Building group announces new board, companies of the year

The Top of Virginia Building Association has announced its new board of directors for 2015, as well as the 2014 annual awards for members.

The association represents companies in the building industry, including homebuilders, trade contractors, mortgage lenders, banks and material suppliers throughout Clarke, Frederick and Warren counties, as well as the city of Winchester. It is a local chapter of the National Association of Home Builders and the Home Builders Association of Virginia.

Joseph Clotzman, of Cambridge Companies, was elected president for 2015, Kevin Shreiner, of Pennoni Associates, was elected vice president, Dwight Shenk, of Carter Lumber, was elected secretary and J. Andrew Hershey, of First Bank, was elected treasurer.

Nancy Sinback, the association’s executive officer, said she is excited to see what Clotzman will bring to the table.

“We always try to make sure the president of the association is a builder, because they have an innate sense of what builders want,” Sinback said. “Joe is a real out of the box thinker and he’s willing to try new and different ideas.”

The president’s job, Sinback said, is to focus on the organization’s policies.

“The president is elected to steer and develop both our internal policy, which is structure of the association and our community engagement, as well as external policy, which is the impact we have on the building industry,” Sinback said.

Sinback said the association is “100 percent volunteer driven” and serves multiple functions, including volunteering in the community, lobbying in Richmond and engaging in local planning commission meetings. Sinback said this past year the association built a house for the Frederick County Habitat for Humanity.

“It was a blitz build and we needed to put it up in a week,” Sinback said. “I’d say our members donated about $90,000 in labor, materials, time, effort and skills to the house.”

The association also announced the 2014 annual winners, with Pifer Companies receiving the Builder of the Year award, Probuild winning Associate of the Year and Sarah Frey of Frederick Block, Brick and Stone winning Volunteer of the Year.

Sinback said while all association members are great at engaging in the organization’s mission, these award winners went above and beyond the call of duty.

“All of these members have provided not just monetary support, but time and resources as well to the association,” Sinback said.

Pifer Companies received the Builder of the Year award because of its support to the association and the building industry as a whole, Sinback said.

“Pifer Companies has given us so much overall support,” Sinback said. “Court Pifer, who was a past president here, has so much [skill] in creative design and just knowledge of the industry,” Sinback said.

ProBuild, a Colorado-based lumber supply company, received the Associate of the Year award due to its support of the association, Sinback said.

“For the past 15 years, they have provided office space for the association and are very generous with their time and space,” Sinback said. “They may be a nationwide company, but they really think in terms of building relationships on a local level.”

Frey earned the Volunteer of the Year award due to the work she performed behind the scenes, Sinback said.

“She was definitely in the trenches this past year,” Sinback said. “We had switched over our email systems, our newsletter services, all that and she came in to do the data management during the shift, as well as making templates for documents.”

Contact staff writer Henry Culvyhouse at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or hculvyhouse@nvdaily.com