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Northern Virginia Master-Planned Community Heritage at Marshall Named Community of the Year in Housing Excellence Awards

Jun 17, 2024 | HBAV News, HBAV Newsletter

  • Charlottesville builder named Builder of the Year

  • Roanoke interior designer named Woman of the Year

  • Augusta County veteran and electrical contractor named Associate of the Year

RICHMOND, VA (JUNE 17, 2024) — The Home Builders Association of Virginia has honored 21 individuals and home-building projects across the Commonwealth as part of the 2024 Housing Excellence Awards. The awards recognize and highlight members’ professional achievements, as well as housing projects completed by member organizations.

Craig Toalson, Chief Executive Officer, HBAV

“Our winners this year represent a diverse group of builders, developers, suppliers, and trade partners who exemplify leadership in their trade and work every day to advance our industry and support Virginians’ right to affordable and comfortable housing,” said Craig Toalson, CEO of the Home Builders Association of Virginia. “In addition, our judges have selected projects that represent an array of housing options, from modern and affordable apartments to master-planned communities. All the work is representative of the quality and talent found in Virginia’s residential construction industry.”

Among the top honors:

Community of the Year: Heritage at Marshall
Heritage at Marshall, developed by Van Metre Homes, was chosen for its thoughtful design and community amenities, which include expansive green spaces, walking trails, a renovated historic community clubhouse, and an outdoor pool, providing a vibrant living experience. Located in Marshall, Va. in Fauquier County, Heritage is a master-planned community in a town known for its charming architecture and vibrant culture. Heritage offers single family homes designed with open-concept floor plans to maximize natural light and accommodate various preferences.

Heritage at Marshall, HBAV’s 2024 Community of the Year.

Builder of the Year: Frank Ballif, Founder and President, Southern Development Homes/Southern Development Group
Ballif was recognized for his significant contributions to the Charlottesville housing community, his active support of various local organizations such as the Charlottesville Salvation Army and Homes for Hope, plus his dedication to building quality homes. Ballif holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia, a Class A contractor’s license, and a Virginia real estate broker license. He is an active supporter of the Blue Ridge Home Builders Association,



Woman of the Year: Alicia Smith, Vice President, F&S Building Innovations
Smith was honored for her leadership in the Roanoke construction industry, her extensive volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity and Sleep In Heavenly Peace, an organization that builds, assembles and delivers bunk beds to children and families in need. She also has a commitment to promoting technical education and community service. Smith is vice president of F&S, a Roanoke Class A residential and commercial contractor and President of Build Smart Institute. She is active in the Roanoke Regional Home Builders Association.



Associate of the Year: Nathan Trice, President, Pride Electric L.C.
Trice was chosen for his dedication to the electrical contracting field, his service in the U.S. Navy, and his active involvement in local builder associations and community programs. A graduate of the Valley Career & Technical Center, Trice is a frequent returning guest speaker at the trade school. Born and raised in Augusta, Trice started his training in the electrical contracting field in 1998 at age 15. In 2001, he joined the Navy as an aviation electrician and later served overseas in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. After his honorable discharge in 2007, he returned to Augusta and re-entered the electrical contracting field. He served as president of the Augusta Home Builders Association in 2018 and 2021, is a board member of the HBAV, and was appointed by Gov. Glen Youngkin to serve on the Virginia Board of Contractors. Trice volunteers his time with Camp Light, a summer camp for children and adults with disabilities.

Winners were announced on June 14 at the Home Builders Association of Virginia’s Annual Conference & Housing Excellence Awards in Colonial Williamsburg at The Williamsburg Lodge. Awards were judged by members across Virginia including remodelers, land developers, multifamily builders and suppliers, trade partners, custom, and volume single family builders.


Additional 2024 HBAV Housing Excellence Award Winners

(Descriptions and winners below gallery)

Young Professional of the Year
Michelle Ramaker
Build Smart Institute

Ramaker was recognized for her outstanding contributions to workforce development in the Roanoke area and her dedication to promoting education and training for the next generation of builders.

Executive Officer of the Year
Kelsey Grow
New River Valley Home Builders Association

Grow was honored for her exceptional leadership, commitment to advancing the Association’s goals, and supporting its members through innovative programs and initiatives including the LEGO Home Building Contest.

Best Humanitarian Member Project
Roof Revival by 516 Project: Building Access to Hope for Families in Need

The Roof Revival by 516 was chosen for its impactful humanitarian efforts. It provides critical home repairs and improvements to families in need, significantly enhancing their quality of life. The organization replaced the roofs of nine homes in one action-packed month in 2023.

Construction Manager of the Year
David Kettner
Van Metre Homes
(Northern Virginia)

Kettner was recognized for his exemplary management skills, dedication to quality construction, and ability to lead projects that consistently meet high standards of excellence. He manages the entire construction process from start to finish, applying his extensive field expertise, purchasing knowledge, and organizational skills to every build.

Sales Manager of the Year
Amy Druhot
Eastwood Homes

Druhot was honored for her exceptional sales leadership, customer service, and successful efforts in driving sales growth and client satisfaction in the Richmond area. Additionally, she is dedicated to her community through her volunteer work with Homes for Hope, supporting initiatives that provide housing and support services to underprivileged families.

Remodeler of the Year
Luke Roark
Commonwealth Contractors

Roark was selected for his innovative remodeling projects, attention to detail, and commitment to delivering high-quality renovations that meet and exceed client expectations.

Multifamily Project of the Year
Westmont Apartments
Lessard Design

The Westmont by Lessard Design was recognized for its modern design, affordability, and the positive impact it has had on the local community by providing much-needed, high-quality housing options.

Mortgage Professional of the Year
Mya Tran-Harter
Intercoastal Mortgage LLC

Tran-Harter was awarded for her exceptional service in the mortgage industry, her dedication to helping clients navigate the home-buying process, and her commitment to securing favorable loan terms.

Best Community Amenity
The Apartments at Hallstead Reserve
Pembroke Enterprises, Inc.
(Virginia Beach)

The Apartments at Hallstead Reserve and Pembroke Enterprises were chosen for their outstanding amenities, including state-of-the-art fitness facilities, community spaces, and green areas that enhance residents’ living experience.

Best HBA Community Project/Program
Garden of Hope
Professional Women in Building – Coastal VA
(Hampton Roads)

Garden of Hope was honored for its innovative approach to community building and its efforts to provide a supportive environment for women in the construction industry.

Best HBA Workforce Development Initiative
2023 Program
New River Valley Home Builders Association

The program was recognized for its significant impact on workforce development. The Association’s Microgrant program provides essential funding and support to individuals pursuing careers in the building trades and encourages young people to pursue careers in construction.

Best HBA Event or Special Project
2023 Great American Living Gala
Northern Virginia Building Industry Association

The Gala was honored for its excellence in event planning, showcasing the achievements of the home-building industry, and providing a platform for networking and celebration.

Best HBA Government Affairs Program
2023 Oysters, Bourbon & Cigars PAC Fundraiser
Fredericksburg Area Builders Association

The Fundraiser was selected for its successful efforts in raising funds for political action and advocating for the interests and priorities of the building industry.

Membership Cup
New River Valley Home Builders Association

The Association was honored for its exceptional membership growth, retention efforts, and the value it provides to its members through various industry-focused programs and initiatives.

Marketing Manager of the Year
Nicole Anderson
Van Metre Homes
(Northern Virginia)

Anderson was recognized for her innovative marketing strategies, her ability to effectively promote the company’s projects, and her contribution to the overall success of the organization’s marketing efforts — including driving record-breaking website traffic, a 20% increase in new leads, and a 29% increase in new appointments.

Builders Mutual Safety Program of the Year
Perry Engineering, Co.

Perry Engineering was awarded for its outstanding safety program, commitment to maintaining high safety standards, and going above and beyond what is required to ensure a safe working environment for all employees.

Teacher of the Year
Josiah Stinson
Spotsylvania Career & Technical Center

Stinson was recognized for his dedication to education, his ability to inspire students to pursue careers in the building trades, and his contributions to workforce development in the construction industry.

Note: Individual achievements were judged on performance between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023, and all projects were completed between January 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024.


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