Friday, October 17, 2008

Florida Home Builders Association Executive Director Quits

With the state's home building industry in a slump and cutbacks in the industry's Tallahassee-based trade group, the Florida Home Builders Association said today that its executive director has resigned to pursue other opportunities. J. Emmett Reed, CEO and executive vice president, will step down Jan. 1 and be succeeded by longtime FBA staffer Paul Thompson.

In recent years Thompson has been overseeing marketing and handling the group's big annual trade show in Orlando, the Southeast Building Conference.Florida Home Builders Association President Jay Carlson said that "Reed's many contributions to the success of our association will leave an enduring legacy." Reed worked for the group 11 years in various roles, including membership director, and was the driving force behind creation of the educational Foundation and Future Builders of America program.

He said in a prepared statement today that he cherished his time with the builders and "will have nothing but fond memories. But for me it's time for new challenges."

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