A LIFE’S ACHIEVEMENT

Roberson honored by ORBA

By ALLEN MINCEY Staff Writer
Posted 8/17/17

James Roberson, whose name is synonymous with home building in the local area, was honored on Wednesday with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ocoee Region Builders Association.

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A LIFE’S ACHIEVEMENT

Roberson honored by ORBA

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James Roberson, whose name is synonymous with home building in the local area, was honored on Wednesday with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ocoee Region Builders Association.

Dennis Epperson, former ORBA president, presented the award at the organization’s August meeting.

“The recipient of this year’s award built his first of what would be many homes in 1954,” Epperson said. “He partnered with some of the greats — Austen Stevenson, Randall Fisher and Pony Johnson — in 1968 to break away from the Chattanooga homebuilders branch to establish the Cleveland-Bradley Builders Association.”

His friend Fisher is the only other person to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Roberson was president of the local builders association in 1981, and served as an active member for many years. Epperson said that in his time with the association, Roberson was a national director and lobbied with then U.S. Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee. Roberson also recruited 41 new members to the group.

“He has built numerous homes not only here in our area but in Florida, where he lived for several years,” Epperson said.

Roberson said that he did not wish to be singled out for the award, noting that all of the homebuilders he has worked with, and those who are involved in the business today, deserve accolades.

“He said that it was absolutely important that the people who have worked with him and helped him along the way to know that he was sincerely grateful and he could not have been anything without them,” Epperson said.

One other special award was presented at Wednesday’s meeting.

Rhonda Bailey of Acme Brick Company received the Spike award from ORBA. The award goes to the individual who brings in the most new members in a year.

ORBA member and past President Charlotte Peak mentioned that the organization is still trying to get a city ordinance altered to allow construction work on homes to be performed from sunlight to sunset. The present city ordinance on noise at these sites limits the time that work can be done to fewer hours.

ORBA President Chad Dean presided over the meeting, which was held at the Tom Wheeler Training Center building at Cleveland Utilities.

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