November 14, 2019 (Fulton, MD) - The Maryland Building Industry Association awarded and recognized individual leaders in the home building industry at the Maryland Building Industry Awards of Excellence at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve.
Lori Graf, MBIA CEO said, "We are proud to recognize the leaders in our industry who are making a difference in our communities." Awards to be presented were the Joseph C. Rodgers Sr. Award - presented annually in recognition of extraordinary and outstanding contributions to the Association by a non-builder member; the Stewart J. Greenebaum Award- presented annually in recognition of extraordinary and outstanding contributions to the Association by a builder member and the the Milton E. Kettler Award - presented in recognition of a lifetime for unselfish participation, contributions and services that include but is not limited to: business, trade or professional organizations; the building and housing industry and the community. New this year, a Service to the Industry award was presented, which honors a person who has offered valuable support and has contributed significant service to the building industry. Awards were also presented for builder and associate of the year in each county MBIA serves.
2019 Maryland Award of Excellence Winners
Jeremy Rutter Honored with Joseph Rodgers Associate of the Year Award
Jeremy's accomplishments include managing the development process, permitting and construction of Westmount, Oxford Square (a mixed use site), Walnut Creek, Meriwether Farm, Centennial Overlook, Deer Springs, Morris Place, and the Regan Property. Jeremy has also managed the development, permitting and construction of two of Maryland’s largest and most successful shared septic systems, he’s consulted on the Inter-County Connector Project (Rt. 270 section) and managed the construction of the Rt. 175 widening project (5 lanes along a 1 mile stretch near Ft. Meade).
Jeremy is recognized by his peers for his service as an MBIA Board of Directors member and star sponsor. He’s been on the Land Development Council since 2008, was 2014 President of the Maryland State Builders Association, President of the Howard County Chapter of Home Builders (2010-2013), on the Board of Directors and Honor Roll sponsor for the Home Builders Care Foundation and received the 2012 “Rising Star Award” from the Land Development Council. In addition to the numerous awards he’s received, Jeremy has actively testified in front of the Howard County Council on numerous pieces of land development and building legislation. Jeremy’s generosity with his time and support of our industry coupled with his unique combination of skill and knowledge is unparalleled.
Jeff Caruso Honored with Greenebaum Builder of the Year Award
Having been an active member of MBIA’s former organizations, HBAM and MNCBIA since 1990, Jeff became president of MBIA in 2018. As president, he was committed to his duties, and fully immersed himself into every aspect of supporting the organization. Even after being president, he has remained involved and continued his support of the MBIA at that same level as he did while at the helm. Jeff is a top membership recruiter and is always willing to pitch in to help.
Jack Orrick Honored with Milton Kettler Lifetime Achievement Award
Jack is a respected Partner with Linowes and Blocher as well as chair of the firm’s Business Transactions Practice. For over 25 years, he has been an active member of the Building Industry Association. His contributions to the Association throughout these two decades include providing pro-bono services as Legal Counsel to HBAM, and subsequently MBIA, a role which has included serving as a member of the Association’s Executive Committee. For many years Jack served as a member of the Legislative Committee of MNCBIA and was instrumental in working on passage of bills beneficial to the building industry as well as defeat of detrimental legislation. His contributions also include serving as a board member and pro-bono Legal Counsel for the Home Builders Care Foundation, guiding HBCF through exponential growth. As the Foundation’s Secretary, Jack was instrumental in helping Foundation leadership develop its core mission statements, guiding principles, program protocols and standards that led HBCF to earning the esteemed Seal of Excellence for Nonprofit Management and Accountability in 2011.
Jack’s legal contributions outside the Association have also been acknowledged by his peers with his selection as one of Maryland and Washington, DC’s Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America numerous times and his appointment as Chair of the Business Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association and two time member of the Board of Governors. In 2014, he was also honored with the
Home Builders Care Foundation’s Directors Award for Community Service. Jack’s long-time dedication to the Association, his decades of service, and his outstanding contributions are truly commendable.
Norman Dreyfuss honored with Service to the Industry Award
Norman has always been a strong advocate for the building industry and understands the importance of what development does for Montgomery County from the perspective of creating jobs and bringing business and families to the county. He brought his objectivity and practical ideals—along with 40+ years of development experience—to the Montgomery County Planning Board during his two year term from 2010-2019. His vision was to move the county forward and to get plans implemented. He pushed for a more streamlined and efficient system and one that applied common sense. Not an easy task when the County agencies had a reputation for a lack of cooperation.
Norman believed in making balanced, honest, intelligent decisions based on listening to community members, land owners and developers with an open mind to get all the information and to see the full picture and to not “just say no” but to find solutions. He fought for creating projects that were an enhancement to the public and to the County.We, as an industry, are grateful for his hard work and for his steadfast commitment to making Montgomery County a better place to live and we are privileged and honored to call him our friend and the first, very deserving winner of MBIA’s Service to the Industry award.
Chapter Member Award Winners
The Maryland Building Industry Association is proud to announce our Chapter Member of the Year award winners for builder and associate members.
Anne Arundel County
Associate: Kevin Haines, Holly Oak Consulting
Builder: Bill Dodd, Koch Homes
Associate: Jen Bass, Bohler
Associate: Carolyn Hecker, Rosenberg, Martin, Greenberg
Builder: Doug Meeker, Elm Street Development
Associate: Ed Carroll, Soltesz
Bruce Harvey, Williamsburg Homes
Stephanie Tuite, Fisher, Collins & Carter
Associate: Frank Bossong, Rodgers Consulting
Builder: Larry Cafritz, Laurence Cafrtiz Builders
Prince George's County
Associate: Nate Forman, O’Malley Miles Nylen & Gilmore
Builder: Hillary Colt, Konterra
Builder: Shawn Day, Stanley Martin Companies
Associate: Matt Brown, GTA
Builder: John Kotoski, River Run Development
The Maryland Building Industry Association is a not-for-profit trade organization representing the interests of over 1,200 member firms and more than 100,000 employees, including home builders, remodelers, developers and affiliate professional and service providers in the Maryland Counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's and St. Mary's as well as Baltimore City, the Eastern Shore and Washington, DC. Online at www.marylandbuilders.org.