in the student’s field of business. To become an instructor, individuals are approved based on their background, years of industry experience and knowledge. They also must have earned the relevant NAHB designation for the courses they plan to teach.